Start off with a loop at Bushwillow then up through the indigenous forest and grassland to the top of the Karkloof Escarpment (500m climb over 5.5km). You will then hug the top of the Escarpment for 12km (unbelievable views) and drop down through indigenous bush and grasslands. For 8km you will follow a trail to Canopy Tours. This will be a Time-out Zone. You will do four zip lines. This then leaves 6km through farmlands to Bushwillow.
Tip of the day: Don’t go out too hard – you’ve got 2 more days.
Water tables: 15km in game area; 20km Hancocks Rockwood Road; 25km Canopy Tours
If sunny, use sun screen as the top of the route is very exposed.
Start off for 6km through fairly technical bush trails half way up the Karkloof Escarpment. Next you descend for 3km through grasslands and bush. From here it is 6km to the base of Mbona and then climb to the Head towards Mbona Nature Reserve; it’s a really special treat to meander around the dams and perfectly trimmed paths. A steep climb to Mbona will make you appreciate the view even more.
From Mbona, you will head towards Benvie farm. The farm is known for its amazing garden, scattered with ancient trees from all over the world – enjoy every moment, as it is truly special. You will also find your second water table here. We will allow seconders to access the garden and support runners. This will also be a Time-out Zone for those runners that want to soak up the garden, chill and relax for a bit.
From Benvie farm, you will make your way to Mondi at the top and finish off the day with a great run down to Bushwillow Park past the Grey Mare’s Tail Falls.
Tip of the Day: Enjoy the great surroundings of Mbona and Benvie; bring your camera and make use of today’s Time-out Zone at water table 2.
Water tables: 9km Twin Falls, 20km Mbona, 30km Benvie, 36km Grey Mare’s Tail Falls
An early start with lots of sleepy runners.
As always, we will start you off on a flat open road so those runners that are still half asleep can wake up before taking on the first hill of the day. You do have a water crossing at about 6km, so it’s probably a good idea to bring some dry socks or take your shoes off. Once over the crossing, you will start with your first climb of the day, then take on a steep and awesome descent through the forest (it will still be dark, so be careful) before you start with a 3km climb to the top – enjoy the sunrise.
From here, you will find yourself meandering on the edge of the forest overlooking the valley until you reach the next big climb, which will take you to the second water table of the day. Here, you can catch your breath and prepare yourself for the climb to Mount Gilboa.
Once you are at the top of Mount Gilboa, you can truly enjoy the view and the last water table before a fantastic, really steep run down to the finish. This really is a great track to finish off 3 days of running.
Tip of the day: Make sure you have a good headlight and stay on the route, which is marked with reflective tape, boards, candy tape and route markers.
Water tables: 11km, 18km, 23km