"Whether the weather is fine, or whether the weather is not; whether the weather is cold, or whether the weather is hot; we'll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not!" -Unknown
What happened in July?
Stormy days and beautiful sunshine winter days - the past month brought us the best of both worlds!! Happy trail runners in rain and sunshine! The Cape Multi Facebook Group is growing and growing - makes sure that you keep an eye on the news feed as some runs or get togethers are informally organised.
The Paarl Rock Trail Run at the beginning if the month was a great success with CMC and Durbac trail junkies enjoying a beautiful day out. Moving over to the wild side, the Peltz Wolfpack Trail Run kicked off with a enthusiastic 'Awooooooooo' and great running on the Stellenbosch Golf Course! Thank you to Cape Town Running Company who spoilt us with entries to give away as competition prizes!
Bastille Day Trail Run pushed our mountain goats to their limits - splashing through cold rivers and connecting with the friendly neighbourhood guerrilla. Following all this fun, it was time to get a little bit more serious (yes, just a little) and commit to the Love our Trails initiative - cleaning up Platteklip Gorge. CMC trail junkies did an awesome job of sweeping at the back and still found lots and lots (and lots) of rubbish under trees, bushes, in streams. Climbing like monkeys up and down, while doing our bit for nature and our beautiful mountain brought home how lucky we are to live in this amazing place. But it also reminded how small we are as humans and how important it is that we look after our planet! Please go LIKE the Love our Trails FB page (link: https://www.facebook.com/loveourtrails/?fref=ts) and join us for the next event!!
The Spur Winter Trail Series is also in full swing - please keep painting those hills RED!! The new club kit including buffs looks amazing on the trails!
The monthly Run for a Cause Awareness Trail Run was dedicated to Corporate Wellness - dressed in their best ties, runners raised awareness of how difficult it
can be to balance work, friends and family life! Thank you USN for sponsoring the goody bags and spoiling our fantastic multi-taskers!!
Last but not least - our red jackets arrived and you all look spectacular!! Go red army!! Please contact Estelle Kock to order your jacket!!
What is happening in August…
Wednesday CMC trail runs will continue at Meerendal, Altydgedacht, Bellville Golf Course and Bloemendal, with Thursday Durbac trail runs happening at Majik Forest and Durbanville Golf Club. Please make sure that you do not cause damage to vineyards when parking and stay off the single track!! Very important – always bring your headlights and make sure that the battery is charged!! It is dark on the trails – keep yourself safe out there and don’t get hurt!
Please refer to the Cape Multi Trail FB group to download the preliminary January to December 2016 trail run schedule as well as keeping an eye on the events posted.
For those members who have recently joined – welcome!! Hope to see you on the trails soon! See below the vice captains responsible for the various routes we run. On weekends any of these runners might be leading the shorter and/or the longer pack routes. Conrad Meier, is another valuable part of our team and representing Durbac’s trail runners. For any questions, feel free to ask them during pack runs or to contact me directly.
* Bellville Golf Course - Mark Stokell
* Meerendal Wine Estate – Magda Marshall & Anton Franchi
* Altydgedacht Wine Estate - Karin Gerber & Neil Broers
* Bloemendal Wine Estate - Pauline Wilkinson & Anton Franchi
Weekly trail runs:
Wednesday at 17h45 - 7.5 & 10 km options
* Wed 03 August - No Meerendal Wine Estate Run - Please join us for a morning run at Paradyskloof (see info below)
* Wed 10 August - Bellville Golf Club
* Wed 17 August - Altydgedacht Wine Estate
* Wed 24 August - Meerendal Wine Estate (‘Run for a Cause Trail Run’ – see info below)
* Wed 31 August - Bloemendal Wine Estate
Thursday at 17h15 - 5 & 9km options
* Thurs 04, 11, 18 August - Majik Forest Trail Run
* Thurs 25 August – Durbanville Golf Course Trail Run
Weekend Pack Runs
* Fri - Sun 6-8 August – RCS SOX
* Sun 13 August – Spur Winter Trail Series, Kleinmond
* Sun 21 August – No official run
* Sun 28 August – Table Mountain Silvermine
* Please keep an eye on the FB page for informal runs being organized.
Other Exciting News and Events
3 August 2016: Paradyskloof Trail Run
Join this beautiful trail run before you go cast your vote!! Start at the Caveman Cafe and run through the Vineyards to Paradyskloof. Distances ranging from 10km to 20km. More information under Cape Multi Trail Events - Thank you Louis for organising!!
24 August 2016 - Monthly ‘Run for a Cause’ Wednesday Trail Run:
The Run for a Cause trail run creates awareness of deafness. So in celebration of getting this done, even if it is just for the one evening, come join us on Wednesday 24 August, Meerendal Wine Estate! The awareness colour is gold, so please wear YELLOW/GOLD to support the cause!
Dudley Trail Run:
An annual CMC hosted trail event not to be missed!! The date will be communicated as soon as is confirmed by main sponsor.
Trail Photo Competition:
The 4th monthly photo competition with “When it is cold” as the theme for July showed that CMC trail runners can be found on the trails in all kinds of weather! Once again, thank you to everyone who participated, either by uploading or liking photos!!
The winner for July 2016 is Natalia Danilowicz!! Congratulations Natalia - what a beautiful photo, taken at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.
Natalia wins an awesome goody bag sponsored by Hallo Pragtig, Multiscarfs, New Balance, Wintergreen, Dual Balance and NovaVit Plus. If you want to stand a chance to win the next goody bag – please keep reading…
Trail Photo Competition #5 August: “Stilte na die Storm…”
Let's continue the snapping/posting/liking happiness! Come on, trail junkies - show us your photo interpretation of “Stilte na die Storm…” on the trails!! And of course - the weirder, wackier and wilder - the better the chance that your photo will get the most LIKES!! You've got work to do!!
1) Entrant must be a member of CMC and a member of the Cape Multi Trail FB Group
2) The photo must be taken during this month, August 2016
3) Photo must be posted to the competition announcement post, with description of where and when it was taken
4) The winning photo will be the photo with the most FB likes - so everyone running is eligible to take part
5) Winner will be announced during the first week of September 2016 and will receive a well-deserved goody bag! Now go out there and snap away!!
Buy CMC buffs at the Wednesday and Weekend trail runs
Cost: R60 per buff.
Every Wednesday Evening - Giving back to the Community:
Calling all ladies! Bronwyn Franchi is collecting old running shoes, clothes and basic toiletries for young women who have survived trauma. They are participating in a research programme that includes counselling and self-care through exercise. If you are able to donate items, you can pass these onto Anton Franchi at the Wednesday trail events or you can inbox her and she will arrange to collect.
Thank you for your generosity thus far, the response has been amazing!! Let’s give these women the gift of running!
** If you have a project that gives back to the community – feel free to send me the information. I will gladly include it in the newsletter.
How Running Changed My Life
Morne Laurie was nominated by Peter van Wyk - thank you Peter for nominating this CMC hero, as well as Morne for writing this motivational piece for the newsletter! What a great read!!
"Twee jaar gelede was die langste afstande wat ek gehardloop het 5 tot 10 km. Ek was een van die duisende mense wat gesê het dat in my bedryf, toerisme, is daar nie tyd vir oefen nie. My vriend, Danie Bruwer, het eendag my gemotiveer om langer afstande aan te durf. Die gesprek was net na Riebeeck Kasteel half-maraton, die langste afstand wat ek en my vrou, Marlize tot daardie stadium aangedurf het. Hy het my toe oortuig om te begin oefen vir die Kaapstad Maraton. Die Maandagoggend het Marlize my ingeskryf en ek het begin oefen vir Kaapstad Maraton 2014. Elke dag sonder uitsondering vroeg of laat. Soms so vroeg as 4:00 am en sommige aande na 20:00, maar hardloop het ek gehardloop. So het my metamorfose van 90kg na 'n 76kg Comrades Atleet gevolg. Vandag is hardloop my lewe. Ek is geseënd met goeie vriende en 'n vrou wat jaarliks saam met my die Marathon-seisoen aandurf.
Danie Bruwer was my dryfkrag en ek is so bly dat ek ŉ mede-atleet soos Peter van Wyk kon motiveer om sy lewe te kon verander.
Ek wens almal gesonde kilometers toe.
** Write your story or nominate a friend that inspires you – I will contact them and twist their arm to give their motivational story a go!! It is not about boasting or thinking you are better than others. It’s about motivating others to change their lives, we have all had to start somewhere – Thinking “If he/she can do it, then I can too!!”
Now go there out, have adventures, make special memories and have a wonderful August!
(Thank you to Jean Janse van Rensburg for the beautiful photo taken at the Meerendal Park Run 9 July 2016)