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For the first time runners have the opportunity to run this magnificent 30 km route (or one of two equally beautiful shorter routes) as part of the Funky Fynbos Festival that will be held on the 13 & 14 September 2014.
The trail run will be held on Sunday the 14th September and all routes start and finish at De Uijlenes in the Uilkraals Valley. The routes have been designed to cater for all levels of running ability and meander through hidden pockets of indigenous forest alive with birds, to Tolkeinesque dells of dense lichens, tumbling waterfalls and streams and, you guessed it, through exquisite fynbos.
All finishers will receive a race medal and there are prizes for the first three male and female athletes for each route as well as lucky draw prizes for all participants. The start/finish at De Uijlenes is a central location from which to explore and enjoy the many attractions of the Funky Fynbos Festival.
For the multi-sport enthusiasts you can combine riding the 80km Funky Fynbos mountain bike race on Saturday 13th with the 30 km Fynbos Trail run on Sunday the 14th to fight it out for the title of Funky Fynbos festival iron man and iron lady award.
30km King protea route – R200
For the hard core trail runner there is the tough 30km route, usually hiked over three days. The run includes four relatively stiff climbs spread out along the route and runners will be treated to spectacular views from the summits of Swartkransberg, Pinnacle Peak, Grootberg and Windheuwel. The route includes plenty of custom made single track trail running including wooden board walks and ladders down to the Witvoetskloof waterfall and Stinkhoutsbos Forest on Flower Valley. The combination of spectacular Fynbos with fields of pincushions and proteas, shady forests, secret valleys and waterfall as well as the magnificent views along the route make this a must do for avid trail runners.
12km Silver Pincushion route – R100
The 12 km route takes runners through the beautiful Flower Valley, past fields of silver edge pincushions, magnificent heather and an extraordinary diversity of spring flowers. The first five kilometres provides a relatively easy, gentle warm up along the lower slopes of the Valley before 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 3600 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.
5km Platbos route – R50
The 5km 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. From the outside, there is no inkling of the age-old trees found within the forest canopy. Draped in “old man´s beard”, the shady canopies of ancient stinkwoods, milkwoods, wild pears and wild olives with their gnarled and twisted trunks and branches, are a delight to run under. 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.
For more information contact Michelle Privett (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mariana Claassens (email@example.com).