As usual, TONS of information below. Some interesting new stuff added. Please just skim through and take whatever grabs your fancy and bin the rest.
Also, please let me know what I am missing.
We are still looking for entries for:
· Two Oceans Trail Run (Short Route and Long Route)
· Two Oceans Half Marathon
If you have an entry which you know you are not going to be able to use and would like to pass it on or sell it to recover your costs (not for making a fat profit from it), please contact me (Tim) so I can put you in touch with people who are looking for entries. Substitutions are allowed until at least mid-Feb but we don’t want to leave things until the last minute.
Although not trail, it seems a shame to let these go to waste:
Laurence Buchanan has an entry to the Peninsula Marathon (17 February 2013) and one for the Two Oceans Ultra (30 March 2013) which he won’t be using. If anyone is interested in taking these off his hands, please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0833386865.
WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY 2013
CRAG TRAIL RUN
Leader: Tim "Beau Brummell" Bellairs, it is a Sandy Bay Run after all.
Date: Wednesday 30 January 2013
Time: ready to start running at 17h45 sharp
Location: Sandy Bay
Route description: Starting from the main / lower Sandy Bay car park in Llandudno, we take the single track SSW to the Sandy Bay Beach. We run a short way along the beach and then turn left up into the bushes (watch out for the thorn bushes in the first section after leaving the beach) and take the single track SW to the Oude Schip isthmus via Umbrella Tree Rock and Shorty’s Cave. Depending on light, tide and time we may cross the isthmus for a quick romp over the island to the wreck of the Harvest Capella (1986). Then it’s straight up the steep path past the Rocket House (1913) to the jeep track Mitchell’s Road / Rocket Road. Turn left on the jeep track and follow it down to the boom at Sandy Bay Nek. Straight down the jeep track in the dunes back to Sandy Bay Beach and the single track back to the car park to rehydrate. Sunset is at 19h50.
Duration and distance: approx 90 mins, 8 km
Walkers: Ross Wilson 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).
— 100 % runnable
— pack run
Starting point: main/lower Sandy Bay car park, Llandudno
Directions: Take Victoria Drive from Sea Point / Clifton, or Hout Bay, as far as the well-signposted Llandudno turn off. At the first intersection keep left into Fisherman’s Bend. Thereafter turn right into Sandy Bay Road, heading generally left and down into Sunset Close. Ignore the first smaller car park on the left and keep going down to the second, bigger car park. If in doubt, contact Tim 082 321 0299 / email@example.com .
— valid Wildcard/Green Card
— water/energy drink/munchies
— foul weather gear, if required (long-range forecast predicts no rain, 16–23 °C, wind S 30 km/h)
— personal medication (if required)
— something for rehydration after the run
— warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session
Car guards: 30 Jan: David Bywater & Erich Minnaar
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THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2013
JANE HOLDCROFT MORNING HILLS
No run this Thursday. But for enquiries about Jane’s Tuesday and Thursday morning hill runs, contact Jane on: 07908 52582 / email@example.com .
CELTICS THURSDAY SUMMER TRAIL RUNS
I haven’t received Spencer’s email yet but the schedule says that the Celtics Trail Group will be running from Newlands Forest car this Thursday 31 January 2013 presumably still at 18h00 but best to check his email when it comes out. It is the Silvertree Trail Route:
“Thurs 31st Jan: Meet at NEWLANDS FOREST
Silvertree Trail, Kirstenbosch route.
Meet in the parking area at the helipad / fire station / Parks Board offices.”
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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SAVE THE DATE – 31 JANUARY 2013 – TALK BY TOM COTTRELL & MYROUTE
On 31 January 2013 Tom Cottrell, renowned author of Runners Guide and Cyclists Guide will be speaking at Sportsmans Warehouse Rondebosch, starting 18h30 for 19h00. Full details of the event, special offers and RSVP details are contained in an attachment sent to me by Ashleigh Bird of MapStudio.
If you would like a copy of the PDF attachment, please drop me (Tim) an email and I will send it through.
SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2013
· acsis VOB Longer Faster Group Run - 06h00 – Kloof Nek / Pipe Track / Kasteelspoort / Dams / Aquaduct / Maclears / Platteklip – see full details on Monday email or on http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ . Run Leaders Freda Walters (lead) firstname.lastname@example.org / 0834560059 and Roger Ronnie (sweep) email@example.com / 0824631464
· Table Mountain Trailers (acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group) – 06h00 - Sunbird Centre / Silvermine South East - see full details on Monday email or on http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ .
SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2013
SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS SUNDAY TRAIL RUN
Sunday February 3, 2013: A change of scene – Kalkbay mountains!
Where: Start at the Brass Bell / Kalkbay Station parking lot.
When: In time to start running at 06H30. That should give the Flatlanders sufficient time to get there!
What: The usual trail running stuff, snax, water to drink. ICE cold beer for the parking lot afterwards. Who knows, CEO Mike might just show us his cool spot on the rocks behind the Bell, where we usually see dolphins dance!
Route: Something that includes St James and Muizenberg Peaks.
Distance: Oh, about 15 km’s or so.
Duration: About 3 hours.
HEADS UP: We are planning a complete Bat Run dry run on Friday night 8th February 2013, kick off at 19H00. The perfect opportunity to test your new headlamp, and all your race kit, as well as picking up some race tips.
To join the MATES email list, go to http://capetrailrunning.co.za/mailman/listinfo/mates_capetrailrunning.co.za
OTHER UPCOMING RUNS AND EVENTS
CAPE SUMMER TRAIL SERIES – JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2013
Do yourself a serious favour and go onto the link below and check out this series. Owen and his team have honed these races into extremely slick events and are extremely well worth participating in. Kick start your trail running year at the 6th Cape Summer Trail Series!
Full event details on www.trailseries.co.za, including an all new 36km Trail Series Silvermine Mountain XL!
Next race is Wednesday 6 February 2013 at Tygerberg Nature Reserve.
PS I have a flyer if anyone would like one – email me.
PENINSULA ORIENTEERING CLUB – SPRINT SERIES – STARTING 5 FEBRUARY 2013
Ever wondered why Martin Kleynhans never gets lost on a trail run even though he is often on his own out at the front? This is because he does orienteering. This is a brilliant idea for all trail runners, especially if you’ve ever been awarded a Missing Margaret. Check out the website www.penoc.org.za to see what it is all about and to see the details of their sprint series starting on 5 February 2013. They also have a link to “Getting Started With Orienteering”.
SOARING EAGLE 2 DAY TRAIL RUN – LESOTHO - 9 AND 10 FEBRUARY 2013
Trail running in Lesotho. From Butha Buthe, the road goes north for 15km, then at a junction goes east and climbs into the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. It ascends the Moteng Pass at 2840m, and then drops down into the upper valley of the Malibamatso River. Here, one comes to AfriSki, an upmarket ski resort. The resort offers a quiet, scenic environment, excellent for corporate get-aways and conferences and the conference facilities onsite presents a comfortable atmosphere originating from the mountainous area and views that belies the adventure waiting to be explored... Get ready for an Adventure of a life time - 2 days of high altitude running that will leave you breathless for more than 1 reason ...
Get ready for the Soaring Eagle 2 day Trail Run at the stunning AfriSki Mountain Resort in Lesotho.
Date: 9 - 10 February 2013
Race venue: AfriSki Mountain Resort http://www.afriski.net
Distances: Day 1 - 28km; Day 2 - 23km (Also an optional 7km Moonlight run on
Meals & Accommodation included in package
Detailed Info & online Entries:
ALSO IN THE REPERTOIRE OF SOUTHERN CROSS ADVENTURE – you really need to go to the website above to check these events out.:
WILD GOOSE CHASE MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE AND TRAIL RUN - 30 MARCH 2013
SAVE THE RHINO 2 DAY TRAIL RUN – 20 JULY 2013
THE SOUTHERN CROSS 3 DAY TRAIL RUN – 9 AUGUST 2013 - this event is fast becoming one of the premier, most sought after trail events in South Africa. Highly acclaimed and recommended by top trail runners.
OYSTER CATCHER 2 DAY TRAIL RUN – 28 SEPTEMBER 2013
THE BAT RUN – 23 FEBRUARY 2013
The entries for the Bat Run are now open!
This event is one of the highlights of the Cape Town Trail Running calendar. Because it is a Night Race, a whole new excitement / danger factor comes into play and runners need to be suitably qualified and trail competent in order to have an entry accepted. But if you are accepted and you do this event then you know you have arrived as a trail runner.
The confirmed date for BatRun 2013 is February 23rd - just a couple nights before the Full Moon!
Entries will open on January 21st via the BATRUN website: www.batrun.co.za. The first 120 entered runners will be participants if payment is received on time and they are confirmed qualified. Other entries will go onto the waiting list and will be contacted in order of entry if anything prevents the first 120 from running. Remember, this is an extreme event and runners will be screened for trail running experience prior participation confirmation.
You will receive updates and reminders if you subscribe yourself to the batrun mailling list : http://www.GMailingList.com/batrun (you are already subscribed if you have received this mail twice)
All information for BatRun 2013 will also be posted to the website a couple days before entries open. If you have any urgent questions in the meantime, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org???
There will be some specialised training available for this event: for example, Monday evening hill training will resume on Devils Peak, Platteklip Gorge and Lion’s Head (so that you can learn the routes) commencing 14 January 2013 (watch Friday email this week) and also the CEO of trail running and MATES Chairman, Michael Ohlsson, together with Douglas Rossouw et al will probably organise at least one night training run prior to the event. Always good fun.
WARRIOR RACE SERIES – STARTING 24 FEBRUARY 2013 (STOKE CITY, MIDRAND)
I am just putting the basics out there because the first race is up north. This seems to be a national series with events spread out over various provinces over the year. It appears to be an obstacle race series similar to the Impi Challenge and it is designed for all levels of participation, not just elite athletes (although I am sure we would like to see Charl Souma clean up here as well. J) The Western Cape Leg is scheduled for 22 – 23 June 2013. I (Tim) have an email setting out the details. If anyone wants it, drop me an email and I will send it through to you.
DEEP SOUTH PEAK TO POINT TRAIL RUN – 16 MARCH 2013
Here is a unique opportunity to explore some seldom run area with some highly experienced trail runners. This is a guided pack run (much like O2O) rather than a race.
* An accredited Puffer qualifier
Come and join us on one of the most scenic routes to be experienced in the Western Cape
16th March 2013
6am Smuts Drive, Simonstown
6pm Cape Point Gate (approx. time)
Stage 1:We head up and over Swartkop Peak along the spine coming down at the Cape Point Gate. (Approx 11km’s)
Stage 2:We run into the reserve and proceed left over Judas Peak, Die Boer, Paulsberg and finally Kanonkop. We then head to Cape Point Car park (approx 13km’s)
Stage 3:We amble over to the west facing part of the reserve where we traverse the sandy shores and then head inland all the way back to the Cape Point Gate. (Approx 22km’s)
Approx 11 – 12 hours as a PACK RUN
Support tables will supply water and snacks in-between each stage
A shuttle will provide a lift back to the cars in Simonstown at the end of the run.
R250 (Includes shuttle), R90 entrance fee to the reserve or valid Wildcard required
Go to www.trailjunkee.co.za for details on how to enter.
*There will be a limit of 10 runners allowed on a first-come-first-served basis.
NAMIB DESERT CHALLENGE – 220 KMS IN 5 DAYS
The Namib Desert Challenge is a 220km multi-day extreme endurance footrace, which will test both your physical and mental limits. Competitors originate from all four corners of the globe and will test themselves against the elements. Extreme heat, rugged terrain, rocky-mountains, the famous Sesriem Canyon, culminates in the summiting of two of the highest dunes in the world: Dune 45 and "Big Daddy".
The Namib Desert Challenge is fully supported and competitors do not have to carry their daily rations during each stage.
Race website: www.namibdesertchallenge.com
Registration closed on 30th January 2013 but for more information email email@example.com
QUANTUM ADVENTURES EVENTS FOR 2013 NOT TO BE MISSED – DIARISE NOW!!!!!
- Arangieskop Trail Challenge: 23 February. 12km, 27km. Robertson.
- Oorlogskloof Mountain trail run: 27 April. 5km, 18km, 42km - Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve, Nieuwoudtville – Entries now OPEN on Quantum Adventures website below!!!!!
- Grootvadersbosch Trail Challenge: 19-21 July. Day 1 = 30km. Day 2 = 20km. GVB Nature Reserve, Near Swellendam/Heidelberg.
- “Botter” trail run: 31 August. 8km, 21km. Botriver Spring festival
- Berg & Beach: 4-6 October. Day 1 = 23km coastal. Day 2 = 27km Mountain trail. Hermanus Whale Festival
- Muizenberg Mountain. 7 December. 12km. The Turkey Earner!
CONSTANTIA VALLEY TRAIL RUN – 14 APRIL 2013
The highly popular and successful Constantia Valley Trail Run returns for its second year, still sponsored by VIVOBAREFOOT. Limited entries available. There is a choice between a 21km and 11.5km Trail Race and a 4.5km Family Trail Fun Run. The runs follow wonderfully scenic routes through the Constantia Vineyards, some of which are completely closed to the public for the rest of the year. So it really is a rare opportunity to have access to some of these farms.
The event is so well organised one would be forgiven for thinking it is a WPA event but it is not. Club colours and WPA licences / temporary numbers NOT NECESSARY unless you desperately want to. Run in whatever you want to (although guys in extremely tight, Borat cycling bibs are discouraged).
I have a very comprehensive race flyer available for anyone who wants it – email me.
To check out all of the details in the meantime, please go to www.cvtrailrun.co.za . Online entries at www.racetraq.co.za . Otherwise you may enter at Sportsmans Warehouse (Rondebosch and Tokai) on specific dates specified in the flyer.
AUSSENKEHR DESERT EXTREME TRAIL RUN – 20 TO 22 JUNE 2013 – ENTRIES OPEN
The entries to the multi-day desert extreme event are now open. 50 places only. Stunning desert trail run along the northern bank of the Orange River i.e. southern Namibia. Entries close on 20 May 2013 or when all places are filled.
Check out all of the details and book your spot on www.mountainextreme.co.za . I have a flyer that appears to be resistant to the time honoured Copy and Paste method of communicating information. If anyone wants it please email me and I will forward it.
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