Saturday was play day on the Matroosberg
for the recce run of South Africa’s first ever Skyrunning® event, the
Matroosberg Trail Challenge.
Nine of us braved the chilly weather and
ice-clad puddles, and were rewarded with the most incredible views of
snow-capped peaks and crisp snow.
True to Skyrunning form, the Matroosberg
Trail Challenge on 26 October certainly won’t be a doddle – the 36km route will
put runners to the test, with rough 4x4 track, technical single track, 1 341m
of vertical ascent, and in some places a 43% gradient. The route of the MTC will take runners just
short of the 2 249m Matroosberg Peak, the second highest peak in the Western
Cape. The views from up there are incredible, over the Bokkeveld, Ceres, Droë Hoek,
Koue Bokkeveld, and the Ceres Karoo, with the Witzenberg, Cedarberg and Du
Toitskloof Mountains in the distance.
The Matroosberg Trail Challenge makes the perfect
race to be southern Africa’s first Skymarathon®.
Organised by Running The Cape, the race is
set in the Matroosberg Private Nature reserve, two and half hours from Cape
Town, near Ceres in the Western Cape.
You’ve got just less than 4 weeks to get
your legs and lungs ready for a real workout!
Labels: Matroosberg Trail Challenge, MTC, Running The Cape