Warming-up Ladismith-style, 2010

I took part in the inaugural Stanley’s Mountain Run 2010. It’s a tough run that is set to become classic on the trail calendar: well worth the trip out to Ladismith.

Warming-up Ladismith-style, 2010
Ladismith-style warm-up

When: Saturday, 28 May 2011
Where: Ladismith School sports field

Getting there: Ladismith lies after Barrydale on Route 62, some 300km from Cape Town. You could take the N1 and then go via Roberston / Montagu on Route 62; or take the N1 to just after Swellendam, then head North, joining Route 62 at Barrydale; or take the N2 all the way to Riversdale, and then head North on the R323.

This race is presented by Ugene Nel of Quantum Adventures, so expect an out-of-the-ordinary (and usually tough) course, great organization, a fun and friendly vibe with some real trail runners, and some tequila!

Snow on the Mountain, Stanley's Light Mountain Run 2010, Ladismith, Western Cape
Snow on Klein Swartberg

The tough course takes you up the mountain behind the town to Stanley’s Light. This landmark is a light powered by a small water-driven dynamo: when the river is flowing, the light is shining. We even got to meet Oom Stanley himself! Last year there was a light dusting of snow on the mountain top, and we had to run over some rocks covered in black ice which added a new and tricky dimension to the days running!

After running across the face of the mountain there is a challenging descent on some very technical trail. Although at this stage you are heading back toward the start, you are quickly taken on a detour up a small koppie, and all along a ridge until eventually you drop back down to the finish line.

More info and online bookings: Quantum Adventures

Going out way too hard at the start of the inaugural Stanley's Mountain Run 2010, Ladismith, Western Cape
Going out way too hard at the start, 2010
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By David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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