Friday, March 30, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP

 

 

Good morning Everyone

 

 

SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2012

 

acsis VOB-ORGANISED TRAIL RUNS

 

Our acsis VOB-organised runs tomorrow morning are ON:

 

1.       Long Route Group – 06h30 start from Constantia Nek car park.  For full details see http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ .

2.       Table Mountain Trailers – 06h30 start from the UCT parking area just over the road from the exit booms at the Southern end of UCT Campus.  For full details check out http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ .

 

 

ALSO TOMORROW

 

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

The blue bars show max and min values for precipitation per hour.

 

 

 

SUNDAY 1 APRIL 2012 – APRIL FOOLS DAY TRAIL RUN

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES TRAIL RUN

This will be a very special run for us, because it seldom happens that April Fool’s Day corresponds with a Sunday trail run. So please come dressed as your favourite fantasy character and let’s have a bit of fun with it.  To celebrate, we will be offering TWO route choices from Constantia Nek – one for those runners who want to go a bit faster and further, and another for runners who feel that a bit shorter and a bit slower will be just right for them. To further celebrate the day, the boys and girls from Saucony will be joining us, and we will be doing our SAUCONY shoe draw for the month of March. Do pop along – and please be assured that there is no truth in the rumour that the draw is rigged and if CEO Mike wins, it will be merely a coincidence.

Route 1: Eagles Nest, Camel Rock, Waterbailiffs. Mike’s Path, around to the Dams, Ash Valley, and a nice route back as determined by conditions on the day. Duration 3 hours.

Route 2:  Same as above, but return to Constantia Nek from Waterbailiffs. Duration 2 hours.

Where: Constantia Nek parking area.

When:  In time to start running at 06H30.

What: Weather dependent kit, snax, Wildcard. Water to drink on the run, and ICE cold beer for afterwards. 

Seeya!

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

VINEYARD RACES

 

This is the annual festival at the finish of the ABSA Cape Epic.  15km or 6km trail races on the Lourensford Wine Estate.  Check out the flyer above or go to www.vineyard-races.co.za .

 

 

5th ANNUAL BENCH2BENCH

 

Organized by: The Nixon Family and Friends

The Bench2Bench is a memorial fun run and walk that began in March 2008, in honour and remembrance of Denis Nixon.

Denis was an ardent advocate of running and cycling, in which he always encouraged participation.  Those close to Denis pledged to keep his legacy alive and what better than through an event that shares the outdoors, makes feel good and allows us to connect with a community of like-minded individuals.

 

6:30am to 9:30am

 

Location: The Bench, le Sueur Meadow (off Brommersvlei Road)

Street:  11 le Sueur Avenue Constantia

Website or Map:  http://www.Bench2Bench.co.za

Please enter online : http://www.Bench2Bench.co.za

 

Ian Nixon

 

 

 

 

Whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend.

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT RUNS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Hi Everyone

 

For anyone who is getting frustrated about getting the same emails from acsis VOB, CRAG, MATES and Celtics, we are looking at ways of consolidating the weekly emails giving general details of events in just one shared email.  Rod, Douglas and I are going to chat about it and see what we can do, and hopefully drag Spencer into it as well.  Please be patient in the meantime.  J

 

 

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2012

 

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL KLOOF NEK TRAIL RUN

 

This run is on.  Starting 17h15 sharp at the car park at the SANParks Info Centre at Kloof Nek.  Between 8km and 12km at a medium pace.  Always best to RSVP either to me or Bronwyn (bpithey@gmail.com) in case of any last minute changes.  It is an informal run after all.

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

 

Leader:  Kevin Ewers

Date:  Wednesday 28 March 2012

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

Location:  Echo Valley/Mimetes Valley, Kalk Bay mountains

Route description:  From the start on Boyes Drive we head up the steps to Weary Willy’s (more correctly, Wandering Willy’s Weary Wait), then up the stepped path into Echo Valley, take a left on the Jojulo track, scramble up and around Cave Peak, and follow the path into the Amphitheatre; then we head off along the path which skims Spes Bona Valley and over to the jeep track, where we hang a right and speed down Mimetes Valley, with stunning views over Muizenberg beach, its resident Great Whites, and the entire False Bay; now it’s all the way back to Weary Willy’s and down the steps for the welcome rehydrate session. Sunset is at 18h47.

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, 9 km

Walkers:  Andre Proctor, making a welcome and long-overdue return to CRAG/CWAG, 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

—   70 % runnable

—   A1

—   pack run

Starting point: the far southern end of Boyes Drive (Ou Kraal/Trappieskop steps) (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/39hcxk5)

 Directions:  Take the M3 south to the very end, take the exit and turn left into Steenberg Rd, then right into Main Rd towards Muizenberg; 500 m later, opposite the Westlake Wetland Conservancy, turn right on to Boyes Drive; follow the Drive above Muizenberg towards Kalk Bay, all the way to the very end. At the split, instead of following the road left and down into Main Road and its familiar comestible and libationary delights, continue straight ahead and park in the cul de sac.

Equipment

—         valid Wildcard/Green Card

—         headlamp/torch

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast predicts clear skies, no rain, 18–21 °C, wind W 19 km/h)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

Car guards:  28 Mar:   Dave Jones & Cheryl Jenks

 

 

 

THURSDAY 29 MARCH 2012

 

CELTICS SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

 

On Thursday 29th Mar we meet at Kloof Nek for the run to start at 17h45. We will do the Signal Hill – Lion’s Head circuit.

 

Meet in the parking area on the left just 100 metres up Tafelberg Road from the traffic circle on Kloof Nek.

 

The route starts from the Kloof Nek parking area (where the Sanparks info centre is).  Our route will start with a crossing of Kloof road at the Nek (please be careful), head up Signal Hill Road, and then almost immediately we turn left and head along the single track path that follows the spine of Signal Hill to the viewpoint at the end of Signal Hill. We then head back the way we came for a short while, until we get to the foot of Lion’s Head itself, where we turn right (west). We will take a beautiful route back along a scenic path that runs along the lower western slopes of Lion’s Head well above the houses of Bantry Bay and Clifton with superb views of the setting sun.

 

Difficulty grading: 7/10 (not too much in the way of hills, but some sections where the path is a little uneven underfoot.)

 

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

 

 

 

SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2012

 

In addition to the acsis VOB-organised run advertised yesterday.

 

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES – 31 MARCH 2012

 

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 31 March at Simonsig Estate, Stellenbosch, at 7h30. Please see below flyer for further details, and map beneath. Please note that the venue is Simonsig Estate, NOT Simonsvlei.

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 1 APRIL 2012

 

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

To be unveiled in the Friday Wrap-Up email.

 

 

VINEYARD RACES

 

This is the annual festival at the finish of the ABSA Cape Epic.  15km or 6km trail races on the Lourensford Wine Estate.  Check out the flyer above or go to www.vineyard-races.co.za .

 

 

5th ANNUAL BENCH2BENCH

 

Organized by: The Nixon Family and Friends

The Bench2Bench is a memorial fun run and walk that began in March 2008, in honour and remembrance of Denis Nixon.

Denis was an ardent advocate of running and cycling, in which he always encouraged participation.  Those close to Denis pledged to keep his legacy alive and what better than through an event that shares the outdoors, makes feel good and allows us to connect with a community of like-minded individuals.

 

6:30am to 9:30am

 

Location: The Bench, le Sueur Meadow (off Brommersvlei Road)

Street:  11 le Sueur Avenue Constantia

Website or Map:  http://www.Bench2Bench.co.za

Please enter online : http://www.Bench2Bench.co.za

 

 

Ian Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

KKNK AND SEDGEFIELD SLOW FESTIVAL – 6 APRIL 2012

 

For those of you that are in the Garden Route area for the KKNK and Sedgefield Slow Festival:

Get Dirty Sprint Adventure Race #1
Have FUN getting dirty with your Team mate and test your raw instincts against nature.

Sprint Adventure Racing at its best - combination of a short river paddle; 20-24km Mountain biking off road; 5-7km Trail running or
Hiking; water crossing with tubes and ropes (not a swim) and negotiating
natural obstacles on your adventure journey to the Finish. This Event takes
place in conjunction with the Sedgefield Slow Festival.
Date: Friday 6 April 2012 (a public holiday)
Pre-entries close: Tuesday 3 April
Info: www.southerncrossadventure.co.za

Hano Otto

 

OCEAN2OCEAN

 

There are a couple of events around Cape Town which you HAVE to participate in if you want to call yourself a Trail Runner.  One of them is Cape Town’s best kept trail secret -  the Ocean2Ocean.  This is an event that is held twice a year and only about 20 participants are accepted for each event.  I can safely disclose this now as my entry has been secured.

 

I highly recommend that you go and check out www.ocean2ocean.co.za .  So!  Shamelessly copied from Rod Prodgers’ CRAG email:

 

“Organizer Dirk McIntosh advises that entries are now open for this event. Please go to http://www.ocean2ocean.co.za/ for details and entry form. The field is limited and preference will be given to those wanting to do the 50 km route as a qualifier for PUFfeR.”

 

I think you’d better get that entry in right now.

 

 

 

K-WAY PLATTEKLIP CHARITY CHALLENGE – 21 APRIL 2012

I don’t have the flyer for this event but I do have the link i.e. www.charitychallenge.co.za .  Please check this extremely worthwhile event out and if it’s too late to enter then you can always participate by throwing some money at the problems i.e. lunatic trail runners trying to summit as many times as possible in a specified period.  You can check out the contestants and sponsor them online.

 

 

 

NEW EVENT!!!!!!  CONSTANTIA VALLEY TRAIL RUN – 29 APRIL 2012

                                                                                 

This is the launch of a brand new event in the Constantia Valley.  A trail half marathon and shorter options.  A fun, family day.  Take a look at the race flyer attached as well as the website: www.cvtrailrun.co.za .

 

 

 

 

JONKERSHOEK CHALLENGE (6 May 2012) AND HELDERBERG MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (20 May 2012) - Entries are OPEN! Entries are limited so get yours in now!

 

 

 

The Jonkershoek (6 May 2012) and Helderberg Mountain (20 May) Challenges

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

 

Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge

 

Helderberg Mountain Challenge


Or https://sites.google.com/site/jonkershoekmountainchallenge/home and https://sites.google.com/site/helderbergmountainchallenge/

 

 

 

 

THE JIKELEZA JOG – 5 – 9 MAY 2012

 

 

Hi there,

 

As your running club representative, we would be highly appreciative if you could forward this on to your members as we’d love to see a broad range of runners join this exciting new multi-day trail event. Full event details attached & a short blurb for your newsletter below.

 

Many thanks,

The Wild Trails Team

 

 

The Jikeleza Jog: 5 -9 May, 2012

Eastern Cape – Wild Coast

Nearest City/Airport: East London

Teams: Pairs

Distance: 80km over 3 trail days: 22km, 28km & 30km days

Website: www.wildtrails.co.za

 

An awesome new trail running event has been established along the lower Wild Coast, specifically aimed at intermediate trail runners and road runners who like to switch between tar and trail! Run free along miles of empty beaches and undulating hills, following the paths of sure-footed cattle and fisherman as your trail. On the 3 day Jikeleza Jog from Mazeppa Bay to Cintsa, competitors will cover some 80kms of wild running terrain; an experience no runner should have to miss.

 

Held over a full moon weekend from 5-9 May, runners can take advantage of hard-pack beaches, lower chances of rain and comfortable daily temperatures.  Whilst the daily distances are intended at making racing teams work for their times with a tactical approach; they will provide a fair but manageable challenge to rookies of the sport.

 

If this is your first multi-day stage event it’s the perfect race to cut your teeth on. Spectacular terrain, doable distances and a fun vibe; it offers ample challenge and contest for all. The route is unmarked and unmanned, but basic maps are provided and keeping the sea on your left will guide you to the finish each day. Participants will race as pairs, with some compulsory check-points to collect enroute.

 

For more in-depth details and to enter please visit our event website:  www.wildtrails.co.za

 

Race organiser: Sarah Drew

Tel: +27 (0)84 240 7277 / +27 (0)33 3306131

Fax to email: +27 (0)86 2124399

Email: sarah@wildtrails.co.za

Partner Site: www.active-escapes.co.za

 

 

 

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Monday, March 26, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2012 - CONSTANTIA NEK / CONTOUR PATH / UP SKELETON / AROUND DAMS / ECHO VALLEY / MACLEARS BEACON / BACK ALONG SMUTS TRACK

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2012

 

CONSTANTIA NEK / CONTOUR PATH / UP SKELETON / AROUND DAMS / ECHO VALLEY / MACLEARS BEACON / BACK ALONG SMUTS TRACK

 

 

Run Leader

 

Tim Bellairs (0823210299 / timbe@boe.co.za / tim.bellairs@gmail.com)

 

 

Start Time and Place

 

06h30 sharp from Constantia Nek car park. 

 

 

Route

 

We will follow the contour path to the start of Skeleton Gorge in Kirstenbosch.  Ascend Skeleton Gorge to the point of the Hely-Hutchinson Dam, along the side of the dam to the concrete road.  Follow the base of the H-H Dam wall to the Museum and then over the hill to Echo Valley.  From there it is up to Maclears Beacon and then back down Smuts Track to Bailiff’s Cottage and back to the cars.

 

Distance

 

Anywhere between 15km and 20km.  Bespoke short-cuts available on demand.

 

 

Running Time

 

3.5 hours

 

Difficulty

 

Quite a tough one.

 

 

Important Notes

 

  1. Bring lots of water and energy snacks for the run.  And ICE cold be’erages for rehydration afterwards.

 

  1. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year so best keep a careful eye on the weather report on Friday.

 

  1. Sunblock and cap rule probably still applies even though autumn seems to be creeping up on us.

 

  1. Keep an eye out for snakes basking in the sun on the paths.  The MATES group saw a rinkhals up there this last weekend.

 

  1. Fill out the register before starting. 

 

  1. Have fun, it’s not a race.

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS:   SATURDAY 31ST MARCH 2012 - NEWLANDS TWO OCEANS 10KM ROUTE (revisited)

 

Brief Description of Route

 

Our final practice run over the Two Oceans 10Km trail route.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time

 

RV in the UCT parking area just over the road from the exit booms at the Southern end of UCT Campus  in time to start running at 0630

How to get there?   From the M3 North-bound lane take the UCT exit after you have passed the Rhodes Memorial turn off.   Follow the road around the hairpin bend, drive up past the Bus pick up point to the boom.   Parking area is directly opposite the boom.

 

Terrain and Distance     

Good initial climb followed by several ups & downs along a single mountain-side trail.   Same as we did two weeks ago.  Distance should be more or less about 10.5 kms.

 

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2012

 

We kicked off the run by moving our cars from the Supertubes to Surfer’s Corner.  Apologies to Muizenberg residents but the former car park looks extremely dodgy and we were all talking in hushed tones in case we disturbed the local dealers.  It meant that we skipped the initial beach section which was okay because some runners were concerned about getting sand in their shoes!!!!!!!!!!   There was a little debate regarding which road would take us to the correct steps up to Boyes Drive but we got it right pretty much first time.  Getting onto the Mule Track was easy enough but then the real arguing started: about whether Ocean2Ocean ascends Spes Bona Valley (favoured by Mike O and Karen Jennings) or Echo Valley (favoured by Douglas).  Before blood got shed we decided to just stick to the plan and head up Echo Valley.  Perhaps Dirk can give us a ruling here?  In any event it was a lovely ascent as I dropped back far enough so that I couldn’t hear the bickering anymore.  The path around Klein Tuinkop provided the entertainment for the stumblers; seeing Mike O go down (with minor cuts and abrasions – making him a Sailing Sandra candidate) but Sandra found her form again and “left the path”, both feet up in the air, ripped her tights and gashed her “leg”.  This trumped all other efforts for the day and the trophy returns to the cabinet of its namesake who will receive it in absentia as she is swanning around Vic Falls.

 

Next I got the gears from Jane for taking a small detour to the waterfall in Silvermine East, thereby hijacking her route (just a simple misunderstanding).  The problem wouldn’t have been so bad if Mike hadn’t tried to lead the group over the edge of the waterfall instead of crossing the stream.  The lesson of the day is: Don’t mess with a project manager!  But Jane was right.  If someone has stepped up and volunteered to lead a run, they chose the route and that is the route we stick with.  Sorry Jane.  But we were soon back on the right track and heading up to the Higher Steenberg Peak where we sheltered in a little cave to regroup and get out of the breeze (see picture attached).  Then a quick descent and across to (and up) Muizenberg Peak, finishing off with a trundle down Pecks Valley (of a million steps) and back down to Surfer’s Corner.  We had an abridged rehydration session as people had to get to work, study, collect t-shirts and there was the constant threat of “the heat” confiscating the beers / fining us.  We suspect that Bronwyn was actually trying to phone them as she chastised us for the various offences we were committing / about to commit.  We will do better next week.

 

A final thanks to our photographer, Roger Ronnie for the great pictures of the run.  It appears that I appear to be this week’s victim and the theme appears to be “the need to lose weight”.  Message received loud and clear.  In my defence, that waste belt was very tight…………………..  Okay, Lite beer for me this weekend.

 

Have a great week everyone.

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT RUNS AND EVENTS

Hi Everyone

 

Two quick announcements:

 

1.       On Thursday and Friday this week I have decided to take two days of study leave to catch up on some work I failed to do largely because of rehydration sessions post trail runs last weekend.  Whilst I will do my best to get a Wrap Up email out on Friday via my gmail address, I cannot guarantee success.  If nothing comes out, rest assured that our Saturday Run is ON.  Starting at the Muizenberg Supertubes at 06h30 on Saturday 24 March 2012.  Yes, it is that car park next to the putt-putt course kind of where that slide is.  If you have any questions after 16h15 today, best use my cell phone number (0823210299).

 

2.       There is a LOT of info regarding upcoming events below.  But there is one new event added to the list today that I want to draw special attention to as it is the launch of a brand new trail event in the Constantia Winelands on 29 April 2012 (see details below and attached).  Check out the race flyer and website www.cvtrailrun.co.za .  This is an independent trail race brought to you by Richard Acheson who is also the race director for acsis VOB.  But this race is his own brainchild.  You can be sure it will be extremely well organised.  It is a true trail race and is NOT a WPA event, so you can wear whatever you want.  Choice of 21km, 11.5km and a short 4.5km fun trail run.  Please support this event.  It is a fun day for the whole family.  And NO, I have no financial or other personal interest in the event.  J

 

 

TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2012

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES NIGHT RUN

 

One should never waste a good public holiday, and in this case we will be using the night before the Wednesday break to do a spot of moonlighting around Kalkbay Mountains.

Where: We will be leaving from the Brass Bell / Kalkbay Station parking lot. Parking is relatively secure here, with some dedicated parking dudes who should ensure that your car is still intact.

When: In time to leave at 19H00. That’s 7 Pee Em in old money.

What:  Headlamp and fresh batteries and spare batteries. Weather suitable kit. Snax to eat along the way, and water to drink. And afterwards we are going to have a moonlight drink on the rocks next to the Brass Bell, so bring something for then, and dry and warm post-run clothes. And ICE cold beer.

Route: Up Trappieskop, around Cave Peak, past Klein Tuinkop, up Steenberg Ridge, Muizenberg Peak, St James Peak and Everest. Nah, just checking if you were paying attention on that last one J

Duration: About 3 hours – we will be finished well before Pumpkin Time.

 

WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2012 – HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

 

 

BAINS TRAIL RUN

 

This is natural beauty at its best. A choice of a 7km or a 12km trail, consists of single-track, via vineyards, pristine fynbos and along a mountain stream. Both distances will traverse the slopes of Groenberg, with the 12km route going on to explore the lower areas of Bainskloof. Runners and supporters can stay on to enjoy the Wellington Harvest Festival and indulge themselves with good coffee, food and wine at Die Ou Meul coffee shop at Welvanpas. www.graveltravel.co.za for more information.

 

 

 

BRONWYN’S FAMOUS INFORMAL KLOOF NEK TRAIL RUN

 

‘Tis  a public holiday (Human Rights Day, Katrine) and so this group will not be running this week.  Back next Wednesday.

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

 

Also taking a break owing to the Public Holiday.

 

 

 

THURSDAY 22 MARCH 2012

 

CELTICS SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

 

On Thursday 22nd March we meet at Newlands Forest for the run to start at 17h45. We will do the Silvertree Trail Route.

 

Meet in the parking area at the Parks Board office / helipad / firebase (the parking area is the main parkingrking 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 is undulating as it heads from Newlands Forest initially with a few uphills before linking up with the Silvertree Trail. We head along the Silvertree trail, before eventually cutting down into Kirstenbosch before heading back along the lower rollercoaster route into Newlands Forest.

The distance is about 7,8kms.

Difficulty rating – 7/10.

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
 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 is undulating as it heads from Newlands Forest initially with a few up-hills before linking up with the Silvertree Trail. We head along the Silvertree Trail, before eventually cutting down into Kirstenbosch before heading back along the lower rollercoaster route into Newlands Forest.

 

The distance is about 7,8kms.

 

Difficulty rating – 7/10

 

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

 

 

SUNDAY 25 MARCH 2012

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

Kevin Ewers will be Dude of the Day, and he has worked out a cool route which includes India Venster. Now that there are handles and things fitted on the hairy bits, India Venster is a lot nicer than Platties and not as bad as it used to be. Yes, there is a piece where you climb up a baby cliff so if you freeze and flap in situations like that, rather stay at home, but generally it should all be good clean fun.

Where: Kloof Nek parking areal: As you drive up Kloof Nek road as if going to Campsbay from the City Bowl, hang a left at the circle at the top and turn left into the second parking lot about 100 meters from the circle. That’s the one with the TMNP info hut.

When: In time to start running at 06H30.

Route: Up Kloofnek Corner, along Contour Path, up India Venster, loop around to the top of Platties then down to Echo Valley via the ladders. Follow Echo Valley all the way to the Smuts Track, hang a left up to Maclears and then Front Face around and down Platties and Contour Path and Kloofnek Corner. We won’t go anywhere near Everest – that will just be plain stupid.

Duration: About 3 hours.

Seeya!

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES – 31 MARCH 2012

 

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 31 March at Simonsig Estate, Stellenbosch, at 7h30. Please see below flyer for further details, and map beneath. Please note that the venue is Simonsig Estate, NOT Simonsvlei.

 

                       

 

 

 

VINEYARD RACES – 1 APRIL 2012

 

This is the annual festival at the finish of the ABSA Cape Epic.  15km or 6km trail races on the Lourensford Wine Estate.  Check out the flyer above or go to www.vineyard-races.co.za .

 

 

KKNK AND SEDGEFIELD SLOW FESTIVAL – 6 APRIL 2012

 

For those of you that are in the Garden Route area for the KKNK and Sedgefield Slow Festival:

Get Dirty Sprint Adventure Race #1
Have FUN getting dirty with your Team mate and test your raw instincts
against nature. Sprint Adventure Racing at its best - combination of a short
river paddle; 20-24km Mountain biking off road; 5-7km Trail running or
Hiking; water crossing with tubes and ropes (not a swim) and negotiating
natural obstacles on your adventure journey to the Finish. This Event takes
place in conjunction with the Sedgefield Slow Festival.
Date: Friday 6 April 2012 (a public holiday)
Pre-entries close: Tuesday 3 April
Info: www.southerncrossadventure.co.za

Hano Otto

 

OCEAN2OCEAN

 

There are a couple of events around Cape Town which you HAVE to participate in if you want to call yourself a Trail Runner.  One of them is Cape Town’s best kept trail secret -  the Ocean2Ocean.  This is an event that is held twice a year and only about 20 participants are accepted for each event.  I can safely disclose this now as my entry has been secured.

 

I highly recommend that you go and check out www.ocean2ocean.co.za .  So!  Shamelessly copied from Rod Prodgers’ CRAG email:

 

“Organizer Dirk McIntosh advises that entries are now open for this event. Please go to http://www.ocean2ocean.co.za/ for details and entry form. The field is limited and preference will be given to those wanting to do the 50 km route as a qualifier for PUFfeR.”

 

I think you’d better get that entry in right now.

 

 

 

K-WAY PLATTEKLIP CHARITY CHALLENGE – 21 APRIL 2012

I don’t have the flyer for this event but I do have the link i.e. www.charitychallenge.co.za .  Please check this extremely worthwhile event out and if it’s too late to enter then you can always participate by throwing some money at the problems i.e. lunatic trail runners trying to summit as many times as possible in a specified period.  You can check out the contestants and sponsor them online.

 

 

 

NEW EVENT!!!!!!  CONSTANTIA VALLEY TRAIL RUN – 29 APRIL 2012

                                                                                 

This is the launch of a brand new event in the Constantia Valley.  A trail half marathon and shorter options.  A fun, family day.  Take a look at the race flyer attached as well as the website: www.cvtrailrun.co.za .

 

 

 

JONKERSHOEK CHALLENGE (6 May 2012) AND HELDERBERG MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (20 May 2012) - Entries are OPEN! Entries are limited so get yours in now!

 

 

 

The Jonkershoek (6 May 2012) and Helderberg Mountain (20 May) Challenges

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

 

Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge

 

Helderberg Mountain Challenge


Or https://sites.google.com/site/jonkershoekmountainchallenge/home and https://sites.google.com/site/helderbergmountainchallenge/

 

 

 

THE JIKELEZA JOG – 5 – 9 MAY 2012

 

 

Hi there,

 

As your running club representative, we would be highly appreciative if you could forward this on to your members as we’d love to see a broad range of runners join this exciting new multi-day trail event. Full event details attached & a short blurb for your newsletter below.

 

Many thanks,

The Wild Trails Team

 

 

The Jikeleza Jog: 5 -9 May, 2012

Eastern Cape – Wild Coast

Nearest City/Airport: East London

Teams: Pairs

Distance: 80km over 3 trail days: 22km, 28km & 30km days

Website: www.wildtrails.co.za

 

An awesome new trail running event has been established along the lower Wild Coast, specifically aimed at intermediate trail runners and road runners who like to switch between tar and trail! Run free along miles of empty beaches and undulating hills, following the paths of sure-footed cattle and fisherman as your trail. On the 3 day Jikeleza Jog from Mazeppa Bay to Cintsa, competitors will cover some 80kms of wild running terrain; an experience no runner should have to miss.

 

Held over a full moon weekend from 5-9 May, runners can take advantage of hard-pack beaches, lower chances of rain and comfortable daily temperatures.  Whilst the daily distances are intended at making racing teams work for their times with a tactical approach; they will provide a fair but manageable challenge to rookies of the sport.

 

If this is your first multi-day stage event it’s the perfect race to cut your teeth on. Spectacular terrain, doable distances and a fun vibe; it offers ample challenge and contest for all. The route is unmarked and unmanned, but basic maps are provided and keeping the sea on your left will guide you to the finish each day. Participants will race as pairs, with some compulsory check-points to collect enroute.

 

For more in-depth details and to enter please visit our event website:  www.wildtrails.co.za

 

Race organiser: Sarah Drew

Tel: +27 (0)84 240 7277 / +27 (0)33 3306131

Fax to email: +27 (0)86 2124399

Email: sarah@wildtrails.co.za

Partner Site: www.active-escapes.co.za

 

 

 

 

That’s it for now.

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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