Tuesday, April 24, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT RUNS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Hi Everyone

 

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.

 

 

TRAIL SHOP

 

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 jackie@capedigital.co.za .

 

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).

 

Grading

—   96 % 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 (after a tight left-hander) you'll find the parking area on the left. 

 

Equipment

—         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!

 

Seeya!

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

 

SATURDAY 28 APRIL 2012

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

TOKAI FOREST

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.

 

Seeya!

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

 

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

4. Agenda: 

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

New Balance SA (Pty) Ltd

New Balance House
Prime Park
Mocke Road
Diep River
Cape Town
South Africa

 



Directions From M3

Head south on Simon Van Der Stel Rd/M3 toward Exit 21
Take exit 21 for Tokai Road toward M40/Tokai
Turn left at Tokai Rd
Turn left at Main Rd/M4
Turn right at De Waal Rd/M38
Take the 3rd right onto Mocke Rd
Turn left to stay on Mocke Rd

 

Directions From M5

Head southwest on M5
Turn right at De Waal Rd/M38
Turn left at Princess Vlei Rd
Take the 1st right onto Leo Rd
Continue straight to stay on Leo Rd

 

 

 

OCEAN2OCEAN

 

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:

 

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

 

 

 

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.

Come on, join the yellows for a day on our mountain!

 

Kind regards,

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.

 

 

 

 

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Monday, April 23, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SUNDAY 29 APRIL 2012 - CONSTANTIA VALLEY TRAIL RUN

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

With this coming weekend being a long weekend there are some changes to the normal format for the week.  The group that normally runs with me / Jane Holdcroft will be switching to Sunday just for this week and MATES will be running on Saturday.  However, just to keep you really focussed and on your toes, the Table Mountain Trailers will still be running on Saturday in their normal timeslot.  To top it all, MATES will be doing a Night Run on Thursday night.  I put this in because I know it takes people some time to get their minds around a night run and some runners may need time to locate a decent headlamp (which is compulsory).  So in summary, apart from the normal CRAG Run on Wednesday and Celtic Run on Thursday (details to be sent out tomorrow) we have:

 

1.       Thursday night 19h00 26 April 2012  – Saucony Journey Trails MATES Night Run from Kalk Bay Station / Brass Bell car park.  Full details tomorrow.

2.       Saturday morning 28 April 2012 – Table Mountain Trailers – see below.

 

3.       Saturday morning 28 April 2012 – Saucony Journey Trails MATES Run.  Full details tomorrow.

 

4.       Sunday morning 29 April 2012 – acsis VOB-organised Run – below and attached.

 

 

SUNDAY 29 APRIL 2012 – CONSTANTIA VALLEY TRAIL RUN

 

This is going to be our “official” run of the weekend i.e. the group that normally runs with me / Jane Holdcroft.

 

For all details, I can’t put it better than it is in the Race Flyer so I have attached it hereto.  Please note that this is a “pre-entry only” race so get those entries in.

 

 

SATURDAY 28 APRIL 2012

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

Brief Description of Route

 

From the Tokai Arboretum parking area up the mast road to Level 3 then a flat-ish run to the Elephant'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.

 

 

THE TRAIL SHOP

 

Jackie Romanov is urgently looking two entries for the Safari Half Marathon on 1 May 2012.  If you have, or know of, any entries going a-beggin’, please contact Jackie at jackie@capedigital.co.za .

 

 

OTHER HOUSE-KEEPING ISSUES

 

The Sermon (part II)

 

Further to my minor sermon on dressing for safety on Saturday morning, the one thing I failed to haul out of my boot was a little demonstration item of clothing which I had been given for the very purpose.  When we are talking about dressing for winter trail running, we are talking largely about wickable clothing (i.e. fabric that draws the moisture away from your body) and thermal base layers.  What I have found extremely helpful is wearing a tight-fitting moisture management shirt under my normal running shirt.  I will show you what I mean on the next run.  Not only does it keep you nice and warm in cold weather, it creates a further barrier to colder moisture on your outer garments AND, for the guys who suffer from the dreaded nipple-chafe (which, let’s face it, is pretty disgusting for other runners to observe too) it prevents this horrible scourge.  This means you don’t have to lube up or wear painful plasters.  For those who lack the physique of Adonis, don’t feel you are being prudish by wearing a shirt over this undershirt.  You’re doing us all a favour and besides, you need multiple layers of clothing to regulate warmth.  And trail running is tough enough already without having to watch other peoples’ wobbly bits.

 

Chili-eish

 

I know we are not allowed to advertise but I am getting lots of enquiries about Gaeleen’s chili samples which have been making the rounds before Saturday runs.  If anyone wants more details (price list etc) let me know and I will put you in touch with Gaeleen.

 

 

REPORT BACK FROM SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2012

 

I must say that I was quite enthusiastic about getting up to the Mast road as quickly as possible to watch the Mast Challenge but apparently I had forgotten how long the climb is from the beach to said road.  After a brisk start up Chapman’s Peak Drive, pausing briefly for Mike to remind Nik that we would see him later,  things got progressively ugly as the climb seemed to drag on forever.  As I look up ahead of me I just saw a string of broken runners in varying states of hating trail running.  To be fair, I have never actually done the path that way around and I now know it is much more fun to run down it than up.  So this climb was not a popular choice.  But once we got to the tar section, fans were treated to a chat to Ryan Sands who was also standing there watching the race.  Then as we jogged down to the traverse path we dished out the traditional abuse to the competitors of the Challenge who were walking up the hill by this stage.  From here things got progressively pacier with the rabbits for the day being Rae, Katya and Rene and everyone scurried along as quickly as possible to try and keep up.  However, the rabbits then all tossed their names into the hat for the Missing Margaret Award by taking the Elephants Eye up towards the Mast instead of swinging off left to witness a truly shameful event which I will explain presently.  Rae gallantly took responsibility for the radar error and, once again, grabs the trophy.  As someone pointed out, he must be getting close to a permanent award.  Then as we were approaching the ring-road jeep track in Silvermine one or two runners expressed the desire to take the short cut back to the start as they had legitimate reasons for getting home early.  Suddenly I was surrounding by a chorus of bogus alibis and probably 80% of the group started moving in the general direction of the “away” with desperate glances over to Blackburn Ravine.  Before I could pull the guilt-trip they were gone.  Too many to mention but you know who you are – SIES!!!  That left a small handful of us (well done Sarah for changing your mind) to tackle the longer loop, all the while speculating what had become of Rae, Katya and Rene.  No sooner had we agreed that it was okay to lose only 3 runners and that Mike O would contact their next of kin in his trademark sympathetic manner, we found them then bounding down the River Walk towards us.  The relief was palpable.  By the time we reached the misty twilight zone at the top of Crassula Ridge, the odometer was already flashing warning lights so we abandoned the trip to Noordhoek Peak / Panorama Trail (nobody argued) and headed straight back to Blackburn Ravine for a final quad-busting descent to the car park for light refreshments.  A superb run.  Thanks Everyone.

 

 

Have a great week Everyone.

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2012 - HOUT BAY BEACH / MANGANESE MINES / PUFFER TRAVERSE TO ELEPHANTS EYE PATH / BLACKBURN RAVINE

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

Yes, a little late, sorry about that.

 

Not much point sending out the OTHER GREAT RUNS AND UPCOMING EVENTS email now.  So here is a combined Monday and Friday email.  There will be no email tomorrow.  Please consider this as confirmation that the acsis VOB-organised trail runs (the longer run with me and the Table Mountain Trailers too) are ON.  Details below.

 

Just a note on that Tuesday email regarding Other Runs.  Because of the duplication that occurs across the various email groups: acsis VOB, CRAG and MATES the various groups will be meeting this evening after the Celtics Run to agree a method of consolidating these emails to cut down on the number of trail emails you receive.  Hopefully we will have a solution sorted by next week.

 

 

SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2012

 

HOUT BAY BEACH / MANGANESE MINES / PUFFER TRAVERSE TO ELEPHANTS EYE PATH / SILVERMINE / BLACKBURN RAVINE

 

Run Leader

 

Tim Bellairs – 0823210299 / tim.bellairs@gmail.com

 

Start Time and Place

 

07h00 from Hout Bay Beach Car Park on the Chapman’s Peak Hotel side of the beach.

 

Route

 

Up Chapman’s Peak Drive for 1km making as much noise as possible.  Then quietly left onto the Blackburn Ravine path at East Fort.  Left up the path that goes past the Manganese Mine and up the long slow climb to the tar road that comes up between Vlakkenberg and Constantiaberg.  Here we will pause to watch the lunatics (including our photographer, Roger Ronnie) competing in the Mast Challenge.  Taking great care not to interfere with the event we will sneak down the road for about 200m and then duck onto the traverse path that crosses the Tokai Face of Constantiaberg.  We will take the Elephants Eye Path up into Tokai.  From here the short route can head straight across to Blackburn Ravine and back down to the cars.  For a longer run (depending on demand) we can run down Steenberg Ridge to the mountain biker car park, cross the road and stream and then work our way up Crassula Ridge and over to Noordhoek Peak.  From there we would take the Panorama Trail over to the top of Blackburn Ravine.  From there it is a fast descent to the car park.  Please remember to be very quiet when you run past 1 Chapman’s Peak Drive.  J

 

Distance

 

About 20km ish.  Or shorter on demand.

 

Running Time

 

3.5 – 4 hours

 

Difficulty

 

Quite a tough one.  Lots of ups and downs.  Mainly single track.

 

Important Notes

 

1.       Please, I ask you with tears in my eyes, wear the proper clothing and have something to keep you warm.  Bring water and food in a manner that you can carry on the run.  If you have any doubt as to what is required then drop me an email or call me.  As new trail runners have been finding out very quickly, the warm stuff is not for when you are running.  It’s for when you stop running and you are still out in the mountains.  Sometimes this stop can be the result of a violent interaction between runner and earth in which the runner comes off worse every time.  When you are lying there in mild shock, staunching the blood flow and starting to get the chills you discover why you need that warm top, extra water and some food.  Please abide by this very important rule.  Last week we got away with it because it was a “safer” run.  Under less benign conditions and on more exposed terrain we will ask runners who are not properly equipped not to run with us.  We will advise you to go home but if you choose to run anyway then you are on your own.  Sorry, but we have to start being a bit safer out there.  I will be delivering a sermon on this topic before the start on Saturday.

2.       On this run please make sure we do not interfere with The Mast Challenge event at all.  We need to be wide awake on that section of the run.  There will be runners and mountain bikes whizzing around all over the place.  Please let them have right of way.

 

3.       Sign the register before starting out on the run.

 

4.       Have fun.  It’s not a race.

 

5.       Bring ICE cold be’erages for the rehydration session at the beach afterwards.  The after-party at Nik’s place has been moved to the beach instead.

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

HOUT BAY, EAST FORT to CHAPMAN's PEAK

 

Brief Description of Route

From the parking area up road to East Fort then steady climb up to Blackburn Ravine and traverse along escarpment overlooking Hout bay to Chapman’s Peak before returning down to Chapman’s Peak drive and back to the start.

 

 Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the parking area at the foot of Chapman’s Peak drive, opposite hotel, ready to start running at 0700

 

Terrain and Distance

Warm-up on the tar road to East Fort thereafter mostly single mountainside trail before returning last 4ks on tar.   Some good climbs offset by spectacular views.   Distance approximately 14kms.

 

 

SUNDAY 22 APRIL 2012

 

SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS TRAIL RUN

 

Sunday April 22 2012: A nice run around the dams from Constantia Nek.

  

Where: Constantia Nek car park, opposite the circle from the restaurant.

 

When: In time to start running at 07H00.

 

What: Weather appropriate kit and ICE cold beer for afterwards.

 

Distance: About 12 km.

 

Duration: 3 Hours.

 

Seeya!

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST WEEK’S RUN

 

See Roger Ronnie’s photos attached.

 

As mentioned above, this was one of our “safer” runs as we contained it pretty much to the low areas of Newlands Forest and Kirstenbosch (although we did get up to the Aloes – which was not a universally popular choice).  And yet it appeared to be one run where we came closest to providing harvest for the Grim Reaper.  From the outset there was a nasty hacking coughing / retching from the ranks.  I figured it was either Joe (who was sick after a superb run in the Two Oceans Ultra the previous week) or Sandra (who is Sandra and had had too little sleep after being out on the party circuit).  Turns out it was both of them.  Sandra did the wise thing and slowly drifted off the back and made her way back to the car.  On her way back she bust Karen Jennings out doing some sneaky solo training.  Joe, being English and therefore a bit tougher than his Scottish counterpart, continued running but at one stage I thought I saw a vulture circling overhead.  He assured me he was okay but in the event that he should “not make it” that we were to create an award (the Joe Doe Award?) in his name for runners who actually perish out on the trails.  I reckon this is fair enough as I am pretty sure that Joe is the one who coined the term “Sailing Sandra” in the first place.   However, this has been tongue-in-cheek, but this is a very serious and sensitive topic as there are people who have lost loved ones out on the trail and it really is an incredibly sad business.  So I am going to leave it there.  Please may we never have to deal with this issue.

 

On a lighter note we do have a Sailing Sandra Award to hand out for last week.  Shannon Leigh Hodgson, who really is a strong runner, had us chuckling over the story about her turning her ankle on the Valentine’s Run in Kirstenbosch and having to be collected by 4x4 and driven to the finish.  We pointed out how disgraceful that actually was and asked her not to repeat the fall on the run or the story publicly (ever again).  However, she ignored our request and on the contour path………………………..BAM……………….down she went.  Same ankle.  Hardly able to walk but she staggered on bravely.  Unfortunately for her we still had some steep descents to do and down she went again (a couple of times, I suspect).  But she made it back to the cars thanks largely to the chivalrous efforts (sorry I am struggling with names at the moment…as usual) of I think it is Byron.  But in the car park we agreed that all of that effort and the mud streaked face needs to be rewarded with a Sailing Sandra.  Well done Shannon Leigh.  I hope you got ice onto that ankle quickly and recover soon.

 

See you on Saturday.  If not, whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend.

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Friday, April 13, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

FRIDAY NIGHT 13 APRIL 2012- CAFÉ CHIC – RUNNERS “PLAYING WITH MATCHES”

 

Too often on runs I hear the single runners moaning that they don’t know where to meet decent, single, like-minded people.  SO!  For the single runners, if you are interested in a top social function where single runners can mingle and have a bit of a party, check out the Playing with Matches website: www.playingwithmatches.co.za .  Let’s face it, non-runners are not interested in running chit chat.  Here you should find those like-minded people you have been looking for.  Next time I hear bleating on a run, the first question to be asked will be:  Did you try going to the Playing With Matches function.  

 

My only caution is that I have never attended one of these parties so I am just passing on what I have heard.  If you have feedback on these events, please let me know so that I can pass it on to the organisers.

 

 

SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2012

 

acsis VOB-ORGANISED RUNS

 

TRAIL RUN GROUP IN NEWLANDS FOREST

 

This run is ON.  07h00 sharp start from the Newlands Forest car park off the M3 (Union Avenue) where the VWS Offices are and the Helipad.  About 15km looping around in the forest.  For full details see http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ .

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (MEDIUM DISTANCE / SLOWER GROUP)

 

Brief Description of Route

From Constantia Nek up Vlakkenberg along the Hoerikwaggo trail towards Constantiaberg and back.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV at Constantia Nek parking area opposite the restaurant ready to start running at 0700.

 

Terrain and Distance     

Rocky trail up to the top of Vlakkenberg then roller-coaster single trail but some track upwards towards Constantiaberg before returning.  Distance will be about 11-12ks depending on exact route followed, taking more or less  2hrs 30mins

For full details see http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ .

 

 

 

OTHER SATURDAY RUNS AND EVENTS

 

OCEAN2OCEAN

 

The first event is being held tomorrow.  Starting at the Muizenberg Supertubes, doing 50km through mountains and ending in Camps Bay.  Good luck everyone and happy birthday to the CEO (Global) of Trail Running, Mike Ohlsson for tomorrow as he runs O2O.

 

 

Then for those of you who can sing Monty Python’s “I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay……………” with confidence while sober:

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES – 14 AND 15 APRIL 2012

 

 

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden–New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 14th April AND Sunday 15th April as part of the STIHL Lumberjack Festival at Lievland Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, at 8h00. Please see below flyer for further details, and directions beneath.

 

                                   

 

Directions to Lievland Wine Estate

 

GPS Co-ordinates

-33.840385,18.875971

 

N1 from Cape Town

N1 towards Paarl

Exit 47

(R44, Stellenbosch, Klapmuts, Wellington) Right off ramp onto R44

Straight through Klapmuts junction

Lievland Wine Estate is 3.5 km on left hand side

 

N2 from Cape Town

N2 to Somerset West

Exit 33 (R310 Stellenbosch/Macassar (Baden Powell Drive) Left off ramp

~13 km turn right at traffic lights (R310 Polkadraai Road) ~5 km bear left at traffic lights onto R44 towards Wellington Lievland Wine Estate is 13 km onright hand side

 

From Stellenbosch

R44 towards Wellington / Paarl Lievland is 13 km on right

 

From Paarl

R101 towards Klapmuts

Left onto R44 at Klapmuts junction Lievland is 3.5 km on left

 

 

SUNDAY 15 APRIL 2012

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAIL / MATES SUNDAY RUN

 

This will not be a hard uphill charge kind of run, because some of us are doing something else on Saturday which is a bit strenuous. But we guarantee some of the most awesome single track downhill dashing that you will find anywhere! There are two paths in Silvermine called Zappy and Zooty, and they are so named because you can really motor on the downhill and impress yourself with your fleet footedness. If you haven't experienced them yet, you will never know...

 

WhereThe R5 parking lot - now pay attention because the key to the whole thing is finding us before the run: When you come up Oh Kaapse Weg from the Tokai side and go over the highest part of the road, go around the corner and turn LEFT into the parking lot where you give the nice man R5 (or more if you believe in inflation) to look after your car. Go through the gate, go straight for 50 meters, turn right and turn right again and park. You are now in the section of the parking lot closest to the gate on the way out bearing in mind the one way system.

 

When: 07h15 sharp.

 

What: Check out the weather, don't be stoopid, bring the good stuff. And snax and water for the run. And ICE cold beer for afterwards.

 

Who: Anybody who wants to take an easy uphill start and then a mad downhill dash towards the finish. We won't leave anyone behind though.

 

Route: We'll cross Oh Kaapse Weg carefully, tippy toe along that path into Silvemine North / West or whatever, then a single track up to the Wagon Trail, then the Crassula Ridge Path, and eventually Zappy and Zooty. You'll see what we mean.

 

Distance: About 12 km-ish? About 2 hour-ish?

 

Seeya!

 

Douglas Rossouw

 

082 418 5945

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

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

 

 

 

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

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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