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Raw, unfenced wilderness

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It's raw

It's unfenced

It's wilderness

It's not manicured

It's bumpy, very bumpy!

It's the PiA Solar Baviaanskloof Trail Run

Add to the mix the large to extra-large four-legged local residents, maybe a few belly-slithering hissing viper-type inhabitants, the notorious skin-ripping scree and the much-treasured Alan Ainslie artwork and your very own spekboom tree to take home, makes for a combination that meets pretty much every trail running sensory and memory upload need.

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Every runner who completes three Baviaanskloof Trail Runs receives a framed, signed, limited edition art work by world renowned wilderness sculptor and painter Alan Ainslie

Did we mention our environmentally friendly world-first 'No Cup. No Run' Rule? *


Images: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures & Baviaanskloof Trail Run archives

* A world-first, so we have been informed


Entries are open...

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Entries for the 2017 PiA Solar Baviaanskloof Trail Run are open

See here



Thank You ...

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As we prepare to bid 2016 farewell, thank you everyone who contributed to the 8th edition of the Baviaanskloof Trail Run

Thanks to

... our terrific Sponsors and Event Partners

... Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency for the huge privilege to run through their wilderness area

... the rhino, buffalo and others who kindly tolerated us intruding in their space for a day

... our runners, and their families, who joined us in the rugged Baviaanskloof

... the Baviaanskloof community for their warm hospitality, looking after our runners

... Alan Ainslie for the magnificent 'Legend' awards

... our energetic enthusiastic crew, and the rangers and staff of the Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency



Powered by PiA Solar

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We are very proud to confirm that PiA Solar is partnering with the Baviaanskloof Trail Run as our Title Sponsor.

PiA Solar is the leading African-borne Solar PV Mounting Systems supplier and Installer of plant sizes ranging from commercial to utility scale.
Announcing the partnership, Colin Muller, Chief Executive Officer of PiA Solar said
“The Baviaans Run is soundly eco-focussed from its no-cup-no-run rule to giving every participant a spekboom tree to take home. It’s a natural fit for PiA Solar which is a major player in providing solar solutions. We believe that the healthy lifestyle choices made by trail runners is an important part of eco-awareness, and of course being out in the spectacular Baviaanskloof wilderness is an added bonus not only for the runners but also for those PiA Solar staff who will be assisting as crew at the event. We are very excited about our involvement”

Overview 2016

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The headline summary for the 8th Baviaanskloof Trail Run would read -

  • Ideal running conditions, overcast with light rain 'up top' and misty rain at Start/Finish throughout the day
  • Runners enjoyed the hospitality at the PiA Solar 'picnic spot'
  • Hanno Smit took the win on a count-back, with Alan Mildenhall & Gavin Gresse taking the other podium spots
  • Marieke Roux took the ladies title following her 2nd position in 2015
  • Katherine van der Walt (2nd overall) was first 40+, and Hanno Smit took home two leopard spoor trophies (1st overall and 1st 40+)
  • Youngsters waiting at the finish for Mom/Dad/Oupa/Ouma enjoyed playing in the fresh air while drinking First Choice flavoured milk (toffee flavour was the hands down winner) 
  • Ford Ranger 4x4's worked hard all weekend supporting the event; with Eastern Cape Motors providing local support
  • A new group joined the 'Legends of the Baviaanskloof'
  • 'Legend of Legends' awards will start from 2017
  • The pristine remote roughness of the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve wilderness area remains a stunning trail run area which the ECP & TA generously share and permit us to 'run with legends'

Fun at the 'picnic spot'

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Not many, if any, runners rushed through the PiA Solar Check Point on Saturday. Some even enjoyed it so much they tarried for a while and referred to it as a 'picnic spot'.

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  The PiA Solar team made it back to the finish pretty much intact to claim their spekboom  

 Images courtesy of James de Scande


More Memories

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More through Craig's lens ...

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Images courtesy of Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures



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Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures captured many moments, here are some ...

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Legends 2016

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Our 2016 'Legends of the Baviaanskloof' 

 Johan Hamman    Grant Hoyle
 Brett Newcombe    Mark Raubenheimer
 Rodney Booth    Reon van Rensburg
 Anne de Swart    Chanel Rood
 Pamela Hamman   Jonathan Mundell 
 Eugene Delport    Peter Burton
Ben de Klerk  

This is the third in the series of 'Legend Awards' by Alan Ainslie

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Series 3

All images coutrtesy of Craig Muller - Backyard Adventures


Headline Results - 2016

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  Men    Ladies
1st Hanno Smit   Marieke Roux (4th overall)
   4:09   4:18 
 2nd Alan Mildenhall     Katherine van der Walt
  4:09   4:35
3rd Gavin Gresse   Elmarie Bezuidenhout
  4:09   4:47
  40+    40+
 1st Hanno Smit   Katherine van der Walt 
   4:09   4:35


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