Friday, June 29, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP

 

 

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.

 

 

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

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

IMPORTANT TRAIL NEWS: TRAIL RUNNING ASSOCIATION WESTERN PROVINCE

Hi Everyone

 

This is so important that it deserves its own email (plus I forgot to attach it to my earlier email)

 

MEETING TONIGHT:   Trail Running Association Western Province — AGM Tuesday 26 June 2012

 

The first Annual General Meeting of WP Trail, at which office bearers and a committee will be elected, will be held on Tuesday 26 June 2012 (i.e. TONIGHT) at the Pinelands Athletic Club in Pinelands.

 

The agenda is attached.

 

We urge all trail runners and event organisers to attend and to participate in the process to manage and develop trail running matters in the Western Province.  We are the national leaders in getting these matters off the ground.

 

For those people in the Boland and SWD who want to attend, your provinces are also being represented on this association until such time as the relevant committees are formed in your areas.  So please come through if you can make it.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

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acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT TRAINING RUNS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Hi All

 

 

WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE 2012

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

Leader:  Kevin "The Sweep" Ewers

Date:  Wednesday 27 June 2012

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

Location:  Constantia Corner / Back Table

Route description: From the Constantia Nek parking area we head up the short stretch of t*r, through the gate, and up the hiking path to the left. When we rejoin the Bridle Path after a shortish but punishing climb, we continue via the vehicle turning area to the start of our ascent of Constantia Corner, the ridge separating Orange Kloof and Cecilia Forest. With Eagle’s Nest on the left we make our way up, uP, UP towards Belle Ombre (725 m). This part of the route includes some very minor scrambling (more challenging for those of us with short legs!), an occasional slightly height-exposed spot, and some spectacular views (weather permitting). Then it's downhill, through some lush and scratchy fynbos, up again to Camel Rock, and some easy running through to the De Villiers dam. From the dam we make our way to the concrete road and head back down to the start for a much needed rehydrate. Sunset is at 17h45.

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, 7 km

Walkers:  Gavin Mohammed 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

—   55 % runnable

—   B1 (minor rock scrambling involved, but skills required not much more than when climbing a ladder, no exposure to dangerous heights)

—   pack run

Starting point: Constantia Nek parking area (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/3ymxqnn)

 Directions:  From the M3 (heading south or north), take the M41 Constantia/Hout Bay Main Road and head up to the Nek, or from the Newlands area take the M63 Rhodes Avenue past Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Forest all the way to the Nek. From Hout Bay, just head up the road to the Nek. Park under the pines across the road from the restaurant.

 Equipment

—         valid Wildcard/Green Card

—         headlamp/torch essential

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast predicts partly cloudy skies, no rain, 11–15 °C, wind W 2 km/h)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

Car guards:  27 Jun: Kate le Roux & Geoff Nell

 

THURSDAY 28 JUNE 2012

 

CELTICS WINTER TRAIL RUNS

 

Headlamps: It's getting dark at the end of our runs - particularly for the more social groups, so it now compulsory to carry a headlamp or torch with you. We hate having to turn people away, but we also don't want to lose people to injuries...

 

This Thursday 28th June, the run will start at 17h30 sharp at Constantia Nek.

 

We start the run in the parking area immediately adjacent to the traffic circle at the Nek, and opposite the restaurant.

 

The route goes out through Upper Cecilia Forest, links up for a short section along the contour path, descends into Kirstenbosch and then comes back along the lower route through Cecilia Forest and back to the Nek.

 

Difficulty grading: 6/10 (mainly gentle inclines and declines; only very mildly technical for a short section, otherwise not technical at all for the rest)

 

Distance: 9kms

 

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 30 JUNE 2012

 

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

 

SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS MaTT 100 TRAINING RUN

Saturday 30 June 2012:

Draft schedule is attached hereto.  If you are interested, you can always contact Douglas Rossouw on 082 418 5945 or douglasr@iafrica.com .

 

 

SUNDAY 1 JULY 2012

 

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES

 

Sunday 1 July 2012:

 

To follow later in the week.

 

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

SALOMON BASTILLE DAY TRAIL RUN – FRANSCHHOEK - 14 JULY 2012

 

This is an event suitable for the active family out in Franschhoek.

 

Kiddies Adventure Jog (2 – 5km).

Short Course 12km +

Long Course 22km +

Hardcore Trail Stars 35km +

 

Check out all of the details on www.trailrunning.co.za .

 

 

 

GROOTVADERBOSCH TRAIL RUN – 21 / 22 JULY 2012

 

2 day stage run in a "world heritage site" and the changes made since last year are a total fest for the senses! Entries are coming in fast now and we predict it will be sold out [150 entries only] in the next 2 weeks! Please note that the new venue is at "Honeywood Farm", which is less than 2km from the Reserve entrance.

 

Click on the link to find out more:           Grootvadersbosch Trail run  or go to the Quantum Adventures website – see details below.

 

 

 

 

CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES – JULY / AUGUST 2012

 

 

 

 

THE TRAIL OF HOPE – 22 / 23 AUGUST 2012 – CORPORATE EVENT – LABORIE WINE ESTATE

 

Please take time to have a read through this attachment.   A major charity event is being planned around the theme of HIV /AIDS combatting and awareness as well as an AIDS Orphans Safe House and social-upliftment programmes.  We will continue to send this attachment leading to the event.  If you work at a corporate that might be interested in supporting this, please pass it on to the correct person.

 

At least three routes catering for all trail fitness levels and abilities.

 

 

MOUNTAIN WARRIOR TRAIL RUNNING FESTIVAL – 1 & 2 SEPTEMBER 2012

 

For those of us who do most of our running on the Peninsula, here is the opportunity to break out and go and hit the Boland mountains and do something completely fresh.  It is organised by Extreme Events (Pieter du Plessis) and is, by all accounts, a magnificent event which caters for most levels of trail runner.

 

I have a comprehensive PDF about the event, not just for those who are interested in participating in the runs but also who might want to get involved at a sponsorship level.  Please let me know if you would like  to check out the attachment and I will send it to you.  Or just go to www.mountainwarrior.co.za .

 

This looks like a MUST DO event.

 

 

SOME MORE EXCITING EVENTS LISTED ON THE QUANTUM ADVENTURES WEBSITE

 

CLICK ON THE LINKS OR GO TO www.quantumadventures.co.za or email info@quantumadventures.co.za for more details.

 

Rooikat Trail run at the McGregor Food and Wine Festival - 1 September 2012

 Entries for this 19km and 8km run opens on 20 June.

 

Berg & Beach Trail run - 6/7 October at the Hermanus Whale Festival - Entries are open and this will be sold out soon!

 

The NavChallenge and Sanbona Forever Wild Weekend - mountain biking, trail running and a combo of the two are on offer with the guys from RaceInterface - 17 November and 14-16 September, respectively.

 

 

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Monday, June 25, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2012 - LEG 1 HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE REVISITED

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

TRAIL SHOP

 

Richard Thomason has full HBTC entry that he is unable to use due to a clash.  

 

If anyone is keen and is on the waiting list then please contact Richard on Richard.thomason@za.sabmiller.com .

 

 

Which leads onto our run this coming weekend:

 

I know we did this run not long ago but we have decided to offer rehearsal runs for each of the legs of the Hout Bay Trail Challenge (HBTC).  Especially for those who are either new to the course or have only ever run it in bright sunny conditions, this is your opportunity to experience the route in other weather conditions (possibly).  I have a vested interest in making sure runners know the route.  I am sweeping Legs 1 & 2 on the day so the fewer people who get lost, the fewer people I have to go and try and rescue.

 

 

SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2012 - LEG 1 HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE REVISITED (PLUS THE SANDY BAY LOOP)

 

Start Time and Place

 

07h30 sharp from the parking area inside Hout Bay Harbour.  If you drive along the Hout Bay Harbour Road from the traffic circle at the intersection of Victoria Drive and Princess Beach Road, heading in the direction of The Sentinel, drive past Mariner’s Wharf (to your left) and a few other grubby looking buildings and take the first road to the left thereafter.  This is the entrance to the harbour parking area.  As you go through the boom (where you may or may not have to pay a couple of rand entrance fee), look for us parking just off to the left.

 

 

Route

 

Out of the secret gate, up the nasty little dune (carefully avoiding the denizens and their middens) and then up through the houses to the boom at the entrance to the Karbonkelberg section of the TMNP.  We follow the jeep track for about a kilometre before bundu-bashing (official route) up the short cut to the right and keep following the path up to the radar station.  Pause for photographs.  Retrace steps a little and find the path to the left which will take us over to Suther Peak and then down to the dunes at the nek between Sandy Bay and Hout Bay.  At this point, the official route enters the Kerzner estate which is open only on race day.  So from here we do our own thing.  Those wanting a short run can turn for home (either down the dunes or through the residential area).  The rest of us will turn left and head along the jeep track (Rocket Road?) in the direction of the wrecked crane (the Boss somethingorother).  From the end of the gravel road we drop down to the sea and run back to Sandy Bay Beach, up the dunes to the nek and then down into Hout Bay and back to the car park.

 

 

Distance

 

About 17km.

 

 

Running Time

 

3 – 3.5 hours

 

Difficulty

 

Medium to tough.  Long slow climb all the way from the start to the radar station at the top of Karbonkelberg.  Lots of technical single track and one downward rock scramble on the descent to the dunes from Suther Peak (easy rock scramble).  The only uphill after that is the climb from Sandy Bay to the nek…….runnable but also quite a pleasant walk/run section.

 

 

Important Notes

 

  1. Bring some cash as there may be an official at the entrance to the harbour collecting an entrance fee.  If not, you can always tip the car guards extra afterwards.  We also operate a shebeen out of the back of my car afterwards (okay that bit was a joke……..sort of…..).

 

  1. Please ensure you are properly kitted out in winter trail running gear.

 

  1. Make sure that you also carry a little something to give you energy along the way (snacks), including some water / energy drink.  There will be water on the mountain but there are fewer obvious streams on this run than most of our winter runs.

 

  1. Be warned that there is one downward rock scramble on this route (on the official race route too).  It is a relatively easy one and we will help you down it if you are nervous.  An average, healthy fear of heights will not prevent you from doing this scramble.  Only extreme vertigo sufferers should keep away.

 

  1. Just a gentle reminder that this is a “non-canine” run (for the comfort and safety of the runners and the dogs).

 

  1. Bring some warm clothes to change into afterwards and stick around for a rehydration session afterwards.  Bring some ICE cold be’erages or Old Brown (Elvera) to chase away the winter chills.

  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.

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

Platteklip Gorge & Saddle Ascent

 

Route
Up Platteklip Gorge to the upper contour path across to Saddle Rock then up and over the Saddle, down Newlands Ravine, back along the board walk to King’s Block House.  From there the Lower Traverse all the way back to the start.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time
RV at the foot of Platteklip Gorge on Tafelberg Rd.  Be ready to start running at 0730.

 

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.

 

Terrain and Distance
One of our more challenging routes along single mountain trails.  Some decent climbing up and over the saddle followed by the descent down Newlands where in the wet one needs to be careful with the foot-work!   Nothing we have not done before.  Distance in the region of about 11 Kms taking more or less about 2hrs 45min. 

 

Fay’s Recovery Group

Fay will be leading the recovery group over a shorter less demanding route for those recovering from injuries or who are not yet ready for a more demanding run.

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST SATURDAY’S RUN

 

It was a brave little group of eleven that set out just after 08h15.  The weather had been threatening violence since the night before so I suspect there were a number of regulars lying in bed as we set out and one accented reprobate was probably still at Trinity (which I presume is a club……for young people).  But it turned out to be a perfect morning to take on this challenging little Holdcroft-inspired course involving lots of climbs and drops.  No rain and the clouds conspired with us instead of their usual treachery against us (except for one small incident which you will hear about shortly).  This means we got all of the spectacular views at the right times (Noordhoek Peak, the Panorama Trail and the chilly climb up to the Mast).  Incredible scenery.  It’s pointless describing it as you had to be there.  But check out the attached photo’s (courtesy of Roger Ronnie).  The first one sees us at Noordhoek Peak and catches Mike O deep in conversation with a pile of rocks, Elvera inviting anyone to disagree that West Coast gals are the toughest (the only one in short sleeves…..a muscle-top no less) and me demonstrating my “before” pose i.e. before going back to gym and muscling up a bit.  Watch for the “after” picture in about 10 years.  The next two are on the Panorama Trail.  The penultimate shot is taken at the top of Blackburn Ravine and is of Missing Margaret Candidate Wayne Borchardt explaining how he managed to the Dam car park instead of the gate car park, despite the fact that he was right behind us at the gate……………………………… and so missed running with us and went solo.  As he had just been up to the Mast and back he was in no mood to follow us back up there.  Hmmmmmmm.  The last picture is on the descent from the Mast where Sue was telling Mike that she is in the mood for a fight and Mike was distracted because he knew he was about to lead us along the wrong path and so enter his name for the Missing Margaret Award too.  Taryn, also clearly in the mood to put a boot in, looks like she has just seen a smoker light up under a no smoking sign and then chuck the entjie on the ground afterwards.  You gotta love Facebook.

 

Despite the technical nature of the course there were no falls worthy of a Sailing Sandra although Paul kept us holding our breaths as his tired feet started clipping rocks all the way down the last stretch of River Walk.  But he escaped unscathed.  The Missing Margaret Award on the other hand had three candidates.  Two have got their special mentions above.  We will cut Wayne some slack as he has just returned from living in the far east which therefore makes him “disorientated” (hahahaha very proud of that one) and Mike’s was a minor excursion of only a few meters.  But SUE BRACHER on the other hand, as our hands-down winner, distinguished herself by getting lost within the first 100m of the start of the run.  Admittedly we started in thick cloud.  We came out of the car park, turned left onto the jeep track and then right onto the River Walk.  We were no more than 50m up the River Walk when we heard the frantic peeping of a whistle in the clouds.  Sue was lost………  she didn’t see us turn onto the River Walk………..  That is pretty much a record Sue.  Well done, you are our undisputed Missing Margaret this week.  But that wasn’t the end of the excitement for Sue.  On our way down the River Walk near the end, while Paul was stumbling over rocks, Sue and Mike had a run-in with a runner (German chappie) and his dog who were not keen on giving way and the dog, poor thing, tried to bite Mike (I’m not sure who would have been worse off).  I think you can imagine what Mike said to the dog though.  But we ran on past and arrived safely back at the cars.  The runner and dog (SA passport) then arrived and World War II broke out.  Sue (England) went over to pat the dog and then thought what the hell and let the owner have it.  Both barrels.  It was The Battle of Britain.  England and Germany going at each other while the rest ran for cover or stood around and watched.  Even Mike’s mouth was hanging open.  Unlike the aforementioned BofB, I have no idea who won this one as we soon tired of the brouhaha and settled down to some ICE cold beers.  Sue came over, we bandaged her fists and wiped the blood off her shoes (again, a little joke) and we were soon laughing at the disturbance and life in general.  Awesome run.  Thanks everyone.

 

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Friday, June 22, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP

 

 

Good morning Everyone

 

Sorry, the following was too good an opportunity to miss:

 

Interesting observation and quotable quote on the superb Celtics Thursday Winter Trail Run last night.  While we were being “chicked” (i.e. completely outgunned) by Ellie and Melany, one male runner piped up with: “That’s why I love running with Sandra (Murray); she is the only woman I know who is slower than me……..oh, hold on, Elvera as well.”  J

 

See if you can guess who said that.  Clue: It wasn’t me (Tim).

 

 

SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2012

 

acsis VOB-ORGANISED TRAIL RUNS

 

These runs are ON

 

1.     Longer Faster Group

 

08h10 start from just inside Gate 1 / Silvermine West.  About 15km in 3 hours (tough-ish but fun route).  For full details see http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/

2.     Table Mountain Trailers (Medium Distance, Slower Group)

 

07h30 start from Tokai Forest Arboretum car park.  For full details see http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 

 

Also

 

 

O2O 23 JUNE 2012

 

Dirk McIntosh is holding another Ocean2Ocean run on 23 June for those still needing a qualifier for Puffer.   You’re either in already or you’re not.  Good luck to everyone running this Reverse Route.  Should be fun.  We may still be having beers in Silvermine by the time you come through.  J

 

 

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES

 

Dear TSiBA Eden Supporters,

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 23 June at Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Cape Town, at 8h00. Please see below flyer for further details, and map beneath. 

 

 

                               

 

 

Map : Groot Constantia

 

GPS Coordinates:  34 01' 37,03" S,  18 25' 28,84" E 

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 24 JUNE 2012

 

SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

Sunday 24 June 2012: CEO Mike has come up with a lovely route that will suit all of us who like a blend of terrain. Participants will of course be eligible for the monthly SAUCONY shoe draw.

 

Where: Start at Constantia Nek, across the circle from the Restaurant.

When: Starting at 07H30. Yes folks, the Northerners have requested that we give them a mite more time in bed, because they have to travel so far and still do their hair before they come. No names, because it will embarrass Elvera, but the rest of us will thus also avoid a pitch dark start.

What: Trail running kit, weather appropriate gear, Wild Card, snax. ICE cold beer for afterwards.

Route: From Constantia Nek, along the lower contours, up Nursery Ravine, Smuts track to Aquaduct to tap, Ash Valley to Puffer route in reverse to Water Bayliffs, back to Constantia Nek via Camel Rock. Hands up those who could follow that. OK, put your hands down, your colleagues are staring at you.

Duration: About 3 hours.

Distance: About 15 km’s?

 

Second GroupWe will once again have a second group who will start with us, but only do 2 hours at a slower pace.

 

Seeya!

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT RUNS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Hi Everyone

 

WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE 2012

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

 

NOTES: The mid-week roster is kept up to date (often 4 weeks in advance) with the barest essential information, being the starting point and general area of the Wed gathering, the run and walk leaders, and the car guards; we always start at 5.45 pm. So, when in doubt, have a look at http://tinyurl.com/4ehbuk for the latest — this link appears in EVERY email to CRAGgers! yes, read that far down and you’ll find it!

 

Next, a short note on an astronomical event significant for us outdoors-in-the-night types: 21 June sees the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere, when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky seen from our position on earth, and it’s the shortest day of the year for us, with the sun rising at 7.51 am and setting at 5.44 pm, giving just 9 hrs and 53 mins of daylight (not sunshine necessarily); it’s followed, naturally, by the longest night of the year, with a whopping 12 hrs and 7 mins between sunset and sunrise. Thereafter things start improving, almost imperceptibly at first, with sunset later every evening from 23 June and sunrise earlier every morning from 7 July, and thereafter far more noticeably; that means more daylight, more sunshine and more UV to worry about. Pity our friends and family in the northern hemisphere, for whom this is all reversed as they begin the long slide into icy winter . . .

 

Herewith, then, the details for this week’s run and walk:

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Leader:  Barry Washkansky (thanks for last-minute stand-in, Washer!)

 

Date:  Wednesday 20 June 2012

 

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

 

Location:  Pipe Track, western slopes above Camps Bay

 

Route description: Tonight’s run is a simple but challenging out-and-back affair, taking us from the start at the well-known Kloof Nek parking area along the undulating Pipe Track for about 45 minutes, and then returning along the same route, when you will cruise down what were difficult climbs on the way out, and struggle up those earlier easy glides, which strangely have become killer uphills on the way back. In light of the latest Comrades doping scandal, the first ten runners home will be tested for the banned substance, warm beer. Sunset is at 17h45, almost the earliest this year.

 

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, 9 km

 

Walkers:  Tim Bellairs 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: Kloof Nek parking area (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/2u2yr7t)

 

 Directions:  Get to Kloof Nek via Buitengracht (follow M62 Table Mountain signs) and Kloof Nek Rd (from the city) or Camps Bay Drive or Kloof Rd (from Camps Bay). Turn onto Tafelberg Rd, skip the first entrance to the parking area and use the second one to park at the highest level (at the SANParks office).

 

 Equipment

—         valid Wildcard/Green Card

—         headlamp/torch essential

—         water/energy drink/munchies

—         foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast predicts partly cloudy skies, no rain, 11–19 °C, wind SE 20 km/h)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

 

Car guards:  20 Jun: Niki Gerneke & Giulia Criscuolo

 

 

THURSDAY 21 JUNE 2012

 

CELTICS WINTER TRAIL RUNS

 

Headlamps: It's getting dark at the end of our runs - particularly for the more social groups, so it now compulsory to carry a headlamp or torch with you. We hate having to turn people away, but we also don't want to lose people to injuries...

 

 

On Thursday 21st June we meet at Newlands Forest for the run to start at 17h30. We do our Plumpudding Hill run which will start at Newlands Forest in the parking area at the Parks Board office / helipad / firebase (the parking area is the main parking 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 takes in Newlands Forest out to the beacon on Plumpudding Hill, down Heartbreak Hill on the slopes of Devil’s Peak and back the lower route above Rhodes Memorial.

 

Difficulty grading 6/10.

 

Distance is 9.5 kms with about 450 metres total ascent and descent.

 

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 23 JUNE 2012

 

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

 

SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS MaTT 100 TRAINING RUN

Saturday 23 June 2012:

Full details to follow later in the week but the basic draft schedule is attached hereto.

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE TRAIL RUN SERIES

 

Dear TSiBA Eden Supporters,

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 23 June at Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Cape Town, at 8h00. Please see below flyer for further details, and map beneath. 

 

 

                               

 

 

Map : Groot Constantia

 

GPS Coordinates:  34 01' 37,03" S,  18 25' 28,84" E 

 

 

 

O2O 23 JUNE 2012

 

Dirk McIntosh is 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 .

 

 

 

SUNDAY 24 JUNE 2012

 

 

SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES

 

Sunday 24 June 2012:

 

To follow later in the week.

 

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.

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

SALOMON BASTILLE DAY TRAIL RUN – FRANSCHHOEK - 14 JULY 2012

 

This is an event suitable for the active family out in Franschhoek.

 

Kiddies Adventure Jog (2 – 5km).

Short Course 12km +

Long Course 22km +

Hardcore Trail Stars 35km +

 

Check out all of the details on www.trailrunning.co.za .

 

 

CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES – JULY / AUGUST 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOUNTAIN WARRIOR TRAIL RUNNING FESTIVAL – 1 & 2 SEPTEMBER 2012

 

For those of us who do most of our running on the Peninsula, here is the opportunity to break out and go and hit the Boland mountains and do something completely fresh.  It is organised by Extreme Events (Pieter du Plessis) and is, by all accounts, a magnificent event which caters for most levels of trail runner.

 

I have attached a comprehensive PDF about the event, not just for those who are interested in participating in the runs but also who might want to get involved at a sponsorship level.  Please check out the attachment hereto. 

 

This looks like a MUST DO event.

 

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299