Race Reports

Report on Kinetic 'Full Moon' Adventure Race - Parys by Scott Van Rooijen

posted 26 Nov 2012

Occasionally one takes on a task without fully comprehending the underlying challenge. When Mark asked me if I was interested in taking part in the 120km Full Moon Adventure Race in Parys this was one of those very scenarios. The question did not just pertain to the race itself, there was the race preparation. This involved hikes, rides, night runs and kayak lessons these all being activities I would have never have undertaken had I not said yes.

Collapsing on a camper chair at the 4th Leg transition in the early hours of the morning, my entire body pleading for rest, I thought of that question once again. We had been racing for in excess of 12 hours and were exhausted; this was only the halfway point. What had I got myself into? Had I made the right decision?

Reflecting on the race I know I made the right choice. One specific moment optimised this…… Attempting to paddle down the Vaal River, rain pelting across us whilst our kayak was being further wedged between rocks by the current of the rapids. Stuck in this predicament my teammate (Michelle) and I turned to each other and burst out laughing. Both of us looked hilarious, ...

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Report on Kinetic 'Full Moon' Adventure Race - Parys

posted 23 Nov 2012

After committing to entering the 120km Full Moon Adventure Race in Parys, I realised I must be slightly crazy, racing for 24 hours does not seem normal or sane to most people, but Mark ensured we got in some proper training, even though Breedts Nek was one of the toughest training rides I’ve had in a long time.

By the time race day had arrived I was feeling cautiously confident that we would be able to finish, after doing the race briefing Mark plotted the map while Michelle helped the two confused first timers, Scott and myself, figure out what needed to go into which race box.

At 12pm on Saturday we were at the race start ready to go, the start gun had sounded and we were off on our first hiking section. As we started ascending the “small” mountain I realised this was going to be A LOT tougher than I had anticipated.

The kayak section down the Vaal River started off pretty well until we capsized in the rapids as it started pouring with rain and hail. Mark and I nearly lost our backpacks and paddles in the commotion but we managed to get back onto the fluid and back on ...

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Report on Senseless Adventure Race - Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

posted 13 Feb 2012

Thisweekend saw Team PS. ( Portable Shade ) participate in the 50 – 80 Km SenselessSummer Adventure Race.

Before Itell you how well we did I must complement Steve, Andrew and AssitPort on puttingtogether an awesome race!

The formatis unique in that you have Compulsory points and optional points and a cut offtime after which you are penalized for being late.

We weregiven 7h 30 min to complete the race.

This formatmakes it really strategic to decide on your race strategy and decide how manyOP’s you can collect in time.

PS. CUL8RGregory Avierinos and Alexander Ham came 1st Open Male they went forall the OP’s abandoning one 10 min OP which they could not find, this cost them2nd overall as they lost to the red ants by 2 min!

PS. 3Fatty’s on bikes David Avierinos, Daniel Patrick and Timothy Chambers 3rdOpen male they went for very few Op’s counting on finishing in a really quicktime and the strategy paid of to some extent with their 3rd .

PS.Ruthless Alec Avierinos and Ruth Avierinos 3rd Mixed we went for asmany OP’s as possible we were ...

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Report on Western Cape Adventure Series - Ceres by Nico Murray

posted 15 Nov 2011

The people mentioned in this report are all real, but their names have been omitted to avoid defamation suits.  I would like to thank my legend team mate (Stefan Bester), my club (Assitport AR) and my lead sponsor (i.e. myself) for a memorable day in the Ceres.  Many thanks to WCAD for organising a memorable race and executing such seamlessly.

So there we were: in the dark standing next to 35 other teams waiting for the 80 kilometres of our maiden adventure race to start.  I’ll name us Team Shepherd for reasons that will become obvious later on.  Meeting the team next to us we learned that they are nearing the end of their Adventure Gap Year.  Imagine that, just finished matric and taking 2011 off to embark on all sorts of adventures like traversing the Cederburg mountains by MTB and many more.  One of them, standing around two metres tall made his 29er look like a 26er.  Real troopers!  Anyway, we got off to a flying start on the 8km micro navigation hike reaching our randomly chosen CP against the mountain first and immediately we thought we are going to own this race.

Turned out that first CP was the ...

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Report on Western Cape Adventure Series - Ceres

posted 12 Nov 2011

The beautiful Ceres Valley was the setting for the 3rd and final leg of the 2011 Western Cape Adventure (WCAD) Series which took place on 12 November.

This 80km race was advertised as being slightly more manageable than the Leg 1 and 2 in an effort to attract more novices and it had the desired effect with about half the field ready to embark on their maiden adventure racing experience.

30 teams of two lined up for the 4h45 am start at Fairfield Cottages and set off on the 8km Micro-Navigation leg first-up. Teams had to use a 1:10 000 aerial photograph to find their way to 9 Check Points (CP’s) on the farm just as the first rays of sunlight struck the orchards. Most teams made fairly easy work of this and were back where they started about an hour later.

From there the pairs hopped onto their bikes and made their way towards Ceres town and up to Ceres Zipslide Adventures where they zipped through a gorge on the first 3 slides totaling
about 450m of gravity fueled fun! The professional set-up and experienced guides managed to get competitors through safely and in high spirits for the day to follow.

Teams then meandered through ...

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Report on Kinetic 'Full Moon' Adventure Race - Middelburg by Garth Humphries

posted 24 Oct 2011

Mark had been tempting me with a Full Moonentry for some time and eventually I decided it was time to bite the bullet andgo for it. Having done several of the Kinetic Sprint Races I was lookingforward to a “proper” adventure race.

I had to trust Mark’s judgement and so onlymet my team mates a few days before the race. To look at them they appeared tobe quite normal and, as two of them had experienced at least part of a racebefore, we weren’t all going into it completely blind. Leonard had successfullycompleted the previous Full Moon, Gilles had managed part of a Full Moon (ahalf moon, at a guess) before withdrawing due to illness. This left me andTamryn as the new kids.  

The rest of the team headed to Middleburgon Friday, giving them plenty of time to bond and drink beer. After a hectic weekat work I needed Friday evening to get ready and any hope of a good night’ssleep was dashed as, having moving recently, I had to turn the house upsidedown trying to find the various boxes holding hidden treasure such as all thekit I needed. With the shops closed time ...

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Report on Kinetic 'Full Moon' Adventure Race - Middelburg by Jacques Lubbe

posted 21 Oct 2011

The Honey badger or Ratel is a tenacious small carnivore that has a reputation for being, pound for pound, Africa's most fearless animal despite its small size. It is even listed as the "most fearless animal in the world" in the 2002 Guinness Book of Records. Tales of their fondness for honey and the foraging association between the Greater Honeyguide and honey badgers have reached almost legendary proportions.

A new look Ratels team entered the Middleburg Full Moon due to injuries to Francois Maartens (broken wrist) and Lloyd Bradford (hamstring & glut) from that treacherous downhill at Full Moon Verlorenkloof.

Brothers Francois and Nico van Schalkwyk joined ex varsity roommates Wynand van Schalkwyk and Jacques Lubbe (yours truly) for a race that would ultimately test our tenacity and reward us with some sweetness along the way.

As far as training went, I couldn’t have asked for a better run up to the race. Wynand and I had a good Kinetic 25km race at Makiti and I was probably on top form 2 weeks prior to the Full Moon. And then the flu hit me. For 2 weeks I couldn’t shake it. I was in 2 minds whether to quit and drop the team or ...

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Report on Kinetic 'Full Moon' Adventure Race - Middelburg

posted 20 Oct 2011

It was with great excitement and anticipation that we arrived at Ribbokkloof for the Kinetic Full Moon Adventure Race, wondering if the weather forecast for rain will turn out to be true, and how dark it will be if it does in fact rain.
Better prepared ito packing all our gear in the supply boxes than the previous full moon AR, it was less of a scramble and we had more time to do proper preparation with route planning and team strategy.
So we set off on the first 48km cycle leg toward Middelburg dam. Our newest team member, new to AR but an old hand at navigating along railroads, assured us there is always a service road along a railway, so that is the route that we took, and that following the railroad means flat roads - as trains aren't really known for their performance on the steep climbs. True as bob - there is a service road, most of the way anyway. We arrived at the dam without problems, not in last place, so we were happy and going strong. Thankful for the wind almost from behind, it was quite fun paddling accross the dam, catching the odd wave/swell from behind. ...

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Report on Wild Trail - Amanzingwe Lodge

posted 5 Aug 2011

Race morning started with an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement. Word had gotten around that the race was technical and the crowd was abuzz with speculation about the difficulty of the race and what were to be expected. The Amanzingwe Lodge provided coffee free of charge on the comfortable decks with a beautiful view of the valley below while sponsors offered some sound advice and product information.

The race registration and pre-entry process by Racetime was efficient and painless. The queues moved very quickly and all entries were processed well before the start of the race. The long trail started at 09:00, exactly as advertised and the runners were on their way. The first 5km of the long trail constituted the short trail. The short trail runners started 5 minutes later at 09:05.

The first two kilometres followed jeep track, which allowed the runners to space themselves in such a way that runners of similar speeds were grouped together by the time single track through the forest started. In the forest the runners became hushed, and with the early morning sunrays breaking through the trees in places, being there had quite a mystical feel to it. Earlier that morning I had ...

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Report on Senseless 'Sprint' Adventure Race - Jabali by Andrew Wiggett

posted 2 Aug 2011

Like all the mornings that week, Sunday 31st July 2011 was very cold. What was different was that instead of being asleep, in bed at 5am, Steve and I were at Jabali Private Game ( Reserve doing the finishing touches for the Senseless Winter Adventure Race. Registration was going to start at 7am and with the venue situated about 1.5 hours outside of Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Pretoria we knew that most of the race’s participants would be awake too. In fact, team Kluens & Steun was the 1st team to arrive at 6:30am and they had travelled all the way from Polokwane for the race.

We had 43 teams at the race, 4 from Team Portable Shade (PS), who have put in a massive effort in growing adventure racing in schools. An awesome 9 teams where entered from Assitport Adventure Racing Club ( – a Big thanks to Mark and Monique for their fantastic effort at growing the adventure racing community and providing an environment for people to participate who have never adventure raced before.

The race was scheduled to start at 8:30am, but the start was moved to 8:45am to accommodate a couple of teams that had under estimated ...

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