Great Inaugural Half Marathon

And a wonderful Calamari Weekend

The winner – Guft Chigomarawa with Richard Arderne

Whilst the golfers were driving their balls down the fairways of St Francis Bay Golf Club, others were more sedately rolling theirs down the manicured lawns of the St Francis Bay Bowling Club in the annual Calamari Classic Bowls tournament. An annual event Bowls has been part of the Calamari Classic calendar for nigh on 18 years. As reader Christine Chapman says “Great food, booze cruises, and music and dancing and all superbly organised.” Unfortunately we do not have the results for the event but as soon as they are to hand we shall publish them.

Finally and bringing a highly successful, new look Calamari Classic 2018 to a close was the inaugural running of the St Francis Nautical Half Marathon. One does so hope that the name of this outstanding addition to the Classic weekend is changed to Calamari Classic Half Marathon next year as it is essential that St Francis builds a brand around the Calamari name. Building a strong brand can only improve marketing this spring festival in the future to rival the best in the country.

Setting off bright and early Sunday morning from Quaysyde Restaurant on Sea Glades drive on the canals, 170 plus runners started the arduous 21.1 kilometres or for those of us who were schooled in miles, yards and inches before going metric, 13 miles, 192 and one half yard. Quaysyde truly has become St Francis’ sporting hub with several sport bodies now making it their home base.

2nd Placed Lubabalo Jusayi- Photo – St Francis Runners Facebook

The leaders started off at a hectic pace and one wondered as they rounded the corner into St Francis Drive a few hundred metres from the start how they could possibly keep up the pace. Deciding to take up station just after the 10 kilometre mark we set off for Cape St Francis but stopped off to view the huge waves breaking on the Wildside whilst awaiting the runners. Estimating at very best the winner would take at least an hour and ten minutes we planned our route to take in Cape St Francis Resort and beach and then hot tail it back to the finish. We were slightly delayed and sadly arrived at the finish at one hour 12 and so missed the winner Gift Chigomawara who had beaten us by a minute.!

Considering the layout of the course this is indeed a brilliant time as part of the race was through the reserve’s uneven trail and the rest on rather uneven St Francis roads complete with many repaired potholes to throw runners off their stride. Hardly the same smooth level road conditions found at international marathons and half marathons.

To all who competed, well done no matter what time it took you.

But a couple of disappointments.

Sadly very few locals took to the streets to support the runners. When one looks at how the crowds gather in their thousands at races such as Comrades it would be so nice to see the crowds come out in their hundreds next year. After all this is our ‘Comrades’

And last were those rude, inconsiderate idiot drivers who took no heed that there was a race in progress. Surely arriving a minute or two late at your destination would not have made any difference for if you had hit a runner or spectator, a night or two in Humansdorp Jail would have made you a lot later. It takes so little effort to be cautious when passing a runner or for that matter a cyclist. And just by the way, there is a 50 kilometre speed limit on St Francis Bay roads and 40 kilometre limit on Cape St Francis.

With the weather playing fair as it has with so many of our major sporting events this year it was indeed a wonderful Calamari Classic Festival Weekend.

All the Results

Fresh and ready to run

St Francis College Girls put Icing on the Cake

Icing on the Cake

The senior girls (Grade 4-7) made plastic icing decorations at Girls Club.

They are making these decorations to put on top of the cupcakes that will be baked this week and which will be donated to the Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer fundraiser, being held on 29th September at Fountains Mall. The plan is to donate 100 cupcakes. A great project! Lily Joubert and Kate Robson are seen here with their creations.

Funky Hair Day

Friday 21st September was Funky Hair Day at St Francis College. The children pay R5.00 each to get to wear their hair in any crazy style they like with their  teachers leading the way. Seen here getting into the spirit are Mrs Kym Clephane (Grade 0), Mr Ralton Fortuin (Sports Coach) and Mrs Lyn Webb (Grade 1). The funds raised go toward the annual Grade 6 Garden Route Tour.

Jeffreys Bay Police Constable Arrested for Armed Robbery

Police reacting to an armed robbery report arrested two suspects, one of whom was an off-duty police constable attached to the Humansdorp Operational Command Centre in Jeffreys Bay yesterday morning.

A 30-year-old complainant reported that he had allegedly been robbed of his casino winnings from a gambling facility in Da Gama Street, Jeffreys Bay early in the morning. The complainant alleged that while walking in Jeffreys Street on his way to visit a friend, a black Tata Indigo vehicle stopped next to him. The two men jumped out of the vehicle and assaulted him and also stole his cash before fleeing the scene. Police were immediately dispatched and moments later, they spotted the vehicle fitting the description given by the complainant in Diaz Street with the two men busy refuelling the vehicle. The two men were taken in for questioning and later arrested for aggravating robbery. The two suspects aged 22 and 26 are due to appear in the Humansdorp Magistrates Court soon on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

“It is regrettable and at the same time pleasing to note that, among the suspects a member of the South African Police Service was among them. This affords us the opportunity to take appropriate action against our own. We wish to reiterate our stance as the South African Police Service, that there is no place for corrupt or criminal elements in our organisation and this arrest sends a strong message that we will continue to investigate without fear or favour” said Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga.