Prestbury Pukers celebrate 40 years

2017-10-04 06:02
The Prestbury Pukers had a fun day of reminiscing recently.PHOTO: supplied

The Prestbury Pukers had a fun day of reminiscing recently.PHOTO: supplied

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MORE than 50 former members of the Prestbury Pukers jogging group recently got together at the Lynwood Club to celebrate 40 years of jogging fun.

Club member André Booysen reminisces­ about the history of it.

Founded in 1973 by Comrades Marathon stalwart Derek Palframan, the Prestbury Pukers jogging group laid the foundation for 100 Comrades Marathon runners and Dusi Canoe Marathon finishers in its 40 years of existence, between 1973 and 2013.

The Prestbury Pukers never registered as an official athletics club, but welcomed runners from all running clubs, as well as social joggers.

Meeting at 5.30am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the group would run from various members’ houses in Prestbury, Clarendon, Blackridge and Boughton.

They would cover different routes of around eight kilometres through the suburbs, often including portions of World’s View plantations and the old Teteluku railway line, followed by a tea and a swim, before heading off to work.

The day’s proceedings commenced with an early morning six-kilometre run up Celtis Road and back, attended by a group of 10 “die hards”.

By morning tea the group had grown to more than 50 “legends and has beens”, who had come to hear and share the tales, yarns and pranks of the good old days.

Guests of honour were Mick Winn – founding member of the Comrades Marathon Association and his wife Cheryl – previous winner of the Comrades Marathon.

They were joined by David Mkhize, son of the late Comrades and Dusi pioneer Simon Mkhize, and his wife Sindi.

An informal prize giving was also held.

After lunch, laid on by Sacha of the Lynwood Club, more tall stories, anecdotes and confessions abounded over a few “frosties”, which helped to fuel the “truth and reconciliation” session, which took the joviality well into the afternoon.

All in all, it was a great reminisce of an era which bears so much significance in the lives of many.

Our grateful thanks to Palframan, André Booysen, Margie Cunnama, Warren Geyser, Cathy Jackson and others for helping to make this most wonderful day happen.

- Supplied

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