Sedgefield Striders Athletic Club is very proud to host their 20th Tortoise Tuff on Saturday, 11 March 2017.

Entries open 01 February 2017

How to enter:

Online on:  www.aswd.co.za

Download the 2017 entry form:

Enter at Tekkie Town Garden Route Mall, Knysna, Sedgefield, Langeberg Mall, or at Top Gear George.

Download the entry form and fax to 086 614 2109 – pay via EFT to Sedgefield Striders, Absa 907 5103 723 (branch code 632005).  Use your name and surname as reference.

All enquiries:  Sarie Exton on 074 177 6888 or sarie@cordinsa.co.za.

Entries close on Monday, 06 March 2017 at 10:00

 

Tortoise Tuff 2016 – prize winners

Ettienne Plaatjies (Nedbank SWD) winner of the 10km Run and new record holder – time of 00:31:02 Receiving prize money from Alan Nevill, Pinelake Marina
Ettienne Plaatjies (Nedbank SWD) winner of the 10km Run and new record holder – time of 00:31:02 Receiving prize money from Alan Nevill, Pinelake Marina
Johannes van Rooyen (Sedgefield Striders) – 1st Male Walker – time of 01:01:07 Prize handed over by Derek Odendaal, Brenton Haven
Johannes van Rooyen (Sedgefield Striders) – 1st Male Walker – time of 01:01:07
Prize handed over by Derek Odendaal, Brenton Haven
Sinead Hattingh (Nedbank SWD) 1st female walker 10km – time of 01:08:32
Sinead Hattingh (Nedbank SWD) 1st female walker 10km – time of 01:08:32
Cecelia Nel (Nedbank SWD) winner of 10km Run – time of 00:39:32 Receiving prize money from Alan Nevill, Pinelake Marina
Cecelia Nel (Nedbank SWD) winner of 10km Run – time of 00:39:32
Receiving prize money from Alan Nevill, Pinelake Marina
Lindile Tokota (Nedbank SWD) 1st male 30km Run – time of 01:51:02 Prize handed over by Lars Nayler, Honorary President Sedgefield Striders
Lindile Tokota (Nedbank SWD) 1st male 30km Run – time of 01:51:02
Prize handed over by Lars Nayler, Honorary President Sedgefield Striders
Cornelius Bewee – 1st Master Male in 10km and 1st Sedgefield Strider – time of 00:37:55
Ettiene Plaatjies on his way to claim victory of the 10km and new record.
Gershwill Jacobs (Nedbank SWD) 1st Male in 21km Goukamma Trail Run – time of 01:24:31 Prize handed over by Karin Bekker, Cape Nature
Ishmael Molahlehi (SANDF) 1st male Walker in 30km event – time of 03:29:39.
Nancy Cloete (Outeniqua Harriers) 1st female on the 21km Goukamma Trail Run – time of 01:57:11

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Andrew debriefing the Trail runners

 

 

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Race Organiser Darrell Webber working Hard

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Time Trials

Sedgefield Striders meet on Wednesday evenings for 5km time trials and fun walk/ run at the Sedgefield Bowling Club. Starting times vary according to the season. Beginners are assisted with a training program that allows them to start with shorter distances. Those members wishing to walk or run 8km are welcome to start earlier.

Summer: Runners  and Walkers 17:30 (October to May)

Winter: Runners and Walkers 17:30 (June to September)

Social training

Runners and walkers meet on Saturday mornings for less formal training (meeting venues and routes are confirmed by the Walking and Running Captains on the Friday). Starting times vary according to the season, the two groups choose their own distance and route. Runners are generally in training for the next big race so distance varies while walkers normally walk 10 – 12 km.

Walking Captain contact details:  Doris Nayler on 083 993 6340.

Running Captain contact details:  Trevor van Rensburg on 082 411 4948.

Summer: Runners 06:30, Walkers 07:00.  The Saturday training sessions often culminate in a good breakfast at one of our local coffee shops where the topic of the day can vary from politics to the latest in running shoes!

Winter: Runners 07:30, Walkers 08:00

Ladders

Sedgefield Striders maintains a running and walking ladder which is updated on a monthly basis. See here

Training programs and stretching techniques

Tried and tested training programs and stretching techniques are available from members of Sedgefield Striders or links to the following websites, training and stretching. These cover all manner of distances and experience of athletes taking part. Secret recipes on what to eat/not to eat before races, can generally be obtained from members who frequent the weekly socials after time trials!

 

How to enter:

Online on:  www.aswd.co.za

Download the 2017 entry form:

Tortoise Tuff 2017

Enter at Tekkie Town Garden Route Mall, Knysna, Sedgefield, Langeberg Mall, or at Top Gear George.

Download the entry form and fax to 086 614 2109 – pay via EFT to Sedgefield Striders, Absa 907 5103 723 (branch code 632005).  Use your name and surname as reference.

All enquiries:  Sarie Exton on 074 177 6888 or sarie@cordinsa.co.za.

Entries close on Monday, 06 March 2017 at 10:00

 

The 2017 event:

The 2016 event:

The 2015 event:

 

The 2014 event:

This years’ Tuff was dedicated to Brian Merrills a much-loved founder member of the Sedgefield Striders.

It was the 17th year that Sedgefield Striders hosted this race and the club is thrilled to record a total of 545 entries across all four distances. It was the third year that Sedgefield Striders has made use of a pre-entry and electronic timing system (first year that ASWD IPICO team did the electronic timing).

The 10km distance attracted 170 participants and served as trials to select a race walking team to represent Athletics SWD at the South African Road Race Walking Championships later this year. Congratulations to Hannes van Rooyen of Sedgefield Striders the first 10km Male walker who came in with a time of 00:59:26 and Annamarie Harris from New Balance Multisport Club Eden the first Lady walker who came in with a time of 00:08:55.  Gershwill Jacobs from Nedbank Running Club won the 10km run open category for men with a new record time of 00:31:10.  Merida Leen from Mossel Bay Harriers won the 10km run open category for women with a new record time 00:38:41.

The 30km or the Big Tuff is notorious for its varied route and this year was no exception! The route led 171 athletes along single track, tarred road, gravel and beach.  Annatjie Botes of Nedbank Running Club showed her worth when she came in with a time 02:16:27.  George Ntshiliza from Nedbank Running Club Port Elizabeth claimed the win with a new record time of 01:41:32.  Aletta van Rensburg from Outeniqua Harriers the first lady walker came in with a time of 03:43:16 with Nico Bobotyane of the SANDF was the first male walker with a time of 03:44:20.

The 21km Goukamma Trail Run proved very popular again in 2014 with 64 trail runners completing the event.  Melikaya Msizi of Knysna Marathon Club came in with a time of 01:36:53 and Lizelle Keet of New Balance Multisport Club Eden came in with a time of 02:09:36 leaving Chantal Nienaber’s time of 01:52:44 set during the 2014 event in tact.

The Tortoise Tuff wouldn’t be the success it is without the fun run! This attracted 110 runners and walkers, school children from surrounding schools, parents, youngsters and parents pushing youngsters! All finishers received a medal and refreshments.

Thank you to all the athletes, Sedgefield Striders, the Organising Team and Race Convenor Paul van der Spuy. Special thanks to all our generous sponsors!

See our Gallery for 2014 Tortoise Tuff photos – courtesy of Luana Laubscher, Barry Hardie and Jennifer Brummer.

See results for a full list of Category Winners.

 

Race Results

Race results  can be viewed by accessing the ASWD website Athletics SWD

Results of the Tortoise Tuff are posted on our website as soon as they are available.

Tortoise Tuff

Tortoise Tuff 2014 Final Results including Category Winners

Final Results 10km Run 2013

Final Results 10km Walk 2013

Final Results 21km Trail Run 2013

Final Results 30km Run 2013

Final Results 30km Walk 2013

Tortoise Tuff 2013 Category Winners

Tortoise Tuff 10km 2012
Tortoise Tuff 18.5km 2012
Tortoise Tuff 30km 2012

Tortoise Tuff 30k run 2011
Tortoise Tuff 30k walk 2011
Tortoise Tuff 10k run 2011
Tortoise Tuff Trail run 2011

Tortoise Tuff 30km race 2010
Tortoise Tuff 10km race 2010

Sedgefield Striders is the brainchild of Willy Ward and Franki Whiteford.  Willy, our mentor and coach, sadly passed away unexpectedly in September 2009.  Franki continued to offer her home as the Striders’ club house until she sadly sold Tiffany’s in 2012.    At our AGM in January 2013, the Sedgefield Bowling Club was elected to be our new club house.

The club originated in 1998 and catered for walkers, runners, canoeists and cyclists. Officially launched during December 2000, Sedgefield Striders registered with ASWD as an Athletics Club catering for walkers and runners.  Sedgefield Striders was awarded the prestigious Athletics SWD’s “Top Athletic Club of the Year” for 2012, previously in 2006 and in 2002.  In 2013 was Runner up for the same award.

Annually we host the Tortoise Tuff (March) and CANSA Breast Cancer Awareness fun walk and run (October).

Some 20 years later, Sedgefield Striders continues to attract a range of athletes:  runners, walkers, trail runners, socialisers and visitors!  Our club spirit and level of enthusiasm is legendary – ask any of our friendly competitive clubs in the Western Cape!  Athletes and their friends and families are encouraged to join us.  They will experience the benefits of a “small town club with attitude!”

Our 2017 committee comprises:

Chairman – Eric Roper
Vice Chairman – Chris Fimpel
Secretary – Ita Stiglingh
Treasurer – Angie Roper
Running Captain – Trevor van Rensburg
Walking Captain – Doris Nayler
Development – Bomber wEBB
Non-Executive Honarary President – Lars Nayler

Sedgefield Striders supports developing athletes whose achievements are a source of pride to our club.

Members, and visitors to our beautiful area, are welcome to attend formal time trials and friendly training sessions, races (both as participants and supporters) and a weekly post -time trial ‘get together’ in the club house at Sedgefield Bowling Club. Our annual valentines race, Christmas race, pub crawl, and breakfast at Buffels Beach add to the enjoyment of being a Sedgefield Strider.

We continue to support local charities and annually host a walk for Cansa. We welcome the opportunity to assist neighbouring Knysna Marathon Athletics Club with the distribution of T-shirts prior to their annual Forest Marathon.

During the AGM/ awards evening, members are recognised not only for their athletic achievements but also for their contribution to the success of the club.

Where we’re located – Sedgefield Bowling Club, Dr Malan Street, Sedgefield

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