Magnolia Road Runners registered as a club in 1981 under the chairmanship of George Jordaan. The club initially operated from temporary facilities until 1993 when our own club house was completed.
The club grew rapidly during the 80’s and early 90’s before the intervention of so called professional clubs. During this era the club excelled to the extent that we produced a men’s as well as a ladies Comrades winner in Nick Bester and Francis van Blerk. During this time the club’s membership grew to over 800 members and the club won the three major team trophies for men at Comrades namely the Gunga Din, Arthur Newton and Vic Clapham Trophies.
The club secured its own race on the road running calendar in 1984 with original sponsors Cartoria Toyota. This race has been a very popular and established event on the road running calendar hosting a 21km, 10km and 5km fun run with McCarthy Toyota as our sponsor for the past 35 years. In 2019, we will be collaborating with our new sponsor Intercare as we introduce our new race, the Intercare Classic road race.
After the establishment of professional clubs as well as the tendency to establish running clubs in almost every suburb of Pretoria Magnolia’s membership dwindled but has stabilised subsequently at about 350 members which still makes us one of the bigger running clubs in town.
Sunday Club Runs
Our Sunday runs which form the back bone for distance training is unique in Pretoria and attended by many members from other clubs.
Our annual Comrades entries in recent years have been amongst the top five clubs in Pretoria. Magnolia has been hosting a long run training event for Comrades participants from all over Gauteng and neighbouring provinces successfully since the early 2000’s. This event is unique in Pretoria and has been growing in popularity.
Our rich history and continued dedication to road running as a sport insured that the Comrades Marathon Association has been using us on a frequent basis to host one of their annual road show events in town.
We have also been privileged to host many top speakers at our club on running and training matters of which the most distinguished was professor Tim Noakes in January 2012 shortly after publishing his then latest book “Challenging Beliefs“.