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Bestmed Chokka Trail Run 2019 – online entries are open

Posted by on May 25, 2018

Bestmed Chokka Trail Run 2019 – online entries are open

Click here for 2018 results

Race weekend for the third Bestmed Chokka Trail Run is Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2019, starting and finishing at the Cape St Francis Resort.  Online entries are open from 4 September 2018 to 9 August 2019.

On Saturday the ultra (62km), marathon (42km), half-marathon (23km) as well as the 10km will take place, while the 5km Charity Challenge and Family Fun Run as well as the Junior 1km and 3km races are set for Sunday 11 August 2018.

Bestmed Chokka Trail Run route descriptions and elevations

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.

Distance Late Reg & Nr collection Race briefing Starting time Prize giving
Friday 9th Aug
62 16h00 – 18h00
42 16h00 – 18h00
23 16h00 – 18h00
10 16h00 – 18h00
Sat 11th Aug
62 No late registration 06h15 6h30 15h00
42 06h00 – 06h45 06h45 7h00 15h00
23 07h00 – 07h45 07h45 8h00 12h30
10 07h00 – 08h15 08h15 8h30 12h30
Sunday 11 Aug
5 08h00 – 08h45 08h45 09h00 13h00
3 08h00 – 10h30 10h15 10h30 13h00
1 08h00 – 10h30 10h45 11h00 13h00
Entry fees
Early Bird Mid Term Entry Fee Race weekend
4 Sept 2018 – 31 Jan 2019 1 Feb – 31 May 2019 1 June – 9 Aug 2019 10 & 11 Aug
62 R950 with free race shirt R900 with free race buff R 900 R 1,050
42 R550 with free race shirt R450 with free race buff R 450 R 550
23 R400 with free race shirt R200 with free race buff R 200 R 300
10 R 50 R 80 R 100 R 150
5 Charity R 300 R 300 R 300 R 400
5 R 50 R 50 R 50 R 100
3 R 30 R 30 R 30 R 50
1 R 20 R 20 R 20 R 50
A SPOT Tracker is compulsory for 62km runners and included in the entry fee (value R300)
No Tracker No Run

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.

General

Walkers are welcome in the 23km, 10km and 5km distances.  Dogs are only allowed on short leashes with poop bags in the 10km and 5km distances.  Ultra and 42km runners will have to download the ORGSU App to ensure tracking and check in times at various waterpoints, however it is compulsory for all 62km runners to rent a SPOT Tracker at R300 for the race (included in the entry fee).  No Tracker, No Run.  They can also leave a draw bag at the 15km/45km waterpoint at Duneridge Country House as well as at the 30km waterpoint at the Oyster Bay Eskom gate.

Accommodation

The Cape St Francis Resort offers a crazy weekend special:  book 2 nights and you get a third one free at R350 per person per night sharing, while children under 12 stay for half price.  Contact Anita Lennox on reservations@capestfrancisresort.co.za to book.

The beneficiary of the Bestmed Chokka Trail Run is the Beach Cleanup Project.  It is organised by St Francis Sport, sponsored by Bestmed Medical Aid and hosted by the Cape St Francis Resort.

Get your entry in now – click here!

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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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Bestmed Chokka Trail Run 2017

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

Bestmed Chokka Trail Run 2017

The second annual Bestmed Chokka Trail Run will take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August 2017, organised by St Francis Sport and hosted by the Cape St Francis Resort.  Make sure you get your entry in as a late registrations fee will be applicable on race weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, 5 August the u/12’s can compete in a 1km and 3 km race.  On Sunday, while the older children and parents compete, the Cape St Francis Resort will offer an adventure sport programme for these juniors so parents can run with peace of mind.

The main event for Sunday is the Ultra, a 62km distance that will kick off at 05h00.  This distance is the only one to include the popular Sand River, the highlight of the Chokka Trail.

The 30km distance will start at 7h00, and the 23km and 18km will start at 7h30.  Race briefing is 15 minutes prior to the start.

At 11h00 a 5km Family Fun Run will start and finish at the Resort.  This race, as well as the 1&3km races, are in aid of the Aurora Rehabilitation Centre in Port Elizabeth.

The staggered starting times will ensure that most runners will be back by midday for the festive prize giving ceremony at 13h00.

Walkers are welcome in the 23km and 18km distances.  Ultra and 30km runners will have to download the ORGSU App to ensure tracking and check in times at various waterpoints.  They can also leave a draw bag at the 15km/45km waterpoint at Duneridge Country House as well as at the 30km waterpoint at the Oyster Bay Beach Lodge.

Accommodation

The Cape St Francis Resort offers a crazy weekend special:  book 2 nights but pay for 1 at R300 per person sharing, while children under 12 stay for half price.  Contact Anita Lennox on reservations@capestfrancisresort.co.za to book, and remember to enquire about the children’s programme for Sunday.

Registration and number collection

Registration and number collection will be at Joe Fish Restaurant, Cape St Francis Resort.

Registration/number collection times:
1km and 3km:  Saturday 5 August from 13h00

Ultra 62km:  Saturday 16h00 – 20h00 only.  No late entries on Sunday.  Late entry fee applies.

30km, 23km, 18km:  Saturday 16h00 – 20h00.  Sunday from 06h00 – 07h00.  Late entry applies.

5km:  09h00 – 10h45.

Starting times:

Saturday 5 August:

1km:  15h00 (race briefing 14h45)

3km:  15h30 (race briefing 15h15)

Prize giving:  16h00

Sunday 6 August:

62km Ultra:  05h00 (race briefing 04h45)

30km:  07h00 (race briefing 06h45)

23km/18km:  07h30 (race briefing 07h15)

5km:  11h00 (race briefing 10h45)

Entry fees:

1km:  R20, on race weekend R50

3km:  R30, on race weekend R50

5km:  R50, race weekend R60

18km: R100.  race weekend R150

23km: R150, race weekend R200

30km: R250, race weekend R400

62km: R400, race weekend R600 (no entries on Sunday)

Online registration:

Online Entries  are open till Saturday 5 August 12h00.  Make sure you register first before you choose your race.  In the event that you battle to enter online between Friday and Saturday, kindly email info@stfrancissport.co.za before Saturday 5 August at 12h00 and you will not have to pay the late entry fee.

Results and statistics of the previous year:

RACE Attendance 2016
All / F / Male
Results 2016
16 Km 109 / 74 / 35 Results 2016 – 16 km
23 Km  28  / 19 /   9 Results 2016 – 23 km
30 Km  22 /    5 / 17 Results 2016 – 30 km
62 Km    7 /    1 /   6 Results 2016 – 16 km
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