Time Trials

Time trials are held every Tuesday evening at 17:45 in summer and winter wth an average attendance of about 500 runners.

Non-RAC members are welcome and we often have young university graduates who have moved to the area or people from the neighbourhood who want to stay active. Runners can choose between a 5km and 8km route and walkers can walk a 4km or 7km route. Sensibly, walkers start 1km ahead to avoid congestion.

The RAC time trial is a hilly route and 20 to 30 seconds slower than most other time trials. For years, it has been known for its competitiveness and older members like Bruce Fordyce often battled it out with guys like Mark Plaatjes.

Mark still holds the record of about 24 minutes.

The consistency of the weekly time trials has also helped to recruit a lot of new members. “Just the other night, one of the guys that has not run the route for a long time remarked how nothing has changed. People know where to find us and when we run.” After time trials, runners usually get together for a light meal and a few drinks which brings a nice social element to the club.