Results: Winter Trail Series and TMC 2009

This year I started training in about March, I couldn’t really do much running for the first 70-80 days of the year because I tore ligaments in my foot on the evening of the 1st January 2009. I decided I wanted to do well in the Table Mountain Challenge 2009, which meant that I would have

Age Division: Male – 18-39

Montrail-CAPESTORM Cape Winter Trail Series

Thank you to Montrail-CAPESTORM Cape Winter Trail Series for organising an amazing series of events.

A ‘Trail Series’ consists of a number of trail races put together into a point scoring series. These individual trail races are held one week apart for a number of consecutive weeks. Each trail race consists of either a short (5-6km) or a medium length (10-13km), well marked trail route on a mixture of terrain from jeep track to single track. Each race is held at a different venue offering you the chance to run in a number of stunning locations.
Scheduled Trail Series events in 2009 start with the Cape Summer Series in January, then the Gauteng Winter Trail Series May, the Cape Winter Trail Series in August and finishing up with the Gauteng Summer Series in October/November. 2010 will see the same Trail Series schedule.
Experience the thrill of running in the magnificence of nature while testing your mind in a race environment!
The Trail Series is proudly sponsored by Montrail performance footwear, Capestorm apparel, Powerade, Men’s Health & Black Diamond.

A ‘Trail Series’ consists of a number of trail races put together into a point scoring series. These individual trail races are held one week apart for a number of consecutive weeks. Each trail race consists of either a short (5-6km) or a medium length (10-13km), well marked trail route on a mixture of terrain from jeep track to single track. Each race is held at a different venue offering you the chance to run in a number of stunning locations.

Scheduled Trail Series events in 2009 start with the Cape Summer Series in January, then the Gauteng Winter Trail Series May, the Cape Winter Trail Series in August and finishing up with the Gauteng Summer Series in October/November. 2010 will see the same Trail Series schedule.

Experience the thrill of running in the magnificence of nature while testing your mind in a race environment!

The Trail Series is proudly sponsored by Montrail performance footwear, Capestorm apparel, Powerade, Men’s Health & Black Diamond.

Race # 1 – Sun 26 July

  • Venue: Durbanville Hills, Bloemendal Estate
  • Distance: 13km
  • Position Overall: 26
  • Total Participants: 338
  • Position Mens: 20
  • Total Men: 136
  • Time: 0:58:12

Race # 2 – Sun 2 August

  • Venue: Kaapzicht Estate, Bottleray Hills
  • Distance: 11km
  • Position Overall: 19
  • Total Participants: 316
  • Position Mens: 15
  • Total Men: 124
  • Time: 0:50:03

Race # 3 – Sun 15 August

  • Venue: Koggelberg mountains, Kleinmond
  • Distance: 21km
  • Note: Part of the Gravity Festival
  • Position Overall: 11
  • Total Participants: 151
  • Position Mens: 11
  • Total Men: 96
  • Time: 01:36:08

Race # 4 – Wed 19 August

  • Venue: Groot Constantia Estate – NIGHT RACE!
  • Distance: 10km
  • Position Overall: 27
  • Total Participants: 262
  • Position Mens: 19
  • Total Men: 108
  • Time: 0:44:04

Overall

  • Race Number: 491
  • Position Mens: 10

Table Mountain Challenge 2009

Table Mountain Challenge 2009 Event Details

Leg 1 – Kloof Nek to Block House, via Deer Park. 8km. Lots of up and down.

Leg 2 – Block House on Devil’s Peak, along Contour Path, to Constantia Neck – 10km.

Leg 3 – Constantia Neck through Orange Kloof (only on race day) almost to Suikerbossie. Climb Llandudno Corner, to Llandudno ravine and up to the Twelve Apostles path. Continue to Kasteelspoort, which you descend to the Pipe Track and finish at Kloof Nek – 17km.

Compulsory Gear Leg 3 – In the race, you must carry hydration (min 1 litre capacity), a rain coat or windbreaker (depending on the weather that day), nutrition (sarmie, potato, energy bar), cell phone (charged and water-proofed), map and you must know the route or run with someone that does. We check equipment at Constantia Neck AND the bottom of Llandudno Corner. No excuses, no gear, no run!

For all the info on trail running, visit http://www.trailrunning.co.za. These links are helpful

  • Distance: 35km
  • Position Overall: 9
  • Total Solo Participants: 354
  • Position Mens: 8
  • Total Men: 267
  • Time: 4:26:02
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I started my day with a fast MTB ride…

I started my day with a fast 50min MTB ride! I rode up from lower Woodstock through the streets over the M3 and then over De Waal drive. For the first time in ages I saw the Deer Park boom closed (not sure why)… I dodged under and headed up to the block house! I really enjoy that rode up to the block house its quick tough to ride due to the loose stones, I can actually run up there faster than I can ride. When I got to the top some chop had writen on the memorial plaque below the block house (dunno what possess’ people)… Anyways, the next part if my favourite, I turn around and chase down the hill, sliding through corners pushing hard and faster than before!

I got home and felt ready to tackle another day….. But oh wait Telkom’s network is fuct! Grrrr….. Anyways, its been a good day!

Trail running above Woodstock and below Devil's Peak

I decided I was going to running this afternoon on my usual route. I run from Lower Woodstock up through the residential house into Upper Woodstock, then I cross De Waal drive into the mountains through the Devil’s Peak entrance. I then run along the a jeep track that winds its way up to the block house. The blog house is situated directly below Devil’s Peak and is one of my favourite runs.

Beware of muggings on Table Mountain paths

In the past few years there have been more and more muggings up in the mountains, which is most unfortunate. Runners should always be vigilant and keep their eyes open for potential muggers. I don’t often see suspicious looking guys up in the mountain, but today I did. My reaction is to immediately turn around and change direction before I find out whether or not the person is actually a mugger. Its a pity that we have to deal with this, but I guess thats life. I changed direction and choose a different route that took me past Tampon Towers in Vredehoek.

All in all a lovely run with some spectacular views of Table Mountain! We are truely blessed in Cape Town.