Monday, December 30, 2013

Acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: MATES RUN SUNDAY 5 JANUARY 2014

Hi Everyone

 

Okay I lied.  I said last Friday’s email was the last for 2013 but MATES have asked me to send out the details of their run this coming Sunday.  And Mike asked so nicely.  So here goes:

 

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN: SUNDAY 5 JANUARY 2014

 

Start Time and Place

 

06h30 from the “silver gate” at Theresa Avenue, Camp’s Bay (off Fiskaal Avenue, Rontree Estate).  If you are travelling in to the start from Hout Bay, don’t forget that this is the morning of Bay to Bay.  The WPA calendar says that the Bay to Bay starts at 06h00, not 06h30, so get through early.

 

Route

 

Pipe track to and up Oudekraal Ravine.  Yellowwood / Atlantic Traverse around Grootkop and then up to the top of Grootkop where Paul W says there is a cave.  Apostle Spine Path to and then down Kasteelspoort.

 

Running Time

 

About 3 hours.

 

Distance

 

15 – 20km

 

BRING ICE COLD BEER FOR AFTERWARDS!!!!!!!!  NO SCROUNGING.

 

Enquiries

 

Phone the CEO {Trail Running} Mike Ohlsson 0823197250  phone calls only – no SMSes and no emails.

 

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

Acsis VOB Trail Running

0823210299 / tim.bellairs@gmail.com

 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP

Hi Everyone

 

This will be our final email for 2013.  The next email will be on 6 January 2014 and will come through as K-Way VOB Trail Running as explained in a previous email.

 

There will be no Acsis VOB Trail Runs this coming Saturday.  But on Sunday, MATES will tackle the spectacular Grotto Fountain Cairn Traverse under the expert guidance of Barry Washkansky.  I see he (Hike & Trail Run Cape Town) and Rod Prodgers went to check out the route this last weekend and Rod has posted some spectacular pictures on Facebook which will give you an idea of what you’re in for.  See details below.

 

 

 

SUNDAY 29 DECEMBER 2013

 

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

Start at Kloof Nek car park at 06h30.

 

Run leader is Barry Washkansky.

 

The route will start off on the Pipe Track and then start climbing Blinkwater Ravine to the point where you traverse out onto and along the Grotto-Fountain-Cairn-Traverse and then down India-Venster.

 

About 4 hours (at least).  Bring lots of water and energy food because this is a strenuous but spectacular hike / run.

 

There is exposure to heights so you must be comfortable with this concept.

 

Learn the “Mummy Mantra”.

 

CEO[ of trail running ]

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Cheers 

Mike.

 

 

So this is goodbye until 2014.  Have a wonderful (but safe) New Year’s Eve.  Line up those new year’s resolutions.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

 

 

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: 28 / 29 DECEMBER 2013

Hi Everyone

 

As mentioned before, there will be no more Acsis VOB Trail Runs this year.  It seems, however, that MATES will continue running through the festive season (details for this coming weekend below).  Our groups will kick off again in the New Year under the new club banner as K-Way VOB with the Trail Version of The Chairman’s Run on Sunday 12 January 2014.  For the Longer Distance Group, this will involve some car admin as we will drop off as many cars as possible at the finish point (Signal Hill car park) at 05h45 and then jump into one or two vehicles and dash across to the start at Newlands Forest.  We will take a nice runnable route from Newlands to Signal Hill, starting at 06h15.  Table Mountain Trailers will start at Signal Hill at 06h30 (no car admin).  More details early in the New Year though.

 

Amended Philosophy for the Longer Faster Group in the New Year

 

We have taken the feedback over the past year, condensed it and will be applying it to our runs in the coming year:

 

Pace: 

 

This group has developed a reputation for being a FAST group; in fact, too fast.  I am still baffled by this because by no stretch of even the most generous imagination could I be described as fast.  Nevertheless there is this perception out there.  So over the next year we will focus on keeping this a medium pace group.  This means it will be about the pace of the main group of The Table Mountain Trailers.  The main differences will be that we will do longer routes and, because the routes are longer and we don’t want to be out there too long we will stop to regroup much less than the TMT group does.  So our name will change to the Longer Distance Group with the word “Faster” being dropped.  There may well be a few fast runners present at each run but they will be encouraged to go off the front.  The focus will remain on the medium pace runners.  Unfortunately we do not yet have leadership capacity to lead a slower group yet but we will be looking at this prospect over the year.

 

Terrain / Runnability: 

 

In the past year we may have got a little too caught up on routes with too much rock scrambling and height exposure in our quest to find new and exciting routes.  We will definitely be toning this down a bit and focussing on making the routes more runnable.  This does not mean, however, we won’t be doing tough runs that have lots of climbing and descending.  We will still be going to the tops of mountains but we will do it in the most runnable fashion.  There will also still be a few routes that will involve a little scrambling (e.g. Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine in January to see the disas and the odd trip up India-Venster or Dark Gorge etc) but these will be fewer than before and will carry the necessary warnings.

 

 

 

 

So it remains for us just to wish all those of you celebrating Christmas a very merry, peaceful and blessed Christmas.  Otherwise, we wish everyone a happy festive season and holidays and a prosperous, injury-free New Year.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 29 DECEMBER 2013

 

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

Start at Kloof Nek car park at 06h30.

 

Run leader is Barry Washkansky.

 

The route will start off on the Pipe Track and then start climbing Blinkwater Ravine to the point where you traverse out onto and along the Grotto-Fountain-Cairn-Traverse and then down India-Venster.

 

About 4 hours (at least).  Bring lots of water and energy food because this is a strenuous but spectacular hike / run.

 

There is exposure to heights so you must be comfortable with this concept.

 

Learn the “Mummy Mantra”.

 

CEO[ of trail running ]

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Cheers 

Mike.

 

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST WEEKEND

 

This is more for the people who have expressed interest in the hikes that are being done in an effort to explore new routes.

 

It’s always interesting to learn new things about oneself even if they aren’t always good things and are more a reality check than a real learning experience.  This weekend I went from feeling like heroic Spiderman after doing Spring Buttress B (and checking out a good deal of the Wood-Spring Traverse) on Saturday, to Courage the Cowardly Dog after a total FAIL in attempting to do Kloof Corner Ridge on Sunday.

 

Spring Buttress - Saturday

 

A beautiful route starting at the same point as the Three Firs route on the  Pipe Track between Woody Buttress and Slangolie Ravine.  At the first cliff face one goes left and focuses on the Woody Ravine side of the buttress and the main ridge itself whereas the Three Firs goes right.  Some nice little scrambles which get the heart rate up but seldom have you feeling in any real danger.  Near the top we did an awkward little wriggle to get onto the southern end of the Wood-Spring Traverse which we followed to the C step-around and then returned to the normal route.  Expert leadership from cousin Graham Bellairs, Trevor Rennison and Torben Wiborg all of Cape Union Mart Hiking Club.  Thoroughly enjoyable but unlikely to feature on regular VOB Trail Runs as it is much too technical.  Watch out for it on the MATES program though.

 

Kloof Corner Ridge and Right Face-Arrow Face Traverse – Sunday

 

A totally different prospect (not in a good way).  A sweltering morning on that part of the mountain.  Hands slippery from oily sunblock (Lesson One - beginner’s error) and sweat, one has to launch oneself up the first 5m chain above the contour path right on Kloof Corner.  For those of you who have seen this chain dangling against the rocks and thought it looks difficult, well it is every bit as difficult as it looks.  Some people, like the CEO, ran up it like a spider.  Lesson 2 – never benchmark off the CEO.  I, on the other hand, made it up with a very undignified grunting effort; heart pounding in my ears and legs kicking frantically.  There is a little more uncomfortable scrambling above the chains but eventually we were all up.  We continued upwards inside the line of the ridge in the baking heat.  To make matters worse, the CEO, leading from the front, periodically subjected us to blasts of his foul wind (or as Nursey from Blackadder calls them, “the most fruitsome flappy-woof-woofs”).  Fortunately for the rest of Barry was right behind him and served as our canary in a coal mine.  When Barry gagged we all retreated a few steps and waited.  As we approached the second (15m) chain the rest of the hike party had to fray my nerves further by going to stand on the edge of a precipice and fake dive over the edge – not helpful.  We skirted around to the chain which, in all honesty didn’t look so bad.  Everyone else soon shimmied up with varying levels of clumsiness or competence and I was the last to go.  Nervous sweat now joined the heat sweat and sunblock making it all I could do just to hold onto the chain let alone climb up it.  Then a chap from another party came up behind me and said the fatal words: ”If you’re worried about this one, wait till you see the next pitch!”  That was it.  The nerve broke and I shouted up to the others to continue without me.  There was some jeering (less than expected) which got the finger in response but I got the distinct impression from the looks on some of the faces that they were thinking “what the hell have we let ourselves in for if he is refusing to come up here?”.  With head hanging low and shoulders slumped I made my way down, across and then up India-Venster in time to see the others summit Kloof Corner Ridge.  They were strangely quiet.

 

There was to be no respite.  Immediately we continued down along the path to the start of the Right Face – Arrow Face Traverse.  Although these words sound like English, the proper translation from the Latin is “extremely narrow, horrible little ledge with loose footing in places and very narrow cracks in the rock to squeeze between while you gibber in terror when you see the sheer drop below you”.  If you want to know where it is, look straight at the mountain from the City and find the upper cable station.  Then look down to the left where you will see a very broad ravine that looks like a map of Africa (Africa Ravine) from certain angles.  Then look up at the top of this ravine and you will see a high, wide cliff face called the Africa Amphitheatre.  Half way up this cliff face you will see a darker horizontal line which may look like darker rock or a line of vegetation.  This is the Right Face – Arrow Face Traverse.  As I sat at the start of this horrible little ledge waiting for the rest of the party to get into the first crack in the rocks and take pictures of each other I nearly lost my nerve again.  I was on the point of doing my second bail of the morning, probably meaning the death of any remaining shred of reputation of mine on the mountain when Cher saved me by saying calmly “come along, pass your bag through”.  I steeled the nerves and followed her through into the first rock passage.  After this there is a little drop down onto a narrow path as you sidle your way towards the second rock passage.  Fortunately there is lots of vegetation to cling onto.  Unfortunately though, these plants were surely spawned in Satan’s own garden as all of them bear thorns, spikes and barbs which under normal conditions would have you recoiling in agony.  The exception is blister bush which is delightfully soft but rewards you with painful blisters a week later as payment for touching them.  When faced with the pain or a 100m drop, you keep holding onto the plants and deal with the thorns later.  You then reach the second crack which is even tighter than the first but somehow even the largest people squeeze through (because they don’t want to be left behind).  The second half of the ledge is a repeat of the first so I will say no more.  This time we found our way down to Yellowstone Gully on the first attempt and I could feel myself becoming more cheerful as we approached the contour path.  In fact I think we were all relieved to be down alive as we broke out into a trot, despite the intense heat, and ran the remaining kilometres back to the car where ICE cold beers were waiting for us and I was awarded my new nickname DNF.

 

Will this route feature on a VOB Trail Run?  NEVER!!!!!!!!

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Acsis VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP

Hi Everyone

 

TRAIL SHOP AND ADMIN NOTICES

 

·         Acsis VOB Running Club Name Change:  Please note that from 1 January 2014, the name of the Acsis VOB Running Club changes to K-Way VOB Running Club.  The Trail Running section also changes its name accordingly.  So if you suddenly start getting trail emails from K-Way VOB, that is why.  The Facebook page will also have a name change but apparently will be accessed the same way as before.  We have had a number of great years in partnership with Acsis financial services group.  I must confess to having been sceptical at first but I was soon proved wrong and it turned out to be a partnership that really worked well.  So from a trail perspective we would like to express our appreciation for all that they have done for us over the last few years and trust that Acsis benefited as much from the relationship.  So whilst it is sad to say goodbye to our current naming sponsor, we hope that those Acsis staff members who started running with us with remain and enjoy the benefits of what was built up over the years.  So a big thank you to Acsis.

 

We now enter a new era in partnership with K-Way which is becoming a big brand in the trail running world and we look forward to having them being heavily involved in our trail runs over the coming years.  Very exciting stuff.

 

·         We have been contacted via Twitter by one Karen Engelbrecht who is looking to be added to the trail mailing list.  Unfortunately, there is no email address and Karen is unaware of the fact that I am an utter  moron in the field of social networking (no agreement, extensions to other fields or other comments necessary…..thank you) and haven’t got a clue how to reply to her.  I have tried but Twitter responded by telling me to put the phone away and go and have a little lie-down i.e. my reply had failed miserably.  To be honest I didn’t even realise we had a Twitter account (or whatever you call it).  Jane……Joe……..?  Was this either of you?  Long story short…..if anyone knows Karen, please ask her to drop me an email on tim.bellairs@gmail.com.

 

·         African X 2014 Team Entry for sale.  Sean Tickner has a team entry for sale.  He is happy to pay the admin fees for the substitution.  If you are interested then please contact Sean on sean@medsport.co.za.

 

·         Lion’s Head Challenge 2014  Entries Now Open - Lions Head Challenge – Event Date 15 March 2014

Starting and Ending at the Jan van Riebeek High School festival - pumping with beer & wine tents and live music - this challenging 20km trail run takes you on a full tour of Signal Hill and Lions Head.

Presented by the makers of Table Mtn Challenge, Two Oceans Trail Run and Bastille Trail Run, this event will rock your socks in the New Year! Enter now.

Entry fee is a reasonable R295, including a T-shirt (sponsored by Woolworths), goody bag from Sportsmans Warehouse and all the usual race services from the nut jobs at Energy Events (like recently trained medics, random timekeepers, no water tables and lots of abuse)!

As with all events in the TMNP, entries are limited to a few hundred runners. Batch Starts are alphabetical, you may request the Elite Start Batch in the entry form, if you can run seriously fast and need the prize money!

Proceeds are for the School charity fund.

For more Info and all Trail Running events visit: www.trailrunning.co.za

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 2013

  • acsis VOB Longer Faster Group Run  – No More Runs until 12 January 2014.  For full details see Monday email or http://vobtrail.blogspot.com. 

 

·       Table Mountain Trailers (Acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group) – SATURDAY 21st  December 2013:  Cecilia/Kirstenbosch

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the Cecilia Forest Parking area in time to start running at 0630

How to get there?   The Cecilia Forest car park is on Rhodes Drive near the intersection of Rhodes Drive and Hohenort in Constantia.

Terrain and Distance      

There will be a few ups and downs, some jeep tracks and some great single track along the contour paths!   Distance in the order of 11 and 12 kms, taking give or take 2-2.5 hours.

Picnic Breakfast      

Please bring along a picnic breakfast and join us after the run at the Granelli’s who live within walking distance of the Cecilia Car park, at:

9 Duntaw Close
Constantia
Piero & Catherine Granelli

082 333 3368

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 SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER 2013

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

06h30 Start from Kloof Nek car park.

 

Kloof Corner Ridge / Right Face – Arrow Face Traverse / Continue Traverse across to Platteklip Gorge or descend Union Ravine or Yellowstone Gully.

 

4 hours

 

There is some exposure to heights and rock scrambling involved so you need to be comfortable with these concepts.

 

Bring lots of water and energy snacks for this one as this north face of the mountain can get hot at this time of year.  Take precautions against the sun and heat.

 

Don’t forget the ICE COLD BEERS for afterwards.


CEO[ of trail running ]

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Cheers 

Mike.

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

 

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

 

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acsis VOB Trail Running

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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

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TRAIL BRAAI FEEDBACK

 

Thanks to everyone who came along to the braai on Saturday and especially to those who helped out with the salads and rolls and bread etc (and Flippie who helped me pack everything away).  It was a resounding success despite the fact that several party-goers had to be unceremoniously and none too quietly ejected in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Things got off to a very quiet and civilised start but became progressively more raucous as the evening progressed.  Somehow, as revellers started leaving the noise level increased, proving only that a small minority was responsible for most of the racket.  They were eventually chased indoors to allow the neighbours to get some sleep but by 01h20 on Sunday morning my sense of humour failed and I told the stragglers to B*&%#%^*r off, which they did with a few loud shouts and a squealing of tyres.  I believe the after-party was at The Chilli Bar.  I am still apologising to the neighbours and spent the rest of the long weekend sleeping (apart from the MATES Run and AGM). Great fun.   J

 

It was fantastic having so many great people together and sharing a bit of “gees” after another awesome year of trail running.  Thanks Everyone.  (Rebecca, do you see now why this happens only once a year?  There is NO CHRISTMAS IN JULY!).

 

 

NICHOLAS LYKIARDOPULOS (regular trail runner with Celtics, Acsis VOB and MATES)

 

On the 29th of November the eve of the Lesotho Ultra Trail Race, one of our own, Nicholas Lykiardopulos, fell and suffered serious injuries in his lodgings. Nick is an active and well-liked member of the Celtic Harriers road and trail running community.

 

As a result of the fall, Nick suffered serious swelling to the brain, and had to be flown to Bloemfontein for an emergency operation, following which, he was placed in an induced coma to facilitate his recovery. Further complications resulting from an infection has further complicated his recovery, but the prognosis from his doctors is up to 6 months for a full recovery.

 

Nick’s and his family have so far incurred significant costs, and the anticipated long rehabilitation will add substantially to this already onerous financial burden.

 

Celtic Harriers Club has taken the decision to step forward and raise funds, through the Chairman’s Fund, in order to lighten the load on Nick and his long-term girlfriend, Claire, and allow them to focus on his recovery.

 

Celtic Harriers would like to make an impassioned plea to members and friends to help bolster this effort by making a contribution towards Nick’s expenses, The monies collected will go directly towards defraying expenses already incurred and not covered by medical aid, as well as additional rehabilitation costs.

 

Contributions can be made to the following account.

 

Celtic Harriers

FNB Claremont (200109)

Account 50060025100

Reference: CF- N.L-Pulos

 

Celtic Harriers, and the running community of Cape Town take this opportunity to wish Nick and Claire all the best during this trying time, and send their best wishes and prayers for a speedy and full recovery.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER 2013

CRAG TRAIL RUN (including CSAG and CWAG) - Tokai Forest and end of year bash (unfortunately no dogs allowed in Tokai Forest)

Date:  Wednesday 18 December 2013

Time:  ready to go at 5.45 pm sharp

Leaders:  Rod Prodgers (run), Jonathan Mylrea (shuffle), Ezan Wilson (walk)

Location:  Tokai Forest, where it all began

Route description:  We'll do a shortened meander through the forest, up a few levels, then across, and down again. Sunset is at 7.55 pm.

Duration and distance:  approx 60 mins, approx 6 km

Shufflers: Jonathan Mylrea 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:  Ezan Wilson 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:  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 and the resident baboon troop); 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.

Equipment

— snacks/eats/drinks/tables/chairs/rugs/whatever for the post-run festivities

— valid Wild Card/Green Card (go to http://www.wildcard.co.za/get_the_card.htm for details)

— water/energy drink/munchies

— clothing/gear: windproof and/or waterproof top, long sleeves and/or long pants, gloves, beanie, buff . . . whatever you need to be comfortable in the prevailing conditions; long-range weather forecast predicts no rain, 15–26 °C, wind SE 33 kph

— personal medication (if required)

— something for rehydration after the run

— warmer/dry clothing for the rehydrate session

— whatever else you personally need for a comfortable, fun trail run

 

Car guards:  18 Dec: Abigail Reynolds & Gavin Goldblatt

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THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER 2013

CELTICS THURSDAY SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

Thurs 19 December: Meet at NEWLANDS FOREST @ 18h00

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.

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FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER 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 21 DECEMBER 2013

  • acsis VOB Longer Faster Group Run  – No Runs until 12 January 2014.  For full details see Monday email or http://vobtrail.blogspot.com. 

 

·       Table Mountain Trailers (Acsis VOB’s Medium Distance Slower Group) – SATURDAY 21st  December 2013:  Cecilia/Kirstenbosch

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the Cecilia Forest Parking area in time to start running at 0630

How to get there?   The Cecilia Forest car park is on Rhodes Drive near the intersection of Rhodes Drive and Hohenort in Constantia.

Terrain and Distance      

There will be a few ups and downs, some jeep tracks and some great single track along the contour paths!   Distance in the order of 11 and 12 kms, taking give or take 2-2.5 hours.

Picnic Breakfast      

Please bring along a picnic breakfast and join us after the run at the Granelli’s who live within walking distance of the Cecilia Car park, at:

9 Duntaw Close
Constantia
Piero & Catherine Granelli

082 333 3368

http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/

 

 

 SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER 2013

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

06h30 Start from Kloof Nek car park.

 

Kloof Corner Ridge / Right Face – Arrow Face Traverse / Continue Traverse across to Platteklip Gorge or descend Union Ravine or Yellowstone Gully.

 

4 hours

 

There is some exposure to heights and rock scrambling involved so you need to be comfortable with these concepts.

 

Bring lots of water and energy snacks for this one as this north face of the mountain can get hot at this time of year.  Take precautions against the sun and heat.

 

Don’t forget the ICE COLD BEERS for afterwards.


CEO[ of trail running ]

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Cheers 

Mike.

 

 

 

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.   

 

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

Only a few entries remain.  Check out   www.namibdesertchallenge.com .

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

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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