And it is the middle of the year already - unbelievable!! Sure all CMC runners will be very happy that we are moving towards more daylight to be able to be out and about on the trails much longer!
What happened in June?
June was filled with socials with the Mid-year trail social warming up a very cold winter’s evening with great conversation, prizes and more food than trail junkies could eat. (This doesn’t happen often…). Thank you to Katja Steenkamp, from Hammer, for telling us more about making our dreams come true and for Nic De Beer, from Goldilocks and the Bear, who told us how to prepare for our trail goals! Also a big thank you to USN and Hammer who sponsored awesome goodie bags and lucky draw prizes.
Getting back to running, because all social and no running can make a dirt lover a little bit lazy… On the 3rd of June a few of the red army summited the Olyfberg Challenge! Congrats to everyone!
The Beast was run by a few runners on the 11th of July and some serious unfinished business was created. It was a very tough day on the mountain so congrats to everyone who went.
On 14 July we had our Run For A Cause trail run for Cancer Survivor awareness. We had a amazing turnout of more than 50 runners. A new record on our trails!! Thank you to Amanda Tolken who came and shared her amazing story of bravery. We salute you!
What is happening in July…
Wednesday CMSC trail runs will continue at Meerendal, Altydgedacht, Bellville Golf Course and Bloemendal, with Thursday Durbac trail runs happening at 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 2017 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 05 July - Meerendal Wine Estate
* Wed 12 July - Altydgedacht Wine Estate (‘Run for a Cause Trail Run’ – see info below)
* Wed 19 July - Bloemendal Wine Estate
* Wed 26 July – Bellville Golf Club
* Sat & Sun, 1 & 2 July – Grootvadersbos Multi Stage Race
* Sat, 15 July – Bastille Day Trail Run
* Sun, 23 Jul – Spur Trail Series, Paul Cluver
* Sun, 30 Jul – Spur Trail Series, Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Other Exciting News and Events:
12 July 2016 - Monthly ‘Run for a Cause’ Wednesday Trail Run:
July is UV Safety Awareness month! Let’s run for this cause to create some awareness and dream about the summer sun in the winter months! Please all dress up in YELLOW. The person who makes me think of SUMMER the most will win a USN hamper!
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.
Information corner: Quick tips for Running in the Cold
- Come prepared with everything you may need, using drop bags or layering on your person as is practical.
- Dressing in layers is key. Today, technical materials and clothing are so thin and lightweight, there is no excuse for not carrying them along with you if you know you may be facing cold conditions. Calf or arm sleeves are a great option for added warmth and are easily removed.
- Dehydration can lead to getting too cold, so stay on top of your hydration.
- Make sure you are getting warm liquids to help warm your core. Many aid stations will have soup or oatmeal available.
- Make sure you have hats, gloves, and extra socks (wool). Even if you don’t have to replace the socks you are wearing, the extra ones make handy mitts if you need them.
- Do your due diligence: At what point in the race might you need items such as a hat or parka? Plan accordingly.
- Never underestimate night-time temperature swings, especially at altitude. Too, if you end up having to walk or stop, that’s when you get the coldest. The heat you were generating while running gets lost, and you can go into a hypothermic state, especially if your base layers are wet from sweat. So if you encounter large drops in temperature, make sure that you keep moving to generate heat, even accentuating movements more than you otherwise would.
Yours in fitness
Trial Running Captain