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Striding into the new year

About 25 runners turned up in Sheffield on December 30 and had to settle for a road run instead of the traditional beach outing.

The Dolphin Coast Striders ended 2023 with a spring in their step, taking on a brisk 15.9km run through Sheffield and Salt Rock.

An annual tradition, the year-end run is a way for members to get together and reminisce about yet another year of Striders’ running successes.

Sphiwe Dube and Nic Acampora pick up the pace on the final beach stretch.

Around 25 runners turned up in Sheffield on December 30 and had to settle for a road run instead of the traditional beach outing.

The heavy rains had made the Mhlali River unsafe to cross and plans to run from Sheffield to Tinley Manor had to be shelved for 2024.

After action, satisfaction. Maria Koster, Veronica Mthethwa, Caryl von Berg, Diane Morgan and Virginia Paterson enjoyed a well-earned glass of champagne.

Nevertheless, an equivalent route was quickly drawn up by run leader Nic Acampora, which still allowed for the final 500m stretch to be run on the beach.

The runners finished by enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne at Christmas Bay.

Janine Goes hard at work.

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