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Reserve List Picks Up The Pace and Leopard On The Trail

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As expected, movement from the Reserve List has picked up and there are a number of very happy trail runners who are checking their health insurance cover, working out the carrying capacity of their hydration pack and generally planning their trip to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area for the 2nd Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Run.

Of particular interest this year is that a handsome rather large male leopard has taken up residence on the route. One of the movement activated cameras captured a wonderful image of him on the trail we will be using.


Geelhoutbos leopard

And for those who have been wondering, there will be a few examples of the highly desirable framed Alan Ainslie limited edition print 'Legend of the Baviaanskloof' award on display at registration and during the day on 18 September.


'Legend of the Baviaanskloof' Award




Reserve List starts moving

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Entries came through at pace for the 2010 Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Run and the available run slots have been filled.

However registrations are being accepted for the Reserve List.

When a run slot becomes available, such as when an entrant forfeits their entry through non payment of an entry fee or withdraws through injury, illness or any other reason, we will invite the next person on the Reserve List to complete the entry process and take up the slot.

Reserve List changes can take place up to 30 August so there is a pretty good chance that run slots will become available to those registered on the Reserve List.

The Reserve List has already started moving with folk registered at the top of the list being invited to complete their entry process.

To ensure you have a good chance of taking up a slot, register early.

Lots of time for those registered on the Reserve List to pick up an entry, good to see the trail set for future invites.


Baviaanskloof runners at Ironman

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Congratulations to all our Baviaanskloof runners who took on the challenge of Ironman South Africa this past weekend.

Evie was chuffed to see so many of you at bike check in, at the start, as you came out the water, in T1, as you came into T2, on the run leg ....and onto the red carpet.

Congratulations to all of you.

Baviaanskloof runners were also well represented among the Leader position cyclists and in the transition area.

Look forward to seeing all of you again in September at the 2010 Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Run.


Unique Limited Edition Art for Legends

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We recently announced that there would be something rather special for runners when they become a 'Legend of the Baviaanskloof'.

On completing their third Baviaanskloof Trail Run each runner will receive a  limited edition numbered signed Alan Ainslie print of a black rhino. The 37cm x 30cm prints, of which there are only 50, are printed on high quality German etching paper.

Legends Ainslie Award

Alan Ainslie is one of South Africa's leading wildlife artists, and while most of his art is sold outside South Africa (some of his paintings residing in South African embassies abroad) outdoor enthusiasts have enjoyed seeing his life-size Gemsbok bronzes at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Alan's work on Madiba and Gandhi won international acclaim among philatelists. they say...that's not all..... thanks to UTi Sun Couriers the awards will be  framed for presentation.

UTi Sun Couriers is sponsoring the framing of each print, and each presentation will have a plaque identifying it as a 'Legend' award. UTi Sun Couriers has arranged that the framing be carried out by one of South Africa's oldest and leading framing businesses.

The Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Run winners floating trophy black rhino bronzes were created by Alan Ainslie.

When the first batch of  ‘Legends' awards have been made, a second and different black rhino drawing will be commissioned and a further set of signed limited edition numbered prints produced. These unique and special achievement awards will be much valued by the outdoor loving Baviaanskloof runners, and no doubt will be displayed prominently, even when the recipients running days are over!

Grandchildren will look admiringly at the Liberty Health and UTi Sun Couriers sponsored black rhino drawing, read the plaque and ask 'Grandpa/Granny, how did you become a Legend of the Baviaanskloof?'

Liberty Health, through their support of the Baviaanskloof Trail Run, are not only raising awareness of the Baviaanskloof, a World Heritage Site, but are also enabling financial support to be channeled to the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve both directly and through the Baviaanskloof Honorary Conservators.

Epic World Run traverses South Africa

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With only some 800k left Jesper Olsen is on his way to become the first person to run the length of Africa. This as part of his mammoth 40 000km World Run II Project.

A large number of Baviaanskloof Trail Run and Rhodes Trail Run folk have been, are and will be involved assisting Jesper. Those of you who have been fortunate to have met the ever cheerful Jesper will know how much he appreciates the support through South Africa, coming at the end of a grueling run through Africa. Jesper is a phenomenal athlete, and everyone fortunate enough to meet him is certainly enriched.

Follow Jesper's epic run into Cape Town here.



Support for Kyle

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Thanks to the Baviaanskloof Trail Run and Rhodes Trail Run folk who assisted Kyle Meenehan on his circumnavigation of South Africa.

Kyle left Cape Town on 9 May 2009 and is scheduled to complete the circle back at Bloubergstrand today. Read about Kyle's walk here.



Unique Award for 'Legends'

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It has become practice at some events to recognize participants who complete a given number of the events. Probably the best known in South Africa are the Comrades ‘Green number', the Two Oceans ‘Blue number' (although some of us older runners still have a treasured ‘Silver number') and the Rhodes Trail Run ‘Snowflake number'.

At each of these events a runner receives a number ‘in perpetuity', recording his achievements in the annals of the event.

On race day the runner is also identified through a colour coded event number, which is how some events, such as the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, recognize their multiple finisher's.

Those who ran the Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Run last year would have noticed that the event ‘number' used their first name, rather than a number.

It will be practice at the Baviaanskloof run that race ‘numbers' will not be used. However the organisers will recognize runners who complete multiple Baviaanskloof runs.

On completion of three Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Runs the runner will be recognised as a 'Legend of the Baviaanskloof' and will receive a very special, significant and unique memento of the achievement. The award is  visually appropriate and full details will be released before entries open for the 2010 event.


SA Mountain Sport

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The Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Run is featured in the December 2009 issue of SA Mountain Sport magazine.
For those who were there it is an opportunity to once again storm through the spekboom, and for those planning for the 2010 event a chance to find out what happened on the inaugural run.

Warren and SanMari wear the crowns

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Cape Town's Warren Petterson blitzed the field to win the inaugural Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Run on Saturday. Ladies winner was Port Elizabeth's SanMari Woithe who finished 6th overall.


Warren and SanMari received special Spekboom victor's wreaths on crossing the finish line and at prize giving received unique trophies made by the Zaaimanshoek School.


Warren raising his 20kg Alan Ainslie bronze Black Rhino floating trophy over his head.



1 - Warren Petterson 3 hr 16 min

2 - Leo Rust 4 hr 3 min

3 - Ian Adams 4 hr 4 min


1 - SanMari Woithe 4 hr 39 min

2 - Nikki Cockcroft 4 hr 54 min

3 - Kylie Hatton 5 hr 6 min



Zaaimanshoek School receives educational material

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The pupils of the local school created two unique trophies for the inaugural Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Run.


Mr Roman, Principal of the Zaaimanshoek School in the Baviaanskloof, receiving educational material and soccer balls from the Liberty Health Baviaanskloof Trail Run.


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