This past Sunday saw the inaugural running of the Trail Du Mont Rochelle trail run in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (MRNR) near Franschoek, with runners having the option of tackling a 20km, 13km or 8km route.
The Long Route is a 20km loop following the MRNR Perdekop Trail - marked by a large stone cairn (Perdekop is the highest point in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve – Elevation 1575m) ,from Karmel camp site and crosses the Uitkyk Trail towards Du Toitskop Peak at 1407m with a single track descend all the way back to the finish at Karmel.
Christiaan Greyling leading the pack on the 1st climb of the day
The 20km trail was dominated by husband & wife due of Christiaan Greyling & Landie Greyling, bothleading from the start & walking away with top honours on the day. Christiaan blitz this technical trail with over a 1300m vertical gain in 2:22:03, followed home by Martin Kleynhans 2:26:12 & Stuart McConnachie 2:2927 rounding up the podium positions.
Landie looked relaxed & comfortable mixing it up with the leading men, eventually finishing 6th overall in a time of 2:37:04. Danette Smith, 2:59:53 placed 2nd, followed by Margitta Wright, 3:06:54.
Landie Greyling on her way to victory closely followed by master’s winner Noel Ernstzen.
The first section of this route includes the Breakfast Rock Trail. Once past Breakfast Rock, the trail follows the westerly valley slope of the Perdekloof stream, crossing it at approximately 845 metres beyond Breakfast Rock; this is a wonderful place to stop and the water is safe to drink and very refreshing. The trail then joins the Perdekop Trail towards the finish.
Visser Liebenberg 1:40:27 won the 13km event, followed by Michael Gombart 1:43:04 & Cole Stanton 1:48:57.
The ladies race showcased the future of SA trail running as juniors Megan Leslie (4th overall) took line honours in 1:49:56, followed by another junior Kristen Heath (5th overall) 1:50:43, with Caitlin Leslie, 1:53:31 rounding off the podium.
This ‘fun run’ trail includes the Breakfast Rock Trail and a short section of the Du Toitskop Trail. The trail climbs about 275m to reach an elevation of 1028m above sea level. This was the ideal trail for beginners & a intro into trail running. Bradwyn Damons 49:19 took 1st place, followed closely by junior Arnold Achmat, 49:59, & Leon Waterloo claiming 3rd in 55:20.
The ladies race was won by Lindsay Durell, 1:06:39, Nicol De Andrade claimed 2nd in 1:07:03, & Erdine de Toit took 3rd in 1:09:00
For full results & images of the day visit www.traildumontrochelle.com