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Whale of Trail Run – 10 May 2014

 

Whale of Trail Run – 10 May 2014

 

The inaugural Whale of Trail Run took place in Cape Nature’s De Hoop Nature Reserve. It was a 51.3 km race that consisted of mountain fynbos trail running as well as a technical coastal section where land met sea.

 

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Sun setting on the eve of the race

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The vlei and surrounds where the accommodation and race briefing took place.

 

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Coastal sand running here we come!

 

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Abundance of wildlife in the reserve.

 

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Race briefing and eating tent

 

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Would the run prove to be as much a load as this famous wild fig tree?

 

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Lacing up and getting the new full shoe gaitors in place – much needed for the sandy sections!

 

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Ready to go!

 

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A local primary school singing our National Anthem before we start

 

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Off we go!

 

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Down this climb…

 

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…and up the next!

 

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The mountain Fynbos section proved to be technical but was awesome!

 

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The start of the coastal section at about 22kms.

 

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The sandy sections were long and arduous

 

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Beautiful coast, single track and rock formations

 

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The trail was incredible

 

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A view to the finish for spectators – Koppie Alleen.

 

De Hoop’s beauty

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The finish is near!

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That’s it – what a run – 8:19:54

 

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A great place to rest weary legs – Melkkamer Vlei Cottage (De Hoop Collection)!

 

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A fine sunset to a fine day!

 

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Didn’t see any whales, except had a whale of a time, thanks to Cape Nature and MERRELL!

 

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