Monday 7 December 2015

FEEDBACK: Sat 12 December Cecilia Forest

Hi Trailers

The final TMT run for the year will take place this Saturday 12 December, followed by a picnic breakfast get together at the Granelli's. 
We will run from Cecilia Forest car park on Rhodes Drive and cover a route around the Cecilia/Kirstenbosch area.  
Please also raid your cupboards to support our clothing collection for Victoria Hospital!


SATURDAY 12th  December 2015:  Cecilia/Kirstenbosch

Rendezvous and Start Time?    RV in the Cecilia Forest Parking area in time to start running at 06.30
How to get there?   The Cecilia Forest car park is on Rhodes Drive near the intersection of Rhodes Drive and Hohenort in Constantia.


Terrain and Distance      

There will be a few ups and downs, some jeep tracks and some great single track along the contour paths!   Distance in the order of 12 kms, taking around 2hrs.
The Main Group will take in Cecilia Waterfall, Rooikat Ravine and probably turn back at Skeleton Gorge.
The Recovery Group will follow a similar route but slightly shorter.
I'm not sure yet whether there will be an "official"  walking group, but you are fee to join us and walk the well-defined paths of the Cecilia Forest area.


Picnic Breakfast and Clothes Collection      

Please bring along a picnic breakfast and join us after the run at the Granelli's who live within walking distance of the Cecilia Car park, at:
9 Duntaw Close
Duntaw Close is about 200m south of the Cecilia car park just off Rhodes Drive.  Pass through the access boom and 50m down to the bottom of the Close.  You can walk from Cecilia car park or park in Duntaw Close.

Remember that we will also be collecting clothes for the Victoria Hospital.  The Hospital has an especially urgent need for  mens' clothing.

Please bag and mark the mens', womens' and childrens' clothing separately.     Last year we collected 12 black bags worth, can we do better this year? 
See you there!

Piero & Catherine Granelli
082 333 3368

Friday 4 December 2015

Friday 20 November 2015



Thanks to the group leaders for leading last Saturday.
A picture paints a thousand words.

Photo credit: Allison Lamb

Sunday 8 November 2015

FEEDBACK: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS Saturday 14th November 2015 - Tranquillity Cracks

Hello Trailers,

It is has been some months since we last did the Tranquillity Cracks route. We start along the Pipe Track with magnificent views over the Atlantic seaboard all the way to Corridor Ravine. Up Corridor, then two left turns to explore Tranquility Cracks. Continue along the Twelve Apostles route to check out the top of the old cableway used to build the dams, there's a great view from there. We then head down Kasteelspoort and back along the Pipetrack to the carpark.

Rendevouz and start time:
We will meet at Kloof Nek in the 2nd car park where the SanParks hut it at 06.15 to sign in and for briefing, ready to start running at 06:30.

Terrain and Distance:
The Pipetrack is fairly flat, but rocky in areas. There is a steep ascent up to the top and some single track along the Twelve Apostles route to Kasteelspoort. The route will take approximately 2.30 - 3hours. See attachments for the main route and elevations.

Recovery Group:
The recovery group will turn up Woody Ravine for a shorter route.

Walk/Run Group:
The walk/run group will turn up Kasteelspoort from the Pipetrack before turning back.

What to bring:
Water, whistle and a light snack. Bring along a waterproof top as there is a possibility of light rain in the morning. At the moment it is expected to be cloudy with a maximum temperature of 20 degrees.

See you there

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Monday 2 November 2015

FEEDBACK: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS - Sat 07th November 2015 - Silvermine North-West

FEEDBACK: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS -  Sat 07th November 2015 - Silvermine North-West

Feedback from Richard:

A medium-sized group turned up for the first run from the Kalk Bay station parking for many months, - a legacy of the fire in January.

The start was slightly delayed because of the late arrival of the run leader, Richard, who had to run to the start from Fish Hoek, because of an accident on Main road – forcing the road to be closed. All 3 groups started up a much changed Echo valley and Spes Bona valley and thereafter, through the Spes Bona forest (which was mercifully preserved from the fire. The route was tough to start with, then becoming undulating, and finally ending with a very fast downhill run back to the parking.

All-in-all a good outing, - and a welcome return to a very pleasant area of the Table Mountain national park.
Richard Rossiter

Saturday 31 October 2015


We had 26 people pitch for a really lekker run today, lots of newbies including a visitor from France – Loic. 

There were 14 in the Main group led very ably by Hein at a surprisingly comfortable pace. Dougie (out of running retirement) kept the back-markers entertained with his story for every topic. 

I always wax lyrical about this route because I love it so much. Every time I run it, it is different – from the wet winter runs with cascades of water coming off the mountain, the misty ones where you just see the cranes at sea peeking out and today when Spring has sprung and we ran through a forest of Keurboom trees in full purple bloom (Dougie says mauve). It’s a simple route: up the dreaded Kloof steps, along the ‘undulating’ contour path, UP to the Saddle and then down onto the Oppelskop path and back via the slightly lower contour path (where you will find the Keurbooms) until you join up again with the upper contour path and retrace your steps. There were no injuries or lost runners so a very successful sortie!

The Main group did 12.5 kms in just over 2 hours.

Report by Allison Lamb.


"Despite the inclement weather the Recovery Group enjoyed a large turnout of some 17 people, many of whom were first time members. The group was led by me on a beautiful and brisk paced out and back of approximately 9 kms. Having navigated our way over a technical and rocky route, on the way back we made our descent at the lower cable station so that everyone could let their hair down and enjoy a bit of speed heading down the tar road to the car park and finish.

Report by Pete Rogers  

Saturday 24 October 2015


29 turned up at in the parking area at the top of Black Hill to catch a magnificent view of the rising sun over a placid False Bay. The morning promised to be warm and so  the three groups promptly set off at 0630. The route through the fynbos revealed  many flowers in full

bloom and in the clear morning air the view into distant Hout Bay, Table Mountain in the far distance and Cape Hangklip peeping above the horizon beyond False Bay was spectacular.

The Main Group soon pulled away from the rest and by all accounts had a good but uneventful run despite the heavy going through the soft sand. The Recovery group followed them being uncertain as to where to turn off for their shorter route. A lesson learnt there being to ensure that

Leaders do know the route that they should follow.  End result was some of the RG were a little tired by the end having run more than they anticipated combined with slogging through the soft sand.

Kate Le Roux notched up her 50th Sortie so can now wear the Green tee and Bonnie Floyd and Sam Smith both competed 10 sorties so can now take advantage of the speed check-in.

Main Group did 14kms in just under two hours the Recovery Group 14km in 2hrs30 and the Slow Group 10.5kms in 2hrs10.

--- Pete Rogers

Saturday 17 October 2015

FEEDBACK: Saturday 17th October - Silvermine SE "Hole in the Wall"

After route changes, time changes and google behaving like a spoilt child, it was encouraging to see an enthusiastic group of runners arrive at Hole in the Wall for a first foray into Silvermine East from the Boyes Drive side since the fire.

The weather gods smiled on us and it was warm despite the early start. The small main group was ably led by Richard, Gaeleen and Theo coped well with a large recovery group while Peter led Randolph and myself as the walking wounded.

Although the routes on the map were not strictly adhered to, all groups enjoyed scenic, if hilly, runs. The mountain is recovering really fast after the fire and the winter rain. The ground is covered with flowers and even the burnt bushes are sprouting green hairdos. The streams were running down to the sea, very visible without the normal undergrowth.

Peter's group arrived home first in just over 2 hours to find 2 girls, who had turned around from the recovery group due to vertigo problems, waiting at the cars. Not long afterwards the intermingled main and recovery groups made their way down the mountain. Everyone impressed with their hill climbing skills!

A hard run but so good to be able to run in Silvermine again!

---Liz Brash 

Pictures by Faye Elliott. (Sadly Laura's camera has been sweat-damaged and is in the IRU - Intensive Rice Unit. Please send more photos if you have any.)