Friday, November 29, 2013

Acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP

Hi Everyone

 

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2013

  • acsis VOB Longer Faster Group Run  – Cecilia Forest car park / Contour Path / Dark Gorge (or Newlands Ravine) / Saddle / Middle Contour to Mowbray Ridge / King’s Blockhouse / back to Cecilia via Contour Path or Lower Tracks. For full details see Monday email or http://vobtrail.blogspot.com. 

Proviso:          Although the run is on, we may need to compromise in some way.  I am struggling with a calf injury and there isn’t another leader available.  Hopefully, with the assistance of my little green and red friends, I will make it through the run BUT I may need to turn back at some stage (based on last night’s running experience).  If that is the case then I will ensure that a suitable, safe compromise is reached.  Sorry about that.

  • Table Mountain Trailers (Acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group)

The run is ON, led by Geoff Nell.  Peter Rogers is also leading a Recovery Group and Fay Linder will be walking too.  Get there early because there is a VWS charity fund-raising event happening there on Saturday morning.  But at least you can stay and enjoy it after the run.   Starting at 06:30 at the Newlands Fire Station (where the helicopters are), we go up up up to the Blockhouse, then turn right and run as far away and as fast as possible from Mowbray Ridge (for Lorraine), then up up up to the saddle and down Newlands Ravine and back to the cars

This should take about 2 and a half hours to do the 10km

The other groups have a fantastic opportunity to pop in at either Kirstenbosch or Rhodes memorial for tea and scones on the route

 

Bring a few bucks for the car guard.

 

Contact Geoff Nell on geoffnell56@gmail.com for more info.

–   http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 

ALSO ON THIS SATURDAY

QUANTUM ADVENTURES MUIZENBERG MOUNTAIN TRAIL RACE

  • Muizenberg Mountain. 30 November 2013. 12km. The Turkey Earner!

www.quantumadventures.co.za  

 

 SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 2013

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

As usual short and sweet.

Con/Nek.

06h30 1/12 13.

Block house and back all along the contour +-3hrs Ja.

The nice thing about this run is that you can turn when you want to. 

So you can run 10 kays 15 kays 20 kays what ever.

Kevin will be there to lead a not so fast group so come along and enjoy.

 

Hope to see you both on sunday.

 

Don't forget the ICE COLD BEERS for after in the car park.  

 

Mike 

CEO[Trail Running]

Any questions Phone me. NO emails NO SMSES

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YEAR END TRAIL BRAAI – SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER 2013

 

 

For the past few years a group of us has got together to have a braai over the December long-weekend around the Day of Reconciliation (16th) to celebrate the close of another year of fantastic trail running together.  It was never intended to be exclusive but inevitably it looked like it was and noses got out of joint which is the last thing we wanted.  So this year we are putting the invitation out to anyone who wants to come along and join us.  It is not a braai for acsis VOB members only.  We would love to have not only the regulars who have participated in our runs over the year but also anyone who has ever wondered what the group is about and what we are like.  All we ask is that you RSVP by 11 December so that we know how much salad etc to provide.

 

Date:                Saturday 14 December 2013 (not Sunday as originally discussed – if you arrive on Sunday I’ll turn the hose on you)

 

Time:                16h00

 

Place:               41 St Joan’s Road, Timour Hall, Plumstead.

 

Directions:        From Constantia Village, take Doordrift Road in the direction of Gabriel Road, Plumstead.  Take the first road right after passing Stodels Nursery.  This is St Joan’s Road.  Cross over one stop street and look out for number 41 on the left about 5 or so house after the stop street.  If you are coming from anywhere else, email us for directions.

 

Bring:               You will need to bring your own booze and meat.  Bring cozzies and towels – i.e. there is a pool and the Diep River flows through one corner of the property – take your pick.  Partners welcome.  Children?  Tough one because a “strong language” advisory must be issued.  In principle, no problem as long as you are aware of what they may hear.  J  Look, Sandra and the CEO will probably be there and that means swearing – and not just words like “flip” and “darn”.  I will do my best to keep the bottles of tequila and grappa away from Flippie because that only exacerbates the problem.  We will have the police on standby too.

 

Don’t Bring:      We will provide the fires and salads (I will chat to a few people re bringing a salad), rolls, ice etc.

 

Format:             Totally relaxed and casual.  Braai and eat when you want or even just pop in for a drink at any stage.  MATES runners: Mike says you must bring your MATES shirts.  We can then soak them in a bucket of Protect and we’ll see if we can get the smell out of them.  If not, we will have the K-WAY VOB 2014 application forms available and you can get a nice new, attractive design, fresh smelling VOB top.

 

RSVP:              To Tim Bellairs on tim.bellairs@gmail.com / 0823210299 preferably before 11 December 2013.

 

Specific instructions which one would normally not deem necessary:  David B (Nicky he is your responsibility for the afternoon / evening), Mike O, Douglas, Flippie, Stephen O’G, Rebecca, Sue B and other similar skollies, if Brigette catches you urinating anywhere other than in a designated toilet you are dead.  For clarity:  the garden beds, pool and river are not toilets.  Sandra, do not park across the neighbours’ driveways.  They are normally nice, reasonably tolerant people but …………….  J

 

And finally:  There will still be an Acsis VOB Trail Run on the morning of 14 December before the braai. 

 

ALSO:

 

The MATES CEO’s Annual (Agatha’s Gully) Run will take place the following morning (Sunday 15 December) from Constantia Nek .

 

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: YEAR END TRAIL BRAAI

Hi Everyone

 

 

YEAR END TRAIL BRAAI – SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER 2013

 

 

For the past few years a group of us has got together to have a braai over the December long-weekend around the Day of Reconciliation (16th) to celebrate the close of another year of fantastic trail running together.  It was never intended to be exclusive but inevitably it looked like it was and noses got out of joint which is the last thing we wanted.  So this year we are putting the invitation out to anyone who wants to come along and join us.  It is not a braai for acsis VOB members only.  We would love to have not only the regulars who have participated in our runs over the year but also anyone who has ever wondered what the group is about and what we are like.  All we ask is that you RSVP by 11 December so that we know how much salad etc to provide.

 

Date:                Saturday 14 December 2013 (not Sunday as originally discussed – if you arrive on Sunday I’ll turn the hose on you)

 

Time:                16h00

 

Place:               41 St Joan’s Road, Timour Hall, Plumstead.

 

Directions:        From Constantia Village, take Doordrift Road in the direction of Gabriel Road, Plumstead.  Take the first road right after passing Stodels Nursery.  This is St Joan’s Road.  Cross over one stop street and look out for number 41 on the left about 5 or so house after the stop street.  If you are coming from anywhere else, email us for directions.

 

Bring:               You will need to bring your own booze and meat.  Bring cozzies and towels – i.e. there is a pool and the Diep River flows through one corner of the property – take your pick.  Partners welcome.  Children?  Tough one because a “strong language” advisory must be issued.  In principle, no problem as long as you are aware of what they may hear.  J  Look, Sandra and the CEO will probably be there and that means swearing – and not just words like “flip” and “darn”.  I will do my best to keep the bottles of tequila and grappa away from Flippie because that only exacerbates the problem.  We will have the police on standby too.

 

Don’t Bring:      We will provide the fires and salads (I will chat to a few people re bringing a salad), rolls, ice etc.

 

Format:             Totally relaxed and casual.  Braai and eat when you want or even just pop in for a drink at any stage.  MATES runners: Mike says you must bring your MATES shirts.  We can then soak them in a bucket of Protect and we’ll see if we can get the smell out of them.  If not, we will have the K-WAY VOB 2014 application forms available and you can get a nice new, attractive design, fresh smelling VOB top.

 

RSVP:              To Tim Bellairs on tim.bellairs@gmail.com / 0823210299 preferably before 11 December 2013.

 

Specific instructions which one would normally not deem necessary:  David B (Nicky he is your responsibility for the afternoon / evening), Mike O, Douglas, Flippie, Stephen O’G, Rebecca, Sue B and other similar skollies, if Brigette catches you urinating anywhere other than in a designated toilet you are dead.  For clarity:  the garden beds, pool and river are not toilets.  Sandra, do not park across the neighbours’ driveways.  They are normally nice, reasonably tolerant people but …………….  J

 

And finally:  There will still be an Acsis VOB Trail Run on the morning of 14 December before the braai. 

 

ALSO:

 

The MATES CEO’s Annual (Agatha’s Gully) Run will take place the following morning (Sunday 15 December) from Constantia Nek .

 

 

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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

Hi Everyone

 

REPEAT NOTICE

 

Acsis VOB CHRISTMAS PARTY – FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2013

 

Renowned for being a HUGE theme party of note, this annual event is happening this coming Friday, 29 November 2013.  The theme is “Christmas Characters” – from Rudolf to The Three Wise Men.

Cost: R70 per head.

Venue: The Claremont Cricket Club (in the Constantia Sports Complex just below the Virgin Active)

Starts: 19h00

EFT payments: FNB, Branch 200309, acc no 6201 222 9896.  Put your name + Christmas Party as reference.

For more info,  email Charlotte on vobsec@mweb.co.za and she can either give you the info needed or put you in touch with the organising committee.

 

 

TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2013

 

 

MATES TIME TRIAL – MTTTT

 

Three different starting times from Constantia Nek car park:  17h30 / 17h45 / 18h00.  The route is just over 8km.  Tough yet spectacular.  Just rock up, put your name on the list, start at any of the aforementioned times and then clock in afterwards.

 

A word from the MATES Chairman and CEO of Trail Running:

 

“The MTTTT is on again this Tuesday 26/11/13.

 

The winner of the Bat Run and the Three Peaks came last week to scout the route, Charl Souma.

 

He said that the person who came up with this route is an absolute genius, say know more.

 

Place: Cons/Nek.

Time: 5. 30   5.45   6.00 PM.

 

See you on Tuesday if you brave enough.

 

Cheers 

CEO 

Mike.”

 

WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2013

CRAG TRAIL RUN (including CSAG and CWAG)unofficial because the official CRAG email is not out yet.  But 99.9999999% correct

Date:  Wednesday 27 November 2013

Time:  ready to go at 5.45 pm sharp

Leaders:  David Bulmer (run), Gavin Mohamed (shuffle), Cheryl Jenks (walk)

Location:  Newlands Forest area

Route description:  TBA but general Newlands Forest area

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, approx 9 km

Shufflers: Gavin Mohamed will lead a slower, more 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:  Cheryl Jenks 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: Newlands Forest parking area on M3 (Union Avenue) where the Volunteer Wildfire Services are based as well as the helipad.

Equipment

  • 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:  20 Nov:

Dave Jones

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THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2013

CELTICS THURSDAY SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

On Thursday 28th November we meet at Newlands Forest for the run to start at 18h00. We will do the Silvertree Trail Route.  

Meet in the parking area at the Parks Board office / helipad / firebase (the parking area is the main parkingrking area off the M3 – 700 metres north of the big M3 / Blue Route intersection with Rhodes Drive / Newlands Avenue, and about 1.2kms south of the southern end of UCT).

The route is undulating as it heads from Newlands Forest initially with a few uphills before linking up with the Silvertree Trail. We head along the Silvertree trail, before eventually cutting down into Kirstenbosch before heading back along the lower rollercoaster route into Newlands Forest.

The distance is about 7,8kms.

Difficulty rating – 7/10.

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 29 NOVEMBER 2013

ORCA PUB-PUB BEGINNERS TRAIL RUN WITH BERYL PENNY

No run this week.

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

 

 

 SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2013

  • acsis VOB Longer Faster Group Run  – Cecilia Forest car park / Contour Path / Dark Gorge (or Newlands Ravine) / Saddle / Middle Contour to Mowbray Ridge / King’s Blockhouse / back to Cecilia via Contour Path or Lower Tracks. For full details see Monday email or http://vobtrail.blogspot.com. 

 

  • Table Mountain Trailers (Acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group)

Starting at 06:30 at the Newlands Fire Station (where the helicopters are), we go up up up to the Blockhouse, then turn right and run as far away and as fast as possible from Mowbray Ridge (for Lorraine), then up up up to the saddle and down Newlands Ravine and back to the cars

This should take about 2 and a half hours to do the 10km

The other groups have a fantastic opportunity to pop in at either Kirstenbosch or Rhodes memorial for tea and scones on the route

 

Bring a few bucks for the car guard.

 

Contact Geoff Nell on geoffnell56@gmail.com for more info.

–   http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 

ALSO ON THIS SATURDAY

QUANTUM ADVENTURES MUIZENBERG MOUNTAIN TRAIL RACE

  • Muizenberg Mountain. 30 November 2013. 12km. The Turkey Earner! Entries close on 27 November or earlier if max entries received before then.

www.quantumadventures.co.za  

 

 SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 2013

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

As usual short and sweet.

Con/Nek.

06h30 1/12 13.

Block house and back all along the contour +-3hrs Ja.

The nice thing about this run is that you can turn when you want to. 

So you can run 10 kays 15 kays 20 kays what ever.

Kevin will be there to lead a not so fast group so come along and enjoy.

 

Hope to see you both on sunday.

 

Don't forget the ICE COLD BEERS for after in the car park.  

 

Mike 

CEO[Trail Running]

Any questions Phone me. NO emails NO SMSES

0823197250. 

 

 

 

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.   

 

I know this isn’t a trail event but lots of people have been talking about this big annual event and asking about it:

 

 

 

 

It's that time of year again!  This year's annual charity Pub Run, organised by West Coast Athletic Club and open to absolutely everyone, takes place on Thursday 5th December at 6pm.

 

Full details can be found at www.westcoastpubrun.co.za. Please complete the online entry form and join hundreds of other runners for a bit of fun in the sun … and all for a great cause!

 

We look forward to seeing you and all your friends on the 5th! Please spread the word and forward to friends - we rely on word of mouth.

 

Have fun responsibly and arrange a designated driver or lift home if you are drinking! (And be aware there will be roadblocks in the surrounding area on that evening).

 

Kind regards

 

Lisa, Megan, Rachel and Gail (the organisers)

 

 


TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE OVERBERG WINE ESTATE RUN SERIES – 7 DECEMBER 2013

Venue:   Barton Vineyards  (See attached directions)

Date:  7 December

Distance:  +/- 6km and 12 km race - 1 water table
Entrance fee: R60 per person
Start Time:   07h30
Entries and Registration only on the day from:  06:45
GPS Coordinates:   -34.264745 19.180009                                                    

Directions:  Barton Vineyards and Villas,    R43 towards Kleinmond              www.bartonvineyards.co.za

DOGS ALLOWED ON THE ESTATE

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

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

Thank You So Much for your support!

 

 

TSiBA EDUCATION NEW BALANCE CAPE PENINSULA WINE ESTATE RUN SERIES – 7 DECEMBER 2013

 

 

                                   

 

BIG TREE TRAIL RUN SERIES – SAASVELD, GEORGE – 14 – 16 DECEMBER 2013

See Flyer attached

 

SPUR SUMMER TRAIL SERIES

Entries now open.  Limited entries accepted so get in asap.

 

 

LESOTHO WILDRUN: 20-22 MARCH 2014

It took some time, but we finally managed to get all the necessary information from our Lesotho contacts and this race is now confirmed for 20-22 March 2014. This is also a truly special event that will take your breath away in more ways than one and leave you feeling humbled after the fact.

For any more information on this unimaginable mountain journey or to enter, visit the Wildrun website at
www.wildrun.com. Entries open 1 November 2013 at 12pm, midday (CAT).

 

RICHTERSVELD WILDRUN: 4-7 JUNE 2014

If you haven't heard yet, the first Richtersveld Wildrun will take place next year from 4-7 June. The latest addition to the Wildrun family is set to be an absolute highlight on any trail runner's calendar with four days and 150km of magnificent desert running. Although there aren't any hotels in the desert, the run will carry on in the tradition of other Wildruns with comfortable tented accommodation, scrumptious meals and cold beer waiting at the finish line by the time you get there.

Entries for this new run open for the general public on 15 November 2013 at 12pm, midday (CAT) on our brand new Wildrun website at www.wildrun.com

6th NAMIB DESERT CHALLENGE :  21 -25 JULY 2014

220km over 5 days.  Sossusvlei

Anyone who would like a comprehensive brochure on the event, please email me (Tim) on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

 

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.  But It is not compulsory.

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:  Saturday mornings.  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:  Saturday mornings.  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:  Sunday mornings and some night runs.  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.

Ø  CRAG / CSAG / CWAG:  Wednesday evenings.  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:  Thursday evenings.  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.

Ø  Satori: Sunday mornings fortnightly.  A mixture between CRAG and CSAG pace.  All levels of trail runner accommodated and welcome, although you will need to be able to run 10km with ease.

Each club / group has its own emailing list which you can join.   This email just tries to draw all of the info together for convenience.

 

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2013

Good morning Afternoon

 

NOTICE

 

Acsis VOB CHRISTMAS PARTY – FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2013

 

Renowned for being a HUGE theme party of note, this annual event is happening this coming Friday, 29 November 2013.  The theme is “Christmas Characters” – from Rudolf to The Three Wise Men.

Cost: R70 per head.

Venue: The Claremont Cricket Club (in the Constantia Sports Complex just below the Virgin Active)

Starts: 19h00

EFT payments: FNB, Branch 200309, acc no 6201 222 9896.  Put your name + Christmas Party as reference.

For more info,  email Charlotte on vobsec@mweb.co.za and she can either give you the info needed or put you in touch with the organising committee.

 

 

 

TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2013

 

MATES TIME TRIAL – MTTTT

 

Three different starting times from Constantia Nek car park:  17h30 / 17h45 / 18h00.  The route is just over 8km.  Tough yet spectacular.  Just rock up, put your name on the list, start at any of the aforementioned times and then clock in afterwards.

 

A word from the MATES Chairman and CEO of Trail Running:

 

“The MTTTT is on again this Tuesday 26/11/13.

 

The winner of the Bat Run and the Three Peaks came last week to scout the route, Charl Souma.

 

He said that the person who came up with this route is an absolute genius, say know more.

 

Place: Cons/Nek.

Time: 5. 30   5.45   6.00 PM.

 

See you on Tuesday if you brave enough.

 

Cheers 

CEO 

Mike.”

 

 

 

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2013

 

LONGER FASTER GROUP

 

CECILIA FOREST / CONTOUR PATH / DARK GORGE (OR NEWLANDS RAVINE IF TOO WET) / MIDDLE CONTOUR TO MOWBRAY RIDGE / KING’S BLOCKHOUSE / LOWER PATHS BACK TO CECILIA

 

PROVISO:  Please watch the notice on Friday.  We are a little short on run leaders at present as Jane in injured, Freda is otherwise engaged and I picked up a calf strain trying to keep up with (i.e. not fall too far behind) Mike Ohlsson and Armand du Plessis on Saturday.  If I am still blubbing by Friday and no other leader can be arranged then we may be forced to postpone.

 

Run Leader

 

Tim Bellairs 0823210299

 

Start Time and Place

 

06h30 from the Cecilia Forest car park.

 

Route

 

As summarised in the heading.

 

Distance

 

Somewhere between 15 – 20km

 

Running Time

 

About 3.5 hours.

 

Difficulty

 

A few tough climbs but I am trying to select routes that have lots of runnable stuff too.  This route has plenty of runnable stuff in it.

 

Important Notes

 

·         Please note that there is a small amount of mild exposure to heights with an easy B grade scramble at the top of Dark Gorge.  It is exciting and, under normal conditions, not dangerous.  If you have just a normal fear of heights then you will be fine with it.  I will be making enquiries with SANParks and MCSA during the week about damage from the recent flooding.  Rest assured that if it is deemed even vaguely unsafe we will revert to Plan B and take Newlands Ravine instead.

·         Ensure that you are wearing weather-appropriate kit and carrying sufficient gear for full run.

·         Ensure that you have sufficient water and energy snacks for the whole run.

·         Precautions against the sun are necessary.

·         Keep an eye out for snakes on the paths.  Lots have been spotted so far this summer.  Watch where you put those feet and hands.

·         We will be running through the Kings Blockhouse area which is notorious for muggings.  We will keep in groups in this area in particular for safety.

·         Don’t leave valuables in your car and leave everything out of sight.

·         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

 

To be announced in the Tuesday email tomorrow.

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST WEEKEND

 

Well there wasn’t actually a Longer Faster Group Run as I was involved in an absolutely superb hike up Orangekloof along the Hell’s Gate Route led by Andrew Beetge.  Quite honestly I can say that this is the most spectacular route I have done on Table Mountain.  Lots of splashing through the Disa River, climbing up and around waterfalls and checking out the Woodhead Tunnel.  WoW!!!!!  Highly recommended but please note that a permit is required from SANParks (a maximum of 12 people per day).  You will need an experienced hiker who knows the route to lead you.  It also has some easy B-grade rock scrambling on it.

 

Then the MATES lunatics did their scary yet thrilling climb / run on Sunday.  I have been asked to give several people a rev for their efforts (or lack thereof) on this run:

·         for not making it up the first chain (which we have often run past on the contour path at Kloof Corner), getting into an argument and being forced to do a different route;

·         or for making it as far as the second chain, not liking the look of the 15m C-grade climb up a smooth rock face, going from green and white to just white and deciding this is a bad idea and going off to drink beer instead.

 

However, as I lacked the courage to even arrive at the start I am not really in a position to point any fingers.  But maybe Mike O will have some things to say we I can send out tomorrow when I post the MATES Run details for next weekend.

 

However, here is a report from someone who completed the route but was reported to be extremely pale on sections of the route:

 

“Sunday was a Hitchcock triple bill. We started with Vertigo, obviously. The next one was The Birds: Gareth taming a starling on the far side of India Venster. The whole thing, of course, was organised by everyone's favourite Psycho.

The psycho in question wasn't quite himself afterwards. A combination of the heat and the previous night's festivities had taken their toll. When I left after a beer and a chat he was still sitting forlorn on a cool box, cramping occasionally and - this is the weird part - he had yet to open his first beer. He did manage to find Maclears eventually this time though, so not all bad. “

 

 

But Mike also provided a moment of his own on the way to the hike on Saturday.  I had just picked him up and we were cruising up Kendal Road when I saw a lone runner trotting up the road ahead of us.  I said: “Aaaaah, must be a committed VOB runner out training”, to which Mike responded, “That’s because he’s an OLD *&*^$%$^^*^&%#!”.  As we drew level, we saw it was the well-known trail runner, friend and non-VOB member Laurence van Blerck who can’t be any older than Mike.  We both laughed so hard I nearly crashed the car while I am sure Laurence was wondering who these idiots were.  Sorry about that Laurence.  J

 

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

 

Tim Bellairs

acsis VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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