I am hoping that the email problems are a thing of the past now. Maybe that is hoping for too much but we can always dream..........
TRAIL SHOP AND NOTICES
JONKERSHOEK MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE ENTRIES AVAILABLE (urgent ......... this weekend)
- Kirsty Smit has a 35km entry available. Contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Leonie Joubert has a 21km entry available. Contact her on email@example.com .
WHALE OF TRAIL ENTRIES AVAILABLE (substitutions close tomorrow 30 April 2014)
- Liz Brash has a Whale of Trail entry available. The entry will be donated but you must just pay the R300 substitution fee yourself. Contact her on 0828938617. You must also find your own accommodation.
- Sandra Ackland is selling her entry - R1 950 + R300 substitution fee. You can contact her via me, Tim Bellairs, on firstname.lastname@example.org / 0823210299.
- Paul Mitchell is alos selling his entry - R1 950 + R300 substitution fee. You can contact him on 0823355634 / email@example.com .
OLD FISHERMANS TRAIL CHALLENGE ENTRY AVAILABLE
- Paul Gomes has an entry available for this 22km race on Saturday 7 June. He wants R390 (which includes the cost of the shuttle bus from Hout Bay to the start at Fish Hoek). Paul is happy to cover the cost of the substitution. You can contact him on 0828229154 / firstname.lastname@example.org . Race details on http://www.fishermanschallenge.co.za/
SUMMARY FOR THIS WEEK
TUESDAY 29 APRIL 2014
MATES TUESDAY TRAIL TIME TRIAL
Definitely on for this evening. Please note the times below. The earlier email today made it sound like it was this morning but it is in fact this evening. Thank you Mr McPherson for drawing this to my attention.
See you all there.
Starting times 17h30 or 17h45 starts only. Bring your headlamps in case.
WEDNESDAY 30 APRIL 2014
CRAG TRAIL RUN (including CSAG and CWAG)
Date: Wednesday 30 April 2014
Time: ready to go at 5.45 pm sharp
Leaders: Douglas Rossouw (run), Christo Steyn (shuffle), Guy Meredith (walk)
Route description: From the parking area, we head downhill on the single track into the bundu for about 100 metres, and then turn right up the meanest flight of stairs that you are ever likely to see. Fortunately, they only last for a couple of minutes before we pop out at the upper parking area. From here we head leftish, onto a track that zigzags through a real hidden gem of a natural forest. We follow the path upwards, ignoring all the trails leading off the elbows of the zigzags, and primarily follow the stepped path until we emerge from the forest and start climbing the last bit. This will be sort of the left-hand flank of the Vlakkenberg that you may be familiar with. From here on, there is some lovely single-track running. We continue until we hit a crossroads, where we turn left and head for our first beacon. We might pause a section and check out the views, before heading off on some more single track towards the more familiar Vlakkenberg track of PUFfeR and HBTC fame. A quick pause to catch our breaths and grin at each other in shared elation, before we head back past the first beacon to the crossroads, where we will continue straight on to the second beacon. More grinning and breathing while we enjoy the panoramic view of the Constantia area. Then a U-turn and back the way we came down the mountain. GREAT CARE must be taken on the way down — there are a couple of hidden stumps and stakes and things that are going to trip SOMEONE up and it better not be you! Remember that nasty staircase we came up right at the start? This one will have your orthodontist's bank manager smiling big time if you race down there with carefree abandon. Sunset is at 6.06 pm.
Duration and distance: approx 100 mins, approx 6 km
Shufflers: Christo Steyn 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: Guy Meredith 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: Price Drive, Constantia (click for Google Maps)
Directions: Get onto the M41 Constantia Main Road, the road that links Constantia Nek with Pick n Pay/Constantia Village, the M3, and Wynberg Main Road. If you're coming from Constantia/Southern Suburbs/M3, pass Groot Constantia on your left and turn left into Price Drive. Continue for a couple of hundred metres and turn left at a T-junction. Continue up the hill for another couple of hundred metres until you get to the Table Mountain National Park parking area, which is not at the top of Price Drive. You'll know what I mean when you get there. There is plenty of parking, just please do not park in somebody's driveway or in any other anti-social manner. If you're coming down the hill from Constantia Nek, you'll have to turn right into Price Drive, then follow directions as above.
— headlamp or torch now essential; sunset at 6.06 pm
— clothing/gear: long-range weather forecast predicts partly cloudy skies, no rain, 13–19 °C, wind S 16 kph
— 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: 30 Apr: Roger Ronnie & John Yeld
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.
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.
THURSDAY 1 MAY 2014
CELTICS THURSDAY WINTER TRAIL RUNS
Thurs 1 May: Meet at NEWLANDS FOREST to start at 18h00.
Newlands Forest, Contour Path / King's Blockhouse Loop.
Meet in the parking area at the helipad / fire station / Parks Board offices.
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 2 MAY 2014
ORCA PUB-PUB BEGINNERS TRAIL RUN WITH BERYL PENNY
For any more details you can contact Beryl on email@example.com or on her cell 0712679752 or Alistair on 0836586825.
SATURDAY 3 MAY 2014
· K-Way VOB Longer Distance Group – No Run. For more info on the group see http://vobtrail.blogspot.com .
· Table Mountain Trailers (K-Way VOB's Medium Distance Group) – 06h45 from intersection of Silvermine Road and Ou Kaapseweg. Silvermine via Old Wagon Trail. Main Group (Natalie Marcus), Recovery Group and Fay's Walking Group will all be operating. For more info on the group see http://vobtrailwrg.blogspot.com/ .
SUNDAY 4 MAY 2014
MATES FIGURE OF EIGHT TRAIL RUNS - 4 MAY 2014
MATES will be organising two ordinary club runs with a slight, special difference: runners (regardless of your club – ALL RUNNERS WELCOME) who complete the entire run will be able to use the run as a qualifier for the purposes of entering PUFfer 2014.
The runs are called the Figure of Eight runs, purely so that they can be distinguished from all of the other MATES club runs. As they are ordinary club runs there is no charge for participating.
Sunday 4 May 2014 and
Sunday 1 June 2014.
Runners to gather at 05h30 at Constantia Nek car park for a briefing before you start.
The route will consist of two different loops, each starting and finishing at Constantia Nek car park. Please see the link below to Strava for the route, courtesy of Spencer Williams.
Runners will be welcome to do parts of the route only, if they so choose, but only those who complete the whole route will be accepted as a PUFfer 2014 qualifier. Your efforts will be recorded by MATES and communicated to the PUFfer Committee.
45km (25km and 20km) on both of the above dates, NOT 25km on one and 20km on the other. Both runs cover 45km each.
· You will need to be totally self-supported for the run. But you will be able to leave refreshments, change of clothes etc in your vehicle at Constantia Nek and so replenish your supplies more or less at the half-way point in the run. No support table or back up is provided by MATES, as with a normal club run.
· You will be expected to meet with all of the usual trail equipment, gear and safety requirements for long trail runs. If you don't then you may be told not to run. These are winter runs and so proper winter trail gear must be used. If in any doubt then contact the CEO (of trail running) – details below.
· If you are planning on doing one of these runs and using it as a PUFfer 2014 qualifier then please contact the CEO beforehand so that he know who to keeps tabs on. If you don't tell him and you are not recorded then PUFfer won't accept it.
· No smses No emails Only phone calls.
CEO( of trail running)
JONKERSHOEK MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE 2014 - 4 MAY 2014
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".
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to let me know so that I can post the details.
MERRELL WHALE OF TRAIL – 10 MAY 2014
50km in the De Hoop Nature Reserve.
For full information see www.mountainrunner.co.za
FIRST ASCENT MAST CHALLENGE – 10 MAY 2014
HELDERBERG MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – 18 MAY 2014
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)
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.
SALOMON BASTILLE DAY – 12 JULY 2014
SPUR GLB46 ULTRA TRAIL – 19 JULY 2014
SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 1 – 20 JULY 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 3 – 3 AUGUST 2014
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
SPUR TRAIL SERIES KOGELBERG XL – 17 AUGUST 2014
SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 4 – 17 AUGUST 2014
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
MOUNTAIN WARRIOR TRAIL RUNNING FESTIVAL – 31 AUGUST to 1 SEPTEMBER 2014
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
CELLAR2CELLAR TRAIL RUN – 6 SEPTEMBER 2014
12km or 20km trail runs in Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch – starting at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate.
THE CRAZY STORE TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – 13 SEPTEMBER 2014
For full details see www.trailrunning.co.za .
OYSTER CATCHER TRAIL RUN – 19 SEPTEMBER 2014
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®
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
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)
USEFUL TRAIL RUNNING EVENTS LINKS
Very useful links for just about all trail events and news:
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.
K-Way VOB TRAIL RUNNING
email@example.com / 0823210299