Monday, September 27, 2010

SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER 2010 - CONSTANTIA NEK TO MACLEARS BEACON AND BACK

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SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER 2010 - CONSTANTIA NEK TO MACLEARS BEACON AND BACK


Start Time and Place

Runs: 06h30 from the car park at Constantia Nek. Sunrise is at 06h22.

Run / Walk Group: To be confirmed on Fri.

Walking Group: To be confirmed on Fri.


Running Route

Both RUNNING routes will head up the gravel jeep track (The Bridle Path) to the top of the Back Table and to the Hoerikwaggo overnight house where there is a tap for water. Just after the house we all turn right onto single track which we follow across the top on Spilhaus and Rooikat Ravines and then across the top of Nursery Ravine.

At the top of Skeleton Gorge, the short route will peel off left to the Dams. They take the path left at the Dams, skirt the Hely-Hutchinson Dam to the concrete road. Here they turn right follow the road along the base of the Dam wall, past the museum to the tall trees where there is a cairn with a map on it. Here they turn left on a short bit of single track to the Woodhead Dam wall. Cross the wall back to the concrete road. Turn right onto the concrete road and then follow it all the way back down to Constantia Nek (taking the single track short cuts between loops in the road if so desired).

But from Skeleton Gorge, the long route will continue straight and up to eventually emerge at Maclears Beacon. If anyone is looking for a little extra adrenalin at this point I would be happy to take a little side-excursion along Carrells Ledge......vertigo sufferers - don't even think about it.

For the route back we can decide on the morning but it will be either turning around and ascending via Echo Valley and then over the ridge to the Woodhead Dam wall OR Platteklip / Valley of the Red Gods / Isolation Valley / top of Kasteelspoort and then rejoin the short route at the Woodhead Dam wall.


Run / Walk and Walking Groups to be agreed to Group Leaders on the day.


Distance

Short Run: About 10 - 12kms

Long Run: At least 20kms but will be firmed up on the the morning, depending on weather conditions and appetite.

Run / Walk: 8 - 10kms

Brisk Walk: About 8kms



Running Time

Short Route: About 2 - 2,5 hours

Long Route: Allow probably 4 hours at least.

Run / Walk: About 2 hours

Brisk Walk: 2,5 to 3 hours


Difficulty

Short Route: The first 1/4 of the run is a tough climb but from the Hoerikwaggo house it becomes significantly easier and the second half of the run is very easy
running with lots of flat and downhills that will leave your legs wobbly by the time you finish.

Long Route: Pretty tough run.

Run/Walk and Brisk Walk: Leaders to confirm.


Important Notes

Please watch the weather report carefully and dress appropriately on the morning. Particularly the long run route but even the short run route as we will be on top of the mountain. Last time we did this run we were caught in an icy squall and things got very cold and wet very quickly. A waterproof jacket is a must and foil emergency blanket is highly recommended.

Please carry drinking water and an energy snack.

Please try and carry a cell phone with the group leader's cell number stored on it.

As we are now in spring, please keep a sharp eye out for snakes on the paths and check yourself for ticks after a run.

Please fill out the attendance register before the start of each 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 and any side excursions linked thereto. 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, September 22, 2010

FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2010 (HERITAGE DAY) - MULTI-PEAK CIRCUIT IN SILVERMINE EAST / SOUTH

DETAILS OF RUN - FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2010 (HERITAGE DAY):

Start Place and Time: The parking area just inside Gate 2 of Silvermine East / South (the Kalk Bay side of Ou Kaapse Weg) 07h00 for 07h15 start.

Route: A circuit taking in the Steenberg Peaks, Muizenberg Peak, St James Peak, Kalk Bay Peak, Amphitheatre and then back to the
cars with possible variations and extensions, depending on how people are feeling.


Distance: 10 -12 km

Running Time: 2 hours (ish) maybe a bit longer if we stop to admire the views from each Peak.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate because of a few little climbs from time to time. Nothing excessively challenging. Beautiful views though.

Bring warm, moisture management-type clothes if it is cold and waterproof top. Bring a little water too. Also, bring a change of clothes for afterwards.



FAY LINDER'S BRISK WALKING TRAIL GROUP

Fay will also be leading a trail walk at the same time and the same starting place on Friday 24 September 2010 for those who want to get out there but don't feel like running or just want to get an idea of the terrain we cover.


PETER ROGERS' RUN/WALK TRAIL GROUP - SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2010

As discussed last week we will be running/walking this Saturday 25th starting at 0715 from the Silvermine South East Gate [Wild Card or R20 needed for access to the TMNP] Scenic route towards Muizenberg caves and then circle back. About 9km. Beginners welcome

More detail will be posted later today on our blog http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com

Regards --Peter


Phone: +27 21 712 1994
Mobile: +27 82 374 6262
E-mail: pelorus@telkomsa.net

Monday, September 6, 2010

SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE

SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2010 - SILVERMINE WEST

Gregg Sneddon has kindly offered to lead a run from Silvermine West (or North as some call it) and Sandra Ackland will lead a Run/Walk Group. Gate 1, the entrance that goes to the Dam.

Start Place and Time

07h15 from the car park just inside the Main Gate 1 on the left (i.e. do not go all the way up to the Dam car park). The gates only open at 07h00 (Gregg has confirmed). You will need a Wild Card or R20 Entrance Fee. No dogs allowed without a Wild Card though.

Remember that there is no cell phone reception up in Silvermine so you can't contact Gregg, Sandra or Fay at the last minute.


Routes

Long Route & Run / Walk Route

From the car park, up the River Walk to the mountain bike car park, through the car park, left up the gravel road to the path on the right that leads up onto Steenberg Ridge / The Crags. Follow that path northwards until it joins the Elephants Eye Path. Jeep track and stone highway to top of Blackburn Ravine. This is where the two groups split.

Run / Walk Group will turn left here and take the Panorama Trail path over to Noordhoek Peak and then follow the jeep track and River Walk (or similar single track option) back to the cars.

Long Route will proceed down Blackburn Ravine to the contour path, left onto the contour path to Chapmans Peak intersection, up and down Chapmans Peak and back to the intersection. From there you will be taking a mystery path which leads up to the Noordhoek Fire Watch Lookout and then back to the cars. If the mystery path is not suitable then the path up to Noordhoek Peak will be used instead.

Brisk Walking Group please contact Fay Linder (see details below) for the arrangements.

Distance

Run / Walk: 9 - 10km

Long Route: At least 12km (Gregg to confirm) but pretty tough going. Don't be fooled by the distance.


Time

Run / Walk Group: About 2 hours

Long Route: : I am not even going to try and guess - ask Gregg (see his contact details below).


Difficulty

Run Walk: Moderate (some challenging little hills on Panorama Path).

Long Route: Moderate to tough.


Important Notes

1. For the next two weeks, please will you direct queries as follows:
a. Walking Group - to Fay Linder on mwlinder@mweb.co.za or 0832614272

b. Run Walk Group - Sandra Ackland (11 Sept) Sandra.Ackland@santam.co.za 0835662509 and Peter Rogers (18 Sept) pelorus@telkomsa.net
0823746262

c. Running - Gregg Sneddon (11 Sept) gregg@thefinancialcoach.co.za 0828236585 and Jane Holdcroft (19 Sept) Jane.Holdcroft@santam.co.za
0790852582.

Put their numbers into your phones

2. Please watch the weather reports carefully and dress appropriately for the weather conditions and carry food, water and an emergency foil blanket if possible.

3. Please fill out the register before you start, giving your name, cell phone number and an emergency contact number.

4. 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



THE FOLLOWING WEEK'S ARRANGEMENTS


SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2010

No run because TMC is happening on this day BUT there will be a Run/Walk Group in Silvermine East with Peter Rogers on 18 September:

"For Sat 18th I will be able to lead the group and we shall start at 0700 at the parking area just inside the the Silvermine South East gate up the shallow kloof between Wolfkop and Steenberg Peak and across the top returning via junction pool. Wild cards or R20 entrance fee will be required.

About 8-9 Ks for about 90min to 2 hours depending."


SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2010

SHORT RUN AND THEN A PICNIC IN CELEBRATION OF RICHARD GOODHEAD'S CHARITY FUNDRAISING ADVENTURE

Please note that this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in doing trail running to come and meet the regulars, do a short run and then chill out at the Dam and get to know us, what we're about and how we operate. This is not a cliquey Cape Town Group. This is a bunch of superb, friendly, down-to-earth people who love trail running.
"As you may have heard one of our running regulars is heading off on a challenge that some of us may think of as, insane, super human, extraordinary (take your pick) - to run from Cape Agulhas to Kilimanjaro!

If you'd like to know more about this epic adventure and to see how you can support Richard and the charities he's running for please check out this link; www.richardsrun.co.za

We thought that something like this needed a little bit of celebrating and support and so are organising a short trail run on Sunday 19th September at 11am from Silvermine Dam mountain bike car park (the first main car park on your right after you have entered through the 'toll booth' (Wild cards required or entry is R20 per person).

Here's the plan;

What: Short trail run

Where: from Silvermine mountain bike car park, across and up the river walk to the dam, left up the jeep track the single track on the right that takes you up and along the ridge over looking the dam. On to Noordhoek Peak and back down to the dam in an clockwise direction following the main jeep track back to the dam and on to the car park.

When: Sunday 19th September 2010

What time: 11am

Duration: run time approx 1.5 hours

We're planning to have a social afterwards so please bring some drinks and nibbles to share ( the nibbles that is, we wouldn't expect you to share your beers!).

Many thanks and kind regards

Jane Holdcroft

Project Manager / Business Analyst

Risk Services

Office: 021 915 7323

Website: www.santam.co.za

Cell: 07908 52582"



and finally:


FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2010 - HERITAGE DAY - SILVERMINE EAST CIRCUIT (PROBABLE)

This is a long weekend so many people will be going away. But I am keen on doing a run anyway. Probably start at Gate 2 Silvermine car park and do the circuit around the two Steenberg Peaks, Muizenberg Peak, Kalk Bay Peak etc. Possibly a slightly later start because there is the acsis VOB pre-Heritage Day Braai the night before. I will send out final details on Wednesday 22 September 2010 so bear this in mind and watch for the email.


That's it until the 22 of September. Very best of luck to all those competing in the various insane events coming up: Otter Run, Desert Challenge, Table Mountain Challenge, Sky Run etc etc. I have lost track of them the all and when they are. I think you're all mad anyway.

See you soon.