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Discobery Surfers Challenge

23 february 2019

DISCOVERY

SURFERS

CHALLENGE

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The route

17,5km Challenge
10km Run
5km Juniors
Paddlers

The start

The 17,5km Challenge starts at the mouth of the Kwelera River situated just north of East London, on a narrow gravel road, but soon ventures onto the beach where runners will be welcomed by rocks, loose boulders, stones, shingle and soft sand on the way past Rainbow Valley.

The Gonubie River, the first of two meaningful rivers to be crossed, is encountered at about 6km into the race. Runners are diverted off Gonubie Beach, past the caravan park and up a 350m hill behind the sand dune. The run down to the hotel is pleasant, while the crowds in Gonubie will lift participants all the way to Eastward Ho, where we meet up with a tricky little path, loose stones and sea sand again.

The going gets a little easier on the approach to Bonza Bay, where the Quinera Lagoon is unlikely to be open. Roughly 2km more of beach and the Nahoon River awaits, after which a few hundred metres are left before reaching the welcoming crowds at the finish

START TIMES
14:30 at Kwelera River Mouth

CUT-OFF TIME
17:00 in Gonubie

The start

The Surfers 10km is a race is setup for runners and walkers wishing to test their limits along the grueling Eastern Cape coast line.

Starting at the iconic Gonubie Hotel, this fun yet challenging race distance kicks off at 13:45 and follows the route of the 17.5km Challenge thereafter.

START TIMES
16:00 - 13:45 at the Gonubie Hotel

CUT-OFF TIME
16:00

The start

The Surfers 5km Juniors race is for our young runners and walkers who are under the age of 13 years old. The race starts below the Blue Lagoon Hotel at 13:45 and follows the route towards the Bonza Bay River, turns around a marker and then heads back to finish on Nahoon Beach.

START TIMES
13:45 at the Blue Lagoon Hotel, Bonza Bay

The start

The 17,5km surf ski paddle race starts at the mouth of the Kwelera River and ends at Nahoon Beach at the Finish line. The paddles need to go to the Yellow Sands Caravan park side.

CUT-OFF TIME
18:30

Route

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The Discovery Surfers Challenge starts at the mouth of the Kwelera River, which is situated just north of East London. The race starts on a narrow gravel road, but soon ventures onto the beach where runners will be welcomed by rocks, loose boulders and stones, shingle and soft sand on the way past Rainbow Valley.

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The Gonubie River, the first of two meaningful rivers to be crossed, is encountered at about 6km into the race. Runners are diverted off Gonubie Beach, past the caravan park and up a 350m hill behind the sand dune.

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Gonubie Hotel is also the start of the 10km Run. Participants continue all the way to Eastward Ho, where they will be met with a tricky little path, loose stones and sea sand again.

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The going gets a little easier on the approach to Bonza Bay, where the Quinera Lagoon is unlikely to be open.

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The 5km walk starts below the Blue Lagoon Hotel and follows the route towards the Bonza Bay River, turns around a marker and then heads back to the Nahoon Beach where another daring river crossing awaits.

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500m of beach is what now separates you from the tricky river crossing at Nahoon beach before reaching the welcoming crowds at the finish. This final stretch of sand can be soft and will test you all the way to the end.

COSTS

ONLINE

NUTTING HALL

CHIP REGISTRATION

R120

17,5km Challenge

R120

10km Run / Walk

R150

17,5km Paddlers

SINGLE OR DOUBLE

R100

5km Juniors Run / Walk

R140

17,5km Challenge

R140

10km Run / Walk

R200

17,5km Paddlers

SINGLE OR DOUBLE

R120

5km Juniors Run / Walk

WHERE:

Nutting Hall Cnr Epsom & Galway Road, East London

DATE & TIMES:

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 08:30 - 17:00

DATE & TIMES:

Friday, 22 February 2019, 08:30 - 17:00

DATE & TIMES:

Saturday, 23 February 2019, 08:00 - 11:00 (Late entries only)

PLEASE NOTE:

Late Entries at an extra R100 on Saturday 23 February 2019, 08:00 – 11:00Online entries close Sunday, 17 February 2019.Entrants must collect their race pack from Nutting Hall, East London on 21 or 22 February 2019 from 08:30 - 17:00. Entries at the venue will have to pay an extra R20 for runners and R50 for paddlers. On the day entries (23 February 2019, from 08:00 - 11:00) will have to pay an extra R100.

INFORMATION

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WHAT YOU
WILL NEED

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Surfer (must be a member of the BSC)

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Male Surf-Ski Singles

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Female Surf-Ski Singles

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Double -Surf-Ski

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Mixed Surf-Ski

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Female Runners/Walkers

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Male Runners/Walkers

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5km Junior Male Runners

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5km Junior Female Runners

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10km Male Runners

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10km Female Runner

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Wake at leisure and start hydrating with – drink 500 ml of purified water

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Thereafter have a cup of tea or coffee if you’d like

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Enjoy a moderate but hearty breakfast

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Place running gear neatly on your bed, shoes on the floor below

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Take a walk or gentle jog around the block, or many will do a parkrun as a warm-up and to settle the nerves

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Watch a previous year’s race, another stimulating DVD or listen to motivating music

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Visualise your run and attaining your goals

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Do not take painkillers and do not run if ill

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Critically analyse any sports nutrition bought off the shelves before use

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Filled water bottle

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Vaseline or similar

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Timing chip

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R10 for emergency

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Toilet paper

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Sunscreen

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Change of clothes, towel and toiletries for prize giving

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Enough time to get to the buses and/or the start in good time to avoid last minute panic

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Adequate stretching

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Properly laced and tied shoes (if wearing any)

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Time yourself before the start

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A sense of humour :)

30 YEARS
AND COUNTING

Discovery Surfers Challenge

In 1975, friendly banter in a popular local watering hole resulted in the launch of what would become a sporting tradition in the Eastern Cape, and East London in particular.

The surfing fraternity threw down a challenge to the running community for a foot race along the coast of the Indian Ocean, believing that interesting results could be expected.

A team of road runners had recently defeated a spirited team of surfers at an annual road relay from King Williams Town to East London. The Surfers, never short of self-belief thought the tables might be turned on a different surface other than tarmac.

The runners loved the idea and the Surfers Marathon was born, becoming an annual event.

Known today as the Discovery Surfers Challenge, the race begins at one of the Eastern Cape's famous surfing spots, affectionately known as "Yellows", nestled at the mouth of the Kwelera River. It ends at Nahoon Beach and, following a slight route change in 2010, measures a distance of 17.5km.

The initial race attracted 26 enterprising and adventurous enthusiasts.

A runner took the honours but he was no ordinary runner. Kenny Wilkinson was a master at most distances - he had earned himself many Comrades silver medals, was a great cross-country runner and commanded nation-wide respect.

After a few years, the paddlers of East London decided they wanted to join the race and a category was created for them.

Names of legendary runners have graced the challenge since the earliest days, whilst a number of top paddlers in South Africa have also taken on the elements.

We have now introduced the 10km from the Gonubie Hotel and the 5km Kiddies Race, which have become very popular within the community.

On 23 February 2019, thousands will again traverse the sand, rocks, rivers and , sea and take on the elements as they add to the folklore of The Discovery Surfers Challenge at the 44th running of a great tradition.

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