Sunday 29 September 2013

Sunday 22 September 2013

FEEDBACK: Saturday 28 September 2013 Silvermine South from gate 2

A good turnout of 29  with a slight delay due to the non arrival of the gate guard.    But a substitute eventually arrived and after the usual briefing by Richard we split into the three groups with Richard leading the Main Group, Dawn the Recovery Group and Fay her walking group.

Weather was good with some sunshine although on the more exposed sections of the run a chill wind was present.

All in all a great run with Thanks to Richard and Dawn who planned and managed it.

Main group feeling very cheerful

Dawn, Neil, Felicity, Nicole and Lief

Lief and Neil at Muizenberg cave

Main & Recovery Groups

Wednesday 18 September 2013

FEEDBACK: Saturday 21 September 2013 Constantia Nek- Kirstenbosch

The Norwegians got it right!   They forecast a short window of no rain for this morning and they were spot on.   We drove up to the Nek in pouring rain wondering who else would be there but at 0640 the rain stopped and fourteen emerged from their cars looking somewhat surprised.

Having been warned by the parks board of the danger of mudslides and slippery trails higher up on the mountain the route was changed to keep us on the lower flanks away from the dangerous parts so the run became somewhat shorter than usual   

The rest is history one of those bracing winter runs, it was a tad cool but most were soon shedding their outer layers as we warmed up.

Richard and Gregg led the main group on a faultless run through to Fernwood and back while the four of us in the recovery group followed on,  soon to be overtaken by a tornado  in the form of Geoff, who swept by to catch up with the main group, having thought that the start time was at 0700.   Nothing like an early morning sprint to get going.

All in all a good run  and yes no rain it only started again as we drove home!

About 12kms done in just over 2 hours

Looking out over the Constantia Valley

Dawn, newbie Nicole and Lief of the Recovery Group

Sunday 1 September 2013

FEEDBACK: Saturday 7th September 2013: Tokai Forest to Steenberg Ridge

We had 30 enthusiastic Trailers turn up on a beautiful sunny Spring morning including some newbies. 
Richard lead us up the lung busting climb to Level 5 where one of our runners had a minor skirmish with a mountain biker stopping 1 cm before her nose. The front runners were then free to have a bit of a gallop on the flattish bit to the Silvermine bike parking lot where we regrouped and then headed up a bit more to the Lookout point above Blackburn Ravine, clear views today and some obligatory photos at this crowd pleasing spot. 

Then back down Elephants Eye footpath (with Julian and Mike doing a minor detour of their own) through that lovely woody bit whereafter it was every man for himself on the downward dash. 

Angela, fuelled by a handful of nuts, took Natalie, Allison and Tamsyn by surprise with a sneaky overtake on the corner manoeuvre on Level 3 and was responsible for them arriving in the parking lot out of breath mumbling about ITB and sore knees. 

Thanks to Richard for leading the Main Group, Gae for sweeping, Neil for leading the Recovery Group and Lorraine for the photos even after grazing her hands in a tumble. We ran about 14.7km in around 2hrs 30.