Friday, March 24, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP

Hi Everyone

 

Here are the social trail runs + one event for this weekend:

 

SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

FIRST “HALF” (THE EASIER HALF) OF OMTOM 24km TRAIL RACE

 

Start Time and Place

 

06h30 from the car park inside UCT upper campus at the intersection of Ring Road and the road that goes down past the Old Zoo towards the Rhodes Memorial access road and gate.  See further directions below.

 

Run Leader

 

Tim Bellairs 0823210299 (please put this in your phone if you are running).

 

Directions to Start

 

If you are coming along the M3 from the southern suburbs, take the UCT  exit left just AFTER the Rhodes Memorial / Princess Anne Drive exit.  As you enter the UCT grounds the road swings sharply left and up a hill.  Ignore Residence Road and University Avenue going off to your right.  You get to a STOP street.  The car park is right in front of you.

 

If you are coming from the north get onto the M3 heading south from the direction of Groote Schuur.  Straight after Mosterts Mill take the Woolsack Drive exit left, but keep in the right lane and you get to some traffic lights.  Turn right at the lights.  Then keep in the left lane and you head uphill until you reach the UCT Sports Centre (on your left).  Directly after the Sports Centre keep left into Rugby Road.  At the end of Rugby Road the road splits.  Keep right and you start heading up a hill.  Ignore Residence Road and University Avenue going off to your right.  You get to a STOP street.  The car park is right in front of you.

 

Route

 

First “half” of the OMTOM 24km Trail Race.  This is the section through Newlands Forest.  We will follow it as far as the Plumpudding Hill beacon and then wind our way back to the start.

 

HOWEVER:  there may be some runners who wish to continue on the second half of the course (which we covered last weekend).  Mike Ohlsson has indicated that he may continue, depending on how he feels.  But this is not guranateed and does not form part of the official K-Way VOB training run.

 

Distance and Running Time

 

About 15km in about 2.5 hours

 

NB!  PACE

 

Slow Medium.  So not a dead slow run but definitely not a fast run. 

 

Important Notes

 

  • Please carry sufficient water and snack for the entire time out there.  YES YOU NEED TO CARRY WATER.
  • Please wear proper, weather-appropriate trail running gear.  In particular: a decent windproof jacket, cell phone with run leader’s number stored in it.
  • This is a pack run but we usually break up into groups.  Once we have broken into groups, please try and stay in them for safety sake.  But it is always advisable to stay in groups, particularly on this route.
  • Please sign in on the register before starting.  Just a safety precaution.  Don’t worry Nik, the pen is working again.  Maybe hold it with both hands this time. Or perhaps I’ll bring a box of crayons. J

 

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.

 

 

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

 

VLAKKENBERG

 

This week we have a relatively short, but beautiful run as we go up Vlakkenberg from Constantia Nek following the Hoerikwaggo Trail. I will send a map out separately after sorting out my printer!

 

Rendezvous and Start Time 

  

We meet in the parking lot at Constantia Nek. Start is at 6:30 am  

 

Terrain and Distance 

 

All groups will start from Constantia Nek following the road down the hill for about 200 metres before going left through the hikers gate and starting the long slog up Vlakkenberg.  The route is fairly simple as we follow the path up and over Vlakkenberg, down through the valley and up again to the tar road that leads to the mast. At the tar we turn right and run up hill for about 100 metres before turning right on to single track again.

 

The medium group will run down this path for about 200 metres until they see a path leading off to the right. They will follow this to Picnic rock and a great view over to Hout Bay.

The fast group run past the picnic rock turn off and continue along the path for about 2kms - or as far as they want to go - before turning back.

 

All groups go back to the tar road, run back down the road for 100m and turn left back on to the single track. As they get to the bottom of the valley, there is a turn off to the left. This takes a winding bushy route down Bokkemanskloof valley to the suburb of Bokkemanskloof in Hout Bay. There we run down the steep road until Fynbos road. Turn right into Fynbos road and follow the road/jeep track back to Constantia Nek Road. Turn right and run back up to Constantia Nek

 

Lots of single track with bits of jeep track and some tar - uphills, downhills and flowing running.

 

 The medium group will do between 8 & 9 kms. Fast group will do around 13 km depending on  how far they run before turning back. 

 

 Slower Group

 

The slower Group can take  the same route as the medium group, but if they want to cut it short they can turn right down Bokkemanskloof and not go up to the tar road. This will cut out about 1.5km

What to bring 

 

Water (essential), whistle, warm, wind or waterproof top depending on weather.  

Please remember to look behind you at every turn in the route to make sure the people behind you see which way you are going.  

  

No Dogs. 

  

Group Leader:

Liz Brash 

082 893 8617 

 

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.

 

 

 

SUNDAY 26 MARCH 2017

 

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

Sunday 26th March


Start:
06h30 on Boyes Drive at the Carpark to Muizenberg Peak .  If you are coming along Boyes Drive from the Constantia side towards Muizenberg, the start is a couple of kms along Boyes Drive and BEFORE you get to the left turn down Old Boyes Drive.  Look out for a dodgy character on the side of the road, smelling of beer.  That will be Marcy.  Mike will be with her.  There is a SANParks sign reading “Silvermine / Steenberg Plateau” or something similar.  It is the start of the path that ascends on the Constantia side of Muizenberg Peak.

Co-ordinators:

Jayde “The Rehabilitated” Butler (Elite Group)

Koji “The Serial Killer” Nakashima (Fast Group)

Michael Ohlsson “The CEO” and “Magic” Marcy Loubser (Medium Group) - 082 319 7250

“the Legend is back” Spencer Williams (Kak Group) 

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

With great pride, it is our pleasure to promote Jayde Butler to the front ranks of our leadership team. He proved himself with great courage last week when he led the Fast Group from start to finish, even outwitting the legendary Oriolus. Caution however to anyone who join’s his Elite Group as he will not wait for you, even after the many times you will probably wait for him and he will not hesitate to take a sneaky shortcut whilst you are waiting for him to catch up but please let him do these things as it makes him feel less kak and we want him to build as much confidence as possible whilst he tapers for his Platteklip Charity Challenge race against AJ and Koji.

 

Route:

From another “unambiguous" car park, we head up the hill, up to Muizenberg Peak, down the other side, get to the bottom, turn right, along Steenberg Ridge, down all the way to the top car park (not the one you started at). There where you get on that Jeep Track, turn left, turn left again on the “Old Fishermans Trail” single track, along the single track through to the Jeep Track (again), turn left and then right after 100 meters (that is left first and then right), to the top and then the onto the Amphitheater, through Echo Valley down to Weary Willies, turn left, when you get to that cairn although even the CEO "don’t know what it is”, turn right down and you will be running (or walking) parallel to Boyes Drive, get to the other side, do not go onto the road (even if you are in the Elite group, you must follow THIS ROUTE DESCRIPTION, not your own). Go back up, and then along and then you go down and you should still be running parallel, instead of going up to Pecks Valley you carry on straight, and then just by Muizenberg there is a little path with steps going down to the road, along the road about a kay or 500m or so to get back to the Car Park where you will find the CEO chuckling because everyone got lost thanks to his kak route description.

 

Notes:

• Be kind to Jayde.

• 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 Jonkershoek Pack Run

 

No run this weekend.  Join La Rochelle Run or MATES Run.

 

LA ROCHELLE (PAARL): USA TOUR FUNDRAISER TRAIL RUN / WALK / CYCLE – 26 MARCH 2017

 

Please see flyer attached.

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.za

 

 

 

 

Whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

Email:   tim.bellairs@gmail.com


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