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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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Getting there is half the fun!
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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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All images coutrtesy of Craig Muller - Backyard Adventures


Run here, see this ...

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One of the Alan Ainslie bronze black rhino trophies 

To see more of Alan's brilliant wilderness art go here


Something for your post-run picnic

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First Choice has very kindly added to your post-run picnic under the trees at Geelhoutbos.

Post-run jelly, to help your post-scree jelly legs recover! And for double recovery there will also be First Choice High-Protein Recovery chocolate milk


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PiA Solar sponsors 'Legend Awards'

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We are thrilled to announce that PiA Solar is the new sponsor of the much desired ‘Legend awards’

The “Legend award’ is a limited edition, framed, signed art piece by world-renowned wilderness artist Alan Ainslie presented on completion of three Baviaanskloof Trail Runs. The current ‘Legend award’ is a magnificent drawing of a black rhino.
As the leading African-borne Solar PV Mounting Systems supplier and Installer of plant sizes ranging from commercial to utility scale PiA Solar is extremely pleased to be partnering with the Baviaanskloof Trail Run. PiA's slogan is “your innovative solution partner”
“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” said Colin Muller, Chief Executive Officer of PiA Solar. “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”
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Darrell Raubenheimer (Baviaanskloof Trail Run) and Colin Muller (CEO PiA Solar) 
with an Alan Ainslie 'Legend award'
Colin Schroder, PiA Solar Director Manufacturing & Supply Chain added “Our operations are always in remote parts of the country. For many people, not only trail runners, the Baviaanskloof is remote and not a place many would naturally visit. We hope that our involvement will encourage more people to visit this true unspoiled gem”
PiA Solar is also sponsoring the spekboom trees each participant receives and to this end will be making a donation to the Honorary Conservators of the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve.
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Darrell, Colin Schroder (PiA Solar) & Scott Rollo (Honorary Conservator)

Ford Support for Baviaanskloof

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We are extremely thrilled that Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is joining us once again as the official vehicle partner for the Baviaanskloof Trail Run.
Local support is provided through the professional and friendly team at Eastern Cape Motors in Port Elizabeth.
So looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Ford Ranger 4x4 again. Toughness and comfort. Ideal for the wilderness of the Baviaanskloof.
Craig Muller catches a Ford Ranger 'at home' in the Baviaanskloof

Spekboom potted & ready

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"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now".
Spekboom, one of the true 'legends' of the Baviaanskloof, is 'doubly best' as it is a remarkable plant that stores solar energy to photosynthesise at night. This makes spekboom thicket 10 times more effective per hectare at carbon fixing than a tropical rain forest.

The Honorary Conservators have been busy preparing spekboom for our 2016 finishers.

This year the HC's are not using hessian or compostable cellulose food bags as the plant container. The 2016 spekboom are potted in Green Home Products 'ecocup' containers which are fully compostable.

Just dig a small hole and plant the whole package, 'ecocup' and spekboom. No easier way to help our planet!

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 Many thanks Tracey Hartwig and her team of HC's who have been preparing spekboom for our runners. 


The Legend 'Legends' are back

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Only three runners have completed all of the Baviaanskloof Trail Runs.
They have their Alan Ainslie Legend Award hanging proudly, and they have the scars to prove their Legend of 'Legends' status.
We are thrilled that all three of our Legend 'Legends' will be joining us for the 2016 event.
Bennie Burger, Emil Hougaard and Chris Gedye, we look forward to seeing you at Geelhoutbos (and on the scree) in September.
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