I haven’t been out in the Forest Run area much since October, when I did a three-day hike with family – showing them parts that I really love out there. I was also out in the hills in August when I participated unofficially in the annual rogaining event – a run-navigation event held over 6hrs, for which I helped to prepare the map. I’ve missed the hills and forests.
I am glad that Chris Hunter now understands (I mistakenly thought that everyone knew the fairy-forest connection) hahahaha :)
In a post today on Facebook Chris writes:
“Ok folks, I’m the village idiot. Can you believe that for a number of weeks now I tried to understand the relationship between the Forest Run and people dressing up as fairies. So, on Saturday morning, while eaves dropping in on a conversation between a mum and her 4-year-old daughter, I realised my mistake……. “Fairies live in the forest mum… dah!” Need I say more? So now my world is a perfect place once again and saved by a 4 year old…”.
Do we tell him now or later about flower fairies?
P.S. Elves also feature at Forest Run. They also live in forests.
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).