Good morning Everyone
SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2012
acsis VOB-ORGANISED TRAIL RUNS
These runs are ON:
1. The Longer Faster Group: 07h30 start from the car park INSIDE the Hout Bay Harbour. 17km in about 3 hours. For full details please see http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ - please try and read it carefully.
[EXPLANATORY NOTE ON RUNNING PACE: I have been asked to add a note on the general pace of this group as some complaints have arisen from both ends of the speed spectrum. There is no doubt that, over time, this group has become a bit faster than it was when we started nearly four years ago. So who would be comfortable in this group? To take it to a road pace equivalent, the group consists mainly of people who would TRAIN on road at between 4.45 min / km and 5.45 min / km. If you want to compare it to the Celtics TWTR groups, it would be a combination between Group 2 (with Ellie) and Group 3 (with Denzil / Spencer). If you are faster than this, you may well get frustrated by the pace. If you are slower than this you risk dropping off the back. We cannot risk losing or abandoning runners on the mountain. If it looks like we are in danger of doing so, the run leader has an obligation to look after the safety of the greater group so a slower runner or two may be asked to turn back or down provided that it is safe to do so OR that they continue but under their own steam and responsibility (this latter option is for the more experienced trail runners only). Please understand that the run leader takes no joy in doing this. It is an unpleasant duty but is necessary in the name of safety and also the general enjoyment of the group. It is for this reason that we have an excellent slower group option in the Table Mountain Trailers (TMT). TMT caters for those who want to run at a more relaxed pace than that described above, all the way down to walking pace when Fay decides to do a more relaxed day.
Why don’t we do a pack run like CRAG which accommodates all pace groups? This concept works very well for shorter runs and/or where there is no large variety of pace in a group. Our runs are typically between 15km and 25km. Regroups over these distances become longer and longer and we would be out there all day. Our time restriction is 3 – 4 hours so it just isn’t practical.
If you are on the margin between the TMT and this group and are looking to improve your pace by running with a faster group, then please contact the group leader in advance to discuss it with them.]
2. Table Mountain Trailers: Our run is ON for tomorrow morning. As it will take us up the mountain, warm gear and a whistle are compulsory items!
Fay's Recovery walk/run group will also be starting at the same time and place but will take a shorter less strenuous route.
Rendezvous and Start Time: RV at the foot of Platteklip Gorge on Tafelberg Rd. Be ready to start running at 0730. For full details check out http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/
How to get there? Drive up Kloof Nek Rd and follow signs to the Cableway Station. Continue along Tafelberg Rd past the lower Cableway station to the parking area which is just beyond the bend in the road at the foot of Platteklip.
See you there --Peter
MaTT 100 TRAINING RUN
This run starts at 06h00 on Saturday morning from Constantia Nek car park. But this is a very specialised run of about 57km for a specialised group of runners and should take between 10 and 12 hours to complete. If you think you are up to it then please rather give Douglas Rossouw a call and discuss it with him first. Douglas Rossouw 082 418 5945.
SUNDAY 1 JULY 2012
SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS TRAIL RUN – PUFFER TRAINING RUN
Sunday 1 July 2012: Puffer training run – Blackhill to Redhill and Back
Where: At the Blackhill Puffer Checkpoint. If you are coming from the Northern Suburbs, check your passport and make sure it has a current and valid Deep South visa. Head to Fish Hoek over Oh Kaapse Weg. As you enter Fish Hoek, you will see the old Sun Valley Mall on your right, and then the new Longbeach Mall and you may wonder how come there are TWO malls so close to each other. This matters not, and neither does the fact that Sun Valley and Longbeach are in reality miles away from each other. You continue through 2 sets of robots and up the hill at the other side where you are basically leaving Fish Hoek. This road is called Blackhill in local parlance and Glencairn Expressway on the map, and is basically an extension of Oh Kaapse Weg towards Glencairn – you didn’t turn off anywhere from Oh Kaapse Weg, did you? There you go. Anyway, you continue up the hill for about 2 kilometers from the Kommetjie Road robot and the road curves to the left and just before you get to the top of the hill, you will see a really crappy parking area on your right, located conveniently next to one of those triangular shaped gates that TMNP uses to mark their turf. This is it, park here. If you go too far past this parking area, you will reach the crest of the hill with a really fancy parking area with larney rolled gravel and stuff on your right. This is not it. You have gone about 360 meters too far. You are dumb and you are now late, so be really cautious about how you pull your U-turn manoeuvre to get back to where you should be because you are on a blind bend and you are going to kill yourself if you are not careful.
When: In time to start running at 07H30. Yes, that means Elvera can once again have enough time to get her hair done. Except she is going off to Ausenkehr, isn’t she? Good luck girl!
Route: A bit of the Puffer route, with a bit of a MaTT 100 curve in the first bit to make it a decent distance. We will head out in reverse of the Puffer route for a bit, before turning right onto a MaTT100 section in reverse and sort of curve around to Kleinplaas Dam where we will magically be doing a MaTT100 bit in forward. From here we do a really delightful little single track path which will get everyone all excited and run out towards Red Hill road and pop out near Just Nuisance’s grave. Yes, the dog. Don’t worry, there is a live one coming up soon. After this, we will be running the Puffer Route in forward all the way from Red Hill to Blackhill. If we need to tell you where we are going, why are you running the Puffer? PLEASE NOTE – we are running past Roxy the Rabid Bull Terrier. This is his turf and we do not appreciate people who fight with him and get one of us bitten. We will proceed in a peaceful fashion without showing any aggression. There is a way around Roxy, if you have issues with blood (yours) mixed with canine saliva (Roxy’s) you can take it. And note – we will also be doing the little bit of a bush bit at the end which everybody panics about but which isn’t so difficult once you have done it.
Distance: 20 km’s on the dot. Plus minus.
Duration: 3 hours-ish.
Kit: Don’t you think it’s time you read the Puffer website and check out what will be expected of you? http://www.puffer.fishhoekac.com/ But don’t forget to bring the ICE cold beers for the parking area afterwards.
Shorter Slower Crowd: There will once again be a crowd who will be running for about 2 hours and slightly slower than the main bunch.
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Whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend.
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