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Our 2012 'Legends of the Baviaanskloof' recipients 

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Andrew Damp Gerrie Herman
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Paul Hugo   Mike van Vuuren
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 Craig McCathy Carin du Preez 
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Ryno du Preez Chris van der Walt
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 Gerhard Vosloo  Craig Dalldorf
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Clinton Fisher Steven Ahlschlager
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Werber Ernst Tony Boardman
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Roger Trader Dylan Murray
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John Brand Ria Mattheus
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Melissa Bates-Landman Jan Shaw
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Marié Barnard Hugh Parry
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  Peter Hattingh  


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Everyone who has run the Baviaanskloof Trail Run has their own personal recollection of the route, the stunning views, the experience.
Some of the feedback from this year has been posted under Runners Comments
There is always one note that encapsulates all the feedback received - here is Sue's note
"I won a Ford lucky draw with the prize being an entry into the Baviaanskloof Trail Run. I felt VERY LUCKY because only 100 people get to participate. So now I am officially part of a "fortunate", crazy group of running masochists!!  
Nothing could have prepared me for and I quote "some of the roughest most rugged, inhospitable terrain in the Baviaanskloof".  When I started, my only fear was getting lost - 10km into the run, I kind of wished I'd get lost, then at least the 4x4 would come and fetch me. You climb vertically (yes it felt like it) for 20km and just when you feel like you don't ever want to see another hill, you flatten a bit and then descend all the while wishing you could just get another hill. Definitely the toughest thing I’ve done so far but by far the most beautiful.
A very very special, intimate race that I might actually be crazy enough to do every year."
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Image courtesy Mike Brewis

First Three Home in 2012

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Man Lady
1st Grant Wolff Julie Truter
3:44 3:58
2nd Alan Neate Jane Barnardo
  3:50 4:20
3rd Andrew Damp Mandy Marais
  3:55 4:42

Bill Moore - R.I.P.

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It is with deep sadness we heard of our friend Bill's passing last Thursday, just a few days before race day.

Bill Moore of Heritage Picture Framers has done such magnificent work framing our Alan Ainslie 'Legend' awards.

One of the last projects Bill was involved with last week before he died was the framing of our latest 'Legend' awards. 

Our condolences to Bill's family and to Mandy and Lauren at Heritage Picture Framers.

R.I.P. Bill.


First Home Blitz the Field

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Congratulations Grant Wolff and Julie Truter who were first home at the 2012 Baviaanskloof Trail Run.

Grant stormed to the front shortly after the second water crossing and Julie ran superbly to finish 4th overall and become the first Lady to run under 4 hours.

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 Well done to all the new 'Legends of the Baviaanskloof', wonderful achievement.


Leopard spoor

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There are unique trophies up for grabs on Saturday at the Baviaanskloof Trail Run.

The first man and first woman to cross the finish line each receive a leopard spoor trophy, cast from local leopard spoor. Unique and desirable trophies.

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And of course a medal for every finisher ....

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Route Recce done

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A route recce was carried out earlier this week.

The hill up to the Check Point is still as gnarly as ever, and the scree is, well, scree. 

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 Scree Second river crossing


Three river crossings ranging from shin to waist deep, so shoes will get wet, and cameras as well if you don't remember to pack a zip-loc.


Gnarly (adjective) difficult, dangerous, or challenging

Scree (noun) 1. loose rock covering a slope 2. a slope of loose rock debris at the base of a steep incline or cliff.


Donation to Baviaanskloof Honorary Conservators

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A significant portion of each entry fee to the Baviaanskloof Trail Run is channelled directly to conservation in the Baviaans.

On a somewhat blustery and rainy first day of Spring a wind-swept Baviaanskloof Trail Run Race Director Evie Raubenheimer handed over a donation to Scott Rollo, Chairman of the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve Honorary Conservators, at the Eastern Cape Motors Ford dealership.

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Crew at Ford Driving Skills for Life

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As part of their sponsorship of support vehicles for the Baviaanskloof Trail Run, Ford South Africa treated the crew who will be driving the All-New Rangers to a dedicated on-road and 4x4 driving instruction provided by Ford’s innovative Driving Skills for Life driver education programme. The comprehensive lecture room and practical instruction was enjoyed and much appreciated by the Baviaans crew.

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Baviaanskloof Trail Run crew with instructor Colin Mileman (far right)


Black Rhino transported by UTi

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UTi is transporting black rhino again.

Those limited edition Alan Ainslie 'Legend' awards are being shipped courtesy of UTi.

Thank you UTi for taking such good care of our black rhino, our 'Legends' certainly appreciate it.

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