Archive for November 2011


Report Back – Highlights of September:
•History was made when Eric Zondi partnered Michael Mbanjwa and got selected from SA Marathon Champs to represent South Africa in the World Marathon Championships in Singapore next month.

– Eric & Michael won a Canoe race in Jhb – 22/10/2011.

•All the CAL paddlers raced in the popular Ngwenja Challenge Canoe Race (start of Dusi to the Motor-Cross Track 14km downstream) on the 11/09/2011. This race was used as a selection race for KZN Development paddlers to make the Team to travel to the Fish River Canoe Marathon next month – the first 7 Development K2 canoes would be eligle to make the team. Lucas & Eric almost caused a major upset, when they were narrowly beaten by 1 second in an exciting end sprint. Ist Juniors and incredibly 3rd overall were CAL paddlers Paulos Shozi & Mmeli Cele. Brothers Nhlanhla & Richard were 6th. Thobani & Mzamo were the 4th CAL crew to make it in the top 7 Development Canoes. Zonele & Skhumbuso would have easily made it into the top 7, however they failed to check over their canoe and right from the start, had to continually stop to empty, due to a massive hole made from the 2 Day – Dam to Dam Canoe Race in August and so this put them out of contention – only themselves to blame.

•the CAL Juniors raced in the Jock Claasens Canoe Race on the weekend – 18/09/2011, with CALifers  Mthobisi & Emmanuel winning the U/16 category and Paulos & Mmeli coming 2nd in the U/18 category.

•CAL John Ntuli flew over to Spain to race in the World Duathlon Championships [10km run/40km bike/5km run]. After a blistering first 10km, John got onto the bike  a couple of minutes behind the leading bunch. The bike leg consists of 8 x 5km laps and the Rules state “Any athlete that gets lapped by leading competitors, must withdraw from the race”. Unfortunately John was lapped and didn’t get the opportunity to cross the finish line, along with +/- 20 other competitors. Which in my opinion is quite a harsh setup as you might be the World Champ, have a flat tyre, get lapped, must withdraw -whereas that individual, might still have positioned in the top 10 at the end. The fault in such a Rule is that it does not encourage International participation as it is a long expensive journey to make, to have a DNF – “Did not Finish”. John has returned to SA, realising that there are UBER athletes outthere, and he can do better….

•Lucas has just obtained his PDP (Professional Driving Permit) and so is legally qualified to transport passengers. He bought a second hand Citi-Golf last month, but upon servicing it, found it had previously been in an accident. Long story short – the Indian second hand car dealer bought it back from him but shrewdly charged him for kilometers driven and so he lost a quick R10 000 – which was devastating for him. So he is back to square one, Car-less.

•Kwanda has been regularly taking driving lessons and does his final Drivers Test on the 7/10/2011.

•Very pleased to say – there are ten Schools now taking part in the CAL Schools Running League and this weekend -01/10/2011, “Change a Life” is hosting another Inter Schools X-Country Competition, where these ten Schools will send their 20 best runners to represent them. Kwanda & his posse are currently preparing and marking the route, removing thorns etc…. Trophies will be awarded to the winning Primary & High Schools, prizes from Hi-Tec and medals to the top 3 finishers (girls & boys) in each category and USN Juice and Hotdogs to all finishers. It promises to be an awesome day, with a DJ blasting Music to entertain all.     PLEASE SEE previous posting regarding this INTER-SCHOOLS CHANGE A LIFE X-COUNTRY COMPETITION

Report Back – Highlights of October:


 – hosting the Inter Schools CAL X-Country meeting at Nagle Dam. With the number of Schools now taking part, increasing to 10, I wondered if all would go smoothly as logistics now doubled. My concerns did not materialise as ten of my CAL Zulus rose to the accasion, under the guidance of my Running League Coordinator – Kwanda Coordinator.
Two CAL Zulus made fire and braaied Boerewors for 230 people [200 kids +20 teachers + 10 CAL]/Two CAL Zulus were “Rabbits” out front on the course/Four CAL Zulus were course marshals/Two CAL Zulus were halping me record names at the Finish.
It pleased me that we had a new winner in the Junior Schools – Ngabanyena (smallest School) and the defending champions, Nhlanhlayayebuze, won the Senior Schools again.

– Nhlanhla Cele won the 25km Duct Trail Run down at Nagle Dam.

Kwanda, Nhlahla & Lucas bolting off the start….

– Change a Life athletes, Kwanda, Nhlanhla and Lucas once again did the Academy proud, all making it into the top 10 in the Time-Freight Multi-sport race at Albert falls Dam. Eric Zondi didn’t race, as he is overseas in Singapore

– Recently Trophy winners (10 children) from the CAL X-Country Competition have been enjoying their winner’s spoils, eating out at the Spur (Huge thanks to Spur for Sponsoring these meals) and watching movies.

– Kwanda Mhlophe passed his driver’s License.

– Highlight of October was Eric Zondi paddling with Michael Mbanjwa in the World Marathon Champs in Singapore where they finished an incredible 10th overall last weekend.


– The core of the CAL Zulus have been focusing training on Triple Challenge [20km run/52km cycle/20km paddle], which takes place this weekend on the 6th Novemeber .

– Then the following weekend, we are hosting another CAL Inter-Schools X-Country Competition and the next day all the CAL boys will race the biggest 1 Day race in SA, called the Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Race.

– The following weekend, Kwanda is going to race the notoriuos Ithala Challenge Canoe Race, where it is compulsory to have a full repair kit (fibre glass/resin/paint brush etc….) in your canoe – for two reasons; 1- great chance you will damage your canoe with the big technical rapids. 2 – if you do break, there is no way out from the river valley, except to continue downstream – which you will need your canoe.

– Three CAL crews are going to take part in the 2 day Vaal Canoe Marathon in Gauteng, well known for long grinding paddling.

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