THE Amanzimtoti Athletics Club is experiencing new changes in an effort to modernise the club, with a new chairperson, extensions to the premises and new kit, and there is much more to come from the club.
A runner himself, Eric Luckfiel was elected the new chairperson of the club in December 2017. He has been involved in running since his high-school years.
Luckfiel was also a cyclist and completed the Amashova race twice and took home silver medals on both occasions.
He is also passionate about long-distance running and this year he will be running his third Comrades Marathon, with the club being one of bigger clubs at Comrades in terms of entries.
The club has seen positive growth since last year December, and turned around a negative growth period in a short space of time to experience an intake of members up by 21%.
“Our year ends in December and we have seen a huge growth in the club from the new intake. We are also expanding our club by having the building space increased by 36 square metres and the entertainment area by 30 square metres. The entertainment area has social facilities and the braaing area will be able to accommodate more people.
“The club is expecting to attract more of the community with the changes being taken on,” he said.
Luckfiel said that these changes will make the club more social and it will also make things easier for them to work.
The clubs recently hosted the Toti Club Marathon Championships from Pietermaritzburg and some of the best times came out of the event, with Mbongeni Maphumulo leading the pack at two hours and 15 minutes and 51 seconds.
Juanette D’olivira led the women in two hours and 41 minutes, while Irene Bohmer (66) led the walking team with a time of two hours and 38 minutes.
When asked what the club offers, Luckfield said that while the club is a sports club, it also has social events.
“On March 4 we had the Intercape Trial Run.
“We offer club runs and on Wednesdays, we have what you call a time trial, which is open to the entire community, and on Saturdays we have the Pipeline run, followed by refreshments,” he said.
In the attempts to modernise the club it has introduced a new club kit and a new website. The club also has a Springbok master trainer, along with a female trainer, who meet on Mondays to Thursdays from 5 pm to 6 pm.
Luckfiel said the club is aiming to grow its numbers to be the biggest in KZN and also become a diligent club by showing an interest in each and every member.
Twenty people will be representing the club at this year’s Two Oceans Marathon and it will be the first club event in the new and improved kit.