About Hillcrest Villagers

Committee

Your Committee Members

Sherise van der Westhuizen
Chairlady
Sherise van der Westhuizen

chairman@hillcrestvillagers.co.za

Mike Bradley
Vice Chair
Dave Campbell-Hall
Men’s Captain
Rupert Sebire
Men’s VICE Captain
Adi Weerheim
Ladies Captain
Vauneen Douthwaite
Ladies Vice Captain
Julyette Lewis
Secretary
Deborah Eglington
Treasurer

the history

About HVAC

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.

GET INVOLVED

Time Trials & Leagues

Christmas Marathon

LEARN THE HVAC TIME TRIAL ROUTE
4kms Red or 8kms Green

Hvac Time Trial Map

TIME TRIALS & CLUB EVENTS

We hold a 2, 4 or 8km time trial every Thursday evening starting at 17H45 in the Winter months and 18H00 in Summer.
Braai night is on the first Thursday of every month and families and friends are encouraged to come along and join in.

In addition to time trial evenings we host a monthly club run as well as a variety of fun runs and events. Keep an eye out on the WhatsApp group for more information.

We encourage you to get as involved with your club as you want to. It’s a good place to meet people and make friends.

LADIES LEAGUE

Ladies League is held once a month and is hosted by the different clubs involved. It is well supported and Hillcrest Villagers are known for their good support and attendance. It’s a fun ladies evening out. 4kms of running, snacks, chatting and prizes. Please speak to your ladies captain for more information.

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MIXED LEAGUE

The Mixed League is a monthly event organized among various running clubs situated in the greater Durban area. Each club takes its turn to host the event during their designated month.

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ELITE TEAM

To qualify for our Elite Team, runners must meet specific criteria, including achieving specific qualifying times at affiliated races. This ensures that our team maintains its elite status, with members who demonstrate exceptional performance.

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get serious

Comrades Marathon

Hillcrest Villagers Comrades 2024

We are a club with a long and successful Comrades history. We offer tremendous support to our Comrades runners throughout the year, and in the last few years, we have seen over 100 of our athletes cross that finish line.

The Hillcrest Villagers Constitution