Time to join Kowie Strid­ers’ trail run

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THE open­ing event of the Amanzi Fes­ti­val – the Royal St An­drews Ho­tel 8km Trail Run at 7.30am on Fri­day – is a unique and pres­ti­gious new cross-coun­try run or­gan­ised by Sticks Stiglingh and other mem­bers of Kowie Strid­ers.

The well-cho­sen route starts out at the Royal Port Al­fred Golf Course, and pro­gresses partly on the beach and road, be­fore end­ing at the golf course.

There are at­trac­tive prizes across many cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing walk­ers.

The first walker can win R300 and the first man and woman home in the open sec­tion R1 000 each. There are fun prizes for ju­niors, and unique money prizes to be earned in the fol­low­ing age groups 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and over 70.

“I hope that we will get 300 peo­ple – if we get 150 then nearly ev­ery­one will get an Amanzi Fes­ti­val T-shirt at least!” said Stiglingh, who knows how hard run­ners work in a race.

You have to reg­is­ter for the race (adults R80, schol­ars R40 and pen­sion­ers R65), fin­ish the race and wear a flash in front and back in or­der to win. Reg­is­ter on­line at

There will also be a ta­ble avail­able where you can reg­is­ter for the mile swim at the same time.

Stiglingh has been with Kowie Strid­ers for three years and has a per­ma­nent li­cence for com­plet­ing 10 full-length (42km) marathons. This en­ti­tles him to run the Two Oceans in Cape Town, and he is fly­ing there im­me­di­ately af­ter the trail run is over to do the half-marathon on Satur­day while his wife, Mar­i­anne, and chil­dren do the full marathon.

If you do not have a per­ma­nent li­cence, you can also pur­chase a tem­po­rary li­cence that will al­low you to par­tic­i­pate. You can buy a tem­po­rary li­cence to do the trail run for R30. You can also buy a per­ma­nent li­cence which is cheaper in the long run, ac­cord­ing to Stiglingh who has sold 45 li­cences this year alone.

Most of the peo­ple run­ning in the trail run will be from Port Al­fred rather than league run­ners who only run in well-es­tab­lished races, said Stiglingh. But in the fu­ture, he is con­fi­dent the race will at­tract club run­ners from all around the coun­try.

There is a pos­si­bil­ity a bike race will be added to the trail run and the mile swim and de­velop into a triathlon, he said. Cur­rently, the trail run is a de­vel­op­ment race for 8km cross-coun­try run­ners like Kowie Strid­ers’ Wandile Funde, Ayabonga Saul and Mtutu Pikoli who could make the Eastern Prov­ince team and go on to run in the South African Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Port El­iz­a­beth this year.

Food and bar fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able at the Royal St An­drews Ho­tel, the spon­sors of the event.

Pic­ture: JON HOUZET

OLD­EST VE­HI­CLE: Bill and Shirley Bar­ton in their 1946 Mor­ris 8 at the start of the OD Inggs Me­mo­rial Run at Rose­hill Mall last Satur­day

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