Inaugural Bestmed Chokka Trail Run

Update on Bestmed Chokka Trail

The inaugural Bestmed Chokka Trail Run will take place on Sunday 7 August 2016, starting and finishing at the Cape St Francis Resort.  The main distance of the day, 62km, will see two Gauteng celebrity runners Craig Hammer and Rudi Nel challenging local runners to set the first Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Bestmed Chokka Trail Run.

Online entries for the 62km as well as the 30km, 23km and 16km opens on 10 June on, where a full route description and elevations are available.  Entrants for the 62km must supply information on previous runs completed, while walkers are welcome to enter the 16km distance.

The route follows the shoreline from the Cape St Francis Resort to Mostertshoek past the Seal Point Lighthouse.  From the last house in Mostertshoek, they will stay on the road into the Eskom Nature Reserve, where the Invitational 62 and 30km runners will continue through the coastal thicket and forest to Dune Ridge Country House. Here the Invitational 62 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.

They will then tackle the 16km dunes of the Sand River back to Dune Ridge Country House, and down to the Mostertshoek Road. Meanwhile the 30km runners will turn back to the Mostershoek Road at Dune Ridge Country House, and meet up with the 23km and 16km runners at the sliding gate on the R330 into St Francis Field.

The 16km runners will use the St Francis Field beach gate to get back to the Resort, while the 30km and 23km runners will still have to check in at the Balobi Seafood Market Waterpoint before they can continue via Shark Point back to the Resort.

There will be well stocked water points at each 5km interval, however each runner must carry at least 1l water, a head lamp, space blanket and whissle.  The route for the 23km and 16km will be well marked, but runners doing the 30km and 62 km will receive maps and coordinates for the middle section of the race.

“The Bestmed Chokka Trail Run’s foundation is the popular “Enid” – the Enid Pretorius Properties Trail Run & Walk that was held for 7 years on Women’s Day, however turned out to be too difficult for most walkers and not taken seriously by trail runners,” says Race Organisers Eric Stewart from St Francis Sport.  “When a financial director of Bestmed hiked the Chokka Trail earlier this year and offered to sponsor a trail run, we knew it was meant to be.”

Number collection and on the day registration can be done from 06:00 on Sunday morning and race briefing for all distances is at 07:15.  All participants will be able to send off the 62km participants when they start at 07:30. The 30km runners will start at 07:45 and the 23km and 16km runners at 07:30. Walkers will be allowed on the 16km route.

The entry fee is R80 (open) and R40 (under 18) for the 16km, R120 (23km), R150 (30km) and R200 (62km).

Cape St Francis Resort offers a fantastic accommodation special for the weekend starting at R154 per person sharing. The event is organised by St Francis Sport and a portion of the profit will be donated to SANCCOB Cape St Francis.

World Environment Day – Godfried Potgieter remembered

Godfried Potgieter remembered

Plaque in remembrance Godfried Potgieter

The St Francis community gathered at the Community Gardens on Sunday to “plant a tree” for World Environment Day and to unveil a plaque in memory of Godfried Potgieter. Below is a wonderful article from Yvonne Bosman on Godfried and his contribution and service to the community of St Francis

“Godfried was a member of the St Francis Kromme Trust Committee for over 20 years handling anything to do with botanical matters. He was a competent botanist and he and Caryl Logie started the Fourcade Botanical Group. Always on hand to assist with matters botanical and the training of the young group of Sea Vista youngsters of the Eco Club, he was always a willing to transport the group on the various outings and assist with these outings. He and other member of the botanical group provided a fresh display of currently flowering indigenous species at the Heritage Centre every week for the past about 15 years.

Godfried was a Kromme Trust representative on the FOSTER environmental group in Cape St Francis for many years.

He assisted greatly in the  development and upkeep, especially in the early years, of the Community Garden, hence the new “Godfried’s Patch” which has now been dedicated to his memory.

He also helped to organise the Kromme Trust as a Public Benefit Organisation.

He was green keeper at the Bowling Club for many years (a very demanding task) and continued  to help the new green keeper and committee whenever it came to practical matters. He was fantastic at inventing useful items or to build things to form a useful function.

He as also a keen member of the bird club and regularly attended outings. He made the famous nectar bird feeders that were so popular at the morning markets.

Godfried had a deep faith and participated in church matters.

He was a “gentleman” a kind and gentle person who helped whenever help was needed and was very practical in many spheres, having been an engineer. He was loved by all who knew him, was a really good family man, not only to his immediate family but to others of his extended family too. He will be missed in many spheres of the wider St Francis community.”

Here is an extract from the Facebook page that Geanne Darke wrote on him when he died.

“The Kromme Trust was fortunate enough to have his expertise and wisdom for over twenty years. That kind of service to the community and to our natural heritage is priceless. His area of interest and participation was in being the representative for the Kromme Trust, working with FOSTER, on the SCOSS (St Francis Coastal Open Space Systems) committee. He was instrumental in making the Kromme Trust a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). He was involved in designing the layout and irrigation of the Community gardens and Romazini Valley and working closely with the Thatch Farm when it was in operation.

Godfried was an avid birder, and a member of the St Francis Bird Club. He loved the birds, but we suspect it was most likely that he attended all the outings to study the flora as his first love was the plants around him! Godfried was very much involved with botanicals in general. He was so generous with gifts of indigenous plants and imparting his wealth of knowledge. Godfried was the source of all our flora posts on our website and Facebook pages. He was a founder member of the Fourcade Botanicals Group over 16 years ago, and he organized all the Rambles. His commitment and dedication to recording and preserving of all botanicals was exemplary. He co-ordinated all the indigenous flower displays in the Heritage Centre. Godfried was excellent with teaching groups of Sea Vista children that have now moved onto jobs using the skills they acquired through these teachings. He was also an active member of the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW) and was even the Bowls club Greensman for years.

We will miss his great fund of knowledge and his untiring support of all Kromme Trust activities.”

Isabel & Maggie unveiling plaque - Photo Yvonne Bosman

Isabel & Maggie unveiling plaque

Warren Manser helping with planting of the trees donated by the community

Warren Manser helping with planting of the trees donated by the community

Plant a Tree


Surfing: Long Beach Kommetjie to host the BOS Cape Crown

Long Beach Kommetjie to host the BOS Cape Crown this weekend.

Just over 80 surfers from all parts of the country will celebrate the start of youth month this weekend when they compete in the BOS Cape Crown at Long Beach in Kommetjie. The 3A rated Surfing South Africa PST event offers R23000 in prize money, prizes and valuable ratings points on the domestic surf tour to surfers in the U12, U14,U16 and U18 Divisions for Girls and Boys.

The BOS Cape Crown is supported by Lifestyle Surf Shop, SurfEars, Billabong, Cape Villa Collection and Seventyonepercent sun cream.

Main sponsor BOS will be continuing their support for junior surfing at this event and are firmly behind Surfing South Africa’s commitment to holding at least eight youth tournaments at different venues around South Africa in 2016.

An official opening function will be held at the Lighthouse Grill in Kommetjie at 7pm on Friday June 10th where there will be free boerewors rolls and sponsors handouts for competitors. All officials, parents and supporters are welcome to attend the function and enjoy the music provided by a local DJ.

All seven division champions will be awarded special trophies, a set of SurfEars Version 2 and all four finalists in the seven divisions will receive medals. Each competitor will get a BOS wristband which entitles them to a free BOS drink during the contest.

Contestants must meet at Long Beach at 7.30am on Saturday June 11th and the heats will start at approximately 8am,

Information about this weekend’s contest is available on a dedicated facebook page @ The BOS Cape Crown and by sharing or liking a post on this page someone could win a month’s supply of BOS product.

The heats will be posted on  by Wednesday June 8th and results will be updated each day of the event.

Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Press Release from Surfing South Africa