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.
Sun setting on the eve of the race
The vlei and surrounds where the accommodation and race briefing took place.
Coastal sand running here we come!
Abundance of wildlife in the reserve.
Race briefing and eating tent
Would the run prove to be as much a load as this famous wild fig tree?
Lacing up and getting the new full shoe gaitors in place – much needed for the sandy sections!
Ready to go!
A local primary school singing our National Anthem before we start
Off we go!
Down this climb…
…and up the next!
The mountain Fynbos section proved to be technical but was awesome!
The start of the coastal section at about 22kms.
The sandy sections were long and arduous
Beautiful coast, single track and rock formations
The trail was incredible
A view to the finish for spectators – Koppie Alleen.
De Hoop’s beauty
The finish is near!
That’s it – what a run – 8:19:54
A great place to rest weary legs – Melkkamer Vlei Cottage (De Hoop Collection)!
A fine sunset to a fine day!
Didn’t see any whales, except had a whale of a time, thanks to Cape Nature and MERRELL!
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