I am not a fan of winter, however if it continues like this I might just change my mind. It was 30 degrees in PE on Monday. In fact I think I am going to change my mind anyway, regardless of the weather. My reason –trail running! I love trail running. I have done a few over the past couple of years, but really go into it last year. This year it is becoming a bit of an obsession! So much so that my sister and I have entered a multi stage event in November – I am really excited.
It is the Fairview Dryland Traverse and is over 4 days, the first day being a 8km prologue with parts of it through the Cango Caves! How awesome. The next three days are each about 27km. VERY EXCITED! However after last week’s little 23km run I have realise I need a lot more training, on trails, it is very different to the roads. So I have tried to set up a schedule of events to keep myself going and excited. I won’t be able to do all of these, and some are more for fun that training but here goes.
1st June – 11km or a 5km in Baakens Valley –
to enter and for more details
2nd June – Muck Run – for fun 8km of mud and muck (Entries for this event are SOLD OUT and yes, I do have an entry)
8 June – Royalston for Rhinos – This is to be held at the Royalston Reserve, which borders on the Lake that Firefly mentioned in a couple of his blog posts - HERE. Entries are open there is a 15km and a family 5km –
15 June – 18km or a 5km –
to enter and for more details
17 June – 10km or a 5km SOS Horsing Around Trail Run Series –Schoenmakerskop, More details on Facebook
22 June – Katberg Eco Trail Run; 18 km, 10km, or a 5 km Details on below
29 June – Heartbreak Hill 21.1km. Not a Trail Run but fun nonetheless. I do plan on doing this.
28 June to 7 July – KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL. There are a whole LOAD of events to choose from (not all sporting, it is the Oyster Festival after all.
6 July 2013 – Knysna Forest Marathon 21.1km and 42.2km- Charity Entries still open. (I am not doing either of these – long story)
7 July – HoutKapper Trail – 27km (Entered) there is also a 16km and a 8 km . This is the first time this event is being held and is part of the Knysna Oyster Festival Details HERE (Yikes – it says the 27 is for “experienced trail runners – not sure if I consider myself that yet)
20 July - 10km or a 5km SOS Horsing Around Trail Run Series – Bushpig Adventure Cape More; details on Facebook
4 August – Woodridge Trail Runs – not a series this year, this is the only date (I have done a couple of these races before – read HERE)
9 August – PROVISIONAL _ Details to be announced. There are talks about a 25km out at Cockscombe. Should be awesome, can’t wait to hear more.
10 August – 10km or a 5km SOS Horsing Around Trail Run Series – Walker Drive Shopping Centre – More details on Facebook
9 – 11 August – Southern Cross Multi Day Trail Run – Details here
(I won’t be doing this, but have heard it is fantastic)
8 September – Sunshine Coast Trail Run – Details to Follow (I did this last year, was awesome, read about it HERE)
14/15 September – Urban Run – entries open on 1st June. www.zports.co.za ENTER , ENTER, ENTER!!!! Although not a trail run it is one of my favourite events of the year! LOVE IT. HERE (2012) and HERE (2011) are blog posts about the previous 2 runs held.
14 September – Baviaanskloof Trail Run – Entries are very limited and open soon. I will not be doing it, but would like to one year.
22 September – Rhino Run – There are numerous runs held around the country with the PE event being held at at Crossways Village it has a 6km, a 12km and a 20km Details on Facebook HERE
21/22 or 23/24 September – Otter Run SOLD OUT. I would like to do this one year, but have heard it is very tough and entries are limited. I have walked the Otter Trail a couple of times and it is an awesome part of the country.
7 – 10 November – The BIG ONE – at least for me! The FAIRVIEW DRYLAND TRAVERSE! Can’t wait.
If I have left any out that you think I would like or that you would like to include in this list please just put it in the comments and I will add it.
I also believe that there are training runs most Thursday nights, one held at Dodds Farm and one held at Hopewell Estate (run by the Charlo Running Club). I unfortunately have art classes on a Thursday night and so have never done these.
So, PE people you can have no excuses not to get out there and see the surround areas. Some of these runs are actually right in the centre of the city. You will be amazed at the beauty we have here – we are very fortunate!
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