Thursday Time Trial
It’s a family orientated event, so bring the little ones too. There is something to keep everyone entertained. Summer evenings are a special treat; get out of the house, get the kids off the iPads and come join in the fun.
Visitors, walkers, social and elite runners gather at the Randburg Club House every Thursday evening at 17h30 for the weekly time trial. There is a 5 km and an 8 km route, with the official start at 17h45.
The route is flat and fast, with the 8 km being a second lap – less one block. All participation is at own risk and runners should wear white shirts and in winter, reflective belts as well. Please be careful and courteous in the traffic.
For some this is an opportunity to measure their running progress, but for many it is an opportunity to exercise in the safety of numbers. For all it is a social experience with cold beers playing an integral part afterwards.
Each week there are refreshments for sale including curries and samoosas.
The second and last Thursday of the month is the Shoe Draw evening when Randburg Runner, sponsors of the Thursday Time Trial and stockiest of Randburg Harriers colours, make available a free pair of running shoes and many other valuable prizes for the club to raffle with proceeds going to club funds. Each month some lucky runner goes home with a pair of shoes or a watch etc. So be there and TaTa Ma Chance!
Saturday Time Trial
The Time Trial departs from the Club Grounds at 07h00. For Walkers the time trial starts at 06h45. The 8 km route goes up Silver Pine, past Smugglers and follows an undulating course back. The undulations are not to be underestimated. This is a testing course and a good gauge of your fitness. The run is well supported, with many seeing it as the opportunity to have a good social run but still home early enough to spend the full day with the family.
As part of the end of year spirit, we throw in a Handicap event on the first Saturday of December when runners are not allowed watches. The goal is for all runners to finish at exactly the same time, by starting sooner or later than the others. Ted Owen, our long standing Time Keeper for the Saturday mornings, manages all of this and a prize is awarded to the runner who is most accurate. Then we award several more prizes for whatever and open the champagne and orange juice! All serious stuff.
This is followed the next Saturday by the reverse Time Trial. Simply running the normal Time Trial in reverse and surprising to see how many get lost. This marks the end of formal Time Trials before the year-end break, but for those not migrating to the coast many informal events are organized by club members, to ensure all have a fun and festive season.