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Enter now for the 2020 Bestmed Chokka Trail Run

Posted by on Feb 21, 2020

Enter now for the 2020 Bestmed Chokka Trail Run

Our 5th annual Bestmed Chokka Trail Run will once again take place over the Women’s Day long weekend in August to ensure a long and relaxed stay at our host venue, the Cape St Francis Resort.

Online entries

Online entries are open till Friday 7 August at 18:00 to ensure a smooth number collection on race weekend, when a late registration fee is payable, however, if you want to receive the race shirt or buff as part of your entry, you need to get your entry in before the 30th of June, 2020.

The main races will take place on Sunday 9 August while the 5km and kids races will take place on Monday 10 August.  Prize giving will be at 12h00 so you will have ample time to get home.  There are 7 well stocked water stations in total.

Late registration and number collection will be on Saturday 8 August between 16h00 and 18h00 at the Cape St Francis Resort.

Details for Sunday 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 starts at 07h00.  Prize giving for these distances is at 15h00.

23km:  Late registration from 07h00 – 07h30, race briefing at 7h45 and the race starts at 08h00.

10km:  Late registration from 07h00 – 08h00, race briefing at 08h15 and the race starts at 08h30.  Prize giving for these distances will be at 12h30.

On Monday 10 Aug 5km late registration can be done between 08h00 and 08h30, race briefing is at 08h45 and the race starts at 09h00.  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.  Prize giving for all is at 12h00.

Entry fees:

62km:  R1 000 which includes a race shirt (until 30/06/2020) and tracker

42km:  R700 which includes a race shirt (until 30/06/2020) and tracker

23km:  R250 which includes a race buff (until 30/06/2020)

10km:  R150 which includes a race buff (until 30/06/2020)

5km Charity Run:  R300

5km:  R50

3km:  R30

1km:  R20

Additional race shirts and buffs can be ordered until 30 June 2020 at R220 per shirt, and R50 per buff.  Please note a late registration fee of R100 per entry will be charged after 19h00 on Friday 7 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.  If more than 10 teams enter, they all will go into a lucky draw to win a Bestmed hamper, a Team Building Event from the Cape St Francis Resort as well as R1500.00 for their nominated charity or school.

Accommodation

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 reservations@capestfrancisresort.co.za to book.

Beneficiary

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.

So, without further ado, get your entry in!  Click here!

Contact:

Barry Tonkin 082 602 2604

Esti Stewart 073 825 0835

Eric Stewart 082 394 7363

Or email chokkatrail@gmail.com

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Annual St Francis Sport Summer Series kicking off 16 December 2020

Posted by on Feb 4, 2020

Annual St Francis Sport Summer Series kicking off 16 December 2020

For the last 14 years sports lovers in the greater St Francis were able to add friendly rivalry or stiff competition to their annual holiday programme.  Professional athletes enjoy competing without pressure and the entire family can participate with grandparents supporting from the side.  The annual St Francis Sport Summer Series between 16 – 31 December ensures a full and fun filled holiday programme for all runners, paddlers, swimmers and cyclists.

The 2020 programme includes the following events:

Wednesday, 16 December 08:00 Summer Series Beach Run, Walk or Cycle (15km), Walskipper to Quaysyde.

Thursday 17 December 08:00 Resort Road Run (5km, 10km).  Cape St Francis Resort.

Friday 18 December 08:00 Duathlon Swim & Run (500m swim/3km run, 1km swim/6km run – teams or individuals), Quaysyde, St Francis Bay.

Monday 21 December 08:00 Extreme Duathlon (5km run/15km MTB or 10km run/30km MTB – teams or individuals) St Francis Field.

Tuesday 22 December 08:00 Trail Run (5km, 15km), Eskom Conservation Reserve, Dune Ridge Country House, St Francis Bay.

Wednesday 23 December 08:00 Canal Swim (bank2bank, 500m, 1km, 2km, 3km), Quaysyde, St Francis Bay.

Sunday 27 Dec 16:00 Endless Summer Open Water Swim 2,3km, Port St Francis – Granny’s Pool, St Francis Bay.  Reserve days 28, 29, 30 Dec.

Monday 28 December 08:00  Summer Series SUP Challenge (1km, 3km, 5km, 10km), Quaysyde, St Francis Bay.

Tuesday 29 December 08:00 Summer Series Pam Golding Quadrathlon (500m swim, 12km cycle, 3km run, 3km paddle – teams or individudals), Quaysyde, St Francis Bay.

Wednesday 30 December 18:30 Summer Series Full Moon Charity Run & Walk (5km), Cape St Francis Main Beach.

Thursday 31 December 08:00 Summer Series MTB Challenge (15km, 30km), Eskom Conservation Reserve, Dune Ridge Country House, St Francis Bay.

The entry fee is R100 for adults and u/17’s, and R80 for u/14’s.  Certificates are handed to the top 3 Male and Female winners in each category.

Entry forms are available from Custom Bikes in the Village Centre or St Francis Tourism inside the Kouga Municipal Building, Assissi Drive or phone Esti (073 825 0835) or Eric (082 394 7363) for more information.

Other events over season includes the Talhado Charity Run on 24 December and the FOSTER Charity Trail Run on the 28th of December, also from the Cape St Francis Resort.

The St Francis Paddling Club is organising three diverse events throughout season, the Carey Olsen Shark Point Surfski Race, the Sporty Anderson Memorial Surfski Race as well as the New Year’s Day Canal Canoe Challenge.

Thrown into the mix is the weekly parkrun, as usual 52 weeks a year at 08:00 from the St Francis Links.  Arrive early as parking is limited, and please adhere to the friendly request of No Dogs during season.

The St Francis Sport Summer Series is organised by St Francis Sport.

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Annual Summer Series starts on 16 Dec 2019

Posted by on Oct 19, 2019

Annual Summer Series starts on 16 Dec 2019

For the 13th consecutive year runners, cyclists, paddlers and swimmers in the greater St Francis will be able to add friendly rivalry or stiff competition to their annual holiday programme when the St Francis Sport Summer Series kicks off on the 16th of December with the canal swim.

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Bestmed Chokka Trail Run 2019 – online entries are open

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019

Bestmed Chokka Trail Run 2019 – online entries are open

As in the past, the race dates are falling over the Women’s Day long weekend to ensure a long and relaxed stay at our host venue, the Cape St Francis Resort.

Online entries

Online entries are open till 9 August at 14h00 and a late registration fee will be payble on race weekend.  Make sure you register with ORGSU before you choose your race.

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Bestmed Chokka Trail Run route descriptions and elevations

Posted by on May 25, 2018

Bestmed Chokka Trail Run route descriptions and elevations
Invitational 62km

Invitational 62km

The Bestmed Chokka Trail route follows the shoreline from the Cape St Francis Resort to Mostertshoek past the Seal Point Lighthouse. From the last house in Mostertshoek turn up the road (away from the shoreline) and into the Eskom Nature Reserve, where the 62km and 42km runners will continue through the coastal thicket and forest to Dune Ridge Country House.

At Duneridge Country House the 62km runners continue through the Eskom Nature Reserve to Thysbaai and Oyster Bay. The Eskom sliding gate, at around 30km, will serve as a cut off point (time to be decided by the Race Director on race day, taking weather conditions into account).

They then will tackle the 16km dunes of the Sand River back to Dune Ridge Country House, and down to the Mostertshoek Road.

However, at Duneridge Country House the 42km runners will continue on the dirt road before they turn into the Sand River for a short 6km of dunes. They will then run pass the Duneridge waterpoint again, before they turn back to the Mostershoek Road, and meet the 23km runners at the sliding gate on the R330 into St Francis Field.
All distances will have to check in to the Dirk Ellis Waterpoint at Port St Francis before they can continue via Shark Point back to the Resort.

23 km

23 km

There will be well stocked water points at each 5km interval although the 62km runners will have to prepare themselves for two unsupported 15km stretches – between Dune Ridge Country House and the waterpoint at the Eskom gate, and again between the sliding gate and Dune Ridge Country House, this time on the Sand River section. The 42km runners will have an unsupported 12km between the Duneridge waterpoint. The route will be well marked and 62km and 42km runners will receive Strava data for a large portion of the race and must download the ORGSU tracking app.

Although there will be well stocked waterpoints, each runner must carry at least 1l water, a head lamp, space blanket and whissle.

The event is organised by St Francis Sport and 3 fun races will be in aid of the Aurora Rehabilitation Centre in Port Elizabeth.

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