Typically run in July, the early scheduling this year provides selection guidance for the Proteas team to take part in the World Championships in Portugal early in June and most of the country’s top trail exponents will be in action early tomorrow in order to secure a boarding pass to Lisbon.
The race takes place over the traditional three-leg route, starting and finishing at Hout Bay Yacht Club, with athletes racing over Karbonkelberg and Suther Peaks before dropping down to Sandy Bay and climbing back to Suikerbossie to end the first leg. A major climb via Hout Bay Corner and Llandudno Ravine brings runners to the top of the Back Table, where they head north to Hely Hutchinson Dam, before descending to Constantia Nek to end leg two.
The final leg involves a climb up Vlakkenberg Peak and a traverse below Constantiaberg, before descending to East Fort and racing down Chappies for a beach front finishing stretch to the Yacht Club.
The men's and women's winners of the senior titles are guaranteed places on the Proteas team, with the first two runners-up also likely to receive call-ups, providing their performances are judged to be competitive.