Time Trial League

Walkers and time trial league 2020 letter

By Mike Mostert

Well a long 2020 has come to an end…   As we all know been an tough one without any further mention

Now the Positives for 2020 for us walkers were as follows …. 

  1. No more Black and broken nails  
  2. Less aching muscles, especially the Gluteus Maximus region
  3. Less perspiration and rashes in all regions of our anatomy (no need for me to elaborate)
  4. No early mornings and hunting for parking close to the start line (you know who you all are)
  5. No pre-race nerves and butterflies
  6. No heat stroke and vest tans 

Now that I have added some ray of sunshine to my report, let me continue.

The Bi-weekly Stella walks once restrictions lifted and protocols were in place, and the Virtual Larson Mixed time trial league which the walkers Stella Stars team took part in, you can look at it from both sides positively and negatively. Not racing in the league and doing it remotely took the pressure of racing others athletes on the dark streets off, and on the other hand religiously partaking in the league remotely during Lockdown was tough on your own and to motivate yourself to get out there before month end and do your time. That did not stop walkers doing a personal best during the November time trial.

Thank you to the loyal walkers for continuing to do your times each month and submitting it to event-timing, Once lockdown restrictions lifted, at the October time trial we were able to do it as a group, followed by celebratory drink upstairs and November league along the promenade was followed by breakfast and the high-light was been joined by our esteemed Chairman and his better half.

The virtual Results as follows,

Stella A came 2nd in the league with 3 points separating The Stella ‘A’ Stars with 1st place club, and 8 points Ahead of 3rd place club,

Stella ’B’ Stars came in 4th position which is an amazing achievement  considering we had average of 5 walkers per month due to work commitments, working late, Injuries /operations -super job.

On a weekly basis, few walkers were even dogs are more than welcome have been doing 10-11km walk meeting at ‘Dave’s Prostitute corner’ at 06h30, and ending at The coffee Tree for well-deserved large double cappuccino, practically 2km before the end you can see Mike pick up the pace as he smells the coffee beans tickling his nose and chases off like a panting lion in hot pursuit of a  petrified impala!

Before you all fall off for nap reading my report …   I would like to make few special mentions and also name drop, sorry ladies:

Firstly a special thanks to Therese Hurley who dutifully took part in each of the time trials along with the walkers during lockdown and represented Stella in the 4km masters category and overall Stella A was placed 10th out of 20 teams, well-done T!

Secondly to Dot O’Leary who took the Stella walkers under her wing until lockdown, unfortunately kept Dot away and therefore had to train on her own in the morning. trust the New Year will see our special lady take over the helm once again.

Thirdly, and finally special thank you to Jocelyn Goodwin who assisted Dot in overseeing the group with dedication and poise and bringing the group together, rain did not keep Jocelyn away as she dutifully kept the diehard’s going, Thank you Jocelyn!

You are all an inspiration to me and I would like to mention you all personally, you all know who you special ladies are, a big thank you on behalf of myself and Stella club community.

I would like to wish you a safe an wonderful Christmas and may 2021 bring you good health and many personal bests and re-acquainted friendships.

Maniac Mike

Time Trial League 2019 

By: Michael Mostert

The 2019 Time Trial League kicks off on Thursday the 24th January 2019 @ 18h00 at the best athletic club, which is none other than Stella of course. We would love a big turnout in the Stella Kit for the different categories: senior men, veteran men, master’s men, Junior men, Junior women, Senior women and mixed walkers . The Stella mixed walkers team won the title in 2018 thanks to the participation of some dedicated ladies and gents.  We plan on keeping the trophy in 2019 and expect some serious competition from the other clubs this year.

The cost to participate in the League is R25.00 which covers all the time trial league fixtures for the year, which is good value for money. At an average of R2.50 per time trial, who needs Black Friday with a deal like this?

What we have emphasised to the Walkers who were daunted about time trial league is that it is all about team work. No matter how slow you may be, everyone is welcome. We exercise camaraderie, encouragement, and most of all team spirit and fun. Ladies and walkers do 4 or 5 km and men do 8 km (Ladies 8km option is still being been debated subject to vote and consensus from each club on how many ladies are keen to do the 8km. Please let me know so we can get the ball rolling).

So how do the points work? The finishing times of the first 4 club members in each category are added together and the best time gets the points followed by the 2nd best time and so forth….

If you don’t have a full team of 4, then the last finisher’s time is added. For example if Stella only has 2 senior men running at a time trial event, their times are added together and the times of the last runner home (twice). I know it’s not ideal but it does happen when we don’t have enough members running.

The first 4 runners/walkers over the finish line is calculated as Stella A the next 4 home are Stella B  etc. So it doesn’t matter if one Time Trial fixture you finish 8th and the next you finish 3rd. There is no definite A or B team. As I mentioned we are one Stella team. 

Feel free to ask me any questions and I will my best to answer them.

Looking forward to see more Stella vests at the time trial league in 2019

Stella Stars time trial team rocks!

Dedicated to team spirit,

Mike….

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Stella Female Walkers Team wins the 2018 Time Trial League

By: Sharon Troll and Kim Flack

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Last year walking with Michael’s group he started “briefing” us on something called time trial league, but we soon forgot about it until we found ourselves at the walkers meeting late last year and offered to walk if they were needing numbers. It was a bit of a decision to make whether we should register as a runner or walker, but we are so glad we joined in with the walkers – it’s been a wonderful year with amazing people! Big thanks to you Michael – your enthusiasm is infectious! Well done to us all. 

We’ve already received next year’s fixtures and we would like everyone to come join in on the 2019 fun, whether you are a runner or a walker, fast or slow. Looking forward to seeing you there. 

 

Larson Time Trial League – Westville AC

By Therese Hurly

2c5ff06c-cbc8-4938-979c-b2c8873b5704.JPGIt was so good to have had a wonderful Stella presence at the Westville Time trial league race on Tuesday 21 August.

Cool nights might make people want to stay home, but they are perfect for running and walking.

The two walking teams, led by Michael, their styles perfected by Frankie, are all very motivated, and are still on top of the walking league ladder.

Having some good runners now as well, we feature quite prominently on the running charts – with most categories represented.

The beginning of the year started off badly for Stella running teams – with only one or two runners in the men’s and women’s teams for Queensburgh and Savages time trials. Since then, thanks to the committee for their encouragement, and Stella stars, more runners are joining us.

There is a really good spirit at the time trials, and it is always a lovely change running in a different area with lots of people running along the way; the serious runners, the jokers and the moaners who are relieved afterwards that they did it.

Everyone doing Westville time trial had heard about Heartbreak Hill  there was a lot of talking about it along the way, and the whole run was geared towards conquering the hill the last 750 m, which left us all with a great sense of accomplishment at the end.

Hoping all Stella members can join in these enjoyable races. The next race is on 20 September at Sydenham, there are some challenging hills there and it is also a very enjoyable route.

PDAC Time Trial – Walking Stars Report

By: Michael Mostert

On 21st September the “ Stella Walking Stars” who I have aptly named, lined up with another 240 athletes for the PDAC leg of the Mizuno/Durban Runner Time Trial League at Lahee Park. For the first time in three years there was no torrential downpour, so at least we were in for a dry walk.

For the first time in time trial history, the Stella walkers outnumbered the Stella runners, with five of us lining up at the start line to pound the streets of Pinetown.

Our walkers were awesome with our motivational encourager Zethembiso (Nana) Nxumalo finishing in 5th position in 29 minutes, followed by the ever reliable Wendy Coleman in 8th place, a mere 8 seconds behind Nana. Mike came in 10th place in 30 min and 4 seconds, chased down by our speedy Frankie (11th position) in 31 min and 38 seconds, and our comeback kid Terrence 1st time trial in 2017 in 33.48  in 12th position. Stella walking stars finished only 1 min 11 seconds behind the first placed team DHSOB.

Stella walking stars have now cemented themselves into 3rd place on the log, a mere 8 points behind Queenburgh Harriers A team and 13 points ahead of PDAC. Queenburgh Harriers will be looking over their shoulders rather nervously at the Stella walkers slowly reeling them in. I am sure they will bring out their big guns at the next league. I say, bring it on!

Nana was lucky enough to walk away with a lucky draw prize which was well deserved after an amazing walk.

I am so proud of the Stella Walking Stars team. Bring on the next time trial league, we are ready!

Yours in walking with purpose,
 
The Proud Mike Mostert