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WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2013
CRAG TRAIL RUN
Leader: Gavin Goldsmith
Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013
Time: ready to start running at 18h00 sharp (NB: NOTE LATER START TO GIVE YOU MORE TIME TO GET THERE)
Location: Tokai Forest
Route description: This run is truly in the spirit of CRAG and we'll be adhering to a number of its basic principles and adages as we venture along the slopes of (what was) the Tokai forest. The first adage to be tested is "when in doubt, UP" and clearly this week's run leader has far too many doubts . . . So we start by going up, uP, UP to Level 5. Along the way we'll be practising the Group Run principle of regular regroups to catch out breath. We'll make our way along L5 before zooming along a lovely little path, known by some as Walker's Folly, at times a bit overgrown. It also has moments where the drop-off may leave you "feeling" a little exposed (illustrating another adage, which holds that the leader is always more scared than you), but it's perfectly safe. We'll make our way along this path until it joins up with the t*r road which heads up to the mast. From here we make our way down a combination of jeep tracks and cycle tracks back to the start, applying the principle of "when you get to a fork, take it". If you're a little nervous of heights and exposure, please let the run leader know at the start. Also, this area is a "no go" zone for dogs, so don't bring any - sorry! Sunset is at 19h21.
Duration and distance: approx 90 mins, 9 km
Walkers: Ezan 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).
Starting point: Tokai Forest Arboretum parking area (click for Google Maps)
Directions: From the city/southern suburbs, take the M3 Van der Stel freeway (Blue Route), watching out for the speed camera at the Ladies Mile/Bergvliet exit, and take the next exit for Tokai; at the traffic light turn right and head up Tokai Road to the circle and continue past Steenberg Golf Estate (on the left) and the picnic area (on the right) towards the Manor House (keeping a sharp look-out for 2 speed bumps); at the T-junction turn left and follow the gravel road up and around the bend to the parking area. From the Muizenberg side, take the same exit off the freeway, but turn left into Tokai Road. From Main Road, head straight up Tokai Road.
Car guards: 27 Feb: Kate le Roux & Storm Durr
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THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2013
JANE HOLDCROFT MORNING HILLS
Nothing this week but if anyone keen on doing a hill run or two next week please contact Jane on 07908 52582 / email@example.com
CELTICS THURSDAY SUMMER TRAIL RUNS
This Thursday 28th February, the run will start at 18h00 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 2 MARCH 2013
· acsis VOB Longer Faster Group Run - 06h30 – TWO OCEANS TRAIL 22KM ROUTE – see full details on Tuesday email or on http://vobtrail.blogspot.com/ . Run Leader: Tim Bellairs firstname.lastname@example.org / 0823210299
· Table Mountain Trailers (acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group) – 06h15 - Constantia Nek “Hunt for Red Disa”- see full details on Tuesday email or on http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ .
SUNDAY 3 MARCH 2013
SAUCONY MATES / JOURNEY TRAILS SUNDAY TRAIL RUN
“Constantia Nek. 3/ 3/13
Route: Up to tranquility cracks then down Nursery valley Nursery ravine contour and back to the nek.
Something like that see you all there.
Mike CEO. “
To join the MATES email list, go to http://capetrailrunning.co.za/mailman/listinfo/mates_capetrailrunning.co.za
OTHER UPCOMING RUNS AND EVENTS
DEEP SOUTH PEAK TO POINT TRAIL RUN – 16 MARCH 2013 – ENTRIES FULL
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.
BOSCHENDAL & JAN VAN RIEBEECK LIONS HEAD CHALLENGE (17KM) – 16 MARCH 2013
I have some very nice flyers from Petro Mostert for this events. I will send out a separate email just with these but bearing in mind the problems we have with attachments they may not get to everyone. If it has not arrived by the end of today and you would still like to receive them, please drop me, Tim an email on email@example.com .
This is a 17km trail run starting from the Jan van Riebeeck High School Sports Fields at 06h30 on 16 March 2013 (Compulsory Race Briefing at 06h15). You can register from 05h00 on the morning but pre-entries are encouraged. Entry Form to follow.
It is a huge Family Entertainment event with secure parking available, lots of entertainment for adults and children as well as a 7km Fun Walk / Run too. You can make a day of it as the entertainment continues until 5pm.
Race organiser is Miranda van der Merwe - firstname.lastname@example.org .
Full details on the flyer to follow.
TEAM GO TRAIL / COLUMBIA TRAIL RUN – 16 MARCH 2013
“Saturday, 16 March (8am to 11am) – Elgin Grabouw Country Club
Go to our Facebook page (Team Go Trail/Columbia) for more details and let us know if you intend to join us!
Come join the Go Trail/Columbia boys for a morning out on the rocky trails of the beautiful Elgin Grabouw Country Club for a Columbia run with some GU energy thrown into the mix.
Choose between a short and a longer route (roughly 8km and 16km) and enjoy some refreshments with us at the bar/restaurant afterwards.
Entry fee is R50 and includes a beer/coldrink
Lucky Draw prizes from Columbia and Gu!!”
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
SOUTHERN CROSS ADVENTURE EVENTS
IN THE REPERTOIRE OF SOUTHERN CROSS ADVENTURE – you really need to go to the website below 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
QUANTUM ADVENTURES EVENTS FOR 2013 NOT TO BE MISSED – DIARISE NOW!!!!!
- Lourensford Traverse: 6 April.3km, 10km, 21km. Lourensford Wine Estate. Entries are open
- Oorlogskloof Mountaintrail run: 27 April. 5km, 18km, 42km - Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve, Nieuwoudtville. Entries are open
- Grootvadersbosch Trail Challenge: 22-23 June. Day 1 = 30km. Day 2 = 20km or a relay option. Also a 5km option on day 2 for others. GVB Nature Reserve, Near Swellendam/Heidelberg. Entries opens 15 Feb
- “Botter” trail run: 31 August. 8km, 21km. Botriver spring festival. Entries opens 1 May
- Berg & Beach: 4-6 October. Day 1 = 23km coastal. Day 2 = 27km Mountain trail. Hermanus Whale Festival. Entries opens 28 Feb
- MuizenbergMountain. 7 December. 12km. The Turkey Earner! Entries opens 1 Sept
Ocean 2 Ocean Trail Run- 6 APRIL 2013
The Ocean 2 Ocean trail run is open and entries are filling up rapidly.
To join us on this legendary mountain traverse go to www.ocean2ocean.co.za
6th April 2013
The parking lot next to the Muizenberg Supertube water slides
Dizzies in Camps Bay
Leg One: Muizenberg Beach to Silvermine Nature Reserve
Leg Two: Silvermine to Constantia Nek
Leg Three: Table Mountain: Constantia Nek to Camps Bay
Approx 11 – 12 hours as a PACK RUN
Support tables will supply water and snacks in-between each stage
R250 (excl shirt) R350 (incl shirt)
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*There will be a limit of 30 runners allowed on a first-come-first-served basis.
FIRST ASCENT MAST CHALLENGE – 13 APRIL 2013
The First Ascent Mast Challenge on 13th April, Entries are Open!
STOP PRESS - R10 000 bonus for the first runner or rider who can crack 35 minutes to the top!!!
Enter here CLICK, now, AND, train hard, very hard.
The Mast route is an uphill climb, 900 vertical metres to the top!
Riders challenge Trail runners in a timed battle.
R10 000 cash prizes and loads of goodies from First Ascent
You can do both options and be a King or Queen of the Mountain.
On top the views are magnificent, which you will enjoy once your heart rate has calmed down.
The route down for riders is treacherous and no racing or speeding is allowed - be warned!
First Ascent have included a R250 Pac-Sack (guys) and Pac-Back (girls) for the first 400 entries.
Riders - R195 - batch starts (11,5km to the top)
Runners - R150 - one start (10,5km to the top)
CONSTANTIA VALLEY TRAIL RUN – 14 APRIL 2013 – ENTRIES NOW OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
MERRELL NIGHT RUN SERIES – GROOT CONSTANTIA – 2 / 9 / 16 APRIL 2013
There will be 3 night races on the dates above. There will also be a choice between a 6 and 8km route. Races start 18h30 from Simon’s Restaurant.
For full details check out http://mountainrunner.co.za/events/merrell-night-run-series/
JONKERSHOEK MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – SA LONG DISTANCE TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIPS – 5 MAY 2013
ENTRIES NOW OPEN!!!!!!!
To be awarded the distinction of holding the SA Long Distance Trail Championships you must know that this is a REAL Trail Event. Well done Altus Schreuder.
Please check this out at the website above. Hopefully I will have more comprehensive details soon.
OLD FISHERMANS TRAIL CHALLENGE – 8 JUNE 2013
An old favourite which needs no introduction. But if you are new to the game, check out www.fishermanschallenge.co.za .
The bad news: Online Entries opened at 12h00 today and the race is full already.
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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