From humble beginnings . . .
It was in September 1977 that DJ Price, Don Holgate, Paddy Mills and Bert Thompson first met at DJ’s house to found the Fish Hoek Athletic Club.
Four members however were not enough to register a club, and Don Holgate’s children were quickly recruited as members to make up the required numbers.
The next hurdle to overcome was getting together the R50 required for registration. Paddy Mills’ mom of the Avenue Hotel came to the rescue though, and generously sponsored the (then pretty steep) registration costs.
And so the Fish Hoek Athletic Club was born. They really got going in 1978, with regular meetings held in Don Holgate’s garage. A favourite meeting place to run was the Garden of Remberance at the bottom of KommetjieRoad.
Jess Hutchinson, the son of Mavis Hutchinson (known in the late 70’s as the “Galloping Granny”) came up with idea to run a Fun Run (the first Fun Run in the area) in conjunction with the Mardi Gras. This event, then run on the 2nd January, with a start at the back of AP Jones, was to become the South-Easter.
The first president of the Club was John Buck, and this position was ably taken over by DJ Price a number of years ago, upon John’s demise. In October 2007, DJ became the only person to have completed every Voet van AfrikaMarathon ever run. This year sees the 33rd year of the race. As a matter of interest, DJ ran his first marathon (Peninsula) in 1965.
The current clubhouse was opened in 1991.
The Club salutes our past Chairmen, who have stood “the test of time” in ensuring the success of the Club:-
A special word of thanks to Kim Jenkinson-Wright for compiling this history.