Enter for Bestmed Chokka Trail Run

2017-07-27 06:00
The Sunday morning the ultra, the only distance to include 15km of the feared and respected Sand River’s moving dunes, will kick off at 05:00.                         Photo:SUPPLIED

The Sunday morning the ultra, the only distance to include 15km of the feared and respected Sand River’s moving dunes, will kick off at 05:00. Photo:SUPPLIED

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Through forests, sand dunes, a view of St Francis Bay, aircraft and the smell of flowers are some of the experiences that participants of the second annual first Bestmed Chokka Trail field race can look forward to.

The race - organised by St Francis Sport and hosted by Cape St Francis Resort - leave the starting blocks on August 6 from Cape St Francis Resort and ends at the resort.

Adventure slaves and even those less fit, can participate in this challenging trail run. The distances range between 18km, 23km, 30km and 62km.

New on the trail run programme are the 1km, 3km and 5km races for children under 12 years - all in aid of charity. The 1km and 3km races will take place on August 5.

The highlight of the weekend is the 62km ultra distance. On the starting line will be Bruce Arnett, 12-times winner of the 100km Skyrun. Joining him is Naomi Brand, winner of this year’s Addo Elephant 100Miler. They will challenge the Fastest Known Time (FKT) of 6:48:38 set by Neil Claassen and Craig Hammer in 2016.

Mvuyisi Gcogco - 2016 UTCT 35km winner, 2015 and 2016 Alexandria 39km winner, 2016 and 2017 Addo 44km winner and 2017 Endurade JBay X winner - will show his mettle in the 30km trail run.

Other distances are 23km and 18km which are open to walkers.

A 5km family fun run will take place just before prize-giving at 11:00, while youngsters can participate in a 1km or 3km race on Saturday, August 5. These three distances are in aid of the Aurora Rehabilitation Centre in Port Elizabeth.

On Sunday morning the ultra, the only distance to include 15km of the feared and respected Sand River’s moving dunes, will kick off at 05:00. The 30km distance will start at 07:00, and the 23km and 18km at 07:30. Race briefing is 15 minutes prior to each starting time.

Trail Run Route

Trail runners will follow the shoreline from Cape St Francis Resort to Mosterthoek past the Seal Point Lighthouse.

From the last house in Mosterthoek, runners will take to the Eskom Nature Reserve where the 62km and 30km runners will continue through the coastal thicket and forest to Dune Ridge Country House.

At Dune Ridge Country House the 62km runners will continue through the Eskom Nature Reserve to Thysbaai and Oyster Bay. The Eskom sliding gate will serve as a cut off point for the 62km runners. Runners will then tackle the 16km dunes of the Sand River back to Dune Ridge Country House and down to Mosterhoek Road.

At Dune Ridge Country House, the 30km runners will turn right back to Mosterthoek Road and meet the 23km and 18km runners at the sliding gate on the R330 into St Francis Fields.

The 18km runners will use the beach gate to get back to Cape St Francis Resort, while the 30km and 23km runners will still have to check in at the Dirk Ellis Waterpoint before they can continue via Shark Point back to the Resort.

There will be water points at each 5km interval, although the 62km runners will have to prepare for two unsupported 15km stretches.

The winner will walk away with a chokka pan as a trophy. Chokka dollie medals are also up for grabs.

For more information or to enter, visit www.stfrancissport.co.za.

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