Monday, August 30, 2010

SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2010 - LEG 3 TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (REVISITED)

The new Run / Walk Group

Peter tells me that they had a wonderful outing and a decision has been made to continue the Group for the coming weeks. This was backed up by Sandra Ackland who also attended. I will announce the details of their Saturday outing in my Friday Wrap-up email.


The Walking Group

I am waiting for confirmation of Fay's return from the UK and details of when she is keen to get the group going again. I will announce all details on Friday as well.


SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2010: LEG 3 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

Three things to note:

We are only doing the section from Suikerbossie to Kloof Nek car park. We will not (cannot, actually) do the first section from Constantia Nek to Suikerbossie.

There is just the one formal Running Route this week but there will be the Walk/Run option and possibly a Walk option. There may be other longer options to run but this will depend on Jane, Gregg, Jonathan, Liz etc. I will firm up on this aspect on Fri.

There is some car admin involved here. Details below.

Car Drop at the finish at Kloof Nek Car Park

Please will as many people as possible drop there cars at Kloof Nek car park at 06h15 and we will co-ordinate lifts to the Start. Coming from the City, proceed up Buitengracht Street towards Camps Bay. This becomes Kloof Nek Road. At the very top of the road (before you go over into Camps Bay) turn left into Tafelberg Road and the car park is immediately on the left. Use the 2nd entrance, about 200m up the road on the left, at the SANParks kiosk.

Remember: whilst we will try and ensure that you have a lift, you are ultimately responsible for your own lifts so please try and team up with people so that you have a car at each end.


Start Place and Time

07h00 from the car park outside the gates of the Ruyteplaats Residential Estate. This is just below the Suikerbossie Restaurant on the Hout Bay side.


Basic Route Description

Start on the track just to the left of the Ruyteplaats gates. Up the path between the Suikerbossie Restaurant and the Ruyteplaats pine forest. Right at the top of the trees and follow the path to the intersection with the path to Myburghs Waterfall Ravine and the path to Hout Bay Corner. Turn left and head up Hout Bay Corner (brutal climb) and then traverse around to the left to Llandudno Ravine. Up Llandudno Ravine and follow the path between Pimple Buttress and Judas Peak and then over to Grootkop. Short, sharp climb over the eastern flank of Grootkop and then follow the path through the tops of various ravines (Oudekraal, Corridor, Slangolie, Woody and then Kasteelspoort). Left down Kasteelspoort. Right onto the Pipe Track and then 3km of flattish Pipe Track to the Kloof Nek Car Park.


Distance


13km


Running Time


Anywhere between 2 hours and 3 1/2 hours.


Difficulty

10km of very tough single track followed by 3km of easier single track


Important Points

We are going up the mountain where conditions can become severe very quickly. Watch the weather forecast and make sure you have good wet-weather gear if its going to be cold and wet. Moisture management top/s (layers), waterproof jacket, space /emergency foil blanket if possible, something to keep your head warm, some food and drink (non-alcoholic). You are going to have to carry it on the race so you may as well get used to the extra weight now.

Bring towels and warm clothes to change into afterwards.

Sign the register become starting.

Please be aware that trail running is inherently riskier and more dangerous than road running. You are participating in these runs voluntarily and whilst acsis VOB and the organisers of the runs take all reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it can never be fully guaranteed. To this end, acsis VOB and the organisers personally cannot be held liable for claims relating to injuries, disabilities and deaths, inter alia, that may occur during these events. You are participating entirely at your own risk. Please ensure that you are medically fit to be participating and make sure that you are properly kitted out for each particular run so as not to place yourself at undue risk.

Have fun. This is not a race so take time to notice landmarks for the race route and stop to enjoy the view from time to time.

Monday, August 23, 2010

SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2010 - LEGS 1 AND 2 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2010 - LEGS 1 AND 2 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

This will also be the 2 year anniversary of the establishment of the acsis VOB Trail Running section. Happy Birthday to Us !!!!!!


Car Admin and Start Timing

For the Long (Main) Route we will need cars at both of the run: Kloof Nek car park as the Start and Constantia Nek car park as the Finish. So please will as many people as possible meet at Constantia Nek at 06h15 to drop cars before the run and from there we will arrange bulk lifts to Kloof Nek to start as close to 07h00 as possible.


Start Place

Kloof Nek car park. To get there from city centre: from N2 Eastern Boulevard, over Foreshore flyover, straight up Buitengracht Street which becomes Kloof Nek Road. At the intersection at the very top of the road, take the road to the left (Tafelberg Road) that heads up to the Lower Cable Station. But as you turn into that road you will see a parking area on the left. Enter it through the second gate on the left (about 200m along the road) and we will start there, next to the SANParks kiosk.


Routes

Long Route (Main Run)

I am not giving the detail here but essentially it is through the Park below Tafelberg Road to the turnstile just below Kings Blockhouse. From there it is contour path through Newlands Forest, Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Forest to Constantia Nek.

Short(ish) Route

Leg 1 and then back to the cars by tar road. Same as Long Route to the turnstile just below the Kings Blockhouse and then tar road back to the Start Point.

Extra Short Route

VWS Trail Challenge Short Route - Same as others as far as the gum trees just after Deer Park picnic area and then up to Tafelberg Road and back to Start Point.

Extra Long Route with Gregg Sneddon

Same as the Long Route as far as Skeleton Gorge or Nursery Ravine, up to top of mountain - Maclears Beacon - down Platteklip and back to Start Point. Lunatics only.


Distances

Long Route: 19km

Short(ish) Route: About 16km but last 7,5km is easy road running.

Extra Short Route: About 9km (last 3km is easy road running).

Extra Long Route: No idea, but you can ask Gregg on gregg@thefinancialcoach.co.za . This is a very tough run for fit, experienced trail runners only.


Running Times

Long Route: 2.5 to 3 hours

Short(ish) Route: 2 hours

Extra Short Route: 1 to 1.5 hours

Extra Long Route: About 5 hours


Difficulty

Long Route: 1st Leg is all jeep track but some tough hills to the turnstile. Thereafter much easier single track but two reasonable climbs.

Shortish Route: Same as above to turnstile but then easy road back to the cars.

Extra Short Route: Tough jeep track for about 6km and then very easy road back to the cars.


Important Points to Note

Safety: we will be running through an area that has been subjected to spates of muggings in the recent past. Every effort must be made to stay in large groups and to watch out for the safety of your fellow runners. Be very aware of your surroundings, particularly in the Kings Blockhouse area.

Please be dressed in proper trail running gear and be equipped for inclement weather if necessary. Email me if you don't know what to wear and / or carry with you.

Carry sufficient water and I would recommend that the only streams you drink out of are those between the Kings Blockhouse and Skeleton Gorge (excluding the latter).

Energy snack will be required for the Long Route and Extra Long Route.

Please sign in on the register before we start and indicate on it: Your Name, Your Cell Phone Number, an Emergency Contact Number and Which Route you are Doing.

I will sweep the Long Route and will carry a medical aid kit so call me if the need arises.

Please put my cell phone number into your phone and call me if you get into trouble on the run.

Please be aware that trail running is inherently riskier and more dangerous than road running. You are participating in these runs voluntarily and whilst acsis VOB and the organisers of the runs take all reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it can never be fully guaranteed. To this end, acsis VOB and the organisers personally cannot be held liable for claims relating to injuries, disabilities and deaths, inter alia, that may occur during these events. You are participating entirely at your own risk. Please ensure that you are medically fit to be participating and make sure that you are properly kitted out for each particular run so as not to place yourself at undue risk.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Saturday 21 August 2010 - The Puffer Support Table at Cape Point Gates followed by a run in the Reserve.

Saturday 21 August 2010 - The Puffer Support Table at Cape Point Gates followed by a run in the Reserve.
We will be hosting a support table at the gates of the Cape Point Reserve. We start setting up at 05h30 on Saturday morning and it is estimated that the last runner should be through by 07h30, at which point we will do a run through the reserve from the gates to Buffels Bay and back. Anyone is most welcome to join in either at the table or come for the run or both.

For the run, just be there by 07h30. It should be about a 16km run but you can make it shorter if you like as it is an out and back route. There is a tar option for road runners. You will need to be completely self-sufficient for this run: hydration pack, energy snacks, proper winter running gear for the trail run please. Road runners could get away with less as they can be rescued on the road.

Please make sure you have my cell number as I am not yet sure of the exact location of the water table. But we will start the run from the gates of the reserve.

Puffer Runners - if there is anything in particular that you would like us to have at the table at this early point in the event, please let me know and we will try and accommodate you.

Table Assistants - if it is really cold, you will receive an extra rum ration to add to your hot chocolate.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

SATURDAY 14 AUGUST 2010: LEG 3 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (TMC)

SATURDAY 14 AUGUST 2010: LEG 3 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (TMC)

Car Admin

This is the serious Leg and also needs some serious motor vehicle admin. So I would like to put it out there that although we will do our best to help organise lifts, you are in charge of your own arrangements. Try and form some lift clubs. We need as many people as possible to meet at Kloof Nek (the finish) to drop their cars. From there, we will need some people to take their cars full of runners to Suikerbossie (for the start of the Short Route which will also be the Main Route this weekend) and some to take people to Constantia Nek for the start of the Long Route.

Everyone who can get through to Kloof Nek car park should be there at 06h15. The upper level, on the left, about 200m up Tafelberg Road at the SANParks kiosk.


Walkers

Whether or not we have a Walk or not depends on the availability of Walk Leaders. If anyone is available, please let me know and I will confirm on Friday.


Route Leaders

I am looking for volunteers to lead the groups. I will be there but I feel a cold coming on (aaahh) so there is no guarantee that I can run.


The Long Route

Start: 07h00 at Constantia Nek. Please bring head torches for the first 1/2 hour or so and please keep WELL OUT OF THE ROAD when running down into Hout Bay.

We are compromising, as we cannot follow the proper route through Orange Kloof but I think its important that people get an idea of the actual distance of the 3rd Leg. We will follow the tar Hout Bay Road down to Disa River Road where we turn right. Left into Valley Road, first right into Garron Ave, right into Connemara Drive, left into Hunters Way and finally right into Farriers Way. From Farriers Way we take the path up to the contour path between Orange Kloof and Suikerbossie. At the contour path we turn left and follow it towards Suikerbossi until we reach the intersection where the climb up Hout Bay Corner starts. Then we follow the short route below:


The Short Route

Start: 07h30 at the gates of Ruyteplaats Residential Development (i.e. just below / before the Suikerbossie Restaurant).

Brief route overview: up the path between Suikerbossie Restaurant and Ruyteplaats to the top of the pine trees. Turn right and follow the path to the intersection where the Hout Bay Corner ascent begins. Up the steep path to the view point and keep following it up the rock bands. Then take the traverse left and around (and continually climbing) to the start of Llandudno Ravine. Up Llandudno Ravine, left at the green anti-erosion fencing and generally follow the path northwards to Grootkop. Climb the right shoulder of Grootkop and then continue northwards through the tops of various ravines; Oudekraal; Corridor, Slangolie, Woody and then Kasteelspoort. Descend Kasteelspoort to the Pipe Track where we turn right and follow it to the finish at Kloof Nek.


Distances

Short Route: Probably about 11 or 12kms

Long Route: Probably around 20kms because of the tar detour.


Running Time

Short Route: Average runner should take about 2 1/2 hours.

Long Route: This could easily be a 4 hour run.



Difficulty

This is a tough run no matter which route you are doing. Not entry level. Not for the unfit.


Important Notes

This is an RSVP run. Please indicate which route you are doing and please also let me know if you can lift to the start or from the finish.

Please let me know who can help with leading and sweeping groups.

Regardless of your route option, you need to be properly dressed for inclement weather conditions with the correct gear. Email me if you have any doubt. If you pitch up to run in shorts and a cotton t-shirt, we will have to ask you not to run.

There should be lots of water on the mountain but bring energy snacks.

Long Route runners will need torches for the first 1/2 hour or so and I implore you to be ultra-cautious running down the Hout Bay Road to Disa River Road. Run on the verge only, not on the tar. Wear reflective clothing.

This is not a race so take time to take note of where you are running so that you don't get lost on the race.

Please check in on the register before you set out. One register at each start point.


THE MONTH AHEAD

1. 21 August is The Hi-Tec Puffer. acsis VOB will be hosting a water-table at the gates of the Cape Point Nature Reserve (bright and early) where after we will do a run
in the reserve. Anyone is welcome to join in at the water table or the run.

2. 28 August we will run Leg 1 and 2 of the TMC together. More car PT so give it some thought.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

SATURDAY 7 AUGUST 2010 - LEG 2 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

SATURDAY 7 AUGUST 2010 - LEG 2 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (there and back)


Start Time and Place

Car park at Constantia Nek for 07h30 start.


Route

Okay, we are running Leg 2 in reverse first and then coming back the same way. The run BACK is the way the race is actually run, so in order to get full value from this run, you need to be able to handle a 20km run. On the PLUS side, there are only a couple of little hills to negotiate, but there is nothing massive. It is a RELATIVELY flat run. So, Roger Ronnie, I heard your parting request last Saturday.

I am not going to go through much details of the route. Essentially, the Long / Main Route will follow the upper forestry road over to Cecilia Forest and then up onto the contour path which we will follow all the way to the (second) stile which is just below the King's Blockhouse and well above Rhodes Memorial. Then we will turn and run back the same way. B-O-R-I-N-G ??? Certainly not. The path and view is so different on the return trip that you can scarcely believe that you are running the same path. And the return trip just feels a bit easier (being net downhill).

The Short Route will have 2 options: Either turn at the split in the path just after Window Gorge and run back the same way OR, at that same split, drop down into Kirstenbosch and run back through the gardens to the Upper (Klaasens Road) Gate and then take the Lower Forestry Road through Cecilia and back to the Nek. We can decide on the day.


The Walk

Again, I will need a Walk Leader to step forward between now and Friday. We can make a call Friday as to whether or not there will be a Walk Route offered.


Distance

Long Route : 20 - 21kms

Short Route : 10 - 11kms


Running Time

Long Route : 3 - 3.5 hours

Short Route : 1.5 - 2 hours



Difficulty

This is a relatively easy run; especially the Short Route. The distance makes the Long Route a bit tougher. Initially, both routes have a bit of a climb to get to the contour path but it is nothing hectic. The Long Route has the biggish climb to the rock scree just after Window Gorge (both ways) and then there is one little hill just before the finish at the Nek.


Important Notes

Remember to bring some water (and energy snacks for the Long Route). I would avoid drinking from any streams from Constantia Nek to Skeleton Gorge. After that you should be okay

Watch the weather forecast and dress appropriately and bring the right gear. Have that cold weather gear handy.

Please complete the register at my car before starting out.

SECURITY: Historically there have been muggings in just about the entire area that we will be running through. Recently they have been focussed in the King's Blockhouse area but I would request the you stay in groups throughout the run. Be aware of what is happening around you and look after your fellow runners. This is not a race.

I strongly discourage runners from going to Rhodes Memorial and walking up to the Blockhouse to join us for the return run UNLESS you are in a big group. And I would put a minimum of 10 people in that group. If there is anyone considering this, then please drop me an email and I will try and put you in touch with like-minded runners. But this is not officially part of our run this coming weekend.

So much for being brief.