J’Bay – St Francis beach walk tomorrow

The annual Christy’s Catch Crab Walk and MTB Ride will take place tomorrow during autumn equinox, a lower than usual low tide giving walkers and cyclists the opportunity to enjoy 15 km stretch of beach between Jeffreys Bay and St Francis Bay without any difficulty.

St Francis Sport will celebrate Human Rights Day with the 15km walk and fun MTB ride all along the beach from Walskipper to Christy’s Catch with an exciting Kromme River crossing by barge, while serious mountain bikers can participate in a circular 30 km or 50 km ride starting and finishing at Christy’s Catch.

The main event, the Christy’s Catch Crab Walk of only 15 km is aimed at all ages and sponsor Mark Christy would love to see families enjoy this event together.

Registration will take place at the Walskipper in Aston Bay from 07:00, and the event will start at 08:00. Participants can either cross the Seekoei River or just walk or ride a short detour and use the bridge over the river. After crossing the Kromme River with the Glaceau Vitamin Water barge, walkers and cyclists have another 3 km to go to St Francis Bay’s main beach, and then a short stretch to Christy’s Catch.

Earlier on the morning mountainbikers will gather at Christy’s Catch for the registration of the 30km and 50km MTB Ride. Registration will be between 06:30 and 07:15 and the event will start at 07:30. The 30km route participants will follow a safety car to the Paradise Beach turn off. Cyclists will then follow markers and marshals to the Walskipper from where the beach is the route to the finish line, same as the 15km route.

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The 50km cyclists will turn left at the Oyster Bay road turn off, and continue to the t-junction with the Humansdorp Road. There they will turn right and proceed to the Grassmere/Gutche farm turn off, turn right and proceed to the R330. They will have a very short distance on the R330 till the Paradise Road turn off, from where they follow the 30km route.

All walkers and riders will get off the beach at the life savers hut on main beach. From there they will continue into St Francis Drive and Christy’s Catch, the finish line. Each finisher will receive a bottle of Glaceau Vitamin Water.

The entry fee for all events is R 60 for adults and R 40 for all under 17’s. The first 100 entrants will receive t-shirts.

You can enter online or download an entry form on the St Francis Sport website. For more information, contact Esti on 073 825 0835 or email [email protected]