Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols even though now on level 1.
- 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
- 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
This week we will be starting from the Hout Bay Beach Car park opposite Chapman's Peak Hotel. Hopefully this is not so full, so we can start at 6h15 am. We may still need torches for the run up the road
From the car park, we run up the Chapman's Peak Drive till we get to the start of East Fort route. We go up this path following the upper contour – with a potential detour to the manganese mines for those who haven't seen them. At the junction with the Blackburn Ravine path/lower contour, we go up Blackburn Ravine to the Hout Bay lookout at the top. From the lookout we turn left up the single track that leads us to Constantiaberg Peak and the mast.
After tagging the peak (one of the 13 peaks), we make a short detour to visit Constantiaberg Cave (Elephant's Bum cave) before retracing our steps down to the lookout and back down Blackburn ravine taking the lower contour this time.
Rendezvous and start time
Meet at Hout Bay beach car park ready to start running at 6:15am. Please arrive early for check-in and safety briefing. Remember to bring a torch for the run up the road.
Terrain & Distance
The route starts and ends with a bit of tar and jeep track but is mostly single track. It is not a long route distance-wise (+-12km) but it is around 900m up and 900m down.
There are turnaround points for those who don't want to go the whole way:
- At the junction of the upper and lower contours, you can turn back down along the lower contour – around 8km
- At the lookout at the top of Blackburn Ravine, you can turn back down – around 10km
If the weather is kind to us, it is really worth going to the top and the descent is a great run!
What to bring
Water, whistle, a space blanket and your ICE information. Please bring a headlamp or torch for the first bit on the road as we will be running in the half-light.
As the first 6km is a climb, snacks are a good idea
Please check the weather before you set off from home and pack the appropriate waterproof/warm gear. Constantiaberg and the lookout can be a whole different weather pattern!
Please note that TMT unfortunately does not allow dogs on its runs.
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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.
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