Bestmed Chokka Trail Run

Second annual Bestmed Chokka Trail Run

The second annual Bestmed Chokka Trail Run will take place on Sunday 6 August 2017 from the Cape St Francis Resort, with the highlight of the weekend’s trailrunning the 62km ultra distance.

Other distances are 30km, with 24km and 18km open to walkers.  A 5km family fun run will take place just before prize giving at 11h, while youngsters can participate in a 1km or 3km race on Saturday 5 August and enjoy an adventure sport programme on Sunday hosted by the Cape St Francis Resort allowing parents to compete with peace of mind.

The ultra will kick off at 05h00, so a head lamp is compulsory.  This distance is the only one to include the popular Sand River, the highlight of the Chokka Trail.  The 30km distance will start at 07h00, and the 23km and 18km at 7h30.  Race briefing is 15 minutes prior to each starting time.  All races will start and finish at the Cape St Francis Resort.

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

Ultra and 30km runners must 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, and one at the 30km waterpoint at the Oyster Bay Beach Lodge is advised.

The Cape St Francis Resort offers a weekend special at R300 per person, book for 2 nights but you only pay for 1.  Children under 12 stay for half price.  Contact Anita Lennox on to book.

Registration and number collection will be at Joe Fish Restaurant, Cape St Francis Resort from 13h00 on Saturday 5 August, including registration for the 1km (starting at 15h00) and 3km (starting at 15h30) races.  Prize giving is 16h00.

62km runners can collect their numbers on Saturday between 16h00 and 20h00 only, no late entries on Sunday.

30km, 23km and 18km runners can also collect on Sunday from 06h00 – 07h00 but a late entry fee applies.

Registration for the 5km is from 09h00 – 10h45 on Sunday.

Entry fees are:
1km:  R20, race weekend R50
3km:  R30, race weekend R50
5km:  R50, race weekend R80
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 is open on  The Bestmed Chokka Trail Run is organised by St Francis Sport and hosted by the Cape St Francis Resort.

All proceeds of the 1km, 3km and 5km races will be donated to the Aurora Rehabilitation Centre in Port Elizabeth, and a donation will be made to SANCCOB, the rehabilitation centre for Sea Birds in Cape St Francis.

Emergency ready?

How prepared and competent are you to deal with an emergency?

The many disasters that have struck not only on our doorstep on the Garden Route, van Stadens & Thornhill, particularly Woodridge College as well as the Grenfell tragedy, the devastating fires in Portugal and the fires presently threatening California, illustrates just how important it is to know what to do in the face of a disaster or emergency. Accidents and disasters can strike at any time and without warning and they need not be the huge disasters we have witnessed so recently but rather closer to home and in fact, right in your home.

How equipped are you to deal with any disaster, big or small, that may confront you? Would you know how to deal with it and if necessary save a life if called on to do so. If you had to perform CPR on a member of your family, a child or help someone having a heart attack or suffering a stroke would you be ready and able. If witnessing an accident, even at home could you effectively treat a patient in shock, control their bleeding or burns if injured in an accident or effectively contain the fire with an extinguisher or fire blanket until professional help becomes available?

Basic first aid and fire prevention is something every one of us should have at least some knowledge of and know how to deal with until help arrives for thos first few minutes can make the difference between a minor incidence or a massive disaster or even life and death,

Keith Donaldson of Bay Fire and well known to many in St Francis having headed up the fire team in St Francis a while back is offering a series of courses to equip parents, childminders and caretakers with the basic knowledge and confidence to be able to deal with the common medical emergencies that can be experienced with infants, children and adults. You will learn vital life saving skills such as CPR, dealing with choking incidents and how to treat burns and fractures.

Keith will be running courses at St Francis Links on the 1st and 2nd August so book your place today by calling Keith on 079 981 6088 or mailing him on

You never know when you may be called on to save a life or prevent a disaster.

How prepared and competent are you to deal with an emergency?


Dining with Sarah

Wine & Dine with Sarah

In a series of columns over the coming months St Francis Today is privileged to have Sarah Jane of Dune Ridge share some thoughts and experiences on wine and dining. Many of you will have personally experienced the fine fare created by Sarah at her popular Wine Pairing evenings and are sure you will enjoy her sharing her experiences of fine dining and wines she has enjoyed.

What better time to start a wine of the month than in the middle of Winter…

Winter has definitely bestowed her icy chill upon us.  What does winter mean to you?  For me mean it means frequent little road trips to little dorpies or a few days up in the winelandsred wine that boasts the skills of local wine makers and of course fierce fire places, large pots of family style food – typical Karoo comfort food.

Starke Conde Tsating - the view

We recently took a trip to Stellenbosch – I think its my favourite time of the year.  Seeing the vines changing from bright green to hues of burnt sunsets.

One evening we met a group of friends out at a beautiful eatery called The Stellenbosch Kitchen.  Rich Ox Blood leather chairs with blown up postal stamps that had been cleverly positioned on the walls.  Big brass lights and the friendliest waiters I have ever come across.  The menu is wholesome and bounteous; rich and saucy;STARK-CONDE SYRAH Vintage: 2013 flavourful and colourful; opulent and infinitely gratifying – this is comfort food done to perfection.  The evening was chilly and what better way than to have a couple of bottles of red wine on the table.  Thankfully it was not up to me to decide this time around as we had a few wine makers within our group but between them they settled on a Stark-Conde Syrah

The Estate Stark-Conde is situated in the Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch. Their wines are all hand-crafted in small volumes using traditional methods of hand sorting, open-top fermentation and manual basket pressing.  All their wines are bottles without fining or filtering.

Vintage: 2013
Grape blend: 100% Syrah
Region: Stellenbosch
State or country: South Africa
Price: R179 per bottle

General Information: Dark garnet coloured Syrah with aromas of berries, pepper and very subtle hints of dark chocolate.  Medium bodied and VERY easy to drink. The flavour profile is a stony mineral infused black cherry and old oak blend. The finish is dry and very smooth.

They have the most incredible tasting room positioned on the dam at the Estate and Restaurant called the Postcard Café.   Take a drive out to Jonkershoek Valley next time you are in Stellenbosch and go for a light lunch and do their tasting.  You definitely will not be sorry.

Dune Ridge Country House