Monday, March 31, 2014

K-Way VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 5 APRIL 2014 - CONSTANTIA NEK / BAILIFF'S / ASH VALLEY TO DAMS / APOSTLE SPINE PATH / VALLEY OF RED GODS / ECHO VALLEY / BACKWATER STREAM / NURSERY VALLEY / BAILIFFS / CONSTANTIA NEK

Hi Everyone

 

TUESDAY 1 APRIL 2014

 

MATES TUESDAY TRAIL TIME TRIAL (MTTTT)

 

More BIG action is promised as the records are starting to tumble.  Two weeks ago we saw the men’s record fall.  Time for the ladies to come out in force……..

 

8.5km of awesome technical trail and a little bit of fast jeep track to finish.

 

How do you participate?   Just arrive ready to run at any of the three start times: 17h30 / 17h45 / 18h00.  Check in with the CEO or MATES representative at the MATES banners and run the route, checking in as you finish to get your time. 

 

All runners welcome.

 

REMEMBER to carry a headlamp as it is starting to get dark quite early now.

 

Bring some ICE cold beers for afterwards.

 

As Gary Banfield did not arrive with his birthday beers last week there is some speculation that he may be there this week with beers for all runners.

 

For more information:

 

No smses No emails Only phone calls.

CEO( of trail running)

Mike 0823197250”

 

 

SATURDAY 5 APRIL 2014

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

CONSTANTIA NEK / BAILIFF'S COTTAGE / ASH VALLEY TO DAMS / APOSTLE SPINE PATH / VALLEY OF RED GODS / ECHO VALLEY / BACKWATER STREAM / BUSHMANS OVERHANG / CONSTANTIA NEK

 

Run Leader

 

Tim Bellairs tim.bellairs@gmail.com / 0823210299

 

Start Time and Place

 

06h45 from Constantia Nek car park.

 

Route

 

As per heading.

 

Distance

 

About 15km - ish.

 

Running Time

 

3.5 hours because the Bushman’s Overhang section is slow.

 

Important Notes

 

·         Please note slightly later start time.

·         Ensure you are wearing and carrying proper, weather-appropriate trail running gear.

 

·         Carry sufficient water and energy snacks for the whole run.

 

·         Please keep an eye out for snakes (particularly puffadders) on the paths.  We didn’t see any in Cape Point last weekend but judging by the Facebook posts, there were several encounters on Table Mountain.  Alternatively, just let Gary and Hein run in front and clear the way.

 

·         Don’t leave valuables in your car.

 

·         Please be aware that trail running and related activities are inherently risky and more dangerous than road running.  You are participating in these runs voluntarily and whilst K-Way VOB and the leaders of the runs take all reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it can never be fully guaranteed.  To this end, K-Way 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.

 

·         Bring something ICE cold to drink afterwards.

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

SLANGKOP LIGHTHOUSE TO KLEINPLAAS DAM OUT AND BACK


This Saturday we will again try out a ‘new’ route starting at the Slang Kop lighthouse, running to the Kleinplaas dam and then back again.

 

Run Leader

Richard Rossiter  RRossite@its.jnj.com

 

Brief Description of Route

From the lighthouse we head up to the old military installation at the top of Slang Kop. From there the route carries on along the top of the ridge until we reach the Ocean View road. This we cross, - and just after the reservoir, we turn right up the hill, and proceed up through the Red Hill reserve. At a T-junction we turn right and follow the track to the dam. The lead group may carry on round the dam to give the recovery group (if any) a chance to reach the dam.

 

RV in the parking area on your left just as you get to the Slang Kop light house in Kommetjie, - in time to start running at 0630

 

Terrain and Distance

Good and relatively easy single and Jeep tracks .   More or less 12 – 13 km taking in the region of 3hrs? 

 

How to get there?

Heading through Kommetjie (from the Fish Hoek side), proceed past the Primary school and first shops (on the left side of the road). Opposite the second café (also on the left), turn right into Lighthouse road and proceed to the Lighthouse parking.  (See Kommetjie street map below, - the lighthouse is in the extreme bottom left corner).

 

Recovery Group and Fay’s Strollers.

Will confirm during the course of the week.

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM LAST SATURDAY

 

A pretty good turnout for a run that is so far from home for most and with such an early start.  We were forced to start a little late as there were some “issues” at the entrance gate as “the system was not connecting” and the gate keepers were not keen to accept out Wild Cards without proof of ID and then demanded our Letters of Confirmation.  After a brief argument they let us in but we decided to delay the start for others who might have similar issues.  This allowed Taryn time to play the strategic card for the day which saved lives (mainly mine).  We nipped down the road and left her car at the tea-room / info centre a few kms down the road just in case the run took longer than anticipated.  It did.

 

This was definitely a run of two “halves”.  We won’t discuss the nice, easy, relatively flat and painless first half for fear of incriminating ourselves (or myself more particularly) except to say that it turned out to be a bit longer than expected and so we cut it short.  The short cut necessitated taking a 4.5km stretch of tar road which drew the usual jeers from the MATES crowd and allowed the quasi-roadies to stretch their legs a bit.  By this stage the (my) legs were starting to tire a bit, Hein had a splitting headache and Mel looked like she was in no mood for playing games or joking around.  The shortcut brought us out almost exactly at Taryn’s car at almost exactly the time required, despite her misgivings about the our (my) ability to achieve this.  J  Any photos posted on Facebook of me looking at a map, suggesting that I may be lost, are misleading.  I was simply showing Taryn where we were and how we were going to get to her car in time.  This is evidenced by Taryn standing next to me clearly not believing a word of it.  So at this point Hein decided to head for the cars along the road.  I was soon regretting not having joined him.  Taryn, Mel and the Tumbling Twins jumped into Taryn’s car and headed for the other cars.  Even more than not going with Hein I soon regretted not taking this option.

 

The rest of us headed down the Bordjiesdrif Road and took the single track towards Kanonkop.  WOW but that path up to the cannons was long!  Not 50 meters up the path my legs said NO!  NO MORE! ……..and punctuated the statement with calf cramps.  The run turned into a hike as the cramps worsened and the headache set in, the like of which I have not had since I foolishly tried to run the Two Oceans Ultra (which is a never-to-be-repeated-madness).  In fact the rest of the “run” reminded me very much of my two hour (almost Captains Log) 2009 exodus from Hout Bay to UCT on Oceans, minus the cheering / sniggering crowds.  From Paulsberg I started hallucinating about that ICE cold beer waiting at the finish until the fiery burn of chafing dragged me back to reality.  I was soon joined in my misery by Jeff Shapiro who I caught swerving off the main path and edging towards a cliff top view point with a spectacular drop into False Bay.  Jokingly I said “don’t jump Jeff”.  He turned to me with a very serious look and said: “You know, it doesn’t seem like a bad option right now!”  I had to agree.  As we staggered on up and down those last nightmarish hills slowly towards the finish I kept hearing noises in the bushes.  I didn’t even turn to look.  I remember thinking I don’t care if something / someone jumps out and kills me I just hope it’s quick.  Or so I thought until three klipspringers jumped across the path right in front of me.  Stunning but it gave me a hell of a fright.  This jolt of adrenalin gave me the necessary boost to get up the last hill and arrived to the mock cheering of the others who were on their second and third beers by now.  I was very grumpy but as the cold Amstel soothed me my humour started returning and I found sufficient energy to sympathise with poor Rebecca who had turned her ankle over a HORRIBLE shot and it was already purple-blue and swelling fast (this is why the legal disclaimer is highlighted in red this week J .  I hope you recover quickly Rebecca.

 

I retrospect, it was a fantastic run.  Thanks to everyone who arrived.  I am already planning the next one in which we can cover the terrain we did not get to this time.

 

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Friday, March 28, 2014

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP

Hi Everyone

SATURDAY 29 MARCH 2014

·         K-Way VOB Longer Distance Group – Cape Point Trail Run.  We will be starting at 06h30 sharp from parking area at the view point on the left, approx. 1km inside the main gates of the reserve.  I know it seems early for a run that far away but there is no traffic at that time and you can get there pretty quickly.  So we will be doing (more or less) the route set out in Monday’s email.  For full details see Monday’s email or http://vobtrail.blogspot.comNB!  Please RSVP to (tim.bellairs@gmail.com / 0823210299) if you intend running with us so that we have an idea who we are waiting for, as cell phone reception may be non-existent at the start.

NB:  R105.00 entry fee or Wild Card.  START at 06h30 from view point parking area on the left ±1km inside the main gate.  We may be sharing the parking area with another running group so please park considerately.  So far there are 10 people who have rsvp’ed which is perfect. J

·         Table Mountain Trailers (K-Way VOB’s Medium Distance Group) – Noordhoek Beach / Long Beach Run.  Starting 06h45 from Noordhoek Beach car park.  For full details see Monday’s email or http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ .

 

ORCA PUB-PUB BEGINNERS TRAIL RUN WITH BERYL PENNY

Run on Saturday 29 March 2014. 

Sandy Bay Run.  Drop families at Llandudno Beach at 15h30.  Proceed to Sandy Bay car park for a ±7km trail run above Sandy Bay starting at 15h45 / 16h00.  Then back to Llandudno Beach for a picnic.  This will happen even if it rains so come prepared for the prevailing weather conditions on the day.

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

 

SUNDAY 30 MARCH 2014

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

Start at 06h30 from Noordhoek Beach car park.

 

Route: Up Chapman’s Peak and down the other side to the crossroads.  Contour path to Blackburn Ravine.  Up Blackburn Ravine.  Turn right onto Panorama Path to Noordhoek Peak.  Down to crossroads.  Back over Chapman’s Peak to Noordhoek Beach.

 

3.5 hours.

 

A couple of ICE cold beers in the car park and then over to Skabengas for pizza.

 

For more information:  No smses No emails Only phone calls.

Cheers

CEO( of trail running)

Mike 0823197250”

 

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

 

 

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

K-Way VOB TRAIL RUNNING: OTHER GREAT TRAIL RUNS AND UPCOMING TRAIL EVENTS

Hi Everyone

 

 

TRAIL SHOP AND NOTICES

 

 

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO K-WAY VOB LONGER ROUTE TRAIL GROUP FOR THIS SATURDAY

 

Please check out the small but important change to the details of the Longer Distance Group for this Saturday.  RSVP recommended too.  See below.

 

 

NEXT OCEAN2OCEAN TRAIL RUN – 14 JUNE 2014 (PUFfer 2014 Qualifier)

 

The next 020 is on June 14 - all details on www.ocean2ocean.co.za or runners can email me for more info washer77@gmail.com

 

This run will be in reverse with a few minor changes to the route. Starts at Glen Beach at 5.30am and ends at Brass Bell.

 

Barry Washkansky

 

Trail Runner seeks lifts from City Bowl

 

We have a trail runner who is keen to get going on the trails again but is “hamstrung” by the lack of transport to runs.  If there is a trail runner in the City Bowl area who would be willing and able to assist, for a contribution towards fuel costs, please let me (Tim – tim.bellairs@gmail.com / 0823210299) know and I will put you in touch with the person to discuss a plan.

 

 

Trails Hounds website now LIVE

 

Recently we had the introduction of Trail Hounds – Running / Cycling with Dogs.  Their website is now live.  Please go and check it out:  www.trailhounds.net

 

OLD FISHERMANS TRAIL CHALLENGE ENTRIES OPEN TODAY

 

Please note that the entry process for The Old Fisherman’s Trail Challenge commences today, 25 March 2014 at 12h00 on www.fishermanchallenge.co.za .  This is only for runners who participated last year.  100 places are on offer.  Then on Wed 26 March 2014, also at 12h00, entries open for those who did not run it last year.  110 places available.  The last 40 places are allocated by the organisers.

 

The actual event is on Saturday 7 June 2014.  These places go very quickly so make sure you are at your pcs at the relevant times.  You probably have mere minutes to get an application in.

 

 

 

SUMMARY FOR THIS WEEK

 

TUESDAY 25 MARCH 2014

 

MTTTT (MATES TUESDAY TRAIL TIME TRIAL) RECCIE RUN

 

Come and check out the route at a more leisurely pace so that you can race it next week without fear of getting lost.  Bring a head torch (or any torch really) as it is getting dark earlier now so it may be needed for the last section)

 

Starts and 17h45 from the car park at Constantia Nek.

 

±8.5km largely comprising technical single track with some fast jeep track to finish on.

 

It will also be Gary Banfield’s birthday and he has promised beer for everyone (or more accurately, Mike has promised that Gary will supply free beer) afterwards, on condition you do the run.  J

 

No smses No emails Only phone calls.

Cheers

CEO( of trail running)

Mike 0823197250”

 

WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH 2014

CRAG TRAIL RUN (including CSAG and CWAG)

Date:  Wednesday 26 March 2014

Time:  ready to go at 5.45 pm sharp

Leaders:  Laurent Monvoisin (run), Cher Vossberg (shuffle), Kevin Ewers (walk)

Location:  Newlands Forest

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, approx 9 km
 
Shufflers:  Cher Vossberg 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:  Kevin Ewers 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 Station / Fire Base parking area (click for Google Maps)

Equipment
—        
headlamp or torch may be necessary, especially for the last 30 mins or so

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

—        water/energy drink/munchies
—        clothing/gear: long-range weather forecast predicts cloudy skies, light rain, 14–19 °C, wind N 16 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:  26 Mar:

Phillipa Lever Cloete & Pierre Cloete

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THURSDAY 27 MARCH 2014

CELTICS THURSDAY SUMMER(ish) TRAIL RUNS

Thurs 27 Mar: Meet at KLOOF NEK

Run around Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.

Meet in the parking area on the left just 100 meters above Kloof Nek itself (i.e. near the bottom of Tafelberg Road).

 Start 18h00.  You may want to consider bringing a FUNCTIONING headlamp / torch for the last part of the run.

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 28 MARCH 2014

ORCA PUB-PUB BEGINNERS TRAIL RUN WITH BERYL PENNY

Run on Saturday 29 March 2014 instead.  See below.

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

 

SATURDAY 29 MARCH 2014

·         K-Way VOB Longer Distance Group – Cape Point Trail Run.  Taryn has correctly pointed out that the gates open at 06h00, not 07h00, but only until the end of March 2014.  So we will be starting at 06h30 sharp from parking area at the view point on the left, approx. 1km inside the main gates of the reserve.  I know it seems early for a run that far away but there is no traffic at that time and you can get there pretty quickly.  So we will be doing (more or less) the route set out in yesterday’s email.  For full details see Monday’s email or http://vobtrail.blogspot.comNB!  Please RSVP if you intend running with us so that we have an idea who we are waiting for, as cell phone reception may be non-existent at the start.

 

·         Table Mountain Trailers (K-Way VOB’s Medium Distance Group) – Noordhoek Beach / Long Beach Run.  Starting 06h45 from Noordhoek Beach car park.  For full details see Monday’s email or http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ .

 

ORCA PUB-PUB BEGINNERS TRAIL RUN WITH BERYL PENNY

Run on Saturday 29 March 2014. 

Sandy Bay Run.  Drop families at Llandudno Beach at 15h30.  Proceed to Sandy Bay car park for a ±7km trail run above Sandy Bay starting at 15h45 / 16h00.  Then back to Llandudno Beach for a picnic.  This will happen even if it rains so come prepared for the prevailing weather conditions on the day.

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

 

SUNDAY 30 MARCH 2014

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

Start at 06h30 from Noordhoek Beach car park.

 

Route: Up Chapman’s Peak and down the other side to the crossroads.  Contour path to Blackburn Ravine.  Up Blackburn Ravine.  Turn right onto Panorama Path to Noordhoek Peak.  Down to crossroads.  Back over Chapman’s Peak to Noordhoek Beach.

 

3.5 hours.

 

A couple of ICE cold beers in the car park and then over to Skabengas for pizza.

 

For more information:  No smses No emails Only phone calls.

Cheers

CEO( of trail running)

Mike 0823197250”

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING RUNS AND EVENTS

GENERAL:    This is a work in progress and definitely not comprehensive enough yet.  We will add to it and double check accuracy of dates etc weekly.  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.   

 

LOURENSFORD TRAVERSE – 5 APRIL 2014

20km & 11km

Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West

For full details and online entries: www.quantumadventures.co.za

 

K-WAY PLATTEKLIP CHARITY CHALLENGE – 5 APRIL 2014

Entries now open.  See www.charitychallenge.co.za / http://www.charitychallenge.co.za/registration-2014.php

 

MERRELL AUTUMN NIGHT SERIES (Presented by Black Diamond) – STARTING 16 APRIL 2014

Entries opened 1st February for MERRELL Autumn Night Series presented by Black Diamond.

The MERRELL Autumn Night Series comprises of 3 night runs on the Wednesday evenings of the 16th, 23rd, 30th April. There will be a 5km and a 8km run so beginners and the more experienced can all enjoy the experience.

Once again, Simon's Restaurant <http://mountainrunner.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=995695b90376870a60ee9e2f5&id=39637bc953&e=28c544bddf> will host the series and provides the ideal venue to enjoy the fantastic Groot Constantia wine tasting, awesome Gourmet burgers and a cosy fireplace.

Entries will open at 09h00 on Saturday, 1st February and are limited to 300 runners per night. Enter at www.entrytickets.co.za <http://mountainrunner.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=995695b90376870a60ee9e2f5&id=eb74bcc1c1&e=28c544bddf> early to avoid disappointment. MERRELL socks to the first 200 people who enter two or more of the series.

Full race details on www.mountainrunner.co.za <http://mountainrunner.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=995695b90376870a60ee9e2f5&id=dd3cf44524&e=28c544bddf>          

 

TWO OCEANS TRAIL RUN – 18 APRIL 2014

10km / 22km from UCT Upper Campus

For full details see www.twooceansmarathon.co.za

 

OORLOGSKLOOF MOUNTAIN & GORGE TRAIL RUN – 26 APRIL 2014

5km & 18km

42km & 52km

For full information and online entries: www.quantumadventures.co.za

 

CONSTANTIA VALLEY TRAIL RUN – 27 APRIL 2014

4.5km / 11.5km / 21km.

More details to follow.

 

VWS TRAIL RUNS (JONKERSHOEK) – 27 APRIL 2014

14km Fireman’s Revenge

5km Beat the Heat

Race entries and route descriptions available at http://www.entrytickets.co.za/eventview/fireandfynbos. Online entries will close on the 22nd April, limited cash only entries will be available on the morning of the event from 06H00 to 07H30.

 

JONKERSHOEK MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE 2014 - 4 MAY 2014

For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN – 4 MAY 2014

Franschhoek, Cape Town on the 4th of May 2014.

It is called the Wings For Life World Run.  It is a global running event taking place in 35 countries across 6 continents.  South Africa has been lucky enough to have been chosen as one of the countries.  The event is a charity event with 100% of the proceeds going towards spinal cord injury research.  Entry fee for South Africa is R250-00.

The catch phrase is "Running for those who can't"

There is one global start time ( 12:00pm for South Africa ).  Runners will run a loop course in Franschoek with a catcher vehicle starting 30min after the start gun.  If the vehicle catches up to you your run is over.  There will eventually be one runner left globally.  That’s the concept in a nutshell.

For more info please see the website below.  The one and only aim is to "Run for those who can't".

http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/en/

 

MERRELL WHALE OF TRAIL – 10 MAY 2014

50km in the De Hoop Nature Reserve.

For full information see www.mountainrunner.co.za

 

HELDERBERG MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – 18 MAY 2014

For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

VWS TRAIL CHALLENGE – DEER PARK, VREDEHOEK – 25 MAY 2014

07h30 (25km) and 08h00 (10km)

25km = R235

10km = R155

Entries available 01 March at www.vws.org.za  

Pre-registration @ Newlands Fire Base

Thursday 15 May 5.30pm – 7pm

Wednesday 21 May 5.30pm – 7pm

Saturday 24 May 10am-1pm

 

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

 

WHACKY WINE TRAIL RUNS – ROBERTSON – 6 / 7 JUNE 2014

For full details see http://mountainrunner.co.za/events/wacky-wine-trail-runs-wacky-wine-festival/

 

OLD FISHERMAN’S TRAIL CHALLENGE – 7 JUNE 2014

For full information see: www.fishermanschallenge.co.za.

 

OUTENIQUA QUEST – 7 JUNE 2014

From Ebb and Flow in Wilderness

For full details see www.trisport.co.za

 

MERRELL OUTENIQUA TRAVERSE (presented by Nikwax) – 14 JUNE 2014

For full details visit http://mountainrunner.co.za/events/merrell-outeniqua-traverse/

 

OCEAN2OCEAN TRAIL RUN – 14 JUNE 2014 (PUFfer 2014 Qualifier)

 

The next 020 is on June 14 - all details on www.ocean2ocean.co.za or runners can email Barry Washkansky for more info washer77@gmail.com

 

This run will be in reverse with a few minor changes to the route. Starts at Glen Beach at 5.30am and ends at Brass Bell.

 

 

SPUR GLB46 ULTRA TRAIL – 19 JULY 2014

Groenlandberg Conservancy.  For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 1 – 20 JULY 2014

Paul Cluver.  For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

GROOTVADERSBOSCH TRAIL RUN: 21 – 22 JUNE 2014

50km over 2 days.

For full details: www.quantumadventures.co.za

 

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 .

 

HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE – 26 JULY 2014

For full details see: www.houtbaychallenge.co.za

 

SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 2 – 27 JULY 2014

Tygerberg Nature Reserve.  For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 3 – 3 AUGUST 2014

Taal Monument, Paarl.  For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

Afb SOUTHERN CROSS 3 DAY TRAIL RUN – 8 AUGUST 2014

From Ebb and Flow, Wilderness.

For full details see www.soxtrailrun.co.za

 

MARLOTH MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (SWELLENDAM) - 9 AUGUST 2014

For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

SPUR TRAIL SERIES KOGELBERG XL – 17 AUGUST 2014

Kleinmond.  For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 4 –  17 AUGUST 2014

Kleinmond.  For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

LIPCO LAW FOR ALL PUFfeR – 23 AUGUST 2014

For all details see www.puffer.fishhoekac.com .

 

BOTTER TRAIL RUN - 30 AUGUST 2014

For full information see www.quantumadventures.co.za

 

NAMAQUA QUEST 4 DAY TRAIL RUN – 27 AUGUST 2014

See www.trisport.co.za

 

MOUNTAIN WARRIOR TRAIL RUNNING FESTIVAL – 31 AUGUST to 1 SEPTEMBER 2014

www.iqela-events.co.za

 

MERRELL SPRING NIGHT SERIES – 3 / 10 / 17 SEPTEMBER 2014

For full details visit www.mountainrunner.co.za

 

WILDCOAST WILDRUN (TRANSKEI WILDCOAST) – 2 in SEPTEMBER 2014

11 – 13 September 2014

18 – 20 September 2014

For full details see www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

CELLAR2CELLAR TRAIL RUN – 6 SEPTEMBER 2014

12km or 20km trail runs in Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch – starting at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate.

www.iqela-events.co.za

 

THE CRAZY STORE TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – 13 SEPTEMBER 2014

For full details see www.trailrunning.co.za .

 

OYSTER CATCHER TRAIL RUN – 19 SEPTEMBER 2014

www.trisport.co.za

 

BERG & BEACH TRAIL RUN: 4 – 5 OCTOBER 2014

50km over two in the area of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus.

For full details see www.quantumadventures.co.za .

 

MERRELL HOBBIT TRAIL RUNS – 10 / 11 OCTOBER 2014

For full details see www.mountainrunner.co.za

 

MATROOSBERG TRAIL CHALLENGE AND SKYMARATHON®

www.matroosbergtrailchallenge.co.za

Date : 25 October 2014

Location :  Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve

Distance :  37km Skymarathon® / 24km Challenge / 14km Run

Possible new activities :  Duathlon (Relay) - Mountain Bike + running… up a hill  / Kids orienteering

Start venue :  Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve, Ceres

Ghaleed Nortje:  Running The Cape - 082 887 3011 / http://www.facebook.com/RunningTheCape / runningthecape@gmail.com

 

FAIRVIEW DRYLAND TRAVERSE – 30 OCTOBER TO 2 NOVEMBER 2014

For full details view www.drylandtraverse.co.za           Entries open 31 January 2014.

 

MUIZENBERG MOUNTAIN RUN – 29 NOVEMBER 2014

For full details see www.quantumadventures.co.za .

 

SSISA WORKSHOPS (SPORTS SCIENCE INSTITUTE OF SA)

Freedom Runners Screening of the Award Winning Documentary “Desert Runners”

The 99 minute documentary “Desert Runners” is about a diverse cast of non-professional runners attempting to complete the most difficult ultra-marathon race series on Earth.  Their dramatic journey takes them across the world’s most picturesque yet brutal landscapes, pushing their bodies, hearts and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles.  DESERT RUNNERS delves into the mindset of the Ultra-athletes and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph.

Freedom Runners, Samantha Gash and Mimi Anderson will be screening this unique documentary at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa on 15 April 2014.  All proceeds from the evening will be going to establish a social enterprise business that will provide menstruation products and education for school girls and women in the Free State’s Namahadi Community.   

Experienced ultra – runners Gash and Anderson jumped into action after learning that around two thirds of women and girls in SA do not have access to sanitary products, while a third of girls are too ashamed to attend school during menstruation because of the lack of access and social stigmas.

On 26 September 2014, these two will begin their 33-day crossing of the unforgiving Freedom Trail in South Africa, to raise R560,000. Using running as a vehicle for social change, every step of the women’s 80km per day journey will leave a trail of awareness, courage, inspiration and support for their project that aims to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of SA’s young women, improve their education, which in turn leads to healthier relationships, families, communities, and ultimately, a healthier and more economical South Africa.  The Freedom Runners have joined forces with the global NGO – “Save the Children”, to begin addressing this problem in affected communities.

“Desert runners” will be screened Tuesday 15 April 2014 at the Sports Science Institute South Africa’s Auditorium, Boundary Road, Newlands, Cape Town.  A cash bar will be available on arrival at 17h30 - with the screening starting at 18h00 sharp.  Purchase tickets at www.webtickets.co.za/ssisa for  R75.

 

FOOTNOTES

USEFUL TRAIL RUNNING EVENTS LINKS

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

https://sites.google.com/site/trailrunwp/  (TrailWP)

www.alltheevents.co.za

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.soxtrailrun.co.za / www.trisport.co.za

www.iqela-events.co.za

www.stillwatersports.com

 

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

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  K-Way VOB Longer Distance 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  K-Way VOB Table Mountain Trailers:  Saturday mornings.  There are three pace groups – 1. Main Group is a similar pace to the Longer Distance Group but for 10 – 15km and with more regroups than the Longer Distance 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 K-Way 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(ish).  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

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

 


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