Sunday 20 August 2017

FEEDBACK: Saturday 26th August 2017: Constantia Nek/Back Table

27 stalwart trailers gathered under the pines of the Constantia Nek parking area in the cool pre-dawn twilight with the promise of a glorious spring morning ahead. After the customary briefing and a moment of silence in memory of Jeff Shapiro who passed away the previous week, we started the slog up the steep short-cut to Eagle’s nest corner.  Here the groups split and the Fast and Medium Fearless groups scampered around the corner not to be seen for the next two hours.

The slow group swelled by those not keen on the steep ascents and descents facing the Fearless groups continued up the concrete track and turned off for the single trail that winds its way through Cecilia and Rooikat ravines through to the foot of Nursery ravine.

After pleasant and uneventful runs all returned to the car park to celebrate our 7th Anniversary where a little “bubbly” and fruit juice helped slake our thirsts. 

Some special mentions:
Gaeleen: 225 sorties
Jeannine and Lize-Marick have actually completed  27 sorties but I don't think we ever congratulated them on their 25ths!


Sunday 13 August 2017

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS Fwd: Saturday 19th August: Cape Point-Buffelsbaai/Kanonkop/Lime-kiln route

This coming Saturday the forecast is for a glorious sunny day when we can provide a little assistance to the Puffer table as described in Allison's earlier e-mail followed by a spectacular run in the Cape Point Nature Reserve.

For those assisting at the Puffer Table please follow the instructions in Allison's e-mail and for the rest please plan to get to the Buffelsbaai parking area by 0730.

Brief Description of Route
From the Buffelsbaai parking area, a brief jog up the road and then turn right on to the single track that takes us past the Information hut and up to the top of Kanonkop. Here the Fast and Medium groups  take the trail to the left [northwards] for an out and back jog towards Paulsberg.  Once back at Kanonkop they follow the same route as the Slow Group.
The Slow group will go over Kanonkop and down towards the old limestone kiln. Cross the road and through the small parking area to follow the beach path along the coast that takes us back to the Buffelsbaai parking.
 Rendezvous and Start Time
RV in the Buffelsbaai parking area in time to start running at  0730 or as soon after when all the Puffer Table helpers have arrived.
The park opens at 0600. Please remember your Wild Card/My Green Card or R135 for the entry fee! 
How to get to Buffelsbaai
From the entry kiosk drive along the road for approximately 8km.  Ignore  the Buffelsfontein and Bordjiesdrif signs and turn off left at the Buffelsbaai sign,  drive down the road towards the beach and park at the southern end.
Terrain and Distance
A straight forward  run with a few reasonably easy hills. Good single tracks through the fynbos and probably close-ups of zebra, bontebok and others. A wee bit of an uphill slog to the top of kanonkop.   More or less 12-13 km taking  about 1.5 -2.0 hours  for the Fast group and 9/11km for the Medium and Slow groups.

The TMNP My Green Card is available exclusively to residents of Cape Town, costs R135 and provides the holder with 12 free entries a year into any of the Table Mountain National Park's pay points: Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point); Boulders Penguin Colony, Oudekraal and Silvermine, as well as to the braai and picnic areas at Tokai, Newlands and Perdekloof. It offers fantastic value.
    You can use the MyGreen Card for up to 6 people at a time - they must all bring ID books. Each person's entry will be clipped off your card.
The card can be obtained at:
    Tokai Plantation Office, Tokai Road, Tokai (Mondays to Fridays 08:00-15:45)
    You need to take 2 ID photos, ID and your printed proof of residence to buy the card 
Have a great week and hope to see you all there!
082 374 6262

- Cell: 082 374 6262 Office: 021 712 1994

Warning:  Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running.  It takes 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.
By starting out on a trail run you explicitly acknowledge that: 1] you understand the associated risks involved and accept full responsibility for your own safety. 2] you are medically and physically fit to participate and 3] are carrying the necessary water, clothing and safety equipment required for the particular run.

Monday 7 August 2017


About 26 runners braved the weather and met for our greenbelt run and after a short briefing, the whole group took off (at a pace!) down the road towards the Alphen green belt. 

The groups ran (or walked!) the Alphen and Diep River Trails until Southern Cross and Cecelia forest and then split up to do slightly different routes, returning via the Klaasenbosch and Alphen trails.

The main group completed 16 km, the medium group 11.5 km and the slow group about 9 km.

The terrain was wet and muddy, even a little rain, but we were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow.



Sunday 6 August 2017

FEEDBACK : Wednesday 9th August: Constantia Nek to Kloof Nek

There were a total of 19 Trailers in the car park at Constantia Nek on Women's Day, including a 7-man (and woman!) contingent from Stellenbosch.

We set off along the jeep track as a pack but Tamsyn and other fasties soon tore away from the slackers and disappeared into the distance. Stops had to be made even more frequently than usual for photos, especially as our northern friends had never run this stretch of the mountain before and were pleased with the views over the suburbs and across to their own stomping ground.

The first two short-cutting trailers peeled away from the peloton at about 6kms, just before the Aloes climb. A second two turned back at the top of the steps up to the rock fall, leaving the remainder of the pack to soldier on to the turnstile at a pleasant pace - 'slow enough to enjoy'.

At this point - about 11kms - there was an option to take the single track down to Rhodes Memorial and Uber home from there but there was only one taker for this option, and even she was quite easily persuaded to continue on to town.

At the blockhouse, we marvelled at Mowbray Ridge and the crazies that might consider climbing up or down it (haha!). We meandered around Devil's Peak, admiring the views of the city and revelling in the gorgeous weather that the morning had delivered. By now, the Stellies crowd were drunk on the scenery and were planning to return to run this route with us again as soon as possible!

The Platteklip descent drew one more deserter as Lorraine's tired legs got the better of her sense of adventure and she completed the last 2 kms on the t*r. The final crew of Stellies runners plus Theo, Anisha, Angela and Nothemba finished strong and pulled into the Kloof Nek parking area at just after 11am.

We Ubered back to Constantia Nek and had a rejuvenation cup of coffee at La Parada before waving goodbye to our Stellenbosch friends and promising to see them again soon.

Photos on facebook.