Monday, September 30, 2013

Acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2013 - KLOOF NEK / CONTOUR TO SADDLE / UP TO TOP OF DEVILS PEAK / DOWN NEWLANDS RAVINE / LEFT ONTO CONTOUR AND BACK VIA LOWER CONTOUR VIA KING'S BLOCKHOUSE

Hi Everyone

 

 

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2013

 

LONGER FASTER GROUP

 

KLOOF NEK / KLOOF CORNER RIDGE TO CONTOUR PATH / SADDLE / DEVIL’S PEAK SUMMIT / SADDLE / NEWLANDS RAVINE / CONTOUR TO KING’S BLOCKHOUSE / CONTOUR BACK TO START ON CONTOUR VIA OPPELSKOP RIDGE

 

 

Run Leader

 

Jane Holdcroft:-  janeholdcroft@hotmail.co.uk / 0790852582  Sweep or Short Route Leader:  Tim Bellairs - tim.bellairs@gmail.com / 0823210299 .

 

 

Start Time and Place

 

Please note the earlier start.  06h30 sharp from the Kloof Nek car park in Tafelberg Road, next to the SANParks Info Centre.

 

Route

 

Summarised in the heading.  Caveat:  Jane is busy recovering from a cold and I am currently twice the person I used to be so we are reserving the right to shorten this run if both of us are feeling a bit lousy at any stage.  There are several options to shorten the run but you will still be guaranteed a decent run

 

 

Distance

 

About 20km

 

Running Time

 

3.5 to 4 hours

 

 

Difficulty

 

Tougher than it sounds.  Despite the liberal sprinkling of the word “contour” in the route description, there is plenty in this run to challenge the legs.  There are a couple of steepish climbs (from the start to the contour path; form the contour to the Saddle and then straight on up to the summit of Devil’s Peak; contour to King’s Blockhouse; the climb to Oppelskop Ridge)

 

Important Notes

 

·         Ensure that you have weather-appropriate, proper trail running clothes and equipment for the run.  If in any doubt, contact the writer.

·         Ensure that you have sufficient water and energy snacks to see you through the whole run.

 

·         Try and carry a fully charged cell phone with the run leader’s number stored on it.

 

·         We will run through notorious mugger territory i.e. near the King’s Blockhouse.  We will need to stay in bigger groups in this area and stay alert in this area.

 

·         Time to start slapping on extra sunblock and wear a cap.

 

·         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 leaders of the runs take all reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it can never be fully guaranteed.  To this end, acsis VOB and the run leaders 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

 

CONSTANTIA NEK – WATERWORKS MUSEUM

 

Route

A run from Constantia Nek via Constantia Corner to the waterworks museum, the aqueducts and back via Smuts track.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time

 RV in the Constantia Nek parking area opposite the restaurant Ready to start at 0645

 

Terrain and Distance

The initial first few kilometres will be more hiking than running, including some easy rock scrambling. When we reach the de Villiers dam, we will continue on the road via the other dams until we reach the waterworks museum. From there we go via the aqueducts and pick up the Smuts track and follow this until the overseers hut. Then it is a nice downhill back to the parking area on the jeep track, taking the short cut steps if you prefer. Distance about 14 Kms taking more or less 3 Hours. This is a fairly tough one as it includes some hiking, but the views will be worth it.

 

Recovery Group

The recovery group will follow a slightly shorter route at a more modest pace.

 

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST WEEKEND

 

I am not sure if I am authorised to do a write up on the BCA MATES TRAIL CHALLENGE from last weekend but it was great fun so I must say something at least.  The highlight of the event is the pre-race briefing by none other than the CEO of trail running, Michael Ohlsson, who terrorised runners with stories of ticks and snakes.  The advice about snakes was that if you get bitten by a snake, please try and catch it  and bring it back with you so that they would know what anti-venin to use as it has to be flown in from Jo’burg but you’ve probably only got an hour or so to live so it becomes of academic interest to the next-of-kin.  Most people realised this was a joke.  He also thoroughly confused everyone with his own brand of a route description which referred to a stretch where you will be running alongside the R300 (which is about 20km away and heads off in the other direction).  Then there was a warning about not doing too many loops around the top of the hill and there must be no moaning if you get it wrong.  For those who don’t understand the Ohlsson sense of humour this was probably the most difficult part of the morning.  Fortunately, the route was well marked and marshalled.  A very loud gun went off and everyone tried to hide behind each other.  Then realising this was actually the start, we were off.  Tough little route.  For those who believed me when I said that the recent rain will have made the thick sand nice and firm in the first half of the course, you will know by now that I was wrong / lying.  Fortunately a vehicle had been through recently so if you picked your line right you could run in the track and utilise where others had been running ahead of you (you will gather that I was not the first runner through).  After slogging through the sand we arrived at the “R300” otherwise known as the R27 or West Coast Road.  If you know the route, you try and steal a yard or two on this section because you know what is coming up.  What is coming up is in fact a nasty climb straight up to the viewing deck on top of Blaauwberg Hill.  The most soul-destroying part of the climb is that the aforementioned Ohlsson ensconces himself on the deck with a beer in one hand and a loudhailer in the other and heaps insults down the path on the runners coming up.  At a volume that made people jump out of bed as far away as Table View I was acused of being a “fat b@stard”, of “blocking the path and must please let faster runners through” and also  that I am going bald. Sadly, all true.  But all of this served to harden the resolve to get up the hill as quickly as possible and to give him a klap.  Nauseous, I emerged onto the top and was so relieved that the forgiveness was instant.  After a quick glug of water to pacify my unhappy breakfast, I was onto a lovely bit of single track down the other side which turned into an exhausting bit of dirt road which climbs back up to the top again (the loop).  Too tired to drink water this time it was back onto the single track again and this time you know it’s all downhill to the finish so you can run it with intent, which is what I did and the finish line came into view not an instant too soon.  Then commenced the customary rehydration session and race post-mortem.  Great fun.  Thanks MATES and BCA for a great morning.

 

Meindert (the time-keeper and MATES secretary) has informed me that they are busy finalising the photos and downloading the results.  As soon as they are available I will let you know where to find them.

 



Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP

Hi Everyone

 

TRAIL SHOP

 

The Hobbit

 

·         Jade de Hutton still has a couple of entries available for sale for The Hobbit 100km in October.  If anyone is keen on buying these please contact Jade on Jade.deHutton@directaxis.co.za .

 

Berg & Beach

 

·         Nick Pentreath still has 2 entries available for sale for the 2-day Berg and Beach trail race in Hermanus area (23km / 27km) over the weekend of 5/6 October. http://www.quantumadventures.co.za/event-calendar.php?ItemID=126 Discounted cost is R800.  You can contact him on nick.pentreath@gmail.com .

 

·         Bronwyn Clark also still has one entry for sale for Berg and Beach.  She is offering the same deal as Nick above.  Cost is R950 but she will fund the R150 additional substitution cost.  You can contact her on bronwyn@altiusholdings.com .

 

·         Dunya Ansems is injured and has an entry available for the Berg &  Beach 2 day trail race available, scheduled for the 5th and 6th of October. Original cost was R950, price for substituted entry negotiable.  If you are interested please contact Dunya on dunya.ansems@gmail.com.

 

 

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2013

ORCA PUB-PUB BEGINNERS TRAIL RUN WITH BERYL PENNY

No run this Friday – SCHOOL HOLIDAYS.

For any more details you can contact Beryl on berylpenny@mailbox.co.za or on her cell 0712679752 or Alistair on 0836586825.

 

 SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2013

BCA MATES TRAIL CHALLENGE

 

Looks like ideal running conditions for tomorrow.  The recent rain will ensure that the sandy sections in the first half of the route are reasonably firm underfoot.  No rain forecast (see below), a little breeze (a gentle sou’wester) and cool conditions.  Looks like it will be perfect.  If you haven’t entered yet, you can enter on the morning.  Just get there a little earlier as there is bound to be a queue.  J  Come along and support the BCA Conservancy!  Be there!  Nickelback will be performing live.  Okay, they won’t, but be there anyway.

 

The Mountain and Trail Enthusiasts (MATES) in partnership with the Friends of Blaauwberg Conservation Area are organising the ‘BCA Mates Trail Challenge’ running event in the Blaauwberg Conservation Area (BCA) on Saturday 28 September 2013. The BCA is one of over 30 natural areas managed by the City of Cape Town.

There will be a short run (about 8 km) and a long run (about 15 km) over the two hills and through the BCA. The route is very easy and ideal as an entry level run into trail running. 

 

Info and registration for the race is on  http://capetrailrunning.co.za/wordpress/?page_id=13&event_id=4

email contact is: info@trailchallenge.co.za

Start: 28 Sept 2013 - 07:00

 

Distance:

8km – R50 entry fee

15km – R100 entry fee

 

There will be a short run and a long run over the two hills and through the BCA. The route is very easy and ideal as an entry level run into trail running.

 

Registration: confirmations will occur from 06:00 and the race will start at 07:00. The short race will start just after the long race at 07:15.

It is encouraged to register online with the form below, to minimize the hassle at the start and to secure your entry

 

Directions:

Directions from Cape Town

From the N1 take the N7 heading north towards Malmesbury

Just past the weigh bridge on the N7 turn left into Morningstar

Continue down this road until you see the entrance to Morningstar and turn left into Zonnekus Road

Continue on down the gravel road. Please adhere to the speed limit of 30km/h

Right at the end of the gravel road you will find a green palisade gate.

We will have our staff man this gate on the day of the event.

Once through the gate turn right and follow the gravel track over the railway line down to the boom gate at Blaauwberg Hill.

Parking is on the right before the boom gate

 

And last but not least, here is the map of the trail : http://capetrailrunning.co.za/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/MATES-BNR-TRAIL-CHALLENGE.jpg

 

  • Table Mountain Trailers (acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group) – 07h00 for 07h15 Start – Silvermine South from Gate 2 –see Monday email or  http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 

ALSO ON THIS SATURDAY

 

OYSTER CATCHER 2 DAY TRAIL RUN – SOUTHERN CROSS ADVENTURE EVENTS - 28 SEPTEMBER 2013

See www.southerncrossadventure.co.za

 

SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2013

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

Sunday 29 September 2013

Dude of the Day: Spencer “Loop-en-Fal” Williams

Where: UCT parking area – c/o Ring Rd & Rugby Rd

When: In time to start running at 7h00

Route: Two Oceans Trail route

Distance: 22km (3-3.5 hours)

 

If you get lost or want more details, call Mike Ohlsson on 082 319 7250 (no emails and no sms es).

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

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

Cheers

Tim

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Monday, September 23, 2013

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

Hi Everyone

 

Early email as tomorrow is a public holiday.  Happy Heritage Day tomorrow everyone.

 

HOW TO TREAT THE INFORMATION BELOW: 

As usual, tons of trail info below with even more new events added.  New stuff added each week too.  Please note that we try and keep the events in chronological order so new events tend to be added further down the email.  Skim through it, take what you need and bin the rest. 

WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2013

CRAG TRAIL RUN (now including CSAG and CWAG)

Date:  Wednesday 25 September 2013

Time:  ready to go at 5.45 pm sharp

Leaders:  Martin Kleynhans (CRAG), John Yeld (CSAG), Sandy Young (CWAG)

Location:  lower slopes of Devil's Peak from Vredehoek

Route description:  We start from the rough stony parking area under the trees just off Chelmsford Road, then take jeep tracks past the quarry and follow the zigzag path snaking up towards the cannons and Tafelberg Road; we cross the road and then hit the Lower Traverse contour path around Devils Peak to the King's Blockhouse; some easier running down the jeep tracks gets us back to the start and rehydration session. Sunset is at 6.45 pm (you may still need a headlamp or torch, especially for the last bit).

Duration and distance:  approx 100 mins, approx 10 km

Shufflers: John Yeld will lead a slower relaxed run, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Shufflers are advised to bring the appropriate equipment (see below).

Walkers:  Sandy Young will lead the 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, Devils Peak (click for Google Maps)

Directions:  Three options, detailed below (if they sound too complicated, just enter the address or Google Maps ref into your smartphone or similar navigational device  you ALL have one and follow its directions). We meet at the end of Chelmsford Rd. Immediately past 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 dont park on red or yellow lines.

   From the N1/Table Bay Boulevard: Take the M60 Oswald Pirow St (City East) off-ramp and follow Oswald Pirow past the Good Hope Centre and CPUT (formerly Cape Technikon). At the T-junction with Roeland St, turn left. Carry on past the Central Fire Station, under the overpass, 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 sign turn left into Derry, which becomes Oak Tree. Turn left into Chelmsford.
   From the N2: Keep left on Hospital Bend going up the hill and follow M3/De Waal Drive as it winds its way around Devils 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 sign turn left, up, into Derry, which becomes Oak Tree. Turn left into Chelmsford.
   From the city centre: Work your way up to and turn left into Orange/Annandale/Mill/Jutland (same road it just depends on which section of it you reach). Drive 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 eventually becomes Oak Tree. Turn left into Chelmsford.

Equipment

  • headlamp or torch still essential
  • valid Wild Card/Green Card (go to http://www.wildcard.co.za/get_the_card.htm for details)
  • water/energy drink/munchies
  • personal medication (if required)
  • something for rehydration after the run
  • warmer/dryer clothing for the rehydrate session
  • whatever else you personally need for a comfortable, fun trail

Car guards:  25 Sep:

Arin Martheze & Nicola Peisl

To join the CRAG email list, send an email to crag-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2013

CELTICS THURSDAY WINTER TRAIL RUNS

Headlamps: Still COMPULSORY; please make sure they are in working order. 

Thurs 26 September: Meet at NEWLANDS FOREST – CONTOUR PATH ROUTE

17h45 Start.

Run up through Newlands Forest to the contour path, then along contour path above Newlands Forest through to the turnstile just below the blockhouse on Devil's Peak, and back down into Newlands Forest.

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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FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2013

ORCA PUB-PUB BEGINNERS TRAIL RUN WITH BERYL PENNY

No run this Friday – SCHOOL HOLIDAYS.

For any more details you can contact Beryl on berylpenny@mailbox.co.za or on her cell 0712679752 or Alistair on 0836586825.

 

 SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2013

BCA MATES TRAIL CHALLENGE

 

Congratulations to all those who spotted the error in my email earlier today.  I got the entry fees for the different races mixed up.  See correct prices in red below.

 

The Mountain and Trail Enthusiasts (MATES) in partnership with the Friends of Blaauwberg Conservation Area are organising the 'BCA Mates Trail Challenge' running event in the Blaauwberg Conservation Area (BCA) on Saturday 28 September 2013. The BCA is one of over 30 natural areas managed by the City of Cape Town.

There will be a short run (about 8 km) and a long run (about 15 km) over the two hills and through the BCA. The route is very easy and ideal as an entry level run into trail running. 

 

Info and registration for the race is on  http://capetrailrunning.co.za/wordpress/?page_id=13&event_id=4

email contact is: info@trailchallenge.co.za

Start: 28 Sept 2013 - 07:00

 

Distance:

8km – R50 entry fee

15km – R100 entry fee

 

There will be a short run and a long run over the two hills and through the BCA. The route is very easy and ideal as an entry level run into trail running.

 

Registration: confirmations will occur from 06:00 and the race will start at 07:00. The short race will start just after the long race at 07:15.

It is encouraged to register online with the form below, to minimize the hassle at the start and to secure your entry

 

Directions:

Directions from Cape Town

From the N1 take the N7 heading north towards Malmesbury

Just past the weigh bridge on the N7 turn left into Morningstar

Continue down this road until you see the entrance to Morningstar and turn left into Zonnekus Road

Continue on down the gravel road. Please adhere to the speed limit of 30km/h

Right at the end of the gravel road you will find a green palisade gate.

We will have our staff man this gate on the day of the event.

Once through the gate turn right and follow the gravel track over the railway line down to the boom gate at Blaauwberg Hill.

Parking is on the right before the boom gate

 

And last but not least, here is the map of the trail : http://capetrailrunning.co.za/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/MATES-BNR-TRAIL-CHALLENGE.jpg

 

  • Table Mountain Trailers (acsis VOB's Medium Distance Slower Group) – 07h00 for 07h15 Start – Silvermine South from Gate 2 –see Monday email or  http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 

ALSO ON THIS SATURDAY

 

OYSTER CATCHER 2 DAY TRAIL RUN – SOUTHERN CROSS ADVENTURE EVENTS - 28 SEPTEMBER 2013

See www.southerncrossadventure.co.za

 

SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2013

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

Sunday 29 September 2013

Where: UCT parking area – c/o Ring Rd & Rugby Rd

When: In time to start running at 7h00

Route: Two Oceans Trail route

Distance: 22km (3-3.5 hours)

 

If you get lost or want more details, call Mike Ohlsson on 082 319 7250 (no emails and no sms es).

 

 

Also this Sunday

 

OTHER UPCOMING RUNS AND EVENTS

GENERAL:    If you can see that an event is missing please feel free to drop me an email on tim.bellairs@gmail.com or  timbe@nedbankprivatewealth.co.za to let me know so that I can post the details.   

 

QUANTUM ADVENTURES EVENTS FOR 2013 NOT TO BE MISSED – DIARISE NOW!!!!!

·           Berg & Beach: 4-6 October. Day 1 = 23km coastal. Day 2 = 27km Mountain trail. Hermanus Whale Festival. Entries opens 28 Feb

·           Muizenberg Mountain. 7 December. 12km. The Turkey Earner! Entries opens 1 Sept 

www.quantumadventures.co.za  

 

CANCER BUDDIES GET ACTIVE – RUN / WALK / CYCLE AT D'ARIA – 5 OCTOBER 2013

HOPE for all Cancer Survivors. Run, walk or cycle through picturesque vineyards of the Durbanville wine route and join in the "jolyt" of the Sauvignon Blanc festival. All age groups and fitness levels welcome to participate in the fight against cancer.

This is a fundraiser for plwc.  Please support this event if you possibly can.  For more details on the organisation please check out www.plwc.org.za .  I don't have the link for the events yet but will get it for you in due course.

4 km -

Start D'Aria, Altydgedacht through the Poplar Forest and back to D'Aria 
R150. (11:00)
 

15km -

Start D'Aria, Altydgedacht, Durbanville Protea Hotel, through Majik Forest back to D'Aria 
R200. (10:30)
 

 

15km -

Start D'Aria, Bloemendal, Maastricht, Durbanville Hills and back to D'Aria 
R200. (10:15)

35 km -

Start D'Aria, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Bloemendal, Altydgedact and back to D'Aria 
R250. (10:00)

 

 

 

 TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE OVERBERG WINE ESTATE TRAIL RUN SERIES – 5 OCTOBER 2013

Venue:  Paul Cluver Wine Estate;  8:30 - Elgin Valley  

Enjoy this special opportunity to run (or walk) through beautiful vineyards in the Overberg region, taste wines and stand a chance to win some great prizes sponsored by New Balance and Civvio.
Date: 5 October   

Distance:  +/- 6km and 12 km race - 1 water table
Entrance fee: R60 per person
Start Time:   08h30
Entries and Registration only on the day from:  07:45
GPS Coordinates:       34°10'07.47' - 19°05'08.25'
www.cluver.com      

 NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE ESTATE

 Enquiries:      Call Sonja Du Toit on 0848500681 or e-mail: sonjadutoit1@gmail.com

All proceeds raised go to TSiBA Eden: www.tsiba.org.za 

Directions:   From CT take N2 over Sir Lowry's pass, miss both turn offs to Elgin/Grabouw, turn left into Kromco (apple packing Co-Op) Follow signs to amphitheatre.                            

Thank You So Much for your support!

 

WCAD X - 250km EXPEDITION RACE – 11 to 13 OCTOBER 2013

Theewaterskloof Dam, Villiersdorp
Teams of 4
Navigation, MTB, trail running, paddling, rope work.
11th - 13th October
OR 50km shorter course option on 13th October
Enter HERE:
www.wcad.co.za
Email us at wcad@live.co.za

 

MATTROOSBERG TRAIL CHALLENGE – 26 OCTOBER 2013 – Online Entries open

Event held in the Mattroosberg Private Nature Reserve.

36km Skymarathon® / 24km Challenge / 15km Trail Run.

For details of entries go to https://www.facebook.com/MattroosbergTrailChallenge

Full details also on www.mattroosbergtrailchallenge.co.za

Online Entries:           http://www.entrytickets.co.za/eventview/matroosberg2013

 

 

FOOTNOTES

USEFUL TRAIL RUNNING EVENTS LINKS

Very useful links for just about all trail events and news:

www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com

www.trailrunning.co.za

www.houtbaychallenge.co.za or www.fishermanschallenge.co.za

www.ndorfin.co.za

www.quantumadventures.co.za

www.mountainrunner.co.za

www.southerncrossadventure.co.za

www.iqela-events.co.za

 

A quick, rough guide to the Regular Weekly Trail groups in the first section of this email (acsis VOB / MATES / CRAG / Celtics / Orca)

There seem to be lots of new faces arriving at the weekly runs and from feedback received it seems it would be useful to clarify some basics and also advise which groups are suitable for which runners:

Ø  The 5 groups referred to here are by no means the only clubs organisations that offer trail runs but these groups above are open to all runners, not just club members.  There may well be other clubs that do this but we are not aware of them.  If you are looking for a club to join though then we would love to have you as a member.  It is not compulsory though.

Ø  For these 5 groups, there are no fees payable for attending the runs.  They are free.  The only costs you have to pay is where we have to pay entry fees to a reserve.  These are for your account.

Ø  There is no insurance involved.  You run entirely at your own risk.

Ø  You don't need to RSVP unless specifically requested.  You just rock up and run.  You may be required to fill in an attendance register at the run though.

Ø  You are expected to know the general rules of trail running and which kit to wear and carry for the different weather conditions.  If you don't know then you must ask.

Which groups for which runners?

Ø  acsis VOB Longer Faster Group:  This group is for more experienced, fit trail runners who can do 20 – 25km of technical, tough, trail at a medium to medium fast pace.  See blog link below.

Ø  acsis VOB Table Mountain Trailers:  There are three pace groups – 1. Main Group is a similar pace to the Longer Faster Group but for 10 – 15km and with more regroups than the Longer, Faster Group which makes it do-able for some of the slower runners. 2. Recovery Group is a gentler pace for 7 – 10km suitable for recovering athletes and novice trail runners. 3. A walking group – not a stroll, but a brisk walk which has been known to bring walkers to near heart failure.  See blog link below.

Ø  MATES:  Similar to acsis VOB Longer Faster Group and often a little (or a lot) more hard core (extreme terrain) but definitely do-able for most experienced trail runners.  Helps to be a beer drinker. J

Ø  CRAG / CSAG / CWAG:  A pack run that caters for most trail runners.  Not  what I would call a beginner runner group as you need to be able to do 10 -15km of technical trail with confidence but once you have some base fitness then this is one of the first groups you need to join.  Lots of experienced trail runners to advise you.  The running group has recently been split in two.  CRAG is the Faster Group and CSAG (Shufflers) is a slower running group.  CWAG is the walking group for a brisk walk on the mountains.

Ø  Celtics:  4 – 5 Pace groups which cater for just about all speeds from slow to super-fast.  If in any doubt, start with the slowest group and work your way up over time.  A great place to kick off your trail running although you do need some base fitness (must be able to run 10km) even for the slowest group.

Ø  Orca:  Friday night Pub-Pub shorter trail runs specifically designed for beginner trail runners.

Each club / group has its own emailing list which you can join.  But this email attempts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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