Tuesday, November 21, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: GENERAL TRAIL RUNNING INFO


Hi Everyone

 

 

TRAIL RUNS FOR THIS COMING WEEK

 

TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2017

 

TUESDAY TRAILS

 

Platteklip Gorge Trail Head on Tafelberg Road.

 

17h45 for 18h00 start.

 

3 / 4 pace groups.

 

 


WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2017

 

CRAG / CSAG / CWAG TRAIL RUN / SHUFFLE / WALK

 

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017

 

Time: ready to go at 5.45 pm

 

Leaders: Freda Walters (run), John Damata (shuffle), Sonja Damata (walk)

 

Location: Oppelskop/Devil's Peak (see below, Directions)

 

Route description: From the start at the Platteklip Gorge parking area on Tafelberg Road (see below, Starting point and Directions) we take a new, as yet undisclosed, route to the contour path, then head left towards Devil's Peak; at the split we continue along the upper path all the way through to the zig-zaggy Saddle Path; now more slog up to Saddle rock, and we carry on along the contour towards Oppelskop, eventually going down to the lower path and heading back to Platteklip. Sunset is at 7.34 pm.

 

Duration and distance: approx 90 mins, approx 9 km

 

Shufflers: John Damata 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 runner 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: Sonja Damata 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 (Platteklip Gorge) (click for Google Maps)

 

Directions: Make your way up to Kloof Nek by your preferred or most convenient route, then follow the Cableway signs along Tafelberg Road — in fact, you could follow these signs from anywhere in the CBD and you'll get there; about 1,5 km beyond the lower Cableway station is a TMNP wooden information cabin and the parking area for the Platteklip Gorge path. Bear in mind that there is heavy traffic going up to Kloof Nek at this time of day, and also along Tafelberg Road, so allow some extra travelling time.

 

Equipment

—           headlamp/torch for your own comfort

—           water/energy drink/munchies

—           weather-appropriate clothing/gear: long-range forecast for 6 pm would have us believe it's going to be clear skies, no rain, 16 °C, gentle breeze SW 15 kph

—           personal medication (if required)

—           something liquid for post-run rehydrate session

—           warmer/dry clothing for the rehydrate session

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

 

Car guards 22 Nov — Rob Gardner & AN Other

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE

 

The latest emergency numbers being promoted by SANParks, TMNP, SAPS and all the others are

  • City emergency — 021 480 7700: calls patched through direct to Joint Ops Centre and then routed to relevant responders
  • Table Mountain National Park rangers — 0861 106 417: goes directly to Visitor Safety rangers; report anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, persons, objects, possible camp sites, bark stripping, etc etc

 

 

 

CMC-Durbac Wednesday Pack Run


No Run because of the Sanlam Neil Joubert Farm Run (highly recommended)

 

Friends and slow runners welcome.

 

http://www.durbac.org.za/trail-runs.html

 

 

TRAIL AND TAR – 22 NOVEMBER 2017

 

RUN Details for Wednesday 22nd November:
Constantia Nek car park
 NEW  Start time 18:00
All welcome
We run for 60min
R15 gets you an hrs entertainment and some Coke (drink)

Wednesday night runs registration for prizes.

Please ensure that you are signing in at each run so that you are eligible for the prize draw in early December.

Unfortunately we no longer cater for WALKERS.

Requirements for Wed runs:

Good sense of humour
Great attitude
Sense of adventure ...groups have been known to get lost in the woods!!
And R15 bucks which goes towards my retirement fund...

Groups:

Woggers................Nice easy pace for those who just starting out but have a little fitness
Supa Chilled..........for the runner wanting to take it easy, or suffering from a bub alas, gentle pace
Nice n Easy............for the racing snake wannabes who like the idea of running fast, but not the pain.....
No Pain No Gain ...for ex athletes and desperate wannabe athletes...can hurt occasionally
PAIN.....................for the nutcases who get off on inflicting pain on their mates.

 

THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2017

CELTICS THURSDAY SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

When: 23 November in time to start running at 18h00.
Where: Meet at KLOOF NEK in the parking area on the left just 100 metres above Kloof Nek itself (i.e. near the bottom of Tafelberg Road)
Route: Lion's Head and Signal Hill route

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

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FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER  AND SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017

NEW EVENT: NID TRAIL RUNS – 24 AND 25 NOVEMBER 2017 – KAROO NATIONAL GARDENS (WORCESTER)

https://m.facebook.com/NIDdeaf/photos/gm.138416106756957/1693040187372924/?type=3&source=44

 

Take on dusk and dawn with this exciting running challenge benefiting persons with hearing loss.

Dusk: Race starts at 19:30 Friday 24 November 2017. Choose between 12, 8 and 4 km.

Dawn: Race starts at 05:30 Saturday 25 November 2017. Choose between 22, 12 and 8 km.

Entry fees:
22km = R 220 / 12km = R 120 / 8km = R 80 / 4km = R 40

Donations to NID of R 250 or more get one FREE entry. If you enter both days, your cheapest entry will be half price.

All donations to NID are deductible from tax.

For more information and to enter, email relations.fr@nid.org.za.

 

http://www.nid.org.za/night-trail-run/

 

 

SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

No run this week.

 

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

 

CONSTANTIA GREEN BELT RUN

Our next run is an easy Constantia greenbelt run.
We will run the greenbelts, including the Alphen trail, Klaasenbosch Trail and the Diep River Trail. An extra loop will be added in Cecelia forest to give some extra distance.

Rendezvous and start time
RV at 06h30 in the Constantia Sports complex parking area. Enter the sports complex (at the Brommersvlei/Constantia Rd intersection), and park on the left-hand side as you enter. The parking area, as well as our route will be familiar with all K-way VOB members.

Terrain and distance
There will be a few ups and downs, some jeep tracks and some single tracks, but generally not much technical stuff – so ideal for newcomers. Distance in the order of 14 kms, taking around 2hrs.
We will do the route in a clockwise direction, hopefully avoiding the Constantia Park run.

Groups
This is a pack run with regular regroups, we will split into speed groups with leaders and sweeps on the morning.

Dogs
Please note that K-Way VOB club rules do not permit dogs on our runs.

What to bring
Water, whistle, warm/windproof top depending on weather, space blanket, ICE ID - either on your phone, bracelet/tag, card in your backpack.

See you all there!
Allison
0839837152

Warning for all K-Way VOB Trail Runs: Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running. It takes 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.

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.

 

VOLUNTEER WILDFIRE SERVICES OPEN DAY – NEWLANDS FOREST SATURDAY 25 NOVMBER 2017

 

09h00 – 16h00

 

Please see flyer attached.

 

 

SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2017

 

MATES RUN  (run informally communicated by the CEO – details will be confirmed by email on Friday)

 

CONSTANTIA NEK TO TURNSTILE BELOW KING'S BLOCKHOUSE AND BACK

 

Start time: 07h00 from Constantia Nek car park.

 

Distance 22km

 

Route Descriptions: Either straight out and back along the contour path OR along contour path and back through Newlands Forest / Kirstenbosch / Cecilia Forest (depending on who pitches up and who knows the way).

 

MATES is looking for runners to volunteer to lead groups.  Lots of tired legs around and no apparent availability of regular leaders.  The CEO will be at the start but has been booked off running.

 

Notes:

• Take your own water and snacks.
• All runners are welcome.
• You need to be completely self-sufficient. Carry everything you will need on the day. This includes a basic medical kit, space blanket, whistle, windproof (waterproof if it is raining) jacket, warm headgear if it's cold or sun protection if it's hot. Charged cell phone with Mike's number (0823197250) stored as well as the City's emergency ops number (021 480 7700) and the SANParks Visitor Safety number (0861 106 417) programmed in. Just in case you need rescuing.
• You are also responsible for your own water and nutrition. There is little to no water on the mountain and, for the roadies, there are no water stations. You MUST carry your own.

More important:
Bring ice cold beers for after.

 

 

Durbac-CMC Pack Run

 

When: Sunday, 26 November 2017
Time: 7:20, ready to run at 7:30am
Where: Newlands Forest Parking Lot, just off the M3
(Where the VWS Station and Helipad is)
Distance and Time:
Short: Around 10km - 90min
Medium: Around 15-20km - 2+ hours
Contact: Conrad 081 470 5370

This is one chilled run! Some of the finest forest roads and single track you can find, without any extreme climbing or descent. Just the thing to slowly start the holiday feeling permeate through you! This is a route for all to come and enjoy, and to appreciate some of the beauty we have right here in the city against the backdrop of one of the modern 7 wonders!

We have our UTCT runner stretching her legs on the 10k, very leisurely and gracefully. Nothing too serious, just enjoying the sights and sounds of the forest.
We have the Head Goat bumbling and stumbling his way to 15 km (ok, he'll probably get lost and it will turn into a 20km). If all goes well we'll head off towards Cecilia Forest. At some point turn around, and with some luck find our way back again. Through beautiful and scenic trails.
And if we are really lucky, we just may see the lesser spotted SkyRun maniac finisher join us as well. Purely to observe, of course!

Everyone is welcome, regardless of your level of disturbance :-)!

Please take note of the duration of the run as well as the weather and plan accordingly. You need to be self-sufficient as far as hydration and food are concerned, and wear weather appropriate clothing. We try to cater for everyone's needs, but this is a pack run. Choose a group that reflects your abilities, and then stick together. It is fun!

 

 

 

UPCOMING TRAIL EVENTS AND CLUB TRAINING RUNS

 

 

DON'T FORGET MONDAY: K-WAY VOB MONDAY EVENING CITY BOWL TRAIL RUN – Next run will be 4 December 2017. This will be the final run for the year.  We will pick it up again in the second half of January 2018.

All runners welcome.

Meet at Kloof Nek car park at 17h45. To start at 18h00.

Distance about 9 - 10km. 60 – 75 minutes.

For more info contact Tim on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

 

MOUNTAIN RUNNER 2018 EVENTS CALENDAR

 

Thanks, Tatum, for sending through the calendar of your events for 2018.

 

Please see attached.

 

These will be set out in the main email during December.

 

 

 

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 / wildrunner.ning.com

www.trailrunning.co.za

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

www.ndorfin.co.za

www.quantumadventures.co.za

www.mountainrunner.co.za

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

www.iqela-events.co.za

www.stillwatersports.com

www.allsportstours.co.za (for very affordable lifts to events)

 

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:

Which groups for which runners?

· K-Way VOB Longer Distance Group: (Not operating at the moment) 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 to medium fast pace. 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. Main 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. Recovery Group is a gentler pace for 7 – 10km suitable for recovering athletes and novice trail runners. 3. A walking group – not a stroll, but a brisk walk which has been known to bring walkers to near heart failure. For more info contact Peter Rogers (p.d.n.rogers@gmail.com ).

  • K-Way VOB Monday Evening City Bowl Group: Every second Monday evening from Kloof Nek car park. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. 8 – 10kms and most paces can be accommodated. Nothing too technical. For more information contact Tim Bellairs on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

· MATES: Sunday mornings, Tuesday Evening Time Trials and some night runs. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. Similar to K-Way VOB Longer Distance Group and often a little (or a lot) more hard core (extreme terrain) 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 Ezan Wilson at ezanwilson@gmail.com .

· Celtics: 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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