Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Cairnbrogie Trail Run 2012

The Start
( I love it when  everyone stands back from the start showing so respect to the course to come)

Good Friday, the first day of the Easter long weekend and also the day of the Cairnbrogie Easter Trail Run. Now in its second year the Pennypinchers Adventure Racing Team had spent the last 2 months preparing the exciting routes on the Cairnbrogie dairy Farm outside Plettenberg Bay.  With 4 different routes on offer there was something for the whole family, young to old, fit to not so fit. With Magnetic South and thier new ESC (Every Seciond Counts) timing system we were able to run all three races at the same time.
Runners from all three runs cross the line (Every Second Counts captures the positions)

There were two short routes for the kids with the 4km Fun Trail Run only having prizes which were sponsored by Spur for boys and girls under the age of 12. This resulted in a fast race where the local Plett Surf Nippers dominated with the Roode, and Dugmore clan cleaning up again. Part of the kid’s package was also a 1,5km Adventure Trail where the younger kids and also the Wheel chair kids from Die Sterreweg went on a self guided walk /run/sprint through the forest and back past a number of newly born calves and to cup cakes and a Spur Goodie Bag.
Plett Surf Nippers Rule the Trail to!!!

The 7km Trail run was tackled by a whole host of runners and local runner Marius Schlecther in his first off road venture came in first. The route incorporated some of the specially made single track on the Cairnbrogie Farm.
The Blue Ribbon event of the day was 13 km run. The garden Routes best trail runners were on the line. Local Victor Gugushe, Knysna based Melakhaya Msitzi and Mark Collins were all eyeing each other on the start line. It was the unknown face of Stuart Marais that in under an hour (52 minutes) arrived at the finish line followed by Msitzi and then Collins. The ladies was won by Port Elizabeth based Triathlete Kirsty Wier in a time of 1hr 18 min. Marias who hails from Stellenbosch is a top Xterra athlete and flew in under the radar and really put on a great performance. His comments on the route were “this is a proper trail run “

Stuart Marais (1st) Andrew Hill (Cairnbrogie Farm), Melkahya Msitzi 2nd,Mark Collins 3rd

Apart from the running there were two groups of local dancers on display with the House of Hope girls giving a display of the Zamba dance with a very modern vibe and then the Reel Dancers from the Griekwa Church put on a display of the more traditional dancing from their community. The ladies from the Griekwa church had a great stall selling rooster koek and pancakes and had a great fund raising day.

With the long run being fully subscribed (100 only)and the two shorter runs having about 70 runners in each and the Kids Adventure Trail entertaining about 80-100 kids the day was a huge success made possible by the Pennypinchers AR Team, Cairnbrogie Farm, Chris von Christierson and a whole host of volunteers and local business sponsors.Pictures from Glen Murray
The album from Glen Murray is at

Results at
For other photos of the day go to showmeplett website and go to the galleries.

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