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Genergy sponsors the Woodridge Trail Run

Aug 27, 2019
Genergy sponsors the Woodridge Trail Run

Thornhill - The Woodridge Trail Run is to be sponsored byGenergy for the next three years, following an agreement between the race organisers, Big O Sports, Woodridge College and Preparatory School and Port Elizabeth’s leading solar energy supplier.

The Woodridge Trail Run sponsored by Genergy takes place on October 20th, 2019. The event features three distances to suit any level of runner: 6km, 14km and 23km.

About the Woodridge Trail Run

The Woodridge Trail Run is one of the longest-established trail runs in the Eastern Cape, and once a year since 2006, the exclusive Yellow Woods Farm trails are opened to the public for one day. The exclusive trail run allows athletes to explore the beauty of the grounds around Woodridge and the wildlife that calls it home.

Entries are currently open online, and close on October 16th. Late entries are possible with an additional administration charge of R30 per entry from 4pm - 6pm on October 18th at Little Walmer Golf Course, as well as on race day from 6:30am - 07:45am.

Race schedule

  • Race briefing:     23km, 7:25am. All other distances, 7:50am
  • 23km start:                         7:30am
  • 14km start:                         8:00am
  • 6km start:                            8:10am
  • Prize giving:                        11:00am, potentially earlier but dependent on last finisher 

Partnership with purpose

The partnership between Genergy and Woodridge College is expanding. Recently Genergy designed and installed the solar solution seen on the roofs of many of the school’s buildings. “Woodridge benefits from a bespoke solar PV system, spanning nine different building clusters across the school campus,” remarks Genergy CEO, Terry Billson.

“The school is able to  reduce its CO2 emissions by roughly 597 tons per annum, while simultaneously reducing its expenditure on municipal electricity.  By supporting the trail run on the grounds of the school, Genergy is able to reinforce the value of being eco-concious and eco-friendly.”

As part of the low waste, low carbon theme of the event, Genergy is planning to give away hundreds of young spekboom plants to trail run participants. Due to its use of two of the three types of photosynthesis, Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) is considered one of the world’s best carbon sequestering plants.

Spekboom thicket is estimated to fix upwards of ten times as much carbon as an area of tropical rainforest of the same size. Fortunately it is indigenous to the Eastern Cape.

Woodridge launched Eco Smart in 2018, with the aim of  becoming a leading eco-school in South Africa. Talking about the initiative, Headmaster of Woodridge College, Derek Bradley says, “We believe that it is vital to teach responsible energy practices to the next generation of our country’s leaders, and in doing so, foster environmental stewardship practically and tangibly. Our approach allows us to lead by example and assist the country in alleviating the strain on the municipal grid."

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