After a week of anxious weather watching, the weather gods smiled on us and a cold but beautiful morning greeted the 25 trailers who gathered at Olifantsbos. This is one of my favourite routes as it contains bits of everything you could meet on a trail. It is short at 10km, but runnable and challenging.
When the sunrise hit the cloud formations and the amazing scenery, you would have thought that we were a group of photographers rather than runners!
The fast group took off behind Julian and co and we didn't see them again... We started out along the beach visiting the Thomas Tucker and other wrecks, then turned inland for some flowing single track to Sirkelsvlei. After regrouping there we started back along the rocky paths along the ridge back to the cars. A few of us did the ground-kissing thing but no serious injuries reported. Peter led his slower group at a more sedate pace along the same route.
Some bemused bontebok watched us all run back to the cars, while other animal spottings were a civet, a mongoose and an ostrich with 5 babies.
A beautiful run, well worth the early alarm clock and the drive in the dark.
Aubrey Springer did his25th sortie and we have Felicity and Julian on their 99th, so next week we could see them earn their black tees. Well done to the 5 newbies! Welcome to the trailers.