Eston MTB ploughs back into the community
Eston – The 2019 Illovo Eston MTB Challenge and Tala Family Ride will
showcase to the hundreds of avid trail runners and mountain bikers at
the Eston Farmer’s Club on Sunday, 4 August the year-round work done by
the event and its sponsors in the local community.
The whole event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Eston Club but
with the expansion of the event and the involvement of Illovo Sugar
South Africa the influence of the event has shifted into the greater
With a bold vision of “building thriving communities”, for Illovo Sugar
South Africa, the event is a perfect fit, given the importance of
sugarcane in the area, however they felt that there was a lot that could
be done in the region to uplift and support the local community.
“This event is important to Illovo Sugar South Africa as it takes place
in Eston a few kilometres from our mill. The Eston Club, where the races
start and finish, is a central hub for the farmers who supply sugar cane
to the mill,” Mduduzi Nkala, Commercial Director of Illovo Sugar South
“Previous race proceeds have gone towards various initiatives aimed at
improving the Eston Club, Nipper’s Primary and the Eston Primary School
projects such as Astro turf installation.
“The funds raised from the ticket sales goes towards sponsoring
community led projects in the form of donations and finally as Illovo
Sugar South Africa, we promote and believe in a healthy balanced
lifestyle for the whole family.”
Previously there have been a number of projects identified including
upgrading of water systems, a new jungle gym as well as revamping the
primary school’s cricket nets, classroom upgrades and upgrading the
swimming pool to a 25 metre pool from 15 metres.
Along with these programmes, Illovo Sugar South Africa and the Eston
Club have committed to investing towards uplifting three rural schools
in the area.
“These projects include Gcewu High School who will receive new school
uniforms, and Putellos Combined School and Sibusisiwe High School which
have started vegetable gardens and will receive training and skills
“Illovo Sugar South Africa has committed an amount of R50 000 to these
projects,” Nkala added.
Having a day out with the family in the sugarcane belt of KwaZulu-Natal
is one of the major draw cards for people coming to take part in the
event. Taking on one of the many events on offer is one way to keep fit
and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
“Being physically active is one of the most important ways to stay
“This event gives people a chance to enjoy being outdoors, to interact
with fellow cyclists and runners, appreciate our diversity, and be part
of a course to help our communities thrive,” Nkala commented
More information can be found at
Date: Sunday, 4 August 2019
Venue: Eston Farmers Club, KZN
Start Times, Distances & Entry Fees:
06h30 - 18km Trail Run (Pre-entry - R140, Late entry - R160)
06h45 - 9km Trail Run (Pre-entry - R100, Late entry - R120)
08h30 - 60km Illovo Eston Marathon (Pre-entry - R220, Late entry
09h00 - 40km aQuellé Eston Half Marathon (Pre-entry - R180, Late entry
09h30 - 18km STIHL Tala Family Ride (Pre-entry - R140, Late entry
10h00 - 10km Omnia Kids Ride (Pre-entry - R70, Late entry
15% FAMILY DISCOUNT FOR 4 OR MORE ENTRIES
AT ILLOVO ESTON 2019!
Enter via ROAG (www.roag.co.za).
Pre-entries are open and will be accepted until 28 July
Late entries will be accepted online from 29 July to 1 August until 24h00 or at the venue on the day.
Each race is limited to 800 riders so make sure that you get that entry
At Eston Farmers' Club on Sunday, 4 August from 05h30-09h30.
Race garments will be available to the first 1000 people that pre-enter.
Please note that late entries will not receive a race garment.