I'm not a natural blogger and I'm no techie. I'm an ultra trail runner by passion, and a journalist by profession - in that order of priority.
In this blog I use the one to talk about the other - my trail thoughts, musings and meanderings about running mountains and trails.
I call it rockhoppin', just because... well... that's what we trail runners love to do!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Snowrunning recce for SA’s first Skymarathon®


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.

It’s not too late to enter – hop onto http://www.entrytickets.co.za/eventview/matroosberg2013 .

You’ve got just less than 4 weeks to get your legs and lungs ready for a real workout!