26 Trail runners arrived in the pre-dawn darkness of the Tokai Arboretium on a sultry late summer morning which had every indication of the start of a hot day.
Lorraine gave a no -nonsense briefing, we then split into the three groups Main, Recovery and Fay's Walking Group and were soon starting up the long hot climb up the Elephant's eye foot-path. At level 5 we turned left for the run up the mountain side gravel track leading into Silvermine reserve.
On the way we passed three American students who were out to collect Baboon urine for some research project. At first we thought they were kidding us but the were adamant that this was serious research! Wonder what the baboons made of this.
This was followed by the run along Steenberg Ridge with its breathtaking sunrise view over the Cape Peninsula. Then the Main Group headed off to the lookout platform at the top of Blackburn Ravine and the Recovery Group took the direct route back down the steps though the forest to the parking area.
14.5 Km for the Main Group and 11.3 for the Recovery Group. An enjoyable run for all.
Thanks to Lorraine for her organisation and congratulations to Jenni Sutherland who completed her tenth sortie and is promoted to the Speed Check-in.