This week we loop from the Rhodes memorial entrance around to the blockhouses and then along the contour path towards Newlands ravine (or further) before returning to the start.
The start is a good warm up on the single track shortcut across to the road to Rhodes memorial, then onto the jeep track that runs above the memorial. Continue around the side of Plumpudding hill and keep right where the jeep track splits (do not turn up to the top of Plumpudding hill) Just after this there is an out and back to the right for those who want to see the Prince of Wales blockhouse. Returning to the jeep track, climb the zig zag road, but continue straight at the end of the second zig where you will find a single track on the left leading up to the Queens blockhouse which you should be able to see above. After visiting the Queens blockhouse, the single track continues climbing up and along towards the Kings blockhouse and joins the contour path below the Kings Blockhouse. There is a steep climb up to the Kings blockhouse and then back to the turnstile and along the contour path towards Newlands ravine. Depending on the distance you want to cover – continue along the contour path and choose one of the many routes back down to the start.
Rendezvous and start time
RV in the Old Zoo Parking below Rhodes Memorial (the one nearest to the Rhodes mem gate) ready to start at 07:30.
Terrain and distance
Jeep track and single track. Very runnable with some short climbs.
Distance about 11-14 kms (depending on the distance along the contour path before turning back down) taking more or less about 2hrs to 2hrs 30m.
This is a pack run with regular regroups, we will split into speed groups with leaders and sweeps on the morning.
There will be a relaxed group.
Please note that K-Way VOB club rules do not permit dogs on our runs.
What to bring
Water, whistle, warm/windproof top depending on weather, space blanket, ICE ID - either on your phone, bracelet/tag, card in your backpack.
Important: Please remember to look behind you at every turn in the route to make sure the people behind you see which way you are going.
Leaders of each group will ensure that no-one is left behind. Please keep the groups together and ensure that no-one is left on their own.
See you all there!
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.
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2] you are medically and physically fit to participate and
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