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There comes a time, even with the best will in the www.sanagustindelguadalix.net world, when trail shoes are placed to one side.

Over our 29 years we have bid farewell to numerous wonderful runners, many of who are recorded in the annals of the event. A number return each year to encourage and http://www.drame.hr/viagra-sales-by-country support the 'newbies'. The next generation who tackle the Kloppershoek kloof and its bumps, Mavis, Lesotho View, Hooggenoeg with its 'Tufts of Terror' and the thigh jarring Carlislehoek. First timers who follow the trail, and the myths and legends, of the past.

Many send us a line or two, expressing gratitude when they hand back their invitation and share a few memories.

This past weekend we received one such retirement letter. A rather poignant note of farewell. To be perfectly honest, it made our day, so much so we wanted to share it.

The runner, who has a three-digit Snowflake number, has given us his OK to share his thoughts.

I want to gracefully decline my invitation for Rhodes Run. I am really sorry to inform you about this because I always want to run another Rhodes in a snow blanket. 
 
However, after struggling with torn hamstrings for two years and http://minnalfm.rtm.gov.my/minnal/index.php/online-medications-cialis/ thereafter with torn ligaments in both my feet, the latest injury put a hold on another Rhodes Run. Since beginning of last year, a pinched nerve in my lower vertebrae resulted in a lame and very painful left leg which even the specialists don’t want to operate on. 
 
I was blessed in completing three Rhodes runs (one in a snow blanket!) and will always regard those three races as the http://fecormad.es/viagra-24-hour-delivery-uk best in my running career. 
 
Also, I always loved the emails you and Darrell send out to the runners, full of information and cialis fast delivery usa banter. 
 
Okay, I think you get the message so let me stop before I get the sniffles!
 
I am sure there will be a runner on your long list that will be popping the champagne corks in anticipation of getting to know the "Mavis Bitch" much more intimate with my number. 
 
Thank you for all you and your team members efforts to gift us runners the opportunity to enjoy the Rhodes Run.
 
Wish you well
 
And his follow up 
 
Thank you for the understanding of my unfortunate situation. I really meant what I was saying. At all other races, including xxx , xxx , xxx etc, runners are just numbers! Running Rhodes is like a family home coming…
 
You are welcome to share it, please just take note that my command of the Queen's English is not always what it should be!
 
Hopefully one day I will recover and source a number again. 
Good luck with the race and I'm holding thumbs for a white race day!
 
Thank you for your generous comments and our wish for all our runners is that they have fond memories of the Rhodes Run when the time comes to pack away their trail shoes.
 
 

1st Tranche Entries Closed

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That is it, entries have closed for invitations from the first tranche

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International Wild Card Invitations

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Only four International Wild Card slots are still available.

The International Wild Cards are linked to iziCathulo, our 2018 Zakhele Rhodes Public School project.

The goal of iziCathulo (isiXhosa for shoes) is to give each pupil a new pair of school shoes and some warm socks. Any extra donations received will go towards sports kit.

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Our very special 'Lizard Man' Kevin Light is managing the internationals for us. If you have a friend/family overseas who would like to join you they should email Kevin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for details.

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Kevin, who not only has Rhodes Run Snowflake number 1001 but is also an MdS finisher, will be available to assist with advice and training tips. Whether that will include input on an appropriate Rhodes Run or Polar Bear tattoo, or where it should be placed, we will have to see. For our overseas novices Kevin is a good man to have in your corner.

Donations to iziCathulo can be made via our Backabuddy page https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/rhodes-run-for-izicathulo-project

You don't have to be a Rhodes Run Polar Bear or even a Rhodes Run finisher to donate to iziCathulo. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

 

It can get cold in a November summer

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This past week saw a good dump of snow in the village and Henri Reeders shared a few images from their farm 'Monard' which is on the western outskirts of Rhodes village.

Rhodes runners will be more familiar with Henri's other farm, 'Elibank', which is always a welcome landmark from which you can almost see, certainly smell, the braai fires as you taste the finish.

With Rhodes looking like this, the value of good shoes for the pupils at the Zakhele Rhodes Public School to walk to school even in November is apparent!
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Our iziCathulo project will provide new school shoes for the Zakhele children
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Rhodes Pupils Tour to Port Elizabeth

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Last week the Foundation Phase of the Zakhele Rhodes Public School visited Port Elizabeth on an educational tour.

For most of the pupils it was their first long trip, certainly their first visit to the coast.

They visited Sea View, the airport, the fire station, Donkin Reserve, Castle Hill, SANNCOB and the South End Museum before returning to Rhodes via the Addo National Park. So much to see, learn and enjoy.

In a recent edition of 'The Reporter' the Principal and http://www.online-fundraising.org/where-to-buy-viagra-forum the school thanked those who had provided support for the tour:

Stephanus Naude ('Dunley'), Dave Walker ('Walkerbouts'), Darrell & Evie Raubenheimer (Rhodes Run), Chris Barnard ('Tuschielaw'), Caroline Reeders ('Newstead'), Francois & Hannelie Nel ('Hamilton').

We caught up with the group at the South End Museum and it was a delight to see the excited faces soaking up all they were seeing and hearing. The benefit of the tour was highlighted when the principal, Ms Ndzakana, told 'The Reporter' "Some even made their career choices which they knew nothing about before".

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Our runners will recognise those farmers names as they are involved with your Friday evening meal at the Farmers Hall while Francois & Hannelie have also been our brilliant & loyal crew for 29 years in all kinds of weather at the Kloppershoekspruit turn feed station. Of course, Dave Walker, and his 'Walkerbouts' team host the feed station as you come off the 'Tufts of Terror' and Hooggenoeg Peak, where steaming savoury Karoo Oysters await.

 

iziCathulo

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We are excited that our 2018 Zakhele Rhodes Public School project, iziCathulo, is off the ground.

The goal of iziCathulo (isiXhosa for shoes) is to give each pupil a new pair of school shoes and some warm socks. Any extra donations will go towards sports kit.

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Our donation page at BackaBuddy is up and running, and donations can be made at

 https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/rhodes-run-for-izicathulo-project

We used a 'snowflake' to get the snowball rolling, let's make it a super-sized snowball for the Zakhele kids.

It is possible to create your own 'donation challenge page' under our iziCathulo umbrella. It's all explained on the BackaBuddy site, or you can contact them by email. They are a wonderfully helpful team.

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As previously announced, as part of our iziCathulo Project we have made available a limited number of Wild Card invitations for international runners, being non-SA resident runners. These Wild Cards are linked to a very strong commitment to generate donations for iziCathulo.

Our very special 'Lizard Man' Kevin Light is managing the internationals for us. If you have a friend/family overseas who would like to join you they should email Kevin at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for details.

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Kevin, who not only has Rhodes Run Snowflake number 1001 but is also an MdS finisher, will also be available to assist with advice and training tips. Whether that will include input on an appropriate Rhodes Run or Polar Bear tattoo, or where it should be placed, we will have to see. For our overseas novices Kevin is a good man to have in your corner.

You don't have to be a Rhodes Run Polar Bear or even a Rhodes Run finisher to donate to iziCathulo. All donations will be appreciated.

 

Well, what do you know?

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We've had a fair bit on our Twitter feed recently about Rhodes Run snowflake number holders at non-trail related World Championships such as triathlon and powerlifting. Last week we defrosted another little-known World Championship fact from one of our Snowflake numbers.

It is running related, but not trail running, so we chipped away and discovered that one of our 'mauve' Snowflake number holders (one of that rather exclusive group who have completed 20 plus Rhodes Runs) represented Canada at a World Championship.

Which one of these 'mauve' numbers is it?

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This one!

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Guillaume Nel #333

Guillaume Nel, Snowflake number 333, ran his first road 42.2 km standard marathon at the tender age of 14 (rules were slightly more lax in those days!) and in 1997 represented Canada in Moscow at the World 100 km Championships.

On the trail his 1987 record for the Patenauds Choice 50 miler in Ontario, Canada (an 80 km trail race) still stands and this year he completed his 21st Rhodes Run.

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Sham Singh #13 & Guillaume Nel #333
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A lovely snippet about someone who is always smiling at Rhodes.

Thanks for sharing Guillaume, and we look forward to seeing you back in our village next July.

 

iziCathulo - Zakhele Rhodes Public School project 2018

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Long-time Polar Bears and followers of the Rhodes Run will be aware that each year we have a project for the Zakhele Rhodes Public School.

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These projects have included providing TV sets, DVD players and heaters in each classroom, seeds and tools for the school vegetable garden, sports kit & equipment, box libraries and three years ago school shoes for each pupil.

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Our project for 2018 is the iziCathulo Project, with the goal to again provide each pupil with a pair of school shoes and a couple of pairs of mohair socks.

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To this end, and in conjunction with our 30th anniversary event, we have made available a few Wild Card invitations for international runners. These Wild Cards are linked with a commitment to a strong fund-raising component.

We will, as usual, also be making available Wild Card opportunities for South African runners. Some of these Wild Cards will, as in previous years, be linked with the Zakhele iziCathulo Project *

International runners can get more information on the Rhodes Run iziCathulo Project Wild Card opportunity from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

This is a significant project and all donations will be gratefully received.

Donations will be routed through BackaBuddy who will receive all donations and make payments directly to suppliers on our behalf.  

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