Franschhoek Spring Trail Run set for September

franschoek spring trail run 2019

The Lions Club of Franschhoek are hosting their inaugural Spring Trail Run on the 29th of September 2019. There are three distances namely 5Km, 10Km and 17Km. The trails are all on the magnificent wine farm, Glenwood, incorporating the surrounding mountails and views of the dams.  Time-to-Run Cape Town

Totalsports Women’s Race Cape Town in August

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Runners (and walkers) can look forward to an active Women’s Day on Thursday, 09 August 2018 by enjoying a 10km (or 5km) journey through the streets of Cape Town at the 2018 Totalsports Women’s Race in support of PinkDrive. [Read more…]

Two Oceans Marathon Tackles Cape Water Crisis

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(Cape Town – With the City of Cape Town and parts of the Western Cape in the midst of a severe drought, organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) are working around the clock to ensure the 49th edition of the world’s most beautiful marathon is fully aligned with plans to avoid Day Zero. [Read more…]

Runners change lives at Cape Town 12 ONERUN

Cape Town - ONERUN

The 2017 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN saw runners donate an impressive combined total of R112 555.00 to the event’s two charities, Die Burger Kersfonds and The Cape Of Good Hope SPCA. [Read more…]

Onerun 2015 launch

onerun launch Excitement builds as Cape Town prepares to host what is sure to become one of the largest and most celebrated sporting events in South Africa, the much anticipated FNB CAPE TOWN 12 ONERUN. Onerun 2015 launch is a post from: Time-to-Run Cape Town

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Lesotho success at Two Oceans 2015

Motlokoa Nkhabutlane - Two Oceans

Cape Town, 4 April 2015 – The tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho produced not one, but two podium places in this year’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, when Motlokoa Nkhabutlane and Moeketsi Mosuhli clinched first and third place respectively.

Nkhabutlane made his break at the top of Southern Cross Drive and took a convincing win in 03:10:27.  He was followed by Collen Makaza from Zimbabwe, who finished in a time of 03:12:41, and Mosuhli, who reached the finish line a minute later.

The 30 year old winner, who was initially worried about being caught by the chasing bunch after his breakaway, said that the Lesotho team’s strong focus on group training played a major role in his and Mosuhli’s performance.

The biggest surprise of the day, however, came in the form of Caroline Wöstmann, who took the top stop in the ladies’ Ultra race – making her the first South African woman to win since 2001.

Wöstmann, running in Nedbank colours, finished in a time of 03:41:23 – 70 minutes faster than her 2014 time – with Russian defending champ Nina Podnebesnova in second place (03:44:04) and “dark horse” Tanith Maxwell finishing third (03:45:18) in her debut Ultra.

“I felt fantastic and had a great race today,” Wöstmann said, recounting how she inched her way to the front of the pack until she finally passed Podnebesnova in the final 5 kilometres, who had maintained a strong lead until that point.

In the Half Marathon men’s race, Stephen Mokoka successfully defended his title in a sprint finish. He crossed the finish line in a time of 01:04:00, 16 seconds faster than in 2014. Boxer Superstores athlete Elroy Gelant came second (01:04:04), with Joel Mmone finishing in third place (01:04:05).

The Phalula twins dominated the ladies’ race, with Lebogang crossing the finish line in 01:14:48 and her sister, Diana (defending her 2014 title) finishing in third place (01:15:31). Mapaseka Makhanya came second, in a time of 01:15:08.

The early morning dawned to perfect weather as a sold-out field of athletes lined up for their start in Newlands. Conditions soon turned wet and chilly when the rain came down just after 7am.

“We were grateful for the rain, as it made for a pleasantly cool day on the road and helped to settle the ash along the Ultra route,” says Carol Vosloo, general manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC.

“It was once again humbling to see how runners and spectators embraced the spirit of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Despite having had to change the Ultra route so close to race day, participants remained positive and celebrated an amazing day of running.”

Title Sponsor Old Mutual had originally offered a R1-million prize to the male and female runner to break the Ultra Marathon records.  But as Easter Saturday once again draws to a close, the 1988 and 1989 records established by Thompson Magawana (03:03:44) and Frith van der Merwe (03:30:36) respectively, remain in place for another year.

Race Results

56km Men
1st: Motlokoa Nkhabutlane (Lesotho) (03:10:27)
2nd: Collen Makaza (Zimbabwe) (03:12:41)
3rd: Moeketsi Mosuhli (Lesotho – Maxed Elite) (03:13:44)

56km Ladies
1st: Caroline Wöstmann (Nedbank) (03:41:23)
2nd: Nina Podnebesnova (Russia) (03:44:04)
3rd: Tanith Maxwell (Boxer Superstores) (03:45:18)

21km Men
1st: Stephen Lesego Mokoka (Transnet) (01:04:00)
2nd: Elroy Gelant (Boxer Superstores) (01:04:04)
3rd: Joel Mmone (Nedbank) (01:04:05)

21km Ladies
1st: Lebogang Phalula (Boxer Superstores) (01:14:48)
2nd: Mapaseka Makhanya (Boxer Superstores) (01:15:08)
3rd: Diana Lebo Phalula (Maxed Elite) (01:15:31)

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2014 Two Oceans Report

Two Oceans 2014

The firmly established international running weekend drew 2430 visitors from 83 countries and a total of 30 351 entries for the three events – trail races over approximately 11 and 23 km on Good Friday, a testing standard half-marathon and a tough 56 km, encompassing magnificent views of the Cape Peninsula coastline on Easter Saturday.

The event follows the traditional Easter and thus varies from late March to April. This year happens to fall in a sequence of top international standard marathons over 42,2 km – Paris, London and Boston. A wonderful 16 days for road running fans spoilt by Kenenisa Bekele’s spectacular marathon debut, Mo Farah debuting over the distance and humbled in the process and Wilson Kipsang proving that his world record set at Berlin was no one off as he bossed a quality London field.

In the midst of this it is impossible for Two Oceans to compete with the Dollar, Euro or Pound. Nonetheless the sponsors offered a million rand bonus for a record in both male and female 56 km races which did entice 30 entrants from Kenya and 14 from Ethiopia, the two best performed nations on the 42,2 km marathon planet.

The weak exchange rate apart, the grueling nature of the race including significant climbs and taxing downhills over Chapman’s Peak and Constantia Nek is sufficient to deter the speedsters who can earn more with less effort on the pancake courses offered for world record breaking opportunities.

Race previews were exceptionally difficult and the media conference held in The Cullinan Southern Sun on the eve of the race provided no clear cut female or male favourites. Despite the numerous entries, confirmation of participation too was unclear, although the late inclusion of the high class South African standard marathoner Hendrik Ramaala was a welcome surprise, albeit that he would be presumed to be a Masters 40 contender rather than a race victor, having celebrated his 42 nd birthday in February.

Without a sub-2.10 pedigree below the 40 age group in the line up the record and Old Mutual cash looked secure.

There is little doubt that these outstanding records can be attributed to the isolation period, because phenomenal athletes like Thompson Magawana and Frith van der Merwe would surely have been blazing the Majors and raking in titles and cash.

The wind, less severe than 2013, abetted the sponsors and compounded the task of the title chasers. Last year’s winner, David Gatebe failed to make the golds and appropriately three runners from mountainous Lesotho filled three of the first four positions. On the day Lebenya Nkoka was a worthy champion by a minute and 41 seconds. However, the performance of Hendrik Ramaala was a huge effort on debut. An excellent 3 hours, 11 minutes and 33 seconds stands credit alone.

His South African flag flying was assisted by Michael Mazibuko in 6 th, hometown runner Mthandazo Qhina in 9 th and Othaniel Phahlane completing the top ten which included a Kenyan, an Ethiopian and a Malawian to keep the prize money in Africa.

Marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang, fresh from his London triumph six days before, fired the gun to set the record field off on their journey.

This included special occasions for many completing their tenth and admission to the Blue Number Club, twenty for double laurels and the icon Bruce Fordyce gaining his triple. Another former Comrades winner, Shaun Meiklejohn took 2 nd in the 50 age category with a silver medal.

Anthony Nyabanyaba, a top performer in the 1980’s and now representing SANDF Free State, distinguishes still with victory in the 60-69.

Gert Thys, chastened after last year’s bullish approach, ran 3:22’02 which earned 3 rd in the 40-49 won by Hendrik Ramaala, followed by fellow gold medallist Henry Moyo which proves that Two Oceans is still a game for older people.

This was confirmed in the 70 + category by Mr Two Oceans Chet Sainsbury celebrating his 32 nd finish with 3 rd at 72. This was won by possibly the most remarkable performance of the day. Once again, Brian Key of Foresters Running Club won the 70 age group in a sub-5 hour time of 4:53’38, earning a Sainsbury medal at the tender age of SEVENTY FIVE.

A magnificent event catering for everyone above 18 years of age regardless of ability.

Report by Peter Wrensch

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Podnebesnova captures Oceans

Nina Podnebesnova

Frith van der Merwe’s superb record 3:30’36 was never in doubt after quarter of a century – and it may endure many times this number – so interest lay in the contest for first.

This proved no contest at all as another Russian, Nina Podnebesnova, 34, romped in with three and half minutes to spare over the gutsy dimunitive Shitaye Gemechu Debellu, also 34, from Ethiopia.

Nina’s countrywomen, the Nurgalieva twins, 38, excelled again with gold medals and have been marvelous supporters of their sponsors and the event, even as they approach Masters 40 in two years time. Elena made the podium in third and Olesya came 6 th with only one other lady breaking the 4 hour mark for a silver medal.

Unusually young for the 56 km ultra, Chelitu Bogale Asefa, 22, filled that 7 th position and it would be interesting to hear her comments on the experience and whether she now has aspirations of making this her race and targeting winning. She has 17 minutes to find for her first goal and nearly 27 to emulate the incomparable Frith, but this race requires experience as well as natural speed to excel.

Paulina Njeya was a creditable 5 th in 3:50’48, but at 36 cannot be expected to make vast improvement, so a South African winner is unlikely until someone like Rene Kalmer moves up. This is not likely for some time because she has Commonwealth Games and her priority Brazil 2016 Olympics.

The other great lady of South African athletics, Zola Pieterse, after whom township takes were named Zola Budds, ran a cracking 4:07’58 for 3 rd in the 40-49 category even though she only has two years left in it.

There is place for emerging runners to emulate her but it is a poor indictment on our athletic structures and coaching that there are none on the horizon.

Report by Peter Wrensch

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Gift Gwe for Stellenbosch

Gift Gwe for Stellenbosch

Gift Gwe for Stellenbosch

South African neo-soul singer, songwriter, presenter and actor, Gift Gwe is ready to welcome runners home at the Totalsports Ladies Race in Stellenbosch on Friday, 09 August 2013.

South Africans fell in love with Gift Gwe during the third season of South African Idols (2005), when he tried out in this famous talent search. Runner up to Karin Kortje, Gift earned the adoration of thousands of fans throughout the country.  It was clear just how singularly talented this Queenstown-born, Mosselbay-raised singer was.

“It’s always a pleasure to sing for women,” laughs Gift.  “This will be the third time that I work with this event, my first time having been at the Johannesburg race in 2008 and at the Durban race in July this year.   Performing at the Totalsports Ladies Race in Durban was such a fresh experience.  With just over 6000 women excited about life, what a great sight to see.  Being on stage was just the cherry on top.  This year I also had the privilege of doing the countdown to the start in Durban.  I was overwhelmed by the vibe.  I am really excited to perform in Stellenbosch as it is closer to home which means I’ll know my crowd and can plan my performance accordingly,” says Gift.


Participants can choose between a 5km run/fun walk and a 10km run/fun walk.


DATE:                                Friday, 09 August 2013
VENUE:             Start ~ Plein Street
Finish ~ Coetzenburg Stadium, Stellenbosch
START:                               08h00
DISTANCE:       5km run/fun walk & 10km run/fun walk

ENTRIES CLOSE:  Fax and in-store entries have already closed, but online entries will remain open until Sunday, 28 July 2013.

ENTER EARLY:  Early entries will receive an official race T-shirt, while medals will be awarded to all finishers.  Moms with prams are welcome, while husbands, friends and family are encouraged to join in the fun and show support on route.


DATE:                                 Saturday, 03 August 2013 (number collection will take place on this date only)
TIME:                                 10h00 – 17h00
VENUE:                             1. Kenridge Primary School, Bellville
2. The River Club, Observatory
3. Coetzenburg Stadium, Stellenbosch

Charity Support:  The Totalsports Ladies Race Stellenbosch supports PinkDrive, a campaign that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering services to women across South Africa.  For more information on PinkDrive visit

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Kalmer romps to Stellenbosch win

Rene Kalmer - Stellenbosch

Rene Kalmer – Stellenbosch

Just over 5500 walkers and runners lined the streets of Stellenbosch on Friday, 09 August 2013 to show their support on National Women’s Day by taking part in the fun-filled Totalsports Ladies Race.

Nedbank runner Rene Kalmer was the lady to beat in the 10km Totalsports Ladies Race crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 33minutes35seconds.  According to Kalmer, so far this has been her best race of the year.  “The route was tough with a lot of twists, turns and hills.  I enjoyed the last 3kms the most.  I love Stellenbosch, the people are really friendly.  It’s strange, but I seem to have a lot of supporters here, even though I’m not from the area.  The Totalsports Ladies Race is really special as it’s all about the ladies.  I’ll definitely be back next year,” says Kalmer.  Bulelwa Simae came in second, while Anneline Roffey finished third.


Participants could choose between a 5km run/fun walk and a 10km run/fun walk.


DATE:                Friday, 09 August 2013
VENUE:             Start ~ Plein Street
Finish ~ Coetzenburg Stadium, Stellenbosch
START:               08h00
DISTANCE:       5km run/fun walk & 10km run/fun walk

Medals were awarded to all finishers.

Charity Support:  The Totalsports Ladies Race Stellenbosch supports PinkDrive, a campaign that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering services to women across South Africa.  For more information on PinkDrive visit

Entertainment:  Participants enjoyed a mesmerising performance by South African neo-soul singer, songwriter, presenter and actor, Gift Gwe who welcomed runners home on the day.

For further information, please contact Jacky McClean on 083 291 9283 or e-mail

RESULTS:  Totalsports Ladies Race / Stellenbosch

Friday, 09 August 2013

Place No    Last Name            First Name           Age Cat Club       Time

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1  2482 KALMER               RENE                  32 O   NEDCGA       33:35
2  1322 SIMAE                BULELWA               36 O   NEDWP        36:49
3  1157 ROFFEY               ANNELINE              32 O   NBMCWP       37:40
4  1368 BOTHMA               ANNIE                 17 J   HELD         38:13
5  2644 ABRAHAMS             AMY                   19 J   UWC          39:24
6  1651 DE OLIVEIRA          COLLEEN               27 O   NBMCWP       40:00
7  2229 SMITH                DANETTE               24 O   NBMCWP       40:19
8  3236 WILLIAMS             ROBYN                 23 O   TEMP         40:31
9  1986 DE LANGE             SHERYL                45 40+ NBMCWP       40:33
10  1907 ROUX                 HELENE                29 O   NBMCWP       40:46
11  1639 FRANS                URSULA                44 40+ CELTIC       40:56
12  1554 MCMURRAY             SHIRLEY               29 O   NBMCWP       41:21
13  2853 LUTSCH               MIA                   28 O   TEMP         41:49
14  1377 ADAMS                PATRICIA              42 40+ ITHEKO       42:23
15  1434 CLAASEN              FILANDO               19 J   TEMP         42:45
16  2804 COUSINS              CLARE                 43 40+ ACSISVOB     42:48
17  2153 SWANEPOEL            YOLANDI               33 O   TEMP         42:50
18  1274 WESEMANN             CLAUDIA               27 O   TEMP         42:52
19  1908 OOSTHUIZEN           NELIUS                32 O   NEDWP        42:58
20   481 MOLDENHAUER          DEAN                  43 40+ NBMCWP       43:10
21  1275 GARDINER             TAMMY                 29 O   ACSISVOB     43:26
22  1242 CROZIER              MICHAEL               55 50+ TEMP         43:42
23  1219 HOWARD               OLGA                  55 50+ CELTIC       44:00
24  1090 STEENKAMP            CARIENA               36 O   TEMP         44:20
25  1101 GOUSSARD             SOMARI                35 O   TEMP         44:47
26   162 KINLOCH-SMITH        LINDA                 36 O   RWFLWP       44:51
27   153 WESSELS              RICARDO               37 O   TEMP         45:43
28   141 MOSTERT              ANEL                  38 O   TEMP         45:46
29   283 STEENKAMP            NANINE                23 O   TEMP         45:47
30  2440 KAPP                 TANIA                 44 40+ NBMCWP       45:48

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