Magnolia Newsletter #23 8 November 2017
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Upcoming events, November Bomb SpecialClub tent, Reserve 2018 license numbersSunday runs,Tuesday running groups, Magnolia Awards and AGM, Magnolia Committee 2018Tuesday club braaiRace Pace Coaching, Magnolia Christmas Run, Lawley Street Christmas WalkComrades 2018 Medal Bus, Massage therapistRunning clothes, 2017 RegistrationRace informationASA Race number ruleASA detailsSocial media, BiokineticistThank youCryo Recovery Race reports & photos, Contact us

Upcoming events

8 Nov - Coaching session 16:30/17:00/17:30
11 Nov - Kolonade Retail Park Race 6:00
12 Nov - Sunday club run 6:00 hosted by Noel & Melinda
14 Nov - Registration at club 17:00-18:00
15 Nov - Coaching session 16:30/17:00/17:30
18 Nov - Tom Jenkins Challenge 6:00
19 Nov - Sunday club run 6:00 hosted by Brandon & René

November Bomb Special

The Bomb is a specially formulated intravenous mix of vitamins and magnesium to help you perform at your best. Get your bomb for only R200 in November at @Health Medical Centre Centurion in Jean Avenue.
To make an appointment you can call 012 664 0617/9

Club tent

The next club tent will be at:
  • The Kolonade Retail Park race on Saturday 11 Nov
  • The Tom Jenkins Challenge on Saturday 18 Nov
The club tent will be at all Pretoria races on weekends unless specified otherwise. No club tent at races on Wednesdays. 

Cold drinks and snacks are provided by the club.
PLEASE NOTE: Beer/ciders will be available at no cost at races with a distance of 32km and more, otherwise beer will be sold for R12 and ciders for R15

Please contact Dirk Olivier 082 787 5097 should you have any queries regarding the club tent

Reserve your 2018 license number

Those members who are interested in keeping their numbers for 2018, are requested to mail Melinda Smal at before the END OF DECEMBER 2017.

There is no guarantee that we will get the same license numbers for 2018 as requested, especially for members who joined late in the year, as numbers issued by AGN later in the year might be additional numbers and do not fall within the numbers allocated for Magnolia.  This will specifically pertain to numbers consisting of 5 digits.
Reserve Now

Sunday runs

Date:  12 November 2017 
Time: 6:00 
Distance: +/-21km 
Start: Magnolia club house, 229 Middel street, New Muckleneuk
Hosted by: Noel and Melinda

Date:  18 November 2017 
Time: 6:00 
Distance: +/-21km 
Start: Magnolia club house, 229 Middel street, New Muckleneuk
Hosted by: Brandon and René 

Cost: R15 per runner to cover costs of drink.
ALL RUNNERS WELCOME!! The Sunday runs are not just for Magnolia members but for the whole running community.

Volunteers needed for Sunday club runs. Please put your name on the board in the club house or contact our club captains.

Tuesday running groups

Rudolf van Wyk and Freddie du Plessis will host a running group every Tuesday from 17:00 from the club. Those interested in joining can meet them at the club house on Tuesdays. The route will vary between 8 and 10km. For more info contact Rudolf van Wyk.

Magnolia Awards and AGM function with Deirdre Larkin

The Magnolia Awards/AGM function will be held this Saturday 11 November. Please save the date and join us for the function as we celebrate our runners for the year.

We are excited to announce that the world 10km record holder, Deirdre Larkin, will be our honorary guest speaker for the evening. Come listen to her story.

Date: Saturday 11 November
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Place: Magnolia Clubhouse, 229 Middel street, New Muckleneuk

Please RSVP to for catering purposes before 8 November. You are welcome to bring your friends and family. Snacks will be served and Dirk's cash bar will be open.
RSVP here

Magnolia Committee Nominations 2018

With the year approaching it's end, we will have a few of our committee members leaving. It is important that members nominate committee members to keep the club running since this is the backbone of what makes us tick.

If you would like to nominate someone please send it together with your RSVP for the Magnolia Awards and AGM function. You can download the form on the following link.

Tuesday club braai

The weather is getting better which means we can start braaiing again.

Every first Tuesday 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 5 December 2017!!!
Time 18:00
Cash bar available
Bring your own cutlery.

Race Pace 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 in 2017.
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: 16:30/17:00/17:30 ( You can slot in with any group)

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

Magnolia Christmas Charity Run 10 December

We are once again hosting it from the lawns just outside the Boardwalk/Faerie Glen Virgin Active car park on Sunday 10 December 2017. Wear something festive and join us for the last club run of the year as we run for fun and for charity.

We are using this run to collect some items of need for the pediatric oncology ward in Steve Biko through Lemon Tree Kids. They requested specific stationary/toiletries/food items for the children receiving treatment:
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencils
  • Sharpeners
  • Wax crayons
  • Pencil crayons
  • Small peanut butter
  • Small baked beans
  • Small aqueous cream
  • Small toothpaste + brush (children’s)

There is also a special festive season request. There is a young boy (12) Manqoaba who had a bilateral amputation and needs 2 artifical limbs. The estimated cost for Manqoaba's prosthesis is R100 000. Instead of or in addition to the items above you can make a donation to help Manqoaba walk again. You can bring cash to the run (we will have a bottle) or alternatively you can make a deposit as follows:
Account name: Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund
Bank: Nedbank
Account number: 160 2417 555
Branch Code: 160245
Ref: Lemon-Tree-Kids NPC – Manqoaba
You can send proof of payment to and me at

When: Sunday 10 December 2017
Time:  5:45 (walkers) 6:00 (runners)
Place: Faerie Glen Virgin Active (Boardwalk)
Distance: 15km out and back
Cost: R15
Breakfast on the lawn afterwards

Lawley Street Christmas Light Walk 12 December

On Tuesday 12 December we will be taking our annual stroll up to Lawley Street to view the Christmas lights and return to the club house. We will start at 18:15 from the club house. All members and their families are welcome. Bring grandma, the kids and the dogs.....
Distance is about 7 km.  
Please bring something reflective or wear a white top so that you are visible at night.
We will have a water point at the start of Lawley street with some snacks and lucky packets for the kids.

Comrades 2018 Magnolia Medal Bus

Would you like to be part of a unique “bus and running experience” for the 2018 Comrades Marathon? The idea is to get as many Magnolia members as possible with a Green number to run together from start to finish. To make the bus unique we will run with a banner indicating the total number of medals in the “bus”.  Name for the banner is still be determined but it will be something like, “Magnolia 150 Comrades Medal Bus”.
To accommodate all runners, our objective is to finish around 11 ½ hours. This might be a difficult decision for the faster runners as you would have to substitute your Bill Rowan/Bronze medal for an 11 ½ finish. As far as we are aware, it has never been attempted before to get a larger number of green numbers to finish together. This will mean that you will be part of something unique. You will be running and completing the Comrades with friends, all with a common goal to finish as a group. Some of our members have stopped running long distances but still would like to be part of this unique “bus” and are tempted to run again next year.
Our aim is to get as many medals as possible and would like to get 150+ medals.
To be part of this bus, you must:

  • Have a green number (completed 10 Comrades marathons or more)
  • Start in the E block.
  • Be a Magnolia member and run in Magnolia club colours on the day.
  • Start and end with the “bus”.
If you would like to be part of this unique bus please send an e-mail to Kenny at with the following information (this will also indicate if this initiative is viable):
  • Name and surname
  • Number of Comrades medals
  • Cellphone number


Massage Therapist

I will be opening a massage therapy practice specifically for runners from 29 July. Sessions last 50 to 60 minutes and include an assessment to determine your goals and concerns.
The rate for Magnolia members is R250 per session.

I am available for sessions on Mondays to Fridays starting at 6:00 am till 19:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Opening specials will run from August till September. Whatsapp or call me at 0836619351 for bookings.

Johan Schoombie

2017 Registration 

Discounted registration fees valid from July 2017 :
1st Adult member     -  R300
2nd Adult (family)     -  R275
Junior (under 18)      -  R100
Senior (under 25)     -   R200
Great Grand Master (70+) - R250
Social member/ Friends of Magnolia  -  R100

Registrations can only be done at the clubhouse on Tuesdays from 17:00 - 19:00
This year we also have the option of online registrations. Visit
Visit the website to download forms and procedures for registration

Running clothes

Running vests are sold at the club on Tuesdays from 17:00-19:00.

Please contact Carmen van Niekerk should you have any queries regarding the clothing.
Visit the website to view our clothing range

Race Information

You can also download the following NEW running mobile application for free

ASA Race number rule

Please be aware of the following VERY IMPORTANT notice!!!

On the ASA License (both permanent and temporary) the provincial logo and the sponsor logo will be positioned at the top of the license with the number directly below. In races where race numbers will be used, the number will be positioned at the top of the license while the race sponsor and other related information as positioned below the number. 
Failure to do so will lead to disqualification. Please help your fellow runners to get this rule right.

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.

Please help us smooth out the registration process for 2017 by making sure all your details are correct and that you are in fact registered.

Social media

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You can also subscribe or unsubscribe to our newsletter.


Tarryn Dettmer is offering her services to all Magnolia Members. She will give sports massages every Tuesday at the club and Wednesdays at the coaching sessions.

She chargers R150 for a 30 minute massage. If you would like to book a massage with her please contact her on 079 997 9083. 

Cryo Recovery Therapy

Altie Clark from Cryo Recovery is offering Magnolia members packages for Cryo Recovery Therapy at 15% discount.

For more information visit or contact Altie at 083 299 1356
The first session is FREE!!!

Thank you

Thank you to Dirk Olivier for doing the club tent at the King Price Irene Race and the Kaapsehoop race. The tent at the Kaapsehoop race was a warm welcome after a very hot day on the road.  We are not always aware of the challenges Dirk faces to get the club tent at the venue for us. And despite this he still does it even if it means only 5 runners come to the club tent.

Thank you to Charl Crouse and Glen Frost for doing the club run on Sunday 29 October. We appreciate each volunteer helping out in this regard.

Race reports and photos

Please send us your race stories and photos. We will upload it on the website.


Contact us

Chairman: Charl Crouse
082 900 1323      

Club captain: Dewald Muller

Newsletter editor: Melinda Smal

Website: Noel Young


Clothing: Carmen van Niekerk

Social matters: Julie Munnik
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