Tuesday, February 28, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT RUNS AND EVENTS

Hi Everyone

 

 

TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2012

 

Hammer Nutrition talk at New Balance Headquarters, Prime Park, Mocke Road, Diep River. – SEE FLYER ATTACHED HERETO.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 29 FEBRUARY 2012

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL “KLOOF NEK” TRAIL RUN

 

17h15 start from the car park at The Saddle on Tafelberg Road.  About 2.5km past the Lower Cable Station heading towards Devil’s Peak.  About 8 or 9km at a medium pace.

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

 

Leader:  Christo Steyn

 

Date:  Wednesday 29 February 2012

 

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

 

Location:  Silvermine North

 

Route description:  A Route with a View. We follow Ou Kaapse Weg for a short stretch before turning right into the north-western section of Silvermine.  We cross the stream, turn left at the T-junction and right onto a sandy path.  Then it's a gradual climb along the Steenberg Plateau until we eventually reach what used to be the Noordhoek Fire Lookout.  The return path consists of bits of the Old Wagon Trail and one or two interconnecting paths. Sunset is at 19h23.

 

Duration and distance:  approx 100 mins, 12 km

 

Walkers:  Andrea Pulfrich 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

—   95 % runnable

—   A1

—   pack run

 

Starting point: We meet off Ou Kaapse Weg at the entrance to the north-western section of Silvermine Nature Reserve. (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/38ooplp)

 

Directions:  Approaching from the north (city): Take the M3 Blue Route out of town to the very end of the freeway (Westlake); at the traffic light, turn right into Steenberg Rd and after about 2 km head left up the M64 Ou Kaapse Weg. At the top of the pass turn right at the viewpoint/reservoir entrance to the reserve. Park outside the boom, which is locked at 19h00. Approaching from the south (Fish Hoek): take Ou Kaapse Weg to the very top and turn left into the entrance. 

 

Equipment

—         valid Wildcard/Green Card

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast predicts sunny skies, no rain, 18 °C, wind SE 30 km/h)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

 

Car guards:  29 Feb:         Sally Brimble & Dave Spencer

 

 

THURSDAY 1 MARCH 2012

 

CELTICS SUMMER TRAIL RUN

 

This Thursday 1st March 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.

 

Difficulty grading: 7.5/10  

 

Distance is ±9 km’s.

 

NB: PLEASE ALL DO YOUR BEST TO STAY IN YOUR GROUPS – MOST PARTICULARLY DO NOT RUN AHEAD OF YOUR GROUP LEADER. If you are new to the runs and unsure of the pace of the various groups, then rather run with a slower group initially. Thanks

 

 

CRAG STELLENBOSCH / SOMERSET WEST TRAIL RUN

 

No details yet.

 

 

OTHER GREAT RUNS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

LAKES OFF-ROAD FESTIVAL – PINE LAKE MARINE – 3 / 4 MARCH 2012

 

We would like to invite you to the Lakes Off Road Festival, taking place over the weekend of 3 - 4 March 2012 at Pine Lake Marina (www.pinelakemarina.co.za )

There are many Events to choose from:

Saturday 3 March -

Mountain Bike race (20/50km) organised by Cycleworx Bikes of Sedgefield

Guppy Canoe race (5/10km) organised by New Balance Multisport Club

Open water Swim race (500m/2km) organised by SWD Aquatics

Mole Rat Night Trail Run (5/10km) organised by Southern Cross Adventures

Sunday 4 March -

Off Road Triathlons - swim or canoe; mountain bike & off road run

Competitors can compete as Solo racers or in Relay Teams

Various distances to choose from: ultra or sprint

Also: development race & junior dash

Medals; spot prizes and other incentives from our Sponsors.

Attached: Lakes Event Poster

YouTube promo of Event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PhdW_jq2hY

For detail Info and online Entries, please go to: www.trisport.co.za

Please forward this mail to your network of interested friends & family -
much obliged!

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

Hano Otto

Glentana, Garden Route

Fax: 086 725 6191

Cell: 082 445 2365

www.southerncrossadventure.co.za

 

 

JONKERSHOEK CHALLENGE AND HELDERBERG MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE - Entries are OPEN! Entries are limited so get yours in now!

 

 

 

The Jonkershoek and Helderberg Mountain Challenge

For more information on each event and to enter, check out the event websites:

 

Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge

 

Helderberg Mountain Challenge


Not sure if there are any entries still available.  Owen, please could you let me know?  - Tim

 

 

THE BOSCHENDAL LION’S HEAD 17KM TRAIL RUN, 7KM FUN RUN AND MARKET DAY – 10 MARCH 2012

(if you want the official flyer, entry form, indemnity etc please email Petro Mostert at petro.mostert@media24.com .  Sorry, they were just too large to attach)

10 MARCH 2012

HOW TO GET THERE:

Follow  Kloofnek Road towards Camps Bay and close to the top turn right into Quarry Hill Road. At the  T-junction turn left and then first right into De Hoop Avenue. The sports field is on the left. For secure parking turn right into Varsity Road (R10 per car).

General Information:

2011 was the inaugural run of this annual event.

It is a medium-difficulty run, but with some steep inclines and declines.

No showers are available after the race.

Because the event takes place in the Table Mountain Nature Reserve (TMNP), participants must adhere to TMNP rules and regulations, which will be explained at the
compulsory race briefing.

Route description:

The sports field borders onto Signal Hill and the entire race will take place in theTable Mountain National Park, a Natural World Heritage Site. A single track leads the way through the pine forest at the start. Near the Noon Gun participants will follow a steep jeep track with spectacular views of the harbour and the City of Cape Town. The track then takes runners across Signal Hill road to a refreshment station on the saddle of Signal Hill. The trail now ascends the contour path left around Lions Head all the way to the top. On your way down a marshall will show you where to descend towards Signal Hill [3Peaks route]. Runners will pass the refreshment station a second time before descending via the jeep track after crossing Signal Hill Road. You will return via a contour path through the pine forest to the finish on the sports field [the spot where you receive an ice cold beer!]

Duration: +- 2,5 hours

There will be a water, Coke and REHIDRAT at the refreshment station that runners will pass twice. You can also refill your water bottle here.

Cost: R100. We encourage companies/organisations/groups to patricipate in team colours. For each nine entries submitted together, a team will receive one free entry.                            

Prize giving:  Prize giving will be at 9:30am. The first three runners will be eligible for prizes. All competitors will receive a refreshment at the finish. There will also be a lucky draw with some great prizes.

 

                      

THE TRAIL SHOP

 

  1. For Sale: REDUCED PRICE - 1 pair of size 11 Inov8 Mud Rock Trail Running Shoes. Brand New. Never been worn! R700 price negotiable. Contact Joseph Beattie on

082 532 1500 or jolibt@gmail.com.

Picture available but it is a 4MB attachment.

 

  1. Outeniqua Trail

 

Outeniqua Hiking Trail -four spots available.  Leave 29th Sept and spend the first night at the last hut at Harkerville.  Hike starts 30th Sept ends 5th Oct back at the Harkerville Hut.  Will stay the night of the 5th in that hut.  Details at http://www.trailinfo.co.za/hiking/outeniqua/index.html .  I am leaving out the cost as I thought I understood what Sue was talking about but looking over the emails now I am completely confused.  But if you are interested, please contact Sue Bracher directly on subee55@hotmail.co.uk to discuss. 

 

 

 

 

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

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Monday, February 27, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2012 - COMBO RUN WITH SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES - CONSTANTIA NEK

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

 

There is an exciting Saturday coming up.  It starts with a combined run with acsis VOB and Saucony Journey Trails / MATES, led by Douglas and Michael, while I sit in a riveting 3 hour lecture on financial calculations that no-one understands anyway………..hello…….that’s why we have computers.  But thanks very much to the MATES crew for stepping in and organising a run.  I will double-check with Jane but I think she said she might be available again the following week to lead a run for those who don’t want to do the Lion’s Head Challenge or the acsis VOB Constantia Village 15km (on 10 March).

 

Then this Saturday evening sees MATES in action again as they host The Bat Run.  This is an event that one has to do in Cape Town if you are to call yourself a trail runner.  No, I haven’t done it yet.  But I hereby commit to doing it next year if I can get an entry.  I now have a head torch which looks like the sun rising.

 

 

SATURDAY MORNING 3 MARCH 2012

 

COMBO RUN WITH SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES – NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROUTE UP TO BAILIFFS – I CAN GUARANTEE FEW OF YOU WILL EVER HAVE DONE THIS ROUTE

 

Where: Constantia Nek

 

When: In time to start running at 06H30.

 

What: Blah blah blah

 

Route: Contour Path, sneaky route via waterfall to Water Bayliffs, sneaky route around to dams, Aquaduct, Puffer route in reverse back.

 

Duration: 3 hours or so.

 

 

THE TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

 

Brief Description of Route

 

Route being planned by Sandy but generally from Sunbird Centre up Silvermine Valley, around Klein Tuinkop to the Amphitheatre  and return.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time

 

RV at the 4way intersection Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Rd.  Park on verge of Silvermine Rd outside of Silvermine Village  Be ready to start running at 0630

 

How to get there?   Drive up and over Ou Kaapse Weg, down the other side to the intersection with Silvermine Rd. Turn right and park well off the road along the fence of Silvermine Village Old age Home.

 

Terrain and Distance     

 

Verdant path which slowly ascends and then reasonably uphill and undulating mountain trail tall the way to the amphitheatre   Distance will  be about 11-12ks depending on exact route Sandy chooses taking us more or less  2hrs 30mins

 

 

 

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM THE NOORDHOEK PEAK RUN

 

Well I think we can certainly chalk up the first New Noordhoek Peak Run as a resounding success.  I must admit that I was a little apprehensive at first as only eight of us set off from the Long Route Start and I was think, “oh well, at least we tried”.  The 3km flat stretch to the Arboretum turned out to be a wonderful warm up and by the time we hit the first climb there was minimal cursing.  But we were all fairly cognisant of the fact that Jane was out there on her mountain bike and there was unspoken agreement amongst us that, come hell or high water, she was NOT going to beat us.  The same applied to the Short Route Group who started at the top of Zwaanswyk Road.  So there was little mercy as we wound our way up the single tracks and jeep tracks towards Silvermine.  As we hit Level 4 we were relieved to see the Short Route Group (and there were MASSES of ‘em) just starting the climb up the single track from Level 5…………..the pressure eased a bit.  As we hit Level 5…………….there was Jane on her bike……….the pressure was back on.  We gingerly started up the last single track towards Silvermine, knowing that there is no actual confirmation of the demise of the legendary giant, grumpy puffadder that held court there for many years.  Until I actually see the skeleton of an anaconda sized puffadder next to the path I will always treat that path with some circumspection.  But we figured that if no-one in the short route group ahead of us had got nailed we were probably safe(ish).  Turned out to be true as we all regrouped in the traditional spot at the big fallen tree just above the tree line.  This is where we discovered that one of the finest traditions had been let slip (even though Mandy had reminded me about it earlier in the week)……………………there was no bag filled with Coke, Energade, water and jelly babies lying hidden in a bush.  Seamus really did spoil this bunch in the past.  Even though Seamus was in attendance……..no bag……..apparently that duty has now been passed on to …………..someone else.  I will do better next time.

 

And so we started the final uphill towards the peak.  This is where the Long Route Group discovered that the Short Route Group is not necessarily the Slow Group.  There was the smell of burning rubber and gravel flying as the race to the top began.  As we hit the top of the last climb, some cloud had blown in over the peak.  I took the hard right onto the final single track to the Noordhoek Peak thinking that Julian Tompkins was right behind me.  Apparently he wasn’t.  In the cloud he failed to see me turn and was a good way down the very steep hill to the dam when reason started telling him that, in all likelihood, Noordhoek Peak was not at the bottom of a valley.  Wisely he turned around and as he came back up, the cloud lifted and he found a grinning me standing at the summit cairn with his Missing Margaret Award in my hands.  Well done Julian.  Gae you must be very proud.  J  Give that man a Bells.  Also, to our relief, there was no Union Jack planted at the summit so we assumed that we had beaten Jane too.  Honestly, I don’t think Jane cared one iota.  It was all in our own minds.

 

Despite a slightly chilly breeze, the weather generally and the views were actually stunning.  About the nicest weather we have ever had on a Noordhoek Peak Run.  Seamus agreed.  Many pictures were taken.  I have seen some of Galeen’s pictures and that fat, ol’ dude with the grey hair and TMC shirt cannot possibly be me.  Don’t forget, the camera adds 20kgs (and 20 years).  Back on diet.  The photos have been destroyed, along with Gaeleen’s camera.

 

The nice thing now was that it was all downhill and flat all the way back to Jane’s house.  Awesome running.  The only incident was Melanie grinding slowly to a halt even before we had reached the Arboretum……..ITB.  Melanie has not embraced the time-honoured trail running tradition of moaning whenever you feel the slightest twinge of pain (or “twang” as Bianca calls it).  Had we even suspected that Melanie was in pain we would have abandoned h……..I mean, we would have packed her off with the Short Route Group.  She struggled bravely on but eventually we agreed that it was time for her to walk and we would come back and collect her.  Melanie, you are hereby sentenced to run next to Sandra until such time as you have learnt how to moan properly.

 

The rest of us didn’t hold back in getting to the finish.  A nice healthy pace back to Mulder Close.  With 20km reasonably tough kms under the belt we then settled down to an extremely fine breakfast and swim at the Holdcroft Spa.  ICE cold beer has seldom tasted so good, although I think I feel this every week.

 

A huge thank you to Jane and Adam Holdcroft for hosting the Start and Breakfast at their wonderful house.  It really was a lovely morning and their home was a really stunning venue.  Thanks so much Jane and Adam.  The only blemish on the morning was Jane telling Brigette that most of the work on the house and in the garden had been done by Adam himself, thereby creating expectations which cannot possibly and certainly will not be met in St Joan’s Road at any point in the near or distant future.

 

Thanks everyone for a wonderful morning.  A great success.

 

 

Have a fantastic week Everyone.

 

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Friday, February 24, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP + TRAIL SHOP EXPRESS (ARGUS CYCLE TOUR ENTRY....LAST DAY)

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

There is some urgent stuff up front in this email.  Urgent because it is happening or needs to happen today, not because there are any lives in danger.

 

 

FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2012

 

TRAIL SHOP EXPRESS

 

1.       There is an Argus Cycle Tour entry up for grabs.  Apparently today is the final day for substitutions.  If you are still looking for an entry, please contact Margaret “Missing Margaret” Moller urgently on margaret@Naartjie.co.za or margaretrunning@gmail.com or 0724322768.

 

2.       This Sunday’s X-Terra:  Jane Holdcroft has to pull out of the Grabouw Xterra (full) on 26th February 2012. Would anyone like to take her place ?  The entry fee is R400 and substitution fee of R100.  Jane is happy to pay the substitution fee.

 

If anyone is interested please contact Jane:

 

Office: (021) 9157323

Mobile: 0790852582

janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES FRIDAY NIGHT RUN

Friday Night: Let’s face it, you can’t train for a night run in the day. Yes, it’s important to check out the route during the day to gain that overall perspective but running at night is different. You need to check out your equipment. Is that headlamp you borrowed from your cousin Fred really as bright as it seems at home? Is it really important to have fresh batteries? How much water do I have to take with me on the leg up to Maclears? And Devil’s Peak? Surely you don’t dehydrate at night? To answer all these questions, come run the Night Run Simulation with us. Friday night.

Where: We start at Kloofnek Parking area. When you come up from Cape Town as if heading for Campsbay, turn left into Tafelberg Road at the circle at the top, and turn left into the second parking area where the Table Mountain National Park information hokkie is. Not the brick building. Those are the public toilets which are in the FIRST parking area, and they will be locked for the entire weekend because who needs a toilet over the weekend?

When: Be there at 18H45 for a special surprise. The run starts at 19H00. OK, I can’t keep a secret. The February SAUCONY Shoe Draw.

Who: Bat Run entrants and those with a realistic chance to run the thing. Who knows, you might just like it and enter next year. We have some fast kiddies there, but we will look after everyone. We got Kevin on our team, and he is the world’s best sweep. ‘Cos he is part border collie and he thinks runners are sheeps.

What: Headlamps. Bring your bestest headlamp. And spare batteries – your headlamp may have been switched on since you packed it in the bag on Thursday morning. Water. Bring plenty, and the bits that you didn’t drink when you get down from Maclears are the bits you don’t have to take along on race night. Snax for energy, and to keep your jaws occupied while we park off on the peaks to take in the views. Your racing bag just to see if everything fits comfortably. And ICE cold beer for afterwards in the parking lot.

Route: We’ll do Devil’s Peak and Maclears. From Kloofnek Parking, we will head up Tafelberg Road and turn right miles further to go up the zig zags to Saddle (Breakfast) Rock. From there up Devil’s Peak, then same way down to Tafelberg Road. Those who are pressed for time may take a shortcut along the Contour Path to Platties, but I recommend first timers check out the exact route down to Tafelberg Road at night. Up Platties, then along to Maclears and down Platties to Tafelberg Road and to finish at Kloofnek Parking area. With beer. Except if you’re me and it’s February. And yes, No Beer February is going very well for me, thank you for asking. I have already achieved sainthood, but will see the month through.

Duration: Who knows, probably about 5 hours. Do the maths, and you will find that we will finish at about 00H00. So you will get home the next day. Don’t tell your loved ones that you are “quickly” going for a run. They will start panicking and dispatch the rescue helicopters which can be very embarrassing.

 

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2012

 

acsis VOB – organised ANNUAL NOORDHOEK PEAK RUN & BREAKFAST

 

As per previous emails and Invitation.  All comers welcome.  This includes:

 

1.       a Long Route from Jane Holdcroft’s house (6 Mulder Close, Tokai) starting at 06h15,

2.       a Short Route Group starting with The Table Mountain Trailers at the top of Zwaanswyk Road, Tokai at 06h30.  Both Routes up to Noordhoek Peak by way of the Traditional Route

3.       and then back to Jane’s house for a breakfast and a swim and possibly ICE cold beer and bubbly.

 

For full information, check out:

 

http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ (Short Route & Table Mountain Trailers), and

 

http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ (Long Route and general information)

 

F.A.Q

 

Q.           What is the difference between the Long and the Short Route?

 

A.            About 6 – 8 km of easy, flat road (nice warm up and warm down) and a small hill.

 

 

SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2012

 

 

MATES FINAL BAT RUN TRAINING RUN

Sunday Morning: This is when we wind down our training with an official taper picnic. Bring the family, we will take a gentle cruise up Lion’s Head and have a picnic

 Where: Once again, we start at Kloofnek Parking area. Same place as Friday night. See above.

When: We can sleep a bit late – in time to start at 07H00.

Who: Anybody who is interested, and bring the wife and kids. We will take a leasurly pace up Lion’s Head.

What: Bring whatever you want which will make for a nice picnic on Lion’s Head.

Route: From Kloofnek up Lion’s Head.

Duration: As long as it takes.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS

 

TRASA MEETING

 

Hi

In November 2011 the Trail Running community of wider Cape Town Region(western Cape) held a meeting to discuss the way forward for Trail Running as a sport. The time has come for the committee that was elected to present their findings.  Please join us on 6 March 2012 at the Hout Bay Yacht Club at 19:00.

The committees mandate was to:
Investigate what the options are for trail running
Definitions of trail running
Engagement with ASA and what are the alternatives (benefits/drawbacks) to not working with ASA
Whether formalising trail running is viable and how it should be done.
Important issue for Cape Town (while cognizant of the needs of other provinces) in engaging SANPARKS

The meeting will take place in the downstairs room, but please note the venue has agreed to host the meeting free of charge so we ask that you show your support by having a drink at the bar upstairs.  Also please arrive early.

If you are not from this region but would like feedback from this meeting or others around the country please reply with your province and I will pass your name to the relevant Province.  Please note both Gauteng and Kwa Zulu Natal have held similar meetings and are doing their own research into the way forward for Trail Running.  The aim is to have a national meeting of all committees to discuss a national solution.

Kind Regards
Claire Ashworth
(on behalf of the TRASA committee)

 

 

 

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

 

 

Whatever you’re up, have a great weekend.

 

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT RUNS & UPCOMING EVENTS

Hi Everyone

 

WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2012

 

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS WEDNESDAY EVENING INFORMAL TRAIL RUN

 

This run is ON and the Famous Bronwyn is back to lead (and running like a maniac again, so we hear).  Punctual start in the Kloof Nek car park at 17h15, in front of the SANParks Info Centre, ready to run.  Between 8 and 11km at a medium pace.

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

 

Leader:  Douglas Rossouw

 

Date:  Wednesday 22 February 2012

 

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

 

Location:  Cecilia Forest miscellany

 

Route description:  We’re a little short on detail for this week as Dougie has stepped in to lead at short notice (the scheduled leader having gone and injured himself running on t*r, of all things!), for which many thanks, and at the time of writing had not yet managed to recce a route; but given his pedigree in trail running, it will be fun and interesting. Don’t miss this one. Sunset is at 19h31.

 

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, 10 km

 

Walkers:  Robyn Lawrence 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

—   100 % runnable

—   A1

—   pack run

 

Starting point: Cecilia Forest parking area (Google Map link: http://tinyurl.com/3ygxy3a)

 

Directions:  From the M3, heading out of the city, just after the Newlands Forest Fire Base, turn right onto the M63 Rhodes Ave and follow the signs to Kirstenbosch; continue past the main entrance for about 2 km to the Cecilia Forest parking area on the right; from the Muizenberg side and Hout Bay, it’s probably easiest to make your way to Constantia Nek and then follow the Kirstenbosch signs along the M63 Rhodes Ave for about 3 km, where you’ll find the parking area on the left.

 

Equipment

—         valid Wildcard/Green Card

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (see http://tinyurl.com/Weather-Kirstenbosch-150212 or your favourite weather forecast site)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

 

Car guards:  22 Feb:         Jonathan Mylrea & John Yeld

 

 

THURSDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2012

 

CELTICS SUMMER TRAIL RUN

 

On Thursday 23rd February we meet at Newlands Forest for the run to start at 18h00. We do our Plumpudding Hill run which will start at Newlands Forest in the parking area at the 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 takes in Newlands Forest out to the beacon on Plumpudding Hill, down Heartbreak Hill on the slopes of Devil’s Peak and back the lower route above Rhodes Memorial.

 

Difficulty grading 6/10.

 

Distance is 9.5 kms with about 450 metres total ascent and descent.

 

NB: PLEASE ALL DO YOUR BEST TO STAY IN YOUR GROUPS – MOST PARTICULARLY DO NOT RUN AHEAD OF YOUR GROUP LEADER. If you are new to the runs and unsure of the pace of the various groups, then rather run with a slower group initially. Thanks

 

 

 

 

CRAG STELLENBOSCH / SOMERSET WEST TRAIL RUN

 

No details yet.  Jon I will send them on to you when they arrive.  Anyone else requiring these details please let me know.

 

 

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2012

 

 

acsis VOB Trail Running Group and THE TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS – ANNUAL NOORDHOEK PEAK RUN

 

Details sent out yesterday.  For full details check out blog on: http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/

 

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES

 

The next TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm run will be held on Saturday 25 February at a super new venue, Bellevue Wine Estate, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch, at the earlier than usual time of 7h00am. Please see flyer below for further details about the run, and map beneath. Thanks for your ongoing support.

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2011

 

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

 

Details will be published in our Friday Wrap Up email.

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER RUNS AND EVENTS

 

 

SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2012 - THE BAT RUN (NOW ORGANISED BY SAUCONY MATES)

 

If you haven’t entered yet, perhaps you can contact Meindert Hoving (meindert.hoving@gmail.com) and beg to be allowed in.  Or if you still want to volunteer to assist / marshal, contact Jane.

 

BAT RUN - HELPERS STILL NEEDED

 

Volunteers needed to man tables during the Bat Run - 3rd March 2012.

Guys we are really in need of some hard core volunteers to support those fit and crazy people lucky enough to be taking part in the Bat Run this year.
We need YOU!
If you are free to '(wo)man' one of the tables for any of the time slots below please contact Jane on 0790852582 or janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk

Bottom of Platteklip:
10:30pm-1am = 1-2 people required

Finish at Kloof Nek car park:
9:30-12:30pm = 1-2 people required
12:30pm - 4am = 2-3 people required

Having participated in this event in the past I can honestly say that the people who organize and man these tables help make the event as great as it is. I'll be manning one this year - so anyone else who isn't fit enough to enter, who is injured or who is an unwavering seconder come on down and join in the party from the easy side!

Many thanks and kind regards
Jane Holdcroft

 

 

 

 

JONKERSHOEK CHALLENGE AND HELDERBERG MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE - Entries are OPEN! Entries are limited so get yours in now!

 

 

 

The Jonkershoek and Helderberg Mountain Challenge

For more information on each event and to enter, check out the event websites:

 

Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge

 

Helderberg Mountain Challenge


Let me know if the links on this email (the blue names above) are not working - Tim

 

 

 

                      

THE TRAIL SHOP

 

  1. For Sale: 1 pair of size 11 Inov8 Mud Rock Trail Running Shoes. Brand New. Never been worn! R900 price negotiable. Contact Joseph Beattie on

082 532 1500 or jolibt@gmail.com.

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  1. Jane Holdcroft has to pull out of the Grabouw Xterra (full) on 26th February 2012. Would anyone like to take her place ?  The entry fee is R400 and substitution fee of R100.  Jane is happy to pay the substitution fee.

 

If anyone is interested please contact Jane:

 

Office: (021) 9157323

Mobile: 0790852582

janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

  1. Outeniqua Trail

 

Outeniqua Hiking Trail -four spots available.  Leave 29th Sept and spend the first night at the last hut at Harkerville.  Hike starts 30th Sept ends 5th Oct back at the Harkerville Hut.  Will stay the night of the 5th in that hut.  Details at http://www.trailinfo.co.za/hiking/outeniqua/index.html .  I am leaving out the cost as I thought I understood what Sue was talking about but looking over the emails now I am completely confused.  But if you are interested, please contact Sue Bracher directly on subee55@hotmail.co.uk to discuss. 

 

 

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Monday, February 20, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2012 - THE ANNUAL NOORDHOEK PEAK RUN

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

MONDAY HILL RUN

 

I am ashamed to say that I feel physically sick at the thought of sweating up a peak today.  After discussing the matter with the Hill Running Strategic Planning Committee we have decided on a via media for the evening.  I discovered a truly amazing piece of single track in Newlands Forest last night that I had never run before.  In fact I was only alerted to its existence recently by a fellow runner (can’t quite remember who it was) who said he had run it once with Leo Rust.  After a little exploration yesterday I found it and was extremely impressed.  So if anyone is keen to run it this evening and can make it to Newlands Forestry Station car park in time to start running at 17h30 this afternoon, please let me know.  You will not be sorry.  There will still be a hill getting up to the contour path but not our usual Monday Madness.  Also, whilst this will still be a medium paced run, we will keep it to a slower medium pace.  Please RSVP if you plan on being there.

 

 

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2012 - THE ANNUAL NOORDHOEK PEAK RUN

 

I repeat the Invitation from 3 February 2012.  Please note:  If you intend coming to the breakfast, we need to know by the end of today so that we can finalise who is going to bring what.  As far as the runs are concerned, feel free to just rock up and run.

 

As far as the Short Route is concerned, please note the new Start Venue.  No longer the Arboretum but the very top of Zwaanswyk Road (traditional start point for short route).

 

What is the Noordhoek Peak Run ?

 

Each year there has been a tradition at acsis VOB (not an official VOB event, mind you, just a tradition), that we:

 

1.       do a run to Noordhoek Peak (just rock-up-and-run),

2.       followed by a breakfast (RSVP required) of the “Each Person Brings a Plate of Something” variety. 

 

In the past, it was always run from the founder of the tradition, Seamus Daly’s home in Constantia Hills (with a short route group starting from the top of Zwaanswyk Road in Tokai) with the breakfast also being hosted by Seamus and Annemarie in their lovely garden.  Also traditionally, this Noordhoek Peak Run took place on the Sunday a week before Christmas.

 

However, during 2011, Seamus sold up and moved on out to Noordhoek which took him out of the picture for hosting the event.  However, Jane Holdcroft very kindly agreed to assume the duty of hosting the event from her and Adam’s equally stunning home off Tokai Road, Tokai.  However, it could not be accommodated in December so we decided to postpone until February 2012 which is now upon us.

 

We will also be having it on a Saturday, in place of our normal trail run, so as not to conflict with weekend road running groups: Sunday Stars, LSD and the Cool Running groups.

 

Who is invited ?

 

Everyone.  This is not just for the VOB members amongst us.  The invitation is being sent to the VOB Trail Running / Table Mountain Trailers email list which includes many members from other clubs and also lots of roadies from VOB who enjoy a bit of trail.  So it is for everyone who has been involved in our groups, runs and emails over the last few years, as well as past participants in this event.

 

 

When ?

 

The date is set for Saturday 25 February 2012. 

 

 

What will happen ?

 

You are welcome to attend “the run only” or the “run and the breakfast” or “the breakfast only” (if you can handle the guilt).  Your choice, but if you are attending the breakfast, you need to RSVP to Jane or myself so that we can co-ordinate food and drinks.

 

Long Route:                       

 

  • Meet at Jane Holdcroft’s house at 6 Mulder Close, Tokai in time to start running by 06h15 (also in time to drop off your “plate of goodies” if you are attending the breakfast too).  But Directions are:  M3 south and take Exit 21 Tokai Road.  At the traffic lights, turn right into Tokai Road.  The first road right is the on-ramp back onto the M3.  Obviously you ignore it.  Take the next right into Brocker Way.  Then third left into Resthaven Drive.  Then second road right is Mulder Close.  The house is at the end of the close, slightly on the right. [If you take the on-ramp back onto the M3 by mistake, don’t panic.  Just drive back up the M3 and follow the route you came until you get back to your house, get back into bed and sleep a bit more.  J ]
  • Run up Tokai Road to the Manor House, turn left up to the Arboretum and then follow the traditional Noordhoek Peak Run route up to the Peak and back down the same way (ish).  I will route consult with Seamus beforehand, just in case he doesn’t want to do the long route (or the short route) but I really hope he will be there.
  • Report for brunch at Jane’s at about 09h00 / 09h30ish onwards (optional). 

 

Short Route:

 

  • Meet at the very top of Zwaanswyk Road, Tokai in time to start running at 06h30.  The Table Mountain Trailers will also start here.  Directions: Get a map book.  Failing that, take the M3 south and then take Exit 21 Tokai Road.  At the traffic lights, turn right into Tokai Road.  Drive straight up Tokai Road to the traffic circle.  Go straight across the circle and you will now have Steenberg Golf Course on your left and Forest Glade Housing Estate on your right.  Take your first road left.  This is Zwaanswyk Road.  Follow it all the way to the end.
  • Follow the traditional Noordhoek Peak Run route up to the Peak and back down the same way (ish).
  • Report for brunch at Jane’s at about 09h00 / 09h30ish onwards (optional). 

 

Breakfast:

 

  • From 09h00 / 09h30 at Jane’s House which is located at:
  • Please RSVP asap to Tim or Jane by 20 February 2012 if you are going to attend the breakfast and let us know what plate o’ nosh you are intending to bring so that we don’t end up with tons of fruit salad and no cold meat for Tim.  Please note that unfortunately, although it is a nice big venue, there is not unlimited capacity, so at some point we will have to draw the line on the breakfast numbers.

 

Additional re the breakfast:

 

  • Bring cozzies and towels.
  • Bring a camping chair as well and or a picnic blanket.
  • Just a little warning for those who are terrified of dogs: Jane has two delightful dogs and a cat or two.  So if you are a strictly non-animal person then ……..well……don’t make me say it…….

 

 

OTHER FINAL RUN CHANGES FOR MARCH 2012 (JANE IS GOING TO KILL ME)

 

This is a final change of plans for runs for March.  These have been occasioned by stupid Saturday lectures and then by my increasingly leaky memory which forgot about the acsis VOB Constantia Village 15km race.

 

SO:

 

SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2012

 

No official acsis VOB TRAIL RUN for the group that normally runs with me.  I am sure that the Table Mountain Trailers will still run.  This affords everyone the opportunity to get out there and support The Bat Run which happens on the 3rd March.

 

SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2012

 

This is the same day as the acsis VOB Constantia Village 15km road race.  I am not keen to have a run which “competes” with one of our very own club races.  For those wanting to trail run I strongly urge you to support the:

 

THE BOSCHENDAL LION’S HEAD 17KM TRAIL RUN, 7KM FUN RUN AND MARKET DAY

-          FULL DETAILS IN THE EMAIL TOMORROW

 

SATURDAY 17 MARCH 2012

 

We will run the Two Oceans Trail Race Long Route, starting on the Jammie Steps.

 

 

 

 

TRAIL SHOP

 

1.      For Sale: 1 pair of size 11 Inov8 Mud Rock Trail Running Shoes. Brand New. Never been worn! R900 price negotiable. Contact Joseph Beattie on

082 532 1500 or jolibt@gmail.com.

Picture available but it is a 4MB attachment.

 

2.       Jane Holdcroft has to pull out of the Grabouw Xterra (full) on 26th February 2012. Would anyone like to take her place ?  The entry fee is R400 and substitution fee of R100.  Jane is happy to pay the substitution fee.

 

If anyone is interested please contact Jane:

 

Office: (021) 9157323

Mobile: 0790852582

janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

3.       Outeniqua Trail

 

Outeniqua Hiking Trail -four spots available.  Leave 29th Sept and spend the first night at the last hut at Harkerville.  Hike starts 30th Sept ends 5th Oct back at the Harkerville Hut.  Will stay the night of the 5th in that hut.  Details at http://www.trailinfo.co.za/hiking/outeniqua/index.html .  I am leaving out the cost as I thought I understood what Sue was talking about but looking over the emails now I am completely confused.  But if you are interested, please contact Sue Bracher directly on subee55@hotmail.co.uk to discuss. 

 

 

 

Tim Bellairs

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