The 13th annual St Francis Sport Summer Series will kick off on Monday 16 December 2019 with a canal swim, and ends on the 31st of December with the annual MTB Challenge.
Sporting enthusiasts can look forward to the usual swimming, running, cycling and paddling events as well as combinations of these disciplines at different venues in St Francis and Cape St Francis.
All events will start at 08h00 unless differently specified, and race briefing is 15 minutes before the start. Registration can be done on the day, 60 minutes before the event at each respective venue. Multiple events can be done as teams or individuals, in age categories under 14, under 17 and open, and top 3 winners in each category will each receive a certificate. The entry fees are R100 for adults, and R80 for all under 14’s.
The first event on Monday 16 December is the Canal Swim from the beach at Quaysyde Restaurant, Sea Glades Drive, St Francis Bay. All children under 12 can participate in the fun bank2bank event, while a 500m, 1km, 2km and 3km is open to the other categories.
On Tuesday 17 December the Cape St Francis Resort will host the annual Road Run with two distances, 5km and 10km. Then it is back to the canals on Wednesday 18 December for a road run/swim combination, the Duathlon. Teams or Individuals can tacle the 500m swim/3km run or 1km swim/6km run.
The Trail Run (5km or 15km) follows on Thursday 19 December through the Eskom Conservation Reserve. Registration will be at the Duneridge Country House.
New on the calendar is the Triple Challenge, where teams or individuals can take each other on in this swim, run and paddle trio. There are two distances to choose from, the 500m swim, 3km run and 3km paddle, or 1km swim, 6km run and 5km paddle, Stand Up Paddle boards or any other floating device is welcome.
The Extreme Duathlon, consisting of 5km trail run and 15km MTB or 10km trail run and 30km MTB will take place on the St Francis Field on Monday, 23 December. This event again is open to teams.
This year’s charity event, the 5km Full Moon Run (or walk!) will happen on Thursday, 26 December on the Cape St Francis Main Beach. Registration from 18h00, starting time at 19h00.
The Open Water Swim is planned for Friday 27 December at 16:00 between Port St Francis and Granny’s Pool, with reserved days the 28, 29 or 30. Very important, prospective swimmers must pre-register by sending their details on WhatsApp to Esti Stewart on 073 825 0835 or Haydn Holmes on 074 603 9311, to be informed of final details and safety regulations.
The last two events of the Summer Series is the very popular Pam Golding Quadrathlon on Monday, 30 December from the beach at Quaysyde. This team or individual event consists of a 500m swim, 12km cycle, 3km run, plus 3km paddle.
Then the final event will take place on Tuesday, 31 December – the 15km or 30km MTB Challenge through the Eskom Conservation Reserve will start from Duneridge Country House, St Francis Bay.
Two charity runs will also take place during season, hosted by the Cape St Francis Resort. Firstly the annual Talhado Road Run on Tuesday, 24 December (5km, 10km), and secondly the FOSTER Trail Run on Saturday 28 December. The route goes through the various nature reserves in Cape St Francis with spectacular views. For more information, phone the Resort on 042-2980054.
The St Francis Paddling Club is hosting three events this year: the Carey Olsen Shark Point Surfski Challenge on Sunday 22 December, the Sporty Anderson Memorial Surfski Race on Saturday 28 December as well as the New Year’s Day Canal Canoe Challenge. For more details, contact Peter Mitchley on 082 881 1193.
Don’t forget to visit St Francis Field on Friday 27 December from 07:30 for their annual Fly In, St Francis Field.
Remember St Francis parkrun takes place every Saturday at 08:00 at the St Francis Links. This is a weekly free, timed 5km run or walk, open to all. Get your barcode on www.parkrun.co.za and bring it with to get your results emailed to you. Please take note no dogs will be allowed during season.
For more information, contact Eric and Esti Stewart on 082 394 7363 or 073 825 0835. Entry forms are available at St Francis Tourism and Custom Bikes. The series is hosted by St Francis Sport.