Sorry this is late. Someone was playing golf this morning.
Tomorrow's run is ON.
Many people will be out at Paarl tomorrow so we are on skeleton staff.
There will be no official Relaxed Group.
Peter will be leading a Walking group.
Weather will be clear, starting at a cool 13° rising to 21°later in the day. Strong south-easter.
See you tomorrow.
A very runnable route but with a surprising amount of total elevation.
We park at Constantia Nek and take the higher route over to Cecilia Forest. Then contour path to Window Gorge. At this point the shorter option will split off right and head down to the jeep track in Kirstenbosch.
The main group will keep left and head over the Aloes (rock scree) and down to the big rock on the contour path. Here we turn right and run down the steps to the jeep track. Turn onto the cycle path and pick up the jeep track on the other side of it. Then it is jeep track all the way through the top of Kirstenbosch and Cecilia Forest (lower route) to Constantia Nek.
Saturday's weather is looking cool, starting at 14 degrees but climbing 25 degrees later in the day. A brisk south-easter is forecast but we will be running largely in the wind-shadow of the mountain.
Rendezvous and start time
Park at Constantia Nek by 6h15am ready to start at 6:30 am. Please arrive early – parking fills up fast.
Terrain & Distance
The route out starts with about 3km of jeep track followed by single track all the way to the border of Newlands Forest. One big climb. On the way back 99% undulating jeep track.
The main group will be doing 14km / 15km and running time should be around 2 hours.
The shorter route is just shy of 11km and skips the big climb and running time should be around 1h30.
Distances and running times estimated.
Tim Bellairs will lead a Medium paced group.
Indications are that Grant will be available for a faster run should there be appetite.
Relaxed Group will be confirmed later in the week.
What to bring
Water, whistle, a 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.
Directions to Constantia Nek
Please note that TMT unfortunately does not allow dogs on its runs.
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