Hillcrest Villagers Athletics Club was officially opened as an affiliate club of Natal Amateur Athletics Association on the 13th July 1977. The club kit was loosely designed from Westville’s red hoops (stripes and hoops were popular soccer designs at the time), but Hillcrest Villagers decided to be radically different by going with vertical stripes of brown and white. The brown shorts were commercially available from Adidas with three white stripes on either side,so designer shorts were not needed until Adidas stopped manufacture of this particular colour. First newsletter was published in August 1977 and the club membership was twenty people (not necessarily all runners).
To celebrate the clubs “birth” a club run and braai was held on the 10th September 1977. The route went from the Standard bank in Hillcrest and into Everton Forest (Inanda Road) eventually sugarcane and now “secure estates” have taken over. The braai afterwards was held at Dr Solans house at 25 Mill Road for 5pm. Sole Club Kit stockist was Alf Burgess of Burgess Sports in the Village Mall, although Richdens were also given the opportunity to stock our kit, hence Robin Friedman from Richdens being on the committee. Our first (inaugral) club race of 24kms was held on the 5th Feb 1978 from the rugby fields down Inanda Road through Forest Hills and back. Approximately 500 runners took part with John Cafetero from DAC winning in a time of 1:24:32.
By 1980 we were becoming well known and difficult to beat in club races locally and major races held in other provinces. Our running gear was distinctive and TV coverage at comrades added to the impetus and glamour of the club being seen in the public eye. Although competition was fierce due to the running boom and burgeoning sponsorship, road running was in general at its peak in the early 80’s. The fitness craze was spreading and road running and the huge ultra distance augre of Comrades was the ultimate fulfilment of this goal. In 1980 we were an athletic force to be reckoned with. In the comrades of 1980 we finished 3rd in the Gunga Din Team Trophy winners. Then went on to win the Gunga Din Trophy for the next three consecutive years (1981,1982 and 1983) a feat that has yet to be repeated. With our top runners Derek Tivers, Graeme Fraser, Tony Abbot, Roly Wood, Errol Ackerman and Ian Edwards all being part of the teams for those three years.
With the best comrades time out of the three years going to Graeme Fraser of 5:41:55.
THRESHHold Hillcrest Marathon
The THRESHHold Hillcrest Marathon will be run on the 10th February 2019. The full marathon is a 2 lap race run along a scenic residential route ( half marathon is a single lap) with plenty of shade from the trees lining a large portion of the route. The race is ideally timed to use as a Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans qualifier. We have teamed up with Modern Athlete #runclean initiative to promote a litter free race.
START AND FINISH
The events will start cnr Hospital/Old Main Rd Hillcrest, (route map available from Route Map tab)
The events will finish at the Hillcrest Villagers Club, 5 Crooked Lane, Hillcrest
RACE START TIMES
21.1km – 5:00 am
42.2km – 5:00 am
CUT OFF TIMES
21.1km – 3 hrs 30 min
42.2km – 6 hrs 00 min
Note 1 : No athlete will be permitted to start the second lap after 3 hours.
Note 2 : At 10am all runners not at the 37km mark will be asked to withdraw
Note 3 : A Comrades and Two Oceans Qualifier (5hrs) as Ethekwini Metro will be opening the road at that point to normal traffic.
AGE ON RACEDAY
Minimum age on race day is 16 years for 21.1km and 20 years for 42.2km
Our club sports a large contingent of trail runners participating in various trail events ranging from short sub 10km trails through to 100 milers. You will frequently find large groups from our club holding training runs around various Trail venues in the greater Durban area. This year October 2018 we will be attending the Glencairn Trail Run as a club with close to 60 member attending this year, stay posted for stories and images from what is bound to be a festive weekend on running and socializing.
Sign up today to become a member of a fantastic club steeped in History with running in Kwazulu Natal & South Africa. Fees from 1 August 2018 incl ASA license fees @ R400 , Social members @ R150. Please complete forms below and bring to club with fees or proof of payment.
Standard Bank, Hillcrest
Acc. no: 052017230, Br: 045726