Running or walking around prominent mountains has always attracted the adventurous and tomorrow’s circumnavigation around Table Mountain coincides with the world’s biggest trail race – Ultra-trail Mont Blanc, the 170km circuit around western Europe’s highest peak.
The annual Table Mountain Challenge, at 44km is someway short of its European counterpart’s 100 mile circuit, but nonetheless offering a significant challenge to those with the courage to take on the testing route, either solo for the full distance or in teams or two. Jan van Riebeek School sports grounds below Signal Hill marks the start and finish, with Constantia Nek the half-way mark and change-over point for those running in team relays.
The TMC takes participants to some of the most scenic vistas on the continent along some of the best running-trails in the land, but runners will need to take care to find their footing and the route markers, directing them towards the finish, in particular
- The turn-off to Kasteelspoort along the Pipe Track six kilometres into the race. Runners missing the turn face the prospect of several additional kilometres and a long-winded turn-around
- Unbelievable vistas towards the southern tip of the Peninsula from the Back Table towards Grootkop and Judas Peak, again with several potential missed turns before the descent towards Suikerbossie via Llandudno Ravine and Hout Bay Corner