Thursday, 6 August 2020




I am forwarding Tim's VOB trail running update.


In addition to the runs that Tim mentions, if anyone wants shorter distance runs try the Phantom Rally Series – one run a month for next with short , medium, long and XL distances.

Great fun for the whole family!


Or the DARG trail series – see DARG facebook


Hope to see everyone soon! Happy social-distance running till then


Liz, Lorraine and Gaeleen


From: <> On Behalf Of Bellairs, T. (Tim)
Sent: Tuesday, 04 August 2020 10:51
Subject: [vobtrailrunners] K-WAY VOB TRAIL RUNNING: TRAIL UPDATE



Good morning Everyone


Just a reminder that we are still in existence and haven't forgotten you.  But, like most of the organised running groups, we are taking the cautious approach and waiting until the worst of the COVID danger has passed (and regulations allow) before we re-engage the old groups.


So the old format of the emails will not return in full until such time.


So what exactly IS happening?


There have been some fantastic innovations around how we can still form small groups for safety purposes and minimise the COVID dangers by observing the PPE and social distancing protocols.  I will do a better job of investigating these over the coming weeks and months and try and put them out on an abridged version of our email.  For example, I almost missed the wonderful Gone2Gone segment run.  I did miss the Tuesday Trails Van Hunks segment.  But now there is the Tuesday Trails Nek2Nek.  I am sure there are others and I will look into them.  But basically a group will organise an "event" over a Strava segment.  There is a defined period over which you can run the route (e.g. you have a month in which you can do it).  You sign up for it and then run the route whenever you want (preferably with a few mates) and record your effort on Strava.  You submit your result to the group and you go on the results sheet.  Each group is slightly different in terms of rules, signing up and prizes etc.


Further, MATES is also operating and organising on a limited basis, taking great care to minimise risks.


Also, smaller WhatsApp groups have popped up to replace the larger email groups of he pre-COVID era.  Who knows?  Perhaps this is the way forward.  Whatever the future holds, general social media seems to be the way of finding runs you can join up with.


If anyone is organising a run or a Strava-type event and wants to put the details out there on this email, then please just send me the details and I will include them on the weekly email.


Here are some tasters in the meantime:




This is a 21km Strava segment from Constantia Nek to Kloof Nek, largely along the contour path but taking a diversion over the top of Oppelskop Ridge and Saddle Rock before returning to the contour path.


For full details it is easiest to just search Strava for the TT Nek2Nek or Google it.


The official segment starts at Constantia Nek car park and ends at the Kloof Nek car park.  But at the end, the right thing to do is trot down the road towards the city bowl and have a coffee or two at  Tamboers Winkel in De Lorentz Street (half way down the hill) with your mates.


You will need to do a little car / Uber admin but very well worth it.


MUIZENBERG TRAIL DAWGS (not officially organising their normal runs but are organising some ad hoc small runs via their WhatsApp Group)


  • DUEL WITH THE MULE (finishes Sunday 30 August) – Strava segment
  • STEVE H'S NOT A RACE CHALLENGE (Starts 9 August at 07h00 and ends 10 August at 18h00) – MATES will be running this on Sunday morning)


For details of how to participate in these runs then search Facebook for the Muizenberg Trail Dawgs group and scroll through the page until you get to their Challenges.  Full details are there.




That's it for now.  Remember, if you know of any Challenges or runs that need airing and will comply with current safety requirements, let me know and I will pop them onto the email.





Tim Bellairs

K-Way VOB Trail Running / 0823210299





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