Chairman’s Chirp – November 2021

Hello fellow Stars

And so we start the downhill slide to the end of the year. I’m sure that all of you are exhausted and
are looking forward to a well-earned break. After almost 2 years of living under these dreaded
COVID protocols most people yearn for a return to normality. Whether that will be the normality we
knew prior to COVID, or whether it is going to be a more cautious new normality, only time will tell.
What we athletes want though is the return of the regular races on the road-racing calendar. The
provisional race calendar for the 2022 year has been published and we are lucky enough to have
retained our traditional calendar date for early March 2022. With the Comrades Marathon being run
on 28 August some of the marathon dates have been moved around to allow runners to have
multiple opportunities to qualify for the event. The race calendar as you know it will therefore be a
bit odd for 2022. If there are well organised races, I’m sure that there will be no complaints.

As a Club we have got through the year reasonably well. Whilst there was a disappointing uptake in
membership, the profit earned on the 2020 Marshalls World of Sport Stella Royal has carried us
through to where we are now. I must add that our esteemed race Director, Kevin Hendrickse, then
organised a very profitable and enjoyable 2021 Virtual race. We are hoping that our 2022 race will
be run with no COVID restrictions and that we can put on an event in the Stella tradition.

With the ending of the year comes all the normal celebrations. This year the committee has decided
to again mix things up a bit and to organise a year-end function taking COVID protocols into account.
It will be an outdoor event that will challenge your sporting flexibility. The cameras will be there to
record both the successes and epic fails. The most important point though is that there is good
camaraderie amongst the members and that a good time is had by all. Details of this event will go
out shortly.

A successful year would not be complete without saying thank you to a few groups of people. Firstly,
thank you to the Committee who have worked tirelessly to keep the Club operational during such
difficult times. Its not easy juggling work, home life and the demands of an athletics club. I would
also like to thank the road captains who have gone above and beyond to ensure that our groups had
interesting runs that met the requirements of the diverse needs of our members. The success of
these runs was evident by all the happy faces in the pictures shared on Instagram. Members are
urged to share any ideas regarding run routes with the road captains. This will ensure that we have
even more variety on the roster. Lastly a big thank you to all the members who have stuck by the
club during such difficult times.

I trust that you will enjoy a welcome break over the Christmas period and if I do not see you until
the new year I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2022.

Happy running and please all stay safe.

Dave Beattie

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