Friday 23 February 2018

TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS Saturday 24 February 2018 - Cecilia Ridge

Hi Trailers! 


Our Run is ON


Rendezvous and Start Time 


Cecilia Parking Area just off Rhodes Avenue at the top of Hohenort Avenue, 6:20 ready to start at 6:30am.



Cool with some light showers predicted, light wind ( <10 km/hr )


Jeep track and single track. About 12km


Relaxed Group

Relaxed Group to be confirmed this afternoon.


What to bring 

Water, whistle, warm, wind or waterproof top depending on weather and your ICE information


Important: Please remember to look behind you at every turn in the route to make sure the people behind you see which way you are going.   

Leaders of each group will ensure that no-one is left behind. Please keep the groups together and ensure that no-one is left on their own


No Dogs  allowed on our runs . 


Run Organiser

Theo Smith


083 579 2069 


Warning:  Trail running is inherently more dangerous than road running.  It may take 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.



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Sunday 11 February 2018

FEEDBACK 17 February 2018 Blockhouse, saddle and Newlands Ravine

 We had a good turnout of 23 trailers considering the Batrun and Peninsula and other runs happening. The weather was cool and kind at the start at Newland's Car Park. We also had a visitor from the UK on an internship for 6 months in Cape Town who joined us to try out the trails.

The relaxed group of 3 decided to climb up Newland's Ravine to the saddle and then return the same way. The rest of us started out in a big group but very early into the long uphill slog to the blockhouse we separated into a fast and a medium group. 

At the blockhouse, the medium group voted to try Mowbray Ridge and the Upper Traverse as most people hadn't done this route. Theo led the way and we scrambled up the ridge stopping often to breathe and drink in the scenery. It really is a spectacular route. While on the upper traverse, we spotted the emergency helicopter and teams practicing drills far below us. Good to know they were there...

A lot more uphill zig zagging brought us to the top of the path, where we picked up Thomas who had gracefully fallen back from the fast group. We scampered downhill (at last!) following the Bat Run markers to the saddle path, where we had one last little climb to the top of Newland's Ravine.

Here the back marker climbers shot to the front and there was a different set of back markers who nervously picked their way downhill. Once at the picnic table, the group spread out as everyone headed for home through the tangled forest paths.

The distance covered was around 10km in about 3.5hrs and there were some very tired bodies, but definitely a route worth doing again.

See Facebook for photos

Monday 5 February 2018

FEEDBACK Saturday 10th February - Red Disa run

Saturday 10 February 2018  –  Valentine's Red Disa Run – Constantia Neck, Reservoirs, Aqueducts back via the Smuts track

Approx 35 runners joined us for our annual Red Disa run at Constantia Nek. 

After the usual safety briefing we all made our way up the steps and shortcuts and then onto the overseer’s hut. The rain had settled the dust and made it a very pleasant day out on the mountain.

By this time we were definitely divided into 3 groups.  From here we took Smut’s track and made our way to the dams, across the wall, and then onto the aqueducts. All groups returned via the Smuts track – except a few who had time constraints and turned back.

We were not disappointed – the red disas were there in full bloom. 

Thanks to Richard for looking after the faster group of about 5 runners.  I didn’t see them after the run, but I think they managed about 14 km in under 3 hours.

The medium group was led by Julian and co and managed by our usual committee.  We did 14 km in over 3 hours.  The relaxed group managed a similar distance and spent a bit longer on the mountain enjoying the flowers.

Thanks to Jo, Liz, Lorraine and others for the lovely photos. (Pls see our facebook page.)

Congratulations to Nora on completing her 75th sortie with the group

A few of us joined Paul for a farewell coffee after the run – he will be working overseas for a while.