The Alick Rennie Trail Run

The Alick Rennie Trail Run  – Sunday, 13 September 2015 (8am)

The late Alick Rennie had, for a number of years been contemplating hosting a trail running event on his beautiful mountain farm in the Bulwer district. His idea was to share the splendor of the Mahwaqa Mountains with like-minded souls, who have a love of nature, the outdoors and exercise. The intention was also to raise funds to continue clearing alien vegetation from the mountains in order to protect their fragile veld ecosystems. Tragically Alick died in an aircraft accident on the 4th of December 2013. To honour Alick’s legacy, the Rennie family will host the “Alick Rennie Trail Run” on his much cherished farm for the second time, on Sunday, 13th of September 2015.

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The main event is a 25km trail run and poses a fairly challenging yet spectacular route crossing pristine mountain streams, natural veld and climbing to its highest point at 2000m from the 1500m start. On a clear day the main berg from Giants Castle through to the Qachas neck area stands out like a cardboard model. The 10km course is more moderate, remaining in the foothills of the mountains but will nonetheless offer stunning views and be a rewarding run. The 5km is an easy run or walk around the cultivated low lands of the farm promising to be a great non-technical social event. The start and finish is located near one of the farm dams – a good cool off area for the weary legs. Shower and toilet facilities are being hired in for the occasion. Limited food and beverages will be on sale, however runners and their families are encouraged to pack a picnic and enjoy the farm after the race.

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105 competitors took part in the 2014 event

All the events will start together at 8am on Sunday morning, 13th September 2015.
This is a family event and all are welcome to come and enjoy a day out regardless of whether you partake in the running. Children can take part in the 5km event at the discretion and supervision of a parent. The age limit on the 10km is 12 years and the 25km, 16 years.
There is plenty of accommodation available around Himeville and Underberg for those wanting to make a weekend out of it. Alternatively the drive from Pietermaritzburg takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Roads are mostly tar with only the last 13km to the start/finish being on reasonable dirt roads.
Entries and further information about the race is available on www.kzntrailrunning.co.za. For any further queries, please contact Lauren Booth at lauren@kzntrailrunning.co.za or 082 791 7069.

Directions: Coming from Howick/PMB Take the R617 towards Underberg, about 22km after Bulwer take the district road to the right, signposted to Pevensy. (If you take the first Pevensy turn off after Bulwer, you will drive 13kms on a dirt road to the farm on the Right hand side, signposted Glengariff, however this is a fairly rough dirt road. If you take the second Pevensy turn off after Bulwer, you will drive 8kms on a dirt road until you reach a T junction where you turn right and then left onto the first farm, signposted Glengariff.) The start will be sign-posted at the gate.
Co-ordinates 29°45’57.46″S, 29°38’13.46″E.

Pic 1 . A beautiful day was enjoyed by all. We look forward to hosting you at the 2015 event, taking place on Sunday, 13th September 2015.