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#LegendsMarathon #Wellness Expo Information pack

Posted in donnette e davis, Legends Marathon, marathon running, running, south africa, sport with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2015 by Donnette E Davis

Legends Marathon Wellness Expo 2015

Legends Marathon Wellness Expo

Legends Marathon Wellness Expo

East London sees the launch of the Legends Marathon Wellness Expo, to be held over three days, between 30 September and 02 October 2015, at the Osner Hotel, East London Beachfront, and sets the stage for the Legends Marathon 2015. The venture is in partnership with Kat Leisure, who is the marathon’s Expo and accommodation partner. The event will attract athletes, families and friends to the precinct whose capacity is just under 4000.

In the third installment of the Legends Marathon events, it is expected that some 10000 athletes, both professional and local, international and South African, will line up at the start of the events. Legends Marathon comprises a series of events; namely a 68 km ultra-marathon, a 21.1km half-marathon, and a 5 km fun run.

The events will take place on 03 October 2015, and entries are open at for online booking. The implementation of the Wellness Expo seeks to cement the ideal of health, healthy living and a sense of community; characteristics that Legends Marathon has made its own.

The Legends Marathon, now in its third year, provides the missing link in the repositioning of the Eastern Cape as the Home of Legends; a link that puts the province on the calendar of international athletic meetings, provides television coverage on free-to-air television, creates jobs, and injects the necessary economic and tourism boost to the province. The Legends Marathon celebrates the legendary spirit of the Eastern Cape, its icons of the struggle, individuals, physical and spiritual beacons which marked the route to freedom, identified by the people themselves.

The two big marathons in South Africa i.e. Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans respectively, attract a combined number of over 40 000 participants. The Two Oceans Half Marathon accounts for over 25 000 of this figure. International athletes come from 59 countries from around the globe; this shows just how popular South Africa is as a sports Tourism destination.

The Eastern Cape will benefit from this goodwill and the Legends Marathon is a sure game changer in this regard. The Legends Marathon is now an approved qualifying event for both races. This means some of the participants in the two events will use the Legends Marathon as a qualifying race. This helps boost the number of visitors to the Eastern Cape. The Wellness Expo is designed primarily to embrace these numbers. The inaugural event will attract about 4000 people in the 1st year.

The staging of the Legends Marathon in the Eastern Cape achieves the following :

• Positions the Eastern Cape as an event as one of the top event destinations in SA

• Job creation, and human resources are up-skilled.

• Direct and indirect spend is a catalyst for further economic development.

• Donor and sponsor funding is channeled internally.

• Creates a platform for subsequent legacy funding opportunities • Encourages return tourism visits to the province which, in turn, creates more jobs

• Improves domestics tourism and promotes associated local tourism products

Development Opportunities for PDI’s Services to be implemented and their relevance to the staging of the marathon, include food stalls, ablution, photographic, catering, printing, marquees, transport, security.

Food Stalls: A number of food vendors will be selected to sell food to the public. All these vendors will be assisted to comply with the BCMM Health and Fire regulations.

Ablution Facilities: The event requires use of these facilities and will be sourced from local PDI’s, Janitors will be on duty throughout the event to service these. All these will be sourced locally.

Photographic: A professional photographer will be appointed to capture the activities on the day, both still and motion photogra­phy

Catering Services: These services are provided from about a week before the event as experts, media crews arrived in the province to prepare logistics for the event. During the expo and the race a number of catering companies are hired for different groups of stake holders i.e. media, administrators, athletes, VIP’s etc.

Printing: Printing services for our marketing materials, signage, administrative support documents, Accreditation Cards etc. will be sourced, all using local small businesses.

Marquees: Marquees erected for the expo, SABC, Media, Athletes Tent and emergency Services are sourced locally. All marquees are issued with the required Engineer’s Safety Certificates.

Transport: Taxis and buses will be hired to transport athletes from the expo to local hotels and Jan Smuts Stadium. Security Guards: A local security company will be appointed to secure all the equipment and belongings of the exhibitors whilst ensuring the safety of the visitors to the expo. They will also assist with parking, security functions and will also act as marshals. etc. For exhibitors and visitors convenience an ATM is situated at Spar shopping complex diagonally across from

from the expo.

Ambulance services will be on site throughout the Expo.

An exhibitor lounge is available at the Hotel Osner throughout the show. Exhibitors will be able to catch up on emails, have a light snack or enjoying the beautiful view.

For more on how you can be a part of this iconic initiative, please contact The Marathon’s offices via telephone 043 735 1032 or email:

With the subject heading “Legends Marathon Wellness Expo”

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the expo. Ambulance services will be on site throughout the Expo. An exhibitor lounge is available at the Hotel Osner throughout the show. Exhibitors will be able to catch up on emails, have a light snack or enjoying the beautiful view. For more on how you can be a part of this iconic initiative, please contact The Marathon’s offices via telephone 043 735 1032 or email: With the subject heading “Legends Marathon Wellness Expo” Follow updates on Social Media: Http://

And the little guys take on Rugby @CowanHouseKZN

Posted in Cowan House, Life Skills, pietermaritzburg, Rugby, south africa, sport with tags , , , , , on March 31, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

Not my first choice – in fact not even on my agenda, not in my wildest nightmares, would I ever had conceded to my son playing rugby.  No, not going to happen.

The devastation on his face, and the disapproving looks and nods, and subsequent emails indicated to me that at this early level, there’s every chance that this game of “rugby” is a social occasion, learning the basics, without learning the “hard truth”.  I was outnumbered.

First and only practice before his first rugby festival saw Aiden acquiring absolutely everything he needed to protect his tiny frame, including buying “muscles” – the padding to cover that bony body.

End result:  they won 1, drew 2 and lost 1 to a far superior Durban Junior team.  But was it exciting?  Did I “get into it”? um.. #NoComment – I concede to having a slightly hoarse voice the following morning.

Enjoy the photos of these young men being developed into South Africa’s favourite sport.


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As the cricket seasons nears its end…

Posted in Cowan House, craig fry, Cricket, sport with tags , , on February 28, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

It’s been a learning curve for our boys playing under 9 this year.  With only one practice behind them they took on a far superior St Charles College team, emerging as victorious, even though St Charles sent them packing – victorious because it was their first major match in the senior phase…

We’re very proud of Aiden, who has improved in leaps and bounds this year, and now eats, sleeps and breathes cricket.  I have uploaded match photos to Dropbox, if any parent of any of the players would like the link, please drop me a line.  The entire album can be downloaded.

Going through photos yesterday, I have chosen one or two that for me speak more than words… starting with my absolute favorite, Aiden yesterday against Clifton.  He went in knowing he was going to try and smash every ball coming his way, and he tried.  First ball he failed.  After a couple of runs, he connected properly smashing it into the air, looking good for a boundary – but Clifton’s exceptional fielding was no match for us during this match.  He was caught out.

This picture says it all – I remember seeing once years back very similar of Steve Waugh from Australia..

Aiden after being caught out, good ball, good hit into the air - alas magnificent fielding brought his short innings to an abrupt end....

Aiden after being caught out, good ball, good hit into the air – alas magnificent fielding brought his short innings to an abrupt end….

Truly a great photo I think, capturing the expression of disbelief… great photos Craig Fry 🙂

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The Kenyans are coming PICS – 4 @2OceansMarathon #OMTOM #OldMutual #MEDIA RELEASE

Posted in donnette e davis, marathon running, running, south africa, sport, stephen muzhingi, Two Oceans, Two Oceans Marathon on February 10, 2014 by Donnette E Davis




With Old Mutual having pledged R1million each to the first male and female runner to break the course record for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in 2014, interest in the race is being shown from all quarters with the most recent confirmation being that the Kenyans are coming.

Several Kenyan runners will be part of the Old Mutual Running Club starting line up for this year’s race. They include Dubai Marathon 2011 winner, David Barmasai and fearless fast runner Nickson Kipketer Koech, who are both serious challengers for the record.

Breaking the record is going to be a tall ask: the women’s course record has stood for 25 years when in 1989, on a brutally hot day, Frith van der Merwe set an astonishingly fast pace to finish in a winning time of 3:30:36.

One year earlier in1988, the late Thompson Magawana, running his first Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, bettered the course record by 6 seconds in a winning time of 3:03:44.

The closest any runner has come since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005, who has won the race three times. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2008 when she crossed the finish line in 3:34:53. Olesya has a personal best marathon time of 02H27.

The R1 million course record now makes the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon the most rewarding road race in the Southern Hemisphere and the richest ultra-marathon in the world.

Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe, General Manager Marketing for Old Mutual says, “We want to encourage top runners from around South Africa and the rest of Africa to come and compete in the biggest road running event on the African continent.”

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon attracts 16 000, 10 000, 7 000 and 1 000 ultra, half-marathon, fun and trail runners respectively.

Look out for more updates on leading contenders in the ultra-marathon.


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3 Sleeps to go! Comrades Marathon 2013 Official Magazine, Pictures + A point of correction- Great stuff @ComradesRace

Posted in Adidas SA, africa, Claude Moshiywa, Comrades Marathon, craig fry, craigsathletes, Cuan Walker, Delaine Cools, donnette e davis, Fedgroup, Media Scans, Petros Sosibo, pictures, running, social media, south africa, Sponsors, sport, stephen muzhingi, Toyota SA, Two Oceans Marathon, World News, Zimbabwe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2013 by Donnette E Davis

3 sleeps to go and it seems my life revolves around Comrades Marathon.   No I am not an athlete, nor do I run – well I did once or twice, 5 km with Aiden and the kids, BUT I am married to one of South Africa’s top Athlete Managers, Craig Fry, and he DOES look after some of Africa’s top elite marathon runners.

Browsing through – okay I did not browse, I scanned from cover to cover – the Comrades Marathon Official Magazine, 2013, which we received today during Comrades Expo in Durban, I was thrilled to bits to see our very own Petros Sosibo on the cover and within the pages of the magazine.   The magazine is really one of the finest that I have seen produced for Comrades in the few years that I have been addicted to it.

I very quickly contacted Delaine Cools, Media Manager for Comrades Marathon Association, and asked for permission to scan the pages and blog them.    In keeping with her generous and vibrant nature, she said “Sure, doll!”   Thanks Delaine, you rock!

So here they are and I have a couple of comments to make at the bottom, which really isn’t anything to do with anything by the CMA, but IS incorrect information and I thought I’d put the record straight.

Here is the cover featuring our Petros Sosibo, running in age category 40+ and last year’s 9th position gold finisher – this year running for Bonitas, behind our Claude Moshiywa (Nedbank) who after the disqualification of F1 Bluff Meats’ 7th position (for banned substances) had both dropped from 10th and 9th respectively.

Our beloved Stephen Muzhingi, (winner 2009, 2010 and 2011) came in at a respectable 6th position, after a harrowing ordeal the previous day and throughout the evening, seeing him going straight to the starting line from the hospital where his wife was very ill.   Stephen is running in the colours of Toyota SA Athletics Club, backed by major sponsors Adidas and FedGroup.

Petros Sosibo features on the cover of Comrades Marathon Souvenir Magazine 2013

Petros Sosibo features on the cover of Comrades Marathon Souvenir Magazine 2013



Petros Sosibo features inside of Comrades Marathon Souvenir Magazine 2013

Petros Sosibo features inside of Comrades Marathon Souvenir Magazine 2013

It is unfortunate that Nedbank Running Club Manager, Nick Bester, himself a Comrades legend, erroneously stated that Claude Moshiywa (A firm South African favorite for Comrades 2013 up run) is employed full time by ABSA.   On a point of correction, Claude is actually employed full time by FNB.   This has not hampered his being the recipient of four gold medals, and achieving 3rd position in the 2011 uprun.

Contenders and Pretenders Comrades Marathon Magazine Souvenir 2013, a quick rundown by Nick Bester and Cuan Walker

Contenders and Pretenders Comrades Marathon Magazine souvenir 2013


Muzhingi gets major sponsorship from @NewsDayZimbabwe @FedGroup

Posted in 2 Oceans Marathon, Comrades Marathon, craig fry, marathon running, sport, Two Oceans, Two Oceans Marathon, Zimbabwe with tags , , , , on March 1, 2013 by Donnette E Davis

ZIMBABWEAN ultra-marathon runner Stephen Muzhingi received a major boost ahead of next month’s Two Oceans Marathon after getting sponsorship from FedGroup, a leading independent financial services provider in South Africa.


Muzhingi, who will defend his Two Oceans Marathon title on March 20, confirmed the deal on his blog yesterday.

The battle hardened runner, who specialises in ultra-marathons, thanked his sponsors and declared that his aim was to defend the Two Oceans Marathon and have another go at the gruelling Comrades Marathon.

“I am humbled and grateful. I am speechless,” Muzhingi said on the latest sponsorship deal. “Thank you to my major sponsors Toyota and FedGroup! Thank you for your faith and belief in me! This year I plan to defend my Two Oceans title, gain back my Comrades Title and win the world IAU World 100km sanctioned by the IAAF which will be held at the end of the year.

Read the 1 March Newspaper for more info.

via Muzhingi gets sponsorship.

Take the Poll… Who is @StephenMuzhingi running for in 2013?

Posted in craig fry, sport, stephen muzhingi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2013 by Donnette E Davis

The truth is out! Who is @StephenMuzhingi running for in 2013?.

Haven’t seen Stephen this happy or relaxed in the few years that i have known him…  Happy, relaxed, determined, committed and loyal to his new sponsors…


Toyota athletics club

Oopsie sorry there are one or two typos in the poll that I can’t edit – apologies…


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