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:
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!
Constantia Nek (Car park)
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.
6pm (You can leave earlier, as long as you let the timekeeper know).
Mike Ohlsson 0823197250
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.
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).
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.
— 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Entry options: Individual / Team of 3 members
Route: Unmarked, divided into 3 legs, check out the route details.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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
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
Monday – Thursday 7h30am – 3h45pm
Friday 7h30am – 3h45pm
1st FloorSunrise Building
55 Morningside Drive
(Behind Sunrise House, same building as Freeline and Sue Farmer)
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