Monday, October 31, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2011 - NEWLANDS FOREST / KINGS BLOCKHOUSE / CONSTANTIA NEK / KIRSTENBOSCH

 

Hi Everyone

 

 

MONDAY HILL TRAINING

 

Today we will be doing Devil’s Peak.  Start 17h15 at The Saddle car park on Tafelberg Road.  It is about 2.5km past the Lower Cable Station, heading towards Devil’s Peak.  Please RSVP to me if you intend running.  Be warned that although I will be there giving it a go, it may be a short effort for me as I have a bit of a hamstring thing happening here.

 

 

SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2011 – NEWLANDS FOREST / KING’S BLOCKHOUSE / CONSTANTIA NEK / KIRSTENBOSCH

 

Start Time and Place

 

06h30 at the Newlands Forest car park.  Same place as the helipad and the VWS headquarters.  More explicit directions on Friday because if I tell you today you will delete the email and have forgotten by Friday.  To add to the complexity of the situation, the Friday email will be out on Wednesday as I will be away on courses on Thursday and Friday (Clovelly and Steenberg, naturally).

 

Route

 

This is a less strenuous run with loads of shortcuts for those who still want to run Landmarks ½ Marathon the next day.  There is something aesthetically pleasing about starting at this venue, under the trees etc etc .  It just feels nice and we rise quickly above the initial eye-watering bouquet of dog-poop.  In defence of dog owners I must say that this situation has improved remarkably over the last few years.  Fantastic.  There are only a few people now who don’t observe etiquette.  We will follow the Celtics Plumpudding Hill route (clockwise version) but as we head up “the big hill” we take the single track to the left up to the turnstile below the Blockhouse.  From there it is contour path (excluding Rooikat Ravine you will be pleased to note) to just before Constantia Nek.  Then we will wind our way back to Newlands Forest via the lower paths.

 

Distance

 

Maximum of 20km but there are plenty of shortcuts for those who want to save energy.

 

Running Time

 

3 – 3.5 hours

 

Difficulty

 

Moderate to easy-ish.

 

Important Notes

 

1.        Whilst I am hoping to be in full running condition by Saturday, I am looking for a possible stand-in run leader just in case this hamstring niggle is still with me.  Any volunteers?

 

2.       Despite the recent rains it may still be wise to carry enough water with you for the run.  There will be at least one tap in Kirstenbosch about 5km from the end on the return trip.  Carry some snacks as well.

 

3.       Although we are not running up high on Saturday, please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  Windproof / waterproof top is a must.

 

4.       The area near the Blockhouse is known for its mugger activity so please stick in groups and be very aware of your surroundings.

 

5.       Please carry a cell phone to call for help if necessary or to donate to an unworthy cause if you are confronted by a mugger.  This is another good reason to carry a whistle as well.  Excellent for calling for help and will probably give a mugger heart-failure.  They’re not really out to steal whistles.

 

6.       Please fill out the register before starting out.

 

7.       Remember, if you want your Tokai Forest 15km run to count for the New Balance Trail Shoe Lucky Draw at the end of November then please email me your finishing time / position.

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (aka acsis VOB SHORT ROUTE SLOW GROUP)

 

They will also be running from Newlands Forestry Station on Saturday.  Peter is still putting their route together so details will be sent out later in the week.

 

 

REPORT BACK ON FIRST ASCENT TOKAI FOREST 15KM RACE

 

I can only really comment on the Tokai Forest 15km although I know there were a few other informal runs that took place over the weekend.  The TF 15km is a very special event on the race calendar because not only is it a charity raising event for the Children’s Ward at Victoria Hospital, it is also a hybrid event at which roadies and trail runners come together to compete and hurl friendly, good-natured abuse at each.  No-one seems to be able to identify the nature of the race.  Technically it is a road race on the WPA calendar but there is only a couple of hundred metres of tar road.  On the other hand there is no single track so it is difficult to classify it a trail race.  Does it really matter?  I rate it as a race with one of the best vibes I have experienced in an event.  Very informal so that you feel nice and relaxed and yet extremely well organised.  It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces out there from both genres of the sport.  No wildlife on the course this time unless you count Douglas Rossouw.  Poor Dougie had been abandoned to run to the start from Constantia Nek on his own.  I will say no more about the guilty party / ies as he is sure to have a full go at her / him / them in his Journey Trails / MATES email.  I look forward to it (a lot).  Douglas seems to have adopted the Nicky Eckstein approach to trail running which consists of wearing the largest, heaviest backpack available on the morning.  We know why Nicky does it but it is not clear what Douglas’s reason is.  It seems that the objective is to induce motion-sickness in all competitors behind him as they get en-tranced by the rhythmic swaying of the backpack.  In theory this prevents overtaking.  Doesn’t work very well as we were overtaken by dozens of people on the climb up to the 9km mark.  That hill certainly took its toll.  I tried to get into a discussion with Chris Goldschmidt and Andrew Ingg about the cancelled trail meeting but this lasted for about 100m before we decided to rather shut up and focus on just breathing instead.  A good choice, it turns out.  Then, of course, the hamstring gave out near the top.  The 5 / 6km of downhill then make the whole thing worthwhile and made me very glad I was wearing trail shoes on the morning.

 

Unfortunately, the dark side to Tokai Forest events returned again this year as several cars were broken into and relieved of valuables.  The poor police at Tokai police station had their hands full taking down reports from distraught runners after the race.  It really makes one sick, especially when you consider the charitable nature of the event.  It seems that it is now going to have to become standard practice for event organisers to advise the police when they are holding an event in the forest so that they can commit additional resources to it.  Really sorry to hear about the break-ins.

 

 

That’s it for now.  Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT RUNS

Hi Everyone

 

Here they are for the week and a little beyond:

 

WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER 2011

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS WEDNESDAY INFORMAL KLOOF NEK RUN

 

Starts at 17h15 from the Kloof Nek car park in front of the SANParks kiosk.  8 – 10km at a moderate pace.

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

 

This week’s run is dedicated to the memory of Winston Wilson, CRAG/CWAG stalwart, friend and mentor to many of us, and lover of the trails and mountains, who passed away recently; the running and walking routes have been co-ordinated to meet at a point for a short commemoration, and all who knew Winston are welcome — and urged — to join either group; here then are the details for this week:

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Leader:  Stanimir Sokolinski

 

Date:  Wednesday 26 Oct 2011

 

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

 

Location:  eastern slopes of Table Mountain

 

Route description:   From the Constantia Nek parking area, we run along the jeep track and past the art gallery. At the next boom gate, we take the single track down to the right that runs alongside Rhodes Avenue, all the way to the main entrance of Cecilia Forest. At red-arrow-rock, we turn sharply left and begin our ascent on the new path above the indigenous parking area, and then up again until we reach the forester’s hut. We continue up another short stretch of single track past the water reservoir, and stop for a rest on the jeep track at the area of stone statues. This zigzag single track takes us all the way up to the top, through some desert and then some gum trees, where we stop for another rest at the junction. Up the steps to the cement jeep track and then up along a short stretch of this road, we then find the single track/steps that leads us directly back to the parking at Constantia Nek. Sunset is at 19h09.

 

Duration and distance:  approx 75 mins, 9,2 km

 

Walkers:  Laurence van Blerck 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).

 

Grading

—   81% runnable

—   A1

—   pack run

 

Starting point:  Constantia Nek parking area (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/3ymxqnn)

 

Directions:  From the M3 (heading south or north), take the M41 Constantia/Hout Bay Main Road and head up to the Nek, or from the Newlands area take the M63 Rhodes Avenue past Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Forest all the way to the Nek. From Hout Bay, just head up the road to the Nek. Park under the pines across the road from the restaurant

 

Equipment

—         valid Wildcard/Green Card

—         torch/headlamp may still necessary

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast is cloudy, slight chance of rain, 12–15 ÂșC, wind moderate breeze W 20 km/h)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

 

Car guards:  26 Oct:        Dave Foyn & Kate le Roux

 

 

THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER 2011

 

JANE HOLDCROFT’S THURSDAY MORNING MISTY MOUNTAIN RUN

 

Constantia Nek to the Dams and back (more or less).  06h30 start from the Constantia Nek car park (http://tinyurl.com/3ymxqnn).  Single track up and your choice of single track or road down.

 

Please RSVP to Jane on 07908 52582 or janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk if you are going to be running .

 

 

 

CELTICS SUMMER TRAIL RUN

 

This Thursday 27th October we meet at Newlands Forest for the Contour Path run to start at 17h45.

 

Meet in the parking area at the Newlands forest Parks Board office / helipad / firebase (the parking area is the main parking area off the M3 – 700 metres north of the big M3 / Blue Route intersection with Rhodes Drive / Newlands Avenue, and about 1.2kms south of the southern end of UCT).

 

The Route

We head up and left into Newlands Forest, initially following uphill jeep tracks for the first 2 km’s, before we reach a rusted sign pointing to “Contour Path”. We head up this attractive path which includes some steps and which will lead us up to the contour path. We then turn right heading along the contour path all the way to the turn-style below the blockhouse. As we reach the turn-style, we turn sharp right and head down a single track path, which after about 800 metres links up with the jeep track. This heads steadily down into Newlands Forest again, and back to the start.

 

Some characteristics of this run:

-          The first 2.5 km’s are mainly steady uphill, with some steps, but all on great quality running surface.

-          Once we reach the contour path, there are some technical rocky and stony sections along the contour path, particularly over the first km of this section. But most of it thereafter is 3-4kms of easy level running all the way to the turn-style below the blockhouse.

-          When we turn down from the turn-style, the initial 800 meter downhill section is uneven and technical – ankle-roll territory – so watch your footing here and walk if you need to.

-          The rest is easy flowing; smooth running downhill to the finish.

 

 

CRAG STELLENBOSCH / SOMERSET WEST

 

No details yet.  Email me if you are keen and I will send them on to you when they arrive.

 

 

SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2011

 

MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS TRAIL RUN

 

No details yet.  Will send them out in Friday email.

 

 

29 & 30 OCTOBER 2011

 

HERMANUS TRAIL RUN:  an amazing 2 day trail run incorporating beach and mountain running, which promises to offer a great weekend of 'trailing' the greater Hermanus area, while offspring and grandma can shop up a storm in the village.

 

See www.quantumadventures.co.za for info.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

LA CAPRA GOAT TRAIL RUN – FAIRVIEW ESTATE (PAARL) – 14 NOVEMBER 2011

 

Fairview Estate in Paarl is presenting its second  La Capra trail run on the 12th of November 2011. Will you please be so kind and forward the attached flyer to all your members.

 

Funds raised on the day goes towards the Boland school for autism. http://www.bolandautism.org.za

 

For more information on the run you can visit the website http://www.fairview.co.za/news/la-capra-goat-run-2011-3/

 

 

MUIZENBERG MOUNTAIN RUN – 10 DECEMBER 2011

 

See  http://www.trailrunning.co.za/

 

 

SURFER’S CHALLENGE – CAPE TOWN

 

Does anyone have any info on this event this year?  This always seems to be one of Cape Town’s best kept secret.  I have emailed New Balance who have always sponsored it and will let you know as soon as I find out.  But any additional info would be most welcome.  Last year it was on the same day as the Muizenberg Mountain Run.

 

 

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2011

 

See spreadsheet attached hereto.  Subject to change so watch the emails leading up to the various runs.

 

 

 

That’s it for now.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 

 


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Monday, October 24, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER 2011 - FIRST ASCENT TOKAI FOREST 15KM

 

Hi All

 

Back from Fancourt and have a few emails to respond to so must be brief. 

 

I have attached the Feedback report from Jane’s run on Saturday and my feedback relates purely to golf and would not interest any of you.  Let us just say I will not be hanging up my trail running shoes anytime soon to follow the pro circuit (or the amateur circuit or even the putt-putt circuit).  But Jane has put together a masterpiece of her own (both the run and the report back) here so if you want to see what the group did on Saturday then check out the attachment.  Thanks very much to Jane for leading this run.

 

 

MONDAY HILL RUN

 

We will be running Lion’s Head tonight.  17h15 start from the Kloof Nek car park just in front of the SANParks kiosk.  Let me know if you are keen.

 

 

SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER 2011 – FIRST ASCENT TOKAI FOREST 15KM RACE

 

This will be our official run for the weekend.  If you would like your attendance to count towards the New Balance Trail Shoe Lucky Draw at the end of November / beginning of December then you need to advise me of your attendance.  I said the same for the BCA MATES Trail Challenge and had exactly zero responses (however, I have those results and will check them out).  But I am not going to trawl my way through the masses of names in the Tokai Forest 15km race.  Send me advice of your attendance next Monday (after you have run).

 

I have never actually done this race (I am normally away for the last weekend of October) but am told that it is fantastic and is a very similar route to the Manor House 16km (but with less tar and obviously 1km less overall).  So I can’t tell you much about it except that it is, well, 15km long.  I say this because it is a WPA race event and will have been accurately measured.  Add on a few metres here and there if you don’t start exactly on the line or if you rush into the ample bushes and trees for an unscheduled bogger anywhere along the way.  Do not stop your watch for the latter as this is a timed event and your time will be what the official clock says it is and not what your watch says.  No amount of arguing with the race referee will help and they really don’t want to know about your “comfort” problems or how long it took.  For that matter, NOBODY wants to know.

 

With it being a WPA event, it does mean that if you want to get around paying for a temporary licence then you need to wear club colours and your WPA licence number (this is unacceptable to many trail runners so you may have to pitch in for a temp number).

 

This is a race with a difference so please check out the attached flyer to familiarise yourself with the entry formalities.  The main requirements are:

 

1.       GIVE GENEROUSLY !

2.       Get to the Start VERY EARLY or you will get stuck in traffic entering the forest and miss the start.

 

I am not sure of Peter Rogers’ source of information but anyone who knows him also knows that he is a man given to accuracy and attention to detail in a way that I will never be.  But even coming off that low base I think you can definitely rely on this quote below from his email:

 

“The Victoria Hospital Children’s Ward will be hoping to see as many runners as possible take to the mountains in the annual Tokai Forest 15km Run, hosted by Table Mountain National Park and Foresters Running Club and sponsored jointly by First Ascent and SANPARKS.

The Tokai Forest Run is a free-entry trail race that traverses the beauty of the Tokai Plantation of Table Mountain National Park. First Ascent has sponsored the race making it possible to waive all entry fees for participating runners – instead, a voluntary donation is asked of all participants and all proceeds go to Victoria Hospital’s Children’s Ward.

The hospital is aiming to raise R 1 million to cover the costs of building “Mothers’ Facilities” enabling mothers to stay with their sick and vulnerable children. “We are also planning to renovate the paediatric ward to include a safe play area and optimise the use of limited space. We need to raise R1 Million in order for this project to proceed, and believe that donations made through the Forest 15km Run will go a long way towards facilitating this” says Gill Schermbrucker, Head of Paediatrics Department at Victoria Hospital.

The race begins at 06h30  in the Picnic and Braai Site entrance to the Tokai Plantation. Runners need only bring their high energy and donation for the hospital. Donations can be monetary or toys for the children.”

 

After the race many of us will be heading off to Constantia Nek Restaurant to get involved in a meeting concerning the future of Trail Running in South Africa and the relationship between Trail Running and ASA (Athletics South Africa).  Should be a very interesting session and anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.  I have inserted a little cut-and-paste below to give some context to this.

 

Mike Ohlsson is trying to convince me that running there (Constantia Nek Restaurant) from Tokai is a good idea.  The jury is still out but more on this later in the week.

 

That’s it until the OTHER GREAT RUNS email tomorrow.

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 17, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER 2011 - CONSTANTIA NEK TO NOORDHOEK BEACH

 

Good morning Everyone

 

 

MONDAY HILL RUN – 17 OCTOBER 2011

 

Today is the much-feared, even dreaded, Platteklip Gorge.  I don’t know why because it is such beautiful climb in the evening.  Start: 17h15 at the Platteklip Gorge car park which is on Tafelberg Road, just shy of 2 km past the Lower Cable Station.  Running time about 90 minutes.

 

Please RSVP to me if you are going to be running.

 

 

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER 2011 – CONSTANTIA NEK TO NOORDHOEK BEACH (FANTASTIC NEW ROUTE)

 

THIS IS A CAR ADMIN RUN SO PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE CAR ADMIN REQUIREMENTS

 

RUN LEADER

 

Jane Holdcroft: janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk or 0790852582

 

CAR ADMIN

 

As many runners as possible to meet in the Noordhoek Beach car park between 05h45 and 06h00 to drop cars.  At 06h00 jump into as few cars as possible and head over Chapmans Peak and up to the Start at Constantia Nek.

 

 

START TIME AND PLACE

 

Constantia Nek at 06h30 precisely.  And for those of you who know Jane, it will be 06h30 EXACTLY as determined by the most accurate nuclear powered time-pieces in the universe which are accessed only by NASA and Jane.

 

 

ROUTE

 

Take the Vlakkenberg Path just below the Constantia Nek Restaurant (Hout Bay side) and head up and over the Vlakkenberg Nek and then down past the Manganese Mines (my personal favourite bit of single track) and into Blackburn Ravine.  Then it is up Blackburn Ravine to the lookout deck at the top of Blackburn and over past Noordhoek Peak to the path that leads down to Chapmans Peak.  Spectacular views.  Down to the saddle at the base of Chapmans Peak (i.e. the 4 way intersection of paths, NOT all the way down to Chapmans Peak Drive) and turn left and climb Chapmans Peak.  Over the summit of Chapmans Peak and straight down to Noordhoek Beach.

 

 

DISTANCE

 

Quite honestly I haven’t got a clue.  As the crow flies the distance isn’t too great but with the zig-zags I am guessing that this is a 20km+ run.

 

 

RUNNING TIME

 

Jane reckons 4 hours +.

 

 

DIFFICULTY

 

This is a tough run.  For those who are taking strain after Manganese Mines there is an option which will cut out the Blackburn Ravine climb i.e. the contour path from about a quarter of the way up Blackburn to the saddle at the bottom of Chapmans Peak.  But understand that if you take this option then you are without a guide and need to know your way over Chapmans Peak.  At very worst you can just drop down onto Chapmans Peak Drive and run over to Noordhoek on tar (easy stuff and very scenic).

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

 

1.       Please note the car admin above.  Also note that ultimately you are responsible for ensuring your own transport arrangements.  We will, however, do our best to facilitate lifts.

2.       It may well be quite warm on Sunday.  Please ensure that you are carrying sufficient water and nutrition to see you through the whole run plus more.  It is summer now and the streams are drying up fast.  Don’t rely on Mother Nature.

3.       Definitely dress according to the weather conditions and always have a warm, at least windproof top.  Also, please carry a fully charged cell phone with Jane’s number stored in it.  If you try and phone me I will have to ignore your call as I will be playing the Montagu course at Fancourt.

4.       Be aware that you are in the wild so no stepping on snakes please, it damages their fangs.  But you are more than welcome to “rub out” as many ticks as you can find……and there are a few out there.  Keep checking yourself.

5.       Please fill out the register before starting.

6.       Have fun.

 

 

Table Mountain Trailers
ACSIS-VOB's Trail running Short Route-Slow Group
Saturday 22 October: Silvermine North West

Route
From the parking area to the left of the entrance control booth we run up the river board-walk until we reach the dam wall.  Here we take the board-walk around the dam and then turn left onto the gravel road up to the ziz-zag short-cut onto the concrete road for a short distance before turning right and following the sandy trail to the Fire Lookout hut close to Elephant's Eye cave.  From there we follow the trail South-eastwards along the top of the cliff to pick up the trail that runs along the top of Steenberg Ridge. Then down through the middle parking area, across the tar road, down over the river to the mountain bike track where we turn left and follow it back to the parking area.

Rendezvous and Start Time
RV in the parking area at the reserve entrance.  To get there drive up Ou Kaapseweg from the Constantia side to the top and then turn right into the Silvermine Nature Reserve.    Entrance fee is R20 or free if you have a Wild Card.  The gate only opens at 0700 so we will start at 0715.

Terrain and Distance
Easy warm-up run up the river-walk and around the dam.  Then short uphill followed by sandy& gravel undulating trail past the Look-Out and along Steenberg Ridge with some rocky stretches.  Sandy-stony mountain-bike trail back to parking area.  Reasonably easy with a few modest hills.  Distance about 10.5kms taking us more or less 2hrs.15min


Peter D Rogers
Mobile: 082 374 6262
Blog: www.vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com

 

 

REPORT BACK ON BCA MATES CHALLENGE

 

See attached.

 

 

 

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2011

 

To follow soon.

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 

 

 

Monday, October 10, 2011

SATURDAY 15 / SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 2011: BCA MATES TRAIL CHALLENGE + CHANGED PLANS FOR SUNDAY

 

 

Good morning Everyone

 

Yes it’s Monday again.  Can you believe it ?

 

In order to encourage people to read these emails when they plan on running, I have tried to reduce the volume by putting the feedback into a Word document so that you can read it if you want or just ignore it without putting you off reading the details of the upcoming run.  So attached you will find a document with the Otter Ramble feedback as well as some comments on the Boomslang Cave route from this last Saturday.  Feel free to give it a miss.

 

 

NEW BALANCE TRAIL SHOE VOUCHER LUCKY DRAW WINNER

 

We had our penultimate draw for the year.  Again, the voucher went to one of the Table Mountain Trailers.  This time, Anne O’Gorman.  Anne, Gaeleen Tompkins has your voucher and you can collect it from.  Thanks once again to New Balance for their generous sponsorship.  Please support New Balance wherever and whenever possible by buying their high quality shoes and kit.

 

 

NEW BALANCE BEST DRESSED AWARD

 

As part of our continuing strategy of raising awareness of New Balance products, this week’s winner of the best dressed award, wearing New Balance products only, was none other than our own acsis VOB vice-chairman, Tim Haig-Smith.  Sandra was very bitter and demanded to see if he was wearing New Balance underwear.  But underwear is specifically excluded.  Apparently he wasn’t wearing any anyway but we took his word for it.  Well done Tim.  Enjoy the Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir.

 

 

HILL WORK (MONDAY / THURSDAY)

 

We are reversing the order this week.  We will do Lion’s Head this afternoon and Devil’s Peak on Thursday afternoon.

 

Anyone welcome but please RSVP and let me know who is going to be there.

 

Start 17h15 from the Kloof Nek car park in front of the SANParks kiosk.

 

 

 

SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 2011 – BCA MATES TRAIL CHALLENGE

 

This weekend we are going to forgo a formal acsis VOB Trail Run so that we can turn out en masse to support one of the official MATES races for the year:

 

BCA / MATES TRAIL CHALLENGE

 

New Trail Run on the calendar!


There are a lot of events around our beloved Table Mountain these days, and even the Northern suburbs and the wine lands are attracting their share of races, but what about our mates up the West Coast?


Ah-hah!  We have the answer: the BCA MATES Trail Challenge is set for the 15th of October 2011 in the Blaauwberg Conservation Area.  With stunning views of Table Mountain, you can run either the 15km or the 8km route. Check out the MATES website for all the details and registration form:


http://capetrailrunning.co.za/wordpress/?page_id=13&calendar_day=2011-10-15

The race is organized in conjunction with the Friends of BCA, which is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers protecting the Blaauwberg Conservation Area (BCA).  While our mission might be to run the whole race in this beautiful area (even those up hills!), their goal is to ensure it’s utilised to the benefit of the general public now and for the future.  (We won’t quibble over whose mission is more honourable…)  The proceeds of the race will go to the BCA, which is only 25 kms from the centre of town and regarded as a global biodiversity hot spot.  It’s about 2 000 ha in size and is a rich mosaic of natural, cultural and historical elements.  Being so close to Cape Town also means the area has the potential to become an open-air classroom, easily accessible to millions of people in its proximity.  The race is sure to be a wonderful way to explore this beautiful area.

 

Come on out for a run in our own “front yard” – we’ll see you there!

 

So please go to the link and enter.

 

Participation in this event will qualify as an entry for the final New Balance Trail Shoe Lucky Draw.  But if you want it to count you will have to notify me that you ran.  Despite my natural trust in the good, honest nature of trail runners I will still check it against the results.  J

 

 

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 2011: HUMBLE HUNDRED FINAL REHEARSAL RUN

 

We were going to do an acsis VOB run from Kloof Nek but once again we are going to postpone this in favour of a MATES run along a route that is very seldom done.  They will be rehearsing a section of the Humble Hundred between Kommetjie Lighthouse and the Kleinplaas Dam.  These opportunities don’t come up all that often so we are going to go with this instead of the Kloof Nek run which we can do anytime.

 

Details of this run will be circulated later in the week once Douglas has finalised the route and times etc.

 

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER 2011 - SILVERMINE EAST: A LIGHTER RUN TAKING IN THE BOOMSLANG CAVE

 

 

Good morning All

 

Sorry about the delayed info this week but I have just returned from a truly amazing trail running experience (which is not necessarily what I said directly after the race) in the Tsitsikamma National Park i.e. the incomparable Otter African Trail Run (The Ramble).  What is more, the feedback will have to wait a few days as I have not yet had time to go through and digest the results and also to recall, embellish and even fabricate (where necessary) the tales of the trail.

 

So here is a quick announcement of what is happening on our run this coming weekend and one urgent notice.  I am dashing off to a client function in Paarl so the Other Great Runs email (Including details of the acsis VOB Short Route Slow Group run)  will only be out tomorrow morning.

 

 

TRAIL TIP

 

For longer runs, make sure you’ve cut those toenails.  Cut them or lose them (a painful experience).  Ultimately you’ll end up with toenails that look like cashew nuts.  Thanks to Grant McPherson for that tip.

 

 

SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER 2011 – SILVERMINE EAST INCLUDING THE BOOMSLANG CAVE

 

 

START TIME AND PLACE

 

07h15 from the car park just inside Silvermine Gate 2 / the R5 gate on the Muizenberg side of the Ou Kaapseweg.

 

 

ROUTE

 

I have spoken to Mike Ohlsson (the MATES CEO) who says he is available to guide us through the Boomslang Cave, so we will take the nice downhill hill road to the waterfall and then take the contour path around to the Cave Peak turn and head over to the cave.  Headlamps are an absolute must for venturing into the caves.  Those with severe claustrophobia can hover around outside.  Thereafter we will do an anticlockwise circuit around the peaks of Silvermine East via the Amphitheatre, top of Spes Bona Valley, St James Peak, Muizenberg Peak and the two Steenberg Peaks.

 

 

RUNNING TIME

 

2.5 to 3 hours depending on how much time we spend faffing around the caves.

 

 

DISTANCE

 

Maximum of 15km although shorter options are available to those who are prepared to be pointed in the right direction and possibly run it unaccompanied.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

 

1.       A torch / headlamp is necessary for anyone wanting to go into the caves and check out the 9 million bats.

2.       Please dress according to the weather conditions and ensure that you have sufficient WATER and snacks.

3.       Check yourself for ticks regularly throughout the run as well as afterwards.  No communal grooming please; there are young, impressionable runners in the group.

4.       As the weather warms up, watch out for snakes on the paths and on ledges where you put your hands on the more technical areas.

5.       Please sign the register before starting.

6.       We will be doing the New Balance Trail Shoe Voucher lucky draw before the run.  More details on Friday.

 

 

 

LIMITED ENTRIES AVAILABLE FOR THE UCT GSB 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE (Sunday 16 October 2011)

 

This is not the 3 Peaks race that everyone has been training for.  This is an annual event which is held by the UCT GSB (Graduate School of Business).  It is normally just run by those doing courses at the GSB (and alumni) but this year they are opening it up to the public for a few limited entries.  Normally it starts at the UCT Middle Campus, goes up Mowbray Ridge to the top of Devils Peak, down to The Saddle, straight up to Maclears Beacon on Table Mountain via Ledges (extremely technical and exposed to heights) and then over to the top of Lions Head.  It’s only about 17kms and is very doable as long as you can handle The Ledges.  Don’t be fooled, The Ledges are hectic but what an awesome rush. 

 

Please check out the link: http://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/s.asp?p=257&intEventID=161 to check out the details and enter as soon as possible because these entries are going to be snapped up.  This is a rare opportunity.  What are you waiting for?  GO GO GO !!!!!  Enter now!

 

 

 

 

That’s it till tomorrow.

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 

 

 


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