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
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.
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
3.5 to 4 hours
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)
· 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
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.
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.
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