Merrell Outeniqua Traverse

If you haven’t heard of this race yet, do some research. This is a spectacular race set in the beautiful Outeniqua mountains above George, in the Western Cape.

Starting and ending in the George Botanical Gardens, this event has been chosen to host the SA Long Distance Trail Champs on 14th June 2014. Its a 38km course with some 2000m of ascent. Expect gruelling mountain climbs, running along ridge lines, fynbos, technical lines and flowing single track. This route has it all.

If the thought of running 38km makes your knees weak, there is a 25km and 10km option too. Both of which take you through beautiful scenery in the Outeniqua mountains.

I stand to be corrected, but entries should be available from Jan 2014, check out http://mountainrunner.co.za/events/merrell-outeniqua-traverse/ for more info. I will certainly be looking to pick up an entry…

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06-12-2013 Lions Head

View from top Lions Head

So after seeing and hearing about the latest Red Bull Lion Heart, it got me excited to see how fast I could climb Lions Head. If you have not heard of Lion Heart yet, its a really exciting race up and down Lions Head in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s not like any ordinary running event in that it is based on a surf competition format, with a few knock out heats.

The day starts off in the morning with about 200 runners in a time trial around Lions Head, with the top 32 runners going through to the heat stage. They then go into the knock out heat format, up and down Lions Head. After two rounds of heats the field is whittled down to the finals. This year AJ Calitz took the title in a time of 26min 46seconds. And Landie Greyling taking the ladies title in 32minutes 7seconds.

There is a great clip online showing how much fun the event is. Because of the format it is a really great spectator event. Next year I will most definitely be trying to get an entry to see how my legs hold up in the competition. 🙂

http://redbulllionheart.com/video

So myself and a friend took to the slopes of Lions Head, I must say it is a steeper climb than I remembered. My legs were burning going up, and I have to admit, we did cheat and take a rest at the top before coming down again. But coming down was so much fun, technical but still able to go fairly fast. There are some pretty exposed drops, so do be sure not to be to over zealous!

But if you are looking for a fairly quick quad smashing workout, look no further! Be sure to take some cash as you can also buy refreshments from the hut at the bottom. Oh yes, be sure to stop for a second and admire the view! My time was 21min up and 12min 34sec down…. whats yours? (ps. don’t go up the chains, take the longer route)

06-12-2013 Lions Head up

http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/274953213/1085506

06-12-2013 Lions Head down

http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/274953213/1085506

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23-11-2013

Great way to spend a saturday morning in the mountains. We headed up skeleton gorge, and after the large downpour the few days prior, we were met with a very strong flowing river. But what is a run in the mountains without getting wet!?

The mountain definitely took a beating from all the rain, but a great day out. Some big climbs, flowing wooden single tracks and fast smooth downhills. Definitely a route for the fitter runner. But with all the different trails in the mountain, you can easily shorten it.

http://www.endomondo.com/routes/273970474

run with mike up skeleton gorge

constantia nek – skeleton gorge – round the dams and back

Look forward to the next one.

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Whale of Trail

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a NEW event starting up next year brought to you by Mountain Runner Events. Like the iconic Otter trail run, the Whale trail is set on a beautiful hiking trail along the southern cape coast. What is normally a 5-day hike, next year runners will be tackling the 50km in a one day event. Set to take place in May 2014, this trail is destined to be a real test of fitness while providing the most breathtaking scenery along the coast.

With the title sponsor being Merrell, this is not a race to be missed!

For more information, check out there website: http://www.whaleoftrail.co.za

Entries will be available next year and limited to 150 runners. So be sure to get in early.

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Two Oceans Trail Run

Well, this marks the beginning of the journey, so to speak.

My first blog comes as a result of just entering the Two Oceans Trail race for 2014. Last year this race sold out in the first 3 hours of entries becoming available, so my fingers were hot on the buttons get make sure I got an entry. The two oceans trail is becoming somewhat of an iconic race, following in the footsteps of the Two Oceans Marathon which is said to be one of the worlds most beautiful marathons.

For the trail race you have an option of the 10km or the more gruelling 22km. Both starting and finishing at UCT and making use of the slopes in and around Devils Peak. Be sure not to mistaken the 22km trail as a substitute for missing an entry for the 21km road. This 22km trail is definitely for the more experienced runner and is a great test of endurance with some quad breaking climbs and knee breaking descents.

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However, if you are not pain junky, the 10 km trail is an awesome route for you. With a couple challenging climbs, this route lends its self to the less adventurous runner while still providing a great workout for the legs.

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10 km  Route Profile

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22 km Route Profile

http://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za

So, whether you are a seasoned runner or getting into it, the Two Oceans Trail is set to be an awesome day out yet again. So get that entry, put on your shoes and start training!

See you there

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