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:
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CEO( of trail running)
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
Tim Bellairs email@example.com / 0823210299
Start Time and Place
06h45 from Constantia Nek car park.
As per heading.
About 15km - ish.
3.5 hours because the Bushman’s Overhang section is slow.
· 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.
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.
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