Forest Run area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Vredefort Dome, where Forest Run is held (in a part of the area – the best part IMHO) is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Curious about what they have to say about the area, I found their website.

“The Vredefort Dome is 120 km south west from Johannesburg. The property represents a unique geological phenomenon formed about 2 023 million years ago and is the oldest and largest known meteorite impact structure on earth.”

Check it out the Vredefort Dome on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Forest bathing

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Ever heard of ‘forest bathing’? I can totally vouch for this practice of “just being in the presence of trees”. OK, at Forest Run you’re not exactly going to ‘just be’, but just being out and surrounded by hills and trees really does do you a world of good. Read this neat article on ‘forest bathing’ for inspiration and then get your entry in for this year’s Forest Run. xxx

A day on the Forest Run route

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I spent yesterday on the Forest Run 16km route to show Celliers the protea forest and the trig beacon – he has never been up here before. Even though I know the area like the back of my hand, there were parts that I totally did not recognise because of all of the vegetation growth – so different to this time last year when it was sweltering and dry. We will have loads of grass cutting to do come early May, to get these trails run-ready. Read the rest of this entry »

Phone-in entries

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Going into the second year of Forest Run in the Vredefort Dome (and 5th year of the event), I have more time to play, to tweak the event and to incorporate elements that I just couldn’t get around to last year. A new element: PHONE-IN ENTRIES


Updates and added accommodation options

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I have added a few more places to the accommodation options in the area. As you will see, there are a good number of venues located within walking distance to five kilometres from our host venue at the Venterskroon Inn. Almost all are self-catering and many have river access. There are options for camping or rustic bushcamps to luxurious cabins and large farmhouses.

Some of the rates are for the room/cabin/chalet/house; a few are per person. You’re looking at R150 to R600 per person with an average of around R300 to R350 per person per night.

You can get a double room or a farmhouse that sleeps 8 – perfect for a group of friends. Please book your accommodation directly with the hosts and read about these venues on the Accommodation page.


Why I don’t open entries a year in advance

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Runners have asked me why I don’t open Forest Run entries a year in advance, like some other events. A few reasons…

Aside from needing a good break after presenting an event, I prefer to focus on event planning in blocks so that the admin and my focus is contained. Also, if you’re anything like me, you probably use January to look around and see what events are on in the next six months. If I’d opened Forest Run entries already last year and the places were all snapped up, I’m sure you’d be disappointed not to even have had a chance to consider it. Read the rest of this entry »

An impromptu 20km (and entries open soon)

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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.

My companions, Andrew and Ryan.

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Geologists explore the Dome

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News in from the Parys Gazette: A group of 38 geophysics students are currently exploring the Vredefort Dome. They’re spending three weeks out here.  Read the story online.

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Full results with splits

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Here are your results – with splits – for each course:

Overall Results

  • 46km – full results with splits (PDF)
  • 30km – full results with splits (PDF)
  • 16km – full results with splits (PDF)

Numbers in red are ‘Superman’ times – the fastest on the leg.

Forests and fairies

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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.