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.
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.
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.
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.
3 – 3.5 hours
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.
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
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
Mobile: 082 374 6262
Have a great week Everyone.
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