Friday, April 28, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP


Hi Everyone (and all of your “out of office” messages)

 

 

SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

NO RUN THIS WEEKEND SO PLEASE JOIN TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS (see below)

 

 

 

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

 

NEWLANDS FOREST / DEVILS PEAK CIRCUIT

 

This Saturday 29th April we are planning to circumnavigate that massive rock to the left of Table Mountain called Devil's peak.  07h00 start.

To do this, we will meet and start at Newlands parking area (where the fire fighting helicopters park), then go up and to the right heading for the turnstile and the King's Blockhouse.

From there we have several options based on the group, but all the options will end up at the big rock on the saddle (debate on the name of the rock could happen - some call it Breakfast Rock) from where we will head towards the top of Newlands Ravine, go down this beautiful ravine and pop out at the wooden circular rest table on the contour, then straight down through that tranquil forest keeping the river to our right, back to the cars.

The distance is a paltry 10km but do not be fooled, it is quite a tough 10km, and also do not be put off, there will be many regroups making sure nobody gets lost.  As usual, if there is a speedy subset of runners, we can split if necessary as long as at least one of the speedies knows the route down.

Normally the medium group does the same route at a slower pace, and the third group will probably not go over the saddle, but do a meander through the magnificent forest.

There is a lot of shade on this run, but bring water and snacks because the forecast is 30 degree high for the day, we should be finished before it reaches 20 degrees.


Bring a coin for the friendly car guard, he is a legend.

geoffnell56@gmail.com

geoff@edgetec.co.za
082 570 4405


Warning for all K-Way VOB Trail Runs:  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 30 APRIL 2017

 

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

Sunday 30th April

 

Start:
06h30 at Deer Park Parking Lot at the top of Deer Park Dr, Vredehoek (Headlamps required for the start)

Co-ordinators:

Charl Brandon “Caballo” Souma  and Koji “Serial Killer” Nakashima (Fast pace, 3-4 Hours) 

“Magic” Marcy Loubser and Jayde “the deserter” Butler (Medium pace)

Michael Ohlsson "the CEO” (Kak pace) - 082 319 7250

 

Route:

From the Deer Park parking lot, heading up the Jeep Tracks to Tafelberg Road and then climbing to the Contour Path to ascend India Venster. Across Echo Valley, Disa Valley and then Smuts track to descend Skeleton Gorge to the Contour Path. Turn left along the Contour until Newlands Ravine. Up and then down the Devil’s Peak Saddle on the other side to the Contour Path and then back to the start.

 

 

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 Jonkershoek Pack Run

 

This is a rerun of some of the JMC route. If you're not away for the weekend, come and join the fun in Jonkershoek!

 

We'll do the southern contour - below Stellenbosch Mountain and Haelkop to the fire-hut. For the strong and stupid we'll then tackle Swartboskloof - the big climb of the JMC. Once we get to the top we'll have a quick stroll to where Check Point 1 is usually set up.
Then it will be decision time - descend down Kurktrekkersnek, or continue further to the Panorama trail. We'll make a call on the day....

Those more intelligent will no doubt branch off at the fire-hut and go down rather than up. Aim for the corner of the reserve, and run to 1st and 2nd waterfall. Have a dip at the waterfalls, and then leisurely back to the entrance.

 

Details:
Date: Sunday, 30 April
Time: Meet at 7:15am for a 7:30am start
Place: Entrance gate to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Cost: R40 or Wildcard 
(I'm never quite sure when the Wildcard gives you a discount in Jonkers, but I think this route qualifies)
Duration: 3-4 hours for all distances! There aren't really any short-cuts - be prepared for the morning in the mountains.
Afterward: Meet for a breakfast, beer-float and good company at Ride-In. Ride-In is located close to the beginning of Jonkershoek Road.
Distance:
Long: 20+km, with a very steep climb up Swartboskloof. This is part of the JMC long route, and you should be ok with tackling a very strenuous climb.
Medium: 12-14km Also run the fireman's hut. This is already quite a climb, and will provide lovely views. Then down some excellent single track to the ring road. Follow it to the furthest point, where we take some more single track to the 1st and 2nd waterfalls. Have a dip if you feel like it!
Then a nice and relaxing return on the ring road to the entrance.
Equipment: Self-sufficient for water and food. The weather is predicted to be hot - take that into account. The mountain is very dry - don't expect to find water anywhere. And being out there for 3+ hours you need to make sure you have the necessary food and water to sustain you. No Water, No Run!

Contact: Caro Jordaan - 083 723 4505

 

 

TRAIL AND TAR – SUNDAY 30 APRIL 2017

 

UTCT TRAINING RUN


Sunday 30th April is on, run will be around 20ks, relaxed easy pace with some sightseeing stops along the way......We start at 7am and should be drinking coffee and having breakfast by 10am....For further details RSVP to me on 0827381890 please.

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Tim

 

 

Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

Email:   tim.bellairs@gmail.com


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: GENERAL TRAIL RUNNING INFO FOR THE WEEK


Hi All

 

TRAIL RUNS FOR THIS COMING WEEK

 

TUESDAY 25 APRIL 2017

 

TUESDAY TRAILS

 

Kloof Nek car Park

 

17h45 for 18h00 start.

 

3 / 4 pace groups.

 

Please bring torches / headlamps.

 

 
WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL 2017

 

CRAG / CSAG / CWAG TRAIL RUN / SHUFFLE / WALK

 

TBA

 

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

 

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CMC-Durbac Wednesday Pack Run


When: Wed, 26 April 2017 
Time: Meet 17:30 to run 17:45
Where: Bellville Golf Club, Kommissaris Street, Welgemoed

Distance: 5, 7.5 and 10km run options

Park and meet at: At the Welgemoed Preprimary School parking (NOT the primary school)

Headlights compulsory

 

Friends and slow runners welcome. 

 


 http://www.durbac.org.za/trail-runs.html

 

 

TRAIL AND TAR – 26 APRIL 2017

 

This week we start our run at 17:45 sharp folks!!!
Meet at Trail and Tar in Tokai at 17:30.
Bring headlamps, the last 20min WILL be in the DARK!

Requirements for Wed runs:

Good sense of humour
Great attitude
Sense of adventure ...groups have been known to get lost in the woods!!
And R15 bucks which goes towards my retirement fund...


 

THURSDAY 27 APRIL 2017

CELTICS THURSDAY AUTUMN TRAIL RUNS

NB: HEADLAMPS ARE NOW REQUIRED FOR ALL RUNNERS, NO LAMP, NO RUN!

On Thursday 27th April we meet at Kloof Nek for the run to start at 18h00. We will do the Signal Hill – Lion's Head circuit.

Meet in the parking area on the left just 100 metres up Tafelberg Road from the traffic circle on Kloof Nek (where the Sanparks info centre is).

The route will start with a crossing of Kloof road at the Nek (please be careful), head up Signal Hill Road, and then almost immediately we turn left and head along the single track path that follows the spine of Signal Hill to the viewpoint at the top. We then head back the way we came for a short while, until we get to the foot of Lion's Head itself, where we turn right (west). We will take a beautiful route back on a scenic path that runs along the lower western slopes of Lion's Head, above the houses of Bantry Bay and Clifton with superb views of the setting sun.

Difficulty grading: 7/10 (not too much in the way of hills, but some sections where the path is a little uneven underfoot.)

Distance is 9 km's.

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 

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FRIDAY 28 APRIL 2017 

 

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SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

NO RUN THIS WEEKEND SO PLEASE JOIN TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

 

 

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

 

NEWLANDS FOREST / DEVILS PEAK CIRCUIT

 

This Saturday 29th April we are planning to circumnavigate that massive rock to the left of Table Mountain called Devil's peak.  07h00 start.

To do this, we will meet and start at Newlands parking area (where the fire fighting helicopters park), then go up and to the right heading for the turnstile and the King's Blockhouse.

From there we have several options based on the group, but all the options will end up at the big rock on the saddle (debate on the name of the rock could happen - some call it Breakfast Rock) from where we will head towards the top of Newlands Ravine, go down this beautiful ravine and pop out at the wooden circular rest table on the contour, then straight down through that tranquil forest keeping the river to our right, back to the cars.

The distance is a paltry 10km but do not be fooled, it is quite a tough 10km, and also do not be put off, there will be many regroups making sure nobody gets lost.  As usual, if there is a speedy subset of runners, we can split if necessary as long as at least one of the speedies knows the route down.

Normally the medium group does the same route at a slower pace, and the third group will probably not go over the saddle, but do a meander through the magnificent forest.

There is a lot of shade on this run, but bring water and snacks because the forecast is 30 degree high for the day, we should be finished before it reaches 20 degrees.


Bring a coin for the friendly car guard, he is a legend.

geoffnell56@gmail.com

geoff@edgetec.co.za
082 570 4405


Warning for all K-Way VOB Trail Runs:  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 30 APRIL 2017

 

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

tba

 

 

Durbac-CMC Jonkershoek Pack Run

 

This is a rerun of some of the JMC route. If you're not away for the weekend, come and join the fun in Jonkershoek!

 

We'll do the southern contour - below Stellenbosch Mountain and Haelkop to the fire-hut. For the strong and stupid we'll then tackle Swartboskloof - the big climb of the JMC. Once we get to the top we'll have a quick stroll to where Check Point 1 is usually set up.
Then it will be decision time - descend down Kurktrekkersnek, or continue further to the Panorama trail. We'll make a call on the day....

Those more intelligent will no doubt branch off at the fire-hut and go down rather than up. Aim for the corner of the reserve, and run to 1st and 2nd waterfall. Have a dip at the waterfalls, and then leisurely back to the entrance.

 

Details:
Date: Sunday, 30 April
Time: Meet at 7:15am for a 7:30am start
Place: Entrance gate to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Cost: R40 or Wildcard 
(I'm never quite sure when the Wildcard gives you a discount in Jonkers, but I think this route qualifies)
Duration: 3-4 hours for all distances! There aren't really any short-cuts - be prepared for the morning in the mountains.
Afterward: Meet for a breakfast, beer-float and good company at Ride-In. Ride-In is located close to the beginning of Jonkershoek Road.
Distance:
Long: 20+km, with a very steep climb up Swartboskloof. This is part of the JMC long route, and you should be ok with tackling a very strenuous climb.
Medium: 12-14km Also run the fireman's hut. This is already quite a climb, and will provide lovely views. Then down some excellent single track to the ring road. Follow it to the furthest point, where we take some more single track to the 1st and 2nd waterfalls. Have a dip if you feel like it!
Then a nice and relaxing return on the ring road to the entrance.
Equipment: Self-sufficient for water and food. The weather is predicted to be hot - take that into account. The mountain is very dry - don't expect to find water anywhere. And being out there for 3+ hours you need to make sure you have the necessary food and water to sustain you. No Water, No Run!

Contact: Caro Jordaan - 083 723 4505

 

 

TRAIL AND TAR – SUNDAY 30 APRIL 2017

 

UTCT TRAINING RUN


Sunday 30th April is on, run will be around 20ks, relaxed easy pace with some sightseeing stops along the way......We start at 7am and should be drinking coffee and having breakfast by 10am....For further details RSVP to me on 0827381890 please.



UPCOMING TRAIL EVENTS

 

UPCOMING OCEAN2OCEAN aka O2O – PUFfeR 2017 QUALIFIER – 29 APRIL 2017

29 April 2017: Ocean2Ocean Guided 50km Trail Run (Puffer Qualifier): 

http://hikecapetown.co.za/ocean2ocean/

Or contact Barry on 083 953 3056 washer77@gmail.com.

 

DON'T FORGET MONDAY:  K-WAY VOB MONDAY EVENING CITY BOWL TRAIL RUN –  MONDAY 8 MAY 2017

All runners welcome.

Headlamps / Torches now compulsory.  It's been a long time since you've needed one so please make sure it is charged / has fresh batteries and is fully functional.

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

Distance about 9 - 10km.  60 – 75 minutes.

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

 

 

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.  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

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

Email:   tim.bellairs@gmail.com


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Monday, April 24, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2016


Hi All

 

DON’T FORGET TODAY:  K-WAY VOB MONDAY EVENING CITY BOWL TRAIL RUN –  MONDAY 24 APRIL 2017

All runners welcome.

Headlamps / Torches now compulsory.  It’s been a long time since you’ve needed one so please make sure it is charged / has fresh batteries and is fully functional.

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

Distance about 9 - 10km.  60 – 75 minutes.

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

 

SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

No formal run because my legs are so sore after trying to run Leg 1 of the MATES Figure of Eight that I have resolved to get a bit fitter before doing another of these……

 

 

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

 

Waiting for details.  Will be announced in the Tuesday email – General Trail Running Info.

 


Warning for all K-Way VOB Trail Runs:  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.

 

 

Have a great week Everyone.

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

Email:   tim.bellairs@gmail.com


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Friday, April 21, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: WEEKEND WRAP UP


Hi Everyone

 

DON’T FORGET MONDAY:  K-WAY VOB MONDAY EVENING CITY BOWL TRAIL RUN –  MONDAY 24 APRIL 2017

All runners welcome.

Headlamps / Torches now compulsory.  It’s been a long time since you’ve needed one so please make sure it is charged / has fresh batteries and is fully functional.

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

Distance about 9 - 10km.  60 – 75 minutes.

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

 

SATURDAY 22 APRIL 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

JOINING MATES FOR THEIR FIGURE OF EIGHT RUN / OR YOU CAN JOIN TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

MATES FIGURE OF EIGHT RUN (PUFfeR QUALIFIER) – 22 APRIL 2017

 

MATES will be holding their annual (sometimes semi-annual) Figure of Eight club run on 22 April 2017.  All runners are welcome.

 

PUFfeR organisers have usually allowed this run as a qualifier for PUFfeR.  BUT only if you do the FULL ROUTE i.e. both loops.  We will confirm this with Andy and revert.  You also have the option of just doing either of the loops but obviously this will not count as a PUFfeR qualifier.

 

Basic details (Full Details from MATES to follow):

 

Start:     05h30 from Constantia Nek car park.

 

Route

 

First Loop

Up over Vlakkenberg to Mast Road, down Manganese Mine path and left onto contour into Blackburn Ravine, up Blackburn Ravine into Silvermine, down to Dam, down the River Walk to Mountain Bikers car park, back up Steenberg Ridge, up to the Constantiaberg Mast via the Elephants Eye path, down the tar road to Vlakkenberg Path, back over Vlakkenberg to Constantia Nek.  About 25kms.

 

Second Loop (starting at about 09h00 / 09h30 if you are just doing the second loop)

Route subject to confirmation by MATES:  Up to the Bailiffs Cottage, PUFfeR Path and Smuts Track to Maclears Beacon, front face path to top of Platteklip Gorge, Echo Valley, Valley of Isolation, Valley of Red Gods, top of Kasteelspoort , left (at Margaret’s Cairn) on Old Railway Track to dams, Ash Valley, PUFfeR path back to Bailiffs and down Cecilia Ridge and Rooikat Ravine to jeep track and then back to the finish at Constantia Nek.  About 20kms.

 

Important:  This is a serious trail run so you need to be kitted out in proper, weather-appropriate trail running gear and equipment (fully charged cell phone, waterproof jacket, space blanket, warm headgear, torch for the first 1.5 hours, water and energy snacks).  You need to be totally self-sufficient.  There is no charge / cost involved.  You do this run entirely at your own risk.

 

 

 

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

 

CECILIA FOREST / CONTOUR PATH TO SKELETON / BACK VIA ROOIKAT / CECILIA WATERFALL AND SPILHAUS RAVINE

 

This week our route takes us on a circular route along the contour path from Cecilia to Skeleton Gorge, up and down Rooikat, past Cecilia waterfall and Spilhaus Ravine.


Brief description of route
Start at the Cecilia Forest parking (corner Hohenort and Rhodes drive) and follow the cycle track, parallel to Rhodes drive, towards Southern Cross drive. From there, groups follow the steep jeep track towards Constantia Nek, before turning north along the upper contour path.  Then up the stairs to Rooikat Ravine and towards Cecelia waterfall.  Carry on to the Fourways signpost above Kirstenbosch, where the Main group can do an extra loop to Skeleton's Gorge.

Rendezvous and start time
RV in the Cecilia Forest parking (corner Hohenort and Rhodes drive) in time to start running at 07h00.

Terrain and distance
A mixture of single and jeep tracks with a bit of a climb up Rooikat. 
More or less 12 km taking in the region of about 2.0 hours for the Fast group.
The Slow group will follow a shorter route.

What to bring
Water, whistle, warm top, wind or waterproof top depending on weather.


See you there!
Natalie 0825587785


Warning for all K-Way VOB Trail Runs:  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 23 APRIL 2017

 

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

NOTE THIS IS A SUNDAY RUN IN CASE THE FIGURE OF EIGHT RUN ON SATURDAY IS TOO MUCH... OR NOT ENOUGH!

 

Sunday 23rd April


Start:
06h00 at Newlands Forest Parking Lot (Headlamps required for the start)

Co-ordinators:

Dopo “Deadman” Lykiardopulos (Fast pace) - 083 659 8443

“Magic” Marcy Loubser (Medium pace)

Michael Ohlsson “The CEO” (Kak pace) - 082 319 7250

 

This is a straight and simple trail run for ordinary runners who aren’t hardcore like the CEO.  This is also a big, fat lie.

 

Route:

We head out in the dark through Newlands Forest making our way along the reverse of the MTTTTNF route to the “Big Rock” on the contour path. From the contour, we head up the steps to the rock scree above the Aloes. We hop along the rocks and then after a short scramble reach the first rope of the Finsteraar’s Crack route. Following the several ropes (exposure), and then a gentle bushwhack, we arrive at Smuts Track on the top of Table Mountain. We then head along Smuts Track up to Maclears Beacon, following the “yellow footprints" to Platteklip Gorge and down to the contour. Heading along the contour, we then climb the saddle path all the way to the top of Devils Peak and then down the Newlands Ravine path to the contour and finally the carpark.

 

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 Weekend Pack Run

 

NO RUN THIS WEEKEND.  Join up with the MATES run instead.

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST with thanks to www.yr.no

 

 

 

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

 

Cheers

 

Tim

Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

Email:   tim.bellairs@gmail.com


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ERROR IN EMAIL

Sorry, for Tuesday Trails it is obviously not the Lions Head / Signal Loop if they are starting at Newlands Forest.

 

The Newlands Forest start is correct.  The Lions Head bit is wrong.

 

Sorry about that.

 

Tim

 

Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

Email:   tim.bellairs@gmail.com

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: GENERAL TRAIL RUNNING INFO


TRAIL NOTICES

 

 

CAPE UNION MART / K-WAY / TRAILWP – FREE TRAIL RUNNERS INFORMATION EVENING – 11 APRIL 2017

FULLY SUBSCRIBED  – hope to see some of you there.

 

TRAIL RUNS FOR THIS COMING WEEK

 

TUESDAY 18 APRIL 2017

 

TUESDAY TRAILS

 

Newlands Forest car park at 17h45 for 18h00 start.

 

Lions Head / Signal Hill loop.

 

3 / 4 pace groups.

 

Please bring torches / headlamps.

 

 
WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL 2017

 

CRAG / CSAG / CWAG TRAIL RUN / SHUFFLE / WALK

 

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

 

Time: ready to go at 5.45 pm

 

Leaders: Ron Jessop (run), TBA (shuffle), Meindert Hoving (walk)

 

Location: Devil’s Peak from Chelmsford Road, Vredehoek (see below, Directions)

 

Route description: The route will be described by the run leader at the usual start in the Chelmsford Road parking area (see below, Starting point and Directions). Sunset is at 6.18 pm, so headlamps will be required for safety and comfortable running.

 

Duration and distance: approx 90 mins, approx 10 km

 

Shufflers: TBA 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: Meindert Hoving 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 â€" 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: Chelmsford Road, Devil’s Peak (click for Google Maps)

 

Directions: Three options, detailed below (if they sound too complicated, just enter the address or Google Maps ref into your smartphone or similar navigational device â€" you ALL have one â€" and follow its directions). We meet at the end of Chelmsford Rd. Immediately past the Pinoak Rd turn-off, turn left onto the dirt track. If you arrive later, you may have to park on Chelmsford Rd itself â€" please don’t park on red or yellow lines.

  • From the N1/Table Bay Boulevard: Take the M60 Christiaan Barnard St (City East) off-ramp and follow Christiaan Barnard past the Good Hope Centre and CPUT. At the T-junction with Roeland St, turn left. Carry on past the Central Fire Station, under the overpass, and turn immediately right (across the M3/De Waal Dr) into Crassula Ave. Follow the white line steadily up, as Crassula becomes Ixia, Gardenia and Noordelik. At the stop sign turn left into Derry, which becomes Oak Tree. Turn left into Chelmsford.

OR

  • From the N2: Keep left on Hospital Bend going up the hill and follow M3/De Waal Drive as it winds its way around Devil’s Peak. When you reach the residential area, after a sweeping right and left s-bend, slow down and take the FIRST sharp left turn into Barnham Rd, which becomes Noordelik; heading generally up, cross a 4-way stop and a 3-way stop. At the next stop sign turn left, up, into Derry, which becomes Oak Tree. Turn left into Chelmsford.

OR

  • From the city centre: Work your way up to and turn left into Orange/Annandale/Mill/Jutland (same road â€" it just depends on which section of it you reach). Drive past the Gardens Centre and where the double carriageway narrows to single, turn right into Clive, left into Aandblom, right into Chelsea, left into Upper Mill, which becomes Derry. Follow Derry, which eventually becomes Oak Tree. Turn left into Chelmsford.

 

Equipment

â€"         headlamp / torch

â€"         water/energy drink/munchies

â€"         weather-appropriate clothing/gear; long-range forecast for 6 pm says clear skies, no rain, 25 Â°C, light air SSW 5 kph

â€"         personal medication (if required)

â€"         something liquid for post-run rehydrate session

â€"         warmer/dry clothing for the rehydrate session

â€"         whatever else you personally need for comfortable, safe trail running

 

Car guards: 19 Apr â€" Catherine Johnson & Erich Minnaar

 

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

 

This message is sent out to all subscribers to the mailing list of CRAG (Cape Runners Against Gravity).

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CMC-Durbac Wednesday Farm Run


When: Wed, 19 April 2017 

Time:  Meet 17:30 to run at 17:45

Where: Bloemendal Wine Estate

Distance: 7 - 10 km

Park and meet at: Parking at Bon Amis restaurant (bottom one) Bloemendal @ 17:30

Headlights required

 

Friends, non-members, and strange people all welcome!


 http://www.durbac.org.za/trail-runs.html

 

 

THURSDAY 20 APRIL 2017

CELTICS THURSDAY AUTUMN TRAIL RUNS

NB: HEADLAMPS ARE NOW REQUIRED FOR ALL RUNNERS, NO LAMP, NO RUN!

On Thursday 20th April we meet at Newlands Forest for the Contour Path run to start at 18h00. Meet in the parking area at the Newlands forest 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). 

We head up and left into Newlands Forest, initially following uphill jeep tracks for the first 2 km's, before we reach a rusted sign pointing to "Contour Path". We head up this attractive path which includes some steps and which will lead us up to the contour path. We then turn right heading along the contour path all the way to the turnstile below the blockhouse. As we reach the turnstile, we turn sharp right and head down a single track path, which after about 800 metres links up with the jeep track. This heads steadily down into Newlands Forest again, and back to the start.

 Some characteristics of this run:

·       The first 2.5 km's are mainly steady uphill, with some steps, but all on great quality running surface.

·       Once we reach the contour path, there are some technical rocky and stony sections along the contour path, particularly over the first km of this section. But most of it thereafter is 3-4kms of easy level running all the way to the turnstile below the blockhouse.

·       Some sections of the run take place on boardwalks which can be slippery when wet.  Please take care on this section!

·       When we turn down from the turnstile, the initial 800 metre downhill section is uneven and technical – ankle-roll territory – so watch your footing here and walk if you need to.

·       The rest is easy flowing; smooth running downhill to the finish.

 Difficulty grading: 7.5/10  

Distance is about 8km.

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 

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FRIDAY 21 APRIL 2017 

 

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SATURDAY 22 APRIL 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

JOINING MATES FOR THEIR FIGURE OF EIGHT RUN / OR YOU CAN JOIN TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS

 

MATES FIGURE OF EIGHT RUN (PUFfeR QUALIFIER) – 22 APRIL 2017

 

MATES will be holding their annual (sometimes semi-annual) Figure of Eight club run on 22 April 2017.  All runners are welcome.

 

PUFfeR organisers have usually allowed this run as a qualifier for PUFfeR.  BUT only if you do the FULL ROUTE i.e. both loops.  We will confirm this with Andy and revert.  You also have the option of just doing either of the loops but obviously this will not count as a PUFfeR qualifier.

 

Basic details (Full Details from MATES to follow):

 

Start:     05h30 from Constantia Nek car park.

 

Route

 

First Loop

Up over Vlakkenberg to Mast Road, down Manganese Mine path and left onto contour into Blackburn Ravine, up Blackburn Ravine into Silvermine, down to Dam, down the River Walk to Mountain Bikers car park, back up Steenberg Ridge, up to the Constantiaberg Mast via the Elephants Eye path, down the tar road to Vlakkenberg Path, back over Vlakkenberg to Constantia Nek.  About 25kms.

 

Second Loop (starting at about 09h00 / 09h30 if you are just doing the second loop)

Route subject to confirmation by MATES:  Up to the Bailiffs Cottage, PUFfeR Path and Smuts Track to Maclears Beacon, front face path to top of Platteklip Gorge, Echo Valley, Valley of Isolation, Valley of Red Gods, top of Kasteelspoort , left (at Margaret's Cairn) on Old Railway Track to dams, Ash Valley, PUFfeR path back to Bailiffs and down Cecilia Ridge and Rooikat Ravine to jeep track and then back to the finish at Constantia Nek.  About 20kms.

 

Important:  This is a serious trail run so you need to be kitted out in proper, weather-appropriate trail running gear and equipment (fully charged cell phone, waterproof jacket, space blanket, warm headgear, torch for the first 1.5 hours, water and energy snacks).  You need to be totally self-sufficient.  There is no charge / cost involved.  You do this run entirely at your own risk.

 

 

 

 

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

 

CECILIA FOREST / CONTOUR PATH TO SKELETON / BACK VIA ROOIKAT / CECILIA WATERFALL AND SPILHAUS RAVINE

 

This week our route takes us on a circular route along the contour path from Cecilia to Skeleton Gorge, up and down Rooikat, past Cecilia waterfall and Spilhaus Ravine.


Brief description of route
Start at the Cecilia Forest parking (corner Hohenort and Rhodes drive) and follow the cycle track, parallel to Rhodes drive, towards Southern Cross drive. From there, groups follow the steep jeep track towards Constantia Nek, before turning north along the upper contour path.  Then up the stairs to Rooikat Ravine and towards Cecelia waterfall.  Carry on to the Fourways signpost above Kirstenbosch, where the Main group can do an extra loop to Skeleton's Gorge.

Rendezvous and start time
RV in the Cecilia Forest parking (corner Hohenort and Rhodes drive) in time to start running at 07h00.

Terrain and distance
A mixture of single and jeep tracks with a bit of a climb up Rooikat. 
More or less 12 km taking in the region of about 2.0 hours for the Fast group.
The Slow group will follow a shorter route.

What to bring
Water, whistle, warm top, wind or waterproof top depending on weather.


See you there!
Natalie 0825587785


Warning for all K-Way VOB Trail Runs:  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 16 APRIL 2017

 

MATES SUNDAY TRAIL RUN

 

RUNNING SATURDAY INSTEAD.

 

Durbac-CMC Weekend Pack Run

 

NO RUN THIS WEEKEND.

 

 

UPCOMING TRAIL EVENTS

 

 

DON'T FORGET MONDAY:  K-WAY VOB MONDAY EVENING CITY BOWL TRAIL RUN –  MONDAY 24 APRIL 2017

All runners welcome.

Headlamps / Torches now compulsory.  It's been a long time since you've needed one so please make sure it is charged / has fresh batteries and is fully functional.

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

Distance about 9 - 10km.  60 – 75 minutes.

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

 

UPCOMING OCEAN2OCEAN aka O2O – PUFfeR 2017 QUALIFIER – 29 APRIL 2017

29 April 2017: Ocean2Ocean Guided 50km Trail Run (Puffer Qualifier): 

http://hikecapetown.co.za/ocean2ocean/

Or contact Barry on 083 953 3056 washer77@gmail.com.

 

 

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.  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

K-Way VOB Trail Running

Cell:     082 321-0299

Email:   tim.bellairs@gmail.com


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