Build It Graskop God's Window Half Marathon, 10 & 5k
Held every Thursday at 5:30 pm. From the Running club. 2k, 4k, 6k, 8k out and back route on tar. Times are recorded. The Route alternates every week, but both routes have hills. Attendance is a good way to stay in touch with club events, also find out about local races and form lift clubs to races.
Every Saturday when there is no Race in our area. 5:30am start in Summer, 7:00am during Winter. Distances vary from 10Ks to 35ks. These are LSD runs on tar and forest trails. Longer distances build up towards Comrades at end of May. Attendance is a good way to meet and find training partners also there is so much running knowledge to be gleaned from experienced runners.
Walk/Run from Spur every Monday 5:30pm, social in Spur after.
New year champagne run 1st Jan
Comrades breakfast late May
Comrades Aches 'n pains party late June
Noon to Moon team cycle November
Club AGM late November
Pub Rrun Dec
Legogote Villagers was started in 1984. At the time the nearest club was in Nelspruit. Mike Harty, Tim Attwell the Methodist minister, and Okkie Rottcher got together and formed the nucleus of a club specifically for White River. Okkie was not even a regular runner at that time. Mike Harty did all the initial spadework in the beginning. Tim Attwell was the first Chairman.
The new club grew very quickly, obviously filling a need in the area and also attracting runners from the Nelspruit club who were resident in White River. This caused a bit of friction between the two clubs initially. Even today runners switch alliances between the two clubs frequently as the two towns are only 20 kilometres apart and many people live in one town and work in the other. They join the club that is more convenient for them.
Legogote Villagers first organised Race was the 1984 Pine Lake Sun 21K. In the early years there were far fewer races in this area and the Pine Lake race became very popular, attracting up to 500 entrants from all over the lowveld and as far as Johannesburg. The area is scenic today still, and some runners bought Time Share at the Pine Lake resort just to be able to run every year.
The first time trials were started at a Sports Shop owned by a member, close to where Midco is today.
The present Clubhouse at the Rugby Club was built in 1995. It had been a dream of Okkie Rottcher and he motivated and brought it to realisation while he was chairman. Many club members contributed funds by buying a brick for R250. Okkie himself supervised sub-contractors and volunteers to complete to project. The club is known for well organised races. A major factor is the support hardware, tables, signs, support poles for banners, cash boxes, pen holders, all made by Jurgen Halbich, race organiser for many years and past Chairman. Another unique feature of our race organisation is the colour coded entry slips we use, making it easy for the Officials to identify all the categories and the lady runners. This innovation was first used in 1997 by André Vianello, our current chairman.
Over the years many famous athletes have travelled to the Lowveld to take part in our races. Some by special invitation. The names include Sonja Laxton, Wally Hayward, Jackie Mekler, Allan Robb, Arnold Geerts, Bruce Fordyce, Nic Bester, and many more. Jackie Mekler officiated at the new clubhouse opening ceremony as well.
6 October 2018
Mike Summerfield - Cell: 081 355 3026
Pre-entries Paid On-line - SAVE R10 - 21 & 10k only (before 3 October)
TEAM CHALLENGE - R500.00
Difficulty Rating: 4. Route Type: Out-and-back
This is a fairly tough route, but the scenery more than makes up for any discomfort. The opening stages of the race are run along the Graskop - Ohrigstad road where the going is relatively easy, and the running is pleasantly undulating. The route then turns right to God's Window and the real work begins. There is a seven kilometre climb to the top of the hill and, to be sure, this reduces many a seasoned runner to a walk.
But what goes up must come down and the downhill section of this race is welcome. Beware! It is as steep and as long as the hill you have just climbed and can be hard on a tired and shaky body. The scenery on this run is spectacular, and with some luck there will be some morning mist to cool you down.
Medals to all finishers of the 10km & 21.1km races.
|5km White River parkrun
as at 2017-09-02
|1||Sean VAN WYK||M - JM11-14||22:24|
|2||Grant BOSMAN||M - VM50-54||22:32|
|3||Philip RADFORD||M - VM45-49||23:40|
|4||Charmaine ADENDORFF||F - VW45-49||27:28|
|5||Jonathan TOMBS||M - VM50-54||27:29|
|6||Edward HALL||M - VM50-54||27:31|
|7||Clive SMART||M - VM60-64||28:11|
|8||Albert Nyanyeng SEGAGE||M - VM60-64||28:53|
|9||Mike SUMMERFIELD||M - VM55-59||30:59|
|10||Andre VIANELLO||M - VM70-74||34:25|
|11||Thapelo Simon NHLAPO||M - VM45-49||35:41|
|12||Marilyn JORDAAN||F - VW40-44||35:48|
|13||Belinda BOSMAN||F - VW55-59||35:57|
|14||Sbongakonke MAVUNDLA||F - SW30-34||37:23|
|15||Thutego SEBOTSANE||F - SW25-29||37:27|
|16||Stephanie TOMBS||F - VW50-54||37:39|
|17||Janine BETHWAITE||F - VW50-54||38:41|
|18||Trish OLIVIER||F - VW50-54||38:42|
|19||Deborah TURNER||F - VW50-54||45:09|
|20||Pulane NHLAPO||F - VW40-44||49:22|
|21||David GEAR||M - VM65-69||50:37|
Select the distance you have a time for from the drop-down list below,
then enter the time in the format hh:mm:ss (e.g. enter 00:30:00 for 30 minutes),
once all input is valid then 'Calculate' button will be enabled, click it.
|Chairman||André Vianello||084 516 8374|
|Race organiser||Ashley Betteridge||081 305 3575|
|Club Captain||Dave Gear||082 570 1913|
|Social||Steph Tombs||084 394 9919|
White River Running Club
PO Box 3350
First National Bank, White River
Account no: 54280035064
Branch code: 270552
The Club is situated at the White River Rugby Club grounds.
From The Main road through White River coming from Nelspruit side, turn left into Danie Joubert street at traffic lights at NTT Toyota. Follow The road for approx two Kilometers, passing two sets of traffic lights, to the Rugby grounds on your right. Look out for the signboards as you approach.
GPS: 25,18'57 S and 31,00'18 E