A small group of us decided not to join last week’s run and went for a "gentle" hike instead. Our esteemed leader was caught on camera hard at work on the trail.
Sunday 9 October 2011
This was our first spring run in the Silvermine Nature Reserve and 38 of us joined up with Tim's long distance group for a 0715 start. We kicked off the event with the New Balance Lucky shoe draw which was won by one of our more regular runners -Anne O'Gorman. Congratulations Anne, please contact Gaeleen who has your voucher.
This was followed by Tim giving a moving eulogy to Winston Wilson who unexpectedly passed away last week. Winston was a well liked and respected trail runner who ran with us on occasion, Tim then asked for a minute's silence in memory of him.
The long distance group then set off on their run and we jogged along the sandy path to the start of the long climb up to the saddle between Wolkkop and Steenberg Peak. Then it was a gentle downhill run to the aerial farm and up again to the ridge path overlooking Muizenberg. We passed a lively group assembled to sing revival songs who cheered us on our way as we ran through the fynbos to the lookout point on St James Peak and then down to the gravel track past Nellie's Pool.
From there it was a good run along the sandy/rocky trail overlooking the gravel road then back to the parking area.
One of our more demanding runs covering a distance of 9.1 km which we completed in under 2 hrs.
Well done to Alyce Solomon who has now competed 10 sorties with our group.
Red Tee Shirts
With the introduction of our own Table Mountain Trailers tee shirts we also introduced a reward shirt for those who have completed 25 sorties. This shirt is red as opposed to the normal white. The following are approaching 25: Pat 1 sortie to go; Veronica and Neil 3 sorties; Felicity 5 and Sandy, Sam and Rudolph 8 to go.
Thought for the week
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything!
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Sunday 2 October 2011
24 of us assembled in the Simon'sTown Long Beach parking area and after handing out our new running shirts we warmed up along the Main Road before taking a right and heading up the hill. From then on it was pure climbing for the next 25 minutes. 360 odd steps that meander under the pylons of the old cableway and which eventually crest the mountain at Just Nuisance's grave. Time to admire the view over False Bay and a quick photo then we more or less split into two groups as we ran through the Old Signal School to the cry of "you are looking good" from the security guard.Crossing the Red Hill road we joined the Kleinplaas hiking trail through the fynbos which was in its Spring glory with wild flowers and bird life aplenty. After a 3k loop we made our way down Redhill road turned into the Navy's Scala Battery area and down the now disused concrete road to join the Main Road and back to the parking area 11.5 kms and more or less 2hrs+ running time. Not one of our easier routes.
After the run several of us took up Randolph's invitation to tea in his Smitswinkel bay beach cottage which can only be accessed by foot down the steep incline. Lovely peaceful place were we relaxed over tea and muffins to the sound of the breakers before walking along the beach path to see the sea-cave. Getting back up to the road was another matter as by now our legs had cooled down! A big thank you to Randolph for sharing with us this beautiful spot.