Rockets Funky Fynbos Festival 2015 – Trail run excitement

running through forestsWe are super excited for our second trail run as part of the Funky Fynbos Festival. Last year’s event was a great success and we are very proud to have the continued support of sponsor Cape Mohair and Rockets. The weekend offers the opportunity to celebrate our unique floral heritage with a fynbos display, fynbos talks, fynbos harvesting and demonstrations. There will be local craft stalls and local food merchants – this is a country fair and the crafts will be authentic and from the area.

Three major events will attract sporting fanatics and driving enthusiasts.  There will be a MTB race, a trail run as well as challenging 4×4 tracks. More info on the events can be found at So bring the family and enjoy a weekend with something for everyone.


Fynbos Trail founder Sean Privett giving race instructionsDate: 20 September 2015
Online Entries:

Online entries close 14 September 23h00

Late Entries & Registration: De Uijlenes, Friday 18 September 18hoo-21h00; Saturday 19 September 10-17h00; Sunday 20 September 06h00-07h30
R20 extra for late entries

Event Venue: de Uijlenes, Uilkraals Valley, Gansbaai

Directions to Start: From Cape Town take the N2 via Somerset West, Sir Lowry’s Pass and Houwhoek Pass, turn off the N2 at Botriver and follow the R43 through Hermanus to Stanford. Thirteen kilometres past Stanford, take the Grootbos turnoff to the left. From this turn off it is 7km mostly on a gravel road to the De uijlenes venue which is on the right hand side of the road.

Race entrants heading outStart times and Entry Fee:
30km King Protea race – 07h40 R250
12km – Silver Pincushion race – 09h00 R100
6km –   Platbos race – 09h15 R50
Prize giving: 12h30

For the 30km main event 1st prize R1000, second prize R500 and 3rd prize R250 sponsored by Cape Mohair. Prizes will also be awarded to first three positions in the 12km and 6km events.
King of the Mountain Prize for first male and female runner to reach summit of Swartkransberg on Grootbos Nature Reserve (highest Point of the trail at 9km mark). R500 each for first male and female runner sponsored by Grootbos. To qualify runners must be first on the summit and complete the 30 km race.

There will also be a Funky Fynbos Iron man and Iron lady prize for the best combined time for the 41km Monster mountain bike race on the Saturday and the 30km King Protea trail run on the Sunday. First male and first female each will win a night for two at the Five star Grootbos Nature Reserve worth R7000 sponsored by Grootbos.

There will be a goodie bag for first 300 entrants including sponsors products and medals for all finishers and lucky draw prizes for all participants.

fynbos trail run

6km Race start (Photo credit: Brenda Du Toit)

Race details:

30km King Protea route
This is a toughie with three steep climbs and a total altitude gain of 1229m.  After a relatively gentle start the first climb takes runners up the Baviaansfontein Valley and to the peak of Swartkransberg between the 5-9km marks. The first water table will be at Bodhi Khaya near the bottom of this climb at the 4.5km mark. The king of the Mountain prizes for first male and female runners will be decided at the summit of Swartkransberg at the 9km mark. The route then takes runners down and through the Steynsbos milkwood forest to the second water point at Fynbos Retreat at the 17km mark. From here it’s down to the Witvoetskloof forest and waterfall (beware of slippery bridges, steps and boardwalks) and then up the steep ascent of the second major climb of the run from the 19 to 21km mark up Grootberg. The route then descends quite steeply into Flower valley through the Stinkhoutsbos Forest to the final water point at the 25km mark. There is a final sting in the tail as runners ascend the third climb of the day over Windheuwel and then down to the finish at De Uijlenes.
Running time: Top runners can expect to take around 140-160-180 mins to complete the 30km route and back markers about 4.5 hours.

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12 Km Silver Pincushion route
This run is suitable for the novice-intermediate trail runners. The routes is by no means flat but it’s on farm roads, jeep tracks and a well-used hiking trail. The first five kilometres provides a relatively easy, gentle warm up along the lower slopes of the Valley before a ascent up the valley into Stinkhoutsbos and then after a short descent along the river, a steep climb up the fynbos-clad slopes of Windheuwel.  At the top you will realize that the climb was worth the effort with spectacular 360 degree views across the Agulhas Plain towards the distant Cape Agulhas at the southern tip of Africa, as well as beautiful views of Dyer Island and the South Atlantic Ocean. The route then drops down along beautiful flower picking tracks to the lower eastern slopes of Windheuwel and then through the award winning vineyards of Lomond wine estate. The last section of trail follows a single track across the Uilenkraal River and back to the start/finish at De Uijlenes.

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6 km Platbos route
The 6km route while relatively short is a real treat. It takes runners or walkers through the ancient Platbos forest – the southernmost forest in Africa. After a short section along the farm road from the start at De Uijlenes the trail turns left up into Platbos Forest. While there is a steady climb just before the middle of the route, this circular trail is ideal for families and children. After a gentle meander through the beautiful forest vegetation, the trail winds back down to the start/finish at De Uijlenes.

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Race rules:
If you have any adverse health condition, please let us know via email or when you enter.
You must carry a card with all your medical details on it such a Doctor’s tel number, medical insurance number, emergency tel number and contact name, blood group, any allergies etc. This must be inside a sealed ziplock bag and on your person.
Do not attempt to run if you are not physically fit.
Do not take short cuts – any person caught taking short cuts, littering, abusing other users in the reserve or any other place during the event will be disqualified.
Notify the race organiser (Sean Privett 082 4111008) should you withdraw during the event)
For the 30km race:
Carry water and be prepared for a tough run. There will be three refreshment/water stops on route.
You must carry a cell phone. Please save the number 082 4111008 [Sean Privett] for emergency use only. If you withdraw during the event please contact the event organiser to inform him of your withdrawal.
You must carry a wind shell and emergency blanket. You must bring a water proof rain jacket with a hood to the race. If the weather conditions looks like rain you will be required to carry this jacket as well as a long sleeve top with you. Please make sure that it is a waterproof jacket and not just a wind jacket.

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