Eric Stewart 082 394 7363 or Esti Stewart 073 825 0835

The annual Bestmed Chokka Trail Run will take place over the Women’s Day long weekend in the greater St Francis, Eastern Cape.   With the public holiday falling on Monday 9 August, the main events will be hosted on Sunday 8 August and with the 5km Business Challenge and junior races set for the Monday.  As always, attending this event will result in a long and relaxed stay at our host venue, the Cape St Francis Resort.

Enter now

Taking uncertainties due to the current Covid-19 pandemic into consideration, organisers Eric and Esti Stewart from St Francis Sport have decided to adopt a “book now and pay later” approach.  “No one knows on what level the country will be in August, but we will follow all protocols stipulated at the time.  We have capped entries to 100 per event, and only open it up for more closer to the time when we are sure larger numbers for outdoor events are allowed,” says Eric.  “We also understand that no one wants to pay for an event if they are not sure they can attend – hence the book now, so we can start organising, and pay later, when you know you can come approach.”

Online entries will be open till Friday 6 August at 18:00 to ensure a smooth number collection on race weekend, but if you want a race shirt or buff as part of your entry, you need to get your entry in (and pay) before the 30th of June, 2021.  Entries after the 30th of June will be 15% more, and only emergency on the day entries, by prior arrangement, will be allowed at a penalty rate.

Read on for more info:

The main races (62km, 43km, 23km and 10km) will take place on Sunday 8 August while the 5km and kids races (1km and 3km) will take place on Monday 9 August.  At this stage no prize giving ceremonies are allowed.  Although there will be self help water stations along the various routes, it is advised to carry adequate water for your own safety.

Late registration and number collection will be on Saturday 7 August between 15h00 and 17h00 at the Cape St Francis Resort.

Details for Sunday 8 Aug are as follows:

62km:  Race briefing is at 06h15 and the race starts at 06h30.

42km:  Late registration from 06h00 – 06h30, race briefing at 06h45 and the race for runners starts at 07h00 and walkers 07h05.

23km:  Late registration from 07h00 – 07h30, race briefing at 7h45 and the race for runners start at 08h00 and walkers 08h05.

10km:  Late registration from 07h00 – 08h00, race briefing at 08h15 and the race for runners start at 08h30 and walkers 08h35.

On Monday 9 Aug 5km number collection can be done between 08h00 and 08h30, race briefing is at 08h45 and the race starts at 09h00 for runners and 09h05 for walkers.  Entries for the 1km and 3km can be done from 08h00 till 10h00 and race briefing is at 10h15 for the 3km.  The 1km race will be done straight after the 3km race.

Entry fees:

62km:  R1 000 which includes a race shirt (until 30/06/2020) and tracker, R1 150 after 30 June.

42km:  R700 which includes a race shirt (until 30/06/2020) and tracker, R805 after 30 June.

23km:  R250 which includes a race buff (until 30/06/2020), R300 after 30 June.

10km:  R150 which includes a race buff (until 30/06/2020), R180 after 30 June.

5km Charity Run:  R300 per team.

5km:  R50 (R70 after 30 June).

3km:  R30

1km:  R20

Additional race shirts and buffs can be ordered until 30 June 2020 at R250 per shirt, and R80 per buff.  Please note a late registration fee of R100 per entry will be charged after 19h00 on Friday 6 August.

Charity Challenge

Businesses, schools and charity organisations are invited to participate in the 5km Charity Challenge which is a team effort.  Teams of 4 run (or walk) 5km, and their individual finishing times added together is the team’s time.  The winning team will win a Bestmed hamper, a Team Building Event from the Cape St Francis Resort as well as R3000.00 for their nominated charity or school.


The Cape St Francis Resort offers a crazy weekend special:  book 2 nights and you get a third one free at R385 per person per night sharing, while children under 12 stay for half price.  Contact Anita Lennox on to book.


The beneficiary of the Bestmed Chokka Trail Run is the Beach Clean-up Project.  The race is organised by St Francis Sport, sponsored by Bestmed Medical Aid and hosted by the Cape St Francis Resort with internet support by TCS St Francis Bay.

So, without further ado, get your entry in by clicking here!


Barry Tonkin 082 602 2604

Esti Stewart 073 825 0835

Eric Stewart 082 394 7363

Or email