Archive for July 2012
35km HOUT BAY TRAIL CHALLENGE
Trail running doesn’t get any harder than this monster circumnavigation of Hout Bay. First you summit the Karbonkelberg, then once you cross the saddle of Suikerbossie, you climb to the top of Table Mountain above Oranjekloof, a leg jarring descent down to Constantia Nek, followed by the third major climb of the Day – summitting Vlakenberg. Runners then traverse across on the Hout Bay side of Constantiaberg, to descend down Chapman’s Peak and onto the Hout Bay Beach, to finish at the Harbour.
In a star studded field, John Ntuli made it onto the podium, doing Change a Life proud and to the amazement of all – doing this without having ever been on the route before. For 19 year Sizwe, never in his wildest dreams, would he have thought he would finish 1hr 20min behind John, especially when he pipped John in the 15km Trail run at Shogweni Dam the week before. But that just goes to show what ‘experience counts for’. Huge lessons were learn’t, from starting too fast, over heating due to over-dressing when the race started with a long climb, carrying too much weight – gear/liquid etc…. If Sizwe were to run this exact race next week, I have no doubt, he would take an hour off his time – such were his rookie errors. The most valuable lessons in Life are not those lectured to us by Experts, but rather those errors experienced first-hand.
What a phenomenal trip for these two Change a Lifer’s, already they are discussing where they would do what to go faster…. come next year. They were in awe of the warm hospitality with which they were received and hosted and made to feel most welcome.
I thought racing logistics in another Province would be a nightmare, but this stress was removed when Ian from Hi-Tec stepped up to the plate. Thanks Ian for playing chaperon to my Zulus, collecting them from the airport/dropping them off at the backpackers in Hout Bay/Race kit and pointing them in the right direction…. much appreciated.