Anybody arriving at Ebb and Flow campsite on Friday and seeing a bunch of pink clad boys and girls, some with 'we've got the balls to run for boobs' emblazoned on their chests would be forgiven for thinking they had been transported to another planet!
This colorful collection of people, some in pink lycra full body suites and other in pink tutu's were in fact assembled with one common goal in mind, to run/walk 100 miles (160km) in aid of Breast Cancer.
Dubbed 'Every Boob Counts' the route would test not only the physical but mental strength of those taking up the challenge. Participants set off from Ebb and Flow North Camp mid afternoon through Wilderness and immediately started with a wonderful bit of adventure as they kloofed up the Kaaimans to Saasveld, marking the end of the first leg.
As the shadows started to stretch across the ground, things started to become a bit more serious as they made their way to Witfontein Forest Station and then started the long steep climb up Cradock Pass and over the mountain to North Station. This section, a challenge to most during the day, was made all the more challenging at night with only the full moon and their headlamps to guide them. The route then took participants past around the back of Cradock peak, down into the Gorge and back up along the ridge, past Tierkop and finally back down to Saasveld and along the beautiful Groeneweide trail and finally arriving at the 7 passes road at Strawberry hill at 6am.
With the mountain leg behind them, they took to the 7 passes road, with a short break near the Hoogekraal pass for breakfast and then on to Barrington. Here they turned towards the sea and some 9km down the road took to the sandy Kerelsvallei road to Goukamma River. After a very welcome Pizza stop at the Old Chapel, participants did the last section of tar for the day to Goukamma Nature Reserve at the mouth.
A welcome swim across the river saw the start of the beautiful Goukamma Trail and then along the beach to Gerickes Point. Finally, with the sun setting in the distance, the last leg, a 20km trek along the beach under a full moon seemed a fitting end to what had been an amazing journey, with many achieving personal milestones. At 11:30pm a group of exhausted boys and girls in pink arrived at the Touws River mouth, marking the end of their Epic 160km journey.
4 people managed to cover the entire 160km, with the rest of the group clocking distances from 30km and up. Some ran and some rode their bicycles, all clad in pink with a smile of sorts on their faces!
Just on R80 000 was raised in aid of Breast Cancer, making all the blood sweat and blisters all the more worthwhile!
A huge thank you to everyone who took on this challenge! An initiative such as this would also never be possible without those 'behind the scenes people!' To George mini Pick n Pay, Spur and Kingfisher and wonderful locals for donating all the food for the ravenous runners and walkers. To Cape Nature and Sanparks for allowing us access to all the beautiful places, and last but not least, to all the amazing people who sacrificed their time and sleep so that there was food and water en-route, without it, it would be a whole lot harder!
Words by Nikki Smit