Welcome back to Table Mountain Trailers and runs on the mountain! We have been given permission to start our group runs again under strict COVID protocols
- No gathering in a big group at start or end of the run
- All runners to carry a mask or buff
- Practice social distancing
- We will break into small groups as per regulations while we run
- No personal sign in – ensure the leader ticks you in/out. Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
- We will monitor the groups on a weekly basis for size
- VOB reserves the right to stop TMT if the COVID infections increase again in the Western Cape
- If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please stay at home
- If you are not comfortable with group running yet, you can use the maps to enjoy the routes in your own time
We chose one of the less technical routes for our first run in 5 months to welcome everyone back.
This Saturday we park at Newlands Forest parking and visit the 3 blockhouses on the slopes of Table Mountain.
Route (see attached map)
We meet at Newlands Forest parking - off Union Avenue (M3). Please try and arrive early as the parking gets very full
From the parking we turn right and run along the jeep track just above Rhodes memorial, we turn left at the intersection at the bottom and then turn right along the path to the Prince of Wales Blockhouse.
Returning to the track, we turn right and carry on, taking the left fork and the zig zags till we see the single track to the left that goes up to the Queen's Blockhouse.
We pass through the blockhouse taking the single track on the other side up to the track that takes us up to the King's Blockhouse
From the King's Blockhouse there are various options to get back to the parking depending on distance and time. (dotted lines on map)
Rendezvous and start time
Meet at 6:55am at Newlands Forest parking. We start running at 7am
Terrain and distance
Degraded jeep track and single track. Flowing undulating running, short uphill to the king's blockhouse
The route is around 9km but there are options to add distance on the way back
We will split into speed groups and possibly smaller groups as per regulations (keeping each other in sight) - with leaders and sweeps on the morning.
The relaxed group will be confirmed on Friday
Please note that K-Way VOB club rules do not permit dogs on our runs.
What to bring
Water, whistle, warm/windproof top, rain jacket- weather dependent, space blanket, ICE ID - either on your phone, bracelet/tag, card in your backpack.
At this time of year, the weather can change fast. Please make sure that you are carrying the right equipment, enough food and water
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.
See you there!
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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