Golden Reef celebrating 40 years

Bill Brough holding the signs that will decorate the hall. Photo: Sonwabile Antonie

Golden Reef Runners Club (GRRC) will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on 9 September. The club will be marking the date with a Hippie Flower Dinner Dance. This includes a four-course supper, disco, dancing and spot prizes.

GRRC was formed in 1977 by a few community members who wanted to get fit, run road races and participate in the Comrades Marathon. They would meet on an open piece of land just off Ontdekkers Road in Horison to do a weekly time trial.

One of the long-serving GRRC members, Bill Brough who will help organise the celebrations, fondly remembers the club’s roots.

“At that time, road running was the in thing and within a very short time the club had grown to over 300 members.

They were able to organise the M & S Glass Marathon, which later became the Glasfit Marathon. This became a very popular race, as did the Roy Brown 21km. The club also hosted a 100 Miler (160km) that is the second oldest in the country. The Washie is the oldest,” Bill said.

Approximately three years after being founded, GRRC was able to purchase land in Horison and a hall was built. At the time, GRRC was the only club in the country with its own premises that is not affiliated to any other sporting body. The club hall was officially opened by nine-times Comrades Marathon winner Bruce Fordyce.

Over the past 40 years, Golden Reef has been involved in numerous very successful running and other local events, including various charity races.

Bill said members past and present as well as those interested in joining GRRC are welcome to attend the celebrations.

“Club members and friends can also participate in cross-country races, cycling, camping, hiking and walking. It’s a wonderful way to engage in other activities and do cross-training. All members, potential members and friends are most welcome. Golden Reef members have helped to give the club a very proud history and legacy.”

On the night of the celebrations, special prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed Hippie and ‘Hippie-ess’. The event will be held at the Golden Reef clubhouse. For more information or to book tickets, contact Bill on 082 576 8198.

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