Enter now for Bestmed Chokka Trail Run

2016-06-16 06:00
The trail run will put your endurance to the test.              Photo: ESTI STEWART

The trail run will put your endurance to the test. Photo: ESTI STEWART

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AVID trail runners and those adventurous at heart, secure your passage to one of the most scenic and challenging trail run experiences on the calendar by entering the inaugural Bestmed Chokka Trail Run.

Starting and finishing at the Cape St Francis Resort, the race that is set to take place on August 7 offers four distances and the best combination of challenge and spectacular scenery.

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The route follows the shoreline from the Cape St Francis Resort to Mostertshoek past the Seal Point Lighthouse. From the last house in Mostertshoek, runners will stay on the road into the Eskom Nature Reserve, where the 62km runners and 30km runners will continue through the coastal thicket and forest to Dune Ridge Country House. Here the 62km runners continue through the Eskom Nature Reserve to Thysbaai and Oyster Bay. The Eskom sliding gate, at around 30km, will serve as a cut off point.

Runners will then tackle the 16km dunes of the Sand River back to Dune Ridge Country House, and down to the Mostertshoek Road.

Meanwhile the 30km runners will turn back to the Mostershoek Road at Dune Ridge Country House, and meet up with the 23km and 16km runners at the sliding gate on the R330 into St Francis Field.

The 16km runners will use the St Francis Field beach gate to get back to the Resort, while the 30km and 23km runners will still have to check in at the Balobi Seafood Market Waterpoint before they can continue via Shark Point back to the Resort.

There will be well stocked water points at each 5km interval; however each runner must carry at least 1l water, a head lamp, space blanket and whistle. The route for the 23km and 16km will be well marked, but runners doing the 30km and 62km will receive maps and coordinates for the middle section of the race.

“The Bestmed Chokka Trail Run’s foundation is the popular “Enid” – the Enid Pretorius Properties Trail Run and Walk that was held for seven years on Women’s Day. How-ever, it turned out to be too difficult for most walkers and not taken seriously by trail runners,” says race organiser Eric Stewart from St Francis Sport. “When a financial director of Bestmed hiked the Chokka Trail earlier this year and offered to sponsor a trail run, we knew it was meant to be.”

Online entries are available at www.stfrancissport.co.za. A full route description and elevations can also be found on the website.

Entrants for the 62km must supply information on previous runs completed, while walkers are welcome to enter the 16km distance.

The entry fee is R80 (open) and R40 (under 18) for the 16km, R120 (23km), R150 (30km) and R200 (62km).

Number collection and on the day registration can be done from 06:00 on Sunday morning and the race briefing for all distances is at 07:15. All participants will be able to send off the 62km participants when they start at 07:30. The 30km runners will start at 07:45 and the 23km and 16km runners at 07:30.

The event is organised by St Francis Sport and a portion of the profit will be donated to SANCCOB Cape St Francis.

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