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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 wow)) buy celebrex 200 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.

Sham Singh #13 & Guillaume Nel #333
Finishing the 2017 Rhodes Run

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.


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 antibiotic drugs iziCathulo Project, with the goal to again provide each pupil with a pair of school shoes and www.ecomedia-europe.net 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.  

BAB-logo* iziCathulo is isiXhosa for shoes


Rugged Ford Rangers continue ...

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Rugged Ford Rangers continue on our rugged Rhodes roads.

Thrilled that the Eastern Cape Motor Group, through their Ford franchise, will be up in our mountains again next year with those tough Ford Ranger 4x4s.

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Commenting on their involvement, Alan Percy, Dealer Principal said "Eastern Cape Motors, William Moffet, is proud to be associated with the Rhodes Run over the last six years and looks forward to supporting this event again in 2018"


The Ford Ranger has proven to be the ideal vehicle in our testing conditions and high altitude. They are a vital component of the event in their crew support and runner recovery roles. Thank you, Eastern Cape Motor Group and Ford.


Lumpy but not Lumpy Gravy*

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We have been told, only on a very few occasions mind**, that our route is not flat, apparently littered with a number of bumps/undulations/lung testers before and levitra online canada no prescription after Mavis.

Lumpy route* it is said.

Here is one of the easier 'climbs' of the day. The stile at Hooggenoeg Peak. Easy if the wind is not chucking and buffeting you as you totter up the buy valtrex online uk stile on possibly less than stable pins having just survived crossed the 'tufts of terror'.

It is truly downhill from here. Well, almost!

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Image: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures

* We need to point out, given the average age of our Polar Bears, that 'Lumpy Route' is not to be confused with Frank Zappa's album 'Lumpy Gravy', even though one of the tracks was "Up and Down".

** That could be flexing the truth a smidge!


When 1078 finish ahead of you is perfect!

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Sometimes things pan out unexpectedly, but perfectly.

The Rhodes Run Snowflake numbers are awarded chronologically in the sequence runners cross the finish line on completing their third run. While a runner is out on the mountain or pulling air into his/her lungs on Mavis their possible 'Snowflake' number is probably (read definitely) not being contemplated. 

Get over the line, and let the numbers fall where they may.

But, as Filippo Faralla found, sometimes your Rhodes finish sequence is, well, pretty much perfect, with 1078 'Snowflakes' allocated before he went under the banner this year completing his third Rhodes.


The perfect pair. Almost.

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Very nice Filippo, very very nice.



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If you were fortunate to receive an invitation to the 30th Breathtaking Trail Run and are looking for a bed for the weekend here is a link to a list of accommodation options.

Your first call should be to ever friendly Margie Murray, who looks after the Rhodes Information office



Blooming marvellous Spring Day

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For some, certainly yes!

The first tranche of invitations from the waiting list landed this morning.

What lies in store for the Class of '18? And our 30th event?




Staying for the long run

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Iain Morshead has shown tremendous consistency on our 'Most Trophied' list, collecting the first of his nine trophies in 2002 and his most recent in 2016.

Sometimes it can take a few years to receive a trophy. Danny Holton ran 29 times before he received his first when he was presented with the 60+ this year.

And then again it can take more than a decade to receive a second trophy as is the case with Boxford (Boston, USA) resident Peter Cross.

Peter was first 50+ in 2002 and waited 15 years before he was again presented with a trophy. This year Peter was the first person to receive the Petard Trophy (70+).

Something to be said for staying for the long run!

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Peter Cross (left) and Danny Holton with Race Director, Evie Raubenheimer

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