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Genergy to power the 2019 Woodridge Trail Run

Taking place on the 20th of October 2019 at Woodridge College and Preparatory School, the Woodridge Trail Run is the oldest established trail event in the Eastern Cape. Genergy has entered into a 3 year agreement with Big O Sports and Woodridge to not only sponsor the event, but also play an active role on the day.

The run takes place along the stunning Yellow Wood trails on Ningi Farm. The arduous trails are opened to the public only once a year. The runners get the rare opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the nature reserve around the Woodridge school grounds. Wildlife encounters are not uncommon and past participants have described it as an amazing experience.

It features 3 trail distances: 6km, 14km, and 23km. The trails cater to a wide range of athletes and to anyone who wants to enjoy time in the bush.

The Spekbooms

Genergy will have a presence at the event, with a team of employees and a stand. The team, ready to network and share information about solar energy, will also take part in the run. They will be handing out a number of free young Spekboom plants at the prize-giving.

Why Spekboom?
Due to its use of two of the three types of photosynthesis, Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) is considered one of the world’s best carbon capturing plants. Spekboom thicket is estimated to capture upwards of ten times as much carbon as an area of tropical rainforest of the same size. Studies show that one tree captures 4 to 8 kg per year when it is mature, that means spekboom is about 100 times more effective at reducing carbon than a pine tree.

Other interesting aspects of the Spekboom plant: it’s both beautiful and edible. The leaves are high in basic nutrients and can treat dehydration. Fortunately it is indigenous to the Eastern Cape, and is the favourite food of elephants in the area. You will notice that the Spekboom plants are potted in biodegradable pots which can be planted directly into the soil or a larger planter.

Partnership with purpose

The partnership between Genergy and Woodridge College has expanded. 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,” Genergy CEO, Terry Billson. “The school is able to  reduce its CO2 emissions by roughly 600 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-conscious and eco-friendly.”

Online entries are already open on the Big O event website.

You can follow the event on Facebook here: Facebook Event

The Event details are :

23km    7h30 am     R 240
12km    8h00 am     R 150
6km      8h10  am     R 120

Prize giving 11 am

More details on the Big O website

Look out for the Genergy team on the trails!

  • Runners on Woodridge trail
  • Runners on Woodridge trail