Thursday, March 29, 2007

13.5 hour epic this Sunday the 1st of April!!

EYB will attempt to conquer the mountains ranging from Cape Point to the CBD in a 13.5 hour epic this Sunday.................... Only joking athletes- April fools!!

This Sunday sees us returning to a favorite peak above the city bowl - Lions Head. This hike offers maximum views with reasonably little effort, it is a fairly easy winding pull up the slopes of Lions Head to the summit, so if you've been off the mountain for a while, lets get out there and enjoy!

That's where we're heading

Chris soaking up the vibe last time

Beauty abounds on the way up

Sunday's route will start at the Kloof Nek Car Park.

We'll cross the road, dip below Kloof Road for a while, continuing down through the plantation. We'll eventually cross back over Kloof road to hook up with the Lion's Head Pipe Track which will lead us up/down/up and around Bantry Bay/Sea Point side of the mountain. From there we'll take the path up and around to summit at 669m!!

We will then enjoy all the vibe time the Head has to offer.

We'll then descend down the jeep track towards the Signal Hill Road car park, and walk the short distance back to the Kloof Nek car park!!

Hike Time: The hike should take between 2.5 and 3hrs.

Meet time: 8:15 to start walking at 8:30am.

Where to park: Kloof Neck car park.

What to bring: Sun cream, hats, water, warm top and anything else you may like to bring along.

PHV: la Med has always been good to us, could head back there for a pizza and a Heineken!

Four legged athletes: Unfortunately the last climb to the summit is not really that dog friendly, and it's not recommended by the Parks Board.

See you there athletes!

Earn Your Breakfast!


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

What winter FAMM??

You need a reason to get out of bed?

Just when we thought the Cape Winter had set in, weather guru throws us a scorcher of a Friday to kicks start your weekend of earning! So with the tides low and the sun high, FAMM will footprint the beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and beyond once more, before summer becomes a distant memory!

The route will take us along Camps Bay, through Glen Beach and La Med and across the beauty that is Clifton, from there will will jump up onto the road and make our way to the rest stop at the benches before heading back along the rd to brave the waters of Camps Bay!

What date:
Friday, 30th March

What time:
6:15am - its about a 45 min run so we should be back at our cars by about (7am ish)

Where do I park:
On Victoria Rd, Camps Bay outside the garage/Nandos/Pick 'n Pay

What to bring:
If you feeling brave and cold blooded bring your cozzie...if its too icy for a post run swim we'll jump over the mountain and attack Vida for our morning fix of caffeine!

No winter excuses are accepted this week, so get those bodies out of bed for a guaranteed morning of beauty, sunshine and and endless summer earning!

Summer Athletes!


Monday, March 26, 2007



Earn Your New York Marathon 2007 is finally apon us and we are in the process of finalising the possibility of lining up on the 4th November later this year.

Briefly... we are hoping to secure garunteed entries to the Marathon by committing to raising money for a charity called Get Kids Going. This makes the whole experience relatively affordable for those who have aspirations to participate in the biggest marathon in the world!

For those who have serious interest in getting involved please email us on for full details!!

We are looking to have final committments by the end of next week, so please email us asap for the full vibe!!!



Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Kalk Bay hills are alive with the sound of Athletes

Where are we hiking?


This Sunday will see EYB Athletes tackle the glorious mountains of Kalk Bay in an epic that will provide athletes with an awesome range of amazing rock formations, caves (no caves will be dabbled into unfortunately), waterfalls, and the beautiful indigenous Echo and Spes Bona Valley's. The hike can range from 2 1/2hrs to 4hrs - so depending on the weather and the turnout we will play the route by ear!

We will initially head out on the Oukraal Path up through Echo Valley passing by the Amphitheatre on our right. We'll then decend on an awesome contour path around Klein-Tuinkop Peak and Maiden Peak and detour slightly to a waterfall for a well earned break and some VAVT!! A gentle jeep track ascent takes us back around and up towards Speciosa Valley, on top of which is a pretty awesome view down towards Kalk Bay and out over False Bay!! We'll then descend back down towards Kalk Bay via Spes Bona Valley to a well earned PHV!! Again the route might be adjusted on the morning if the weather man playes us the rain card!

What Time: 8:30am, ready to get on the mountain as early as possible!

Place - Where do I Park : indicated on the Slingsby Map above. If travelling towards St James/Kalk Bay there is a choice to either travel high along Boyes drive in which case the start of the Oukraal path should be clearly marked. Its nearing the end of Boyes drive, just before turning left down into Kalk Bay. If travelling along the Main Road, turn right at the robots just past Cafe Olympia into Clairvaux Rd. This will take you around to the right and up onto Boyes Drive.

Post Hike Vibe: There is a host of awesome spots around this neck of the woods, but the Brass Bell is an old favourite and will likely be a pretty chilled vibe. If we make it down in time for breakfast, Olympia Cafe is a must!

What To Bring: All the normal goods. It's always great on a longer walk to pack some substantial supplies of food, coffee, tea, water etc. Also pack some wet weather gear, warm tops and beanies if the weather looks grey.

Four legged Athletes: Dogs are welcome on this route!

This is a beautiful hike once again, and one that we've been wanting to revisit since last year! So for those Athletes out there wanting some mountain time this weekend, pack your gear, get your hiking boots shined up and see you out there on Sunday ready to Earn Your Breakfast!!


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

FAMM heads into Winter Mode

With the sun rising later and later and athletes find it harder and harder to get out of bed, FAMM is in brainstorming mode as we try and work out a way to get you out of bed and earning, come rain or shine through the winter months! For the next few weeks we will take each Friday as it comes and I will check the weather for the week and post according to that. There are a few routes that we can still navigate in the dark so will alternate them as we go! We are also trying to organise for FAMM to dominate Friday morning Spinning at Virgin Active so watch this space for more info on that option!

So, with the weather for this Friday looking dismal, early morning showers predicted and sunrise only at 6:50am, we have decided to take a raincheck for this week. But I can assure you that if the sun is out next week we will dominate Lion's Head, The Promenade or Camps Bay for a morning of earning, and if not get those spinning legs warmed up to hit the gym!!

Suggestions welcome for FAMM winter months - as who wants to let a good thing like FAMM hibernate?? us on

Hike details for this weekend to follow later today, looks like we might be taking on the slopes of St James/Kalk Bay! See you out there ATHLETES!!!


Monday, March 19, 2007

Lion's Head Sunrise - Inspirational!!!!!!!


Spence dominating the early morning vibe!!

Spectacular light!

Lion's Head Shadow!!

Fellow EYB athletes,

As the early morning light starts to fade away, we are looking into the winter months with a fresh approach that will definately see us getting out there, or at least into some sort of activity that keeps us inspired!

Last Friday saw a small group of us summit Lion's Head. The sunrise at this time of year brings out an amazing quality of light that leaves one appreciating the amazing world in which we live.

Hope to see everyone out there this Friday morning... rumor has it we'll be getting our feet nice and sandy on the world's best beaches - keep an eye out for details!



Tranquil Sunday Moments!!

Athletes loving the morning sun!!

Serious Stuff

What undulation?

FAMM queen Caro and debutant Kerry!

Awesome views!

Table Mountain Boardwalks

Cape Town Magic

Jimmy leading the troops!

Yet another EYB angle of Lion's Head!

Thamar, Amber, and Caro!

Debutant loving the vibe!


Yesterday 12 'earn your' athletes arrived at Kloof Nek Car Park for one of Cape Town's most beautiful hikes. The weatherman produced another cracker despite the cape doctor proving rather fierce at times.

We all headed out on the Pipe Track for a long but gentle stroll towards the base of Corridor Ravine, where some tired legs made their way up this beautiful route. We then made our way to the inspirational Tranquility Cracks where we all chilled out and soaked up the incredible views across Camps Bay towards Lion's Head. I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

We then made our way towards the Cable Station, which proved a little more undulating than expected. Some athletes with time constraints, decided to descend down the Kasteelspoort Ravine and back along the pipe track to the Car Park.

After some 4 hours and among thousands of tourists who had made use of the good weather to summit the mighty Table Mountain, we enjoyed a well earned drink to celebrate a beautiful morning out on the mountains. It all tastes so much better if
you've earned it!!

Thanks for the awesome company and morning out on the mountains. Great to see some new athletes joining in and enjoying the magic of this wonderful city in which we live. Please do not hesitate to join us on the mountains in the weeks ahead!!



Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Sharing Experiences!!

Men's Health 10km Route

Last week wednesday saw hundreds of athletes of all levels participate in the highly popular Men's Health 10km Challenge on the 'West Side'. The Sea Point promenade is a very popular stretch of coastline in Cape Town that sees hundreds of runners and walkers 'earning' on a daily basis. Despite the ever present cape doctor, the race caters for all levels and proved to be a huge success.

VOB Constantia Village 15km Route

Another quality road running event that took place on Saturday last week, was the VOB Constantia Village 15km. The weather on Saturday morning was truly breathtaking as 1500 runners made their way through the beautiful streets of Constantia in one of the most scenic routes in the Western Cape.

To all those who took part last week... well done athletes!!!



Friday, March 09, 2007



Route and Support Points


For those super keen to get back on the mountains, we'll have to wait till next weekend as Cape Town sees 35000 cyclists take on the mighty Cape Argus 109km epic this Sunday.

The annual event brings Cape Town to a standstill as it hosts one of the biggest cycle races on the planet, so we'll leave the hiking till next weekend, but instead come out in full support of the many inspirational athletes earning their breakfast this Sunday!

Suikerbossie always delivers an amazing vibe so pack your picnics, mix your cocktails and head down to support your friends and family as they make their final climb to the top of Llundudno, before swooping down towards the finish in Green Point.

Next weekend promises to bring us back onto the mountains and up to the spectacular and amazing Tranquility Cracks. This one is not to be missed and delivers one of the most epic views in the whole of Cape Town... more details to follow next week!!!

Good luck to all those taking on the 109km this Sunday!!!



Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Promenade glory

The Sea Point Promenade last saw FAMM back in December, so while time allows us our Friday morning sessions, we thought we'd head back to the promenade for what is set to be a scorcher of a Friday in the Mother City. What better way to start your Friday with a gentle run along side the Atlantic Ocean followed by a well deserved cappuccino at Newport Deli?

What date: Friday, 9th March 2007

What time:
Meet at 6am - sunrise is getting later and later but we should still be able to squeeze a few more FAMM sessions in before winter sneaks up on us!

What Route:
we will start at Newport Deli and run along the promenade for as long as time allows us. We will hopefully make it to the pool and back which is a sufficient time on our legs given that a few FAMM athletes are building up to the Argus and the Constantia 15km Road Race over the weekend.

Where do I park:
At Newport/Wakame parking lot on Beach Rd. Just past the lighthouse if you heading towards the Waterfront with the sea on your left.

As Winter draws near to Cape Town our FAMM sessions will have to take on a whole new identity - but in the meantime a 34 degree summer's day awaits us this Friday, so even though the darkness might push you back under your covers initially...know that there are a pack of keen Athletes awaiting your footprints on the promenade!

Good luck to all EYB Athletes who are hitting the road this weekend to EARN THEIR BREAKFAST and beyond that, in both the Argus and the VOB Constantia Village 15km - we'll be sure to shout for you from the sidelines in full EYB support mode!


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Runners - TAKE NOTE!!!


These cheeky runs below are two of Cape Town's most beautiful road races. Tomorrow evening looks to be a perfect Cape Town atlantic sundowner evening, so this one should be a beauty!

Saturday morning sees a beautiful undulating 15km starting at the False Bay Rugby Club. It's perfect base training for those taking on the Two Oceans Half, or for those with Marathon hopes for the mighty New York Marathon on the 4th November!!

Event: Mens Health Lighthouse 10km

Date: 07 March 2007
km: 10 km
Time: 18h15
Venue: Mouille Point (Sea Point Promenade - follow the crowds)
Contact: Chris Readman 082 8084114

Event: Constantia Village 15km
Date: 10 March 2007
km: 15 km
Time: 06h30
Venue: Constantia (False Bay Rugby Club)
Contact: Richard Acheson 082 4115533

See everyone out there!!



Thursday, March 01, 2007

Silvermine East to St James / Muizenberg Peak

Follow me athletes - I know the way (most of the time)

Draw near athletes, for we are about to embark on a little adventure. We're taking on an EYB first.

This Sunday we head towards either St James or Muizenberg Peak. It's a cheeky little 3-3.5hr hike that takes us from the Silvermine East Car park along the Upper Steenberg ridge and then to what promises to be one of the more spectacular view spots around.

We can decide on the day which peak to summit as there is a split in the path equidistant from both peaks.

Views will be enjoyed far and wide from either of these points, weather permitting we may even be able to pick up a few of the great whites that peruse the waters behind the breakers in Muizenberg.

We'll then make our way back past a cheeky little waterfall, time permitting.

Where to meet: Silvermine East car park. Go over Ou Kaapse Weg from the Constantia side, ignore the Silvermine entrance on your right and follow the road a little further looking for a small car park on your right.

What time: 9am start

What to bring: WARM TOP (party cloudy, windy and cool conditions are forecast), plenty of water, camera and myprodol for Riche.

Estimated Hike Time: 3 to 3.5hrs round trip.

See you there athletes.


FAMM - Friday 02 March!!!

The sun is rising slightly later, the tans are getting more entrenched and theathlete numbers keep growing. Nothing like starting the weekend with a 'casual' jog round the southern face of lions head, round to views over the sleeping rich and up the path to the Lion's back.

From there it is a choice to head back to the car (depending on how dedicated you are to work) or across to signal hill for an early morning nookie patrol!

So bring your A game, a smile and leave your weeks stress somewhere on themountain.... bru!

What time: Meet at 6am

Where to park: Kloof neck car park

What to bring: Your next door neighbour

DO IT!!!!!



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