Monday, July 30, 2007

Hout Bay challenge

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS go to Beef and Caro for their very impressive efforts in the Hout Bay challenge on Sat.

The two covered 35kms in the mountains around Hout Bay in 6 hours and 50 mins.

Here are a couple of videos from the check point at Constantia Neck.

Well done athletes.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Gear up, dress warm and enjoy the spledour of Ecco Valley


There has been much banter about GEAR and KIT these last few weeks and this Sunday will see some of that banter...and that kit put into action, as the Cape Storm has blessed us with her winter beauty throughout this week. You may leave your house looking like the Michelin man but all will be worth it when the views and forests of Ecco Valley lay down the red carpet for you.

This hike has been foot printed in the past but there are many variations, so depending on weather and turnout be prepared to see awesome ranges of amazing rock formation, caves (no caves will be dabbled into unfortunately), waterfalls, and the beautiful indigenous Echo and Spes Bona Valley's. The hike will be no longer than 3 hours.

What date:
Sunday,29th July

What Time: 9am, ready to get on the mountain by 9:15am

Place - Where do I Park :
indicated on the Slingsby Map above. If travelling towards St James/Kalk Bay on Boyes drive - go past the Oukraal sign and a few hundred metres after that on the right is a small parking alcove and a sign that says Ecco Vally - it is the last place to park before you head down the hill into Kalk Bay. If you get lost please call Alan/Migs to ask for directions -
073 808 6116

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 - 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, especially after all the rain this week as the indigenous forest and waterfalls will be displaying their best! So to 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!!


Monday, July 23, 2007

Noordhoek Peak beauty

Sunday saw 12 brave athletes and 2 very excited golden retrievers congregate at the Silvermine car park.

There was some banter from the ladies about the time of the hike, and we were reminded that it was still winter and that 8:15 was far to early. Fair enough ladies, perhaps 9am is more social until the sun warms a little.

We had a great hike up to the the old fire hut where there was time for some photo's, we then continued up to the summit at Noordhoek Peak where the views were once again incredible.

All in all a really great morning out, minimum effort for maximum reward.

Great to see new and old faces alike.

See you all out there again soon.

Views of Fish Hoek and Simon's Town

Kommetjie beach

Athletes at the old fire hut
Views of Hout Bay from Noordhoek Peak


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Noordhoek Peak - Sunday 22 July

Sunday's hike will take us up above Noordhoek, Kommetjie and Hout Bay. A gentle stroll rather than a serious hike. What is lacks in length and difficulty it certainly makes up for in beauty.

Start time: 8:15am meet, 8:30am on the mountain.

Hike time: 2 hours

Where to meet: Silvermine Car park. Remember no cell phone signal up at the car park.

Bring: Warm tops, juice, water, sweets, camera etc.

See you out there athletes.

Good luck to those competing in the New Balance Celtics Duathlon at SOETWATER.

Earn Your Breakfast


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Celtic Harriers DUATHLON!!!!


This is the second year running that the inspirational team at the new Celtic Harriers Multi-Sport Club, are putting on this exciting Duathlon Event.

Remember, all are welcome, with a Junior and beginners race, half standard (5km run - 20km cycle - 2,5km run), and a full standard event (10km run - 40 km cycle - 5km run). Individuals and teams both welcome!


Rumour has it that this is one of the best races in town with an epic vibe, so dust off your bikes, bring along your mates, put on your running shoes and get stuck into what promises to be an inspirational day of earning!!

See you guys out there!!!



Thursday, July 05, 2007

Athletes take a 2 Week Winter Break from the mountains

Winter in the Cape is a funny and surprising thing - we have clear, crisp and beautiful days through the week, where athletes are out in full force soaking up the beautiful evenings and then the weekends see the return of the Cape Storm!! There goes a saying that "There is no bad weather, just bad gear" so some would argue why we are letting the winter rain keep us from our mountains come Sunday morning...? But to be honest give me all the best kit there is, but when you look outside at 7am on a Sunday morning and see clouds, rain and wind, my bed and my winter sheets sure looks a lot more comforting than braving Devil's Peak looking like a kitted out Arctic snowman!

So with previous weekends showing us that rain means fewer athletes ready to face the elements, and due to a few key EYB Athletes heading out of town for a special Birthday weekend, we have taken the decision to cancel this weekend and give you all piece of mind come Sunday morning.....a guilt free lie in!

Unfortunately next weekend will also have to be postponed as The Knysna Festival sees many an Athlete jump in their cars come Friday afternoon and race up the Garden Route to try and beat the queues at the beer tent...oh sorry I mean the Registration tent! EYB wishes you all a safe drive and a very happy and enjoyable race!

Good luck with your last week of training and remember its all about Time on Your Legs!! See you out there and look forward to getting back on the mountains once we've found a way to brave the Cape Storm!!


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