Magnolia Newsletter (#76)  (October 2020)
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Upcoming Events 

October 2020
21 Magnolia Quality Coaching @ Harlequins 16:30/17:00
25 Magnolia Club runs starting 06h00 -  Club House
28 Magnolia Quality Coaching @ Harlequins 16:30/17:00

November 2020
1 Magnolia Club runs starting 06h00 -  Club House
3 First Wednesday Social Braai

Save the date
Wednesday18 November 2020 Annual General Meeting 
Please note  
In 2020 the club house will be open on Wednesdays 17:30 - 18:30 and not on Tuesdays. 
Wednesday's Magnolia Quality Coaching is free to Magnolia members.

Lockdown 2020 Results 

During the Covid lockdown some Magnolia members embraced the time to take their running to a new level.

Congratulations on your personal bests achieved;

Christo Smit  10km @  00:36:37
Noel Young 21.1km @ 01:23:45
Lindt de la Port 21.1km @ 01:19:10

On the other end of the distance spectrum,  Peter Purchase just completed the Freedom Challenge Race to Rhodes 478km in 6 days and change.  


Information request

Please send us your lock-down running accomplishments.
Did you run a race in your yard? Ran a special virtual race? Completed Comrades full distance or started hitting the trails?

We want to celebrate with you!!

To Charl Crouse for his leadership and guidance in a year of uncertainty and distancing.




Dieter Gloeck


Margaret and I have relocated to Cape Town and I would like to use this letter to say my “Goodbyes”.


But first allow me to go back some time…


My first direct contact with the Magnolia Club was in April 2003 at the venue of the Loskop Ultra. I was running in Tuks colours and had just completed the 50km. Exhausted and hungry my friend and Magnolia member, Gert Pelser, told me to come along to the Magnolia tent. “But I am not a member” I reasoned. He just laughed. When everyone at the tent greeted me so friendly and I was sitting in a chair enjoying a complimentary worsrolletjie and a cool drink, I just knew this club was special.


So as soon as I reached my objective of running 10 Comrades in Tuks colours that year (I was employed in the UP School of Accountancy), I joined Magnolia which heralded the start of the best and most rewarding years of my running career.


To find out just how special the Magnolia club is, you have to be a member and let yourself be drawn into its activities and the unique spirit of camaraderie. Meeting at the clubhouse, the Sunday Runs, the Comrades experiences (goodie bag packing, route support, aches and pains party, Comrades prizes), regular braais, the newsletters, social evenings, the club tent, awards evenings, our own half marathon, the Business Relay, the Christmas Run, the Lawley St lights walk, as well as many other special events and happenings – not forgetting the effective and efficient registration for membership and big races, they all provide the mix for success of a modern day running club.


Magnolia has found a unique balance between engaging its members to participate in events, without making them feel obliged to do something they are not comfortable with – or cannot accommodate. If you are happy to join the Sunday club runs: you are always welcome. If not: nobody will blame you for not coming or try to convince you to attend. If you have not socialised at the regular braai evening for six months and then do visit once, you are just as welcome as if you were a regular visitor.


The success of also drawing younger members has allowed the Club to grow in numbers – especially in recent years. When meeting at the club tent before a race one can literally draw from the energy of the younger runners in particular – where the talk evolves around new records and fast times. This is balanced by talk of records to be set by the older members who have done it all and set records in different ways. When five older Magnolians meet one can almost assume that they share between them the experience of 100 Comrades races. How special – because there are usually more than five of them!


The Good Book tells us that here is a time for everything – and so I guess for me there is a time to be a Magnolia member and then a time to be a member of another club…


With a particular cold, wet and windy winter in the Cape I have, when running, slowly adjusted to the first two – cold and wet. I am not sure how long it will take to fully accept the last element. But I already experienced the thrill of facing gale force winds and to complete a planned training session in spite of the wind. If we runners want to run, we normally do…


A huge thank you to the Magnolia Management and all its members past and present. May the Good Lord keep you all safe, strong and healthy so that you can keep enjoying the sport we all love so much.


I started a draft of this letter by naming some of my closer friends and some that have done more than others to establish and develop this club, but soon discarded this idea. Everyone I met at and through the club added to my special and precious experiences. A big thank you and the now “banned” hug to all of you.


I had planned to sponsor a Sunday club run with refreshments and some special treats to say “Goodbye” to all my running friends – instead we ended up “sneaking” out of Pretoria with our special travelling permit and masks… But I guess that is how life is. It happens while you make other plans!


Run well and keep running. Look after the Club - it is a real treasure in the changing fortunes of time. Appreciate those who give so freely of their time to manage the club and its activities. Please greet me if you run past me on a future race – I may not wear a Magnolia shirt, but in my heart I am still a proud Magnolian.


Dieter Gloeck



First Wednesday Social Braai

Every first Wednesday of the month Magnolia hosts a very informal social club braai. You are welcome to bring your meat, snacks, friends and the rest of the family for a braai. We provide the fires. Everyone is welcome!!

Our next braai is on 3 November 2020!!!

Time 18:00
Cash bar available
Bring your own cutlery.


Sunday Runs

The Magnolia Club runs are restarting in September. 

Please arrive a few minutes early to register for the run to start on time.

28 October  at 06:00
1 November at 06:00
8 November at 06:00

The format is tap runs of approximately 15km. 
Runners can choose to run the course in one of two groups, a faster or slower group.
Runners must bring their own water and supplements. The groups will also stop at garage shops.

No club run fees on unsupported runs. Please bring R5 for the car guard.

Coffee and tea will be available at the club house.

Magnolia Club house, 229 Middel Street



Magnolia Quality Coaching

Speed work is the core of what drives improvement in our running. So Magnolia has joined forces with Clinton Hunter from RacePace Coaching to provide group coaching sessions to all Magnolia members who are interested in improving their running .
These coaching sessions are for old, young, slow and fast.
The professional coaching sessions will be paid for by the club, so it will be free of charge to our members.

When: Wednesdays
Where: Harlequins Cricket Field (Where the Sunrise monster race finishes)
Time: 16:30/17:00 ( You can slot in with any group)

For further information and instruction on how to join read about Race Pace coaching on our website.

SUB 3h00 Marathon club

Magnolia is busy compiling a list of members that have broken 3 hours on a marathon.

Please send the details of your sub 3 hour marathons  (Race / Year / Time) to Club Captain Gert Henning

2020 Magnolia Registration

The 2020 Registration Fees from July to December :
  • 1st Adult member: R340
  • 2nd Adult (family): R340
  • Students and under 25's: R270
  • Junior (under 18): R180
  • Great Grand Master (70+): R320
  • Above 80: Free
  • Social member/Friend of Magnolia R270


Online registrations are open

Members can register online (preferred method) and pay EFT (preferred).

Numbers can be collected at the club house on Wednesdays. Just bring your registration print-out and proof of payment when collecting your number.



Running Clothes

Running vests are sold at the club house on Wednesdays from 17:30-18:30.
  • Men's and ladies vests - R220
  • Cycling vests - R220
Visit the website to view our clothing range


ASA Details

ALL MAGNOLIA MEMBERS are required to go check their details on the ASA website under the following link:

We still have numerous Magnolia members who have not registered or arranged their transfers from other clubs. We created profiles for some of those members who have not done so. These members can either use their name or ID number as password to log in.



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Race Information

  You can also download the following running mobile application for free


                                 Contact Us

Chairman: Charl Crouse
082 900 1323      

Club Secretary : Magda Grobler
Vice Chairman: Tinus Marais

Club Captain : Gert Henning

Vice-Club Captain: Freddie du Plessis

Newsletter editor: Hannes Nel

Website and statistician: Noel Young

Clothing: Odette Coiner

Social matters: Estelle Janen van Vuuren

Social Media : Werner Burger


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