20km
TRAIL RUN

The toughest race with the warmest heart. 

Trail Run Info

Route Type: TRAIL RUN

DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderate

20km

TRAIL RUN

If you are an experience trail runner then this new trail route with beautiful fynbos and spectacular views is an absolute must run.

 

No wonder we’re known as, “The toughest race with the warmest heart.”

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

20KM TRAIL RUN MAP

SATELLITE/GOOGLE MAP VIEW

The marathon starts on the Elimroad, 6km from Bredasdorp. About 1.5km down the tar road, you turn onto a farm road. Follow this route for 12km.

You’ll pass the original start of the marathon as it was run in 1978, along this stretch. The gravel road is fairly narrow, but there’s more than enough space to pass slower runners. Despite a hill or two to contend with, the first 13kms of the route are not too difficult.

Thereafter you start climbing the mountain. And it may feel like it’s never-ending (it includes a climb of 470m over 2kms). Beware: it’ll use up lots of energy if you’re in a hurry. Rather use this time to enjoy the spectacular mountain Fynbos (keep your eye out for the striking King Protea). A cash prize is up for grabs for the King of the Mountain – the first man to reach the water station at the FM Tower on top of the mountain (who also finishes the race).

From the FM Tower, it’s a wonderful downhill cruise on a gravel road, until you reach the main road in Napier. The most difficult part of the marathon is about to start: it’s the 16km stretch between Napier and Bredasdorp. Here you run on tar roads, and need to contend with several long, taxing hills. (Take the time to enjoy the views of the grain fields around you). You’ll join the half marathon runners with around 8kms to go (from the brickworks), and the 10km runners with about 3kms to go.

(Please note: For much of this route, you’re running on private property so please don’t drop water sachets and energy wrappers on the route – which is harmful to the environment and to livestock.) 

The Journey in the Heuningberg local nature reserve starts on High School Bredasdorp Sport Grounds making its way to the eastern foothills of the nature reserve. 

For the first kilometre, the “speed-goats” will have the opportunity to sort out the pecking order before entering the mountain trails on the traditional single-track footpath. 

For the next four kilometres, climbing steadily for ±146m, the athletes will be entering one of the most beautiful gorges (“Needle Eye”) with the sighting of indigenous fynbos to set the scene for what to expect the rest of the journey. 

At the 5km turning point, the footpaths will take the athletes up the mountain (289m total ascent) leading to the highest point, at that point athletes will be treated with the most stunning and pristine outlook over the southern part of the Cape Agulhas region, looking over Elim, Suiderstrand and Struisbaai. 

Running on the ridge of the cliff you will enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this part of the world. 

Next up the footpaths leading down to finish back on the High School Bredasdorp Sport Grounds.

Runners carry their own water, no water supplied.

TOTAL ASCENT: 675 m

(Approximately) 

TIME LIMIT

You have 5 hours to finish this race. The final cut-off is 12:00 at the finish.

racE LOGISTICS

START

High School Bredasdorp Sport Grounds.

TIME

The race starts at 7:00.

Online entries

Number collection

Thursday 1 September 2022 from 12h00 – 17h00 Sportsmans Warehouse Canal Walk

Friday 2 September 2022 from 14h00 – 21h00 High School Bredasdorp Sport Grounds

Saturday 3 September 2022 from 4h00 – High School Bredasdorp Sport Grounds

Resources

Resources for Runners

Runners: 5 tips to prep yourself for race day (with 1 month to go)

Whether you’re confident and feeling fit for this race; or whether you’re still a little unsure of yourself – here are 5 tips to prepare yourself with 4 weeks to go.

Hero Racing Stories

During 2018, amputee athlete Xolani Luvuno completed the full Voet van Afrika marathon.

What an amazing race. Will definitely return. Thank you Bredasdorp for your hospitality.

Tracey van Niekerk