Tuesday, May 29, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT RUNS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Good morning All

 

TODAY - TUESDAY 29 MAY 2012

 

Very important!!!!!!  We need as many interested parties as possible to attend this meeting.  This is not just for people who want to be directly involved on the committee.  This is for people who want to know what is going on in the local world of trail running and who want to have a say.  PLEASE TRY AND ATTEND IF YOU POSSIBLY CAN.

 

Copy of the draft, proposed constitution is attached hereto.

 

For those who want more detail on what this is all about, please drop me (Tim) an email and I will send you the explanatory email from Chris Goldschmidt that sums it up very nicely.

 

WC Trail Running Founding Meeting  -  29 May @ 7:30pm

 

To shape the future of Trail running in the Western Cape.

 

1. Venue:  New Balance Multisport Club (directions below & map attached)

2. Date:     29 May

3. Time:     7:30pm

4. Agenda: 

 

  • Recap of Steering committee and findings
  • Table constitution and any proposals for modification.
  • Table applications for membership. 
  • Adopt (modified) constitution and accept Founding members.
  • Set date for first AGM and committee elections
  • Recap of process for election of committee  (including address for receipt of nominations)

 

Directions:

PP Smit Sports Grounds/ Bellville Cricket Club

 

Coming from the South/ City Centre:

Get onto the N1

Take Exit 23 (Willie Van Schoor Ave/ toward R302 Durban Road)

Turn Left onto Willie Van Schoor Ave

Take the third right onto Bill Bezuidenhout Ave

Then right into the left-hand lane on Durban Road (PP Smit Sports grounds/ Bellville Cricket Club will be on your left).

200m from the intersection turn left into the first entrance

 

 

Coming from Stellenbosch/ Somerset West/Paarl:

Get onto the N1

Take Exit 23 (Willie Van Schoor Ave/ toward R302 Durban Road)

Turn Right onto Willie Van Schoor Ave

Take the third right onto Bill Bezuidenhout Ave

Then right into the left-hand lane on Durban Road (PP Smit Sports grounds/ Bellville Cricket Club will be on your left).

200m from the intersection turn left into the first entrance

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2012

 

JANE HOLDCROFT’S WEDNESDAY MISTY MORNING PEAK RUN

 

Every second Wednesday, Jane will be leading a morning run up a peak of choice.  They will start tomorrow, 30 May 2012.

 

Tomorrow’s run will be up Muizenberg Mountain / Peak from Boyes Drive.  It will start on Boyes Drive at 06h30.  This means you will be starting in the dark so a good headlamp will be required. 

 

If you plan on attending, please contact Jane on 07908 52582 / janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk .

 

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

 

Leader:  Rod Prodgers

 

Date:  Wednesday 30 May 2012

 

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

 

Location:  Signal Hill and Lion’s Head

 

Route description:  From the start we follow the path which runs parallel to Signal Hill Road, past the cannons, then we drop down to the Kramat. After a quick breather we take the rocky undulating path along the Lion’s spine, passing several graves of Muslim holy men, to the well-known lookout spot on Signal Hill; then we head down across the road and continue downhill towards the Lion Battery, from where the noon day gun is fired, then drop down steeply to the fence and head off along a jeep track towards Sea Point; when we reach the derelict abandoned bunkers we drop down again onto a narrow contour path which snakes around the Lion’s flanks and then climb again until we reach the junction where a path goes back up to the kramat; but not us . . . we continue around the Lion’s shoulder for a couple of kays of fast slightly downhill running, into the gum trees above Sea Point and eventually Bantry Bay, with some undulation thrown in for good measure. This path eventually "hits" Kloof Rd, which we cross very carefully before heading back UP to the Kloof Nek circle intersection and turn left into Signal Hill Road. Being very cautious of traffic, we head up a short, steep section of t*r before taking a small flight of steps onto the trail which runs parallel to the road and soon gets us back to the cars and a much needed hydrate. Sunset is at 17h45, so headlamps/torches are ESSENTIAL if you want to see what you’re going to hit if you fall.

 

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

—   100 % runnable

—   A1

—   pack run

 

Starting point: Lion's Head parking area (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/3a6sqm3)

 

Directions:  Follow Kloof Nek Road up from the city centre to the traffic island at the top. At this slightly confusing intersection, take the fourth possible option, which leads up the steep hill to your right — in other words, ignore the first turn to the left up Tafelberg Road, and the second, which is Camps Bay Drive, essentially straight on, and the first turn to the right, which leads down Kloof Road. The fourth, and correct, road to take is Signal Hill Road. Take good care at this traffic island — if you're coming up from the city, you will need to yield to the oncoming traffic speeding up from the Camps Bay side!

 

Equipment

—         valid Wildcard/Green Card

—         headlamp/torch essential

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast predicts clear skies no rain, 11–18 °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:  30 May:  Vicky Hunter & Erich Minnaar

 

 

THURSDAY 31 MAY 2012

 

CELTICS WINTER TRAIL RUNS

 

Thursday 31st May 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

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2012

 

Other than the acsis VOB-organised Trail Runs advertised yesterday:

 

As part of the Durbanville Wine Valley's sip soup and bread festival, Durbanville Hills Wines will be hosting the 'Chase the Sunset' trail run on Saturday 2 June at 17h00. Please bring a headlamp or torch. Further details provided in the flyer beneath. Some of the proceeds raised at this event will go to TSiBA Eden.

 

 

                                                               

 

 

Directions to Durbanville Hills Wines

·         From Cape Town, take the N1 (north in the direction of Paarl). Take exit 10, then exit 13, followed by exit 13A to get onto the N7, in the direction of Malmesbury.

·         Take the Plattekloof Road off-ramp at exit 17. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto the M14 and continue until you reach a round-about. Take the first turn left onto the M13. After about 3km, you will find Durbanville Hills on your right-hand side.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 3 JUNE 2012

 

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES

 

To be announced in Friday Wrap Up email.

 

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 

 

THE GREYTON CLASSIC – 16 JUNE 2012

 

 

 

O2O 23 JUNE 2012

 

Dirk McIntosh is considering holding another Ocean2Ocean run on 23 June for those still needing a qualifier for Puffer.  If you are interested in this, please contact Dirk on dirk@lyamor.co.za .

 

Slaley MTB and Trail Run – Stellenbosch - Sunday 24 June

Live Music, Food and Drink at Slaley Social Sunday

Lots to do for the Kids with Jumping Castles and other entertainment



 

From 8:00 - 16:00
1000 Goody Bags, Medals and Prize Money
For more info contact Olivia on 082 496 8839 or Heidi on 092 925 7546
Accommodation at Slaley B&B, contact 021 865 2123. Click here for DIRECTIONS.

 

 

 

CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES – JULY / AUGUST 2012

 

 

 

 


Cheers

Tim

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acsis VOB Trail Running

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Monday, May 28, 2012

SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2012: NOORDHOEK BEACH / CHAPMANS PEAK / NOORDHOEK PEAK / BLACKBURN RAVINE

 

 

Good morning Everyone

 

NOTICES

 

1.       Last week Jane Holdcroft lost a Polar Foot Pod somewhere on the Apostle Spine Path between the top of Llandudno Ravine and Grootkop.  If anyone picked it up or alternatively if anyone has a spare that they would like to flog, please contact Jane – details below.

 

2.       Michelle Ross has two Old Fishermans Trail Challenge entries available for substitutions for the cost she paid of R325, if you know of anyone who would like them.  Please contact Michelle on 0823369790 or rossmacg@iafrica.com .

 

 

TWO acsis VOB LONG ROUTE GROUPS THIS WEEKEND – ONE OF WHICH WILL BE A DOG-FRIENDLY GROUP

 

SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2012

 

NOORDHOEK BEACH / CHAPMANS PEAK / NOORDHOEK PEAK / BLACKBURN RAVINE / CONTOUR PATH / CHAPMANS PEAK / NOORDHOEK BEACH

 

Run Leaders

 

Dog-Friendly Group        -              Jane Holdcroft (07908 52582 / janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk) .

Usual Group                       -              Tim Bellairs

 

Start Time and Place

 

Dog-Friendly Group – 06h45 from Noordhoek Beach Car Park.  Please bring a headlamp for the first half hour or so.

 

Usual Group – 07h30 from Noordhoek Beach Car Park

 

How to find the Start Place:  Coming over Ou Kaapseweg, as you are heading down the Noordhoek side of the pass, take your first road right (Silvermine Road) and then head all the way down to the t-junction.  At the junction, turn right into Chapmans Peak Drive.  Your first road on the left is Avondrust Circle – ignore it – and rather take the second road left, which is also Avondrust Circle, because as you may have guessed by now…….it’s a ………………..circle.  Then look out for, and turn into, Beach Road on your right.  Yes, you are correct, it leads down to the beach and the beach car park where we will start from.  If you are coming over Chapmans Peak from Hout Bay, take the first road right as you come off the scenic Chapmans Peak Drive, which will be the aforementioned Avondrust Circle, then right into Beach Road and drive all the way to the car park at the end, where we will meet and start.

 

Route

 

The email heading pretty much says it all.  We will run down onto the beach and then take the short cut up to Chapmans Peak Drive.  We scurry quickly across, carefully avoiding the cars, and start the big climb up Chapmans Peak from the Noordhoek side.  We pause at the top to take in the views before heading down to the 4-way intersection at the base of the climb up to Noordhoek Peak.  At the 4-way we turn right and do the next big climb up to Noordhoek Peak, pausing every now and then to take in the stunning view (and catch our collective breath).  From Noordhoek Peak we have the option of the Panorama Trail or the road and stone highway to the top of Blackburn Ravine.  We will probably do the latter so that we can get a bit of a leg-stretch in and also make up some time.  Then it’s down Blackburn but only as far as the contour path where we turn left and head back over to the 4-way at the base of Chapmans Peak.  From here the options are……back over Chapmans Peak (for the hard core) or drop down onto the road for a 5km tar trot (much easier and faster) before doing the short cut back to the beach.

 

Distance

 

Main Group -  ±20km

 

For those wanting a short route option, you will need to be prepared to do an out-and-back OR be prepared to do a 50% trail and 50% (±7kms) of tar.

 

For those looking to do a longer run, please contact Jane Holdcroft (07908 52582 / janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk).

 

 

Running Time

 

± 4 hours

 

 

Difficulty

 

This is a tough, technical route.  But if you want to practice your technical skills, then this is the route to do it.  Nothing too scary in terms of exposure but there are some long, steep climbs and descents.  The toughness of the terrain is more than compensated for, many times over, by the incredibly views and scenery.

 

 

Important Notes

 

1.       If you intend bringing a dog to join the Dog-friendly Group Run with Jane Holdcroft, you MUST contact Jane (see details above) first and have a chat to her about the requirements for the run.  Please don’t just arrive and hope for the best.  This will be a REAL trail run and only dogs that can handle it will be allowed.  The requirements imposed are not designed to be obstructive, they are to ensure the safety and well-being of the dogs.

2.       You do not need to bring a dog to run in Jane’s Group.  But if you are looking for an earlier start you are welcome in the group but you must be comfortable running with dogs.

3.       You will need proper winter trail running gear.  Thermal base layers (moisture management fabric), waterproof jacket, Buff or similar to keep head warm.

4.       Bring snacks to see you through the whole run.  Bring plenty of water, unless you are happy to drink from the mountain streams.

5.       Brings tissues for the tears on the big climbs.

6.       Bring ear-plugs if you cannot tolerate swearing.

7.       Please fill in the register before starting out.

8.       Let’s have some fun with this one.

 

 

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (acsis VOB Medium Distance Slower Group)

 

 

Sat 2 June: Silvermine Old Wagon Road

 

Route
Start at Noordhoek Manor cross roads and then up Ou Kaapse weg a short way before turning left onto the dirt track called "the Old Wagon Road"  that winds its way up into the reserve.  Then making way down to the dam before looping back to take the old wagon road back down to the cars.t.   I make it approx 13.5 Kms.

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 at 0715

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
Reasonably easy undulating gravel track and bush trails with a few modest hills.  Distance about 13 kms taking more or less about 2hrs 30m.

Enjoy your runs!

--Peter

 

Peter D Rogers


Acsis/VOB's Trail Group for medium distance slower runners
Website: http://www.acsisvob.co.za/
Blog: http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 Please be aware that trail running and related activities are inherently riskier and more dangerous than road running.  You are participating in these runs voluntarily and whilst acsis VOB and the organisers of the runs take all reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it can never be fully guaranteed.  To this end, acsis VOB and the organisers personally cannot be held liable for claims relating to injuries, disabilities and deaths, inter alia, that may occur during these events.  You are participating entirely at your own risk.  Please ensure that you are medically fit to be participating and make sure that you are properly kitted out for each particular run so as not to place yourself at undue risk.

 

 

 

Have a great week Everyone.

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Friday, May 25, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP

Hi Everyone

 

All runs for this weekend are ON.  Lots on.

 

SUNDAY 27 MAY 2012

 

acsis VOB LONGER TRAIL RUN – TOUR OF THE WATERFALLS – SUNDAY THIS WEEKEND

 

15 – 20km.  Starting at Constantia Nek car park at 07h15.

 

See full details on http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ .

 

 

VWS TRAIL CHALLENGE – SUNDAY 27 MAY 2012

 

 

 

10km and 25km entries – 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

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

 

 

SATURDAY 26 MAY 2012

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS RUN (acsis VOB Medium Distance Slower Group)

 

Glencairn – Kleinplaas Dam circuit

Route
this is a reasonably easy circular route around the koppies behind Glencain and Red Hill and passing the Kleinplaas dam before picking up the Puffer route back to the start.

Rendezvous and Start Time
RV in the parking area on top of Black Hill on the South side of the M6 or Glencain Expressway. 
Ready to start at 0715

How to get there?  From the Fish Hoek/Sun Valley side follow the M6 through the traffic lights at the Fish Hoek-Kommetjie intesection and head up Black Hill.  At the crest of the hill look out for the parking area on your right and park close to the big SAN Parks sign at the far end of the parking area.   

Terrain and Distance
Reasonably easy undulating bush trails with a few modest hills.  Some sandy stretches and short distances on tar and farm tracks. Distance 14kms taking more or less about 2hrs 45m.

 

Peter D Rogers


Acsis/VOB's Trail Group for medium distance slower runners
Website: http://www.acsisvob.co.za/
Blog: http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 Please be aware that trail running and related activities are inherently riskier and more dangerous than road running.  You are participating in these runs voluntarily and whilst acsis VOB and the organisers of the runs take all reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it can never be fully guaranteed.  To this end, acsis VOB and the organisers personally cannot be held liable for claims relating to injuries, disabilities and deaths, inter alia, that may occur during these events.  You are participating entirely at your own risk.  Please ensure that you are medically fit to be participating and make sure that you are properly kitted out for each particular run so as not to place yourself at undue risk.

 

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES TRAIL RUN

 

 

Saturday May 26 2012:

Let’s be honest with ourselves – most of us don’t have a snowballs hope in hell of ever winning a trail race, but we do have friends that are getting far too cocky these days and who we would like to take down a peg or two. Yes, it’s that time of the year again. The Old Fisherman’s Trail Challenge is around the corner and you are very keen to do well on it. But you need to know the route intimately, so that you know which way to go and where the good spots are to make you tactical moves on your overconfident buddies. The Fisherman’s Challenge is a great race for the thinking runner – clever people can do a lot better than those who just run in a B to the W fashion, There are fast parts, and there are uphills where the unwary can blow.

 

Car Shuffling Arrangements:

As with all point-to-point runs, you need to have transport lined up to get to the start and finish. Read on carefully, and slot in with others who have the same problem.

 

Where:

Meet at Houtbay Yacht Club. We travel with minimum cars to Fish Hoek Surf Life Saving Club.

 

When:

Meet at 06H00 to depart at 06H15.

 

What:

Weather appropriate kit, water to drink on the run, snax or energy replacement if you are feeling weak already. Bucks for beer and brekkie afterwards.

 

Route:

The Old Fisherman’s Trail Challenge Route.

 

Duration:

Well, that one is up to you. And how hard your friends push you J

 

Seeya!

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

TSiBA EDEN – NEW BALANCE WINE FARM TRAIL RUN

 

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 26 May at Middelvlei Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, at 8h00. Please see below flyer for further details, and map and directions beneath. 

 

 

                                                                               

 

 

GPS Coordinates and Map

Latitude:-33.928476  Longitude: 18.832916

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

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

 

 

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

 

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SUNDAY 27 MAY 2012 - THE WATERFALL ROLLERCOASTER but go and do VWS if you possibly can

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

Sorry this is so late but an academic calamity (that I seriously don’t want to talk about so don’t ask) earlier in the week has kept me away from work.  So I am just sending the basics out and the “Other  Great Runs” email becomes a victim for this week but will be back again next week.  But if anyone still needs the details of the CRAG Trail Run tonight or the Celtics Winter Trail Run tomorrow night then drop me an email and I will send the info through to you.

 

Please note that the acsis VOB Trail Long Run and the Saucony Journey Trails MATES Trail Runs have switched days this weekend.  The Table Mountain Trailers Run will remain on Saturday though.

 

With regard to the acsis VOB Longer Run this Sunday, this is one of the few times when I would actually encourage anyone who is capable of running one of the VWS Trail Challenge races, to rather go and support those events than coming and doing my run.  It really is a great cause. 

 

 

VWS TRAIL CHALLENGE – SUNDAY 27 MAY 2012

 

 

 

10km and 25km entries – 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

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

 

 

SATURDAY 26 MAY 2012

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS RUN (acsis VOB Medium Distance Slower Group)

 

Glencairn – Kleinplaas Dam circuit

Route
this is a reasonably easy circular route around the koppies behind Glencain and Red Hill and passing the Kleinplaas dam before picking up the Puffer route back to the start.

Rendezvous and Start Time
RV in the parking area on top of Black Hill on the South side of the M6 or Glencain Expressway. 
Ready to start at 0715

How to get there?  From the Fish Hoek/Sun Valley side follow the M6 through the traffic lights at the Fish Hoek-Kommetjie intesection and head up Black Hill.  At the crest of the hill look out for the parking area on your right and park close to the big SAN Parks sign at the far end of the parking area.   

Terrain and Distance
Reasonably easy undulating bush trails with a few modest hills.  Some sandy stretches and short distances on tar and farm tracks. Distance 14kms taking more or less about 2hrs 45m.

 

Peter D Rogers


Acsis/VOB's Trail Group for medium distance slower runners
Website: http://www.acsisvob.co.za/
Blog: http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 Please be aware that trail running and related activities are inherently riskier and more dangerous than road running.  You are participating in these runs voluntarily and whilst acsis VOB and the organisers of the runs take all reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it can never be fully guaranteed.  To this end, acsis VOB and the organisers personally cannot be held liable for claims relating to injuries, disabilities and deaths, inter alia, that may occur during these events.  You are participating entirely at your own risk.  Please ensure that you are medically fit to be participating and make sure that you are properly kitted out for each particular run so as not to place yourself at undue risk.

 

 

SUNDAY 27 MAY 2012

 

Acsis VOB-organised LONGER RUN – WATERFALL ROLLERCOASTER RUN

 

Run Leader

 

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

 

 

Start Time and Place

 

07h15 from the Constantia Nek car park.

 

 

Route

 

Start at Constantia Nek and take the lower paths through Cecilia “Forest”, Kirstenbosch and Newlands Forest.  At some point, hopefully we will get as far as Leo’s Secret Path, we will cut up to the contour path and follow that back to Constantia Nek, checking out all of the waterfalls along the way.

 

For shorter options you have plenty of opportunities of turning up to the contour path early and heading home.  But please note that you will then be responsible for looking after yourself / selves.

 

 

Distance

 

Between 15km and 20km.  Shorter options available (see above).

 

 

Running Time

 

3 – 3.5 hours but shorter options are available.

 

 

Difficulty

 

Nothing technically scary on this one but the out-bound route is tougher than you think.  Plenty of rolling hills.  You should be surprisingly exhausted by the end.

 

 

Important Notes

 

  1. Once again, the necessary, proper winter running gear will be required.  Thermal base layers.  Waterproof jacket.

 

  1. Carry water (or be prepared to drink from mountain streams) and snacks for the full duration of the run.

 

  1. Also, the now standard warning against leaving valuables in your car still applies.

 

  1. Bring a tip for the car guard at the Nek.

 

  1. Please fill in the register before starting out on the run.

 

  1. Please be aware that trail running and related activities are inherently riskier and more dangerous than road running.  You are participating in these runs voluntarily and whilst acsis VOB and the organisers of the runs take all reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it can never be fully guaranteed.  To this end, acsis VOB and the organisers personally cannot be held liable for claims relating to injuries, disabilities and deaths, inter alia, that may occur during these events.  You are participating entirely at your own risk.  Please ensure that you are medically fit to be participating and make sure that you are properly kitted out for each particular run so as not to place yourself at undue risk.

 

  1. Despite point 6. above, have fun.  It’s not a race.

 

 

OTHER EVENTS ON SATURDAY 26 MAY 2012

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES TRAIL RUN

 

 

Saturday May 26 2012: Let’s be honest with ourselves – most of us don’t have a snowballs hope in hell of ever winning a trail race, but we do have friends that are getting far too cocky these days and who we would like to take down a peg or two. Yes, it’s that time of the year again. The Old Fisherman’s Trail Challenge is around the corner and you are very keen to do well on it. But you need to know the route intimately, so that you know which way to go and where the good spots are to make you tactical moves on your overconfident buddies. The Fisherman’s Challenge is a great race for the thinking runner – clever people can do a lot better than those who just run in a B to the W fashion, There are fast parts, and there are uphills where the unwary can blow.

 

Car Shuffeling Arrangements: As with all point-to-point runs, you need to have transport lined up to get to the start and finish. Read on carefully, and slot in with others who have the same problem.

 

Where: Meet at Houtbay Yacht Club. We travel with minimum cars to Fish Hoek Surf Life Saving Club.

 

When: Meet at 06H00 to depart at 06H15.

 

What: Weather appropriate kit, water to drink on the run, snax or energy replacement if you are feeling weak already. Bucks for beer and brekkie afterwards.

 

Route: The Old Fisherman’s Trail Challenge Route.

 

Duration: Well, that one is up to you. And how hard your friends push you J

 

Seeya!

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST SATURDAY

 

All I am going to say is that Adele MacCannel got to the start in time, hid in her car until after the Table Mountain Trailers had left (07h00), then ducked down behind her steering wheel and watched my run depart (07h30) and then went home and got back into bed.  HUHHHH?????????  SO BAD!!!!!!  I know this deserves an award, I’m just not sure what it is!!!!!!!

 

 

YE OLDE TRAILLE SHOPPE

 

1.       Christine Woods has an entry to the Aussenkehr Desert Extreme Trail Run  (3 spectacular days in the Namibian desert 28th-30th June) which very sadly she is unable to use due to injury.

Would anyone like to purchase it from her?  She is happy to negotiate it at a reduced rate from the full price.

Her contact details are

Email     cwoods@pnp.co.za

cell         083 662 8415

 

2.       Aurea Westfehling is looking for an entry to the Knysna Half Marathon.  Please drop her an email if you have an entry you know you can’t use.  Although I suspect the date for substitutions may have passed.  I was asked to put it out there anyway. I don’t ask questions.  Her email address is aurea@boe.co.za

 

 

 

Have a great (rest of) week Everyone.

 

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs (Sir)

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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