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.
- 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)
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.za . Again, 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…
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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:
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:
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:
Please go and check this out and start entering as soon as possible.
SOME MORE EXCITING EVENTS LISTED ON THE QUANTUM ADVENTURES WEBSITE
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.
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