10 km Race

Starts with approximately 4km inside the school premises. The trail takes runners via a short section of paved walkway and then up into well-worn path through indigenous bush veld that surrounds the school, heading for high ground above the school and the winding downward toward the main gate. Once runners leave the premises they will run up a sort stretch of dirt road and then turn off into the bush on winding single track which slowly descends in elevation as it parallels a dry river bed. The vegetation is mostly typical bushveld until the trail heads through a patch of eucalyptus trees.

See if you can spot the nest of a black sparrow hawk high in a eucalyptus tree. A short while after leaving the eucalyptus forest the first split occurs and 10km runners should make sure they follow the signs to ensure they remain on the correct route. Marshals will assist at this point. The elevation will now begin to increase and runners should brace themselves for a long steady climb up into the indigenous forest. A water table will mark the point at which the 25 km route rejoins the 10m trail. Keep following the signs and pay attention to the marshals.

The trail then follows a short stretch of old jeep track and then heads off into the bush again as single track. The trail will get steeperĀ  and then enters the hauntingly beautiful indigenous forest which still plays host to a variety of elusive creatures. Be on the lookout for rocks rolled onto the trail by baboons as the forage for scorpions and other invertebrates. Also be careful of overhanging branches but be sure to take a moment to appreciate the ancient trees and the eerie silence. Shortly after entering the forest the 25km route splits off from the 10 km route a second time. Too soon you will emerge from the shelter of the forest and out into the sun, down a sort steep track with loose gravel and onto a jeep track for the final push to the finish. Leaving the bush behind, the runners will head back onto the campus and onto a paved walkway that leads up to the sports field and the finish.