Monday, May 30, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2011 - CONSTANTIA NEK TO MACLEARS BEACON AND BACK

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Good morning Everyone
 
Despite "the weather" it appears that the weekend yielded some fantastic sport and in particular, some brilliant trail runs.  In fact, many (myself included) feel that this is the best time of year for trail running.  I hear that The MATES Pilchard Run was a sparkling success.  I must apologise for not being there for the festivities.  I can't even offer a good excuse other than the fact that once I was lying on the sofa, under a blanket and in front of a blazing fire I was not going anywhere.  Sorry about that Mike but this is how I developed the nickname Bail-lairs (thanks to Michele P).
 
But other than fine trail running, the Stormers thumped the Brumbies (brilliant), the Blitzbokke won the 7's at Twickenham (incredible game), The Comrades exhausted the sofa brigade on Sunday - results please - but, tragically, Man U got the stuffing kicked out of them by Barcelona in the Champions League final.
 
 
Report Back
 
I am not going to report back and tell tall tales about our run on Saturday.  I am already guilty of hi-jacking Peter's walk / run so will leave the story telling and awards to him and Gaeleen.  But I have taken the liberty of attaching a picture of us at the bottom of Skeleton Gorge.  Great pic, thanks Gae.
 
 
 
New Balance acsis VOB Table Mountain 16km Race - where do your donations go ?
 
Instead of a report back I am going to give quick feedback to runners who have participated in the New Balance acsis VOB Table Mountain 16km race in past years.  The race is taking place again this coming Sunday.  In particular, this is an acknowledgement of those runners, from clubs all over the Western Cape and even a few from other parts of the country, who have so generously made voluntary donations on entering the race.  I am sure you would like to know where this money actually goes.
 
This money does not just get handed over to SANParks where it could disappear into a national pot.  The acsis VOB Committee have always wanted the donations to go back into the Park in a way that would directly benefit the local public, with the emphasis being on responsible mountain users such as social walkers, hikers and runners.  To this end we have developed a strong relationship with the iKapa Honorary Rangers who manage projects extremely professionally for the Table Mountain National Park on a voluntary basis at no charge to the Park.  Crime on the mountain has been one of the primary concerns of late and when we asked Sue Smith (chair of the HR's) where the most recent batch of donations could best be spent, she identified the new "Dog-Squad" as a deserving project.  TMNP are deploying rangers with trained dogs in the Park in an effort to combat crime.  They have to hire these dogs at vast expense.  A project has been started to start purchasing their own dogs.  It is with great pride that we can announce that a large chunk of the approximately R20,000 donation from the 2010 race has been ear-marked for the purchase of TMNP's very first, fully trained dog.  The balance will be used to purchase night-vision binoculars.
 
So this is a huge thanks to all of those people who have supported this race and have made donations to the Park.  Your money has made a significant difference and it is now anticipated that the dog project will use this initial purchase as a springboard for future dog acquisitions and development of the project towards greater safety for us all.
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY INFORMAL TRAIL RUN FROM KLOOF NEK CAR PARK - 1 JUNE 2011
 
 
There will be an informal run from Kloof Nek car park at 17h15 this coming Wed.  8 - 10km.  Gentle to moderate pace.  Please RSVP if you intend running so we know who to expect / wait for.
 
 
 
SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2011 - CONSTANTIA NEK TO MACLEARS BEACON AND BACK VIA ECHO VALLEY & ARBORETUM
 
Start Time and Place
 
07h30 from the Constantia Nek car park.
 
 
Route
 
Single track (or jeep track) to Eagles Nest and then concrete road to Hoerikwaggo Cottage.  Turn right onto Puffer Path and follow it to Top of Nursery Ravine, over Nursery Buttress to top of Skeleton Gorge.  Short route turns left at this point and heads over to Hely-Hutchinson Dam, Woodhead Dam and concrete road home.  But long route continues straight on up to Maclears Beacon.  Left at Maclears Beacon and head over to the path that leads down to Echo Valley.  Down to Echo Valley and straight over to the Woodhead Dam.  Left onto concrete road, passing under wall of Hely-Hutchinson Dam.  Arboretum Path to Puffer Path again.  Right onto Puffer Path to Hoerikwaggo Cottage.  Then either straight back down to the cars or possibly down via Constantia Ridge / Camel Rock (depending on how the legs are feeling).
 
Walk / Run Group will run up to the Dams and back but Peter Rogers will announce his route separately.  Please let me know if you want to receive Peter's detailed email, otherwise you can pick it up off the Walk / Run blog http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ .
 
Fay will be leading a Walking Group too.
 
 
Distance
 
Long Route:    About 20km
 
Short Route:   12 - 13km
 
Walk / Run:    About 12km
 
Walk Group:   8 - 10km
 
 
 
Running Time
 
Long Route:    3.5 to 4 hours
 
Short Route:   1.5 - 2 hours
 
Walk / Run:    2 - 2.5 hours
 
Walk Group:   2 - 2.5 hours
 
 
Difficulty
 
Long Route:    Fairly strenuous.
 
Others:           Moderate.  Start with a big climb.  Nice easy run on the top and big downhill to finish.
 
 
Important Notes
  1. Carry sufficient water for the whole run + more.  Long route will need to carry a little nutrition too.
  2. Make sure you are wearing gear that is appropriate to the weather conditions.  Warm, waterproof top in compulsory.  It can get very cold, wet and windy up on the mountain at this time of year.
  3. Sign the register before starting.
  4. Bring a towel and warm clothes for afterwards.
  5. A lesson I have learnt from MATES is that having ice cold beers for afterwards is a great idea.  I think I might start dabbling in this.
 
 
Email on Other Events (MATES / Journey Trails Run, CRAG Runs and races this coming weekend) will follow shortly.  Not all info available yet.
 
 
 
Have a great week Everyone.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
Tim Bellairs
Tel:     + 27 (0)21 416-6792
Fax:    + 27 (0)21 416-8792
Cell:     082 321-0299
 
 

Monday, May 23, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 28 MAY 2011 - WALK / RUN GROUP ONLY

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Good afternoon Everyone
 
 
WEDNESDAY INFORMAL TRAIL RUN - KLOOF NEK CAR PARK - 25 MAY 2011
 
This run is ON.  17h15 start from the car park at Kloof Nek, in front of the SANParks kiosk.  8 - 10km at a slow/medium pace.  Please RSVP to me if you intend running so that we have an idea who to wait for.
 
 
 
SATURDAY 28 MAY 2011 - TIM IS SLEEPING UNTIL MIDDAY
 
Last week I had writer's block, this week I have runners block.  I got dizzy just looking at my running shoes this morning.
 
There is no official acsis VOB Trail Run with me or Brisk Trail Walk with Fay this coming Saturday. 
 
There will, however, be a Trail Walk / Run Group with Peter Rogers (or nominee) on Saturday 28 May 2011
 
The acsis VOB Trail Walk / Run Group will meet at Constantia Nek in time to start running at 07h30.  They will take the lower roads and paths over to Kirstenbosch, climb up to the contour path at about Skeleton Gorge and then head back via the upper roads and paths.  About 12kms and will take about 2 hours.  It's one of our classic routes - scenic, moderately tough but very do-able and there is water available from a few taps in Kirstenbosch.
 
 
 
Report Back from last Saturday.
 
I always under-estimate that run.  And doing it anticlockwise is definitely more difficult (apart from the Newlands Ravine descent) but regardless of all that I must admit that I felt terrible.  Not sick or injured, but sluggish (lazy) and useless.  Fortunately I have been around long enough to know that these days happen.  So if anyone else was feeling the same, please know that you had company.  Don't think I didn't notice those couple of unhappy faces out there.  You know who you are.  So cheer up; it gets much better.  The penultimate insult to my run came on the contour path between Platteklip and the cableway when I passed a group of hikers going in the opposite direction.  One of them looked at me and whispered (a little too loudly) to her companion: " Shame".  That was a killer.  Then the coup de grace : severe leg cramps on the final descent.  Those lasted for the rest of the day.  I managed to hide them from the runners but not from anyone at home as I screamed and hopped around whenever I got off the sofa (which wasn't often).
 
Sadly, despite a pretty diligent search, there was no sign whatsoever of Steele the border collie.  The only unusual find on that section of the contour path was some Rastafarians who had lit a fire just above the path in 1st Waterfall Ravine on Devils Peak.  On being challenged they replied it was just a small fire and it was so they could dry their hair.........like that's not gonna make your hair stink of smoke (apart from burning the mountain down).  Despite my love for reggae, they got reported to the authorities.
 
 
Re-iteration of Important Notes
 
This isn't meant as a Ms Brodie reprimand but more an appeal which will make (every)one's run more enjoyable and, of course, possibly save your life:
  1. Water:    Please try and remember to carry some water with you when you run, no matter which distance you elect to do.  More experienced trail runners generally know their limitations and when to carry or not carry water so this is more for the new-comers.  Yet even the more experienced runners get caught out occasionally when they get nailed with an injury out there on the mountain and end up short of water because they are out there for much longer than anticipated.  And sometimes we get a Berg wind that dehydrates you even faster than usual.  I know it's winter and so there may be ample water on the mountains but bear in mind that sometimes we run in areas where, due to abundant human activities in the area, the water can cause.................stomach complications.  I can't remember quite who it was but someone drank out of the stream in Union Ravine on Sat.  Should be fine but I would be interested to hear how it turned out.  No graphic details needed.
  2. Warm Gear:    No matter how good the day looks when we start out, please carry warm, windproof and preferably waterproof tops with you, as well as head covering.  We sometimes end up in shaded areas (like ravines) which are very cold or in areas exposed to cold, strong wind.  But mainly it is for a situation where you become incapacitated and need to wait for help.  Hypothermia sets in very quickly; even before I can get to you with the medical kit and space blanket that I carry.
  3. Whistle:    Try and carry a whistle with you.  It can speak loudly for you when you can't.  In winter we sometimes run in thick cloud where you can get lost very easily and quickly.  When it is windy as well, it is very difficult to communicate just by voice.  Please consider getting one (and carrying it, of course).  Makes you much easier to find again.
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
1.    CRAG WEDNESDAY RUN
 
Leader:  Tom Scriba 

Date:  Wednesday 25 May 2011

Time: ready to start running at 17:45 sharp

Location:  Klaasenbosch Trail, Constantia Green Belt / Cecilia Forest

Route description:   We head up the Klaasenbosch trail (the southern section of the circular route) until we hit Spilhaus Ave and then follow Hohenort Ave, crossing Rhodes Drive up through the former Cecilia Forest parking area and up the jeep track through the scattered remains of Cecilia Plantation, where we turn right, then we take the single track next to the stream up to the giant gumtree intersection. After a breather we take the steps up Spilhaus Ravine, towards the Cecilia Ravine waterfall. Once we reach the top, just before we descend to the waterfall, we turn left and up to link with the fabulous roller coaster back down to the Contour Path jeep track. Back on the jeep track, we head down past the SANParks office (old MTO office) to the Cecilia parking area and back down the Klaasenbosch trail (this time the northern part) to the green belt.Sunset is at 17h47 — headlamps/torches now essential.

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, approx 9 km

Walkers:  Cheryl Jenks will lead walkers on a BRISK walk, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Please note that the normal CWAG pace is quite fast — the walk is not intended to be a gentle stroll in the park; it will get the heart rate up and the lungs pumping, and provide a good work-out for those who, for whatever reason, don't run. Walkers are advised to bring the appropriate equipment (see below).

Starting point:  Le Seuer Meadow, Le Seuer Ave, Constantia

Directions:  From the M3 (heading south or north), take the M41 Constantia/Hout Bay Main Road and head towards VOB/Virgin Active/Constantia Sports Centre; at that traffic light, instead of turning left to your treadmill and spinning class, TURN RIGHT into Brommersvlei Road and continue for another 2 kays or so, past Ferndale Nursery (on your right), and turn right into Le Seuer Ave; the meadow is unmistakable

Equipment

—         torch/headlamp now essential; sunset is at 17h47, no moon

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast is cloudy with showers (30%, 2 mm), 10–14 ºC, wind moderate breeze SE 28 km/h)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

Car guards:  25 May:         Georgina Jones & Winston Wilson

 
 
2.    SATURDAY 28 MAY 2011 - MATES PILCHARD RUN
 
Billed as a warm up run for The Old Fishermans Trail Challenge.  This from the CEO of MATES:
 
"Hi Mates,
 
The Pilchard Run is almost here!
 
On the the 28th of May 2011, we are starting at the Houtbay Yacht Club at 07H00 and going over to Fish Hoek beach. 
 
Logistics: Should you be on own transport, meet at Fish Hoek beach parking area at 06H00, to get back to the Houtbay Yacht Club at 6H45 after consolidating shuffling car arrangements.
 
Starting time is 07H00 sharp. 
 
Things to bring: Water to drink on the run - the rivers are dry! Wind / waterproof kit as appropriate, munchies, Wild Card. Please note that this is a self supported run and nothing will be provided on route.
 
Route: MATES is a trail running club, and we like to make sure everybody is safe out there. Please be aware that this run will be run on the same route as the OFTC, and we are keen to ensure that on race day everybody can be sure of the route and be able to run at full race pace without getting lost.
 
At the end of the run, there will be breakfast, hot coffee, hot showers, a flat screen TV for the Stormers rugby coverage, bar facilities AND Fish Hoek beach which is the best beach in the world for kids to play on - bring your people! Supporters can be assured of weather proof spectating at the finish!    
 
Come down and have a JOL with MATES! That is what it is all about!
 
From: CEO Michael Ohlsson
082 319 7250
PS: Not too many questions, just BE there!"

 
3.    Lions Head Race (JDI Ithuba Group Annual Fundraiser)
 
This is the charity race up Lions Head on Sunday 5 June 2011.  It is a charity event to raise funds for the Imetha Childrens Home in Eerste River.  Really Really worthwhile supporting.  See a reduced size race flyer attached.  Please participate if you can .......................... and give generously.
 
 
 
 
Have a great week Everyone.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
Tim Bellairs
Tel:     + 27 (0)21 416-6792
Fax:    + 27 (0)21 416-8792
Cell:     082 321-0299
 
 

Friday, May 20, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: FRIDAY WRAP UP

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Good morning Everyone
 
 
I have been a little out of touch, I am afraid, as I have been off work and making myself a southern suburbser again after an absence of about .......... I wrote the number and it made me feel old.....so let's just say a long time.  Nice to be back and living to close to the VOB Club.  There is a whole new level of guilt when I don't make it to a club run.  However, day two of my new residence saw my wallet and Blackberry running down the road in the company of someone I don't know, never to be seen again.  Quite a homecoming.  So I have not been receiving mobile emails.  It's been a strange relief actually, despite a touch of separation anxiety.  I am also having to beg cash off Brigette, so we will pass the begging bowl around tomorrow.  Joke.
 
 
SATURDAY 21 MAY 2011: CABLE STATION AROUND DEVILS PEAK SOMEHOW
 
 
The acsis VOB Trail Run, Trail Walk / Run and Trail Brisk Walk groups are all ON for tomorrow morning.  Starting 07h30 from the "car park" just passed the lower cable station i.e. just on the Devil's Peak side of the cable station on Tafelberg Road / Table Mountain Road (for the for'ners).  Call me anytime or email me before 16h00 today if you need better instructions to the start.  For more details on the run check out http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ .
 
 
 
 
 
The meteogram: Cape Town
 
OTHER EVENTS
 
Sunday Journey Trails / MATES Run
 
Sunday 22 May: There are still some out there who would like another look at the route before we do the Pilchard Run which is a training run for the Fisherman's Challenge. So we will do the Kalkbay to Silvermine thing again, and remember kiddies, if you are serious about the race this is your chance to make sure that you won't spend your day wandering around Muizenberg Peak looking for the route which is not anywhere near that.
Where: Meet at the station parking lot, Kalkbay. And bear in mind that there is a funny one way thing happening along Main Road, so if you are coming from points north of Muizenberg, do so along Main Road. If you are coming from Fish Hoek, there is a little turn off marked on Boyes Drive just past the school which I presume leads you into a labyrinth of little streets and eventually ejects you into Main Road.
When:  In time to start running at 07H00.
What: Headlamp for the first bit if you do not possess Batvision, water to drink on the run, wind / waterproof kit, etc. And ice cold beer for afterwards. CEO Mike has a nice spot on the rocks, and he might just arrange a show from the dolphins again.
Who: Those who would like to learn the nitty gritty of the route for the Pilchard Run which is a training run for the Fisherman's Challenge.
Route: Kalkbay Station, Silvermine Dam and back.
Duration: CEO Mike is adamant that this one will take 3 hours. Plus minus.
Distance: About 20 km's. Yes, I often give an estimation of distance in this little part of the email. Impressed?
 
 
 
Trail Event
 
Helderberg Mountain Challenge on Sunday 22 May 2011 www.helderbergmountainchallenge.co.za.
 
 
Road Race of interest to trail runners 
 
Darling 1/2 Marathon on Saturday 21 May 2011.  I have been assured that this is largely off-tar-road so might make a very interesting alternative for trail runners looking for something new.  Please note that this is a WPA event so the rules re licences and club colours / temp licences apply.
 
 
Amendment to Lions Head Race (JDI Ithuba Group Annual Fundraiser)
 
This is the charity race up Lions Head.  This race has been re-scheduled to Sunday 5 June 2011.  It is a charity event to raise funds for the Imetha Childrens Home in Eerste River.  Really Really worthwhile supporting.  I have a race flyer with some beautiful pictures on it.  But it is 1MB so I don't want to mass mail it.   But if you are even vaguely able to support and participate then please email me and I will send you the flyer.  I will try and post it on the blog too.  Please open your hearts and purses / wallets / briefcases full of used, non-sequential banknotes.
 
 
 
 
OUTENIQUA TRAVERSE - 6 AUGUST 2011 - ENTRIES NOW OPEN
 
The entries are open for this event.  See flyer attached and check out the details on www.mountainrunner.co.za .
 
 
 
 
FINALLY:  STEELE THE MISSING MUTT (in the nicest sense of the word)
 
My absence has made me very late out of the starting blocks with this one.  Thanks to everyone who drew my attention to this plight.  Please see the appeal below.  Can I also ask that if Steele is found, please let me know so that I can send a note out:
 
"Hi all
 
Not running related, but definitely running buddy related: a two legged running buddy desperately in search of a four legged one (border collie) who went missing in the Newlands Forest / Rhodes Mem areaHe's (was) wearing a tag with both our contact details on it. He's also micro chipped any vet will scan him for free.
If you are anywhere near Newlands Forest, please keep your eyes open and contact Gavin direct if you have any news or can help in any way.  Steele took part in the Crag run last night (Wed 18 May) with Gavin and somehow got lost somewhere near the turnstiles on the contour path."
 
Gavin Goldsmith
083 777 8058
 
 
 
Whatever you are up to, have a great weekend Everybody.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
Tim Bellairs
Tel:     + 27 (0)21 416-6792
Fax:    + 27 (0)21 416-8792
Cell:     082 321-0299
 

 

 

Monday, May 16, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 21 MAY 2011: KLOOF NEK AND AROUND DEVILS PEAK SOMEHOW

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Good morning Everyone
 
 
So many excellent runs on this week.  So many choices.  Why not do them all ?
 
 
SATURDAY 21 MAY 2011 - KLOOF NEK AND AROUND DEVILS PEAK SOMEHOW
 
 
Start Time and Place
 
07h30 from the car park on the left just passed the Lower Cable Station on Tafelberg Road.  Email me if you need more detailed directions.
 
 
Route
 
We will take that terrible path under the Table Mountain Cableway cables up to the contour path.  From there it is an easy gallop over to the Saddle.  We will either go over the Saddle and down Newlands Ravine, returning along the contour path via Kings Blockhouse or do it the other way around.  The possibility of bringing the middle traverse into play at some stage will also be considered for a Short Route option.
 
 
Distance
 
Main Route:    About 16km
 
Shorter Route options (10 - 12km or even less) will be available but these routes do not necessarily have leaders unless you choose to go with the Walk / Run Group.  I will point you in the right direction.  If you choose the latter then please stick with their pace.
 
Brisk Walk Group:    About 10km.  Fay + Murphy should be back this week but I will confirm on Friday.  Well behaved dogs are welcome in this group.  But remember to bring your plastic bag to scoop up the unmentionables.  None of us will forget running behind Nicholas with his shoe covered in unmentionables.
 
 
Running Time
 
2.5 - 3 hours
 
 
Difficulty
 
Moderate to tough.  Expect at least two ugly hills, the first of which is at the start and will make you use language that only D H Lawrence uses and gets away with while maintaining respect in the literary world.
 
 
Important Points
  1. You will need to carry enough water (and snacks) for the whole run.  Streams that don't have popular hiking paths crossing them at a higher level are normally okay (if they are running yet).  Definitely avoid drinking out of Platteklip Gorge.  The last person I saw doing this was Ashleigh and the result, amongst many other unpleasant things, was that I don't recall seeing her on a trail run since. 
  2. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  It is winter, after all.  Make sure you have something warm, windproof and preferably waterproof with you.  Newlands Ravine and the Saddle can be bitterly cold.
  3. Please make every effort to stay in Groups, especially in the Kings Blockhouse area and near Woodstock Cave where we always seem to see a strange gathering on Saturday mornings.  Possibly a Muggers Strategy Convention ?  From the middle traverse you can actually bounce rocks down on their heads......that was a joke........please don't do that.
  4. Sign the register before starting.
  5. Have fun.  It's not a race.
 
Report Back
 
Despite leaving out the Sentinel Circuit on Saturday, a good run was the result.  This is a run you either love or hate but everyone in attendance seemed to have a good time.  No serious injuries were reported and, to the best of my knowledge, we didn't lose anyone (pretty much a first for that route).  SANParks have done some great work on the path up to the radar station (from where there was exactly zero view due to the cloud).  However the path over to Suther Peak was a very different story.  No erosion but very overgrown.  I must admit to feeling a little hurt when those around me kept asking: "Are......... you...... sure this is the or even a path ?".  But my sympathies were going out to Gaeleen who was following us with the Walk/Run Group.  She has never done the route before and so had to follow the arrows (not the yellow ones) we left for her to follow.  Well done Gae.  Everyone finished without incident.  I say "without incident" but our slower group was puzzled by the trail of blood we were following along the route.  We thought perhaps poachers had wounded an animal which was now fleeing.  Turns out it was a runner who is now well on his way to establishing a brand new award of his own.  Chris Whales has developed a unique style of trail running which involves bleeding for no reason at all.  Some call it showing off but Chris is such a humble guy we assume he just has unlucky legs that catch all the sharp branches.  So it turns out that the wounded beast was in fact a Whale(s).  The ever-thoughtful Douglas clearly applied his mind the situation and we are toying with the idea of the Crashing Chris award.  Another submission for the name is the Wounded Whale award.  Submissions for the name should reach us by no later Friday 13 May 2011 (i.e. too late, we'll ignore them anyway).
 
 
 
 
OTHER EVENTS COMING UP ON WEDNESDAY 18 MAY 2011 AND SUNDAY 22 MAY 2011
 
 
JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES RUNS
 
Wednesday 18 May 2011: This is the day we all line up at the polls to cast our vote, but since there is bound to be a queue early on it makes an awful lot of sense to first go for a run, then nip down to the polling station, then nip across to CRAG and run there as well :-) So we thought an easy trot along the Contour Path from Constantia Nek with a visit to the Aquaduct up by the dams should be in order.
Where: Constantia Nek, opposite the circle from the restaurant
When: In time to start running at 07H00.
What: You may want a headlamp for the first section, just to save on the orthodontist bills. Then the usual water for the run, wind / waterproof kit, snax, etc. And ice cold beer for afterwards. And your ID document so that you can then head straight to the voting booth and do your democratic duty.
Who: Those with a democratic view of life, who like to celebrate their freedom around fynbos and rocks.
Route: Constantia Nek, Skeleton Gorge, Smuts Track, Aquaduct, dams, Ash Valley, Puffer in reverse back.
Duration: About 3 hours? Less? Something like that.
Distance: This is more of an up than an along thing. Even the Contour Path has some up in it. So we won't give our usual accurate distance prediction here.
 
Sunday 22 May: There are still some out there who would like another look at the route before we do the Pilchard Run which is a training run for the Fisherman's Challenge. So we will do the Kalkbay to Silvermine thing again, and remember kiddies, if you are serious about the race this is your chance to make sure that you won't spend your day wandering around Muizenberg Peak looking for the route which is not anywhere near that.
Where: Meet at the station parking lot, Kalkbay. And bear in mind that there is a funny one way thing happening along Main Road, so if you are coming from points north of Muizenberg, do so along Main Road. If you are coming from Fish Hoek, there is a little turn off marked on Boyes Drive just past the school which I presume leads you into a labyrinth of little streets and eventually ejects you into Main Road.
When:  In time to start running at 07H00.
What: Headlamp for the first bit if you do not possess Batvision, water to drink on the run, wind / waterproof kit, etc. And ice cold beer for afterwards. CEO Mike has a nice spot on the rocks, and he might just arrange a show from the dolphins again.
Who: Those who would like to learn the nitty gritty of the route for the Pilchard Run which is a training run for the Fisherman's Challenge.
Route: Kalkbay Station, Silvermine Dam and back.
Duration: CEO Mike is adamant that this one will take 3 hours. Plus minus.
Distance: About 20 km's. Yes, I often give an estimation of distance in this little part of the email. Impressed?
 
Seeya!
 
Douglas Rossouw
082 418 5945
 
 
 
CRAG RUN
 
Leader:  Mark Johnston 

Date:  Wednesday 18 May 2011

Time: ready to start running at 17:45 sharp

Location:  Newlands Forest / Contour Path / Blockhouse

Route description:   From the parking lot we head up into the forest, turning left at the T-junction by the helicopters. At Newlands Stream we take a right, following the path until we reach the Woodcutters Trail. Here we take a left and follow the path for a few hundred metres, before joining up with a jeep track and the final Stairmaster up to the Contour Path. After a welcome breather we head north, passing through the Newlands Scree (watch those ankles!), Newlands Ravine and finally First Waterfall Ravine before dropping down to the stile below the King's Blockhouse. From here it's easy sailing back down to Newlands Forest and the cars. Sunset is at 17h52 — headlamps/torches now essential.

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, approx 9 km

Walkers:  Sonia Beard will lead walkers on a BRISK walk, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Please note that the normal CWAG pace is quite fast — the walk is not intended to be a gentle stroll in the park; it will get the heart rate up and the lungs pumping, and provide a good work-out for those who, for whatever reason, don't run. Walkers are advised to bring the appropriate equipment (see below).

Grading

—   90 % runnable

—   A1

—   pack run

Starting point:  Newlands Forest Station / Fire Base parking area (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/36u8czl)

Directions:  From the city or northern suburbs, take the M3 south towards Muizenberg, pass UCT and then move into the right-hand lane in preparation for turning right (across the oncoming traffic — beware!), about 800 m beyond the Rhodes Memorial exit at the sign indicating "Municipal Depots / Wildfire Services / Reservoir", into the Newlands Forestry Station / Fire Base parking area. From the Muizenberg side, take the next exit left after the Newlands Ave / Paradise Road traffic lights, at the sign indicating "Municipal Depots / Wildfire Services / Reservoir".

Equipment

—         valid Wildcard

—         torch/headlamp now essential; sunset is at 17h52, full(ish) moon rises 18h45

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast is partly cloudy, no rain, 14–17 ºC, wind moderate breeze SW 28 km/h)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

Car guards:  18 May:         Erich Minnaar & Geoff Nell

 
TRAIL RACE EVENT:    SUNDAY 22 MAY 2011
 
Helderberg Mountain Challenge: see www.helderbergmountainchallenge.co.za .
 
I am told that Jane Holdcroft has an entry for the HMC Extreme which she won't be using.  Perhaps after her and the MATES Team excellent performance in Expedition Africa (well done Team Mates) sitting this one out is not a bad idea.
 
So let me know (drop me an email) if you are looking for an entry and I will ask Jane if it's still available.
 
 
VOTING ON WEDNESDAY
 
A final appeal for everyone to get out there and vote if you possibly can.  Don't make me get up on my soap box.  Just a tip from someone who has been involved in counting votes previously:  Check that your Voting Paper has been stamped on the back.  If it isn't, it doesn't get counted.  The first job of the vote counters is to toss out any sheet without the official stamp on the back.
 
 
That's it for now.
 
Have a great week Everyone.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
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Fax:    + 27 (0)21 416-8792
Cell:     082 321-0299
 

 

 

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Monday, May 9, 2011

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Hi Everyone
 
Sorry this is a bit late today but I failed to prepare my email at home last night and I guess work dictates the order of events for the day.
 
Further to that point, I am afraid there is no jocular report back this week since the lads from the Financial Services Board are here doing a standard skills audit and typing this email makes me feel like I am reading a comic during an accountancy lesson at school i.e. you know its a lot more fun but you really should be doing something else; and in all likelihood, someone is watching and is going to tell on you.
 
 
 
SATURDAY 14 MAY 2011 - HOUT BAY: THE SENTINEL CIRCUIT, KARBONKELBERG, SUTHER PEAK AND HOUT BAY DUNES
 
 
Start Time and Place
 
07h30 from Hout Bay Harbour.  Please note the start time is later than previously advertised.  This is a shorter run so once again we will combine the shorter and longer groups.  We start INSIDE the harbour (more secure parking) and NOT in the parking area at the beach just before Mariner's Wharf Restaurant.  In fact the restaurant manager gets very upset if people park there.  So drive past Mariners Wharf and shortly thereafter you will see the harbour entrance on your left.  Turn into the harbour and we will gather in the car park just to the left after you enter.  Email me if you need more details.
 
 
Route
 
We are going to do a loop around The Sentinel starting from the harbour, running to the end of the harbour road passed Snoekies and then along the rocky coast around to the smelly island with all the seals.  From there we climb the saddle between Sentinel and Karbonkelberg where we will join up with the first part of Leg 1 of the Hout Bay Trail Challenge.  We will negotiate the tricky path up to the radar station on top of Karbonkelberg where hopefully we will drink in a very unique view.  From there we drop down into the soggy valley en route to Suther Peak and then do the steep drop down to the dunes between Hout Bay and Sandy Bay.  At this point we leave the HBTC (which enters Kerzner-country at this point) and return to the harbour via the dunes and a few tar roads towards the end.
 
The Walk / Run will be there doing a similar route.
 
There will be no Brisk Walk Group as Fay is attending a seminar.
 
 
Distance
 
Not more than 13 - 14km but will give you a good workout and some seldom seen views.
 
There is an 11km option for the Walk / Run Group if they want something slightly shorter.
 
 
Time
 
Approximately 2.5 hours
 
 
Difficulty
 
Moderate to tough, especially if the bush on Karbonkelberg hasn't been cleared recently.  I guess we will find out on the day.
 
 
Important Points
  1. Please carry sufficient water (and snacks) for the entire run and more (in the event that you get lost or injured).
  2. Please wear gear that is appropriate to the weather conditions on the day.  We have reached that time of year when it is important to have something warn and waterproof with you.
  3. Some extra focus is required for this run as it is quite easy to get lost on Karbonkelberg.  So we will do regular regrouping for a headcount.
  4. This also makes it crucial that you complete the register before setting out so that we can identify who is missing and, if necessary, contact someone to let them know you've gone "walkabout".
  5. Bring a little cash as there is an entrance fee to the harbour (just a few rand) although the gatekeeper is seldom there at that time of day.
  6. Bring a tip for the car guards too.
 
 
A WORTHWHILE ADDITION TO THE EVENT CALENDAR
 
 
DUDLEY HULBERT'S TRAIL RUN
 
Please take time to check this one out.  28 May 2011.  We have been considering a run in Jonkershoek for some time now and this could be the perfect opportunity to try it out while contributing to a very worthwhile cause.
 
See race flyer attached hereto.
 
 
 
Finally, well done to those who participated in the Pronutro African X.  Let's have your war stories.  
 
 
And a belated good luck to those participating in Expedition Africa (Go JANE and the MATES Team!!!!!).
 
 
 
That's it for now.
 
Have a great week Everyone.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
Tim Bellairs
Tel:     + 27 (0)21 416-6792
Fax:    + 27 (0)21 416-8792
Cell:     082 321-0299
 
 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 7 MAY 2011 - TOKAI FOREST RAMBLE

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Hi Everyone
 
We're back.  I trust everyone is rested after yet another long weekend.
 
Congratulations to all those who participated in all of the Two Oceans events.  I have been hearing all the war stories, ranging from complete disasters (bails and Glasgow Kisses applied to rocks - I hope you are recovering well, Gregg) to galloping PB's.  I must say that I found the 20km (22km in reality) Trail Race significantly harder to race than to do as a training run and made the schoolboy error of going out too hard, only to pay the price later.  By later I mean about 5km into the race.  Nice to know that one is never too old to be stupid.  But what a spectacular route though.  Highly recommended indeed.  Thanks to all of you who were out there marshalling and assisting.
 
 
SATURDAY 7 MAY 2011 - TOKAI FOREST RAMBLE
 
 
Start Time & Place
 
07h15 (please note this a slightly later start than previously advertised).  We will be running under trees and it just may be a little too dark to start at 07h00; particularly if it is overcast.  Start from the Arboretum Car Park in Tokai Forest.  Please email me for directions if you don't know where this is.
 
 
Route
 
Nothing too hectic this week.  I am actually not 100% sure of which route we will do and it will depend on turnout and demand.  But it will all be in Tokai Forest and not more than about 12 -15km unless there is someone who wants to take a longer run.  For this reason, I think we can combine the Short and Long Runs for once.  For those who find it too demanding on the day there are plenty of easy escape routes for you to take (all downhill).  The main reason for the shorter than usual run is that I am keen to run the Cadiz Milkwood 1/2 marathon on Sunday morning and would prefer not to start the race already exhausted.  In fact, I really encourage as many runners as possible to support this excellent race organised by our trail running compatriots, Harfield Harriers.
 
 
Distance
 
Trail Run:    12 - 15km
 
Trail Walk / Run:    10 -12km
 
Trail Brisk Walk:    If anyone is keen to do a walk please RSVP to me so that we can make an arrangement.  This is because Tokai Forest is a "no-dogs" zone so we must make another plan for Fay and Murphy.
 
 
Running Time
 
Trail Run:    2 - 2.5 hours
 
Trail Walk / Run:    2 - 2.5 hours
 
Trail Brisk Walk:    TBA
 
 
Difficulty
 
Moderate.  We won't be going much higher than the Vlakkenberg Nek.  But we still have to get up that height somehow and then gently wind our way down again.  Nothing overly technical.
 
 
Important Notes
  1. As mentioned above, this is a "no dogs" zone.
  2. Please keep an eye out for mountain bikers as this is MTB country.  We can hear them coming long before they are aware of us and it is easier for us to avoid them than vice versa.  Let us enjoy our run in a spirit of cooperation.
  3. Please bring and carry your own water.  We still cannot rely on mountain water, despite the rains since the mountain aquifers still need to fill up after a dry summer.
  4. Please wear gear that is appropriate to the weather conditions on the day.
  5. Please sign the register before starting out.
  6. Have fun.  It's not a race.
 
Report Back
 
We had a small but entertaining turnout for our run on Saturday.  We started up Blackburn Ravine and there was an odd smell of stale beer hovering around the group.  It's a mystery.  Then Nicholas was the first "casualty" as he steeped in a dogthorn early on in the ascent.  Whilst we always keen to mask the smell of sweaty runners and percolated beer, the smell of dog poop is perhaps not the aroma of choice.  Fortunately there was a brisk breeze and Mike O kept us all amused with his chirps on the main climb.  Other than the strong wind, it was a magnificent run with the highlight being the view down from the top (just south of Noordhoek Peak) as descended to the base of Chapman's Peak.
 
Then, with weary legs, we took the contour path back to Blackburn Ravine and this is when the trouble started.  Weary legs = slips and falls.  This brings us to our awards.
 
While Geoff Nell tried to steal the show an inelegant "slide and sit down" show, accompanied by a scrape to the forearm, the Sailing Sandra award simply has to go to Sandra "Slippery Shoes" Filby for sheer fatigue-driven volume but also for a particularly painful fall in which she narrowly miss smacking her pip on a laterally protruding rock.  But the price was that she nailed her knee on a nasty, sharp rock in the middle of the path.  I am not often very concerned when Sandra tumbles as she is a woman of steel (it's all the iron tablets) but this time she did not / could not stand up immediately, saying that she thought she had damaged her knee.  Well, those aren't the exact words she used but this is an acceptable paraphrase.  We were worried for a moment.  But she was soon on her feet again and trotting back to the cars where ice appeared from various cars.  Quite amazing really.  Sandra was seen buying a new pair of trail shoes later that same weekend.
 
Adi takes the Missing Margaret for missing the turn down to East Fort and thereby forcing him to do the long route down to the toll booths and then back to the cars along Chapman's Peak Drive.
 
 
Okay, this email is already long enough so I will rather be follow it up with another email tomorrow giving news of the upcoming events this coming weekend and an important change to the acsis VOB Trail Running Calendar.
 
Have a great week Everyone.
 
Cheers
 
Tim
 
Tim Bellairs
Tel:     + 27 (0)21 416-6792
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Cell:     082 321-0299
 

 

 

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