Our local Parys Gazette has been wonderfully supportive of Forest Run. Here’s a post-event piece published in the community paper in the week of 6 June 2016.
- Forest Runners enjoy the challenge and beauty of the Koepel – Parys Gazette
A total of 104 runners recently took part in the first edition of ‘AdventureLisa’s Forest Run’ in its new home of the Vredefort Dome. The runners set off from the Venterskroon Inn on three course distances – 16km, 30km and 46km – which took them on parts of the Rooihaas Hiking Trail and along tracks on neighbouring farms. While most of the participants drove through from Potchefstroom, Parys, Johannesburg and Pretoria, runners also travelled from as far away as Kroonstad, Klerksdorp, Sabie, Middelburg, Stellenbosch and Cape Town …read more
This was Conrad’s 3rd Forest Run. Here is his blog – with wonderful photographs and thoughtful insights – about his 46km run as well as a bit of history of our host venue, Venterskroon Inn, which he gleaned from it’s friendly owner, Leon.
“We are back home and I unpack my bags slowly, still feeling the enjoyment of the race. I unpin my race number from my T-shirt to throw it away, but first I read through all the information printed on it. As I look at the Forest Run logo I notice the new slogan: “Reminding you why you run”. The old slogan was “A friendly and lovely forest ultra”. I like it. Here’s why…” read more
Chris Wilcock has a smooth and easy-reading style and here he writes in an entertaining Q&A style about Forest Run. He mentions a number of things I noticed, but hadn’t fully absorbed; like the scents and sounds of the area. He also looks at critical elements like route markings, how tough is the run, the scenery and what makes Forest Run so special.
“Having previously written about the “old” Forest Run held at Lakenvlei, I had decided not to do a review of the 2016 edition. It is difficult to find something fresh to say about a run that has already been reviewed. However, having just done the “new” Forest Run held on 21 May 2016 in its new Venterskroon home, I realised that it is sufficiently different to justify another review. In addition, when doing my previous review in 2015, I had ignored the elephant in the room. Said elephant is now flapping its ears, waving its trunk around and demanding attention. More about the pesky pachyderm later…” read more
For me, it is important that Forest Run has social and community involvement. As I’ve spent a decade involved with aspects of school sport – from rural development and social responsibility programmes to city school sport and coaching, I chose to connect Forest Run with Mponeng Primary Farm School. Read the rest of this entry »
Results from Forest Run 2016 have been posted on the results page – results with splits are still to be added.
Well done to all the runners and congratulations to the course winners:
46km: (men) Mike Nash & Werner Bosman, 4h51 (tie) and (woman) Carine Gagiano, 5h34
30km: (man) Tom Hugo, 3h03 and (woman) Tumi Matlou, 3h16
16km: (man) CP Kriek, 1h50 and (woman) Susanne Viljoen, 2h03
Here’s an informative, pleasant and readable article “The Rock That Shocked” posted on the Country Life magazine website (6 April 2016) about the Vredefort Dome. They talk about the meteorite impact that created the Dome, gold mining and some of the history of the area. They also mention Venterskroon village, which is where we start and finish, and the farm Thabela Thabeng, which is where the 30km and 46km runners will pass through (Thabela Thabeng is WP5).
I spent a good part of today walking in the Forest Run area and was reminded about shatter cones – because I saw so many! These are really special rock structures that are found only at meteorite impact sites. Indeed, they are the fingerprint of a large-body impact and were the deciding factor in declaring the Vredefort Dome a World Heritage Site. When a comet or meteorite strikes, it releases an enormous amount of energy, which evaporates, melts and fractures the surrounding rocks. Shatter cones are formed by the shock waves that spread from the impact and can range in size from macroscopic to several meters. These images show pieces of shatter cone in quartzite (left) and arenite (right) rocks from the Vredefort Dome.
Morning Forest Runners. With just less than two weeks to go until entries close (on Sat 7 May), I thought you’d be interested in some fun stats. Based on past experience, I took a guess about what distances you would enter. USUALLY the shorter distances attract the most runners. But not for the Forest Runners already entered! The average age for each distance is also very interesting… Fabulous! I’ll update again in a few days.
In drawing the altitude profiles for the Forest Run routes last night, I had to decide on the best way to present the route. What kind of elevation scale was I going to use?
The challenge is to indicate that there are climbs and descents – some of which are steep; but not horrendously so. Out here in the Vredefort Dome, there isn’t anything too nasty, other than the sting-in-the-tail descent near the end. No climb nor descent goes on and on; but they’re still there to test you. Read the rest of this entry »