Kind weather for third Women’s Day walk!
One of only two sunny days of the week belonged to the third Enid Pretorius Properties Trail Walk & Run, which took place on Women’s Day, August 9. Continuous rain over the last few weeks made various areas inaccessible, and the unspoilt beauty of Mostertshoek had to be replaced by the tranquility of St Francis Field, resulting in a slightly shorted distance, only 20km.
The event kicked off at 09:00 when 106 runners and walkers left the Enid Pretorius Properties offices in the Village Centre. They followed the markers through the Village to the Granny’s Pool and used the Two Harbour Walk to get to the first water and check point at Chez Patrick, Port St Francis.
From there they continued towards Shark Point, but had to climb a steep dune to get onto the Cape St Francis beach. The second water and check point was at the lighthouse.
At Sunset rock, the third water point, athletes turned north and proceeded on the old Humansdorp Road into St Francis Field. Once at the main entrance to this airfield, they only had 5km more to go to the finish line. Runners from afar as Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth paid St Francis a special visit to compete in this scenic event, and agreed they will be back next year.
The overall winner was Deon Zeelie from Port Elizabeth, who finished in 1 hour 31 minutes. Right behind him in second was Dawid Ferreira, followed by Sipho Matikwane from St Francis Bay in third place. Jeffreys Bay Athletic Club’s chairlady, Lindi Meyer won the ladies race in 1 hour 43 minutes, with Katrien van Heerden in second and Vanessa Lessing in third place. They all received St Francis Sport medals.
Positions were not awarded for the walkers, but a special prize, sponsored by FunkyTown B&B went to Nic Snyman (67), being the oldest competitor, and the youngest competitor, Marik Orrin Killian received a prize from Funky Frogs. Enid made sure all finishers received a hand made medal and the first 100 entries drawbags filled with goodies.
The prize giving was a fun affair and nobody left empty handed, as many lucky draw prizes were handed out. Results are available .
A big thank you to the various land owners who gave permission to access their land – Mostertshoek, St Francis Field, St Francis Links and the St Francis Golf Course, as well as to main sponsor Enid Pretorius and her staff, for making this day a huge success.
Thank you to all the various businesses for their contributions and sponsorships:
Glo Beauty, Grill and Company, The Book & I, Hair by Tano, Barron’s Grill, Vees Video, Liquor City Jeffrey’s Bay, ABSA, FNB Humansdorp, Funky Town B&B, Funky Frogs, Village Video, In House, Bos Tea, Spangenberg Attorneys, Tsitsikamma Crystal Water, Woodlands Dairy, AnneMari’s Boutique, Village Square SuperSpar, Trattoria La Franscesco, Veranda, MTN for water bottles, Wimpy Humansdorp, Piet Geldenhuis & Geraldine Gouws from RNA Distribution, Patensie Citrus;
The marshals: Sea Vista Tennis Players
The Officials: Janet Harisson (Chez Patrick) and Barry Tonkin (St Francis Fine Foods) at Port St Francis, JP Greeff and Melanie James at the light house, Rob Bester and Kerwyn Allan (Wild Side);
The sweepers on bicycles: Jamie Loots, Luke Bester, Kai Allan and Brendon Ryder;
Timekeeping: Dave and Marie Louw;
Photographs: Lynette Aitken, Tanya Loots, Mike Tagg, Esti Stewart
MC: Jo Brown.
Featured image: Marik Orrin Kilian, Natalia Von Den Bogaard and Gina Kilian from Port Elizabeth.