Monday, August 29, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2011 - LEG 3 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE + MORE 3RD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

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Hi All

 

A serious well done to everyone who ran The Hi-Tec Puffer.  You people are a true inspiration the “lazy louts” (I am sure that’s what Linda referred to me as) like myself and also to those unfortunates who couldn’t get entries.  Enjoy a well-deserved break.  Respect.

 

 

THANK YOU TO ALL AT THE SECONDING TABLE

 

A massive thank you to all of those people who turned up to help out at the acsis VOB organised Seconding Table just outside the gates of  Cape Point VERY early on Saturday morning.  I know if I try and name everyone I am going to offend someone by forgetting a name.  I cannot tell you how grateful we are for your presence and assistance.  I am really blown away by the effort that people made on the day.  Some people arrived just to help out, without doing the run afterwards.

 

When I arrived at 05h20 to start setting up the table I expected to spend a very lonely and cold 45 minutes on my own before the others arrived.  I couldn’t have been more wrong: there already were Sandra Ackland and Jonathan Beattie, lights blazing, tables appearing out of nowhere……incredible.  And then the cars started rolling in.  We even had our club captain and vice-chairman (both incurable roadies) in attendance.  V-C Tim Haig-Smith definitely needs to put on some body fat before venturing out into icy conditions like that again.  He is now dubbed Lofty-Smurf due to the colour of his shivering hands by the time it was all over.  Lots of very bleary eyes and frozen, unhappy bodies (the puza-face award must surely go to Geoff Nell) but what an incredible job they did.  The refreshment tables worked like well-oiled machines.  The data recorders had a challenging time indeed.  We worked out a fool-proof strategy beforehand so that no runners would be missed.  But we did not count on the runners coming through in such big groups WITH their seconds in tow, doubling the volumes and causing general chaos.  But the Scribes and Voices of Reason did a tremendous job under the circumstances.  I was in hysterics, standing a short way off listening to our strategy crumble under the sheer volume of runners and seconds.  Really well done Everyone and Thank You.

 

 

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL WEDNESDAY TRAIL RUN – 31 AUGUST 2011

 

As usual, this will take place, starting at Kloof Nek car park next to the SANParks kiosk at 17h15 sharp.  About 10km at a medium pace.  Please RSVP to me if you intend running.

 

 

 

SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2011 – LEG 3 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE PLUS MORE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

 

Car Admin needed so please read carefully.

 

Starting Arrangements

 

06h40 - 07h00:                   As many people as possible please meet at Kloof Nek car park to drop off cars at the Finish point.

 

07h00 – 07h29:                  We move through to the Start in Hout Bay at Farriers Way in as few cars as possible.

 

07h30:                                   Start.

 

 

Start Place

 

NOT SUIKERBOSSIE !!!!  Either Farriers Way or Boskykloof Road, Hout Bay.  Final announcement to be made on Friday.  PLEASE WATCH THE FRIDAY EMAIL FOR FINAL DETAILS.

 

 

Route

 

Up the single track to the contour path between Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine and Suikerbossie.  Left onto the Contour path and follow this undulating path to the right turn that takes us up possibly the most despised set of steps in the world to Hout Bay Corner.  But after the steps comes a stunning view point from which to catch one’s breath and swear at the steps.  Then it’s up some easy scrambles and a travers around to the left to the bottom of Llandudno Ravine.  Up Llandudno Ravine and across to within sight if Pimple Buttress.  Then lovely runnable track past Judas Peak and across to Grootkop.  Another nasty (but short……ish) climb over the shoulder of Grootkop and then down and across the tops of various ravines (Oudekraal, Corridor, Slangolie, Woody) to the top of Kasteelspoort.  Down Kasteelspoort to The Pipe Track.  Right onto The Pipe Track and follow it all the way to the end at Kloof Nek.

 

 

Distance

 

14 -15km

 

 

Running Time

 

3 – 3.5 hours

 

 

Difficulty

 

This is a reasonably tough run for the average runner.  100% single track.  Some big ascents and descents and some nice technical stuff to contend with.

 

 

Important Notes

 

1.       As always, please ensure you are properly clothed and kitted out for this run.  Clothing should be appropriate for the weather conditions.

2.       Bring energy snacks and drinks (especially if you don’t want to drink out of the streams).

3.       If it’s a warm day, keep an eye on the path for snakes; and check yourselves for ticks afterwards.   You’ve seen the baboons do it.  There is a good reason; it’s called tick bite fever.

4.       Fill in the register before starting.

5.       Bring along a towel and change of clothes for afterwards, rehydrating drink (ICE cold, of course) and a snack or too for the birthday celebrations afterwards.

 

 

THE acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING 3RD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE

 

For those of you who were wondering about the email that came out from my trail colleagues last week I must say I was more surprised than anyone.  It came through on my phone while I was sitting in a meeting.  I was heard muttering “what the hell did I just send out?”.  I forgot there are other administrators on the mailing group.   So that is fantastic news.  Whilst we did have a little celebration at Cape Point last weekend, it will be fantastic to have another acsis VOB Trail Running 3rd Birthday celebration at Kloof Nek car park after the run.  It’s a little bit more convenient for most people than Cape Point.  Please feel free to stick around after the run, have a drink and sing some John Denver songs around the campfire.

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM THE CAPE POINT RUN

 

One cannot describe the beauty of this run.  You have to experience it for yourself.  15km tough kilometres in heaven.  We managed to start pretty close to 07h30.  Only my own last minute faffing (losing my phone…..again……it’s either that or the car keys) delayed us.  Everyone started off on the nice little downhill while I hung back for a minor call of nature.  I then took off in pursuit, feeling particularly good as I had been told how much weight I have lost.  Bounding down the hill, feeling light as a feather, I soon came to the horrible realisation that my new-found lightness was due largely to the fact that my Camelbak (together with medical kit etc) was still back in the car.  Back I went and had a torrid time playing catch-up after that.  Well, on eventually catching up, I heard a very familiar voice ahead of me. You know that American lady who speaks directions from your car GPS……….?  She was there…….in Malcolm Collins’ hydration pack.  The ultimate expression of lack of confidence in the leader J………………………  But we all made it in one piece, no Missing Margarets and no Sailing Sandras just good clean (bloodless) fun.  There was, however, much discussion surrounding “what qualifies as a fall”.  In particular, whether our latest roadie convert, Patrick Madden, qualified as having taken a fall in his three person pile up the previous week.  A particularly sage opinion (no, not my own) decided the matter when it was correctly felt that because he had fallen on top of Joe Newbert it was in fact a soft landing and therefore not a real fall.

 

 

acsis-VOB TRAIL Short Route-Slow Group Saturday 3rd September Tokai Forest

 

Route

 

We start up the Elephant’s Eye footpath to level 1 then run along the level 1 track right across to Donkerboskloof.  Here we make our way up the zig-zag path below Vlakkenberg Peak to meet up with the logging track and then all the way back southward along level 4/5 over Prinskasteel River and down the forest trail back to the parking area.

 

RV & Start Time

 

Rendezvous [RV] in the parking area at the Tokai Arboretum.  Ready to start at 0730

 

Come down, or up, the Blue Route M3 and take the Tokai off ramp and drive up Tokai Rd around the traffic circle and continue up towards the Tokai Manor House. Just before the manor house gate turn left and follow the dirt road to the parking area beneath the trees.

 

Distance & Estimated Time

 

About 11 kms of what will start with a short modest climb then a couple of kays of mostly undulating track until the zig-zags which are a stimulating climb with a breath-taking view from the top.   There-after more roller coaster forest trail with a long descent back to the end.  Estimated time in the region of 2hrs.

 

Peter D Rogers

Acsis VOB Trail Short Route-Slow Group

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Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

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acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTTER RUN / 3 PEAKS / SKY RUN TRAINING

Hi All

 

Just a quick note regarding our Monday and Thursday training as I am not sure how quickly I will be able to get my normal Monday email out.

 

OTTER RUN / 3 PEAKS / SKY RUN TRAINING – MONDAY AND THURSDAYS

 

As mentioned before we will be doing some uphill / downhill stuff between now and these races (above) but now we are settling into more of a pattern and the pattern looks like this.

 

On Mondays we will alternate weekly between Devil’s Peak and Platteklip Gorge.  So today will be Platteklip Gorge, starting at 17h15 on Tafelberg Road from the Platteklip Gorge car park +- 1.75km past the lower cable station.   Next Monday will be Devil’s Peak, starting at 17h15 on Tafelberg Road from The Saddle car park +-2.75km past the cable station.  Head torches may be needed just for the last little bits of the run.

 

Every Thursday (where possible) we will do Lion’s Head from the normal Kloof Nek car park starting at 17h15.  This gives a lighter workout before the longer runs on the weekends.

 

I will send out a note each Monday calling for RSVP’s for the week.  I ask for RSVP’s purely so I can inform interested parties if there is a change in plan.  There will be no other general email concerning these runs during the week.  So if you are joining us for either run during the week then please let me know or take your chances on there being no change of plan.

 

 

 

For Thursday this week, I am involved in Corporate Cup Golf at Rondebosch Golf Club.  I may struggle to get to Lion’s Head in time but please let me know who wants to run so that I can put you all in touch with each other.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

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Monday, August 22, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2011 - PUFFER TABLE PLUS SPECTACULAR CAPE POINT CLIFF RUN

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Good morning All

 

Well it seems that the acsis VOB Trail Running Birthday Week is jammed full of other prominent birthdays too.  While we were out running on (last) Saturday, Margaret Moller was taking time out to enjoy her birthday.    Tomorrow is officially the acsis VOB Trail Running group birthday.  Wednesday is Jeff Shapiro.  Thursday is Fay Linder.  Then this coming weekend as we celebrate the birthdays, we are joined in the celebrations by the acsis VOB Walk / Run Group who celebrate their birthday too.  They will be 1 year old.  And as their birthday present to themselves they are undergoing a re-branding exercise which I explain below.  Who else is having a birthday this week ?  Details please.

 

We are celebrating the birthdays this year by heading down for a run in the Cape Point National Park.  Some of us will be attending to the Puffer Refreshment Station just outside the gates of the reserve first (+- 05h45 – 07h00) but I will address this in a separate email to those people.  Then we will do about a 15km run in the Park and return to the cars for a small celebration.

 

 

New Balance Trail Shoe Lucky Draw

 

Two months ago we only had about 10 people in the lucky draw.  This time we had 24.  The draw took place at a fairly icy Constantia Nek on Saturday morning before heading through to the start at Kloof Nek.  And the winner of an awesome new pair of trail shoes from New Balance is Pat Rogers.   

 

Just as a reminder, in order to qualify for the lucky draw every two months, you need to attend at least 50% of the trail runs over the two month period.  Our current period covers August and September.  We are two runs into it but there is still plenty of time to qualify.

 

We have now also implemented a small spot prize (at the same time as the lucky draw) for the first runner on the day who presents themselves to me in Full New Balance gear.  We introduced this last weekend and because it was the first time we are going to make the award despite the fact that there was not 100% compliance with the rules.  This is because it was fairly short notice.  So for her effort, being in full New Balance gear except for the leggings, which were unbranded and thus not necessarily a New Balance competitor, we are awarding the small spot prize to Karen Jennings.  She will receive a bottle of Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir OR 2 x 6 packs of beer for her trouble.  I will apply my mind to a non-alcoholic alternative for the next occasion.  Suggestions are welcome.

 

 

acsis VOB TRAIL WALK / RUN GROUP RE-BRANDED

 

In order to make their name more representative of what they do (let’s face it, ALL trail running is Walk/Running) this Group shall henceforth be known as The acsis-VOB TRAIL Short Distance-Slow Group .

 

 

MONDAY OTTER / 3 PEAKS / SKY RUN TRAINING

 

I will be doing Devil’s Peak this evening.  17h15 today at The Saddle car park on Tafelberg Road.  Please RSVP if you intend joining me so that I know who to expect.    A headlamp could well be necessary for the descent.

 

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL WEDNESDAY EVENING TRAIL RUN

 

Please RSVP if you are keen.  A separate confirmation goes out on Wednesday only to those who rsvp.  So no blubbing if you don’t respond, just rock up and there is no-one there or we left early etc.  Generally: 17h15 start from Kloof Nek car park.  About 10km at medium pace.  Please RSVP to me if you intend running with Bronwyn on Wednesday.

 

 

SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2011: PUFFER TABLE THEN SPECTACULAR CAPE POINT CLIFF RUN – GATE TO BORDJIESRIF AND BACK

 

START TIME AND PLACE

 

07h30 sharp from the View Point parking area a few hundred metres inside the Main Gate of the park, on the left.

 

 

ROUTE

 

From the car park we take the single track down and along the False Bay cliffs and eventually down to Bordjiesrif via Kanonkop and Lime Kiln.  Depending on time we might trot across the beach to Buffels Bay.  From there, runners will have the option of running back along the tar road.  The main group, will do a few hundred metres of tar (uphill) and then take the single track on the inland side of Kanonkop and then back way we came out.  The single track return is preferable as the tar road is not exciting and is really just a long slow climb all the way back to cars.  However, it does provide an easier return as it did for my own ailing body last year.  I will not be eating dodgy rooti’s this coming Friday night.

 

 

DISTANCE

 

About 15km

 

 

RUNNING TIME

 

2.5 – 3 hours

 

 

DIFFICULTY

 

Generally moderate with some interesting hills thrown in.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

 

1.       Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and carry at least a wind-proof / preferably waterproof jacket.

2.       Carry some water although I am fairly sure there will be drinkable water in the streams.

3.       VERY IMPORTANT: bring your Wild Card / Green Card or +- R80 for entrance fee to the Cape Point National Park.

4.       Bring a towel and something warm to change into after the run.

5.       Bring along a snack and drink for our rehydration session / birthday celebration at the cars afterwards.

6.       I am not sure about cell phone reception on the run or at the Start so don’t rely on it.  Also means we must try and stick in groups on the run.  Please try and carry a whistle so that if we lose you, we can zero in on a whistle being blown.  Yes, we DO come and look for you and YES, we did lose one person last year, who was found again.

 

 

ACSIS-VOB TRAIL Short Distance-Slow Group  Saturday 27th August  - 1st Anniversary Run in Cape Point Nature Reserve 

 

Route

We start out from the southernmost end of Buffels Bay picnic site and run up towards the Visitor's Centre and then follow the footpath running north and up the flank of Kanonkop, then left to follow the trail as it sweeps behind Paulsberg to the cairn.  Here we turn and retrace our steps to the site of the old signal cannon.  Then down the gulley to Booi se Skerm followed by a run along the beach path through Buffels Bay and back to the start.

 

RV & Start Time

Rendezvous [RV] in the parking area at the Southern end of the Buffels Bay Picnic Area.  Ready to start at 0730

 

After passing through the Park Entrance where you will need either a Green Card or about R80 in cash, stay on the tar road for about 7 kms.  After about 5 kms you will see a sign to Bordjiesrif on your left.  Do not turn here! Carry on for another 2kms and turn left at the sign to Buffels Bay.   Drive down to the beach area and follow the tar road to the parking area near the end of the picnic area.

 

Distance & Estimated Time

About 11 kms of what will start with a modest climb then mostly undulating hiking path through the fynbos for a while, then a reasonable climb up canonkop followed by more fynbos trail then a descent down a gully and home along the beach path.

 

 Estimated time in the region of 2hrs.

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST SATURDAY

 

Now I was almost going to give this a miss this week.  Much as I love to cook up a good story, sometimes you just have a great run and it’s best to just leave it at that. And it was BEAUTIFUL on the mountain on Saturday.  Perfect conditions.   Then a couple of recollections sprang to mind which had made me smile on the run.  First of all, Robynne suggestion, right near the start of the run, that I was about 60 (I’m 46, Robynne).  Kinda takes the wind out of your sails a bit.  I think I started walking immediately.  Then seeing Peter Wium (on a mountain bike) and  immediately feeling guilty about the fact that I was walking and blathering out some pathetic excuse (in fact I think blamed Robynne J, who was actually ahead of me).  Then had another mountain biking mate stop to ask why I was walking, sniggered and sped off.  I put a puncture-curse on his back tyre. 

 

Then we moved onto the single track where my Garmin continually insulted me by going onto Auto Pause, despite the fact that I was running.  I have now disabled that function.  Well, it was either that or smash the watch to pieces.  Then came some scary stuff on the slippery boardwalks.  First of all Robynne went down as she tried to side-step a runner coming the other way.  But she was back on her feet again before I could react.  Then bang on the 12km mark Samantha went down and started sliding alarmingly towards the edge of the boardwalk and a nasty drop down the mountain side.  But some fast handwork saw her claw back quickly and disaster was avoided.  No injuries, just frights, so I thought I would let it go without comment.  But then it turns out that these just set the scene for the main Sailing Sandra Award for the day as described by my anonymous source:

 

“you may be drafting your report back now, but before you hit send I had to tip you off about a possible sailing sandra award....

Apparently according to "Puffer" Jo (I am assuming this is Joe Newbert), running with Jane Holdcroft and Patrick, they were heading back along the wooden boardwalk somewhere near Nursery ravine and they hit that slippery section that is slightly angled downwards.  Well, Jane leading from the front lost her footing and slipped, and Jo a few paces behind also tried to stop but failed, piling into Jane. Then a few steps behind Patrick tried also stopping having seen the front 2 fall, applied the brakes, but the same happened and the 3 ended up domino-style on the ground. Apparently the dogs were unscathed (4 wheel drive).

They thought that no-one saw them so it would be their little secret, but they told me about it at the end, saying that Tim will never know...”

 

Heheheheheheh this is too beautiful.  And so well described I could actually “see” it happening as I read it.  Tsk tsk tsk, shame on you Jane for trying to hide this gem……….  A possible Sailing Sandra ?  I don’t think so.  This is a GUARANTEED Sailing Sandra.  Well done guys.  Thanks for the laugh and I’m glad you’re all okay.  And thanks “Source”.  Excellent tip off.  I think we need to consider an award for “Tip-Off of the Week”.

 

Final observation for the week:  I must reiterate the warning to TMC competitors that  Peter Rogers about the new section added to Leg 2 of Table Mountain Challenge.  It adds some significant climbing which is a real sting in the tail.  If you haven’t done so, I suggest you practice it before the race.  Leg 2 is no longer the soft option.

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

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Monday, August 15, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING AND WALK/RUNNING: SATURDAY 20 AUGUST 2011 - LEGS 1 AND 2 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (TMC)

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Good morning Everyone

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL WEDNESDAY TRAIL RUN

 

This should be back on track this Wednesday but please RSVP to me if you intend running, just in case there is a change in plan.  Usual story: 17h15 sharp start.  Start at Kloof Nek car park.  About 10km at a medium pace.  What is medium pace? If you train (not race) on the road at between 5 and 5.45 min/km then you will be okay in this group.

 

 

SATURDAY 20 AUGUST 2011: LEGS 1 AND 2 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (INCLUDING THE NEW SECTION ON LEG 2)

 

Because the Start and Finish are in different places we need to do some car admin so we are asking that as many people as possible drop cars at the finish before we head off to the Start.  SO:

 

06h45 – 07h00 we all meet at Constantia Nek to drop as many cars as possible.

 

07h00 – 07h20 we move through to Kloof Nek car park.

 

07h20 -07h30 fill in the attendance register.

 

START

 

07h30 sharp at Kloof Nek car park next to the SANParks / TMNP kiosk.

 

ROUTE

 

Leg 1 of TMC as we did this last Saturday on the jeep track through Deer Park and then work our way up the long hill from the shooting range and up to the turnstile just below King’s Blockhouse.  As we go through the turnstile we take the right hand path (single track contour path) and we will now be on Leg 2.  We follow the track straight through Newlands Forest and the top of Kirstenbosch to the line of gum trees at the border of Cecilia Forest.  Here (new route) we turn right into Rooikat Ravine.  A bit of a climb and then follow a contour and descend back to the contour path (now a jeep track again) at Cecilia Ravine via the beautiful waterfall.  From there we turn right and head up the last hill before the descent into Constantia Nek.

 

DISTANCE

 

About 22km

 

No official Short Route this week.  It just gets too complicated when there is car admin involved.

 

 

TIME

 

2.5 – 3 hours

 

 

DIFFICULTY

 

Moderate.  Only the distance will make this tough for those not accustomed to a slightly longer run.  Leg 1 is all jeep track but has some testing hills.  Leg 2 is mostly single track which has one or two nice little hills and can be quite rocky underfoot in places.  Also, watch out for slippery rocks on leg 2, particularly in the Newlands area.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

 

1.       Be prepared for all weather conditions.  Rain forecast for Thursday and Friday so it may still be wet and cold.  Please carry appropriate warm gear suitable for wet weather.

2.       Carry some snacks and water (particularly if you are not keen on drinking out of mountain streams.  I would avoid drinking from the streams in Platteklip Gorge, Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine.  Too many hikers with too many calls of nature in those ravines.

3.       Security:  Remember that we will be running through Mugger Territory, especially from Kings Blockhouse to Kirstenbosch.  Be alert and stay in groups.

4.       Check yourself for ticks afterwards.  They seem to think spring is here and they are pretty thirsty.

5.       Please fill out the register (usually in the back of my car) before starting.

6.       Take time to enjoy the run.  It’s not a race.  Feel free to race it on 17 September (if you have an entry).

7.       Please see attached photo of the final essential requirement for the run.

 

 

NEW BALANCE TRAIL SHOE LUCKY DRAW

 

I HAVE BEEN REMISS IN NOT DOING THE LUCKY DRAW FOR THE JUNE / JULY PERIOD.  I WILL CONTACT NEW BALANCE THIS WEEK AND TRY AND ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE VOUCHER IN TIME FOR THE LUCKY DRAW BEFORE THE RUN ON SATURDAY MORNING.

 

I have the names for the Walk/Run Group already (thanks Peter).

 

New Balance really have been fantastic in supporting us with these shoe vouchers.  The only way they can justify doing this is if there is some return for them.  I strongly urge trail participants to consider buying New Balance gear when you hit the shops.  For this weekend, please look through cupboards and try and wear as much New Balance gear as possible on our run.  There will be a spot prize for first person presenting themselves to me in a full New Balance ensemble (excluding under-garments - I really don’t want to see those – I’ll take your word for it).

 

 

 

 

acsis VOB WALK / RUN GROUP – SATURDAY 20 AUGUST 2011

 

KING’S BLOCK HOUSE TO SKELETON GORGE & RETURN VIA NEWLANDS FOREST

 

Route

 

This week we intend to try out the second leg of the Table Mountain Challenge route.  From the parking area behind Rhodes Memorial we take the track up towards King’s Block House to join the contour path.  We then follow the contour path/board walk as it meanders through the forest area southwards to Kirstenbosch until we reach Skeleton Gorge where we leave the contour path drop down into the gardens and follow one of the many trails back towards the Newlands picnic site and then back up to Rhodes Memorial.

 

RV & Start Time

 

Rendezvous [RV] in the parking area behind Rhodes Memorial.  Ready to start at 0730

 

Turn off the M63 at the Rhodes Memorial off ramp and drive through the gates next to the old zoo parking area.   Follow the tarred road to the parking area at the end.

 

Distance & Estimated Time

About 12 kms of what will start with a brisk climb then mostly undulating hiking path through the forests with occasional rocky parts. Return route will be mainly on dirt roads and hiking trails.. Estimated time in the region of 2hrs.

 

 

 

 

REPORT BACK FROM SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2011

 

The weather trimmed the numbers a bit this week and about 15 of us set out in chilly conditions with a spot of freezing drizzle.  But starting on an uphill had the blood pumping nice and quickly and everyone was soon suitably warmed up.  It’s quite a brutal warm-up which trimmed the numbers further as two (who shall remain nameless for the purposes of this email) elected to take the  short route.  I believe their gentle exit up the VWS short route road to Tafelberg Road became a sprint as they encountered three dodgy men skulking around in the bushes.  Fortunately they were joined by another runner with a dog who saw them to safety.  So please be warned that Deer Park is no place for lone runners or even small groups.

 

By the time we reached the Blockhouse, the pace was taking its toll.  Bronwyn kindly led a group of softies off along the lower contour path pretence that they wanted a more runnable route than the one we would be tackling.  I was soon vaguely wishing I was with them as the legs started burning on the ensuing climb.  The rest of us, including only one woman – “almost birthday girl” Elvera Schwan – started the climb up Mowbray Ridge, past the middle contour, past the Lookout Hut proclaiming “Jesus is King” and then right onto the Upper Contour Path.  For those of you who fear for the future of fynbos, it is important that you know that the continuation of “climbers friend” seems to be secure, as we discovered on the first stretch of contour.  All the plants that Trevor Ball tried clear for Two Oceans appear to have fled to the upper path.  Being the sweep, I followed the trail of bloodied plants until we reached a clear section.  Looking up, I saw a string of runners ahead of me leaning heavily to the left towards the mountain and away from the precipitous drop to our right that the plants had been masking before.  I was laughing at them until I realised I was doing the same.  Despite the prickly plants and the precarious nature of that section it is a stunning path and it’s always nice to try a new route.  After that we galloped down onto the Saddle where we had our Sailing Sandra moment.  Just after Saddle Rock Geoff Nell suddenly “knelt” as if in prayer (belatedly inspired by the “Jesus is King” hut on Mowbray Ridge?).  I heard him mutter to his accomplice, “I’m glad Tim didn’t see that”.  Well guess what?  Tim was right behind you…………………..

 

Back at the cars Elvera broke out the rations for her birthday (happening on the Sunday).  The bubbly and beer flowed, rendering everyone even chattier than usual and me pretty much unconscious for the rest of Saturday.  Thank you so much Elvera and a very happy birthday for yesterday.

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING AND WALK / RUNNING: SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2011 - LEG 1 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE & MORE + OTHER RUNS FOR THIS WEEK

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Good morning Everyone

 

No report back today as I didn’t do much over the long weekend but lie in bed feeling sorry for myself. 

 

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL WEDNESDAY TRAIL RUN

 

No run today.

 

 

 

SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2011: LEG 1 OF TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE THEN RETURN TO KLOOF NEK

 

Start Time and Place

 

Kloof Nek car park 07h00 for 07h15 start.

 

Route

 

We follow Leg 1 of The Table Mountain Challenge following the jeep track through Deer Park to just above the shooting range and then take the long murderous hill up to the turnstile just below the King’s Blockhouse (8.6km to that point).  From there we will climb up Mowbray Ridge to the Upper Contour Path on Devils Peak and then follow the path down to the Saddle and then down to Lower Contour Path along the city-facing face of Table Mountain.  We follow this all the way along to Kloof Corner Ridge and then down to the cars.

 

PLEASE NOTE: if it is raining and the mountain is very slippery we will give the Upper Contour Path a skip and just take the Middle Contour Path (as per Two Oceans Trail Race in reverse).

 

Other options

 

Short Route available: about 9km which heads out along the same route but turns up to Tafelberg Road after the Deer Park picnic area.

 

Other:  From Kings Blockhouse you can head straight across to Tafelberg Road and run back along the tar if you have had enough by that point.

 

 

Distance

 

Main Run: About 17 / 18km

 

 

Running Time

 

Count on at least 3 hours

 

 

Difficulty

 

Moderate to tough.  If you have a serious fear of heights then this is not the run for.  If all goes according to plan we will be crossing The Knife Edge just before the minor peak on Devils Peak.  Even the hard-core close their left eye as they cross it.  It’s not dangerous at all unless you do something really stupid.  Keeping well to the right allows you to follow the much gentler side of the crossing and you won’t even see the drop-off on your left.  It is REALLY spectacular though.  Bring a camera.

 

 

Important Points to Note

 

1.       Rumour has it that it may be raining on Saturday.  Please bring appropriate wet weather gear, including a water-proof top, space blanket and something to keep your head warm.

2.       Definitely bring water and snacks for the main run.

3.       Note that there will be mountain bikers on the jeep track from the start up until the King’s Blockhouse.  Please be mindful of them and considerate towards them.

4.       Please note that this is mugger territory.  Please stay in groups and be very aware of what is going on around you.

5.       It seems to be tick time again.  The good weather seems to have them out in abundance.  Keep checking yourself on the run and do a thorough check afterwards.

6.       Please sign the register before starting out.

7.       In accordance with the Generally Accepted Trail Principles and Trail running Code of Conduct established by MATES, you will need ICE COLD beers for afterwards, as well as a towel and a nice warm change of clothes for afterwards.

 

 

 

acsis VOB WALK / RUN TRAIL GROUP – SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2011

 

Route

This is provisional as we are trying to follow the first leg of the Table Mountain Challenge.   From the gate leading off Tafelberg Rd down into the deer park we follow the track below Tafelberg Rd past the ruins of Queen’s Blockhouse to  just below King’s Blockhouse where we turn back and take the contour path to where it joins Tafelberg Rd and return to the cars.

 

RV & Start Time

0730 Rendezvous [RV] at the gate leading down into Deer Park about 1km past the Lower Cable Station and before you reach Platterklip Gorge. Be ready to start our run at 0730.     Parking is available along Tafelberg Rd once you have passed the Cable Station.

 

Distance & Estimated Time

About 10-12 kms much of it along gravel tracks with some climbing to be done. Regrettably the return is along the t****d Tafelberg Rd. Estimated time in the region of 2hrs.

 

 

 

 

OTHER RUNS THIS WEEK

 

 

CRAG WEDNESDAY RUN

 

Leader:   Grant McPherson

 

Date:  Wednesday 10 August 2011

 

Time: in time to start running at 17h45 sharp

 

Location:  Milnerton Beach — PLEASE NOTE: This is an eco-sensitive variation of an old favourite . . . .

 

Route description:  From the start at the Milnerton lighthouse we drop onto the beach and head off in a northerly direction towards Dolphin Beach Hotel. After about 1 km we turn off the beach and follow the well-defined, if meandering, path towards the dunes. At the end of this path we will again drop onto the beach and continue on the beach itself. At Dolphin Beach Hotel we'll regroup and head back along the beach — destination, that lighthouse that never seems to get closer! High tide is at 13:27, low tide at 19:40, so the beach will be runnable out and back. With a bit of good fortune, the South Easter will be taking a well-deserved rest. Sunset is at 18h12.

 

Duration and distance:  approx 80 mins, approx 11 km

 

Walkers:  Paull Laurence 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:  Milnerton lighthouse parking area, Woodbridge Island

 

Directions:   From the N1, either via Koeberg Road through Brooklyn/Ysterplaat/Rugby into Milnerton, or via Marine Drive through Paarden Eiland into Milnerton, and then over the bridge onto Woodbridge Island.

 

 

CRAG STELLENBOSCH / SOMERSET WEST THURSDAY RUN

 


LEADER: George Horn, 0826013356

DATE: Thursday 11 August 2011

TIME: in time to start running at 17h45 sharp

LOCATION: Jonkershoek

ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
Start at the main gate and take the winding forested single trail
to Assegaaibosch (I am not sure of the current operating times, but cash or a wild card may be necessary). Running through the gardens with stunning views of the Pieke we head back up the Eerste Rivier towards Jonkershoek. At the Jonkershoek boundary we follow a subsidiary kloof to a zigzag path that takes us over the ridge and back to Assegaaibosch. We return to Jonkershoek on the forested single track we started out on.

DURATION AND DISTANCE: approx 70 mins, approx 7 km

GRADING:
— Orange 9A (see http://www.wildrunner.co.za/)
— pack run

STARTING POINT: Jonkershoek main gate

DIRECTIONS:
Follow the R44 from Somerset West or from Stellenbosch. After the Van
der Stel sportgrounds turn right into Merriman and continue onwards
over the traffic circle right into Jonkershoek.

 

MATES SUNDAY RUN

 

Sunday 14 August 2011: CEO Mike is leading a run which is a final sharpener for the Puffer. Although not route training, the route will be a clever mix of technical and tar, with enough runnable bits to make it a good leg stretch.

 

Who: Puffer runs and others of a similar nature.

 

What: Wind / Waterproof kit, snax, water, the usual bits and bobs. And ICE cold beer for afterwards.

 

Where: Meet at Constantia Nek in the parking area across the road from the circle.

 

Route: Bridle path, concrete road to the dams, down Kasteels, Pipe Track to Kloofnek Corner, t*r to bottom of Devil's Peak, Saddle, Newlands Ravine, Contour Path back to Constantia Nek.

 

Duration: Plus minus 3 hours. Heard that one before?

 

Distance: Mmm, about 25 km's?

 

Seeya!

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

 

That’s it for now.  Have a great (rest of) week.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

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Friday, August 5, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING AND WALK / RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP

Good morning Everyone

 

Okay, this email is going to require some focussed attention on the part of the reader (not to mention the writer) for two reasons:

 

1.       For the run tomorrow there are significant changes to the Monday email, despite the fact that it is basically the same run; and

2.       I am in the process of coming down with a nasty little cold (yet again) and am a doubtful starter (although I intend being there for the ICE cold Corenza beers – you haven’t heard of them? ……they’re new - afterwards at the very least).

 

 

SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2011 – PUFFER TRAINING RUN TOGETHER WITH MATES – PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY

 

As many people as possible to meet at Constantia Nek car park at 06h45 at the latest.  Here we will drop as many cars as possible and clamber in as few cars as possible and head through to Fish Hoek (Sun Valley) at 07h00.

 

The StartThe Start will be at Louw's Corner, which is the corner of the old Sun Valley Pick 'n Pay closest to Ou Kaapseweg.  Please make sure you have noted this.  Forget anything I said previously about Fish Hoek beach.  If you go to the beach you will have a very lonely morning with the seagulls.  And you will end up saying things about me that on most occasions are true, but not this time.

 

The rest of the run is described by MATES:

 

“What (to bring): Puffer kit. Whistles and spaceblankets and all sorts of stuff. Wind / waterproof kit. Snax. Wild Card. Water to drink on the run. An empty bladder, 'cos the route doesn't go past those lovely ablutions at Silvermine. ICE cold beer for afterwards.

Who: Puffer runners and others of equal fortitude and velocity.

Duration: At a guess, like 4 hours? Mmm?

Distance: Well, from Fish Hoek to Constantia Nek? How far is that?

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

acsis VOB TRAIL WALK / RUN GROUP – ALSO SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2011

 

“Route

Once again we try out a new route:  From the parking area at the top of the M6-Glencairn Expressway onto the trail which leads South West through the saddle.  Then  across the hills and slowly looping left to come out at Kleinplaas Dam. Then follow the track to Brooklands and up to the Lewis Gay Dam.  From there we take the path that runs around Da Gama Park and back to the parking area.

 

RV & Start Time

Rendezvous [RV] in the parking area on the South side of the M6 on the top of the hill between Sun Valley and Glencain in good time to be ready to start our run at 0730.   

From the Fishhoek/Sun Valley side follow the M6 through the M65 intetersection traffic lights and drive up the Glencain Expressway M6.  Near the top on the right you will see a gravel parking area.  That’s it!

 

Distance & Estimated Time

About 12 kms of what I think will be mostly undulating sandy trail and farm tracks with some modest climbs. Estimated time in the region of 2hrs.

Have a good week and hope to see you all Saturday  --Peter

 

Peter D Rogers

Acsis VOB Trail Walk/Run Group

Mobile: 082 374 6262

Blog: www.vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com

 

 

SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 2011 – MATES PUFFER TRAINING RUN – CONSTANTIA NEK TO FERRYMANS

 

“Sunday 7 August 2011: This is the second of our two Puffer training runs for this weekend: Constantia Nek to Ferrimans.

 

Where: Meet at Ferrimans to consolidate vehicles in time to leave at ... hang on, the time belongs in the next section. I'll tell you then. If you decline to meet us at Ferrimans, it will be accepted that after the run you are swimming back to Houtbay, and then getting back to Constantia Nek via Blackburn Ravine, the River Trail, Cave Peak, Boyes Drive, M3 and Constantia Main Road. And we certainly won't have anything to do with you then, 'cos you will be all sweaty and we don't want you in our cars.

When: In time to leave Ferrimans at 07H00. And we will leave Constantia Nek when we are good and ready.

What: Whatever you are carting with you on the Puffer. How else are you going to know if it all fits in your bag?

Who: Puffer runners and others of similar mindset.

Duration: Mmm, do you want to know with or without the car drive from Ferrimans? Without? OK - about 5 hours, or so. Depending on how fast the cars are driven. Oh, hang on, we weren't including the cars, were we?

Distance: I've heard people telling each other that this section is about 21 km's, and I'm inclined to believe that.

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

 

TUESDAY 9 AUGUST 2011 – MATES WOMEN’S DAY TRAIL RUN

 

Tuesday 9th August 2011: This is Women's Day which is a public holiday. Quite right, I say.

 

“Cher will be leading a run from Silvermine, down Blackburn, Manganese, Level 5 and back. The plan is to park in the R5 parking, we will get back to you with the exact starting time once we figure out what time the gate opens. Once we have achieved that, we will add 15 minutes to that time and viola! we will arrive at the correct starting time.

 

Where: The R5 (as in five bucks) parking, which is what we normally tip the dude who risks live in limb to look after our cars. As you drive up Oh Kaapse Weg from the Tokai side, turn left into the parking area after you have gone over the highest point of Oh Kaapse Weg. In other words, on the OPPOSITE side of Oh Kaapse Weg to the dam.

When: Sort of after the gate has opened. Watch this space for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth at another time.

What: Wind / waterproof kit. We are due a stormy run, things have been going too well for too long. Snax. Water to drink on the run. Wild Card. ICE cold beer for afterwards.

Who: Oh, you know, the usual crowd plus a couple of new faces.

Duration: Plus minus 3 hours. But you've heard that one before, haven't you? OK, make it 4 hours. Or more. Or less.

Distance: Considerably less than the distance from the earth to the moon. About 15 km's? So sue me if it isn't correct.

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

Whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend.  Hopefully a long-weekend for many.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

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Monday, August 1, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING & WALK RUNNING: SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2011 - FISH HOEK TO CONSTANTIA NEK WITH MATES

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Good morning Everyone

 

Well another big weekend in the trail running calendar has passed – hence the long email today.  I am waiting to hear about The Tortoise Run still but I can give some personal feedback on The Hout Bay Trail Challenge.  However,  as I have been out of running properly for the best part of three weeks now, let’s get the details of this coming weekend’s run out before I completely lose the urge to run ever again (and it’s a close call right now – terminal laziness is setting in fast).

 

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL WEDNESDAY TRAIL RUN – KLOOF NEK – 3 AUGUST 2011

 

Please RSVP to me if you are keen to run on Wednesday.  In time to start running at 17h15 from the SANParks kiosk in the Kloof Nek car park.  About 10km at a medium pace.

 

 

acsis VOB TRAIL RUN SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2011 – FISH HOEK TO CONSTANTIA NEK (MATES PUFFER TRAINING RUN)

 

The story behind this run is that this is a MATES organised run because Douglas and Michael (aka the CEO) have a Puffer training schedule in place and need to do two runs this coming weekend.  I am very keen to join up with them for a couple of reasons.  The first is that this sounds like a great run and secondly because Mike and Doug are always very supportive of the acsis VOB runs, helping out with leading groups etc.  So I would like to give something back to MATES and I have volunteered to sweep their run.

 

Now I am still waiting for the final details of the run from Mike is his unique, succinct style so I will have to firm up on the details later in the week but these are my assumptions until then (but PLEASE CHECK THE CONFIRMATION LATER IN THE WEEK):

 

Start: 07h00 from Fish Hoek Beach.

 

Distance: About 20km

 

Time: I am expecting to sweep this route in about 4 hours.

 

Difficulty: This is a net uphill run.  It is quite a tough run for the average runner.  Puffer runners are not considered average runners in my book.

 

Short Run Option:  For a 10 – 12km option, you have three options:

1.       Either join up with our Walk / Run Trail Group (details below) OR

2.       do Fish Hoek to Silvermine Dam with us; OR

3.       do Silvermine Dam to Constantia Nek with us.

 

Whichever run you elect to do (other than the Walk / Run), car admin is necessary.  Please note that you need to be responsible for organising your own lifts between start and finish.

 

 

acsis VOB TRAIL WALK / RUN GROUP – SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2011

 

Route

Once again we try out a new route:  From the parking area at the top of the M6-Glencairn Expressway onto the trail which leads South West through the saddle.  Then  across the hills and slowly looping left to come out at Kleinplaas Dam. Then follow the track to Brooklands and up to the Lewis Gay Dam.  From there we take the path that runs around Da Gama Park and back to the parking area.

 

RV & Start Time

Rendezvous [RV] in the parking area on the South side of the M6 on the top of the hill between Sun Valley and Glencain in good time to be ready to start our run at 0730.   

From the Fishhoek/Sun Valley side follow the M6 through the M65 intersection traffic lights and drive up the Glencain Expressway M6.  Near the top on the right you will see a gravel parking area.  That’s it!

 

Distance & Estimated Time

About 12 kms of what I think will be mostly undulating sandy trail and farm tracks with some modest climbs. Estimated time in the region of 2hrs.

 

Have a good week and hope to see you all Saturday  --Peter (pelorus@telkomsa.net )

 

 

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING 3RD BIRTHDAY (officially 23 August) – PUFFER TABLE APPEAL FOR HELPERS

 

Saturday 27 August 2011 will be the 3rd birthday run for the acsis VOB Trail Running Group.  We will be celebrating it this year by:

 

1.       Hosting a Refreshment Table for The Puffer; and then

2.       Doing a spectacular trail run from the Cape Point National Park gates to Buffels Bay (along the cliffs) and back after the last Puffer Runner comes through.

 

So we are looking for people who would be prepared to come and help out at the refreshment table first and then come and do the run afterwards.  It does come with a health warning though i.e. it is very early in the morning.  I mean, we have to be set up at the gates of Cape Point by about 06h00.  This is all the detail I have right now as I am waiting for confirmation from the organisers.

 

Please let me know on timbe@boe.co.za or tim.bellairs@gmail.com or 0823210299 if you can come and help at the Puffer Refreshment Table.

 

 

HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE REPORT BACK

 

I must say that it was a privilege and a pleasure to be stationed at the top of Nursery Ravine to see the runners come through and develop carpal tunnel syndrome from clipping passports (seriously, my thumb is throbbing).  Conditions were ridiculously perfect and the views (of the mountain…..not so much the runners) were spectacular.  It was also the first time I have been driven to the top of the mountain……which I will not be doing again.  It was uncomfortable, took as long as running it…………..and Linda called me a “lazy lout”!  The worst thing is that she is right.

 

I am not exaggerating when I say that seeing the runners come through was inspirational.  It was like watching Comrades and you get all worked up and think “I’ve GOT to do that” when you’re pretty sure that you can’t and won’t.  But next year I am committing to giving it a bash, if I can get in.

 

I would love to heap praise on all of the regulars of the VOB group who I saw come through but  know I’ll miss someone out and then there is all the hurt feelings and guilt etc so I’m not going to try.  But certain things need to get mentioned.

 

1.       Well done to all of the regulars – and this includes tons (by number, not weight) of VOB runners.  You have inspired me to try and lift my game (again).  Next year !

2.       Grant “the pseudo-Scot” McPherson.  The only person to have run all 10 HBTCs now.  For someone who was nowhere with his fitness 6 weeks ago to get strong enough to finish this race, that is a magnificent achievement.  Well done Grant.  Congrats to your coach too (Bronwyn Pithey).

3.       Sandra “the real Scot” Murray – (aka Filby aka Sailing Sandra) who ran with Grant and also finished her first HBTC.  She was heard muttering a traditional Scottish greeting as she was cheered over the line.  It cannot be repeated in this email as it sounds suspiciously like swearing…….much like her pronunciation of the word “coke”.   We’re all still blushing.  Well done Sandra.

4.       Jeff “Shlof” Shapiro who thought he could evade the ever-vigilant eye of the media by changing the position of his signature recovery technique on a run.  Last year it was Llandudno Ravine, this year Vlakkenberg………..Jeff had a little lie-down next to the path.  Not a euphemism for a fall…….he literally lies down for a while.  Well done Jeff.

5.       Margaret missing ?  I’m waiting……….

6.       Joe Newbert…….thanks for collecting valuable information for the report, Joe.  Well done on your run too.

7.       Bronwyn (The Coach) and Robyn Melnick who did a great job sweeping Legs 1 & 2 and weren’t even breaking a sweat as they came through Nursery Ravine.  Well done and thanks for waking me up.

8.       Finally, well done Claire and team for organising another brilliant event.

 

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

Cell:     082 321-0299

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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