Monday, March 28, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING AND WALKING: SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2011 - CONSTANTIA NEK TO KING'S BLOCKHOUSE AND BACK

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Good morning Everyone
 
 
Report Back (Lessons and Awards)
 
With our new format, this has been moved further down the email so that non-interested parties can get the basics for next weekend without having to put on their waders.
 
 
WEDNESDAY INFORMAL KLOOF NEK TRAIL RUN - 30 MARCH 2011
 
 
Please RSVP if you intend running this.  I am a doubtful starter as I am trying to shake off a cold but I am sure that the Usual Suspects will be up for a run.  I will circulate a confirmation regarding this run towards the end of Tuesday but only to those who have RSVP'ed.
 
17h20 sharp starting from Kloof Nek car park.
 
 
 
SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2011 - CONSTANTIA NEK TO KINGS BLOCKHOUSE AND BACK (TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE LEG 2 IN REVERSE)
 
 
Start Time and Place
 
06h30 from the big car park at the circle on Constantia Nek.
 
 
Route
 
This week we have something a little easier (relative to last weekend's run).
 
 
Trail Running Group Routes
 
Long and Short Routes start out together and head up the upper jeep track through to Cecilia De-Forest and onto the contour path through Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge and then Window Gorge.  At Window, the short route will turn.  If there is someone who knows the way they will return via the lower paths through Kirstenbosch to Rycroft Gate (known to VOB runners as "top tap") and here you turn on the jeep track taking the hill over into Cecilia to "the waterfall" (more VOB jargon) and then back to the cars.  If there is no leader who knows the route then the short route can just return the way they came.
 
Long route, from Window Ravine we climb a bit to the rock scree and then continue along the contour path all the way to the turnstile below the King's Blockhouse.  To this point it is about 10km.  There is then the option of turning around and running the same route back to the cars or, as is my preference, of dropping down into Newlands Forest for a slightly tougher return trip through Kirstenbosch and Cecilia (I'm sorry, I just can't call it "Forest" anymore).  This will provide those who opted out at King's Blockhouse last weekend to experience  The Hill of Unknown Fatherhood, Woodcutter's Trail and try and work out that tricky bit we couldn't quite work out last weekend.
 
 
Walk / Run Trail Group: From the parking area we head up the track and keep climbing over the upper route and along the contour path to Skeleton Gorge then down the Smuts Track through the gardens, up past the Rycroft gate ever upwards along the dirt track which passes below the dam through the gate and back to the parking area along the lower track.     Peter Rogers
 
 
Brisk Trail Walking Group : Fay's absolute discretion.
 
 
Distance
 
Short Route:    10 - 12km
 
Long Route:    20km (a little longer if we come back the lower route)
 
Walk / Run:    10km
 
Brisk Walk:    About 8km
 
 
Running Time
 
Short Route:    90 mins - 2 hours
 
Long Route:    2.5 - 3.5 hours, depending on route selection.
 
Walk / Run:    2 hours
 
Brisk Walk:    2 - 2.5 hours
 
 
Difficulty
 
All routes are moderately tough with the Long Route being Moderate + if we return via the lower paths.
 
 
Important Notes
  1. Please carry sufficient water (and energy snacks) to last the whole run, particularly the Long Route (some runners fell foul of this last week and they really suffered).
  2. Please watch the weather forecast and wear appropriate gear.
  3. For safety, please stay in groups, especially as we near King's blockhouse and even in Kirstenbosch where there have been incidents in the past.  This is Mugger Territory.
  4. As always, be wary of dangerous items on the path: rocks, branches, slippery bits, sharp turns, snakes, other runners and aforementioned muggers.  Generally, stay well aware of your surroundings.
  5. Please sign in on the register before starting out.
  6. Have fun, it's not a race.
 
REPORT BACK (Lessons and Awards)
 
I am not going to say too much about the overall run itself, save to say that it is a fantastic route with lots of runnable stuff and sufficient challenging hills to exhaust the fittest runner and the strongest legs.  We were out there for a long time and everyone was bone-weary by the time we finished.  A large group elected to cut out at King's Blockhouse before we headed into Newlands Forest.  Many of those were heading off for blood transfusions after being lacerated to pieces on the Middle Traverse.  It seems that even the high stepping trot, otherwise seen only in Lipizzaner and Boot Camp, did nothing to spare any runners from a fynbos lashing.
 
For those who were doing the route with a view to knowing it for the race or for marshalling, the run corresponded EXACTLY to the route sent to me by Chris Goldschmidt (except for the little "missing of a path" incident on the middle traverse that most of us retraced) all the way to the end of the Woodcutters Trail.  Thereafter, it was only vaguely correct and I will get more clarity on this before the race.
 
Big thank you s to firstly, the birthday boy, Nicholas Rupanga for identifying two bits of single track (one in Van Riebeeck Park and the one to B@st@rd Hill) which we may well never have found otherwise.  They have obscure starts, to say the least.  Secondly to Jana Beckett for getting us onto the correct path on the Middle Traverse after I had got us lost.
 
Lessons
  1. Please do not try and do these runs without sufficient water.  Not only do you put yourself in danger but you compromise the enjoyment and safety of the other runners.
  2. Running on Corenza Para-C is not a great idea.  Makes you feel indestructible on the run but the after-effects are less desirable.
  3. There is a large measure of irony in the nicknaming of the plant "Climber's Friend".  It is nobody's friend.  It hates everyone and everyone hates it.  I am starting to suspect that the frequent fires on Devils Peak may be less to do with random natural events and more to do with Climbers' Revenge.  I noticed several runners patting their pockets at the Blockhouse and I suspect they were looking for a box of matches.  I am told that the name is not entirely ironic though as these plants are strongly rooted to the mountainside and, in case of emergency, grabbing onto these plants is highly preferable to tumbling to certain serious injury or death.
 
Awards
 
Sailing Sandra:    At last Sandra relinquishes her firm grip on the trophy and this week it goes to newcomer, Jenny Close, for the new perfect execution of a flailing
                          tumble on the mock exit from the middle traverse.  There were frantic calls for the first aid kit but when I arrived, someone had already dressed the
                          light wound with a small band aid.  Good stuff Jenny.  We are all relieved that the damage was so minor.
 
Missing Margaret:    I believe this award goes to me this week for getting us lost on the middle traverse, sending the faster runners all the way down to the lower traverse
                         while the rest of us backed up until Jana rescued us and then got us all cut to ribbons on the climbers friend.  Well done me.  Doh !
 
 
That's it for now.  Have a great week Everyone.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2011 - TWO OCEANS TRAIL RUN ROUTES

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Good morning All
 
 
Aren't you glad that the long weekend is behind us ?  No ?  No !  Agreed.
 
 
REPORT BACK
 
I have moved this to the end of the email so that the essentials are dealt with first - waffle at the end.
 
 
WEDNESDAY INFORMAL TRAIL RUN - KLOOF NEK - 23 MARCH 2011
 
Starts at Kloof Nek car park at 17h20 sharp.  A confirmation email will be sent out tomorrow but ONLY TO THOSE WHO RSVP.  So please let me know if you plan on running.
 
 
SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2011 - TWO OCEANS TRAIL RUN ROUTES
 
 
Start Place and Time
 
06h30 sharp from UCT.  To find the correct car park: FROM SOUTHERN SUBURBS - take the UCT lane off the M3 which swings left and up a little hill as you enter UCT.  At the top of the hill you come to a stop street.  At the stop street, the car park is straight in front of you (i.e. above the old zoo).  FROM THE CITY - take the Woolsack Drive (not Klipper Road as I wrote on the Facebook page - sorry Jane) turnoff to the left from the M3.  Keep in the right lane and at the lights, turn right into Woolsack Drive.  Then keep in the left lane and keep heading up the hill and around a hairpin bend up onto UCT upper campus.  Just after the Sports Centre, turn left into Rugby Road.  Follow it passed the rugby fields and then it swings up to the right and come to a stop street.  From there, the parking area is straight in front of you.
 
Routes
 
In terms of trail running groups, there is only one group and that is the Long Route Group.  For this long route, no-one really knows the exact route so this is going to be a pack run and will be our best guess as to what the route will be.  Consider it a mystery outing.
 
For those wanting to do the short route of the Two Oceans Trail race, you can join the Walk / Run Group, who will be doing this.  But this is conditional upon you running at their pace.  Please do not arrive for the run with them and then try and push the pace.  You will render yourself very unwelcome.  They have strong leaders in the form of Peter Rogers, Sandra Ackland and Gaeleen Tompkins who will set you straight very quickly.
 
Their is no Brisk Walk Group this coming weekend.
 
 
Distances
 
Long Route Run:    About 20km
 
Walk / Run Group: About 10km
 
 
Running Time
 
Long Route Run:    3 - 3.5 hours
 
Walk / Run Group: 1h 50 - 2 hours
 
 
Difficulty
 
All routes reasonably tough.
 
 
Important Points
  1. Definitely carry water and snacks to last you the whole run.
  2. Watch the weather forecast and arrive appropriately equipped and with appropriate attire.  Always have a warm windproof top.
  3. Always watch the path for snakes.
  4. Particularly in this area, runners need to stay in groups.  This is Mugger Territory.
  5. Remember sun protection (hat / cap / sunblock).
  6. Sense of humour required, particularly on the long run as we scout around for the route.
  7. Fill in the register before starting out.
 
 
 
ANNUAL BENCH2BENCH RUN - SUNDAY 27 MARCH 2011
 
 
We would urge runners to participate in and support the annual bench2bench run along the Constantia green belts on Sunday 27 March 2011.  07h30 start but registration opens at 06h30 at 11 Le Sueur Ave, Constantia.  This is part memorial run in memory of Denis Nixon and part demonstration of protest and opposition to the senseless violence which has become so much a part of our everyday lives.  Denis was a devoted, passionate VOB member who fell victim to a senseless, brutal and ultimately fatal attack in 2007.
 
You can read all about the event and enter it on www.bench2bench.co.za .  There is a small fee but a delicious breakfast is included.  But the highlight of the run is the camaraderie that you will experience.  There are two distances (5km and 8km) and this is an event that caters for all levels of runner and walker.  Its about the spirit of and meaning behind the run, not who is fastest.
 
 
 
Report Back on Saturday 19 March 2011
 
Another run in the heat.  Probably the hottest so far but I think we have largely acclimatised to hot weather running as everyone seemed to cope fine.  Just in time for winter.  Everyone in the group, that is.  We encountered many people coming up Platteklip Gorge while we were descending who were clearly not used to hot weather hiking and had run out of water before they were half way up.  Apparently common sense is left behind at the foot of the mountain.  This was confirmed this morning by another report of a fatal incident on the mountain (not in our group).  I am not going to comment further lest I start getting insensitive and / or end up in court.  But I think you get the point.
 
Despite the heat, which was about 25 degrees at the start at 06h30, we had a nice group which headed out along the pipe track.  Welcome back to Georgia Hervey who arrived with a whole gang of runners to do the short route.  I hope you guys had fun.  By the time we reached Slangolie Ravine, more than one of the the long route runners was secretly wishing they were turning around with the short route group.  Joe and Gideon were grinning as they turned for home while the long route runners started the little climb through the trees to the traverse around into Corridor Ravine.  Corridor was, thankfully, still in shade so it was a relatively easy ascent to Caracal Rock.  One tends to think that one is at the top of the mountain at that point, but, NOOOOOOOO, there is still quite a heave to the top.
 
Quite a few of the runners were first timers on the route between Kasteelspoort, through Valley of the Red Gods (who were staying out of sight), Valley of Isolation (with its Cave of Virgin Sacrifices), Ark Valley and then down into Echo Valley.  While cruising down Echo Valley, the snake alarm (Mike O) went off rather casually at the front of the pack.  I thought he was joking.  Apparently he wasn't.  1 x large puff adder just off the path.  Anyway, we all slipped through unscathed, but on the final climb to the top of the table, snake bite and an airlift off the mountain was starting to sound like an attractive alternative to the leg cramps which kicked in out of the blue.
 
Once on top we were still supposed to run across to Maclears Beacon but as we regrouped I noticed that everyone was avoiding looking over towards the beacon which was still a half hour run away.  So I took the fall and suggested that we give it a miss and head straight down.  To my utmost surprise, the customary mocking chirps never materialised (although there were a few wry smiles) and all seemed grateful to be heading for home and we trotted for Platteklip Gorge (although some wisely headed for the cable station) and scurried down at varying speeds, passing the day's dehydration victims along the way.  By the time we hit the bottom, everything had run out; most notably water, energy and sense of humour (completely).  Coke has never tasted so good, even at R14 / can.  Thanks Mark, there are a number of us who owe you some cash.
 
No awards this week.  Awesome run and thanks to Mike, Dougie et al who kept things together at the front, turning the run into a fantastic pack run.  Well done everyone.  Next time we will do it the other way around, which I think will be significantly easier.
 
 
That's it for now.  Have a great week Everyone.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2011 - KLOOF NEK / PIPE TRACK / CORRIDOR / MACLEARS BEACON

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Hi Everyone
 
 
Mercifully (for you, anyway) I have nothing to report back on this week as I did not participate in the run last Saturday and I have only scattered reports of the happenings.  The only thing I am assured of is that Mike Ohlsson is my favourite trail runner !!!???!!!
 
But what I can report on is that I attended an excellent first aid course while you were all out running and I highly recommend that all trail runners attend one at some stage.  Hopefully we will never have to use the knowledge but if we ever do we will be very grateful to have received the training.  Thanks very much to Jane Holdcroft for organising this training so well.  Her usual high standard.
 
 
WEDNESDAY INFORMAL RUN - KLOOF NEK CAR PARK
 
Please rsvp to this if you intend running.  It is a reasonably small, fun group and we run at a moderate to gentle pace for 8 - 10km.  I just want to make sure that there are at least one or two other people coming through before I commit.  I will circulate a confirmation of the run tomorrow, but only to those who rsvp.
 
 
SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2011 - KLOOF NEK / PIPE TRACK / CORRIDOR / MACLEARS BEACON / PLATTEKLIP GORGE
 
 
START TIME AND PLACE
 
06h30 sharp at the Kloof Nek car park.  From CT head straight up Buitengracht Street, which becomes Kloof Nek Road.  When you get to the top, just before you start heading down into Camps Bay, take the first road to your left (Tafelberg / Table Mountain Road) and the car park is immediately on your left.  Take the second entrance to the car park (about 200m up the road) and park in front of the SANParks / TMNP kiosk.
 
 
ROUTE
 
All groups head off along the Pipe Track above Camps Bay all the way to Corridor Buttress.  Here the Short Route and Walk / Run Groups will turn and head back the way they came.  Don't be concerned that this is boring; the views are so different on the way back that it looks like a completely different run.
 
The long route will continue up Corridor Ravine to the top of the Back Table, turn left and run through the tops of Slangolie Ravine, Woody Ravine, Kasteelspoort and over into Valley of the Red Gods, Isolation Valley and then up Echo Valley to Smuts Track and on to Maclears Beacon.  From there we run to Platteklip Gorge and descend to the contour path and make our way back to Kloof Nek.
 
I have lost Fay's email telling me when she is away so I will need to confirm whether or not the Walking Group will be operating.  I will confirm by Friday at the latest.
 
 
DISTANCE
 
Walking Group:        8 -10km (if operating)
 
Short Route    :        About 10km
 
Walk / Run Group:   10km
 
Long Route:            I am really not sure at all as I have never done this exact route although I have run / hiked it all in stages.  It will be between 15 and 20km.
 
 
RUNNING TIME
 
Walking Group:        2.5 hours
 
Short Route:            1.5 - 2 hours
 
Walk / Run:             About 2 hours
 
Long Route:            I would allow at least 3.5 hours as there is quite a bit of climbing.
 
 
DIFFICULTY
 
Walking Group:        Easy
 
Short Route:            Easy
 
Walk / Run:             Easy
 
Long Route:            Tough(ish)
 
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTES
  1. Although temperatures are starting to moderate a bit now, we need to be prepared for all weather conditions.  Please watch the weather report and come appropriately clothed and kitted out.
  2. Also, bring enough water and snacks (you don't need a whole picnic hamper) for the whole run.  We cannot rely on there being any drinkable water on the mountain at this time of year and you are not allowed to eat the flora and fauna.  Fynbos has low nutritional value anyway.
  3. Whilst I carry a first aid kit, I do not carry medication, not even pain killers (Matthew, the first aid trainer told me to throw my Myprodol away).  Please carry any personal medication that you require.
  4. Watch out for snakes on the path that might be soaking up the early morning rays.  Ever wonder why I'm so happy being the sweep ?
  5. Sign the register before starting the run.
  6. Have fun and don't swear at the group leaders.  It's not a race so rest periodically and enjoy the spectacular views.
 
 
OTHER TRAIL RUNS AND EVENTS
 
1. NEW BALANCE TOKAI FOREST TRAIL RUNS

"Hi New Balance Trail Runners 

Looking forward to our trail run this Wednesday – we’ll meet in the Tokai Arboretum Car Park from 17h30 ready to start running at 17h45.  

Our runs are open to everyone – so bring your family and friends…We have 3 different groups that we cater for; a walk/ run group; intermediate and fast… 

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.

 

Till then….keep on running….. J"

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2.    CRAG, CRAG STELLENBOSCH / SOMERSET WEST AND CELTICS WEEKDAY RUN
 
I am aware that most of you are on the mailing list for these runs.  I used to do a second email during the week to people who wanted these details but I ran out of steam when we switched to the Googlemail system.  If there is anyone who is not receiving the mails from these groups and would like to get them, please drop me an email and I will give you the details of how to subscribe.
 
 
3.    TSiBA EDUCATION / NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES
 

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 26 March at Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Stellenbosch, at 7h30am. Please see flyer below for further details, and directions beneath. Thanks for your support.

 

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MARSHALS REQUIRED FOR TWO OCEANS TRAIL RACES
 
I refer to my email last week.  If there is anyone who is willing to marshal for one of these races on 22 April 2011, please contact Grant or Trevor on info@trailrunning.co.za / grant@trailrunning.co.za.  Marshalling for this event can get you a guaranteed entry to The Table Mountain Challenge in September.
 
 
That's it for now.  Have a great week, Everyone.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
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Monday, March 7, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2011 - MATES RUN

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Hi All
 
Did anyone notice how hot it was on Saturday ?  Please don't reply (just rhetoric).  That heat was the source of a lot of bad language on our run.
 
 
Feedback
 
We had a brave turnout for the run on Saturday which got less and less brave as we got further into the run.  By the time we hit the top of Crassula Ridge people had stopped looking at the blue disas and were looking longingly down at the Dam.  That corner of Silvermine was already a furnace by 07h30.  We lost our first runner at the top of the ridge........a 10h00 appointment had suddenly become a 09h00 appointment.  Of course.  But for those who persevered, the views from Noordhoek Peak and the Panorama Trail (hence the name I guess) were ample reward for the effort.  By the time we reached the top of Blackburn Ravine, there was rush of people gabbling out their excuses about why they suddenly had to take the short route and head back to the cars.  So the short routers (Mike O has another name for them......starts with a "W ") left us at that point.  The hard core long routers then began the main ascent up to the Constantiaberg Mast (fortunately still partly shaded) and then enjoyed a fast(ish) downhill gallop passed Elephants Eye and down along Steenberg Ridge to the finish.  Zero breeze - hotazel.  So most of us went and collapsed into the Dam for instant relief.  Some with clothes and all.  I was advised by "someone" not to dive in.  At first I thought it was concern for my safety because of the underwater rocks but I was swiftly assured it was because I would cause a "tidal wave" (sic).  How rude !  The correct term is "tsunami".
 
Awards
 
Missing Margaret:    Nicholas Smith is awarded his half colours (as he didn't actually get lost) for disappearing early, abandoning Mike O who he was supposed to give a
                              lift to and also taking Mike's cell phone with him.  He was in for a lot of Facebook abuse later in the day.
 
Sailing Sandra:        Now Sandra Murray-Filby had assured us at the start OF THE RUN that her falling days were over because she had discovered that it was because
                              she was anaemic and had remedied this with iron tablets.  There was an ominous stumble on the River Walk, about 500m into the run and then all
                              seemed fine.  But it appears that Sandra's GP failed to advise her that iron tablets do not help with high speed cornering.  Now I was not witness to
                              it but I did see the start of her descent from the mast.  She took off like someone had asked her for money (she is a Scot, after all).  On nearing
                              Elephant's Eye there was a cloud of dust, sand and rocks as Sandra lost control on a tight corner and was seen rolling A over T toward the edge of
                              the mountain, desperately reaching out for bushes as she went.  A few hapless runners turned to observe the scene only to be told: "JUST
                              KEEPING RUNNING !  I'M FINE !".  They wisely kept running.  There was a second minor incident on Steenberg Ridge that I did see but it looked
                              more like a genuflection than a real fall so I let it go.  So Sandra, you get to keep the trophy in the cabinet for another week. 
 
                              But other than the trophy, it must be said that she had a very strong run in all other respects, as did Bronwyn and Gregg.
 
 
WEDNESDAY INFORMAL TRAIL RUN - KLOOF NEK CAR PARK
 
Please RSVP if you are keen for a run on Wednesday.  In all likelihood I will not be available due to work commitments but the usual suspects will probably be there.  I also suspect I have been banned after last week's run.  I will send out a note closer to the time but only to those who rsvp.  17h20 sharp from Kloof Nek car park.
 
 
SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2010 - MATES RUN - CONSTANTIA NEK / DAMS / GROOTKOP / LLANDUDNO RAVINE / MYBURGHS WATERFALL RAVINE
 
There is no official acsis VOB Trail Run this coming weekend as VOB will be hosting one of its three annual road races on the day and many of us are involved in the organisation and administration of the event.  But we have chatted to the MATES crew and they are very happy for runners to attend the run that they will be doing on Saturday morning.
 
Please take note that this is a very long run (at least 25km) and it is a tough one too.  This is one for the more experienced runners although MATES usually caters for runners of nearly all abilities and speeds.  So be sure that you are up to this run before you attempt it and make sure you are fully equipped with sufficient water and energy snacks (and with the proper running  and safety gear).  If you are unsure whether or not you will handle it, give me a shout.
 
I am told that Douglas Rossouw will be leading this run and as long as you feed him ice-cold Tafel beers afterwards then you are welcome.
 
Start Time and Place
 
Constantia Nek car park at 06h30.
 
Route
 
Constantia Nek to Bailiff's Cottage - Cottage to Dams - Dams to Back Table Path (near top of Kasteelspoort) via old railway tracks - over Grootkop - passed - down Llandudno Ravine and Hout Bay Corner to contour path - contour to Myburgh's Waterfall Ravine (steep) - up Myburgh's - top of Ravine back to Grootkop and then back to Constantia Nek more or less the way you came out.  It is a stunning route.  Check out the disas in Myburgh's Waterfall Ravine.  This is more or less a summer only run as it gets too slippery in winter.
 
No need to RSVP for this MATES run.  Just be there ready to run at 06h30 if you can handle it.
 
 
I am not aware of a short route option yet but if there is one I will let you know.  If anyone is interested in leading one, let me know and I will put you in touch with Mike and Dougie.  There is a nice 9km loop you can do from Ruyteplaats Gate (just below Suikerbossie Restaurant) to Myburgh's, up Myburgh's, over to Llandudno Ravine via Judas Peak and then down Llandudno Ravine and Hout Bay Corner back to the cars.
 
Watch for any final details on the Friday Wrap-Up email.
 
 
SAFETY ON THE MOUNTAIN
 
I was recently asked what number call if you experience an incident in the Table Mountain National Park, anywhere from Signal Hill to Cape Point.  Sue Smith from iKapa Honorary Rangers has kindly supplied the correct telephone number:
 
Call:

086 110 6417

It gets through to the control room and is then directed to the relevant section for response.

 

TWO OCEANS HALF MARATHON ENTRIES

We still have a couple of people looking for entries.  If you know you are not going to use yours, please let me know as they can really be used.  Substitution is permitted for the half marathon but not for the trail races (thank you for that info Kerry).

 

That's all for now.

 
Have a great week Everyone.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
 
 
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE for acsis VOB-organised TRAIL RUNS FOR MARCH & APRIL 2011

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE for acsis VOB-organised TRAIL RUNS FOR MARCH & APRIL 2011
 
 
This schedule is subject to possible change but due notice will be given.  It is intended to give you an idea of what is being considered.  But all route recommendations are gratefully received (Bronwyn).  So where this list is in conflict with the rambling Monday email then the latter is more likely to be correct.  So you will still have to read it.  Good luck with that.
 
 
SATURDAY 5 MARCH
 
Silvermine West: Mountain Bike car park/ Crassula Ridge (Hillcrest Path) to Noordhoek Peak / Panorama Trail Path to Blackburn Ravine / Constantiaberg Mast / Elephants Eye / Steenberg Ridge.
 
Big road race for the weekend is the Century City 10km on Saturday 5 March.
 
 
SATURDAY 12 MARCH
 
No acsis VOB organised run because our Constantia Village 15km Race is on this day.  But runners are encouraged to attend the MATES Run:  Constantia Nek to Bailiff's Cottage (Hoerikwaggo Cottage) / Puffer Path to Ash Valley / Ash Valley to Dams / Dams to Back Table Path via old railway tracks / Grootkop / Judas Peak / down Llandudno Ravine / Hout Bay Corner / Contour path to and up Myburgh's Waterfall Ravine / Grootkop / Dams / Constantia Nek.
 
A very long, but awesome run.
 
Big road race for the weekend is the Constantia Village 15km on Saturday 12 March.
 
 
SATURDAY 19 MARCH
 
Klook Nek / Pipe Track to Corridor Ravine (or Woody Ravine) / up the ravine / Maclears Beacon / down Platteklip / Contour Path to Kloof Corner and down to Kloof Nek.
 
Big road race for the weekend is the Weskus Marathon and 21.1km on Saturday 19 March.
 
 
SATURDAY 26 MARCH
 
Devils Peak from UCT: Two Oceans Trail Run - Long Route.  We have the Google Earth Maps but we are looking for people to run with us who know the route.  Otherwise its going to be our "best guess".
 
Big road race for the weekend is the Vineyard Forest 21.1km and 10km on Sunday 27 March.
 
 
SATURDAY 2 APRIL
 
Constantia Nek to Kings Blockhouse and back via Newlands Forest / Kirstenbosch / Cecilia Forest (or straight back along the contour path).  Extra-long quadbuster add on options around to Platteklip.
 
Big road race for the weekend is the Glenryck 30km on Sunday 3 April.
 
 
SATURDAY 9 APRIL
 
Looking for Volunteer Leaders and route ideas from them as Tim will be off in Sedgefield / George for the Outeniqua (Half) Marathon.
 
 
SATURDAY 16 APRIL
 
Silvermine East for a multi-peak fiesta.  Route to be finalised closer to the time.
 
Big road race for the weekend is the Prosano 10km Challenge on Saturday 16 April.
 
 
FRIDAY 22 APRIL
 
Two Oceans Trail Races.  The rest of Easter is off.  Consider it a Bye unless you are running the..................
 
Big road race for the weekend is the Two Oceans Ultra and 21.1km on Saturday 23 April.
 
 
SATURDAY 30 APRIL
 
Hout Bay Beach / Blackburn to the Contour Path / Contour Path to foot of Chapmans Peak / up to Noordhoek Peak / Crassula Ridge (Hillcrest Path) and stone highway to Blackburn / option to descend Blackburn to the beach / other option is up to the Constantiaberg Mast / road down to Manganese Mines path / Manganese Mines / Blacburn Ravine / East Fort / Beach.
 
 
A Nobel Prize to whoever invented airconditioning !
 
Cheers
 
Tim
Tim Bellairs
Tel:     + 27 (0)21 416-6792
Fax:    + 27 (0)21 416-8792
Cell:     082 321-0299
 
 

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