Tuesday, August 8, 2017

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: GENERAL TRAIL RUNNING INFORMATION

Hi Everyone

 

 

TRAIL RUNS FOR THIS COMING WEEK

 

TUESDAY 8 AUGUST 2017

 

TUESDAY TRAILS

 

Awaiting confirmation.  Last week was Platteklip Gorge so Newlands Forest.  But please check out their Facebook page for confirmation.

 

17h45 for 18h00 start.

 

3 / 4 pace groups.

 

Please bring torches / headlamps.

 

 

 
WEDNESDAY 9 AUGUST 2017

 

CRAG / CSAG / CWAG TRAIL RUN / SHUFFLE / WALK

 

No run – Public Holiday

 

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


No run – Public Holiday


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

 

 

 

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS WEDNESDAY WOMEN’S DAY RUN – 9 AUGUST 2017

 

As promised, we're going to be adding an extraordinary long run to the calendar this week.

 

We'll be leaving the Constantia Nek car park at 7:30 am and following the contour path all the way to Skeleton Gorge, up through the Aloes, above  Rhodes Memorial to the blockhouse, and finishing with the front face of Table Mountain.

 

Please organize a lift home or chat amongst yourselves to form groups to split the fare on an Uber back to the start. Some of us may opt to run down the road and stay for coffee in Kloof Street.

 

I estimate that this will take about 3.5 to 4 hours, based on my own time when I did the TMC leg 2.  Clearly I'm not fast, but I didn't stop at all.  We're omitting Rooikat this time though.

 

Please carry plenty of water and some energy snacks.

 

Lorraine Nevin

0725750914

 

 

MATES WEDNESDAY RUN

 

Wednesday 9th August

 

Start: 06h30 at Constantia Nek (Headlamps for the start)

 

Co-ordinators: Dale Symons\Michael Ohlsson - 082 851 3949\082 319 7250



Route:

Contour path to the Blockhouse, then upper contour path to the Devil’s Peak saddle, down Newlands Ravine and back along the contour path to the Nek. Gentle pace.

 

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.

 

 

TRAIL AND TAR – 9 AUGUST 2017

 

We await confirmation.
Bring headlamps – ESSENTIAL!

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...

Groups:

Woggers................Nice easy pace for those who just starting out but have a little fitness
Supa Chilled..........for the runner wanting to take it easy, or suffering from a bub alas, gentle pace
Nice n Easy............for the racing snake wannabes who like the idea of running fast, but not the pain.....
No Pain No Gain ...for ex athletes and desperate wannabe athletes...can hurt occasionally
PAIN.....................for the nutcases who get off on inflicting pain on their mates.

 

THURSDAY 10 AUGUST 2017

CELTICS THURSDAY WINTER TRAIL RUNS

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

On Thursday 10th August, 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.

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 11 AUGUST 2017

 

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SATURDAY 12 AUGUST 2017

 

K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING GROUPS

 

LONGER DISTANCE GROUP

 

Please join Table Mountain Trailers. 

 

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

 

Constantia Green Belts

 

This week we run the Constantia green belts – it is a run ideal for those new to trail running.   Nothing too technical, and a bit of road running in between. 

 

Saturday 12 August 2017 -  Constantia Greenbelts

 

Brief Description of Route

We will run the greenbelts, including the Alphen trail, Klaasenbosch Trail and the Diep River Trail.  An extra loop will be added in Ceclia forest to give some extra distance.

 

 Rendezvous and Start Time

RV at 07h30  in the Constantia Sports complex parking area.  Enter the sports complex (at the Brommersvlei/Constantia Rd intersection), and park on the left hand side as you enter. The parking area, as well as our route will be familiar with all K-way VOB members.

 

Terrain and Distance      

There will be a few ups and downs, some jeep tracks and some single tracks, but generally not much technical stuff – so ideal for newcomers.    Distance in the order of 14 kms, taking around 2hrs. 

Our other groups will follow a slightly shorter route at a more modest pace!

We will do the route in a clockwise direction, hopefully avoiding the Constantia Park run

 

What you need to bring

Water, whistle, and waterproof/warm top

 

Have a great week.

Cheers

Gaeleen (083 55 696 79)

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.

 

 

 

DIRTOPIA WINTER TRAIL RUN – 12 AUGUST 2017

 

12 August - Winter Trail Run @Delvera

This Saturday, we’ll get warm by running on Klapmutskop trails! Do one of four of the winter routes with amazing views and wineland scenery.

DATE: Saturday 12 August 2017

VENUE: Delvera farm, on R44 about 12 km from Stellenbosch

REGISTRATION: From 07h30 at Dirtopia Trail Centre

START TIMES & DISTANCES: 15km: 08h45, 12.5km: 09h00, 7.5km: 09h15, 5km: 09h30

COST: Pre entries (closing date: 10 August)

5km -90, 7km – R110, 11.5km – R125 & 15km – R135

Late entries taken on event day, at an additional fee of R50. Do your pre-entry by Thursday!

TO ENTER:

Enter online: credit card and EFT payments accepted

ENTER ONLINE (login OR create a profile/register)
                                                                         
Payments must be received when pre-entries close, otherwise your entry will be subsequently cancelled.

TIMING: Timing will be done with Amarider Trail Tags.  No tag, no time:  available for rent for R20 on the day or buy for R100 and use at all our events!

ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS:  This trail system is one of the oldest and most spectacular in the Cape. The climbs are rewarded with singletrack on various terrain and views of the winelands and Table Mountain in the distance..

Take on this challenge and stay for the lucky draw & prize giving to win wines from the area and other fantastic prizes from Cape Storm and FALKE!

GENERAL INFO:

All finishers to receive a medal. You can choose if you’d like to be timed by Amarider Trail Tag as the results are immediately available on the website and Discovery Vitality points can be earned. The refreshment station for the three long routes will have Powerade, fruit & nuts and Coke at the finish for all! Another self-help station for the two longest distances.

Dirtopia Café will be open all day for breakfast and lunch. Coffee and pancakes will be served from early morning.  Warm up at the fireplace!

Breakfast wraps on the go afterwards too!

 

 

SUNDAY 13 AUGUST 2017

 

MATES RUN

 

TBA

 

Durbac-CMC Pack Run

 

NO OFFICIAL RUN: Spur Winter Trail Series

Date: Saturday, 12 August

Where: Kleinmond

Distance: 7km, 14km, 23km

 

We are descending on Kleinmond in numbers! And making it a very social weekend. Look out for the Yellow Trail Goat cooler box if you want an ice-cold beer (or Sterri).

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING TRAIL EVENTS AND CLUB TRAINING RUNS

 

 

DON’T FORGET MONDAY:  K-WAY VOB MONDAY EVENING CITY BOWL TRAIL RUN –  MONDAY 14 AUGUST 2017

All runners welcome.

Headlamps / Torches now compulsory. 

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 .

 

 

GREEN FOREST TRAIL RUN SERIES

 

Entries are open!
 

We are super excited to have officially opened entries to the 2017 Green Forest Trail Run Series this morning. This race is perfect for everyone from the road runner wanting to try out trail running to the experienced trail runner that wants to set a personal best. You are guaranteed to have a blast on this scenic DOWNHILL run through the majestic forests that make up the Grabouw Valley.

 

The Series normally comprises 3 downhill runs. However, due to the recent fires and ongoing harvesting in the Paarl area, the 2017 Series will comprise only 2 downhill runs through the beautiful forests of Grabouw.

 

10km and 21km runners: We bus you to the top of the forest from where you get to choose between a beautiful 10km or 21km downhill route back down to the finish venue. This is your chance to set a 'personal best'.

 

5km runners: Get to enjoy a fast and flat circular course that starts and finishes in the same place. 

 

 Enter both races upfront and:
 - save on the entry fees

 - receive a free cap worth R150

 - your name goes into the hat for some Capestorm kit

 - you are eligible for the overall series prizes

 

Of course, you can enter each race seperately should you prefer.

 

Entry fee includes; bus transfers, permits and a donation to Grabouw Animal Welfare.

 

For more details: http://raceinterface.co.za/gmtr-series-overview/  

Or go straight to the entry portalhttp://bit.ly/2rr5WYK 

 

 

 

 

 

Race #1 Lebanon Forest

 

Date: Sunday, 13 Aug
Lebanon Forest, Grabouw.
21km, 10km, 5km

 

Click here for more info

 

Race #2 Nuweberg Forest

 

Date: Saturday, 7 Oct
Nuweberg Forest, Grabouw
21km, 10km, 5km

 

Click here for more info

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MELKBOS TRAIL EVENT FOR WONDERFUL CHARITY – THE FALLEN ANGELS TRAIL RUN – 19 AUGUST 2017

 

The gang from Melkbos are organizing an event on behalf of Fallen Angels Rescue Centre. We will have a 5km fun walk/run and a 15km farm challenge. No major hills, one river, some sand - but glorious views of Table Mountain. All proceeds are going to Fallen Angels.

 

https://entryninja.com/events/event/18722-fallen-angels-fast-flat

 

Looking to run a fast course, but don’t feel like hitting the tar? Come join us in the beautiful Koeberg, on the old historic farm of VAATJIE on the 19th of August for a farm run! Choose between a more challenging 15km or an easy family-friendly 5km walk/run.

Your efforts will be rewarded by beautiful canola fields with Table Mountain as a backdrop! For good measure, we will add just a little bit of sand, maybe a river crossing or two – possibly just one small hill and to finish it off, a medal at the end!

All of this will be in support of Fallen Angels Pet Rescue Centre outside Melkbosstrand – so come run the trails for tails and support this wonderful cause!

 

The objective of this day is to raise much needed funds for Fallen Angels to cover their veterinary expenses, maintain their current structures and build upgraded wards for their animals (such as isolation wards for sick animals). All the proceeds of the event will go to Fallen Angels

The event will include vendors, lucky draws, food stalls and children’s entertainment. A 5km fun run and fun ride is also planned for the children, as high focus will remain on involving the youth with our mission and path forward.

 

The race will start and end at Vaatjie Kleine Zoute Farm (on the old Darling Road, 18km from Melkbosstrand

Fast and Flat Farm Challenge – 8am

5km Fun Run – 8:15am

 

Fallen Angels (NPO 133-448) is based outside Melkbosstrand and since 2014, has been playing an active part of the greater community, to save and improve the living conditions of animals in their immediate surroundings, while maintaining their rehabilitation. This may involve re-homing animals who are unwanted, unloved or lost. As children are our future, we believe in incorporating them in the rehabilitation of our animals – this acts as therapy not only for the dogs, but also for the children - we always encourage positive interaction between our rescues and children. This builds a base of love, trust and respect in both the rescue and the child, for one another, but also for any relationships to follow.

15km – R100

5km – R40

Address: Vaatjie Farm, R304 (Old Darling Road towards Atlantis), Melkbosstrand

 

More information: web.facebook.com/events/1878760009045746

 

 

NEW EVENT:  NID TRAIL RUNS  –  10 AND 11 NOVEMBER 2017 – KAROO NATIONAL GARDENS (WORCESTER)

Take on dusk and dawn with this exciting running challenge benefiting persons with hearing loss.

Dusk: Race starts at 19:30 Friday 10 November 2017. Choose between 12, 8 and 4 km.

Dawn: Race starts at 05:30 Saturday 11 November 2017. Choose between 22, 12 and 8 km.

Entry fees:
22km = R 220 / 12km = R 120 / 8km = R 80 / 4km = R 40

Donations to NID of R 250 or more get one FREE entry. If you enter both days, your cheapest entry will be half price.

All donations to NID are deductible from tax.

For more information and to enter, email relations.fr@nid.org.za.

 

Flyer available on request to tim.bellairs@gmail.com .

 

http://www.nid.org.za/night-trail-run/

 

 

 

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

 

Tim

 

 

 

 

 

 

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