Not something to miss


As we bat on in life to reach that all but and nigh impossible milestone century, there are moments when we lose concentration which seem to occur more often the closer you get. Searching for car keys that you misplaced is one of those lapses. Frustratingly searching for your specs only to find them ten minutes on perched on your head, another. Possibly the most traumatic is leaving the air-conditioning of a large shopping centre in the city and not being able to find your car. The inevitable panic sets in as thoughts of your car having been stolen are paramount. Stopping to contemplate your predicament it finally dawns on you that you left the centre from the wrong exit and so no harm done, retrace your steps and finally locate the missing vehicle just a little embarrassed.

These small lapses in concentration are fortunately occasional with no harm done other than a little self-embarrassment. But when you actually forget to take up your stance to face the bowler and don’t even see  the ball goes whizzing by, these moments become a major concern.

Well last evening the ball went whizzing by and the delayed realisation only hit at 2:09 this morning.

Rock Lily pulled off one of the biggest coups of the year in signing PJ Powers for not one, but two shows at the music bar in Cape St Francis. To those who lived and loved the 1995 Rugby World Cup, PJ’s rendition of “World in Union” was as big hit to many of us rugby fans as “I wanna hold your hand” was to Beatles fans in the 60’s. It is a song that still conjures up the memories and pride of that Rugby World Cup of 21 years ago.

Having met PJ way back, she was a school friend of the daughter of a friend whom I often visited to enjoy a sundowner beer after work. Then known simply as Penelope, I cannot say I paid much attention to her presence until she hit the big time in music some years later when, with a bit of prompting from my pal, I did vaguely remember meeting her.

So her performance at Rock Lily last night was probably of a little more interest to me than most. And I was truly looking forward to listening to her perform hoping she would sing ‘World in Union’ and really make my day. Well you guessed it! A major lapse in concentration and I awoke in the early hours to realised I hadn’t just missed the ball; I hadn’t even seen the bowler bowl it. It would be easy to blame the Olympics which has enthralled me over the past few days, but no, I simply forgot.

Well such is life so I guess I will be cap in hand to beg Rock Lily owner Mike Kimmings for a ticket but as the performance was sold out weeks ago, I would say my chances are nil to nothing. For all those who didn’t forget to go, I certainly hope you enjoyed the show and for those who are attending Saturday’s performance, enjoy!

Chokka Trail Run Results

Ockert Brits wit the first three - Chokka Trail RunThe hugely successful inaugural Bestmed Chokka Trail Run held on Sunday, starting and finishing at Cape St Francis Resort saw a sizable field of supremely conditioned trail runners, keen runners,  novices and walkers gather at the Resort early in the morning when most were still hiding under their sheets.

The route from Cape St Francis Resort, a co-sponsor of the event, followed a route from the resort, along Cape St Francis beach, past the lighthouse and then alomg the coastline to Mostertshoek. From here the 62k and 30 k runners continued on the road through the Eskom Nature Reserve on through the coastal thicker to Dune Ridge Country House. Here the 62k runners continued through the nature reserve and on to Thysbaai and Oyster Bay and then faced 16k’s of sand dunes along the Sand River before returning to Dune Ridge then back to the Mostertshoek road. From here they continued to the Eskom sliding gate, across the R330 as the made their way down to the Port. After a check in at The Balobi Seafood Market watering point the then made teir way to Shark Point then along Cape St Francis beach  and into the resort and the finish line.

Wow, just writing this was tiring.

The 30k runners turned back to the Mostersthoek road at Dune ridge and joined the route followed by the 23 & 16 k runners and walkers back to the Port and then on home to the finish line via Shark Point.

What a great event and here is hoping it becomes an annual event that attracts some of the best trail runners from not only around South Africa but also an international contingent. Imagine the benefits of the Chokka Trail Run becoming the ‘Comrades’ of Trail Running with national, even international TV coverage showing off one of the most beautiful coastlines on the South African coastline. Imagine what it would do for our tourism industry.

A huge congratulations to the organisers, all the sponsors and all the runners whose participation not only made the event a huge success but also raised much needed funds for SANNCOB.

Click on the results of the Chokka Trail Run below for an expanded view of each

Chokka Trail Run - 62K reultsChokka Trail Run - 30K reults Chokka Trail Run - 23K reults Chokka Trail Run - 16K reults


Pre-Race briefing

On the trail towards the lighthouse at Seal Pont, Cape St Francis

Maybe a flight home would be quicker - trail runners run through Air Park, St Francis

Lady fishers - Chokka Trail Run