On the 17th DecemberMy trail friends said to me...Runners are a-running :)Walkers are a-walking :)Picnic is a-happ'ning -'Coz the run is ON!!!Parking at the dam,Bring mince pies, coffee, other treatsAnd a bev'rage with some alcohol!
Saturday 17th December sees us meet for our last official sortie of 2022. We'll run one of our old Silvermine favourites, Three Lookouts and a Peak, and celebrate the year's finale with a picnic brunch and a swim in the dam, weather permitting.
Starting at the car park nearest to the dam*, we'll head towards the fire lookout over Tokai, meander towards Blackburn lookout and complete the circular route via Noordhoek Peak to the Noordhoek lookout. There are options to include the Panorama path, the Crassula Path, divert to Elephant's Eye Cave and/or extend the distance with a jog down the River Walk. We'll organize group leaders and sweeps on the day.Rendezvous and Start Time
The main gate - the one with the SANParks checkpoint - opens at 7am so please make your way to the car park at the dam* as quickly as possible.We'll start running as soon as possible - latest 7:20am.
NB: There is no cellphone signal in Silvermine so if you are running late, there is no way to let us know. Don't be late!
Entry fee to Silvermine is still amazing value at R38 per adult. Please bring your ID book to prove you are a SA national. Alternatively, buy a MyGreen card at the Tokai SANParks office this week, or carry your Wild card.
Terrain and Distance
Single track, jeep track, and a little bit of rock hopping. Depending on the group you join and the whim of the day, you'll run somewhere between 8 and 12km.
We will organise groups on the day. There will definitely be a "Lorraine's speed" group, hopefully a faster group and possibly a walking group. All to be confirmed on Friday.
A whistle, WATER, a warm & waterproof/windproof top, space blanket and ICE (In Case of Emergency) tag or card.
If you're staying for a Christmas picnic, please bring a cooler box with your favourite snacks and cool drinks. Invite your home family to join you and meet your trail family!
Unfortunately we do not welcome dogs on our runs.
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.
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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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