Tuesday, June 30, 2015

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: GENERAL TRAIL RUNNING INFO

 

Hi Everyone

 

 

This is a very long email.  So for those of you who are not used to it, here is what you do.  Just skim over it to find events you may be interested and then use the details provided to take your interest further.  The email is in 4 parts:

 

  • Trail Shop and Announcements;
  • Local trail runs details for this coming week;
  • Events for the year – in date order.  This is a constant work in progress.  Check through it regularly for updates.
  • Useful Miscellaneous Information

 

 

 

TRAIL SHOP AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE ENTRIES FOR SALE

 

Both Mark Lang and Joe Godden have solo entries for sale for R850 each.  You can contact them directly on:

 

Mark:    email: mark@primalmotion.co.za  mobile: 079 2784294

 

Joe:      email: joegodden@gmail.com      mobile: 082 7647603

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DON’T FORGET: K-WAY VOB MONDAY EVENING CITY BOWL TRAIL RUN – 6 JULY 2015

All runners welcome.

Meet at Kloof Nek car park at 17h45.  To start at 18h00.

Distance about 9 - 10km.

Tim will lead a brisk walk option.

For more info contact Tim on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

 

SAVE OUR TRAILS MOVEMENT – SATURDAY 18 JULY EVENT

International campaign which is now starting in Cape Town.  You can check out the details on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1605864183002911//.

A group will be meeting at Platteklip Gorge at 09h00 on Saturday 18 July 2015 to do a clean-up.  Check out the details on the Facebook page.

 

UPDATE FROM THE 20 DEGREES SOUTH RUN (Jonathan O’Hanlon)

 

Sitting in Khorixas at a campsite, rest day today.  We have run 141km in the last 6 days.  Feeling good, still in training mode, all along dirt roads, lots of dust, beautiful landscapes, small deserted craft stalls next to the side of the road with “honesty” tins for you to leave your donation.  It was a hard start the first few days but our bodies are getting into the routine and 30km every day is not difficult.  It is exceptionally cold especially at night. Otherwise all is good and we will be camping at the side of the road a few times on our journey to our next “major” town of Outjo.  Please ask everyone to follow us, spread the word, and also mention that we are trying to raise funds for elephant conservation and water sustainability, and there are links to be able to donate on our website: www.20degreessouthrun.co.za and people can follow us on our Facebook page 20 Degrees South.  See full details near bottom of the email under Useful Miscellaneous Information.

 

 

 

TRAIL RUNS FOR THIS COMING WEEK

 

TUESDAY 30 JUNE 2015

 

MTTTTC - MATES TUESDAY TRAIL TIME TRIAL (CONTOUR PATH)

 

All Runners Welcome

 

“HEADLAMPS” - no headlamp, no run!

 

Venue:

Constantia Nek (Car park)

 

Route:

From the car park, along the jeep track, down the single track to the lower jeep track right at the house, pass the Kirstenbosch dam, along the Silvertree path, up Window Gorge and then homeward bound along the Contour path.

 

Time:

6pm (You can leave earlier, as long as you let the timekeeper know).

 

Timekeeper:

Mike Ohlsson 0823197250

 

More important:

Bring ice cold beers for after.

 

 

DRIFTERS BEGINNER TRAIL RUNNING GROUP

 

Mario will be leading as Beryl and as Alister be in Arniston. 

He will be running Lions Head Circular route round the mnt.  Please don't forget your headlight and wind or waterproof jacket. 

Meeting in the usual place at the Kloofnek parking lot.


Meeting Place - Kloofnek Parking Lot
Date -  Tuesday 30th June
Distance - +- 7km
Start  - +- 6:30pm
Finish -  +- 7:45pm

Gear that you need to carry at all times when running with us from now on -

As we head into Winter please check the gear list below for info on gear to bring on all our mountain adventures from now on...

1.  Head Lights are MOST IMPORTANT! (with new or fully charged batteries)
2.  Wind/Water Proof Jacket
4.  Whistle
5.  Phone
6.  Space Blanket

At Drifters we stock all of the above and you as one of our runners (as long as you have run more than 3 times with us) will receive a 10% discount on all products...so no excuses.


Contact Details:  Please save our numbers to make sure if you are late or checking on the starting point that you are able to contact us.  Also letting us know if you are coming makes it easier to know who to expect.

Alister Penny - 0836586825
Beryl Penny – 0712679752

 

 

TUESDAY TRAILS

 

Kloof Nek car park 17h50 for 18h00 start.

 

Bring headlamp.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 1 JULY 2015

CRAG / CSAG / CWAG TRAIL RUN / SHUFFLE / WALK

 

Date:  Wednesday 01 July 2015

Time:  ready to go at 5.45 pm sharp

Leaders:  Tom Scriba (run), Russell Gildenhuys (shuffle), John Yeld (walk)

Location:  Constantia Green Belt from Alphen Trail start

Route description:   From the start of the Alphen Trail (just next door to the Alphen Hotel — see Google Maps link below) we’ll head up the trail, crossing the stream (which is actually the Diep River) and make our way by a selection of paths up into Cecilia Forest; a quick testing loop along the jeep tracks through the forest brings us to Southern Cross Drive, where we cross the busy road, taking care not to damage our trail shoes on the despicable t*r, and head back down the Klaasenbosch Trail, eventually linking up with the Alphen Trail for a flat fast finish. Sunset is at 5.48 pm — headlamps still essential.

Duration and distance:  approx 90 mins, approx 9 km
 
Shufflers:  Russell Gildenhuys (on debut!) 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:  John Yeld 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).

Grading
—   100% runnable

—   A1
—   pack run

Starting point:  Alphen Trailhead, Alphen Drive (click for Google Maps)

Directions:   On the M3 heading south (out of the city) take the M41 Constantia/Hout Bay Main Road exit, which goes through a full 180° hairpin and comes to a traffic light at the M41; turn left towards Constantia and pass under the M3, then at the next traffic lights turn right, and park safely off the road at the start of the Alphen Trail. Coming from the south (Muizenberg side) on the M3, take the same exit but cross over the M41 at the traffic light and head down to the parking next to the hotel.

Equipment

—         torches/headlamps now essential

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

—         water/energy drink/munchies
—         weather-appropriate clothing/gear: long-range weather forecast for 6 pm says clear skies, 15 °C, wind SE 18 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-filled trail run
 
Car guards:  01 Jul: Roger Ronnie & Jeff Shapiro

 

 

THURSDAY 2 JULY 2015

CELTICS THURSDAY WINTER TRAIL RUNS HEADLAMPS REQUIRED

Thurs 2 July: Meet at NEWLANDS FOREST in time to start running at 18h00.

Newlands Forest, Plumpudding Hill, Rhodes Memorial Loop.

Meet in the parking area at the helipad / fire station / Parks Board offices.

 Bring headlamps along.  Check that they are still working from last winter and that your batteries have been replaced if necessary.

 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 

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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SATURDAY 4 JULY 2015

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

Please join Table Mountain Trailers this week.

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

RHODES MEMORIAL / PLUMPUDDING HILL

 

Route

From Rhodes Memorial towards King’s Block house via Heartbreak Hill and then descending towards Constantia Nek via Ascension Gulley, Woodcutters and along the boardwalks above Newlands Forest to the start.

 

Rendezvous and Start Time

RV in the Old Zoo Parking below Rhodes Memorial ready to start at 0730

 

Terrain and Distance

The start is a good warm up to Rhodes Memorial, and leads quite far round towards town on jeep track to link up with the end of the first leg of the Table Mountain Challenge. Heartbreak Hill (or variation) will take your breath away as we climb almost up to the King's Block House. Once at the turnstile, it's all downhill. Some single track before we meet up with the boardwalks that lead through the towering trees, passing the still abundant waterfalls and luscious verdant winter forest. Once past the round table picnic spot, we meander again on jeep track towards Constantia Nek, but turn back towards the start to end the run at just about 11 kms.

From the Rhodes Mem parking lot looking at the mountain we take the top left path and go up. The path intersects with the jeep track but we keep going UP to the upper contour path to the turnstile just below the Blockhouse where TMC Leg 2 starts. Then we turn left and follow the contour path taking care not to take any turn offs up to Ravines or down to Newlands forest. When we get to Skeleton Gorge junction we turn around and come back. Simple.

Distance: ±14 kms taking about 2h30 mins.

 

Recovery  Group

The Recovery group will follow a slightly shorter route at a more modest pace. There will be no Walk/Run group this weekend

 

Have a good week.

Randolph

 

FOR ALL K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNS

 

Warning:  Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running.  It takes place over uneven hazard strewn trails in exposed and often remote terrain where help is not always readily available. 

Participation is voluntary and entirely at your own risk as although the organizers take reasonable precautions to ensure runner safety, it cannot be guaranteed.  To this end neither the Club nor the organisers personally can be held liable for any claims relating to inter alia, injuries, disabilities and death. Further any minor child participating in any trail running activity will be deemed to be doing so with the consent of his or her guardian.

By starting out on a trail run you explicitly acknowledge that: 1] you understand the associated risks involved and accept full responsibility for your own safety. 2] you are medically and physically fit to participate and 3] are carrying the necessary water, clothing and safety equipment required for the particular run.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 5 JULY 2015

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

No Run

 

 

ALSO

 

WINE ADVENTURE TRAIL RUN – WARWICK WINE ESTATE, STELLENBOSCH – 5 JULY 2015

 

5km, 10km and 15km options

 

www.dirtopia.co.za

 

OTHER UPCOMING RUNS AND EVENTS

GENERAL:    This is a work in progress.  We will add to it and double check accuracy of dates etc weekly.  If you can see that an event is missing please (or details have changed) 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.   

 

K-WAY VOB MONDAY EVENING CITY BOWL TRAIL RUN – 6 JULY 2015

All runners welcome.

Meet at Kloof Nek car park at 17h45.  To start at 18h00.

Distance about 9 - 10km.

Tim will lead a brisk walk option.

For more info contact Tim on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

 

 

SALOMON BASTILLE DAY – 11 JULY 2015

 

For full details see www.energyevents.co.za  

 

SAVE OUR TRAILS MOVEMENT – SATURDAY 18 JULY EVENT

International campaign which is now starting in Cape Town.  You can check out the details on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1605864183002911//.

A group will be meeting at Platteklip Gorge at 09h00 on Saturday 18 July 2015 to do a clean-up.  Check out the details on the Facebook page.

 

SPUR GLB46 ULTRA TRAIL – 19 JULY 2015

 

Paul Cluver Estate, Grabouw

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 1 – 19 JULY 2015

Paul Cluver Estate, Grabouw

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

GLUHWEIN TRAIL RUN – DELHEIM WINE ESTATE, STELLENBOSCH

8km and 13 km options

www.dirtopia.co.za

 

HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE – 25 JULY 2015

We are pleased to finally notify you that the Hout Bay Trail Challenge 2015 entries will be opening on the 27th of May 2015. The last few months have presented a unique challenge for the HBTC event organisers. As a result of the significant impact of the Cape Fires earlier this year, there has been a tremendous amount of work done by a number of parties to ensure that the race would indeed proceed in 2015. For and on behalf of the entire trail running community, I thank all involved for their efforts. The fires had their greatest impact on leg three of the traditional route. As a result, we have made the biggest change to the course in the last 13 years and will be taking runners through completely new terrain. We may not be climbing as high as Vlakenberg but the elevation gain throughout the new leg three will provide just as much, if not more, of a challenge!

With the damage the recent fires have caused, it's time to help rebuild the trails that we so enjoy running on and exploring. We will be donating R100.00 from each entry fee to the path maintenance fund to buy board walk planks to replace those destroyed by the Cape Fires. We hope to raise enough funds to replace the 5,000 planks.

What you need to know:

  • Race Date: Saturday 25th July 2015
  • Start: Hout Bay Harbour (yacht club) – 7:30 am
  • Finish: Silvermist (new finish venue for this year)
  • Cut off: 16:00
  • Distance: +-40km
  • Entry options: Individual / Team of 3 members
  • Route: Unmarked, divided into 3 legs, check out the route details.
  • Total evaluation: +2300m

For more informations have a look at the website.

How best to train?

Tim Ellerbeck of Velocity Sports Lab has provided a training program to help both new and experienced trail runners prepare for the event. Take a look at the first 4 weeks programme.

How to Enter?

All entries will be online and there will be a two-staged entry process. We are limited to 250 runners on the mountain at one time so to avoid any disappointment, be sure to diarise the dates and times below:

  • Wednesday 27 May 2015 at midday (12:00): - First 100 places offered to 2014 finishers; and 10 Bright Start Charity Places (first come first serve basis)
  • Thursday 28 May 2015 at midday (12:00): - General entries open

Entry fees are:

  • Individual: R950.00 (includes R100.00 donation)
  • Team Entry R1800 - 3 runners per team (includes R100.00 donation)
  • Bright Start Charity Entry is R2000.00

Included in your entry is a moisture management t-shirt and a meal.

Bright Start Charity

Bright Start is our chosen charity. It is an Education Support Programme, based in Hout Bay. Their objective is to offer previously disadvantaged children a brighter future, by placing them in prominent local schools with proven excellent educational standards. If you would like to find out more go to www.brightstart.org.za.

Accommodation

Silvermist do have accommodation if you are looking for a place to stay. They are perfectly located right next to the finish. Do let them know that you will be taking part in the race when you book.

To stay up to date with the latest news, make sure you look at our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @HoutBayTC

Look forward to seeing you on the 25th of July 2015. Have a fantastic weekend.

Hout Bay Trail Challenge Team
www.houtbaychallenge.co.za
hello@houtbaychallenge.co.za
Tel.: 082 643 6186

www.houtbaychallenge.co.za

 

SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 2 – 26 JULY 2015

Tygerberg Nature Reserve

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

MERRELL WHALE OF TRAIL - DATE: 1st Aug 2015

Merrell Whale of Trail in partnership with Cape Nature

Where: Western Cape
Distance: 53km
Disciplines: Trail Running

Start & Finish: De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape

Entries Open: Open

Entry Fee: R2200

Description: Starting in Potberg the runners will run through indigenous fynbos seeing proteas and ericas in abundance. They will cross rivers and run atop ridgelines before running onto the rocky shores of the Indian ocean. The trail will snake along stunning paths that drift from the beach into coastal forests and along fynbos-covered hills. Runners will experience breathtaking views and possible sightings of the Southern Right whale. When they finally reach the end of the trail in De Hoop Nature Reserve, they will be filled with a peace and a sense of accomplishment for having completed a trail made in heaven.

www.whaleoftrail.co.za

 

 

THE SANDVELD TORTOISE TRAIL TROT – 1 AUGUST 2014 – SANDVELD (OTHER SIDE OF PIKETBERG)

 

The STTT is back - bigger and better than ever.

 

Trail run over one of these distances: 15km, 18km, 20km, 30km, 45km (PUFfeR qualifier).

 

If you would like the flyer, which includes accommodation details, email Flippie on the email address below.

 

Big party after the runs with DJ Beaumont – if you have ever run with the wild Fish Hoek AC crowd then you will know exactly why this is a huge attraction.

 

For more info contact Flippie on flippie.vandyk@eskom.co.za

 

 

ULTRATRAIL RAIDLIGHT BEACHCOMBER (UTRB) – MAURITIUS – 1 & 2 AUGUST 2015

 

120km / 42km / 10km options.  Highly recommended event.

 

Check out the attached flyers and also www.beachcomber.co.za for full details.  Thanks Paula for the details and Armand for the comments on the event.

 

 

afb SOX (aka SOUTHERN CROSS) 3 DAY TRAIL RUN – 8 to 10 AUGUST 2015

 

For full details:  check out www.soxtrailrun.co.za

 

 

SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 3  – 2 AUGUST 2015 2015

 

Taal Monument, Paarl

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

 

CIRCLES IN THE FOREST TRAIL RUN (WILDERNESS) - 9 AUGUST 2015

 

10km or 30km.

 

For full details check out www.trisport.co.za

 

SPUR CAPE WINTER TRAIL SERIES RACE 4  – 15 AUGUST 2015 2015

 

Kogelberg Biosphere, Kleinmond

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

SPUR CAPE WINTER XL – 15 AUGUST 2015

 

Kogelberg Biosphere, Kleinmond

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

PUFfeR – 22 AUGUST 2015

 

Details to follow.

 

 

FALKE TRAIL RUN SERIES – RACE 2 – UITKYK WINE ESTATE – 23 AUGUST 2015

 

5km, 7.5km, 12.5km and 15km options

 

www.dirtopia.co.za

 

 

NAMAQUA QUEST TRAIL RUN (JAKKALSWATER, SPRINGBOK)  –  26 to 29 AUGUST 2015

 

3 day or 1 day options

 

For full details check out www.namaquaquest.co.za

 

 

 

BOTTER TRAIL RUN - 29 AUGUST 2015

 

Options:  10km or 21km

 

www.quantumadventures.co.za

 

 

 

ST LUKES SUPERHERO TRAIL RUN – 30 AUGUST 2015

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

TRAIL DU MONT ROCHELLE – 30 AUGUST 2015

 

New start and finish location so longer distance and more vertical!

 

Options:

12km

18km

25km

 

www.traildumontrochelle.com

 

 

 

WILDCOAST WILDRUN

 

6 – 8 September 2015 JOURNEY

7 September 2015 Non-Stop

13 – 15 September 2015 RACE

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

 

 

MERRELL SPRING NIGHT RUN SERIES - DATE: 9th, 16th ,23rd September 2015 (3 run series)

Merrell Spring Night Run Series... powered by Black Diamond. Hosted at Simon’s Restaurant.

Where: Cape Town
Distance: 5 & 8km
Disciplines: Trail Running by headlamp

Start time: 18h30
Start & Finish: Simons Restaurant at Groot Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape

Entries Open: 1st June

Entry Fee: R90 / R110
Description: Bring a friend or the whole family, your headlamp and join us for some night time fun through the vineyards. Dress as BRIGHT and LUMINOUS as you can and stand a chance to WIN!  Afterwards join us at the bar for some delicious grub, a beer and some awesome lucky draw prizes. Night time running is an experience you should all try at least once! www.mountainrunner.co.za

 

 

THE CRAZY STORE TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – 12 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

Solo (entries open 4 March 2015 at 10h00

Team (entries open 25 March 2015 at 10h00)

Duo (entries open 25 March 2015 at 10h00)

Lite (entries open I month before the event)

 

www.energyevents.co.za

 

 

SANLAM PEACE TRAIL RUN – 19 SEPTEMBER 2015

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

 

 

OYSTERCATCHER TRAIL RUN (BOGGOMS BAY, WESTERN CAPE) – 25 to 27 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

3 day or 1 day options.

 

For full details check out www.trisport.co.za

 

MARLOTH MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE – 26 SEPTEMBER 2015

For full details check out www.wildrunner.co.za  /  wildrunner.ning.com .

 

OLD FISHERMANS TRAIL CHALLENGE –  26 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

www.fishermanschallenge.co.za

 

Add you name to the mailing list on their website to get notification of when entries open.

 

 

 

SPUR BERG AND BEACH TRAIL RUN – 3 /4 OCTOBER 2015 - HERMANUS

Options 23km and / or 27km or 9km

www.quantumadventures.co.za

 

ULTRA-TRAIL CAPE TOWN – 3 OCTOBER 2015

100km / 65km and 20km options

See www.ultratrailcapetown for full details.

 

PENGUIN TRAIL RUN (PORT ALFRED)  - 9 to 11 OCTOBER 2015

For full details check out www.trisport.co.za

 

THE OTTER TRAIL RACES – 15 & 17 OCTOBER 2015

42kms along the Otter Trail

The Challenge – 15 October 2015

The Run – 17 Ocober 2015

Check out www.theotter.co.za

 

FALKE TRAIL RUN SERIES – RACE 3 - L’AVENIR WINE ESTATE, STELLENBOSCH – 18 OCTOBER 2015

5km, 7.5km, 12.5km and 15km options

 

www.dirtopia.co.za

 

MUIZENBERG MOUNTAIN RUN (THE TURKEY EARNER) – 28 NOVEMBER 2015

14km

www.quantumadventures.co.za

 

VWS LEARN TO BEAT THE BURN OPEN DAY – 29 NOVEMBER 2015

 

See attachment hereto.

 

FALKE TRAIL RUN SERIES RACE 4 – WARWICK WINE ESTATE – STELLENBOSCH 13 DECEMBER 2015

 

5km, 7.5km, 12.5km and 15km options

 

www.dirtopia.co.za

 

 

WOLWEDANS TRAIL RUN (JONKERSBERG, WESTERN CAPE) – 16 DECEMBER 2015

 

7km or 12km options

 

For full details check out www.trisport.co.za

 

USEFUL MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

WORKSHOPS

SSISA

Tba

 

 20ยบ SOUTH RUN with JONATHAN O’HANLON

So here’s the story:

  • The cause that we are running for is elephant conservation and water sustainability.
  • The message behind this expedition is that people can follow their dreams.  Darren and I are showing by example that if you have a dream, all you need to do is to make the decision to follow it, and it happens.  Limitations are only perceived, and can be overcome, by anyone and everyone.  This too is the message that The Goodsport Trust is launching as a movement around the country, this event being the launch pad.
  • The focal point of our awareness campaign is Darren’s 11 year old son Giles (he lost his mother a few months ago to cancer).  Giles is driving the Connect The Children campaign.  He has been appointed as an Eco-Schools programme ambassador by WESSA.  He will be connecting with school children across the continent as we run (he’ll be running 5km every day with us), and with schools in the 59 countries around the world where the Eco-Schools programme is running, as well as others.
  • We will be creating a sustainable tourism route for others to hik and possibly even run sections in the future.  We are engaging with the necessary tourism authorities to create this.

Here’s some more details …

 Jon O’Hanlon and Darren Clarke are running across the African continent, starting in the Skeleton Coast region on the west coast of Namibia adjacent to the Namib Desert, travel across 3,500 km of often uncharted terrain, following rivers, elephant migration routes, and cultural and natural heritage sites, to the east coast of Mozambique near the mouth of the Limpopo river.  They will run approximately 45 km every day, with a rest day every seventh day, taking nearly 4 months to finish.

The purpose for their run is to attract people’s attention and their awareness to two major issues facing the Earth, and southern Africa in particular.  Firstly, the sustainability of the planet, and in particular water sustainability; South Africa is one of the world’s top water scarce regions.  Secondly, the nearing extinction of the sub-Saharan African elephant. This is due primarily to poaching for the ivory trade, with water scarcity as a result of climate change also affecting their survival.

 In South Africa the Eco-Schools programme is implemented by WESSA (the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa), who have appointed young Giles as an Eco-Schools ambassador.  Giles will be recording his observations of the elephant conservation and water sustainability issues in pictures and on video.  He will also be doing a mini SASS (stream assessment scoring system) analysis of every stream, river and body of water that the expedition team crosses on their route across Africa, and uploading the results onto the international mini SASS biomonitoring site.

 Not to be outdone by his Dad, Giles will also be running 5km every day with the athletes.  And in case you thought he wasn’t busy enough already, what with all of these activities as well as the home schooling he will be doing every day – the route that the runners will be following will take them through many villages of the local and indigenous peoples of Southern Africa.  Giles will be providing handouts and educational material on environmentalism, correct water usage and sustainability, elephant conservation, and human-elephant conflict issues.

 Please let me know if you need anything else.

Thanks a ton Tim

Cheers

Jon

Jonathan O’Hanlon

SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPISTS / PHYSIOTHERAPISTS / PERSONAL TRAINERS

Please note that these are massage therapists who have been recommended by trail runners who run in our groups:

Southern Suburbs:                                           -      

·         Nicole Walder.  To book an appointment or find out more info you can contact Nicole on 0826997863 (leave a message or WhatsApp if necessary - she will get back to you asap).  Nicole is personally known to the K-Way VOB and MATES groups and is highly recommended.

·         Amy from Rub Therapyhttp://www.holisticpages.co.za/amy-sasman .  Practice is based in Punts estate , Diep River:  “I have been working for myself for the last 5 months but I have almost 5 years experience in the field , with a coaching science background as well. I have worked with a couple of running clubs before as well as soccer and hockey teams , doing pre/post event injury management etc.  My practice is called rub therapy -  rehabilitate| your | body Email : rub.bookings@gmail.com Contact : 082 347 1284 .”

·         Sandy Smith who is based in Kirstenhof.  Her tel. no. is 073-435-3647 and her email address is sandrabrink@hotmail.com.

·         While not specializing in sports massage, I have found the Light and Healing Centre (http://www.lightandhealing.co.za/) to give excellent full-body massages at a very low rate.  I’ve had very good ‘tough’ massages, with mention of emphasizing legs, from both male and female (blind) masseurs there.  I recommend it to anyone. The masseurs (euses) are thoroughly trained. And it’s rewarding for them, as well as oneself.

·         Dhansay & Roberts Biokineticists (including sports massage)  – Fayaadh Dhansay  Tel: 021 827 1048 Cell: 083 384 8284 Address: 86 Princessvlei Road, Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801 / Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DRBioSA  / Twitter:       www.twitter.com/DRBioSA  / Bookings:   www.drbio.setmore.com

·         Raasay Waters who is a Sports Therapist, BSc(Hons):  079 8145650  www.exercisetherapy.co.za  The Wellness Centre, The Quadrant, Wilderness Road, Claremont, 7708

  • Sports massage therapy offered at Villager Football Club by qualified massage therapist, Tarryn Mutch. Massage duration structured as 30min, 45min and 1 hour.

 

Email tarryn@tmbiokineticist.co.za for further information and/or to  make a booking.

 

Brookside seems to be becoming quite the sports services hub these days. 

 

  • In the same complex is a very highly recommended (personally) health and fitness personal trainer amongst other skills, Chris Lippstreu.  If you need further details on what he offers you can contact me (Tim).

City / Sea Point / Green Point:                         

Helderberg Area:

 

  • Anneline Viljoen is a physiotherapist in the Strand who also specialises in lynotherapy. Highly recommended by Johan and Azanne van Wyk.  She has a keen interest in sport, and sees runners and cyclists on a daily basis. She has done sport massages at stage events such as the Cape Epic, and she is highly recommended for the treatment of injuries, recovery programs, sport massages, or simply to resolve running niggles. Her contact number is 021 854 8652 or you can find her on Facebook.

 

 

QUALITY TRAIL RUNNING GEAR MADE BY A TRAIL RUNNER

 

JanTee Designs:

 

Janette (JT) Terblanche from JANTee Designs sells really good quality running gear, she has a large range available at extremely good prices.

 

Shirts and shorts can also be ordered, and made up….

  

Males cut Shirts / stock items

Sleeveless / Short sleeved / Long sleeved    from R100 – R140

 

Male / Female Sports Tops

New orders in shirts R110 – R150

 

SHORTS Unisex / Hipsters

SALE items from R70 – R140

NEW items from R195 – R250

 

Hours:

Monday – Thursday  7h30am – 3h45pm

Friday  7h30am – 3h45pm

 

1st FloorSunrise Building

55 Morningside Drive

Ndabeni

(Behind Sunrise House, same building as Freeline and Sue Farmer)

 

Contact:

021 531 4538

 

 

Branding and printing - Cheeki Graphix

 

MATES have told me that they have found a great solution for the branding and printing of their running shirts, caps and anything else at a very reasonable cost.  One of Mike’s very useful connections.

 

“For all your branding and promotional printing contact Cheeki Graphic

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheeki-Graphix-0714470210/420577328107194?fref=ts

Website: http://cheekigraphix.weebly.com

 

Contact:

Nancy  -  071 447 0210”

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES

USEFUL TRAIL RUNNING LINKS

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

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

www.alltheevents.co.za

www.runningthecape.com

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

www.allsportstours.co.za (for very affordable lifts to events)

 

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

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:

Which groups for which runners?

·         K-Way VOB Longer Distance Group:  Saturday mornings.  This group is for more experienced, fit trail runners who can do 15km – 25km of technical, tough trail at a medium to medium fast pace. 

·         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. 

·         MATES:  Sunday mornings, Tuesday Evening Time Trials and some night runs.  Similar to K-Way VOB Longer Distance 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.

·         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.

·         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.

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 CFP®

 

 

 

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