Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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

Hi Everyone

 

As usual, there is tons of info below so skim it and read selectively.

 

Just so that you are prepared:  There will be another email coming either today or tomorrow (much smaller than this current email) in which we will be calling for helpers for the combined acsis VOB / MATES Support Table for the Hi-Tec Puffer on Saturday 25 August 2012.

 

TRAIL SHOP

 

  1. NEW TRAIL RUNNERS GUIDE:          Check out the flyer at the bottom of this email.  I have read some of it already and it is great.  You can buy on-line at www.mapstudio.co.za.  It’s a “must have” for

every trail runner.

 

2.       WILD RUN ENTRY AVAILABLE:    Jenny Layzell has an entry that she won’t be able to use and is looking to sell.  The Wild Run is from 9-11 September 2012 .  If you are keen to take this entry over, please contact Jenny directly on 079 0374677.

3.       OF BOARDWALKS AND GRAFFITI:             I know this is Admin and not Trail Shop but I know you don’t read the admin and I thought I had a better chance of an audience here:  After my tongue-in-cheek bit on Freda Walters antics on the boardwalk above Echo Valley, resulting in a shattered collar bone, there was a strong reaction from several other parties noting how dangerous the boardwalks have become.  We have made contact with the Table Mountain Honorary Rangers and they have reacted brilliantly.  They contacted Trevor Ball who has already agreed to divert work parties to assist in addressing the problem and other measures are being considered.  But the HR’s need our assistance in identifying the specific bits of boardwalk that need fixing.  This is not just broken slats, but also areas where the boardwalk or the ground under it has collapsed and the path is tilting dangerously.  Where you note this, please can you send me an accurate description of where it is and I will report it to the HR’s.  They have also asked us to let them know accurate situations where graffiti has been left by morons so that the HR’s can send work parties to clean up.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST 2012

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

Leader:  Christo Steyn

Date:  Wednesday 01 August 2012

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

Location:  northern slopes of Table Mountain from Vredehoek

Route description: Deer Park Link — this route samples various runs we have done in the area. The name stems from when we used to start from Deer Park (now called Van Riebeeck Park by everybody but the locals who use it). From the end of Chelmsford Rd in Devil's Peak we head for the old quarry and head UP towards Tafelberg Rd and up to the lower contour path. This path takes us around Oppelskop to one of the most inspiring views of Table Mountain. On to below the Saddle and down the zigzag to Tafelberg Rd. A short section of the latter gets us to the track to follow down to Deer Park. From here it's a gentle trot along one of the lower tracks back to the quarry. Sunset is at 18h06.

Duration and distance:  approx 100 mins, 10 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).

Starting point: Chelmsford Road, Devil's Peak (Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/33vhqlt)

Directions: We meet in the very rocky parking area at the end of Chelmsford Rd. Immediately after the Pinoak Rd turn-off, turn left onto the dirt track. If you arrive later, you may have to park on Chelmsford Rd itself — please don’t park on red or yellow lines.

Three options for getting there:

—   From the N1 Table Bay Boulevard: Take the M60 Oswald Pirow St (City East) and follow Oswald Pirow past the Good Hope Centre and CPUT (formerly the Cape Technikon). At the T-junction with Roeland St, turn left. Carry on past the Central Fire Station, under the bridge, and turn immediately right (across the M3 De Waal Dr) into Crassula Ave. Follow the white line steadily up, as Crassula becomes Ixia, Gardenia and Noordelik. At the stop street turn left into Derry, which becomes Oak Tree. Turn left into Chelmsford.

—   From the N2 or M3 southern suburbs: Keep left on Hospital Bend going up the hill and follow M3 De Waal Drive as it winds its way around Devil’s Peak. When you reach the residential area, after a sweeping right and left s-bend, slow down and take the FIRST sharp left turn into Barnham Rd, which becomes Noordelik; heading generally up, cross a 4-way stop and a 3-way stop. At the next stop street turn left (up) into Derry, which becomes Oak Tree. Turn left into Chelmsford.

—   From the city centre: Make your way up to and turn left into Orange/Annandale/Mill/Jutland (same road — it just depends on which section of it you reach). Continue past the Gardens Centre and where the double carriageway narrows to single, turn right into Clive, left into Aandblom, right into Chelsea, left into Upper Mill, which becomes Derry. Follow Derry, which becomes Oak Tree. Turn left into Chelmsford.

Headlamp / torch is still compulsory.

Car guards:  01 Aug: Jo Booysen & Chris Schnehage

 

THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 2012

 

CELTICS THURSDAY 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 2nd August, 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 Cecelia Forest, links up for a short section along the contour path, descends into Kirstenbosch and then comes back along the lower route through Cecelia 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

 

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SATURDAY 4 AUGUST 2012

 

1.   acsis VOB Faster Group Run – CONSTANTIA NEK / VLAKKENBERG / MANGANESE MINE / BLACKBURN RAVINE ETC – see email yesterday.

 

2.   Table Mountain Trailers – RHODES MEMORIAL - see email yesterday.

 

3.   Merrell Outeniqua Traverse

 

This is an event that needs no introduction to most trail runners.  Hard core stuff but spectacular.  But for the uninitiated go to www.mountainrunner.co.zaAgain, this is one of those events you have to do in order to be considered a REAL trail runner. J  

 

4.   Nik’s Long Slow Run

 

Nik Michalopoulos is leading a long slow run on this morning.

 

Target distance is 40km.

 

Approximate Route omething like:

Start at Constantia Nek, run along the Contour Path all the way to the Block House, from there down into deer park to kloofnek corner, depending on distance to that point but probably (if you believe google earth) do a loop to signal hill around the base of Lion's head, from there up to tafelberg road and then up Platteklip. From there across to Maclear's Beacon (if I can find it) and along the top of the Mountain to the dams. Depending on distance to that point possibly around the dams a bit or otherwise heading back to the nek, possibly do a scenic return down skeleton gorge and back along the last piece of the contour path.

 

Time: start running at 8am,

 

Duration: for the full route maybe about 5 - 6 hours? (or join for part of the run if you can time it to meet us somewhere - I will have my phone with me, if you want to run verrry slowly then join us on the 2nd half of the route, we will probably be crawling by then!)

 

Contact Nik on NikM@xfm.co.za if you are keen to join him.

 

 

SUNDAY 5 AUGUST 2012

 

1.      Cape Winter Trail Series: Race  – Paarl – see www.trailseries.co.za or the flyer below.

 

 

2.     SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES TRAIL RUN

 

Dudess of the Day: Taryn MacDonald. After years and years of male domination, Taryn has decided that she will take the art of dudeing into a new direction – the female direction. She will be in charge, and although she will consider Flippie and Stephen’s opinions it will not be a democracy.

 

Where: Kloof Nek parking area.

 

When: In time to start running at 07H30.

 

What: Weather appropriate kit, snax, water for the run and Taryn insists that everybody bring ICE cold beer.

 

Route: Taryn will lead us along the Pipe Track, up Woody Ravine, along the 12 Apostles Path to the Railway Track, up the Aquaduct, up Smuts Track, into Echo Valley, Isolation Valley and Red Gods. Then down Kasteels and Pipe Track back.

 

Distance: Taryn wouldn’t say, but we think it is somewhere in the direction of 15 – 18 km’s.

 

Duration: That depends how fast Taryn will drive us. Probably about 3 hours? Unless we annoy Taryn…

 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES – JULY / AUGUST 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  THE MATROOSBERG TRAIL CHALLENGE – THE INAUGURAL EVENT – 11 AUGUST 2011

 

Here is a new race within spitting distance from Cape Town.  For those of you who are always saying that you would love to see what is in those pretty mountains on the other side of the Cape Flats, here is a golden opportunity.  You might even get to see the snow.  Nice long-weekend too so you can make a mini-holiday out of it for the family.  I have attached the race flyer to give you a taste but for full details please go to website below:

 

https://sites.google.com/site/matroosbergtrailchallenge/winter-challenge/

 

Online entries:

http://www.entrytickets.co.za/eventview/matroosberg

 

Ghaleed Nortje

http://www.facebook.com/RunningTheCape

0828873011

 

 

SAVE THE RHINO 2 DAY TRAIL RUN – BOTLIERSKOP PRIVATE GAME RESERVE (near LITTLE BRAK RIVER) – 11 and 12 August 2012

 

This is your last day to enter this event online.

 

For full details and entries, go to:

 

http://www.southerncrossadventure.co.za/index.php?option=com_seminar&Itemid=54

 

 

THE GRAVITY ADVENTURE FESTIVAL: 17 – 19 AUGUST 2012

 

The Gravity Adventure Festival in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (Betty’s Bay / Kleinmond area) is now in its 10th year.  Fantastic event and well worth looking at.  A wide variety of events, from night trail runs, swim, paddling, mountain bike, kiddies events, camping and loads more.  It is organised by Tatum Prins and Graham Bird.  Do yourself a favour and check out the flyers attached hereto or go to http://www.adventurefestival.co.za/.

 

This will include a new Night Run on the night of 17 August 2012 (see flyer attached).

 

Check out the flyers attached for full details.

 

 

 

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

 

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.

 

I have a complete explanatory attachment but have not attached it this time.  If you want it then please drop me an email and I’ll send it through.

 

 

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.  What a way to see in the Spring!!!!!!

 

 

NAMAQUALAND FLOWER TRAIL RUN – 8 SEPTEMBER 2012

 

Go and check out the spring flowers and do this run near Garies in the Northern Cape.  Choice of 20km and 10km Routes.  Loads of entertainment as well.  See flyer attached.

 

 

 

THE RHINO RUN – 22 SEPTEMBER 2012 – TOKAI FOREST

 

This is also an event to raise funds for Rhino conservation.  There will be a choice of two distances (12km and 6km).  We are considering making this the acsis VOB Saturday Run too so that we don’t clash with this event.  So don’t hold back from entering.  The flyer I had didn’t have sufficient info but I will see what I can organise.  However, all details (including route maps) and entries are available on:

 

http://www.rhinorun.co.za/allyourruninfo/RhinoRunCapeTown.aspx

 

Please go and check this out and start entering as soon as possible.

 

 

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

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Monday, July 30, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 4 AUGUST 2012 - CONSTANTIA NEK / VLAKKENBERG / MANGANESE MINES / BLACKBURN RAVINE / SILVERMINE / PUFFER PATH BACK OVER VLAKKENBERG

 

 

Hi Everyone

 

For those of you who follow our schedule on Facebook, here is another small departure to be noted.  I have Jane down to lead this coming weekend but I know she is in the UK and I am not sure if she’ll be back in time to lead.  Also, the route we have down got accelerated to the route Barry led (more or less) last weekend.  So, to cut an increasingly lengthening story short, I am going to lead the run this coming weekend and it will be over a new route.  So listen up.

 

 

SATURDAY 4 AUGUST 2012:

 

CONSTANTIA NEK / VLAKKENBERG / MANGANESE MINES / BLACKBURN RAVINE / SILVERMINE / PUFFER PATH BACK OVER VLAKKENBERG

 

Run Leader

 

Tim Bellairs         0823210299         timbe@boe.co.za or tim.bellairs@gmail.com (gmail address after hours)

 

 

Start Time and Place

 

07h30 (probably our last start at this late hour) from the Constantia Nek car park.

 

 

Route

 

We will follow the Hout Bay Trail Challenge 3rd leg route over Vlakkenberg and down the Manganese Mine path as far as the first contour that cuts left across into Blackburn Ravine.  Then we will climb up Blackburn Ravine into Silvermine and head over to the nek to the north of Steenberg Ridge and start heading across to the fire lookout hut and then down the Elephants Eye approach path to the start of the trees in Tokai Forest.  We follow the contour which then drops down to an offshoot of Level 5 in Tokai Forest.  From the north end of that road we take the further contour which ends up climbing to the tar road (the one that goes to the Mast).  But we won’t be going to the Mast and instead we make our way back over Vlakkenberg to Constantia Nek.

 

Distance

 

Between 15 and 18km.

 

 

Running Time

 

3 – 3.5 hours

 

 

Difficulty

 

Quite a tough run but lots of fun.  There is a bit of everything in this run.  Lots of very runnable single track, a little bit of jeep track, a tiny bit of tar road, three testing climbs and descents.  Perfect!

 

 

Important Notes

 

1.       Despite the beautiful weather this last weekend it is still officially winter.  So all of the requirements for appropriate, full winter trail running kit applies.  We are not too stressed about water as there is lots of it on the mountain but you need warm thermal base layers, windproof (waterproof if it is raining) jacket, a cell phone and a whistle.  The latter is crucial; cell phones break and malfunction but a good whistle is fairly indestructible.

 

2.       There is one runner in particular, if she runs this weekend, needs to be fitted with a Tracker device.  You know who are!  J

 

3.       Bring a good tip for the car guards at Constantia Nek.  The guys are doing a good job of preventing car break-ins.  Having said this, don’t leave valuables in your car and leave everything else packed away out of sight so that the baddies aren’t tempted to break in in the first place.

 

4.       Bring warm, dry clothes to change into afterwards and some ICE cold be’erages  for rehydration afterwards.

 

5.       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

 

Saturday 4th August: Rhodes Memorial

 

Brief Description of Route

From the old zoo parking area up through the old zoo park onto the trails in Groote Schuur Estate then sweeping up towards the King’s Blockhouse before following the contour path deep into Newlands Forest before turning back towards the picnic area and the car park.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the old zoo parking area on your right of the wooden gate as you attempt to drive up to Rhodes Memorial.  [The gate is locked until 0800] Park in time to log in and be ready to start running at 0730

 

Terrain and Distance

Mostly gravel track  and stony/sandy single track trails and forest paths.    More or less 11kms taking in the region of  2hrs 30. 

 

Recovery Group

Veronica is planning a shorter, less demanding route especially for the recovery group.

 

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST SATURDAY – THE EMAIL OF SHAME

 

Urrrgh!  Where to start?  Let’s start with the positive.  What a magnificent event that Hout Bay Trail Challenge is.  I must say that I am always proud to be associated with it by way of helping out at registration and being out on the route during the day.  However, this year I may well have tested Claire’s patience to the limit so I may not be invited back (see below).  If I am, I rather suspect Claire won’t have me standing at the map giving advice on the route again.  But what a great vibe on the day.  Even the CEO was to be seen chipping in to help at the finish where he was to be seen preparing the “travel coffee mugs.”  This Hout Bay Trail Challenge really is an event you have to try and participate in at some stage if you are a trail runner, even if it is as a team.  I fully empathise with people who don’t tackle the full route but prefer the team approach, as I am a short distance runner myself, and the whole team dynamic adds an extra bit of zing to the day.  Well done Claire and team for another brilliant event.

 

NOW!  Personally, I must confess to not exactly covering myself in glory on the day.  As my botch-up was announced over the loudspeaker at Suikerbossie and Prize Giving I guess I have some explaining to do: 

 

I was supposed to sweep Legs 1 and 2.  But karma was about to come around and kick me in the crotch.  All the way up to the radar station on Leg 1 I was listening on the two-way radio to, and laughing loudly at, the dialogue between two medics where one of them was vloeking because he got lost trying to get to Llandudno Ravine (carrying all of his equipment).  It was very funny.  Then, after posing proudly at the Radar Station for Trevor Ball to take pictures, I headed over to Suther Peak with my co-sweep.  We’ll call her Ms M.  We were together at the Yellowwood Forest but by the time I got to the scramble section, she had vanished like she’d been abducted by aliens.  A helpful spectator said he would wait for her and give her the rude message I left but as I got closer to the dunes at the bottom of the mountain on the heels of the last runner, we’ll call her Mrs E, I saw said spectator descending sans Ms M.  Anxiety gripped me and I sent a message to Claire that I had lost my co-sweep.  There was an incredulous silence …………………followed by nervous laughter…………….followed by ……………………….. “Tim!  How could you POSSIBLY lose your co-sweep????  Go back and find her immediately!”  Well you can imagine what I was muttering as I climbed all the way back up to Suther Peak, calling out and blowing my whistle as I went.  No response!  I was now imagining the worst…..fallen off a cliff or fallen elsewhere and smacked her head, no phone contact or perhaps the aforementioned “alien abduction” thingy.  In truth, Ms M had the good sense to realise she had missed a turn, was unlikely to find the correct path and so was galloping back to the start along the way she had come.  Comms silence was caused by a faulty cell phone (allegedly) after she had fallen (there’s a clue right there) and ripped her tights and knee and banged the phone on the ground.  So I had no way of knowing she was safe.

 

So with an extremely heavy heart I resumed my sweeping duty.  But by the time I was nearing Suikerbossie I was advised all runners had been cleared through Check Point 1 and I should rather head back to the Start and commence the search for the M.I.A. from the Hout Bay side.  But the happy news came over the radio while I was still en route that the missing sweep had returned to base.  I arrived just in time to find her trying to make a quick get-away in the car park and she was dragged back to buy endless rounds of beer.  But the damage was done.  Mike Finch had already announced that the Leg 1 Sweep had got lost.  So I sat at the finish, beer in hand, trying to drown out the ridicule and abuse of runners and spectators alike and they were clearly enjoying the opportunity.  Isn’t it great to have mates to keep you humble?  J

 

So my humblest apologies to Claire and the team for botching the sweeping and causing added stress for them on the day and a massive thank you to all of those who stepped in to assume the sweeping role for Leg 2.  So far I have been told that Sonia Beard and Brian Key did lots of it as well as Wally Steele.  I am sure there were others too so thank you so much to all of you.  I am deeply indebted to you all.  And now I think I need to  contemplate my return to road running more seriously.  Siiiggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

 

 

Have a great week Everyone

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Friday, July 27, 2012

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: FRIDAY WRAP UP

 

 

Good morning All

 

 

GENERAL ADMIN

 

1.       CAR KEY FOUND IN HOUT BAY   -              Have you lost, or do you know anyone who has lost, a car key on the trail somewhere between East Fort and Chapman’s Peak?  Well one has been found.  See photo attached.  Please give me a shout if this is your key.  To claim it, all you have to do is send footage of you cheering loudly for the Stormers tomorrow and being kind to Sharks supporters (trying hard not to be patronising) after the Stormers give the Sharks a righteous thumping tomorrow.  The key will be returned immediately.

2.       TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE SUBSTITUTIONS  -            Apparently substitutions are not being allowed this year so please don’t try and buy / sell entries unless you have clarified the position with the organisers.  I don’t think there is much room for negotiation though.

 

3.       HI TEC PUFFER REFRESHMENT / SUPPORT TABLE  -           This year acsis VOB and MATES will be combining to do a refreshment table for Puffer at the gates of the Cape Point Reserve and we will then do a run in the reserve afterwards.  The date will be Saturday 25 August 2012.  Don’t send names yet but please start looking at your diaries this weekend to see if you are available on that day.  Full details next week.

 

 

FRIDAY 27 JULY 2012 - TODAY

 

SCIENCE OF THE OLYMPICS:        There is a FREE talk at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (next to Newlands Rugby Grounds) by Dr Ross Tucker on Friday 27 July 2012 from 13h00 14h00.  Dress in Green and Gold!  See flyer attached.

 

 

SATURDAY 28 JULY 2012

 

acsis VOB SATURDAY TRAIL RUNS

 

The acsis VOB-organised Trail runs are both ON

 

  1. Longer Faster Group:     KLOOF NEK / INDIA-VENSTER / THE VALLEYS / CORRIDOR RAVINE / PIPE TRACK - Run Leader is Barry Washkansky - 083 9533 056 / washer77@gmail.com .  Start Time and Place 07h30 sharp from Kloof Nek car park.   For full details, read the Monday email or check out the blog http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ .

 

  1. Table Mountain Trailers (Medium Distance Slower Group):     Farmer Pecks Valley - Rendezvous and Start Time - RV at the foot of Farmer Peck’s Valley off Boyes Drive in time to start running at 0730.  How to get There? From Southern Suburbs come down the Blue Route M3 to end and turn left down to the Main Road and right as if going to Muizenberg or Simon’s Town.  Then after a short distance turn right into Boyes Drive M75.  [Same as this year’s Argus route] About a Kilometre after the road narrows you go down a steep hill into a dip and up the other side.  Shortly after the bottom of the dip look for a stone wall on your right and for the “hole in the wall” with a green  noticeboard above it.  That’s it.    Suggest park on the seaward side of road.  See http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ for full details.

 

 

OTHER SATURDAY TRAINING RUNS AND EVENTS

 

1.       MaTT100 Training Run (for experienced trail, fit trail runners)

 

Where: run from Chapman’s Peak to Muizenberg Peak and all that.

Where: Chapman's Peak Drive, the parking lot in the corner about 600 meters on the Houtbay side of the booth where they check your ticket when you drive to Fish Hoek. So coming from Houtbay, you pay the toll and drive quite a long way.

When: In time to start running at 06H30.
What: Bring your map, trail kit for a long day. Snax. That sort of thing.
Route: MaTT 100 route Up Noordhoek Peak to Boomslang Cave, Muizenberg Peak and back.
Duration: About 40 km's and 6 - 8 hours.

Contact: Jane Holcroft 07990852582.
janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk

2.       Hout Bay Trail Challenge

No introduction needed.  You’re either in or you’re not.  Great places to support the runners – Sukerbossie Restaurant from 08h00 onwards / Constantia Nek from about 09h30 onwards / Hout Bay Beach from about 10h30 onwards / and the finish line at Hout Bay Yacht Club where the rugby is also being screened.  All welcome, even Sharks supporters, shame.  J

3.       TSiBA Education New Balance Trail Series



 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 29 JULY 2012

 

SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS TRAIL RUN – PUFFER TRAINING RUN

Sunday 29th July2012: Puffer training run from Louw’s Corner to Constantia Nek. Where is Louw’s Corner? Do you ask? It’s in Fish Hoek – read on and all will be revealed. This part of the run will take in that tricky little bit along the Woodcutters Trail up to Oh Kaapse Weg, the Waggon Trail, the bit in Silvermine (including the short cut) as well as the final dash over Vlakkenberg. All very important to the aspiring pufferist. So this includes some car shuffling from Constantia Nek, so pay attention to the arrangements. 

Where: As you come down Oh Kaapse Weg in Fish Hoek, continue to the first robot and turn right. Turn right again after the petrol station and proceed into the old Sun Valley Mall parking area as far as you can and park at the furthest right hand corner, the part of the parking area closest to Oh Kaapse Weg. This is Louw’s corner – named after a little shop that was here long before the present shopping centre became obsolete and was “augmented” by the Long Beach Mall. You now know a bit more history of Fish Hoek and even the Two Oceans Marathon.

When: This is where the car shuffling thing comes in. It’s best to leave most of the cars at Constantia Nek. Meet in time to leave Constantia Nek at 06H45. We will start running from Louw’s Corner at 07H30.

Route: Louw’s Corner to Constantia Nek as per Puffer.

Duration: I think about 4 hours? Waddaya think?

What: Puffer required equipment. Snax, water for the run. ICE cold beer for afterwards in the parking lot. 

Douglas Rossouw

082 418 5945

 

Also this Sunday

 

Cape Winter Trail Series: Race 2

 

Tygerberg Nature Reserve – see www.trailseries.co.za

 

 

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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

Hi Everyone

 

As usual there is tons of stuff happening and I am completely incapable of abbreviating anything.  You can imagine what my cell phone text messages are like.  So skim over it and take what you need from it.  I know this is a little heavy on attachment size and I am looking to downscale these.  Thanks for your patience and bandwidth in the meantime.

 

TRAIL SHOP

 

  1. NEW TRAIL RUNNERS GUIDE:          Check out the flyer at the bottom of this email.  I have read some of it already and it is great.  Lois says that if you buy on-line at www.mapstudio.co.za.  It’s a “must have” for

every trail runner.

 

  1. BIG SALE STARTING ON FRIDAY:                Now there is no excuse for pitching up at trail runs with hopelessly inadequate clothing and equipment.  If money is a bit tight, make sure you get to this sale.  Flyer below under Friday.  This is Leo Rust, trail running fundi, et al so you know that this is quality stuff.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2012

 

 

CRAG TRAIL RUN

Leader:  Guy Meredith

Date:  Wednesday 25 July 2012

Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp

Location:  Cecilia Forest

Route description Starting at the Nek, we run past the Art Gallery and take the right-hand fork which heads down towards Cecilia Forest. At the 3-way junction we head straight onto some single track which leads us to a trail running alongside Rhodes Drive. This comes to a fork, at which point we take the path leading left and head upwards until we rejoin the jeep track. We turn right onto the jeep track and head towards Cecilia Forest parking. At the T-junction we turn left, and follow the jeep track past the junction at the big blue-gum and continue towards Kirstenbosch. We then take the trail up Rooikat Ravine, and, if time permits, on reaching the lookout point we take the path to our right which leads up Cecilia Buttress to the concrete road near the Hoerikwaggo huts; if not, we continue on the path through Cecilia Ravine passing the waterfall, and make for the jeep track. We then follow the jeep track back to our cars, either following the jeep track all the way or using the steps on the last section if we are running out of time. Sunset is at 18h01 (cracked the psychological 18h00 resistance level!).

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, 9 km

Walkers:  Laurence van Blerck 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: 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 no rain, 13–17 °C, wind W 10 km/h)

—         personal medication (if required)

—         something for rehydration after the run

—         warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session

Car guards:  25 Jul: Storm Durr & Georgina Jones

 

THURSDAY 26 JULY 2012

 

CELTICS THURSDAY 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 26th July 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

 

 

 

FRIDAY 27 JULY 2012

 

SCIENCE OF THE OLYMPICS:        There is a FREE talk at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (next to Newlands Rugby Grounds) by Dr Ross Tucker on Friday 27 July 2012.  I have attached the flyer at the bottom of this email.

 

 

ALSO STARTING ON FRIDAY (unless you’re on the VIP list, in which case it starts Thursday………..no, I’m not)

 

 

 

SATURDAY 28 JULY 2012

 

1.   acsis VOB Faster Group Run – Kloof Nek / India Venster / Corridor Ravine / Pipe Track – see email yesterday.

 

2.   Table Mountain Trailers – Farmer Pecks Valley - see email yesterday.

 

3.   Hout Bay Trail Challenge – no introduction needed

 

4.   TSiBA Education New Balance Trail Series

 

The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held on Saturday 28 July at Louiesenhof Wines, Stellenbosch, at 8h00. Please see below flyer for further details, and map beneath. If you need a map or directions to the farm, drop me (Tim) an email and I can send them to you.

 

 

 

SUNDAY 29 JULY 2012

 

1.      Cape Winter Trail Series: Race 2 – Tygerberg Nature Reserve – see www.trailseries.co.za or the flyer below.

 

 

2.     SAUCONY JOURNEY TRAILS / MATES TRAIL RUN

 

Sunday 29 July 2012:

 

Details later this week.

 

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES – JULY / AUGUST 2012

 

 

 

 

 

MERRELL OUTENIQUA TRAVERSE – 4 AUGUST 2012

 

This is an event that needs no introduction to most trail runners.  Hard core stuff but spectacular.  But for the uninitiated go to www.mountainrunner.co.zaAgain, this is one of those events you have to do in order to be considered a REAL trail runner. J  I will also re-publish this flyer on Friday’s email.  If anyone wants it before then, drop me an email.

 

 

 

NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  THE MATROOSBERG TRAIL CHALLENGE – THE INAUGURAL EVENT – 11 AUGUST 2011

 

Here is a new race within spitting distance from Cape Town.  For those of you who are always saying that you would love to see what is in those pretty mountains on the other side of the Cape Flats, here is a golden opportunity.  You might even get to see the snow.  Nice long-weekend too so you can make a mini-holiday out of it for the family.  I have attached the race flyer to give you a taste but for full details please go to website below:

 

https://sites.google.com/site/matroosbergtrailchallenge/winter-challenge/

 

Online entries:

http://www.entrytickets.co.za/eventview/matroosberg

 

Ghaleed Nortje

http://www.facebook.com/RunningTheCape

0828873011

 

 

 

THE GRAVITY ADVENTURE FESTIVAL: 17 – 19 AUGUST 2012

 

The Gravity Adventure Festival in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (Betty’s Bay / Kleinmond area) is now in its 10th year.  Fantastic event and well worth looking at.  A wide variety of events, from night trail runs, swim, paddling, mountain bike, kiddies events, camping and loads more.  It is organised by Tatum Prins and Graham Bird.  Do yourself a favour and check out the flyers attached hereto or go to http://www.adventurefestival.co.za/.

 

This will include a new Night Run on the night of 17 August 2012 (separate flyer to be re-published in our Friday email).

 

Check out the flyers attached for full details.

 

 

 

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

 

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.

 

I have a complete explanatory attachment but have not attached it this time.  If you want it then please drop me an email and I’ll send it through.

 

 

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.

 

 

NAMAQUALAND FLOWER TRAIL RUN – 8 SEPTEMBER 2012

 

Go and check out the spring flowers and do this run near Garies in the Northern Cape.  Choice of 20km and 10km Routes.  Loads of entertainment as well.  I have a flyer for anyone who is interested.  Please just drop me an email and I will send it through to you..

 

 

 

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

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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