LED Lenser Wartrail Challenge

The SkyRun route is true mountain running with a variety of terrain from hiking paths that lead you up to the tower, some jeep track is a welcome relief from the majority of the terrain which is on the mountain side as this is a self-supported and self-navigation the route choice is very much in the hands of the individual competitors. Once you have left the town of Lady Grey behind the beauty and remoteness of these mountains soon engulfs you and it is not uncommon to run for the entire race without seeing much civilization around you except those involved in the race.

The fauna and flora is incredible and there are over 650 plant and 80 animal species know to habitat the mountains of the Witteberg.

Starts from Balloch, through Burnside Farm, over Kastlekop, then follow the New England Road to the main Lady Grey Barkley East Road. Turning at the Joubert Pass Junction turn off, through some of the best single track traversing several farms till you summit the top of Joubert Pass overlooking Lady Grey Town finishing by descending into Lady Grey Town

Starts from Mdlokovana to Aliwal North. Easy rapids depending on the strength of the river for first 10 km, otherwise a long flat hard paddle to the Riverside Lodge. The finish is at the Hertzog Bridge in Aliwal North.

The Non-Stop teams will be starting their adventure a day later than the Wartrail staged athletes and we hope to meet up with them on the paddle leg. Their adventure is based on the principles of adventure racing with them having to clip CP’s on route and their seconds helping them at transition. Tactics will play a major role in their event but more on this at race briefing.

This means teams of two, 3 or 4 will complete a 60-kilometre mountain run, a 120-kilometre MTB ride and a 65-kilometre paddle all back-to-back in an Adventure Race style event.

The race start line will open from 5am on the morning of 20th March and teams must decide what time to leave in order to plan their race and avoid being caught in the dark zone before the paddle leg. The Start line will close at 11am on the same morning. Team’s time starts only once they set off from Lady Grey (cross the start line) and will be accumulative until they cross the finish line in Aliwal North having covered over 270km. There will be a Dark zone in place up to 6.30am on Monday morning for the paddle leg, which starts at Mdlokovana and teams have until 8.00 am that morning to be on the river. Teams will be able to be seconded at the Transition Zones at Balloch and Lady Grey Country Club as well as CP7, CP9 and CP10 of the bike Leg. Race registration will be at the Lady Grey Country Club  on Sat from 3 pm followed by race briefing Sat evening at 6pm and then Dinner.

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