Magnolia Newsletter (#78)  (November 2020)
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Upcoming Events 

December 2020
2 First Wednesday Social Braai
2  Magnolia Quality Coaching - Harlequins 16:30/17:00
6  Magnolia Christmas charity run from the club house @ 07:00
9  Club house administration close for 2020
9  Magnolia Quality Coaching - Harlequins 16:30/17:00
13 Final Magnolia Sunday Club Run for 2020
16 Final Magnolia Quality Coaching for 2020 - Harlequins 16:30/17:00

January 2021
6 First Magnolia Quality Coaching for 2021 - Harlequins 16:30/17:00
10 First Magnolia Sunday Club Run for 2021

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.


Magnolia Road Runners

Chairman’s Report 2020

It has once again been a privilege to serve as Magnolia’s chairman during this the 39th year of our club’s existence. Every year offers its own challenges to the serving committee to ensure that the club’s values and traditions are upheld and improved in the changing environment of modern day road running and walking.

During March the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic hit home and the country went into a hard lock down that effectively shut down road running as we know it indefinitely. Although the lock down has been alleviated to alert level 1 road running will probability only resume towards the latter part of 2021.

I would like to thank my entire committee for their dedication and selfless efforts during the year to ensure that all our members could enjoy the sport we all hold so dearly even though the unique circumstances posted numerous challenges.

Bar the pandemic we were still able to host certain events and initiatives successfully during the past 12 months:

  • Our Christmas Charity run

  • The Intercare Classic Road Race

  • Our continued presence at local and other races through our Club Tents up until the middle of March 

  • Our Sunday club runs which were suspended for 6 months but re-instated towards the middle of September under Covid-19 protocols

  • Our monthly social and braai during summer months

  • Our frequent newsletter 

  • Our Wednesday quality training sessions presented by Clint Hunter – also suspended for 6 months but re-instated in September

  • A Comrades information talk on injuries and dietary requirements 

Our race at the beginning of February sponsored by Intercare for the second year was successfully presented and enjoyed by the running and walking community. Most of the challenges experienced in 2019 with the change of sponsorship were addressed and the levels of participation went back to where they were in 2018. The race will not be presented in 2021 but should resume in 2022. Intercare indicated that they would be interested to extend their sponsorship beyond the initial three events. We are grateful for this gesture and are looking forward to a long-term sponsor relationship with Intercare. 

I would like to thank all our members who contributed to the success of our 2020 race. That includes not only the race director and his committee but every member who put his or her hand up and offered help either on the Friday afternoon or on the day of the race. Your effort paid off handsomely.

Our financial position has improved substantially because we managed to present our race before the lock down. Our overheads in the latter halve of the reporting year were substantially lower than budget which further enhanced the surplus we are reporting.

In 2021 our financial position will deteriorate again. Without income from our race we shall have to rely on our membership fees to balance the books. Indications are that AGN will have 2021 licences available early in the new year at the same rates as 2020. I would like to call upon all our members to renew their 2021 membership when the numbers are available even though we do not know when the first races will be taking place. This should enable us to stimulate our financial position in 2021 without the need to dig into our reserves.  

It is our intention to keep subscriptions for the 2021 flat in line with AGN licences. I would like to thank Chris Greyling, our honorary auditor, and his staff for their contributions and efforts in preparing our audited financial statements on a pro bono basis. 

We learned with sadness of the passing of the following former and present Magnolia Members during the year:

  • Oom Jorrie Jordaan – a phenomenal runner and later a walker. Oom Jorrie died at the age of 83. 

  • Oom Martin Coetzee – a member for more than 30 years and brave runner that won the Comrades trophy for the oldest finisher twice. Oom Martin died at the age of 88.

  • Hank Bezuidenhout – Hank joined the club 39 years ago. He served as chairman in the nineties and was the only race director the club ever had. Hank died after a brave battle with cancer at the age of 71.

Our deepest sympathy to their families and close friends. May their souls rest in peace. They shall all be sorely missed but their legacy will still enrich the club and future members in years to come.

Due to Covid-19 there will be no merit awards this year. The long-standing awards will be published in the newsletter. The trophies for long-standing awards will also be available once we receive them from the engraver. This will also be communicated to the applicable members.

I wish every member of our club a blessed and joyful Festive Season with family and friends in 2020. 

Stay safe until we meet again in 2021.


Charl Crouse

18 November 2020

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 last braai for the year is on 2 December 2020!!!

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

Magnolia Christmas Charity Run 

It is nearly time for the annual Magnolia charity run on 6 December 2020!!

The run takes place from the Magnolia club house this year.

It is an out-and-back of 10km. Walkers are welcome to start at 06:45 and runners start at 07:00.

Come dressed looking festive!!!

Breakfast snacks will be served at the club afterwards.

Once again we are using this as a time to give to others and have selected OMGEE MAMMAS at the school Elzette teaches at in the Tierpoort area. They collect food to distribute to less fortunate children at the school and in the community
Any non- perishable food items as well as basic toiletries will be most welcome

RSVP to Estelle Jansen van Vuuren : 


Sunday Runs

Magnolia Club Runs

Magnolia Club house, 229 Middel Street 

6 December   -  Club run replaced by the Christmas Charity Run 
13 December -  Final Sunday run for 2020
10 January     -  First Sunday run for 2021

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

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.



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!!


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 & Social Media: Werner Burger  

Club Captain: Gert Henning

Vice-Club Captain: Freddie du Plessis

Website and statistician: Noel Young

Clothing: Odette Coiner

Social matters: Estelle Jansen van Vuuren



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