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Posted on: Thursday, 12 November 2009

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Global Diabetes Run

Global Diabetes Run

Oh boy, November is still jam packed with fun things to do, so if you are running out of ideas to keep yourself entertained this month then why not take a look at what you can still look forward to?

The Western Cape certainly has been busy this month and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down as there is still plenty to keep you occupied. I know the weather hasn’t been that fantastic this week, but why not dust off your running (in my case walking) shoes and take part in the Global Diabetes Run / Walk on Saturday 14 November 2009.

Take part in either the 5km or 10km option and you can decide if you’d like to run it or walk it, either way is fine. Did you know that approximately 1 in 5 people in South Africa who are over the age of 35 years have type 2 diabetes and more than half of them are not even aware of this? By taking part in this event you will be promoting awareness about these shocking statistics. You will also be able to have your blood pressure and glucose checked out.

Get down to the Moullie Point Light House in Green Point before 08h30 (start time) and don’t forget to bring your entry fee money (R30 for adults, R20 for children). Also available are family rates and discounts for DSA (Diabetes South Africa) members. If you need some more information contact DSA on +27 (0)21 425-4440.

The Cape Town Spoken Word Festival takes place from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 November at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch and will be a first for Cape Town (the Jozi Spoken Word Festival took place earlier this year). If you are interested in any form of spoken word then you should make your way to a seat in this theatre because you will be able to hear and see everything from storytelling, performance poetry and more with interesting beat box sounds providing some of the soundtrack to these pieces.

Enjoy performances from Durban based Ewok, vocalist Brandon Florus and Reggae artist Teba. For more information you can telephone the Baxter Theatre on +27 (0)21 685-7880.

Apricot Picking

Apricot Picking

For something a little different why don’t you take your family and friends Apricot Picking at De Krans? The season starts from 26 November until 6 December 2009, be warned it is closed on Sundays. However on all other days of the week bring your own container and pick your own apricots, mmm delicious … and while you are there (Wednesday to Saturday) why not enjoy a barbeque for lunch? (Please note it is essential to book).

De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley near Calitzdorp with a history dating back to 1890. If you’d like some more information about these activities or about the wine at De Krans please contact Hannacke Fourie or Helet Viljoen on +27 (0)44 213-3314 / 364.

In Gauteng throw on your most gorgeous pair of heels on Saturday 28 November 2009, no not for a night out with your girl friends, but for either a 4km or 16km walk aimed to raise awareness about violence and abuse that happens to women and children. Registration for Sister with Blisters (see previous article) starts from 06h30 at the Campus in Bryanston. However if you don’t own a pair of heels, don’t be discouraged as you are also most welcome to take part. If you’d like some more information then please telephone +27 (0)11 807-3596.

Erfenis Mile

Erfenis Mile

In preparation for the Midmar Mile which takes place in February in KwaZulu Natal, Theunissen in the Free State hosts the Erfenis Dam Mile which is a qualifier for the Midmar Mile Event. This swimming, mountain biking and running event takes place at the Erfenis Dam (which is known for its clean water).

Some of the events taking place are a full standard x-terra (triathlon with TSA rules); a team triathlon;  80km, 40km and 20km mountain bike race; 10km off road run in nature reserve;  1.5km swimming (Midmar Mile 2010 qualifying) and a 3km swim. As you can see there is something for every sports enthusiast here. For more information please telephone +27 (0)57 733-0164 only between 08h00 and 13h00 please.

As you can see there is still plenty happening in November to get you into gear (and in shape) for the festive season!

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