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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 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, 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

 

Bergplaas Refurbishment

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This past weekend a group of volunteers put in a tremendous amount of work at the Bergplaas hut in the Baviaanskloof, making it fit for purpose.

Part of the Baviaanskloof Trail Run entry fee is allocated to East Cape Parks and Tourism Agency and another portion is allocated for use within the Baviaanskloof. The trail run is extremely proud to have been able to facilitate the Bergplaas hut refurbishment.

The work party of 'volunteers', some seemingly encouraged under somewhat false pretences

"Come to Bergplaas he said. It will be fun he said. And it was!"

"Just a few things to sort out he said!"

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Still smiling before heading home after a satisfying weekend

Back, left to right: Eric Hosten, Isolda Hosten, Tony Allen, Neill Purdon, Barbara de Scande, Jimmy de Scande,

Evie Raubenheimer, Darrell Raubenheimer

Seated front: Andrew Gray, Mandy la Mude, Colin Schroder

A plaque was mounted on the dining area wall to mark the refurbishment, and to thank various parties who supported the project. See here

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The team replaced the solar power system, erected a stand for the 1000L water header tank and linked it to the bathroom, built a braai and repaired the boma, painted the entire inside and outside of the hut, sanded and sealed wood counters in the kitchen area, repaired the interior lights, installed two fire extinguishers, installed gutters and down pipes to the water tanks, hung five wildlife drawings in the lounge area.

A second 1000L water tank was donated to ECPTA for the Baviaanskloof firefighting team.

Some before, after and action shots 

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 Bergplaas - before  
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 Lounge area - before  ... during; Isolda & Eric ... after

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Eric & Mandy work in the interior
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Jimmy (orange cap) & Neill constructing the stand & installing the 1000L water tank    Second water tank for firefighting
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  Tony & Jimmy prepare to remove door, for Barbara to repair & paint Boma repairs 
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Evie our Trail Run Race Director with paint brush    Starting the first coat
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More first coat At last, the second coat
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Barbara goes sanding ...  Andrew goes solar ... ... and then goes painting 
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Neill makes sure gutters are secure Mandy gets the windows ship shape Power tools need power
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 Installing the solar system  Safely & securely caged  
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Outside painting & downpipes...Done!   

To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill "Never has so much been accomplished, by so few, in such a short period of time".

 

Top service

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You can measure a company's service levels when they provide a service without charging.

Algoa Brick, Taylor's Trailer Hire and Signarama Port Elizabeth provided generous complimentary & fantastic service when we repaired the Bergplaas hut in the Baviaanskloof. Thank you.

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Key teams

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Our flag and sweep teams perform essential roles over race weekend, and this year they once again performed superbly.

Our thanks to all four team members who contribute significantly to the success, and safety, of the event.

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Flag Team heading out

Ronel Janse van Rensburg, Andrew Raubenheimer, Juan Batt

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Sweep Team preparing to head out

Juan Batt, Gerhard Vosloo

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Sweep Team returns

 

Legends of Legends 2017

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Our 2017 'Legends of Legends' 

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Presentation made by Colin Schroder, Director, PiA Solar

Photographs: Craig Muller - Backyard Adventures

 

Not two, but four!

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Four new champions at the 2017 PiA Solar Baviaanskloof Trail Run.

Congratulations Bernhard, Elizma, Helena and Steve.

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Helena Slabbert

 Steve McCarthy

 Photographs: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures

 

 

Legends 2017

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Our 2017 'Legends of the Baviaanskloof' 

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 Gary Geyer    Ghida Bernard
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 Tienie Ferreira    Juan Batt
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Presentation made by Colin Schroder, Director, PiA Solar

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

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Photographs: Craig Muller - Backyard Adventures

 

Headline Results - 2017

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1st Bernhard Kapp   Elizma Horne (10th overall)
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 2nd Steve McCarthy     Helena Slabbert
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3rd Dale Moulton   Charmaine van der Merwe
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  40+    40+
 1st Steve McCarthy   Helena Slabbert 
   4:04   5:14
2nd  Emil Hougaard   Charmaine van der Merwe 
  4:33     5:34
3rd  Glen Hendricks    Benita Joubert 
  4:36     6:17

Photograph: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures 

 

Results 2017

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