This winter however has been FUN!!!
I have been running a lot more than last winter! That was not hard, last winter I was off injured for the majority of the time.
There are some amazing trails around PE and we have been making the most of them. Most of them are free, some you pay a nominal amount – all are very worth it.
Here are a few of my favourite photos
First, My favourite one of me running. (Thank you Willie Lawson for taking it)
Did you know that it is free to visit the Van Stadens Flower reserve and there are walks, runs and mountain bike trails that you can use all year round.
Notes on the 3 of the venues:
In Port Elizabeth – Baakens Valley – FREE!! There are many access points to the Valley all throughout the city. It is free to run, walk or bike here but it is advisable to go in a group. We have not had any problems but I have heard of some people being harrased or mugged. BE CAREFUL
Port Elizabeth – Surrounding areas:
Van Stadens Flower Reserve, access on on the same road as the Van Stadens Pass and Woodridge Schools. You can visit the Facebook group “Friends of Van Stadens or the website VAN STADENS: for more info. The reserve spans both sides of the N2 and is stunning. Entry is free of charge and there are easy walks, hikes and bike paths. There are also more challenging trails for running and walking. The vegetation is diverse and has wooded areas and fynbos. It is awesome.
3 Rivers Trails – Crossways Farm Village Cost R40.00 For more information visit their Facebook page or website 3 Rivers Trails. The trails are marked and there are many different options for mountain biking, running and walking and all different distances. Each time we have been we have done a different route. Those that did the Port Elizabeth leg of the Rhino Run will know it – this was the venue. Sign in and pay at the Crossways Farm Village Country Kitchen. If you plan on doing parts of the Longmore Forest, you will also need a forestry permit.
If you would like to stay up to date on trail runs in the Port Elizabeth area there is a group on Facebook called Trail Adventures which is updated regularly.