Cape Town

To Lion, or Not to Lion?

Regular mountain users were encouraged and relieved to receive the news that the iconic Lion’s Head would be closed to all for much needed maintenance between 7 January and 15 February this year. Everyone had to find new places to get their ultimate sunrise yoga Insta images while a professional crew took care of trail erosion, metal work and other pressing issues on and around our popular old lady.

Our Trails are Ablaze

If you are a trail runner in the Western Cape, or indeed anywhere in South Africa, you have undoubtedly found your social media feeds filled with upsetting imagery of popular trails engulfed in flames over the past few weeks. From the much-loved Kogelberg Reserve of Kleinmond to the valley of Elgin, and more recently the slopes of Lions Head and Signal Hill, our incredibly hard-working fire fighters have had no end to their tireless efforts to protect and preserve, against some of the most intense wildfires in living history.

Trail Series® FAQ Series

Q1)  It's my first Trail Series®, where will I be running and do I get a medal?

The Cape Summer Trail Series has 4 events each at a different venue:

Lion’s Head Closing

One of the grandest ladies of the Cape needs some time out, and we could not agree more. Anyone who has enjoyed the trails of the Lion in recent years will have noticed some alarming erosion of the popular paths, and no end to the number of visitors and locals running, hiking and yoga posing their way up and down the Lion. Graffiti and litter are also in no short supply.

Trail Running the Golden Years

Age is nothing, attitude is everything. We had the fortunate opportunity to gain some insight into trail running at 70 years plus, through the experiences of one Flip van Schalkwyk. Flip is a local on the trails of the Tygerberg, in the Majik Forest area of the Cape.

Peace Trail 2018

As a prelude to the IAAF Gold Standard Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, the annual 22km and 12km Peace Trail events take place on the Saturday prior to the 42.2 extravaganza. Managed by Wildrunner, the Peace Trail is a celebration of the beautiful routes that lie in close proximity to Cape Town’s inner city, and the 2018 edition was a successful show down of grand proportions.

After a slight delay on the start line due to an unexpected change in health and safety requirements further along the route, the stellar 22km field of more than 400 runners took to the trails at impressive pace.

WARNING: UNREST EXPECTED IN THE JONKERSHOEK VALLEY THIS WEEKEND

Yesterday, in an events permit meeting chaired by Colonel Conradie of the Stellenbosch Municipality, the Wildrunner team was alerted to a resurgence in unrest activity in the Jonkershoek Valley.  Wildrunner was informed that this unrest is expected to escalate this coming weekend, beginning on Friday 27th April.  As such we wish to caution runners planning any training activity in the Jonkershoek Valley to make use of alternative trails until such a time as any potential threat has passed.

How to Pack Your Pack

There are very few trail runners who don’t geek out a bit over gear. It is a fiercely competitive arena, with manufacturers taking giant leaps in terms of technology and design over the past few years. Fabrics, finishes, waterproofing, breathability, weight, ergonomics… you name it, they are improving it. And let’s face it, for all that we love to run light and free, gear will make or break our mountain time.

More from the No Meat Athletes

In this feature piece, we share advice and recipes from power couple, Jana and Simon de Waal from Stellenbosch. Jana has adopted a completely vegan lifestyle, while Simon follows a vegetarian eating plan. Together, they make running, and ethical eating, look pretty easy.

 

 

Jana (25) in an attorney, and trains on the trails of the Stellenbosch farming areas, Kuilsriver, Durbanville and Table Mountain.

 

Trail Runners taking the Lead

The trail community is a pretty special place to hang out. Because our sport takes us in to remote areas and along routes that lend themselves to dangerous situations, we’re good at looking out for each other. Most times, the emergency medical kids that we carry are used to take care of fellow runners, rather than ourselves. And, because we like nothing more than exploring pristine natural environments, we tend to take care of them, too. Our natural heritage is part and parcel of why we get out there. As a community, we fight hard to reduce our environmental impact.