Greetings to all Stella Members,
So ends another extremely busy and successful year for Stella Athletic Club. In terms of judging the success of the year I have looked at the following criteria:
- The achievement of goals by the club and athletes
- The numbers of athletes who have signed up as members
- The number of athletes who are active at races
- The number of athletes who participate in the monthly Club Time Trial and the Time Trial league
- The number of members who participate in club and fundraising events
- The success of the annual Stella Royal 10 / 25 km race
- Being innovative in the athletics space (i.e. trail runs)
In times where road running appears to be going through a bit of a slump in terms of the number of events being put on and a shortage of sponsors, Stella AC appears to be going from strength to strength. Our numbers are growing and most importantly the majority of these new members are actively involved in our weekly activities. We must be doing something right as we are also approached at most races to ask how people can join our awesome club. This will only happen if the Stella members are good ambassadors on the road and in the community. The spirit of our athletes during and after races is unparalleled. This was particularly evident at the recent Illovo Sugar Christmas Run. I was so proud to be a Stella member.
It has been particularly heart-warming to see the commitment of the members to the Club when we need help with maintenance and other projects. We all have our own special skills and can help in our own way. If that way is your ‘time’, that is appreciated. If you have other skills that can be utilized please speak to a Committee member and we will be grateful for your contribution. There are plans to renovate the Den in early 2019 and we will need all those skills and ideas to ensure that we get the best result possible.
With the Committee and members all pulling in the same direction I foresee a productive and hugely successful 2019. Most people will be looking forward to a rest over the festive season. Rest up and come back refreshed and looking forward to a busy January running schedule. To those dedicated Comrades runners who are working on their base over the festive season I urge you to try get some quality rest. The hard months are still ahead and you need to be injury free to tackle them.
To all Stella members I would like to wish you and your families a blessed Christmas and trust that 2019 will bring you all health, happiness and success.
Stella Athletic Club Chairman
By: Kim Flack
A few months ago if anyone had asked me to run 5 km I would tell them I could run and walk it only. Once I got to running a full 5km I thought, well I could actually run 10km. After running with the Stella Newbies for a few months I was able to run 13km. Dave announced at one of our weekly runs he would lead a bus on the Hillcrest 21km and aim to finish between 2h:40min – 2h:45min.
I thought this could be quite fun and how much further than 13km was it really? Come the night before the race I was worried I wouldn’t wake up, checked the alarm a few times and when I heard the rain come down at 12:30am I was starting to panic a bit.
The run started off wet from the rains the night before and it did rain a bit in the beginning which was great to be cool, but I had wet socks and shoes from the get go – my pet hate!
But our bus was in good spirits and with Dave leading us I started to enjoy the run – even the few up hills in the first half. Sean and Al pranking along the way and Dave always checking we were all ok, the rest of the team jovial – there were no worries.
At about 16km in my body felt like the end should have been near but with 5km left to go I told myself that there was only a park run left to go, only a park run left to go…
Then it dawned on me those lovely hills we so enjoyed running down until about halfway we were now having to climb to get to the end. With my ITB giving me warning signals I did end up walking unashamedly up some of those hills. But thanks to Dave and the rest of the Stella bus encouraging me all the way to the end I was elated to have finished my first 21km.
I intend to be stronger for the Deloitte Challenge and with all the advice from Stella members I know I will succeed!
By: Amanda Botes
Stella Athletic Club hosted a quiz and burger night on Friday 29 September by quiz masters Dave Wright and Hylton Forge. If you weren’t there you missed out! Music, Sport, Geography and History were all covered, including a music session where teams had to guess the song titles of Elton John songs. Who knew “Honky Cat” was an actual name of a song? 🙂 Anyway, a lot of fun was had by all, and the results of the evening were:
- The Smartinis (Louise, Derek, Jess, and Ian’s Team)
- The Sex Pistols (Dave, Tracey, Sandy and Sean’s Team)
- DJ Stag (Dawn, Julie, Aldine, and Grant’s Team)
- Juluka (Kevin, Tawanda, Nana, Tozamile, David, Alex and Cindy’s Team)
The top five teams all won prizes. We would like to thank all the sponsors of the evening including Glenwood Spar, Spoonful Eatery, Durban Runner, Louise, and Dawn.
All the pictures from the evening were captured by Shannon Hucklesby and can be found on the Stella Athletic Facebook Page. The next upcoming social event will be a Halloween Party on the 27 October. You don’t want to miss it! Start getting your outfits ready!