Thursday, December 28, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: MATES OLD YEARS DAY HIKE / RUN

MATES old year's day adventure

31 December 2017… Because the show must go on and for those of you who want to have something exciting to sign off an otherwise dull year. This is a sensational route for those with a real sense of adventure. Marcy and Bryony are bringing the tissues to soak up the tears of terror. This is not a beginner route.

Leader: The prestigious CEO of Trail Running (yes for another year and re-elected for 2018) Micheal Ohlsson - 082 319 7250

Start: Kloof Nek Parking lot at 7am

Route: Pipe track, up Blinkwater Ravine, traverse around the Grotto Fountain Cairn Traverse to and up the chains at Kloofnek corner ridge, chimney. If the timing is right, right face arrow face down to the contour then down Kloofnek corner back to the carpark for a cup of tea. Oh maybe a little bit of exposure (and by a little we mean a LOT) on this route.  See you all there gonna be a jol. Beers after!

Notes:
• Take your own water and snacks.
• All runners are welcome.
• You need to be completely self-sufficient. Carry everything you will need on the day. This includes a basic medical kit, space blanket, whistle, windproof (waterproof if it is raining) jacket, warm headgear if it's cold or sun protection if it's hot. Charged cell phone with Mike's number (0823197250) stored as well as the City's emergency ops number (021 480 7700) and the SANParks Visitor Safety number (0861 106 417) programmed in. Just in case you need rescuing.
• You are also responsible for your own water and nutrition. There is little to no water on the mountain and, for the roadies, there are no water stations. You MUST carry your own.

More important:
Bring ice cold beers for after.

Yours truly,

The CEO

Friday, December 22, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP


 

Hi Everyone

 

Well here we are again.  The end of another eventful year of trail running with another exciting one just around the corner.  A special word of thank you to all of those who have volunteered so selflessly to work at events that we (K-Way VOB Trail Running)  have been involved in by way of marshalling and aid stations (esp Bat Run, Puffer and UTCT).  You have been absolute stars.  We would have been nowhere without you.  Many of you are not even members of the club or any club but you mucked in anyway.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

 

Now all that remains is for us to wish those of you celebrating Christmas a very merry Christmas and a happy, injury-free New Year.  For those not celebrating Christmas, have a blessed festive season. 

 

I (Tim) will be on leave from now, potentially until 18 January so emails will be from my gmail account via my phone so they will be sketchy at best.  But anyone wanting more information is welcome to contact me on my cell phone (0823210299) or my home email address tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

 

Other than what is below, there will only be one further outing from any of the regular groups this year and that will be:

 

The MATES Year End Run/Hike of Insanity.  On the morning of 31 December 2017.  I don’t have full details from the CEO Mike yet so if you are interested, please give him a call for the starting time and what to bring with you etc.  His number is 0823197250.  The route is (more or less): start at Kloof Nek car park and head out along the Pipe Track as far as the Blinkwater Ravine path on your left where it says Path Closed.  Head up the path but deviate onto the Grotto-Fountain-Cairn Traverse which you follow onto Kloof Corner Ridge.  Then up the last two chains on the ridge and down India-Venster to the finish.  A spectacular route with lots of exposure to sheer drops with the promise of a terrifying and swift death.  Take spare underwear.  Good luck.  I definitely won’t be there.  J

 

 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

 

4 JANUARY 2018

 

CELTICS Thursday Evening Summer Trail Runs start again from Kloof Nek car park, ready to run at 18h00, with a Lions Head Loop Run.

 

 

10 JANUARY 2018

 

TRAIL RUNNING FOR BEGINNERS WITH TRAILWP AND CAPE UNION MART

 

For all those who have just got into the sport or who are planning to as a New Year’s Resolution.  Please check out the details on the link below and book your spot on 10 January 2018 from 18h30 to 20h30.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1774065629301232/

 

 

K-WAY VOB LONGER DISTANCE GROUPS RUNS (MEDIUM PACE) IN JANUARY 2018

 

13 JANUARY 2018

 

This will be the first K-Way VOB Longer Distance Group Run in quite a long time.  It will start at Kloof Nek car park at 06h30 on Sat 13 January.  We will head straight up Kloof Nek Corner to the contour path, turn left for a hundred meters or so and then turn right up India-Venster Ravine.  From the top of India-Venster we will take the front face path around to Maclears Beacon.  Then down Smuts Track as far as the Aqueduct path.  Down the aqueduct and Backwater Stream looking for disas, to the dams.  We head straight across to the old railway track path as far as the Apostle Spine Path.  From here we will decide on either heading left to Corridor Ravine, down it and back along the Pipe Track OR just heading straight down Kasteelspoort and back along the Pipe Track.  15 – 20km / 3.5 – 4 hours.

20 JANUARY 2018

On the 20th we will continue our disa hunt.  Starting from Constantia Nek we will run down the tar Hout Bay road and take the second right into Longkloof Road.  We work our way up through the houses and back onto the mountain and straight up Myburgh Waterfall Ravine (some mild exposure).  Then we follow the Apostle Spine Path over the shoulder of Grootkop / tops of Corridor Ravine, Slangolie Ravine and Woody Ravine to the Old Railway Track path which we follow to the dams.  Around the Woodhead Dam to Ash Valley.  Down Ash Valley to the Puffer Path. Over to the Overseers / Bailiffs Hut and then back down to Constantia Nek car park.  Start 06h30.  Also about 20km.

 

BUT THIS COMING WEEKEND

SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

No run this week or for the rest of the year. This group will start again in the new year on 13 January 2017. Watch the emails for details. But on 6 January 2018 there will be the traditional annual “trail runners trying to run tar” at the Fry’s Hohenort 15km WPA road race to wake the legs up.

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (K-WAY VOB MEDIUM DISTANCE GROUP)

NO FURTHER RUNS UNTIL THE NEW YEAR

K-Way VOB Trail Run Warning: Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running. It may take 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 24 DECEMBER 2017

 

MATES RUN

 

THERE WILL BE A RUN THIS COMING SUNDAY FROM THE CAR PARK AT HOUT BAY BEACH (OUTSIDE THE VIDA E CAFÉ / CHAPMAN’S PEAK SIDE OF THE BEACH) STARTING 06h30.

 

SEE ATTACHED EMAIL FOR DETAILS (the writer is having copy and paste issue).

 

Leader: Dale Symons 082 8513949

 

Notes:

• Take your own water and snacks.
• All runners are welcome.
• You need to be completely self-sufficient. Carry everything you will need on the day. This includes a basic medical kit, space blanket, whistle, windproof (waterproof if it is raining) jacket, warm headgear if it's cold or sun protection if it's hot. Charged cell phone with Mike’s number (0823197250) stored as well as the City’s emergency ops number (021 480 7700) and the SANParks Visitor Safety number (0861 106 417) programmed in. Just in case you need rescuing.
• You are also responsible for your own water and nutrition. There is little to no water on the mountain and, for the roadies, there are no water stations. You MUST carry your own.

More important:
Bring ice cold beers for after.

 

 

Durbac-CMC Pack Run

 

No further official runs for 2017! It is now history! 1st Pack Run will be 14 January 2018.

Join Mates or K-Way VOB while their runs continue.

 

 

Cheers

 

The K-Way VOB Trail Team

 










Tuesday, December 19, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: GENERAL TRAIL RUN INFO


Hi Everyone

 

 

TRAIL RUNS FOR THIS COMING WEEK

 

TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2017

 

TUESDAY TRAILS

 

NO FURTHER RUNS UNTIL THE NEW YEAR

 

3 / 4 pace groups.

 


WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2017

 

CRAG / CSAG / CWAG TRAIL RUN / SHUFFLE / WALK

 

NO FURTHER RUNS UNTIL THE NEW YEAR.

 

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE

 

The latest emergency numbers being promoted by SANParks, TMNP, SAPS and all the others are

  • City emergency — 021 480 7700: calls patched through direct to Joint Ops Centre and then routed to relevant responders
  • Table Mountain National Park rangers — 0861 106 417: goes directly to Visitor Safety rangers; report anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, persons, objects, possible camp sites, bark stripping, etc etc

 

 

 

CMC-Durbac Wednesday Pack Run


No further runs until the new year.

 

 

 

TRAIL AND TAR

 

NO FURTHER RUNS UNTIL THE NEW YEAR


Contact: noel@trailandtar.co.za

 

THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER 2017

CELTICS THURSDAY SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

On Thursday 21st December, we meet at Newlands Forest for the run to start at 18h00.

We do our Silvertree Trail Route which will start at Newlands Forest in the parking area at the Parks Board office / helipad / firebase (the parking area is the main parking area off the M3 – 700 metres north of the big M3 / Blue Route intersection with Rhodes Drive / Newlands Avenue, and about 1.2kms south of the southern end of UCT).

Fast, Fast-Medium, Medium and Medium-slow pace options available, each with an experienced group leader to cater for different speeds, so provided you can run a flat 10kms in less than 65 minutes, there will be a group for you.

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

To subscribe to this group because you do want to receive this email, send a blank (subject and main body) email to celtictrailruns+subscribe@googlegroups.com

 

SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

No run this week or for the rest of the year. This group will start again in the new year on 13 January 2017. Watch the emails for details. But on 6 January 2018 there will be the traditional annual “trail runners trying to run tar” at the Fry’s Hohenort 15km WPA road race to wake the legs up.

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (K-WAY VOB MEDIUM DISTANCE GROUP)

NO FURTHER RUNS UNTIL THE NEW YEAR

K-Way VOB Trail Run Warning: Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running. It may take 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 24 DECEMBER 2017

 

MATES RUN

 

THERE WILL BE A RUN THIS COMING SUNDAY FROM THE CAR PARK AT HOUT BAY BEACH (OUTSIDE THE VIDA E CAFÉ / CHAPMAN’S PEAK SIDE OF THE BEACH) STARTING 06h30.

 

SEE ATTACHED EMAIL FOR DETAILS (the writer is having copy and paste issue).

 

Leader: Dale Symons 082 8513949

 

Notes:

• Take your own water and snacks.
• All runners are welcome.
• You need to be completely self-sufficient. Carry everything you will need on the day. This includes a basic medical kit, space blanket, whistle, windproof (waterproof if it is raining) jacket, warm headgear if it's cold or sun protection if it's hot. Charged cell phone with Mike’s number (0823197250) stored as well as the City’s emergency ops number (021 480 7700) and the SANParks Visitor Safety number (0861 106 417) programmed in. Just in case you need rescuing.
• You are also responsible for your own water and nutrition. There is little to no water on the mountain and, for the roadies, there are no water stations. You MUST carry your own.

More important:
Bring ice cold beers for after.

 

 

Durbac-CMC Pack Run

 

No further official runs for 2017! It is now history! 1st Pack Run will be 14 January 2018.

Join Mates or K-Way VOB while their runs continue.

 

 

 

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: (Not operating at the moment) Saturday mornings. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. 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. For more information contact Tim Bellairs on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

· K-Way VOB Table Mountain Trailers: Saturday mornings. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. 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. For more info contact Peter Rogers (p.d.n.rogers@gmail.com ).

  • K-Way VOB Monday Evening City Bowl Group: Every second Monday evening from Kloof Nek car park. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. 8 – 10kms and most paces can be accommodated. Nothing too technical. For more information contact Tim Bellairs on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

· MATES: Sunday mornings, Tuesday Evening Time Trials and some night runs. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. 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. For more info contact Michael Ohlsson on 0823197250.

· CRAG / CSAG / CWAG: Wednesday evenings. All runners welcome. 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. For more info contact Rod Prodgers at rodprodgers@icloud.com or Christo Steyn at trailrunner@sobonana.co.za or Ezan Wilson at ezanwilson@gmail.com .

· Celtics: Thursday evenings. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO RUN 10km IN 65 MINUTES. 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

 

The K-Way VOB Trail Team

 











Friday, December 15, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP


Hi Everyone

 

Runs confirmed for this weekend:

 

SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

No run this week or for the rest of the year. This group will formally start again in the New Year on 13 January 2017. Watch the emails for details. But on 6 January 2018 there will be the traditional annual “trail runners trying to run tar” at the Fry’s Hohenort 15km WPA road race to wake the legs up.

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (K-WAY VOB MEDIUM DISTANCE GROUP)

Final Run of the Year and Picnic Breakfast

For our final run of the year we will do the scenic Signal Hill route in a clockwise direction followed by our customary end of year picnic breakfast in the tranquil Green Park

Rendezvous and Start Time

We meet in the Green Point Light House parking area in time to be ready to start running at 0630

Route

From the parking area we run along the promenade and then up Glengariff Road to the very top where we turn left though the belt of trees and up and around the Noon Gun Battery.

Then up to the trail that runs above Signal Hill Rd and follow it all the way to the Kloof Nek circle. Down Kloof Road for about 400m to the footpath that leads off right up the side off Lion's Head. Follow this single track trail as it runs around the flanks of Lion's Head and above Clifton all the way to just below the Kramat.

From here take the Lion's Head path as it descends down the North western flank of Signal Hill through the belt of trees back to the top of Glengarith Rd. Immediately turn right onto Springbok Rd, run past the mega rich folks houses and make your way down through the houses over High-Level Road down and across Main Road to the Virgin Active Health Club and through Green Park back to the start. Distance about 14km taking 2 to 2.5 hours [See Google Earth image below.]

Medium Group have the option of cutting out the drop down to Kloof Nek Circle and Kloof Road rather taking the direct route around Lion's head.

Relaxed Group will turn at the Kramat

After the Run

Collect your goodies and walk back through the Green Point Park West Gate to our picnic site on the lawn on your right. [See Google Earth Image below]

What to Bring

Water, whistle, warm, wind or waterproof top depending on weather plus your space blanket and ICE information, AND your favourite picnic eats and drink for the picnic after the run.

Sorry no dogs are allowed on our runs.

See you all there

Sortie coordinator

Peter

082 374 6262

K-Way VOB Trail Run Warning: Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running. It may take 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 17 DECEMBER 2017

 

MATES RUN

 

Start 06h30 at Constantia Nek car park.

 

Route: Contour path to the King’s Blockhouse. Up to the Devil’s Peak middle contour path and around to The Saddle. Across the Saddle, down Newlands Ravine and back to Contantia Nek along the contour path.

 

Leader: Dale Symons 082 8513949 / The CEO Michael Ohlsson 082 3197250.

 

Notes:

• Take your own water and snacks.
• All runners are welcome.
• You need to be completely self-sufficient. Carry everything you will need on the day. This includes a basic medical kit, space blanket, whistle, windproof (waterproof if it is raining) jacket, warm headgear if it's cold or sun protection if it's hot. Charged cell phone with Mike’s number (0823197250) stored as well as the City’s emergency ops number (021 480 7700) and the SANParks Visitor Safety number (0861 106 417) programmed in. Just in case you need rescuing.
• You are also responsible for your own water and nutrition. There is little to no water on the mountain and, for the roadies, there are no water stations. You MUST carry your own.

More important:
Bring ice cold beers for after.

 

 

Durbac-CMC Pack Run

 

No further official runs for 2017! It is now history! 1st Pack Run will be 14 January 2018.

Join Mates or K-Way VOB while their runs continue.

 

Whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend.

 

Cheers

 

The K-Way VOB Trail Running Team

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running

tim.bellairs@gmail.com / 0823210299



 







Tuesday, December 12, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: GENERAL TRAIL RUNS


Hi Everyone

 

 

TRAIL SHOP

 

TRAIL RUNS FOR THIS COMING WEEK

 

TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2017

 

TUESDAY TRAILS

 

Newlands Forest car park.

 

17h45 for 18h00 start.

 

3 / 4 pace groups.

 


WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER 2017

 

CRAG / CSAG / CWAG TRAIL RUN / SHUFFLE / WALK (FINAL RUN FOR THE YEAR)

 

This Wednesday 13 December we’ll gather after the run/shuffle/walk at Constantia Nek for drinks, snacks, conversation, “war stories” and a few laughs; bring chairs, rugs, the odd camping table or two, the family, kids . . . whatever you need to spend a comfortable hour or so chilling with your trail running friends. As is usual for this occasion, I would like to appeal to ALL the old stalwarts and founders of CRAG to join us if at all possible; even if you don't run, shuffle or walk with one of the groups, please come and have a drink and socialize with us — it will be great to have your company!

Then we take a break for the holiday season, convening again for the regular Wednesday run/shuffle/walk on 10 January 2018.

 

Date: Wednesday 13 December 2017

 

Time: ready to go at 5.45 pm

 

Leaders: Geoff Nell (combined run and shuffle), Christo Steyn (walk)

 

Location: Cecilia Forest from Constantia Nek (see below, Directions)

 

Route description: From the usual starting point in the Constantia Nek parking area (see below, Starting point and Directions) we go up the last remaining stretch of Rhodes’ Road (yes, THAT Rhodes), the route he had constructed to visit his far-flung land holdings on the eastern slopes of the mountain, stretching from today’s Groote Schuur Hospital as far as Constantia Nek; then we’ll continue on the contour path to enjoy an hour or so of relaxed running on jeep track and hiking path through Cecilia Forest (named for that same CECIL John Rhodes) before returning to the start/finish for end of year celebrations (see above). Sunset is at 7.52 pm.

 

Duration and distance: approx 60 mins, approx 8 km

 

Shufflers: Geoff Nell will lead a slower, more relaxed run, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Please note that the normal CSAG pace, whilst slower than the runner group, is intended to get the heart rate up and the lungs pumping, and provide a good work-out for those who, for whatever reason, don't run quite as quickly as they once used to. Shufflers are advised to bring/wear the appropriate kit (see below, Equipment).

 

Walkers: Christo Steyn will lead the walkers on a BRISK walk, leaving from the same place at the same time, for the same approximate duration. Please note that the normal CWAG pace is quite fast — the walk is not intended to be a gentle stroll in the park; it will get the heart rate up and the lungs pumping, and provide a good work-out for those who, for whatever reason, don't run. Walkers are advised to bring/wear the appropriate kit (see below, Equipment).

 

Starting point: Constantia Nek parking area (click for Google Maps)

 

Directions: From the M3 (heading south or north), take the M41 Constantia/Hout Bay Main Road exit and head up to the Nek, or from the Newlands area take the M63 Rhodes Avenue past Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Forest all the way to the Nek. From Hout Bay, just head up the road to the Nek. Park under the pines across the road from the restaurant.

 

Equipment

—           headlamp/torch for your own comfort

—           water/energy drink/munchies

—           weather-appropriate clothing/gear: long-range forecast for 6 pm would have us believe it’s going to be partly cloudy, no rain, 17 °C, light breeze SW 7 kph

—           personal medication (if required)

—           something liquid for post-run rehydrate session

—           warmer/dry clothing for the rehydrate session

—           whatever else you personally need for comfortable, safe trail running

 

Car guards 13 Dec — NONE

 

 

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE

 

The latest emergency numbers being promoted by SANParks, TMNP, SAPS and all the others are

  • City emergency — 021 480 7700: calls patched through direct to Joint Ops Centre and then routed to relevant responders
  • Table Mountain National Park rangers — 0861 106 417: goes directly to Visitor Safety rangers; report anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, persons, objects, possible camp sites, bark stripping, etc etc

 

 

 

CMC-Durbac Wednesday Pack Run


No further runs until the new year.

 

 

 

TRAIL AND TAR – 13 DECEMBER 2017

 

Wednesday 13th December Run.

Trail and Tar, NRG and Beyond Performance, wish to invite all their clients, to our end of year celebration run taking place in the grounds of the beautiful Steenberg Wine Estate.

The route will consist of a 5 and 8k route, with a little wine sampling on the lawns after... or possibly even a lot of wine sampling!!

So, please share this mail and our FB post, spread the love, and get those family, friends, besties to join us, it’s a great way to end a long and trying year for us all.

Contact: noel@trailandtar.co.za

 

THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017

CELTICS THURSDAY SUMMER TRAIL RUNS

On Thursday 14th December, we meet at Newlands Forest for the run to start at 18h00. We do our Plumpudding Hill run which will start at Newlands Forest in the parking area at the Parks Board office / helipad / firebase (the parking area is the main parking area off the M3 – 700 metres north of the big M3 / Blue Route intersection with Rhodes Drive / Newlands Avenue, and about 1.2kms south of the southern end of UCT).

The route takes in Newlands Forest out to the beacon on Plumpudding Hill, down Heartbreak Hill on the slopes of Devil’s Peak and back the lower route above Rhodes Memorial.

Difficulty grading 6/10.

Distance is 9.5km with about 450m total ascent and descent.

Fast, Fast-Medium, Medium and Medium-slow pace options available, each with an experienced group leader to cater for different speeds, so provided you can run a flat 10kms in less than 65 minutes, there will be a group for you.

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

To subscribe to this group because you do want to receive this email, send a blank (subject and main body) email to celtictrailruns+subscribe@googlegroups.com

 

SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

No run this week or for the rest of the year.  This group will start again in the new year on 13 January 2017.  Watch the emails for details.  But on 6 January 2018 there will be the traditional annual “trail runners trying to run tar” at the Fry’s Hohenort 15km WPA road race to wake the legs up.

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (K-WAY VOB MEDIUM DISTANCE GROUP)

Final Run of the Year and Picnic Breakfast

For our final run of the year we will do the scenic Signal Hill route in a clockwise direction followed by our customary end of year picnic breakfast in the tranquil Green Park

Rendezvous and Start Time

We meet in the Green Point Light House parking area in time to be ready to start running at 0630

Route

From the parking area we run along the promenade and then up Glengariff Road to the very top where we turn left though the belt of trees and up and around the Noon Gun Battery.

Then up to the trail that runs above Signal Hill Rd and follow it all the way to the Kloof Nek circle. Down Kloof Road for about 400m to the footpath that leads off right up the side off Lion's Head. Follow this single track trail as it runs around the flanks of Lion's Head and above Clifton all the way to just below the Kramat.

From here take the Lion's Head path as it descends down the North western flank of Signal Hill through the belt of trees back to the top of Glengarith Rd. Immediately turn right onto Springbok Rd, run past the mega rich folks houses and make your way down through the houses over High-Level Road down and across Main Road to the Virgin Active Health Club and through Green Park back to the start. Distance about 14km taking 2 to 2.5 hours [See Google Earth image below.]

Medium Group have the option of cutting out the drop down to Kloof Nek Circle and Kloof Road rather taking the direct route around Lion's head.

Relaxed Group will turn at the Kramat

After the Run

Collect your goodies and walk back through the Green Point Park West Gate to our picnic site on the lawn on your right. [See Google Earth Image below]

What to Bring

Water, whistle, warm, wind or waterproof top depending on weather plus your space blanket and ICE information, AND your favourite picnic eats and drink for the picnic after the run.

Sorry no dogs are allowed on our runs.

See you all there

Sortie coordinator

Peter

082 374 6262

K-Way VOB Trail Run Warning: Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running. It may take 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 17 DECEMBER 2017

 

MATES RUN

 

Start 06h30 at Constantia Nek car park.

 

Route:  Contour path to the King’s Blockhouse.  Up to the Devil’s Peak middle contour path and around to The Saddle.  Across the Saddle, down Newlands Ravine and back to Contantia Nek along the contour path.

 

Leader:  Dale Symons 082 8513949

 

Notes:

• Take your own water and snacks.
• All runners are welcome.
• You need to be completely self-sufficient. Carry everything you will need on the day. This includes a basic medical kit, space blanket, whistle, windproof (waterproof if it is raining) jacket, warm headgear if it's cold or sun protection if it's hot. Charged cell phone with Mike’s number (0823197250) stored as well as the City’s emergency ops number (021 480 7700) and the SANParks Visitor Safety number (0861 106 417) programmed in. Just in case you need rescuing.
• You are also responsible for your own water and nutrition. There is little to no water on the mountain and, for the roadies, there are no water stations. You MUST carry your own.

More important:
Bring ice cold beers for after.

 

 

Durbac-CMC Pack Run

 

No further official runs for 2017! It is now history! 1st Pack Run will be 14 January 2018.

Join Mates or K-Way VOB while their runs continue.

 

 

 

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: (Not operating at the moment) Saturday mornings. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. 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. For more information contact Tim Bellairs on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

· K-Way VOB Table Mountain Trailers: Saturday mornings. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. 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. For more info contact Peter Rogers (p.d.n.rogers@gmail.com ).

  • K-Way VOB Monday Evening City Bowl Group: Every second Monday evening from Kloof Nek car park. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. 8 – 10kms and most paces can be accommodated. Nothing too technical. For more information contact Tim Bellairs on tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

· MATES: Sunday mornings, Tuesday Evening Time Trials and some night runs. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. 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. For more info contact Michael Ohlsson on 0823197250.

· CRAG / CSAG / CWAG: Wednesday evenings. All runners welcome. 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. For more info contact Rod Prodgers at rodprodgers@icloud.com or Christo Steyn at trailrunner@sobonana.co.za or Ezan Wilson at ezanwilson@gmail.com .

· Celtics: Thursday evenings. All runners welcome. Not just for club members. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO RUN 10km IN 65 MINUTES. 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

 

The K-Way VOB Trail Team