TRAIL EMAIL CONSOLIDATION ACROSS MAILING GROUPS – FEEDBACK
Yes I know we are supposed to be winding down these Tuesday emails but there may still be one or two before the new system kicks in. Meindert Hoving, David le Page, Douglas Rossouw, Rod Prodgers and I met for tea and scones last week to discuss a way of consolidating the emails of the various databases; especially those giving general information. Progress has been made. We have a plan but it is going to take a little effort from the IT boffs (David and Meindert) to set up. Quite honestly, they were talking, it sounded like English but I couldn’t understand a word they said. So Rod is going to put an explanatory note together after David and Meindert have done……the things…….that they have to do. We will also try and rope Spencer in on it so that it will cover CRAG, MATES, Celtics and VOB trail databases but will cut out all duplications.
1. As advertised yesterday, Jackie Romanov is still looking for one more entry to the Safari Half Marathon on 1 May. If anyone has one they know they won’t be using, please contact Jackie on email@example.com .
2. I have had a query regarding morning trail running groups. Does anyone know of any morning groups that would welcome runners joining them? I am not talking about the hectic training groups for top runners that Coach Dion would take. I am talking about groups for the normal range of runners. If anyone knows of such groups, please let me know.
WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2012
CRAG TRAIL RUN
Leader: Stanimir Sokolinski
Date: Wednesday 25 April 2012
Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp
Location: Cecilia Forest
Route description: We start from the parking area at the official entrance of Cecilia Forest and head gradually up the jeep track toward the TMNP offices. We skip the left turn and continue right and up for about 108 m and we take a left and go up, following the stream. As we get to the main intersection where the big gum trees are, we turn right, following the contour path. After approaching the turn-off for Kirstenbosch Garden and Rooikat Ravine, we continue straight on the contour path passing Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge and shortly after that we take the second right turn-off into Kirstenbosch Garden. We then glide down on single track until we get to the garden itself and turn right to follow the paths, which take us below the reservoir and gradually up to the jeep track again. Once there we go down the jeep track to get back to the parking area. Sunset is at 18h12.
Duration and distance: approx 90 mins, 9 km
Walkers: John Yeld 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).
— 96 % runnable
— 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 (after a tight left-hander) you'll find the parking area on the left.
— valid Wildcard/Green Card
— headlamp/torch essential
— water/energy drink/munchies
— foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast predicts partly cloudy, no rain, 15–26 °C, wind W 28 km/h)
— personal medication (if required)
— something for rehydration after the run
— warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session
Car guards: 25 Apr: Claudette Meyer & Chris Wales
THURSDAY 26 APRIL 2012
CELTICS SUMMER TRAIL RUNS
On Thursday 26th April we meet at Kloof Nek for the run to start at 17h30. We will do the Deer Park Route.
The route starts from the Kloof Nek parking area (where the Sanparks info centre is.) Meet in the parking area on the left just 100 metres up Tafelberg Road from the traffic circle on Kloof Nek.
It heads in the direction of Devil’s Peak taking in the humps and hills of Deer Park. It then climbs steadily to Dead Man’s Tree on Tafelberg Road and heads back along Tafelberg Road past the base of Platterklip and Lower Cableway back down to the start.
Distance: +/- 9km.
Great for ‘night’ running and if it is a clear night, the views from Tafelberg road of Table Mountain on the one side and the city on the other as you run back to your cars will be fantastic!
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
MATES THURSDAY NIGHT RUN
Thursday evening 26 April 2012 – 19H00
Where: We meet at the Kalkbay Station / Brass Bell parking lot. There are very jacked up car guards here.
When: In time to start running at 19H00. That’s seven pee em to you civilians. Seven Pip Emma to fans of “The Guns of Navarone”.
What: Headlamp. New batteries. Headlamp. New batteries. Weather appropriate kit. Water and snax for on the run. ICE cold beer for afterwards and more snax for on the rocks.
Distance: 10-ish – 12-ish kilometres.
Duration: 3 hours.
Pace: Not fast. I know, I said so last time as well, but Karen has taken me to task and I am now chastened. But it is just that I have a better headlamp than her. But we won’t go fast – it will be dark.
Route: Sort of Weary Willy’s, Muizenberg Peak, Steenberg Ridge, Amphitheatre, Echo Valley kind of anti clockwise rotation route if you get my drift.
Navigator: Not Mike.
But wait! That’s not all! All names of participants to be entered in the April draw for a pair of SAUCONY shoes!
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SATURDAY 28 APRIL 2012
TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS
For those of you who are not taking part in the Constantia Valley Trail runs on Sunday 29th [See attached Flyer], we will be running as set out below
Brief Description of Route
From the Tokai Arboretum parking area up the mast road to Level 3 then a flatish run to the Eliphant's Eye foot path, then up to level 5 turn right and along to intersect the mast road and returning back down the dirt road to the parking area.
Rendezvous and Start Time
RV in the Arboretum parking area behind the Tokai Manor House, ready to start running at 0700
Terrain and Distance
This week 90% runnable if you like running uphill during the climbs, but much is on undulating forest trails which are supposed to follow the contour lines.
Technically not difficult as its all on dirt road or well worn hiking trails. Need to be alert for mountain bikers who tend to appear from overhead careering off downhill. Occasional spectator support from the resident Baboon troop but mostly they turn their backs on runners.
Distance approximately 11kms.
SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS MATES
SATURDAY 28 April: That’s right, Saturday. The first day of the weekend proper. Not the last day. We did a swap with the boys and girls from VOB, and they are having their run on Sunday and it will be the Constantia Valley Trail Run which is a brand spanking new shiny event on the trail running scene which everybody wants to do, so MATES will organise the Saturday run and we will also all run the Sunday run because it is a cool one.
Our Dude of the Day will be Roger Ronnie, who has agreed to take us on an exciting route of his own design. Not exciting as in “Oooh, where are we?” but exciting as in “Oooh, check the view!”
Where: Kloofnek Parking lot. As you drive up from the Cape Town towards Campsbay, you turn left at the circle at the top onto Tafelberg Road and then left again about 200meters further into the parking lot where the TMNP information hut is.
When: In time to start running at 07H00.
What: Weather appropriate kit. Water and snax for the run. ICE cold beer for after the run.
Route: Hang on, I should know this. I think the plan is to jol along the Pipe Track and up Corridor Ravine, and then back on the Twelve Apostles path and then around the dams somewhere cool and including Echo Valley and eventually come down Diagonal Ravine? Yes? Don’t despair – Roger is sending a more accurate description which I will forward J
Duration: 3 hours-ish.
Distance: We will have a “Guess the Distance” before the run, and the entrant with the most accurate estimate offered will be allowed to sit and watch us drink beer at the finish. My submission is 14,443 kilometers but I hope I am wrong because it will be weird to watch myself drink beer.
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SUNDAY 29 APRIL 2012
CONSTANTIA VALLEY TRAIL RUN
- See flyer attached but entries have now closed.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
PLEASE DIARISE THIS IMPORTANT MEETING AND TRY AND ATTEND – TUESDAY 8 MAY 2012
WP Trail Running Meeting - 8 May @ 7pm
To shape the future of Trail running in the Western Cape.
1. Venue: New Balance (directions & map below)
2. Date: 8 May
3. Time: 7pm
- Recap of Steering committee and Findings
- Discussion of a constitution
- Appointment of a Trail Committee
Note: A vote on the way forward will be done at the meeting with a corium being decided from the people attending the meeting so please in the interest of Trail running attend the meeting to help shape our future.
There is a second one in May.
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 .
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:
THE JIKELEZA JOG – 5 – 9 MAY 2012
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.
The Wild Trails Team
The Jikeleza Jog: 5 -9 May, 2012
Eastern Cape – Wild Coast
Nearest City/Airport: East London
Distance: 80km over 3 trail days: 22km, 28km & 30km days
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
+27 (0)84 240 7277 / +27 (0)33 3306131
+27 (0)86 2124399
VWS TRAIL CHALLENGE – 27 MAY 2012
10km and 25km entries open – click here
The Volunteer Wildfire Services Trail Challenge will be held on Sunday, 27 May 2012.
Set in Table Mountain National Parks and established in 2005, the VWS Trail Challenge is back again this year to test the mettle of avid trail runners (and walkers). Boasting scenic views, the challenge offers runners a chance to do two routes: 25km or 10km.
Run and organised by volunteer wildfire firefighters under the VWS banner, all proceeds after costs from the entry fees will go towards the Volunteer Wildfire Services, an entirely volunteer-run, non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and the preservation of our natural heritage.
Any donations are welcome and would be greatly appreciated.
The course this year follows much the same route as last year, with the race Start and Finish located in Deer Park, Vredehoek. Only 600 places for runners/walkers are available, so book soon to claim your spot.
Online entries close on Wednesday, 16 May, subject to availability.
- More race information on our website at http://www.capefires.com/?page_id=1683
- Race enquiries to Anya Klages at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come on, join the yellows for a day on our mountain!
The VWS Trail Challenge Team
THE GREYTON CLASSIC – 16 JUNE 2012
THE CRAZY STORE TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – 15 SEPTEMBER 2012
Entries open on Monday 2 April at 12pm, lunchtime.
Well known for zany innovations, The Crazy Crew have designed a fresh entry system for the truly committed trail runners.
To give everyone a fair chance to enter, there are 4 dates for Solo entries through April (every Monday at 12 on 2,9,16,23 April). Enter on www.trailrunning.co.za (Event Calendar, scroll to 15th Sept, Book Online).
Team Entries will open in early May (7th) once the Solo slots are filled up.
Tim Bellairs (Sir)
acsis VOB Trail Running
Cell: 082 321-0299
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