See details below.
Seamus has asked that anyone planning to attend the run, please RSVP to him (082 449 7314 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for two reasons:
- He stashes water and cooldrink up in Silvermine the night before as most roadies don't know about hydration packs and carrying your own water. He needs to know how many he is providing for. But this is also a chance for the hard-core trail runners to relax and leave your water bottles behind, knowing that you will have a drink on the way up Noordhoek Peak.
- For those who wish to go to Seamus' house afterwards for a breakfast, he needs to cater for numbers.
- HOWEVER: if you find that you never RSVP'ed and you still want to do the run, that isn't a problem. Just remember that you will need to carry your own water on the the day.
I quote from Seamus' email:
"Our 10th, and what will sadly (for us) be our last, Noordhoek Peak run will be on Sunday 20th December, starting from 5 Wanderers Close, Constantia Hills at 06,00. (Wanderers Close is the last road to the right off Welgelee Rd).
The run will follow the usual format, with those, like me, who want a shorter run, or who feel (know) that they won't keep up with the quicker runners, starting from the top of Zwaanswyk Road (which is at Level 2). We can still all meet at 06,00 then drive to Zwaanswyk, (or you can go directly to Zwaanswyk if you prefer) where we will then be in time to meet the group coming up from the Arboretum. This option should take about 45 mins off the total running time.
There are number of shortcuts on the route - see below and the map attached (I've been reading too many of Tim's e-mails) - so the run will suit most running speeds, and hopefully we will all arrive at the drinks stop more or less together. (Possibly the faster guys could leave at 06,15 to balance things out a bit).
I am happy to report that the original route from level 5 to the saddle has been cleared and re-instated and is once again runnable, so we will revert to that, and avoid the final assault up the Elephants Eye/Lookout footpath.
The Standard Route
From home to the Arboretum via the Stone Church and Chrysalis Academy.
Through the thatched entrance to the Arboretum.
Follow the Elephants Eye path (keep right) until you reach the gate.
Turn right onto the forestry road and follow it past the big gum tree in the middle of the road - ignoring Levels 1 and 1,5 on your right, take the hairpin left, and follow the road until you reach the 4-way intersection at Level 2
Take the uppermost road to the right for about 200m (we should be waiting for you here) then turn up the Elephants Eye path to Level 3
Turn left along Level 3 and cross the stream at the Redwoods.
Turn right up the hill and follow this road all the way to Level 5, turning left at Level 4 along the way - you can't go wrong - you will always be going UP!
At Level 5 go left for a couple of metres and turn up the footpath to the saddle where the drinks will be stashed. From there follow the concrete road to the Peak.
The return route is just the reverse. When you get to level 3 turn left for about 3 mins then go down the footpath and the rest you know.
From Level 2 where the Zwaanswyk misfits will be waiting, follow the Elephants Eye path to Level 3 (see the dotted line on the map) and then to Level 4 or Level 5 as you wish. Whatever you decide, when you reach the level you have chosen, (they are all signposted) then turn left. Left at Level 4 will leave you with some steep uphill running still to come, while left at Level 5 will be a flat run to the point where we all go up the footpath to the saddle. (don't follow the Elephants Eye path above Level 5)."
I hope to see lots of you there on Sunday. For the record, I will be starting from the top of Swaanswyk Road i.e. directly into the forest. So if anybody wants to do the same and is still unsure of how to find the start then drop me a mail and I will give the description.