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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 14:44

The 4th Annual Chairman's Challenge

Its almost that time of the year, the time we take time to join Modise on The Chairman's challenge as he raises funds for charity. We are in the eastern part of Botswana this year!

God news - This year you can also register online http://www.chairmans-challenge.com/index.php/run-with-us to run with the Chairman for charity.

For the 4th consecutive year, Modise Koofhethile and his team will tackle the YCare Chairman's Challenge 2018 in Botswana by running 390km from Motlhabaneng to Sefhare in 6 days on a Diabetes and Cancer awareness campaign in 16 villages along the route.

Entrepreneur, avid runner, and Chairman of the Y Care Charitable Trust, will continue with his mission to run a ultra marathon over 390 kms in 6 days, and this year he is running from Motlhabaneng to Sefhare, to raise awareness on Diabetes and Cancer in those remote villages where there are limited health resources, and to raise funds to support the campaign and other charities supported through Y Care Charitable Trust and youth in sports & Culture across the country.

Remember you can also donate towards the cause on https://www.chairmans-challenge.com/index.php/donate 

When we speak of our history as a club, we always forget to mention how it’s closely linked to our comrades beginnings. 

In 2010, after having run the 2010 inaugural Gaborone Steinmetz Marathon (now commonly known as Diacore Gaborone Marathon), our founding fathers (3 friends; Seleke Dintwe, Lere Matebesi and Jonathan Pelopedi) decided they could take on the monstrous Comrades Marathon challenge, better known as the ultimate human marathon. They indeed went ahead and researched the race and registered to run the 2011 Up run.

What is Comrades you wonder? 

The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of 89 km which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race. The direction of the race alternates each year between the "up" run (normally around 87 km) starting from Durban and the "down" run (normally around 90 km) starting from Pietermaritzburg. (Official distance varies slightly year to year)

The race is run by +20,000 entrants and the race starts at 0530hrs and ends at 1730hrs. Runners are given 12hrs to complete the race. 

There are a number of cut-off points along the routes which runners must reach by a prescribed time or be forced to retire from the race. A runner who has successfully completed ten races wears a green number, permanently allocated to the runner for all future races.

Medals are awarded to all runners completing the course in under 12 hours. Medals are currently awarded as follows:
• Gold medals: The first 10 men and women.
• Wally Hayward medals (silver-centred circled by gold ring): 11th position to sub 6hrs 00min
• Silver medals: 6hrs 00min to sub 7hrs 30min.
• Bill Rowan medals (bronze-centred circled by silver ring): 7hrs 30min to sub 9hrs 00min.
• Bronze medals: 9hrs 00min to sub 11hrs 00min.
• Vic Clapham medals (copper): 11hrs 00min to sub 12hrs 00min.

(Sources: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultramarathon
www.comrades.com)

Gaborone Striders at Comrades over the years:

As far back as 2011, Gaborone Striders has attracted members that aspire to go the distance. Comrades has over the years formed the pinnacle of our small community.

The previous years we have been represented as per below;
2011 - 3 participants 
2012 - 4 participants 
2013 - 6 participants 
2014 - 15 participants 
2015 - 22 participants 
2016 - 31 participants 
2017 - 35 participants 
2018 - 41 participants registered 

Very central to our success is a team that works behind the scenes to make the comrades journey a success that it is year on year. Comrades 2018 down run saw a Behind the scenes team of 15 passionate selfless men and women who traveled the route in support of the troops.

Our Strides will continue to leave many stories in Durban.

"Our Strides, Our Stories"

 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:41

Feb'19 Club Mixer - Safety

In an attempt to become complete runners and get to know each other better, EXCO will have monthly mixers on relevant topics. The month of February the theme is Safety - How to be safe on the road. See flyer for details.

 

Monday, 13 March 2017 20:42

You too can run Comrades

The Comrades Marathon 2018 registrations have seen 35 Gaborone Striders members submit their entries with the hope to line up at the startline in Pietermaritzburg in June 10, 2018. Our organisation to date has seen over 30 members participate in Comrades Marathon either once, twice, five times or even ten times. Year on year a new crop is motivated to embark on this 90km journey that sees runners run to either Pietermaritzburg or Durban. The organisations is thus placing priority in ensuring that we communicate to our members that 1)Comrades Marathon is a race that GSRC members can aspire to finish; 2) everyone can run a comrades marathon provided they put in the requisite training and 3) we will encourage and Support members in making the Comrades decision. That being our overall driver, we wish to communicate how we will move to formalise the support we will afford members in the realisation of what may otherwise appear as an unattainable goal.

Again, we should remember that Comrades Marathon is a race that many GSRC members can aspire to finish. This being said here is how we can support you to get across the finish line;

  1. Collective Wisdom: We have a pool of 33 members who have stood at the comrades finish line over the past 10yrs; that makes for many years of collective wisdom and experiences on comrades.
  2. Introduction to Comrades marathon: We will provide information on the history of the great race, its objectives and a close to reality picture from the day to day people you interact with who have been a part of this race.

How? A Comrades introductory seminar will be hosted to take delegates through the journey Comrades for ordinary people. Keep an eye on our website for updates.

  1. Targeted approach: We have segmented our approach in different target groups; thus the aim to assist the target groups that has;
    1. Never experienced comrades and has always thought it an unattainable goal
    2. Stood at the finish line but failed to complete the course
    3. Experienced comrades and wishes to improve either their targets or overall experience
    4. No wishes to run comrades in 2018 but wishes to embark on the journey as a support member
  2. Registration timeline: Registrations for Comrades 2018 are currently closed. Don’t miss 2019 entries boat. The substitution period is also another possibility to find an entry but this means committing to the training with the hope of securing a substitution.
  3. Training Programs and monthly check-ins: We will share 5 months programs that one can follow in the journey to attaining their Comrades medal.

[5 months program (Jan – May) focusing on a bronze medal; ~1200km in 5 months / ~130 hours training; 4-5 marathons / ultras included in the 1200km; and a Qualifying marathon before mid-April 2018].

The responsibility of the member is to set the appropriate goal, follow the prescribed plan and Stay injury free & disease free in first 5 months of the year.

The Objective of GSRC is to get all those wishing to run to be able to line up on Start line in June. The committee will schedule monthly briefing sessions (4 check-ins) where we will evaluate training progress and 1 x de-brief on Race preparation, race running tactics about 2 weeks before Comrades race. The programs are Available on www.comrades.com [Note: Bronze and Vic Clapham programs will be availed; monthly check in schedule will be availed]

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of something amazing!

The road to comrades is a short but long one. In equipping members with the appropriate set of skills we will bring you a self-management/personal mastery session to help you understand your default response to change as per the SCARF model. This will help you better prepare for the big change that is the Comrades. In addition, to enhance and optimise your training, you will be able to participate in a very short exercise to explore and refine your personal values. Bonang Kwape, an Industrial Psychologist, will take us through the session and the exercise where we will realise the value of how judgement can help or hinder our goals and the importance of being self-aware in order to optimally self-manage. The key message is being able to see how we value different things and that there is no wrong or right but rather growth and ultimately self-actualization in accepting and celebrating those differences to aid our own goals without denigrating those of others.

Monday, 13 March 2017 20:42

Our week at a glance

Come join our weekly runs in Gaborone. Here is how our activities look like;

Mondays:

CBD (5 - 10km) - Easy run by CBD, we park by Square-mart and start out at 1800hrs

Tuesday:

Sech Bus (12km) - we park at Builder warehouse and run to the Airport from 1800hrs.

OR

UB (90mins) - Speed Work on the bluetree slope

 

Wednesday:

Dabutha Bridge (Time trial or speed work) - Our Time trial takes place at the Dabutha bridge

OR

UB (60mins) - Easy run from UB Stadium entrance to blue treee slope and return back proceeding to National Stadium. 20minutes of stairs at the National Stadium

Thursday:

Sech bus (14km) - we start at Builders Warehouse and run to Phakalane from 1800hrs

OR

UB (60mins) - Easy run from UB Stadium entrance to blue treee slope and return back.

 

Saturdays: (long runs) - They vary from 10km - 60km. We offer our members variety by exploring different terrain. Keep an eye on our calendar for the locations.

 

Following late on the conversation about running together at marathons....Sadly we don't have the numbers that match most clubs in SA to run in packs, but I must say though, I noticed a lot of us continue to work together in these marathons. Small clutters but the team work is certainly there.

I was at the start line with Stefan and Alison. Last year I ran 32kms with Stefan at an even pace of 6'10. We quickly chatted about race plan and he asked of my target and I told him somewhere between 4:50 and 5:10. As he had been on injury he committed to trying for 5:10 and said he would follow me.

I started out on a gruesome 4km with Ali who was on a quest to her first ultra and also happened to be in Africa. Alison meandered through the crowd as I trailed behind. Sho! The girl runs?