Tuesday, October 15, 2019

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: GENERAL TRAIL RUNS OPEN TO ALL (15 - 19 OTCOBER 2019)

 

Hi Everyone

 

 

Lots of information here as usual.  Scroll through, select what you need and then delete. 

 

 

TRAIL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SAFE AND SECURE ON TRAIL: SAFETY WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN HIKERS AND TRAIL RUNNERS – 23 NOVEMBER 2019

 

Please see attachments hereto.

 

 

CHANGE OF SEASONS BE AWARE OF SNAKES

 

Please see the very interesting little article at the end of this email (thanks Flippie).

 

 

UCT Mountain Ski Club (incorporating trail running) looking for sponsors

 

A message from Sam Aidan:  "At UCT, every semester, we run a ceremony to congratulate and award the most dedicated and talented runners in the past season. Unfortunately one of our sponsors pulled out and we won't be able to meet our goal to host the event to the same capacity that we did last semester.

 

We are looking for anyone who would potentially be able to step in or who would consider donating either a small sum of money(R1000-R2000) or merchandise (buffs, running shirts, bottles, bags etc.). "

 

If you can help, or know anyone / company that can help out, please contact Sam on samcohen999@gmail.com .

 

 

ULTRA-TRAIL CAPE TOWN (UTCT) VOLUNTEERS – 30 NOVEMBER 2019 & 1 DECEMBER 2019

 

The organisers are needing volunteers for various tasks on both race days and the days leading up to the events.  Please see the attachment hereto.

 

K-Way VOB will once again be hosting the Aid Station at Constantia Nek, as we have for several years now, under the guidance of Dave Waywell.  You don't need to be a K-Way VOB member to join in on the fun and action.  So if you are keen on joining this team then please specify this when you register on the link below.

 

Below is the link you use in order to register as a volunteer for the events.:

 

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/75704-volunteer-sign-up-ultra-trail-cape-town-2019/#/

 

 

TRAIL RUNS FOR THIS COMING WEEK

 

TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2019

 

TUESDAY TRAILS

 

Newlands Forest car park. 

 

Headlamps still advised..

 

17h45 for 18h00.

 

3 / 4 pace groups:

Packers – Social (Slow Medium)

Ideas – Medium and off-beat / salty

Old School – Medium Fast

Snakes - Fast

 

REMEMBER: DON'T LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR AND LEAVE EVERYTHING ELSE OUT OF SIGHT IN YOUR BOOT.

 

 

MATES MTTTTCR (MATES TUESDAY TRAIL TIME TRIAL - CONTOUR REVERSED) – 15 OCTOBER 2019

 

Join MATES for a 10km-ish time trial.

 

Constantia Nek parking area.

 

Starts 18h00 sharp.

 

Please bring headlamps just for the last section.

 

 

MUIZENBERG TRAIL DAWGS

 

18h00 from The Striped Horse, Muizenberg

 

Usually 3 pace group but depends on numbers:

  • Chilled / Beginners
  • Medium
  • Snakes

 

Headlight compulsory.  Bring a trail dog.

 

Love of beer compulsory.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2019

 

CRAG / CSAG / CWAG TRAIL RUN / SHUFFLE / WALK


Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019

Time: ready to go at 5.45 pm

Location: Devils Peak, Saddle Path parking, Tafelberg rd

 

Leaders: Conor Minnaar(run), Christo Steyn(shuffle), Robyn Lawrence(walk)

 

Route:  Leader Conor Minnaar takes us from the starting point at the Saddle Path parking area on Tafelberg Road (see below, Starting point and Directions) along a route familiar to Three Peaks Challenge and Bat Run participants — up the hard-slog zigzag Saddle Path to the breather spot at Saddle Rock; then into the Saddle proper and more slog up to the top of Devil's Peak at 1000 m for superb 360° views over the city and surrounds; now it's down down, down again until the welcome, level Tafelberg Road to rest the quivering quads and ease the aching ankles whilst enjoying a rehydrate. Sunset is at 7 pm; headlamps still necessary for the last 15 minutes or so.

 

Duration and distance: approx 90 mins, approx 5 km


Shufflers: Christo Steyn will lead a slower, more relaxed run, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Please note that the normal CSAG pace, whilst slower than the runners' group, is intended to get the heart rate up and the lungs pumping and provide a good work-out for those who, for whatever reason, don't run quite as quickly as they once used to. Shufflers are advised to bring/wear the appropriate kit (see below, Equipment).

Walkers:  Robyn Lawrence will lead the walkers on a BRISK walk, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Please note that the normal CWAG pace is quite fast — the walk is not intended to be a gentle stroll in the park; it will get the heart rate up and the lungs pumping and provide a good work-out for those who, for whatever reason, don't run. Walkers are advised to bring/wear the appropriate kit (see below, Equipment).

 

Starting point: Tafelberg Road (Saddle Path) (click for Google Maps)

 

Directions: Get to Kloof Nek via Kloof Nek Road from the city, or Camps Bay Drive from Hout Bay/Camps Bay side, and follow the Cable Car signs into Tafelberg Road, past the Lower Cable Station; about 2 km further there is a parking area under gum trees on the left, opposite the clearly signboarded Saddle Path, which is the starting point.

 

Equipment

— headlamps are still necessary, please ensure batteries are charged, if in doubt bring spare.

— water/energy drink munchies

— weather-appropriate clothing/gear: the long-range forecast for 6 pm would have us believe it's going to be clear, 21ºC, moderate breeze, 21.6 km/h from south-southeast.  It can get very breezy on the peak so a windbreaker is recommended.

— personal medication, if required

— something liquid for the post-run re-hydrate session

— warmer/dry clothing for the re-hydrate session

— whatever else you personally need for comfortable, safe trail running

 

Car guards: Johan and Sonja Damata – Thanks guys!

 

 

CMC-Durbac Northern Suburbs Wednesday Pack Run – Wednesday 16 October 2019

 

Their calendar says Majik Forest again.  You may want to check this with their head goat (Conrad Meier conradmeier@gmail.com / 0814705370)

 

Join the Trailers this Wednesday 🏃🏻🌲

 

Start: 17:30 for 17:45 start!

Distances: 5km, 7km and 10km options.

Meet: In the parking lot opposite the Protea Hotel.

 

We can't wait to see you there!!

 

Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running and runners run at their own risk.

 

THE VINE – WEDNESDAY

 

17h45 start from The Vine.

 

Vine / Waterfall / Top Contour / Manganese / Vine.

 

Slow trail run

 

6.5km

 

For more info:

Call: 021 100 3806

Email: TheVineOnline@outlook.com

 

 

 

THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2019

 

THE VINE TRAIL RUN – MORNING RUN (Hout Bay)

 

08h30 at the Vine

 

Vine /  Sandy Bay / Rocket Road / Vine.

 

13km. Medium Pace

 

Call: 021 100 3806 / Email: TheVineOnline@outlook.com

 

 

 

CELTIC THURSDAY SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

 

When:                 17 October 2019
Where:                Meet at Constantia Nek car park  in time to start running at 18h00.
Route:                 Silvertree Trail route.

 

Please bring a headlamp – COMPULSORY. 

 

Fast, Fast-Medium, Medium and Medium-slow pace options available, each with an experienced group leader to cater for different speeds, so provided you can run a flat 10kms in less than 65 minutes, there will be a group for you.

NB: PLEASE ALL DO YOUR BEST TO STAY IN YOUR GROUPS – MOST PARTICULARLY DO NOT RUN AHEAD OF YOUR GROUP LEADER. If you are new to the runs and unsure of the pace of the various groups, then rather run with a slower group initially.

Thanks

 

If you are new to the runs and unsure of the pace of the various groups, then rather run with a slower group initially. Thanks

To subscribe to this group because you do want to receive this email, send a blank (subject and main body) email to celtictrailruns+subscribe@googlegroups.com 

 

 

CHICKS WHO TRAIL – 17 OCTOBER 2019

 

PLATTEKLIP

 

Join Chicks Who Trail, a girls-only trail running group (sorry boys) for our Thursday evening group run at 18:00. We generally split into four groups, Fast, Medium, Social, Beginners. We run for an hour.  

 

You're welcome to bring trail dogs - but ONLY if they are SOCIAL. Please bring a tip for Bright our carguard. 

 

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages to find out more info about Thursday group runs. 

 

Meeting Point: Platteklip Parking Lot (the parking at the base of Platteklip Trail on Tafelberg Road). 

Start Time: 17:45 for 18:00

Running time: Approx 1 hour.

Pace: Four groups: fast, medium, social, Beginner's Academy. 

Route: Platteklip to contour, Kloof Corner and some jeep tracks. 

NB: 

PLS BRING A TIP FOR BRIGHT - OUR AWESOME CARGUARD

PLS LOOK AFTER YOUR POOCHES

PLS BRING A HEADLIGHTS

 

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages to find out more info about Thursday group runs. 

 

Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running. It may take place over uneven hazard strewn trails in exposed and often remote terrain where help is not always readily available.

 

FB link: https://www.facebook.com/ChicksWhoTrail/

Insta link: https://www.instagram.com/chickswhotrail/

 

Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running. It may take place over uneven hazard strewn trails in exposed and often remote terrain where help is not always readily available.

 

Participation is voluntary and entirely at your own risk as although the organisers take reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it cannot be guaranteed. To this end neither Chicks Who Trail nor the organisers personally can be held liable for any claims relating to inter alia, injuries, disabilities and death. Further any minor child participating in any trail running activity will be deemed to be doing so with the consent of his or her guardian.

 

By starting out on a trail run you explicitly acknowledge that:

 

1] you understand the associated risks involved and accept full responsibility for your own safety.

2] you are medically and physically fit to participate and

3] are carrying the necessary water, clothing and safety equipment required for the particular run.

 

 

FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2019

 

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SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS (all runners welcome regardless of club or no club)

 

A:      LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

NO RUN BECAUSE TIM IS MAKING HIS ANNUAL PILRIMMAGE TO FANCOURT

 

 

 

B.      TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (K-WAY VOB MEDIUM DISTANCE GROUP)

 

VLAKKENBERG

This Saturday we meet at Constantia Neck to explore the Vlakkenberg.

 

Route details

Meet at the Constantia Neck parking.


Heading a short distance down the tar road towards Hout Bay you will see a green gate on the left signposted for Vlakkenberg, once through we start with an up (surprise!). Over the neck we take a sho't left from the trail to admire the vistas across the Constantia vineyards and False Bay. Returning back to the trail we continue our undulation (running passed Bokkemanskloof) until we get to tar road leading to the Constantia mast.  

A little way up the tar there's a contour path to the right which will lead us to another stunning viewpoint, this time across Hout Bay. We then retrace our steps back to Bokkemanskloof where we turn down (yay!), continuing to join the gravel road on the right with a leg stretch back to Constantia Neck.

 

Please remember this a pack run led by committee, and its important that we look out for each other.  

 

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the parking area 06:25 ready to start at 06:30.

 

Terrain and Distance

Mostly single track, short bit of tar, and a gravel road finish.  

Distance: +- 10 kms taking about 2h30 to 3h00 for Medium Group 

 

Fast Group

Will follow a similar route with a possible extension to be decided on the day.

 

Relaxed Group to be confirmed on Friday.

 

*Please note adjustments to the route may be made whilst running depending on the group and weather conditions.

 

Please bring:

A whistle, WATER (remember a trail 10km can take longer than a road 10km), a warm & waterproof/windproof top, space blanket and ICE (In case of Emergency) tag or card.

 

Unfortunately no dogs are allowed on our runs.

 

Samantha

0723144341

 

*If you are new to this group, please read Table Mountain Trailers' guidelines here: www.tablemountaintrailers.org.za

 

K-Way VOB Trail Run Warning: Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running. It may take place over uneven hazard strewn trails in exposed and often remote terrain where help is not always readily available.

Participation is voluntary and entirely at your own risk as although the organizers take reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it cannot be guaranteed. To this end neither the Club nor the organisers personally can be held liable for any claims relating to inter alia, injuries, disabilities and death. Further any minor child participating in any trail running activity will be deemed to be doing so with the consent of his or her guardian.

By starting out on a trail run you explicitly acknowledge that:

1] you understand the associated risks involved and accept full responsibility for your own safety.

2] you are medically and physically fit to participate and

3] are carrying the necessary water, clothing and safety equipment required for the particular run.

 

 

 

THE VINE RUN - SATURDAY

 

07h30 BEGINNER'S TRAIL RUN

Slow pace.

Sandy Bay parking (Eustegia Way parking) – Sandy Bay single track / Rocket Road.

5km

 

QUANTUM ADVENTURES:  BERG AND BEACH

 

  • Berg & Beach trail run. Hermanus. Saturday19 October. 30km/18km/7km options. PRE entries only
  • Event info on quantumadventures.co.za

 

 

SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2019

 

MATES SUNDAY RUN – SWARTKOP – 20 OCTOBER 2019

 

Start: 06:30 Jan Smuts Drive Simon's Town

Time for MATES to tackle the beautiful Swartkop above Simon's Town, even if it means we need to do 50% t*r to get back.

Route: Park on Jan Smuts drive in Simon's Town. The start is on the dirt road coming off the bend of Jan Smuts. From there it's simple: we head up and follow the ridge line all the way to Smitswinkel, where we'll head to the road and take one of the most beautiful t*r roads in the world back. If the beauty isn't enough for some, or if they want to halve the distance (we won't ask which), a car could be left at Smitswinkel, or an Uber could be considered if there's cell phone signal. Please note that a previous experience noted NO SIGNAL.

Distance: 20km, or 10km if the t*r is avoided.

Leader: Ed Basson (medium-fast group) with the CEO at a more sensible pace.

Important Notes

Dress in weather appropriate and proper trail running gear. Must include a proper windproof (waterproof if raining) jacket. Carry plenty of water and energy snacks. You are running voluntarily and entirely at your own risk. If you run ahead of the group you will be deemed to have left the group and are on your own. Unfortunately, no dogs allowed. Bring plenty of ICE cold beers for after.  

 

 

Durbac-CMC Pack Run (Sunday): All runners welcome.  Not just for Durbac and CMC members.

 

TRAIL GOATS WEEKEND RUN

 

One Heart Family Run.

 

Blaauwklippen wine farm, Stellenbosch.

 

10km, 5km , 3km.

 

 

 

THE VINE TRAIL RUNS – Sunday 20 October 2019

 

06h30 at the Vine.

 

Vine / Disa River Trail / Pipe Track / Vlakkenberg East / Vlakkenberg West / Hoerikwaggo / Blue Valley / Tar Road / Contour / Manganese / East Fort / Vine..

 

24km.  Medium pace with Sweeper.

 

 

CHICKS WHO TRAIL (CWT) – SUNDAY 20 October 2019 – NO BEGINNERS GROUP

 

Attend the Thursday / Friday Run for details..

 

 

DIRTOPIA:  Sunday, 20 October 2019 @Warwick - Klapmuts Cup Trail Run presented by Falke

 

See details under UPCOMING DIRTOPIA EVENTS below.

 

  

UPCOMING TRAIL EVENTS

 

VWS CHALLENGE NUWEBERG – 3 NOVEMBER 2019

 

 

 

Join us on Sunday 3 November 2019 for the Nuweberg VWS Trail Challenge on
the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, just outside Grabouw.
You will traverse the pristine trails of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and
experience firsthand the wonder of the Fynbos which sustains our mountain
water catchment areas.

 

Click here for more info and to enter

 

Challenge yourself with a 22km or 10km route in some of the most breathtaking
vistas the Overberg region has to offer. The VWS Nuweberg Trail Challenge 2019 follows a most successful inaugural event in November last year, and is designed to test the mettle of avid trail runners and causal runners (and walkers) alike, as you traverse the slopes of the Hottentots Holland mountains. You will experience pristine Fynbos and breath-taking vistas as you navigate the trails we have chosen for you. Run and organised entirely by Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) volunteer wildland firefighters, all proceeds go towards the VWS, an entirely volunteer-run, non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and the preservation of our mountain catchments and natural heritage. We receive no official or municipal funding, and all funds are used for operational and logistical expenses to fight wildfires. These funds are raised by our volunteers, via donations or events such as this race.
The event offers runners a chance to do two routes: ±22km or ±10km, with the race start and finish at Cape Canopy Tours, Grabouw at Nuweberg in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.
Should you not be able to participate, donations are welcome and would be greatly appreciated. You can also purchase a Volunteer Wildfire Services Proud Supporter buff to
wear on the day (and at all your other races), and show your support for our cause.

 

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the 10km and the 22km race. There will also be a number of spot prizes, for which all entrants running on the day will be eligible.

 

 

 

 

MOUNTAIN RUNNER 2019 EVENTS

 

www.mountainrunner.co.za

 

 

  

UPCOMING WILDRUNNER EVENTS

 

WILDRUNNER CALENDAR

 

 

 

UPCOMING QUANTUM ADVENTURES EVENTS

 

Upcoming events for the next few months:

 

  • Spier Twilight run - Brought to you by BETADINE®. Friday, 1 November. 10km/5km/3km. Incl a goody bag for the first 300  PRE entries
  • Groot Constantia Twilight run - Brought to you by BETADINE®. Wednesday, 13 November. 10km/6km. Including a goody bag and R55.00, Groot Constantia food/drink voucher. 300 PRE entries only.  
  • Spier Twilight run - Brought to you by BETADINE®. Friday, 22 November. 10km/5km/3km. Incl a goody bag for the first 300 PRE entries
  • Spier Twilight run - Brought to you by LEDLENSER. Friday, 6 December. 10km/5km/3km
  • Groot Constantia Twilight run - Brought to you by LEDLENSER. Wednesday, 11 December. 10km/6km. Including a R55.00, Groot Constantia food/drink voucher. 300 PRE entries only.
  • Spier Twilight run - Brought to you by LEDLENSER. Friday, 20 December. 10km/5km/3

Event info on quantumadventures.co.za

2020 dates to save: 

  • 2 May. Oorlogskloof Trail run - 42km/16km. 
  • 25 May. Namaqua X Challenge. River paddle, coastal run, mountain bike. Namaqua West Coast.



Get out there...

Uge

Quantum Adventures
www.quantumadventures.co.za
FB: Quantum Adventures Events
FB: The X - Mountain Bike Expeditions
021 789 0188

 

 

UPCOMING ENERGY EVENTS RACES

 

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UPCOMING DIRTOPIA EVENTS

 

For more info go to www.dirtopia.co.za

 

 

 

 

Be sure to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors,

as nature blooms on the trails in October!

November will bring the last events in this year's series,

so make sure you are part of the events leading up to it this month:

 

Sunday, 20 October 2019 @Warwick
Klapmuts Cup Trail Run presented by Falke

Warwick is one of our favourite venues to host a trail run! Not only are the trails & views magnificent, but the hospitality at a beautiful site is such a pleasure!

  

Profiles have been loaded on the website, as the route has been tweaked to give you fresh directions on this singletrack. Runners will be treated to trails on neighbouring properties as well, like Marklew and Le Bonheur.

 

The waterpoint on the slopes of Klapmutskop gives wonderful views of Simonsberg and the Stellenbosch and Paarl winelands.

Three routes start from 8am: 14.3km 10.1km and 5.1km – something for all! The long route climbs on jeep track through the vineyards with rewarding singletrack trails up and down. The winners of the long distance will be competing for the sought-after local trophy! 

 

The medium and short route is just as beautiful and when you get back to the finish, there will be food, coffee, wine (of course) on offer while you relax on the lawns to wait for lucky draw at 10am.

 

Enter online by Thursday to save (kids pay online R50!). And the rugby starts around 12pm only, and the Wingerd Vista at Delvera, close by will be screening it.  



All PRE-ENTRANTS who are under 18 years of age will pay only R50 entry fee! Late entries who are under 18 will pay the normal late entry fee

 

ENTER ONLINE:

credit card and EFT payments accepted

ENTER ONLINE (login OR create a profile/register)


TIMING: Timing will be done with Amarider Trail Tags.  No tag, no time:  available for rent for R20 on the day or buy for R100 and use at all our events!

 

ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS: The routes will climb on the slopes of Klapmutskop and go towards Le Bonheur on fun singletrack sections and jeeptrack through the vineyards. Trails & views to remember!   Route profiles can be v

iewed on the website.

 

GENERAL INFO: Make sure you pre-enter to get the discount A medal to all finishers. You can choose if you'd like to be timed by Amarider Trail Tag, as the results are live on the website. Please note that first three over the line wins t

he product prizes from FALKE as well as wine from Warwick. Luckydraw tickets will be handed out to participants just before it takes place.

 

The refreshment station will have Powerade, wine tasting (!), fruit and drinks at the finish for all!  Massages at the finish & kids play area. Coffee station will serve from 6.30am and there will be food on the go as well.

 

Book for lunch at Warwick and relax on their beautiful lawns at the start/finish. Their website have menu options available for the winter: www.warwickwine.com

 

Weather predictions are sunny – so don't miss a beautiful Spring day in the Stellenbosch Winelands!

 

HFR

Thursday evening, 31 October @ Muratie

Halloween Forest Night Run presented by Sportsmans Warehouse

 

End your Halloween month off having a cackling good time running through the eerie and enchanted Muratie forest at the Halloween Forest Night Run.  So, put on your scariest costume and have a fang-tastic night running this 10km or 5km trail run with friends & family. Staring form 7pm, just as the sun sets…bring your headlamp!

Special surprises, not only medals plus décor, trick or treat and delicious food & wine. Muratie is the perfect venue, with its historic feel and old-world charm. Inside the wine tasting centre there are cobwebs and dark corners to add to the theme.

Are you scared of what might lurk in the forest….?

 

See you on the Spring trails!

 

PS: MTBers must join us for a ride on Saturday 19 Oct - see the website for details!

 

DIRTOPIA

Muratie Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch

info@dirtopia.co.za

078 343 3572

www.dirtopia.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHANGE OF SEASONS BE AWARE OF SNAKES

 

What to do if you Encounter a Snake in the Bush

When camping or on hikes it is important to understand that the bush can be a dangerous place and you need to be aware of what animals are dangerous. This is especially important with animals such as snakes.

When walking in the bush you need to be aware of your surroundings. Do not step over fallen logs where you cannot see what is on the other side, rather step on the obstacle. Wear good thick boots and long trousers as these will provide some protection. If you are camping on your own it is a good idea to be familiar with the dangerous snakes of South Africa.

There are over 2 500 species of snakes found worldwide and around 138 found in Southern Africa. Of these, about 35 are venomous and 13 are dangerous to humans. The Black Mamba is considered to be the most dangerous snake in Africa, as its bite without the anti-venom is nearly always fatal. The Cape Cobra is the next most poisonous of the snakes in South Africa. However, Puff Adders are probably responsible for the most deaths in Africa as these are sluggish snakes that are disinclined to move out of the way when approached.

Most of the snakes encountered by campers and hikers are not poisonous and they play a vital role in the ecosystem. If you are in a nature reserve you should never kill a snake. It is important to know that they are more scared of you than you are of them. Most snakes will get out of your way and will only strike when they have no escape and are threatened.

 

What to do when you encounter a snake

When hiking in the bush it is important that you do not pick up, poke or provoke any snake that you come across, even if it appears to be dead- some snakes such as the Rinkhals play dead, and can strike if disturbed. If you discover a snake, do not approach it closely. If you step on a snake or are very close to a Puff adder then move away quickly.

If the snake is only about a meter away, freeze at first and see the snakes reaction - it will likely look for an escape route. If it is cornered, back away slowly. If you move slowly you are not perceived as a threat and the snake is less likely to strike.

Observe the snake. If the snake stays slithering on the ground it will likely move away and not strike. If the snake rears up like a cobra and flattens its neck to form a hood then it is aggressive and is likely to strike and you need to act with caution. Pythons and adders move forward in a straight line, other snakes move using side-to-side undulations.

 

Treatment of snake bites

The most important advice if you are bitten by a snake is to remain calm. Do not panic or rush as this speeds up your metabolism and spreads the poison faster. More damage is done by the shock than the actual bite. Identify the snake if possible. If you do not know what snake it is try and memorize what it looks like.

Relax and phone for medical help. Know that not many South African hospitals deal with snake bites regularly so inform them and ask them to phone the experts.

 

If you are bitten by a cytotoxic snake such as an adder

  • Drink plenty of fluid unless you have trouble swallowing
  • Apply a sterile dressing to the wound
  • Never try and suck the venom out with your mouth
  • Do not squeeze the bite
  • Do not apply a tight bandage or tourniquet

 

If you are bitten by a neurotoxic snake such as a cobra or mamba

  • Stay calm and breathe gently
  • Immediately apply a crepe bandage firmly around the wound, as if for a muscle sprain. This will reduce the amount of venom entering the bloodstream but should not cut off circulation
  • Do not apply a tourniquet
  • Never try and suck the venom out
  • Transport the person to hospital as soon as possible as these snakes have potent venom and anti-venom will be needed

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES

 

USEFUL TRAIL RUNNING LINKS

 

Very useful links for just about all trail events and news:

 

https://sites.google.com/site/trailrunwp/  (TrailWP)

www.alltheevents.co.za

www.runningthecape.com

www.wildrunner.co.za  

www.trailrunning.co.za  

www.houtbaychallenge.co.za  or www.fishermanschallenge.co.za

www.ndorfin.co.za  

www.quantumadventures.co.za

www.mountainrunner.co.z a

www.soxtrailrun.co.za  / www.trisport.co.za  

www.iqela-events.co.za  

www.stillwatersports.com  

www.energyevents.co.za

 

A quick, rough guide to the Regular Weekly Trail groups in the first section of this email (K-Way VOB / MATES / CRAG / Celtics)

 

There seem to be lots of new faces arriving at the weekly runs and from feedback received it seems it would be useful to clarify some basics and also advise which groups are suitable for which runners:

•             The 4 groups referred to here are by no means the only clubs organisations that offer trail runs but these groups above are open to all runners, not just club members. There may well be other clubs that do this but we are not aware of them or they are not open groups. If you are looking for a club

join though then we would love to have you as a member at K-Way VOB. But It is not compulsory.

•             For these 4 groups, there are no fees payable for attending the runs. They are free. The only costs you have to pay is where we have to pay entry fees to a reserve. These are for your account.

•             There is no insurance involved. You run entirely at your own risk.

•             You don't need to RSVP unless specifically requested. You just rock up and run. You may be required to fill in an attendance register at the run though.

•             You are expected to know the general rules of trail running and which kit to wear and carry for the different weather conditions. If you don't know then you must ask.

 

Which groups for which runners?

  • K-Way VOB Longer Distance Group: Saturday mornings. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. This group is for more experienced, fit trail runners who can do 15km – 25km of technical, tough trail at a medium. For more information contact Tim Bellairs on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .
  • K-Way VOB Table Mountain Trailers: Saturday mornings. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. There are three pace groups – 1. Faster Group is a similar pace to the Longer Distance Group but for 10 – 15km and with more regroups than the Longer Distance Group which makes it do-able for some of the slower runners. 2. Medium Pace Group is a gentler pace for 7 – 10km suitable for recovering athletes and novice trail runners. 3. Relaxed Group – walk the uphills, run the downhills and toss a coin for the flats.
  • Tuesday Trails:  All runners welcome.  4 groups:   Packers – Social (Slow Medium), Ideas – Medium and off-beat / salty, Old School – Medium Fast and Snakes - Fast
  • MATES: Sunday mornings and some night runs. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. Three groups:  Fast (properly fast), Medium (Fast Medium) and KaK Group (Medium to Slow Medium) - more hard core (extreme terrain) than most groups but definitely do-able for most experienced trail runners. Helps to be a beer drinker. For more info contact Michael Ohlsson on 0823197250.
  • CRAG / CSAG / CWAG: Wednesday evenings. All runners welcome. A pack run that caters for most trail runners. Not what I would call a beginner runner group as you need to be able to do 10 -15km of technical trail with confidence but once you have some base fitness then this is one of the first groups you need to join. Lots of experienced trail runners to advise you. The running group has recently been split in two. CRAG is the Faster Group and CSAG (Shufflers) is a slower running group. CWAG is the walking group for a brisk walk on the mountains. For more info contact Rod Prodgers at rodprodgers@icloud.com or Christo Steyn at trailrunner@sobonana.co.za or Erich Minnaar at erich.minnaar@tcm.co.za.
  • Celtic: Thursday evenings. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO RUN 10km IN 65 MINUTES. 4 – 5 Pace groups which cater for just about all speeds from slow to super-fast. If in any doubt, start with the slowest group and work your way up over time. A great place to kick off your trail running although you do need some base fitness (must be able to run 10km) even for the slowest group.

 

Each club / group has its own emailing list which you can join. This email just tries to draw all of the info together for convenience.

 

Cheers

 

The K-Way VOB Trail Team

 

 

Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell: 082 321-0299

Email: tim.bellairs@gmail.com










 






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