Good morning All
Well it looks like we are easing into our warm weather running season which presents the challenges of: getting up earlier for our runs, ensuring sufficient water and bringing out the sunblock. I am a confirmed cold weather running fan and really battle in heat. But here is a tip I received a few years ago which I found helps enormously:
TRAIL TIP: (I’m sure it was from Mike Hart but I’m not entirely sure): Acclimatise to heat slowly. Over a period of a couple of weeks, take yourself for a few short-ish, easy runs in the heat until you start adjusting. Out of desperation I tried it and it really seems to work. In turn, Mike acclimatised to me ignoring his advice until it became clear that he was right and I eventually did what he said (with amazing results). But I am sure many people have other ways of dealing with heat. Let us know your secret.
This gives rise to our new feature in this trail running news email going forward: TRAIL TIPS
We noticed quite a few new faces at our run last Saturday. So for the regulars, remember that there are many runners joining our groups who are new to trail running. Even seasoned veteran road runners need advice on starting trail. If anyone has a good tip on any aspect of trail running which you would like to share with other runners then please let me know and I will publish it in the news email.
OTTER RUN / 3 PEAKS / SKY RUN TRAINING RUNS
As we are now in the taper period for Otter Run (this coming weekend) there will be a break from these runs . We will recommence with a leg-loosener up Lion’s Head next Thursday (6 October 2011).
SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER 2011 – NADA YET, I’M AFRAID – BUT THE SHORT ROUTE SLOW GROUP IS RUNNING
This is one of two weekends between now and the end of October (the other one being 22/23 October) when we don’t have a trail run scheduled for the Trail Group, i.e. the group that has, somewhat flatteringly, been known as the Faster Group / Long Route.
I am sure that MATES will have a run on this weekend as they return from Cederberg for the Hout Bay Triple Trouble.
The acsis VOB Short Route Slow Group, however, will continue to run.
acsis VOB SHORT ROUTE SLOW GROUP: SIMONSTOWN, KLAVER STEPS AND SCALA BATTERY – SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER 2011
From the parking area we make our way up through the old part of Simon'sTown to the steps which lead up the mountain behind the village to the old naval signal school on the top. Here we pass the grave of the famous Great Dane "Just Nuisance" and into the Marine Response Unit compound and out along the road which leads to Red Hill Rd. We take a left for about 100m then cross the road and follow the Kleinplaas Dam trail, veer right, past Maylands and out onto the tar road which leads to Brooklands. We go right, re-join Red Hill Rd and at the first U-bend turn into the Naval Scala Battery access road. From there it is a downhill jog past the historical coastal artillery installations and old fortifications before we come out onto the main road which we follow back to the station and the parking area.
Rendezvous & Start Time
RV in the Long Beach parking area on the beach behind Simon'sTown Station. Drive past the station and about 100m on your left you will see a road leading down to the beach - that's it. Be parked and ready to start at 0700
Terrain & Distance
We start with slight up-hill along the main road past Admiralty House then it gets a wee bit more serious as we tackle the Klaver steps but the views across False Bay are stunning and well worth the effort. From the top it’s a flattish run along the road and into the fynbos. From the Scala Battery it’s an easy downhill jog back down to the main road. Approximately 11 Kms and estimate will take about 2hrs 15 mins
Hope to see you all there --Peter
Peter D Rogers
Acsis VOB Trail Short Route-Slow Group
Mobile: 082 374 6262
REPORT BACK FROM THE NEWLANDS FOREST RAMBLE
Lots of new faces around in both groups so a big welcome to all of you. We also saw the welcome return of Alison Chait to the trails after resting that wonky ankle for far too long. This did result in some moaning from a fairly early stage in the run but I am ascribing this to the bad company she was keeping during the run. Lots of complaining (and threats) coming from the rear-guard on the day. But considering that these were all people who gave me a serious caning on the Table Mountain Challenge the previous weekend I was more than happy to ignore the complaints entirely, until the threatened to de-knight me. I don’t even know if that is possible. Is it? In fairness to the moaners, there was less forest than anticipated and probably a few more hills. So I maintain my reputation as a Big Ol’ Liar. Sorry about that but thank you for relieving me of my Sweep Duties. You did a great job. In fact, we didn’t lose anyone (except Margaret…..nothing’s changed there) until you guys left six of us to tackle the last section on our own. Within minutes we got separated and lost…….sigh! We all made our way safely back to the cars and remedied the anxiety with ICE cold beer.
Note to all newcomers: You will learn to treat the Monday email as a broad guideline, sometimes bordering on complete lies. The most accurate aspect will usually be the Start Place, closely followed by the Start Time. After that, matters start becoming subject to interpretation.
Sailing Sandra Award: no noticeable evidence of falls (blood, tears etc) and no reports of falls. Nicky’s little “sit-down” in the Hiddingh Ravine stream doesn’t count as there were no scratches and in all likelihood it was that 10kg pack that threw her off balance. No award this week.
Missing Margaret Award: very tempting to award it to its namesake but apparently she did advise the Sweepers of her early withdrawal. So instead, it is a joint award, going to Kathleen Shuttleworth and Phia O’Kennedy. I must admit that it was fiendish delight that I saw them miss the turn off on the Heartbreak Hill descent and have to turn around and drag their grumpy followers back up the hill. It gave me a rare moment at the front. Well done Kathleen and Phia. I think this must be a first for the two of you.
Details of OTHER GREAT RUNS FOR THIS WEEK will be sent out tomorrow.
Have a great week, Everyone.
Tim Bellairs (Sir-for-the-time-being)
acsis VOB Trail Running
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