ROUTES

8 km

The Rose route is the shortest of the three courses designed to encourage those new to the sport and give you a preview of what trail running is all about. The route is a combination of jeep track, rocky farm roads and single track giving you spectacular views of the vineyards and the Groet Winterhoek Mountains. Not to disappoint, we have added an adventure section or two, and brand new single track especially build for RunTheuniskraal 2018 to add to the fun. This route is manageable for beginners & kids.

This route has one water point serving amongst others, Tailwind Nutrition & water,  and providing stunning views of the farmlands, mountains and dams.

No compulsory gear needed for this route, although a collapsable cup to use at the water point is advised to minimise our environmental impact.

15 km

The 15km Riesling route has been beefed up a bit for the 2018 RunTheuniskraal edition, and should not be underestimated! After an initial section of farm roads, rocky jeep track and some specially build single track (following the 7km route), the route then swings off and joins the 25km route for the initial climb up onto Lemoendrift Farm & Oakhurst Olives, before splitting off on the 2nd & newly made single track section of the climb.

At the top of the climb, (approximately 900m) runners will once again join the 25km route and some relief for your legs. From here there is one more sting in the tail, in the form of a short but sneaky climb created by the ever present local Chacma Baboon Troop, before heading down and experiencing the “Altra Technical Terrain” section of Skeleton Gorge. Please keep your eyes open for our resident skeleton on this very tricky section. Caution is to be taken above racing here. From Skeleton Gorge it is pretty much downhill & flat all the way to the finish, including crossing the Klein Berg River by foot or by slide.

This route has 1 water point serving amongst others, Tailwind Nutrition & water, while providing stunning views of the farmlands, mountains and dams.

Hydration packs and collapsable cups are advised, and although this route is manageable for beginners, some trail running experience is advised.

*4 hour cut-off at 12:00

30 km

The Prestige route leads out of Theuniskyraal’s historical gate way and follows farm roads, rocky jeep track & a section of single track before crossing the Klein Berg River onto the neighboring farm, Twee Jonge Gezellen.

Runners then head back towards Theuniskraal and joins the 8/15km route for a while enjoying the newly created single tracks, before eventually splitting off together with the 15km trail onto the neighbouring Lemoendrif Farm & Oakhurst Olives.

After the initial climb onto Lemoendrif, runners climb through a fence and just as you cross the little stream, split left and run down towards the Oakhurst Olive factory & tasting room and water point 1.

Shortly after the water point, the first climb of the day starts up and onto Roodezand Ridge, crossing the old Roodezand Pass, one of the first access routes to Tulbagh dating back to the 17th century, before making your way down a tricky & steep decent back towards Oakhurst, where the famous Oakhurst climb lies in wait, but don’t worry, the view from the top will be worth the effort. After the first jeep track downhill, the route swings left near a dam, flattens out for a few hundred meters, climbs a bit again, and then swings down onto single track and meets up with the 15km route.

From here there is one more sting in the tail, in the form of a short but sneaky climb created by the ever present local Chacma Baboon Troop, before you’ll be heading down towards the “Altra Technical Terrain” section of Skeleton Gorge. Please keep your eyes open for our resident skeleton on this very tricky section. Caution is to be taken above racing here. From Skeleton Gorge it is pretty much downhill & flat all the way to the finish, including crossing the Klein Berg River by foot or by slide.

This route has 2 water points serving amongst others, Tailwind Nutrition & water, both providing stunning views of the farmlands, mountains and dams.

The 30km is not recommended for beginners, and runners should be self-sufficient, carrying extra food, water & a collapsable cup.

*5 hour Cut-Off at 13:00