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Ngoje Trail Run

Date:2 August 2014
Location:Gratton Prepatory School, Eshowe
Entries Close:31 Jul 2014
Starting Time:From 05:30
Registration:1 August ; Gratton Preparatory Eshowe ; 15:00 - 18:00
Late Entries:Yes
Timed By:In House
Seeding and Batching:No
Fully ROAG Administered Event: No


Race Start Time Pre Entry Fee Late Entry Fee















45km, aka; “The Grand Old Lady”

A long endurance type route that will take you along farm roads, ravine and rivers, single tracks, over mountains offering spectacular views, so bring you camera if so inclined. Often used as a training ground for other more gruelling events but is also a favorite amongst walkers, so no cut-off times. There will again be two water tables, but we encourage hydration packs. The distance can vary from 42km to 45km, depending on the actual routes chosen for the race.

The start this year will be earlier as we have noticed that the tail-enders are in danger of the sun setting so like all true trail runs we are going to start at the trail briefing at 05:30 in the lapa and then kick off straight after. Fastest time in 2013 was 3hrs 30 and the rear guard was in at 12hrs29.

The runners will need to have the following equipment:

-Hydration pack

-Head lamp (still dark at 05:30)

-Nutrition for 24hrs

-Cell phone

-Some kind of emergency clothing

-Hopefully shoes

22km, or just the “22”

A little more popular than its older sister, but still something that needs to be trained for. A combination of single track, farm roads and lots of river crossing as you wind along the river floor.

Its race briefing will start at 06:30 in the lapa and set off after that. My Garmin clocked a 21.70km for 2013 ( the new track) but some reported a 23km, all the same really.  If you are amongst the leaders you could pass the 10km table but they don’t stick around, so don’t count on a second table. There is one at 10km on top of a massive hill and after that you will find yourself on the valley floor. The river is fine to drink from. The first home in 2013 was 1hr40 and the last home was 5hrs43.

We encourage runners to take:

-Hydration packs and nutrition -Cell phone (for emergency)

However it’s not uncommon to see the younger crowd whizz past me with nothing but a watch on.

The 10km and the 5km

These are fairly new and so are still finding their footing. The 5km is pretty short so will stay amongst the immediate area of the venue and will track along farm roads in and out of the sugar cane etc. There will be no water table on this route so we encourage entrants to bring along a water bottle.

The 10km is a little more daunting and will definitely qualify as a healthy morning trot out on Saturday morning. The route is the same as the two main routes but switches away after the first few km’s and then rejoins them for the last 4km. There will be a water table at the 7km mark. The route is mainly farm road, but with a large shaded ravine section with the odd stream to cross. I find it a very satisfying training route for those mid-week jaunts, actually that’s how it came about. This route proved very popular in 2013 and I could only recommend it again.

-Prize money is R1000 for the first male & female of the 45km. And Cape Union Mart have come on board with tons of giveaways for the 22km.

-Goodie Bags for the first two hundred entrants for the 45km and 22km trails only.

Food and refreshements will be on sale on the day.

Camping will be available at the school oval at R50. Payable at registration.