Friday, 22 April 2022

Fwd: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS: Saturday 23 April'22 - 3 Blockhouses Run

Good afternoon all.

Our run tomorrow is ON.

Looks like a cool 13 degree start to the day with a bit of breeze. 

There may not be a fast group and will not be any walkers this time. 

I realized that this week is the one year anniversary of the devastating fires around Devils Peak, UCT and Rhodes Memorial. In homage to that I'm going to slightly adjust our starting route to include a small detour down and through Rhodes Mem and up past the gutted tea garden cottage.

There is apparently another trail event starting from Newlands at 06h30 so I suggest you get there as early as you can to secure a parking spot around the main area. Sip a takeaway coffee while you wait. 

We will still start at 06h45


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From: Shaun Beckley <>
Date: Mon, Apr 18, 2022 at 1:28 PM
Subject: TABLE MOUNTAIN TRAILERS: Saturday 23 April'22 - 3 Blockhouses Run
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Hi Trailers.

We return to an oldie but goodie by tagging the 3 blockhouses. Not too difficult this weekend with a nice shortish, sharp loop. I personally have not been on the 'city' side since the awful fire so it will be interesting to see the flora now. 

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). We will probably run the boardwalks and take the downhill left just after the picnic table. 

Rendezvous and start time
Meet at 0
6h30 at Newlands Forest parking. We start running at 06h45 this time due to the later sunrise. 


Terrain and distance
Degraded jeep track and single track. Flowing undulating running, short uphill to the king's blockhouse

The route is around 9/10km but there are options to add distance on the way back 


I will lead a Medium paced group.

Faster and Relaxed Group will be confirmed later in the week.

What to bring 

Water, whistlea space blanket, and your ICE information. The weather can be different on the mountain. Please come prepared for wind, mist, or extreme heat!

Please check the weather before you set off from home and pack the appropriate waterproof/warm gear/lots of water.

Please note that TMT unfortunately does not allow dogs on its runs.

Please be aware that our runs operate under strict COVID protocols even though now on level 1. 

  • No gathering in a big group at the start or end of the run
  • Practice social distancing
  • Please carry emergency contact numbers in your bag or on your wrist/shoe
  • 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


Shaun Beckley



K-Way VOB's
 Medium Distance Trail Group


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