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Bestmed Chokka Trail Run 2018 – online entries open

Posted by on May 25, 2018

Bestmed Chokka Trail Run 2018 – online entries open

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The 2018 Bestmed Chokka Trail Run will take place on Saturday 11 August and Sunday 12 August.  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 with the Junior 1km and 3km races are set for Sunday 12 August 2018.

Two distance changes have been made this year:  the new 42km marathon, that will include half of the Sand River dunefield, will replace the 30km distance, and the 18km will be replaced by a 10km distance.

Bestmed Chokka Trail Run route descriptions and elevations

Race dates, falling over the Women’s Day long weekend, were specially selected to ensure a relaxed post race stay at the host venue, the Cape St Francis Resort.  Make sure you get your entry in as a late registration fee will be applicable on race weekend.

Online entries

Online entries are open till 10 August at 12h00 and a late registration fee will be payble on race weekend.  Make sure you register with ORGSU on that website before you choose your race.

Starting times:

Saturday 11 August

62km:  06h30

42km:  07h00

23km:  08h00

10km:  08h30

Prize giving:  12h30 (23km and 10km) and 15h00 (62km and 42km)

Sunday 12 August

Family Fun  & Charity Challenge 5km:  09h00

Junior 3km:  10h30

Junior 1km:  11h00

Prize giving:  13h00

Number collection can be done an hour before the start, and race briefing is 15 minutes prior to the start.

Businesses, schools and charity organisations are invited to participate in the 5km Charity Challenge which will be a team effort.  Teams of 4 will all 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 cash for their nominated charity or school.

General

Walkers are welcome in the 23km, 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.  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 R320 per person per night sharing, while children under 12 stay for half price.  Contact Anita Lennox on reservations@capestfrancisresort.co.za to book.

Registration and number collection

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

Registration/number collection times:

Ultra 62km:  Friday 16h00 – 20h00 only.  No late entries.

42km, 23km:  Friday 16h00 – 20h00.  Saturday from 06h30 – 07h00.  Late entry fee applies.

10km:  Saturday from 07h30.

5km:  Sunday from 08h00.  Late entry fee applies.

1km and 3km:  Sunday from 09h00.

Starting times:

Saturday 11 August:

62km Ultra:  06h30 (race briefing 06h15)

42km:  07h00 (race briefing 06h45)

23km:  08h00 (race briefing 07h45)

10km:  08h30 (race briefing 08h45)

Prize giving:  16h00

Sunday 12 August:

5km:  09h00 (race briefing 08h45)

1km:  11h00 (race briefing 10h45)

3km:  10h30 (race briefing 10h15)

Prize giving:  13h00

Entry fees:

Entry zones:

A:  1 Feb – 3 April

B:  4 April – 30 June

C:  1 July – 10 August 12h00

1km:  A – C:  R20, race weekend R50

3km:  A – C:  R30, on race weekend R50

5km:  A – C:  R50; Race weekend R80

Charity Challenge:  R300 per team of 4.  Race Weekend R350.

10km: A – B:  R80; C:  R100.  Race weekend R150

23km: A:  R150, B:  R180, C:  R200.  Race weekend R250

42km: A:  R300,  B:  R350, C:  R400.  Race weekend R550

62km: A:  R600 plus shirt, B:  R600 plus buff, C:  R600.  Race weekend R750, NO entries on Saturday.

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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