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TRAIL SHOP AND NOTICES
THE NEXT K-WAY VOB CITY BOWL TRAIL RUN - MONDAY 7 JULY 2014
Meet at Cape Union Mart shop in the Gardens Centre at 17h30. From there we will jump into a few cars and head out to a nearby destination for a 1 hour trail run from 17h45 to 18h45.
Medium to slow-medium pace.
Please bring a functioning torch / headlamp.
For more info contact Tim Bellairs on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0823210299.
BASTILLE DAY ENTRY FOR SALE
Phillip Gibb has a Bastille Day 50km on the 12th July entry for sale (see why at the bottom of this email). If someone wants the entry then he is willing to let it go for R395 (R100 discount). If you are keen then contact Phillip on email@example.com .
TUESDAY 1 JULY 2014
MATES TUESDAY EVENING TRAIL RUN
Meet at Constantia Nek car park in time to start running at 18h00.
11 / 12km rolling hills through Cecilia Forest and Kirstenbosch to Window Gorge steps. Back along contour path but dropping down to the bottom jeep track again at Cecilia Forest.
75 – 90 minutes.
Bring headlamp / torch.
Bring ICE beers for after.
No emails, no sms es. Phone calls only.
Mike “the CEO of Trail Running” Ohlsson 0823197250
SATURDAY 5 JULY 2014
K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNS
LONGER DISTANCE GROUP
The jury is still out on whether or not we will have our own run. After trying to run this last weekend, my ankle is clearly not ready for a run yet. A decision will be announced later in the week after seeing how it responds to treatment. Alternatively we can link up with Table Mountain Trailers who are doing a lovely route.
Watch for the notice later in the week.
TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (K-WAY VOB MEDIUM DISTANCE GROUP)
Run Notice – Saturday 05 July 2014: – Kalk Bay Forest run – Silvermine south-east
This Saturday (weather permitting) we will re-run the route above Kalk Bay, and including the 2 remaining strips of indigenous forest in the Silvermine reserve.
Weather 24 forecasts heavy rain for Friday and Saturday, - so weather appropriate clothing (wind-cheaters, longs and beanies) is essential for this run. Will confirm the run closer to Saturday.
Brief Description of Route
From the Kalk Bay station parking in Main road, Kalk Bay, run up through Kalk Bay, crossing Boyes Drive and up the Oukraal path. At Weary Willy’s carry on straight up Echo valley through a small strip of forest, and veering right towards the Amphitheater. At the Amphitheater, turn left onto the Crassula path (as one would go to gate 2). At the first jeep track, the recovery group turns right, and carries on for about 1 km to the first single track that heads back up Kalk Bay peak. The lead group proceeds on the “old Fisherman’s Path to the next jeep track (at the river) and then sharp right onto the jeep track heading east. After about half a km, turn onto the small single track to the left, and carry on all the way to Junction Pool. Cross the bridge and head up the track up to Nellie’s Pool. At Nellie’s pool turn right onto the single track, and after half a km, cross a jeep track, - which joins the route of the recovery group. Proceed up Kalk Bay peak, past Tartarus cave and down into Spes Bona valley. Turn left and carry on down through a bigger strip of forest. As the next intersection, turn right and carry on down to a turn-off (to the right) to Weary Willy’s. At weary Willies, turn left and carry on down to Boyes drive, and to the parking.
Rendezvous and Start Time
RV in the parking area on your left just as you pass the Kalk Bay station (if you are heading south down Main road from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay), - in time to start running at 07h30
Terrain and Distance
A tough start up Echo Valley all the way to the Amphitheater. Thereafter, good and relatively easy single and Jeep tracks . More or less 11 – 12 km taking in the region of 2 and a half hours (maybe a bit longer).
How to get there?
Head south down Main road, past Muizenberg and St James to Kalk Bay. Just as you pass the Kalk Bay station, there is a parking area on your left.
The recovery group will run over a slightly shorter route of about 8 - 9 km.
To be confirmed.
Have a great week
Richard A Rossiter
FEEDBACK FROM LAST SATURDAY
Drama at last. After nearly 6 years of formally being in existence, this is only the second time that we have we had to initiate a rescue mission for a runner. We have had some nasty falls with one or two broken bones but this is only the second time we have had to call on SANParks to help out and actually get a vehicle to a runner in distress..
The first occasion several years ago bears repeating as it was a marginally more “amusing” than this one. On that occasion we were traversing the Panorama Trail in Silvermine when a young lady turned her ankle badly. I am trying to remember who it was. Anyone wanting to own up? I piggy-backed her down to the ring-road while Sian Bester sprinted off all the way down toward the Silvermine gate to try and get SANParks to come and fetch her. Such was her hurry that she caught her toe on a rock and fell flat on her face as she approached the dam, removing lots skin in the process. She successfully alerted SANParks and a vehicle came to fetch us with a bleeding, grinning Sian sitting in it too. As we got into the vehicle we were horrified to see that there was far more blood on Sian than the injured runner. All ended well though and at least Sian is still running.
But this last Saturday it was Phillip Gibb’s turn. Phillip was gunning it down the path from Vlakkenberg into the saddle valley on the other side when he lost his footing on those uneven rocks and his world was turned upside down. He went over horribly on his ankle and was in agony. There was no immediate swelling but the pain was unbearable when trying to walk on it. Okay I am talking like I was there, which I wasn’t. I was drinking ICE cold be’erages in the car park at Constantia Nek (the rescue nerve centre / bar) with the usual rabble. But we were very fortunate to have the highly medically-trained Jane Holdcroft with him who strapped him up. It’s amazing how often all of those first aid courses that Jane attends have been called into play. However, they still had to get him across the valley to the Mast Road from which he could be evacuated from the mountain. So between Jane, Nick, Dawie, Katie and Kerry-Ann they supported him to the road. Jane called me in order to contact SANParks to see if we could get a vehicle up to fetch him. I was about to call SANParks when Charmaine, Flippie and Laurence (our sweeps) arrived in the car park. As I related the details of the drama to them, Charmaine told us that her brother is friends with Phillip and has a car that is capable of getting up the very rough Mast Road from Tokai Forest. So one quick phone call to her brother, Andrew, I think his name is and the rescue plan was in place. He shot through to the Tokai Arboretum and explained the situation to SANParks who immediately obliged by opening the gate and a staff member guided him to the point of rescue. QED A short while later, very pale-looking Phillip was ferried to Hout Bay car park which is where the rescue-centre / administrative hub / party had moved to in order to make sure everyone else was safely off the mountain – which they were by now.
So we were very fortunate that things went so smoothly and also that the weather was fine. The main lesson is that it shows the importance of having someone with a cool head in charge who really knows what they are doing. In this regard we were very fortunate to have project manager extraordinaire Jane to manage the situation. A huge thank you to Jane and others mentioned above (including Charmaine and Andrew) for managing the process so swiftly and easily.
Other important lessons learnt:
· The importance of having the relevant phone numbers at hand. Whilst we all should have the Mountain Rescue number, we should also all have the SANParks number for rescues which are not serious enough for Mountain Rescue. At the main entrance to each SANParks Reserve they have a contact number for that area. Try and make a note of it. The main SANParks emergency number is 0535612000.
· Leading on from that, it is important to have the telephone numbers of the people on the run at a central point. I did not have Phillip’s number on my phone and I don’t know if he had mine. In this case it would have been useless because his cell phone battery was flat……….another lesson………fully charged cell phones on runs please. He was lucky that Jane was there with my number and I was lucky that Charmaine arrived and had his number. There was a fair bit of luck involved on Saturday. We can’t always count on it. WE WILL BE RE-IMPLEMENTING OUR RUNNER REGISTER FROM NOW ON. PLEASE COMPLETE IT WITH YOUR CONTACT NUMBER AND AN EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER BEFORE STARTING THE RUN EACH WEEK.
· Finally, we all like to have a bit of a moan about SANParks, but when the chips are down, they have always responded extremely well for calls to help. Let’s just keep this in mind next time we get grumpy with them. Thank you to the Tokai SANParks officials for being so helpful.
So all ended well in the end.
Congratulations on your first Sailing Sandra Award (for the most spectacular fall of the run) Phillip. We all hope that ankle recovers quickly.
Message from Phillip: “……big thanks to Jane, Nick and the rest of the guys and girls that helped me out. Huge kudos for waiting for my lift to come. And very grateful for tape that Jane gave me - the pink tape (that thankfully was not photographed, lol) - and for having a physio in the group. You guys rock. Sorry that I did not get the names of everyone who helped out. Thanks, Phillip”
Have a great week Everyone.
K-Way VOB Trail Running
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