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These runs are FOR ANYONE: So feel free to pass this info on to anyone else you know who may be interested in joining a safe, social, regular, ± 1 hour run in the mountains. 

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Our ongoing sponsorship of the runs by PUMA will continue. The sponsorship involves a lucky draw giving away of one pair of PUMA shoes per month. This will continue, BUT with the difference that every second month, the shoes will only be eligible to be won by a Celtic Harrier club member. The reason for this is that the PUMA sponsorship is a Celtic Club sponsorship directly, not a trail run sponsorship specifically. The trail runs just happen to benefit (by means of the lucky draw) as an off-shoot of the club sponsorship. PUMA are understandably keen to see that Celtic members primarily benefit from their sponsorship, so by means of compromise, we will alternate between months where Celtic members only can win the shoes, and months where everyone who participates in the runs can win. Of course it goes without saying that everyone (Celtic and non-Celtic member alike) is free to join ALL our runs as always!

As has always been the case, each time you run (and ensure that the person taking names gets your name down), you get a chance to win. If you run 4 runs in a month, then you get 4 chances to win the PUMA shoes (subject to the alternate month Celtic / non-Celtic member rule mentioned in the paragraph above). 


1)     WHEN?    The runs take place every Thursday afternoon (start time from 17h30 to 18h00 depending on daylight hours).

2)     HOW DO I GET INFO?    An email gets sent out each week notifying you of the details of the run for the upcoming Thursday (start time, venue, route etc).

3)     HOW FAR ARE THE RUNS?    The runs are between 7 and 11kms in length and take anything from 45 to 80 minutes (faster groups will naturally complete the runs more quickly than slower groups).

4)     WHAT SPEED IS CATERED FOR?    As implied in (3) above, we have different groups, anything from 4 to 6 groups, each with an experienced group leader to cater for different speeds, so provided you can run a flat 10kms in anything between 35 and 70 minutes, there will be a group for you. 


-       Our runs are meant as relatively relaxed social runs in beautiful areas of our mountain. For those of you looking for highly technical trail running with significant rocky uneven terrain or scrambling up and down gorges, you won’t find that here.

-       The goal for us is to keep our runs, exactly that… i.e. “Runs”, not scrambles or climbs.   So whilst we do run single track paths and include some uneven terrain and some of our runs might have slightly more uneven or technical sections than others, on the whole, the terrain is not meant to be overly testing or demanding.

-       Our runs will be on a mixture of gravel, jeep track, wider paths and single track. There will, however, almost always be some degree of hill, climbs and undulations to mix up the leg muscle usage a bit.

-       The runs take in different loops usually covering sections from and between Constantia Nek, Cecilia Forest, Kirstenbosch, Newlands Forest, Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.

5.     NB: PLEASE ALL DO YOUR BEST TO STAY IN YOUR GROUPS – MOST PARTICULARLY DO NOT RUN AHEAD OF YOUR GROUP LEADER. If you are new to the runs and unsure of the pace of the various groups, then rather run with a slower group initially.

6.     Dogs: We know this can be a contentious topic, but please, no dogs are allowed on these runs. There are just far too many people and we don’t want to risk anyone getting hurt by tripping over an exuberant animal.

WAIVER: Accidents can happen anywhere, any time, any place. Neither Celtics, nor any of the organizers or group leaders will be held liable in any way for any accident or incident of any nature which leads to the injury or death of any person joining us for any of our runs. You join our runs at your own risk.


Due to the growth and popularity of the trail runs, we now have a committee of 5 willing (and hopefully “able”) people to coordinate the runs. At the start of the runs any one or more of the following people will be available to answer any questions you have and take down your names for the lucky draw:

Ellie Courts: Our resident lady trying to keep pace with what’s happening on the trail running scene and in the group.

Denzil Abrahams: The most reliable and loyal group leader of them all – has built up a superb bunch of regulars in his particular group through his ability to encourage others. Highly instrumental in the success of the Thursday trail group over the past few years. Impossible to imagine the runs without Denzil.

Spencer Williams: Our IT expert. From sending out the weekly emails and updating Facebook with the current running event, Spencer keeps us all in line and to a tight schedule!

Flippie van Dyk: Our snake and snakebite expert. Rumour has it that Flippie also mixes a beverage called a Snakebite which may also land you in hospital so please don’t confuse the two even though the result is the same.  The treatment for each is very different.

Stephen O’Gorman: Together with Flippie, Stephen is the foreman of the sensibly paced group. Always ready with a smile and some encouragement, he takes good care of the sensible trail runners.

That’s your team 


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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:10