Thursday, September 14, 2006

Table Mountain Challenge - Sat 16th

Riche - Mountain Goat

Mariam - Mountain Goat

By the powers of greyskull - He-Man - mountain Goat

Super M - Extreme athlete

Moses - (extreme athlete) and Beef (extreme athlete)

Nikki - mountain milers, Beef, Sarah (MMM), Caroline - mountain milers and Cam
Inspirational Elley - Mountain Miler


This Saturday sees the 2nd running of the Table Mountain Challenge. A 35km off road trail run brought to us by the Crazy Store and Adventure Works.

Athletes can compete either individually or in teams of three. There are a number of athletes from the EYB community that have been putting time in on the mountain in preparation for the event.

Team Mountain Goats, comprising of Mariam "MG" Haroun, Dave "Riche" Riches and Neil "He-Man" Quayle, will be taking on Team Mountain Milers, Caroline "CBFZ" Butler, Nikki "Nix Pix" Pickard and Jason "No Cojones" Elley. I must make mention of the fact that Sarah George had pull out at the last minute due to injury, but she has stepped into the position Mmountain Milers Manager (MMM).

There has been some inspirational banter on the email leading up to the race.

Elley had the following to say about the challenge:

"I like running because it's a challenge. If you run hard, there's the pain - and you've got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is? Don't overdo it' and? Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond."

David "Ten Four" Moseley is doing an article for Mens Health magazine on the race and will be running the first and second legs.

EYB team captain Bern "Beef" Jordaan and Miranda "M" Symons are raising their games and pushing through the whole 35km event. Awesome effort guys.

The 8.6km first leg starts at the Kloof Neck car park at 7:00 for 7:30am and heads up the jeep track winding it's way up and up to the Blockhouse above Rhodes Memorial.

The road below the blockhouse will be the first seconding station and change over point.

The 10km second leg then makes it's way along the contour path above Newlands Forest, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Celelia Forest to the Constantia Neck car park where the second seconding station and hand over will occur.

The epic 17km third leg then takes the athletes through Orangekloof, up over Llandudno Corner and along the apostles, before dropping down Kasteelsport and widing up the jeep track to finish at the Kloof neck car park.

Should fellow EYB athletes wish to come out in support, the best places would be the handover areas, on the road below the blockhouse between about 8:15-8:45, at the Constantia Neck Car park between 9:20-10:15, and at the finish between 12:30 and 14:30.

These times are estimated from last years results and may vary depending on the elements and unknown factors on the mountain.

Finally another Elley quote:

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."

Good luck athletes!

Earn your breakfast!!!!

ps Sunday's hike details to follow.


1 comment:

Moses said...

super amped for TMC. Over. Just purchased R175 worth of energy gels and electrolyte replacement drinks. Over. And two new pairs of socks. One for TMC and one for CW triathlon weekend. And a new moisture-wicking shirt. Ooh ra athletes. Ooh RA!!

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