The SA Sports Awards took place the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday. I was on the red carpet interviewing some of the biggest names in the game and while I waited for my chance, I snapped a few pics of the stars in attendance. Check out the gallery below and check back in for video interviews coming this week.
Today, the second #WeRunJozi presented by Nike event took place. In March, thousands of runners ran through downtown Jo’burg in the evening. Today, some 20, 000 runners hit the streets of Sandton at 9am. We winded through Sandton, through Alexandra and back up to Innisfree Park. I’ll admit I took a bit of strain. It was super hot out and hills generally don’t sit well with me, but I finished. My time was just over 52minutes, which isn’t too bad, but had I not walked, I probably could’ve done a little better.
The event in general was incredible. Barring the heatwave, everything else was accounted for. There were plenty of water stops along the route. The residents of Alex and Sandton were out and about on the streets cheering and encouraging us runners on. There was loads of entertainment at the finish with performances from Mi Casa, Slikour and others and as for the camaraderie? Well, it was fantastic. Towards the end I met a random dude, who could see I was picking up my pace. He suggested we sprint the last bit, which is exactly what we did. When he got tired, I pulled him through and Vice Versa. Sports, any kind, really does bring us together and it’s so awesome.
I thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday morning and while the legs will probably be a little sore tomorrow, we’re on to next one. Two triathlons, another 10km run and a 40km cycle…. Witness the fitness I say
As I told you yesterday, the WE RUN Jozi event is coming up this Sunday. There will be road closures affecting the Sandton and Alexandra areas, so if you’re around there and you aren’t running take note of the following:
Road closures will be in effect in the Sandton and Alexandra area from 06:00 until 24:00 on Sunday. The race will start at 09:00 on Katherine Street in Sandton, traverse into Alexandra, Wynberg and finish on the M1 highway south, northbound carriageway.
Roads affected include:
M1 North Closure from Grayston to Marlboro turn-off : 00h00 to 16h00, 7 October 2012
M1 Northbound on-ramp closure : 00h00 to 16h00, 7 October 2012
Katherine Street North bound lane from the corner of West up to Grayston Bridge : 00h00 to 11h00, 7 October 2012
Katherine Street North bound lane from the corner of West up to Barlow Park : 06h00 to 13h00, 7 October 2012
Katherine Street South bound will become a dual carraige lane : 00h00 to 11h00, 7 October 2012
Grayston Road, traffic interference from Grayston Bridge to M1 on-ramp : 00h00 to 11h00, 7 October 2012
Marlboro on-ramp South will be closed sporadically to allow runners to cross onto M1 (rolling closure) : 09h00 to 12h00, 7 October 2012
Pretoria Main Rd North bound between Florence and Marlboro Drive closure 06h00 to 14h00, 7 October 2012
Pretoria Main Rd South will become a dual carraige way : 06h00 to 14h00, 7 October 2012
Expect heavy traffic around Innesfree Park and surrounding area : 00h00 to 16h00, 7 October 2012
Registered runners are encouraged to park at Gautrain Station in Sandton, Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton Convention Center in the Sandton CBD and walk down West Street to enter the “race stacking area” at the corner of West Street and Rivonia Road.
Runners can make use of the shuttle service from Innesfree Park to the Gautrain Station in Sandton post-race. The shuttle fee is R10.00 per person.
Last week the third annual Men’s Health Menswear Collection took place at the swanky venue, the UrbanTREE in Sandton, Jozi. Due to other commitments, I wasn’t able to make the function, which I was bummed about because it really is one of the best events to attend. While in the past, fashion wasn’t really a big thing for guys; I’d say that perception is changing all the time and that is highlighted by the fact that this event is in its third year already. It’s the brainchild of the magazine’s fashion director Neil Doveton, who visits one of the world’s leading fashion centres, Milan on a regular basis. He said, “My annual trips to Milan highlight the amazing work our local designers and buyers are doing to ensure we’re continuously on trend. I am proud to say South African men are seeing the benefits of personal presentation and are becoming more comfortable and adventurous when it comes to fashion and trends.”
The mag partnered with Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Dunhill Fragrances for this year’s event, which carried the theme Day and Night. In terms of labels, the audiences got to see the latest from designers and labels such as Canterbury, Craig Native, Markham, Old Khaki, Craig Port, Pringle, Ben Sherman and Puma. I’m a huge fan of Craig Native, Craig Port and Old Khaki- #justsaying. Take a look at some of the fashion trends you (girls buying for your BFs and guys looking to be trendy) can expect to see in and around town this Summer.
What an awesome way to kick start one of the biggest music festivals in South Africa, Coca-Cola Zero Festival. The official press conference took place at the new Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. A band Jozi audiences will get to see on stage tomorrow is Evolver. They’ve been added to the bill, in light of BFMV and Red Jumpsuit pulling out last minute. Evolver is brilliant and I look forward to bringing you the highlights from the show tomorrow. Speaking off highlights, the video above will give you an insight into what to expect on stage this weekend. Noel Gallagher is one of the funniest people around I feel, just purely because he’s honest and real. While he was in front of the media, I was interviewing Liam. Great guy actually, but the experience was so surreal and fast too. That interview is coming up soon, as is one with Brendon Urie from PAtD… so stay tuned.
I’ll also be at the festival tomorrow. Looking forward to it. IF you’re going and you have some wicked pics, videos or stories, do share with the rest of us… It’ll be awesome to hear your views on the spectacle tomorrow. Until then, keep it real!
If you have no plans and you’re looking for something to do in Jozi then check this out. South African stars Louise Carver and Prime Circle are teaming up and performing at the Nelson Mandela Square. The guys from Prime Circle are enjoying the limelight at the moment, showcasing their new album ‘All or Nothing’ to audiences and a song you can definitely expect to hear is ‘She Always Gets What She Wants’… I dedicate that to all the ladies out there
Louise Carver’s 2008 offering, ‘Saved By The Moonlight’ has also scored her a string of hits and this year the lovely Lou will be releasing a Live Album, recorded from her ‘Home’ tour last year. I’ll definitely find out more on this one and keep you posted. So go and check these two out tonight. It’s gonna be wicked, it’s free at it starts at 9pm.