Tuesday, June 28, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING - OTHER GREAT RUNS THIS WEEK AND BEYOND

Good morning Everyone

 

 

ADMIN AND ERRATUM

 

7th line down in the email yesterday should read “SATURDAY 2 JULY 2011” and not “SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2011”.   Thank you Alison.

 

NB !!!!!  I keep forgetting to ask:  Did anyone lose a pair of black gloves on the mountain on our run on 18 June 2011 i.e. when we ran Leg 2 of the Hout Bay Trail Challenge?  Another group of runners picked them up near the Woodhead Dam and thought they belonged to our group.  Please let me know, otherwise they will be donated to a worthy cause (other than myself).

 

 

WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE 2011

 

 

Acsis VOB WEDNESDAY INFORMAL TRAIL RUN

 

See details in yesterday’s email OR email me for details.

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

 

Leader:  Christo Steyn 

Date:  Wednesday 29 June 2011

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

Location:  Lion’s Head & Signal Hill

Route description:   From Kloof Nek we trace the urban fringe of Tamboerskloof and Bo-Kaap along the eastern slopes of Lion's Head and Signal Hill. The return route is along the spine of Signal Hill. Two notes of caution: (1) We cross the Kloof Nek Rd racetrack twice – the first time over four lanes in peak-hour traffic.  Please take care. (2) There are a few slippery slopes, so this one is not for slicks. Sunset is at 17h46 — headlamps/torches still essential.

Duration and distance:  approx 105 mins, approx 10 km

Walkers:  John Yeld will lead walkers on a BRISK walk, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Walkers are advised to bring the appropriate equipment (see below).

Starting point:  Kloof Nek parking area. (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/2u2yr7t)

 

 

THURSDAY 30 JUNE 2011

 

CRAG STELLENBOSCH / SOMERSET WEST RUN

 

Still to be announced.

 

 

 

 

 

TRAINING RUN SCHEDULES

 

JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES UPCOMING PUFFER TRAINING RUNS

 

Journey Trails / MATES Puffer training runs

 

      Sun 3 July Constantia Nek - Top Platteklip and back

      Sat  16 July  MATES HBTC Training Run

      Sun  17 July Blackhill Redhill return

      Sat  6 August Fish Hoek to Constantia Nek

      Sun  7 August Constantia Nek - Waterfront

      Sun 21 August Waterfront - Platteklip return

 

 

 

Acsis VOB TRAINING RUN SCHEDULES – JULY 2011 – subject to change but you will be given plenty of warning

 

SATURDAY 2 JULY 2011:                 Silvermine East as announced yesterday.  (07h30 start)

                                                                Road Race: Spook Hill 15km – 2 July 2011

 

SATURDAY 9 JULY 2011:                 Walk / Run Group only – since many of us will be up in Knysna for the marathon / half marathon.

 

SATURDAY 16 JULY 2011:              The long-promised Dog-friendly run from Newlands Forestry Station.  Long and short route.  Well trained / behaved / socialised dogs only + people who don’t mind running with dogs. 

HOWEVER the Walk / Run Group will still take a RUNNERS ONLY Group. (07h30 start)

Trail Event: Franschhoek Bastille Day Trail Run – 16 July 2011

Road Race: Dave Spence Memorial Run – 17 July 2011

 

SATURDAY 23 JULY 2011:              Kloof Nek / Platteklip Gorge / Echo Valley / Isolation Valley / Valley of Red Gods / path from top of Kasteelspoort to Corridor Ravine / down Corridor and back along Pipe Track. (Try for a

07h15 start)

                                                                Road Race: Arcelor Mittal Saldanha 21.1km – 23 July 2011

                                                                Voet of the Wine Route 10km – 24 July 2011 (Zevenwacht)

 

SATURDAY 30 JULY 2011:              This weekend is a BYE (this means there will be no run, for those who asked last time what a BYE is) currently.

Trail Event:  Hout Bay Trail Challenge and The Tortoise Run – 30 July 2011

Road Race: McKenna & Scott Pinelands 10km – 31 July 2011

 

SATURDAY 6 AUG 2011:                We will join in with the MATES Puffer Training Run and run from Fish Hoek to Constantia Nek.  Short Route will be from Silvermine to Constantia Nek.  We will fit in with their start time –

probably 07h00)

 

 

That’s it for now.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

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Monday, June 27, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 2 JULY 2011 - SILVERMINE EAST (INCL SPES BONA VALLEY AND PECKS *&*%$%* STEPS)

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Good morning Everyone

 

 

Happy Monday.  You’ll have to excuse the good mood on a Monday.  School holidays = minimal morning traffic and, contrary to expectation, The Script was SUPERB !  Although I suspect I was the oldest person there. Okay, that was nothing to do with trail running so before I lose focus and get flooded with requests to be removed from the mailing list, here are the acsis VOB Runs run for this coming week:

 

 

WEDNESDAY INFORMAL TRAIL RUN FROM KLOOF NEK CAR PARK – WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE 2011

 

This run is ON.  Start at 17h15 from the car park at Kloof Nek, from next to the SANParks kiosk.  Led by Bronwyn Pithey.  Let me know if you are unclear as to where this is or check out http://tinyurl.com/2u2yr7t  (thanks Rod).  Please rsvp to me if you intend running this so that we know who to expect.  Try and bring a headlamp for the last km or two but it’s not the end of the world if you haven’t got one as we will try and keep the end of the run on tar or easily runnable jeep track.

 

 

SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2011 – SILVERMINE EAST: CAVE PEAK / AMPHITHEATRE / SPES BONA VALLEY / PECKS VALLEY (1 MILLION STEPS) / MUIZENBERG PEAK / HIGHER STEENBERG PEAK / ALL FALL DOWN

 

START TIME & PLACE

 

08h15 from the car park inside Silvermine East Gate (Gate 2 / Muizenberg side of Ou Kaapseweg).  Email me if you don’t know where this is.  Or check out http://tinyurl.com/38yb7u6.

 

Unfortunately the start time is a little later than I would like but the gate only opens at 08h00.  We don’t park outside the gate as the authorities don’t like it one little bit and charge an exorbitant fee, scribbled on a piece of pink paper and stuck on your window which general sends the blood pressure through the roof and ruins a perfectly good morning.

 

 

ROUTE

 

A lovely downhill start to warm up on for 1.5 – 2km but there is a price to pay, ultimately.  We take the contour path around and up to the Cave Peak turnoff, through the top of Echo Valley and into the Amphitheatre, over to Spes Bona Valley and down through the beautiful indigenous forest.  Left onto the path towards Nellies Pool and then right onto the steep descent and traverse to Pecks Valley.  Up Pecks *&*%*%$^^%# (beloved) steps and right to the Muizenberg  Peak.  Follow the spine of Muizenberg Mountain and drop down to the fenced in area around the mast.  From there it is up to Higher Steenberg peak and drop down on the Ou Kaapseweg side of the peak with a short flat run into the finish back at the car park.

 

There will be a short route option which will follow the same route to the Nellies Pool junction.  Their route will head back towards the cars, depending on the level of local knowledge amongst those choosing that option.

 

Walkers will do something similar to the Short Route.  Dogs welcome only in the Walking Group so that we can prevent injuries to runners and dogs alike.

 

DISTANCE

 

Long Route:        15 -17km

 

Short Route:      10 – 12km and significantly easier.

 

Walk / Run:         10 – 12km (Peter to finalise detail – sorry, this is my fault as I failed to get my list of runs out earlier)

 

Walkers:              8 – 10km

 

 

RUNNING TIME

 

Long Route:        3 hours

 

Short Route:      2 hours

 

Walk / Run:         2 – 2.5 hours

 

Walkers:              3 hours

 

 

DIFFICULTY

 

Long Route:        Moderate to Tough.

 

Short Route:      Moderate to Easy.

 

Walk / Run:         Moderate

 

Walk:                     Moderate to Easy.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

 

1.       Please note that runners need to be properly attired and equipped for the cold.  Despite mid-winter now being a thing of the past, there is still some cold, wet weather to come.  You just need one bad experience to teach you why you need warm, waterproof tops and headgear.  Don’t let it be your last experience.

2.       There seems to be lots of water around now but bear in mind that this area is frequented by many hikers and dog-walkers.  So choose your drinking spot wisely or carry your own water and energy snacks, sufficient to see you through the whole run + more.

3.       Bring your Wild Card if you have one.  Although technically the guy at the gate should let you in and out for free with a Wild Card, have a heart and pay him the R5.00 entrance fee; even if it’s as a tip for guarding the cars while we are out enjoying the mountain.  It’s a small price to pay these days for peace of mind.

4.       Sign the register before starting out.

5.       Have fun and enjoy the spectacular scenery; it’s not a race.

 

 

REPORT BACK

 

I don’t know if I am getting much, MUCH slower or if everyone is getting quicker or if it was just a quick group on Saturday or a combo of them all but the 29 of us who set out on Saturday had a REAL run.  The pace certainly showed early on as our Sailing Sandra was awarded within the first km.  The nomination is below (although I witnessed the event and heard the language, I am not responsible for the nomination).  That’s because I was still traumatised by Mike and Doug’s arrival at the start with Take Me Home Country Roads blaring.  Whilst we all tend to mock lovers of John Denver music, somehow we all still know the words (and some even have the CD).  Lots of new faces at the run.  A big welcome to all of those new attendees.  A special welcome to our two new Stellenbosch ladies who presumably had a bit of a drive to get to the start.  And a welcome return to some too.  Grant McPherson returns after 40 years in the wilderness to kick off his Hout Bay Trail Challenge training.  It didn’t appear to go well as he was seen to do a John Cleese goose-stepping about-turn at the tar road and he volunteered to lead the short route group instead.  But it is great to have him back, despite the fact that he scribbled his name in the dirt on my car.  The panel beaters are trying to remove it this morning.

 

It appears that Mike’s love of music spreads well beyond John Denver as I was treated to a rousing chorus of 4 Jacks & a Jill’s / Carike Keuzenkamp’s  “I Love You Timothy” which has haunted me and been used as an instrument of torture all my life.  Thanks Mike; nice to know you care.  If you don’t know the song, don’t stress, it just means you’re too young to remember the 1970’s – this is not a sin.

 

But as I was saying before I got side-tracked, the pace and terrain took its toll, seeing hardened runners pulling up lame or exhausted.  Despite the fact that I was sweeping, by the time I hit the last hill I was thinking that I had had enough fun for one morning.  Thanks for a great run everyone and thanks to the MATES crew up front who guided everyone to safety while I swept the route at a pace that was pretty much full steam ahead for me.

 

That leaves only the awards:  No Missing Margaret – this is a tribute to the great leading and regrouping from MATES.  The Sailing Sandra and RYMOS (new concept) is awarded as proposed by Grant:

 

“Nomination for this weeks prestigious award: Sandra Murray (Filby)

 

For: Falling at the START leaving the car park, and miraculously feeling her arm (previously damaged by a fall...) click back into place - resulting in immediate pain relief and a huge savings in Physio bills which she vows to plow (sic) straight back into sessions with her Psychiatrist!!

 

Should she not get this week's award, please then put her name forward as a nomination for the RYMOWS award "Rinse Your Mouth Out With Soap" awarded to the runner with the foulest language on the day...”

 

It’s funny that Grant is nominating Sandra as they share remarkable similarities: both of them are of Scottish extract (however distantly) and both of them regularly share the same stage act as Sid/Syd Vicious (again with the 1970’s – Google it) on trail runs.

 

 

KNYSNA FULL MARATHON ENTRIES AVAILABLE

 

The run-up to Knysna always provides a thriving secondary market for entries.  Whilst currently all of the Half Marathon Entries I had have been snapped up, there are 2 Full Marathon Entries available.  One is free and the other one will require reimbursement.  So I guess the free one will go first to the fastest finger and the second one to someone who is prepared to reimburse the seller.

 

Just a quick note on this: We are more than happy to facilitate the trade in entries but only for people who are donating their entry or just requiring reimbursement of their cost.  We aren’t keen to trade for those looking to make a handsome profit; kind of against the spirit of what we stand for.

 

ETCETERA

 

Email on other great trail runs, groups and events to follow tomorrow.  This will include the acsis VOB Run Schedule for the rest of July too.

 

Have great week.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

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Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Monday, June 20, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2011 - LEG 3 OF HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE PLUS STEROIDS

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Good morning Everyone

 

Quick admin points

 

1.       If anyone is trying to contact me by email after working hours then it is best to use tim.bellairs@gmail.com.  I have de-linked timbe@boe.co.za from my Blackberry so I only get my gmails over the weekend and in the evenings.

2.       Because of the mass of events coming up, I will send out an email tomorrow with all other upcoming events.  This also gives me time to gather the info for the CRAG runs etc.  So here are the details for the acsis VOB-organised trail runs for this coming weekend. 

3.       By Saturday we will be passed mid-winter and can start celebrating the beginning of the sun tracking it’s way back to the southern hemisphere.

 

 

SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2011 – LEG 3 OF HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE PLUS STEROIDS (BLACKBURN RAVINE / SILVERMINE / PUFFER PATH /BACK VIA VLAKKENBERG)

 

Start Time and Place

 

Constantia Nek car park, in time to start running at 07h30 sharp and not the 5 minutes late like last weekend.  But at least there is no car PT this time.  No excuses.

 

The Route

 

Main Trail Run Route:     Down the Hout Bay Road for a few hundred metres and then left and up behind the Constantia Nek Restaurant.  We follow the path up over the Vlakkenberg Nek and down into the little valley between Vlakkenberg and Constantiaberg.  Up to the tar road.  Right on the tar and then first right onto the single track that leads down to the Manganese mines.  On the descent into Blackburn Ravine look out for the contour path to the left which leads into Blackburn about 2/3 of the way up.  That will be our route.  Up the ravine to the lookout deck.  Follow the stone highway to the circular jeep track.  Left onto the jeep track and then left onto the Elephants Eye path.  But instead of going up to the Eye, keep right and head down on the Tokai Forest side to the Puffer Traverse back to the tar road, close to where we had been earlier in the day and then return via the Vlakkenberg Nek, the way we had come out.

 

Short Trail Run Route:    No official Short Route but one can be fashioned for you on the morning if required.  E.g. same way out as far as the tar road, then left on the road and right onto the Puffer Traverse.  From level 5, down onto the jeep track leading up to the tar road.  Back over Vlakkenberg Nek.  Or for a gentler pace, run with the Walk / Run Group below BUT BE WARNED NOT TO PUSH THE PACE.  Those found guilty of it will be publicly flogged or made to clean out my cat’s disgusting litter tray for a week.  The flogging is less painful.

Walk / Run Trail Group: The following is the provisional route for this coming Saturday.  From the Constantia Nek circle down the Hout Bay main road for 200m then up onto the pipe-track which runs above the road, following along to Bokkemansklooof. Then left up the kloof until the trail intersects the Hoerikwaggo hiking trail.  Right and south-westward along the trail until it joins the tarred road to the Constantiaberg mast.  Along the tar road for 100 m then right onto the path that leads to the top of Skoorsteenberg overlooking Hout bay village. Return by backtracking to the tarred road and then following the Hoerikwaggo back down to Constantia Nek.

Brisk Trail Walk

Route TBA

 

Distance

 

Main Trail Run:                  A complete guess at about 17km.

 

Unofficial Short Route:  About 10km

 

Walk Run Group:              About 12km

 

Brisk Trail Walk:                 8 – 10km

 

 

Running Time

 

Main Trail Run:                  About 3 hours

 

Short Route:                      1.5 – 2 hours

 

Walk / Run:                         About 2.25 Hours

 

Brisk Trail Walk:                 2.5 – 3 hours

 

 

Difficulty

 

Moderate to tough.  Some testing climbs and some technical single track.  Awesome views.

 

 

Important Notes

 

1.       Please ensure that you are appropriately kitted out and dressed for the weather conditions.  Warm, waterproof tops are a must for the long run.

2.       Make sure that you have sufficient water and food to see you through the run PLUS more.  If you get injured and have to wait for help you need sustenance and warm gear.

3.       Bring warm clothes and a towel for afterwards.

4.       Bring body-warming beverages for afterwards but if it is beer then it needs to achieve levels of coldness normally only associated with very high mountains and polar regions.

5.       Please fill out the attendance register before starting.

 

 

REPORT BACK

 

THE NEW BALANCE TRAIL SHOE LUCKY DRAW

 

In the chattering cold at the start outside the gates of Ruyteplaats we held our very first New Balance Trail Shoe Lucky Draw of the year.  Just to recap the rules: in order to qualify for the lucky draw, you need to attend AND fill out the register at half of the runs for each two month period.  This last period was the draw for April and May.  The lucky winner for that period was a very deserving Erich Minnaar.  Well done Erich and enjoy the prize.

 

Once again, a huge thank you to New Balance for this generous prize sponsorship.  Please support New Balance when you are out there buying new shoes and running gear.  They really do put a lot into our sport.

 

 

The Run

 

After spending the preceding week dreading the initial climb to the top of Llandudno Ravine I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of it.  Admittedly, we were not gunning it either as the sweep group was quickly dropped by the main pack.  Mike O spotted three Himalayan Tahrs just below the start of Llandudno Ravine.  It took us a few moments to work out what he was bellowing about but soon the reason became very clear.  It looked like a mother (or a diligent father) and two youngsters which provides clear evidence that they are still breeding on the mountain.  They were completely unperturbed by our presence and didn’t appear to be carrying Wild Cards either, as all visitors to the park should do.  But then the SANParks penalty that they pay for their illegal presence is much higher than that paid by the average runner / hiker.  Let’s not get into the debate now though.

 

Mike and Cher explored the B scramble ascent instead of the ravine.  Still keen to hear the details.  But one thing seems clear and that is that it is probably not a short cut as the main pack were long gone by the time they summitted.  Ashleigh Bird then very kindly assumed sweeping duties, freeing me up to try and chase down the main pack.  No, I didn’t even get close.  On arriving that at Constantia Nek, the beer was already flowing and the first blood became evident as Geoff Nell scooped the Sailing Sandra for a classic (but reportedly thoroughly deserved) wipe-out at the Missing Margaret Cairn.  After initially feeling very sorry for him (it looked nasty) all sympathy faded when I heard that his eyes were not where they should have been.  This just shows that even for experienced trail runners, when you flout the rules of trail (in this case, Keep Your Eyes on the Trail) payment is usually in blood.  This was no exception. 

 

The final section, legitimately run by five of us with a permit, was from Constantia Nek through Orange Kloof to the fence at the contour path in Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine.  First we missed the vague path to the fence, and then when we got there we found that the angle of the ground makes it virtually impossible to scale the fence.  Fortunately, a small whole was discovered (no names mentioned here, to protect the innocent…..collective responsibility) and we all squeezed through.  The ladies then re-wove the fence into something that made it look almost brand new while I stood around whining about my sore finger.  We then enjoyed an awesome gallop in along the contour path back to Ruyteplaats.

 

Inspirational run !  Thanks to everyone who came along.

 

That’s it for now.  Watch out for the OTHER RUNS email tomorrow.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

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Monday, June 13, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2011 - LEG 2 OF HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE

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Hi Everyone
 
 
Midwinter is just around the corner so its about as dark as its going to get.  After next week its all downhill to summer.  So lets enjoy this cold weather running while we can.  I am champing at the bit for long run after a pretty sedentary weekend.  In fact if it is difficult to do less running than I did this past weekend.
 
So there is a solid run coming up this weekend and one that will help prepare competitors for the Hout Bay Trail Challenge (HBTC) in July.  After witnessing how unaware (that is as nicely as I could put it) some of the competitors were regarding the route for the Old Fishermans Trail Challenge (OFTC) this last weekend I highly recommend that people get to know the HBTC route which is far more complex and difficult than the OFTC.  There is a much greater risk of getting lost and missing check points.
 
But well done to everyone who competed in the OFTC.  It appears it was another highly successful event.  Well done Claire.
 
 
WEDNESDAY EVENING INFORMAL TRAIL RUN FROM KLOOF NEK - WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2011
 
Nothing this week as the Thursday is a public holiday (Youth Day) and there are some runs happening on Thursday morning instead.  However, the CRAG group will be going out from that very same car park on Wednesday evening.  See details below.
 
 
SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2011 - LEG 2 OF HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE (MORE OR LESS)
 
Start Time and Place
 
Start 07h30 sharp from the parking area outside the Ruyteplaats Estate (just before Suikerbossie Restaurant).
 
How to get thereFrom Constantia Nek - head down towards Hout Bay. At the first traffic circle (at the police station and Imizamo Yethu) turn right.  Straight over the mini-circle at Valley Road and then turn right at the next traffic lights so that you are driving up Suikerbossie hill.  Just before the top of the hill look out for the right turn to Suikerbossie Restaurant.  Turn right there and follow the road for a couple of hundred metres and then park in the informal parking area on the left, just before the Ruyteplaats gates.
 
From the City, go to Camps Bay and then head out along Victoria Drive / Road towards Hout Bay.  After passing the Llandudno turnoff on the right, you crest the hill and begin your descent into Hout Bay.  But just as you start the descent, look out for the Suikerbossie Restaurant turn on your left.  Turn left there and then follow the road for a couple of hundred metres and then park in the informal parking area on the left, just before the Ruyteplaats gates.
 
Car Administration:  However please take note of the Car Admin necessary for this run:  The official route ends at Constantia Nek which is not the same place we start from.  Whilst I am considering running back to the start via Orange Kloof (if I can get a permit for us) OR via Hout Bay Rd/Disa River Rd/Valley Rd/Garron Ave/Connemara Dr/Hunters Way/Farriers Way/contour path to Suikerbossie I am not sure that everyone will share my enthusiasm.  So if you want to end your run at Constantia Nek then you need to ensure that you have a lift back to the start or have a car at Constantia Nek.  I encourage as many of such runners as possible to meet at Constantia Nek at 07h00 to leave cars there.  I can give a few people a lift to the start and I am sure we can organise a few others to do the same.  But please understand that you are responsible to making sure you are sorted for a lift either way.  We will leave Constantia Nek to go to the start at 07h10 at the latest.
 
 
The Route
 
We start on the agonising climb up Hout Bay Corner, traverse around to Llandudno Ravine and then ascent that ravine to the top at the level of the Back Table.  We pass Pimple Buttress on the left and Judas Peak on the right.  We cross to Grootkop and over it's eastern shoulder.  Then we cross the tops of Oudekraal Ravine, Corridor Ravine, Slangolie Ravine and Woody Ravine.  Then we hang a right at the now infamous Missing Margaret cairn and run across to the concrete road near the MCSA cottage.  Then we debate whether to run over the Woodhead wall and the brutal concrete road or perhaps around the Woodhead Dam, down Ash Valley and back along the Puffer Path.  Either way we end up at the Hoerikwaggo Cottage and take the single track paths (because they are quicker) down to Constantia Nek.  The official run end at the Constantia Nek car park but I will run back to the start as described above (or I will call Brigette to come and rescue me).
 
Distance
 
About 15km or so (to Constantia Nek).  To get all the way back to Suikerbossie, your guess is as good as mine.  I have never done it before.  I would say at LEAST another 5 - 7km (including a bit of a climb back up to the contour path).
 
 
Running Time
 
About 3 hours
 
 
Difficulty
 
The first half is tough, the second half is a piece o' cake (which is just as well).
 

Important Notes

  1. Carry sufficient water for the whole run + more.  Long route will need to carry a little nutrition too.  Cathy, make sure the bladder to hydration pack is inserted the correct way around.
  2. Make sure you are wearing gear that is appropriate to the weather conditions.  Warm, waterproof top is compulsory on the run.  It can get very cold, wet and windy up on the mountain at this time of year.
  3. Try and carry a cell phone in a waterproof bag and a whistle.
  4. Sign the register before starting.
  5. Bring sense of humour for the initial climb.  Legs burning within seconds of the start.  I carry many items in my hydration pack, sympathy is not an item in the pack.
  6. Bring a towel and warm clothes for afterwards.
  7. Warm beer (OB's) for afterwards.
 
OTHER GREAT RUNS FOR THIS WEEK
 
WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2011
 
CRAG RUN

Leader:  Rod Prodgers 

Date:  Wednesday 15 June 2011

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

Location:  lower slopes of Table Mountain

Route description:   Very briefly, we’ll run a sample of undulating tracks below Tafelberg Rd. Sunset is at 17h43 — headlamps/torches now essential — full moon rise at 17h29, BUT . . . this from the South African Astronomical Observatory website http://www.saao.ac.za/index.php?id=1675:

“On June 21 at about 07:16 pm, the Sun is at summer solstice, i e its furthest point north of the celestial equator in 2011 [mid-winter for us in the southern hemisphere]. There will be a total lunar eclipse on the 15th which will be visible from Southern Africa. As the eclipse progresses only part of the full moon disk will appear dark (i e partial eclipse) initially as the moon starts to move into the darkest part of the earth’s shadow, called the umbra. This will happen at 08:23 pm. Once the moon is inside all of the earth’s umbral shadow, one will observe a total eclipse. The total eclipse will last from 09:22 pm to 11:03 pm, when the moon will eventually start to move out of the earth’s shadow and a partial eclipse will then be seen again. The full moon will leave the Earth’s umbral shadow a few minutes after midnight.”

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, approx 10 km

Walkers:  Christo Steyn 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:  Kloof Nek parking area (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/yb8rwey)

Directions:  Get to Kloof Nek via Buitengracht and Kloof Nek Rd (from Town) or Camps Bay or Kloof Rd (from Camps Bay).  Turn onto Tafelberg Rd, skip the first entrance to the parking area and use the second one to park at the highest level (at the SANParks office).

 
THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2011 -
 
MATES YOUTH DAY RUN
 
As we all know thursday is a holiday. So what we gonna do? We going to run.
Where: Con/nek.Time: 07.00 am sharp.Date : 16th june.
Route: the nek  to Judas Peak and back.
Duration: +-3 hrs, yes Paul 3 hrs.
Bring the right clothing in case the weather is kak and also bring  some food. Anybody is welcome you dont have to be a MATE.
Do not forget the ICE COLD BEERS for after.

 
SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2011
 
VWS TRAIL CHALLENGE
 
The VWS Trail Challenge 2011 is nearly upon us. This is a 10km or 25km trail run organised and hosted by the VWS, open to members of public, founded by one of our members, Paul Morris, in 2005.
The Trail Challenge this year is at Deer Park in Vredehoek, on Sunday 19 June, from 07h15. The flyer for the VWS Trail Challenge is attached or you can go to:
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Online entry form on their website at http://www.capefires.com/?p=1118

The Trail Challenge raises much-needed funds for them each year, so every bit of your support counts!

Contact:
Volunteer Wildfire Services - Kate Snoodyk
E-mail:
kate.snoodyk@adidas.com
Website: www.capefires.com
 
 
 
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
 

 

 

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Monday, June 6, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALKING: SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2011 - WALK / RUN GROUP (NEWLANDS FOREST)

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Hi Everyone
 
 
WEDNESDAY INFORMAL RUN - 8 JUNE 2011
 
We will have a BYE this week because of admin, work and drinking commitments.
 
 
SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2011:  WALK / RUN GROUP ONLY
 
Hopefully this coming weekend will be the last interrupted weekend now for a while.  I have blocked off this Saturday to marshal the Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge if I am needed.  Many of our regulars will be running or marshalling the race so we are also going to have a BYE on Saturday, just in respect of the Running Group.
 
There will, however, be a Walk / Run Group and Brisk Walking Group going out.
 
 
BIG APOLOGIES TO NEW BALANCE AND REGULAR TRAIL RUNNERS & WALK/RUNNERS
 
One thing I failed to do at the start of the run last Saturday was the lucky draw for the New Balance Trail Shoes.  This was largely because I had not collected all of the names for people who have attended half of the runs in April and May.  I have all the running group names but not those from the Walk / Run Group.  Peter is going to send them in and we will do the lucky draw at the next run.
 
So some lucky runner is soon going to be sporting a brand new pair of New Balance Trail Running Shoes
 
 
WALK / RUN TRAIL GROUP - UCT CAR PARK AND INTO NEWLANDS FOREST - SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2011
 
Start Time and Place
 
07h30 sharp from the car park at UCT south entrance i.e. just on the university/city side of the old zoo.  Email me for more details if you are unsure of with this is or how to get there.
 
Route
 
A ramble into Newlands Forest a la Two Oceans Trail short route.
 
Distance
 
Probably about 12km.
 
Running Time
 
About 2 hours.
 
Difficulty
 
Moderate.
 
 
 
REPORT BACK - Saturday 4 June 2011
 
Welcome to "winter starts".  The faces at the start told the story.  Less experienced runners faces were saying "ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!!????" and "Do we really run if it's raining ?" while one glance at Douglas, Geoff and Michael showed that they were wondering if they'd packed the ice properly around the beers for after the run.  No-one likes beer that isn't ICE COLD after a run.  But without doubt, the Grumpy Face of the morning award goes to Ashley Peter.  It was a face that just said "Leave me alone if you know what's good for you".
 
But once we got going, everything became much better.  On the ascent and descent (to and from the Hoerikwaggo Cottage) the "road runners" got a solid thrashing from the "trail runners" when it came to testing whether the second short cut is in fact a short cut.  After years of believing the road is quicker than the path, I have been proved comprehensively wrong (for now).  I am forced to concede (temporarily) that the single track may be quicker but the road is still easier, especially under race conditions when you could get caught in a queue on the single track.  We still have to have the finals of the race this race.  This is a much anticipated MATES competition between Michael Ohlsson and Jayde Butler.  In the last race, Mike O came out on top but he is less confident of repeating this feat now.  Watch this space.......the road runners may well make a comeback.
 
The rest of the run was stunning and refreshingly uneventful when it comes to slips, falls, injuries and lost runners.  The weather seemed to clear so that we had great views for most of the run.  The underfoot conditions were pretty slippery; especially on the descent into Echo Valley where I witnessed the only fall.  But Alison Chait bounced back so quickly that I wasn't even sure she had fallen (she had) and the only evidence of it was a red face so no Sailing Sandra can be awarded.  Speaking of Sandra, she put herself in line for a Missing Margaret for her "no-show".  But I received the following sms shortly before the the start, and I quote: " Tgm late night enjoyqun will take sleeping pill + do sunday run" .  Now that is a seriously tired person.  But thanks for letting me know and notification takes you out of the danger zone and this means the Missing Margaret goes to Bielle Ross instead for leading an unplanned excursion to the brink of Nursery Buttress and possible disaster.  Wisely, she soon saw the error of her ways, turned around and brought all of her followers back safely. 
 
Lesson of the Day
 
Take the beers out of the plastic wrapping and use proper ice (not cooler blocks), water and salt in order to get the individual beers REALLY cold.  Also use a proper cooler box, not a plastic packet.
 
 
EMAIL OF OTHER RUNS WILL FOLLOW TOMORROW, GIVING DETAILS OF:
 
CRAG Runs
MATES Runs
Upcoming Races and Events
 
 
 
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
 
 

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