For the 2018 installment of the Sneeuberg Traverse we are changing venue and we will also be changing the route, with some very interesting surprises along the way. As normal, we are aiming for 100km over 3 days, traversing the Sneeuberg mountain range. We will most definitely keep the now famous stage 2, but will mix up the other stages a bit.
Entries are R4850, this includes special race top, goodie bag, all accommodation and meals during the run, including breakfast on the morning you leave. Marion and Miles Siebrits (legendary trail cooks) will once again be in charge of making sure we are all well fed.
This year we changed the date from Nov to Oct, and the dates are 3-6 October.
We need a minimum of 10 entries in order to make this run happen, so if you are planning to do this run, please make sure you enter ASAP, at http://karoorunning.weebly.com/entry-form-20181.html
Hope to see you there!!!
Recap of Koppie X-ing 2018
This year we had arguably the best weather we have ever had during the Koppie X-ing. We also had the first fully sponsored local Murraysburg runner due to an anonymous donor (huge thank you). Entrants arrived in Murraysburg on Thursday 26 April in the afternoon for registration and then we all drove out to Misthoek in a taxi and bakkies. This year their goodie bags consisted of:
- A limited edition Karoo Running hoodie
- Karoo running tin mug
- LED Lenser buff
- Mohair South Africa running socks
- McNabs super charge energy drink and tablets
- Box of FARbars
- Bottle of L’Avenir
- Bottle of Namaqua
- Box of Namaqua Sweet Rose
Erika Grebe from Karoo Cuisine, our chef on the run, laid out a spread of amazing finger food for dinner that night, while we were doing the race briefing. One of the highlights was the cheesecake dessert, as well as the return of the scotch eggs. Our drinks during the run were provided by Oasis Graaff-Reinet, McNabs, Boston Breweries, Namaqua boxed wine, and L’Avenir. A huge thank you to them for keeping us well hydrated and energised for this event.
The next morning, Maretta Theron from Misthoek spoiled the runners with her signature “plaas brekvis”. After breakfast the runners set off to cross the now infamous Wolwekop, sliding up the steep gravel incline and balancing on the round stones going downhill.
Arriving at Visgat, Erika had a cold lunch spread ready, and the fire was burning high to warm up the donkey for warm water. Our stay at Visgat was sponsored by PSG Graaff-Reinet and KVB Murraysburg, thank you!
That night we kuiered in true Koppie X-ing style, sharing stories around the camp fire until the late hours, feasting on braaied leg of lamb, with wine flowing freely. The more wine we had, the more hilarious the stories became! The horrors of a relaxing spa day Alex shared with us still make me laugh.
Saturday morning broke in all its Karoo brilliance. There was a hint of competition in the air, as Jakob Volmoer, for the first time in 2 years, had real competition for first place, as Conrad Watt took first place on the first day, and everybody smelled a race coming on the second stage.
Stage 2 follows the Buffalo River through Acacia forest, and is much more flat than Stage 1. This type of terrain suited Conrad down to a tee, and just as I arrived at the aid station, a head popped out from the rise in front of me, in record time.
From the aid station to town was fairly flat, so Conrad solidified his lead, and managed to finish in 5h hours 25 minutes, a new record for the Koppie X-ing.
Saturday night we had our customary “formal” 3-course dinner, and kuiered around the bar into the small hours of the night, where I was forced to have a triple Jagermeister due to a small race director error during the prize giving.
- Fastest Time and 1st Male went to Conrad Watt. Mohair South Africa sponsored a Mohair Blanket for Fastest Time and the rest of the prizes consisted of a cheeseboard sponsored by Stokkiesdraai, a headlamp from LED Lenser and Awesome Tools, sunglasses from Lundun, some Africology goodies and some wine from Namaqua and L’Avenir.
- First Female was Carin Leonard and she received a cheeseboard sponsored by Stokkiesdraai, a headlamp from LED Lenser and Awesome Tools, sunglasses from Lundun, some Africology goodies and an awesome hamper from the Cape Art Company.
- Second Male was Jakob Volmoer. He received a picture frame from Stokkiesdraai, a headlamp from LED Lenser, socks from Mohair South Africa, and some great wines from Namaqua and L’Avenir.
- Second Female was Janeane Watt, she received a picture frame from Stokkiesdraai, a headlamp from LED Lenser, socks from Mohair South Africa, and some great wines from Namaqua and L’Avenir.
- Third Male was John Stewart, going home with Mohair South Africa socks, Lundun sunglasses and wines from Namaqua and L’Avenir
- Third Female was Marlize Vlok , going home with Mohair South Africa socks, Lundun sunglasses and wines from Namaqua and L’Avenir.
- John Stewart finally managed to nab the coveted “Best Beard” award, and was spoiled by loads of goodies from Buffelsfontein Baardolie.
- Marlize Vlok, for the second time (previously in 2016) was the “Best Koppie Crosser”, with the time closest to the average time. L’Avenir sponsored a weekend for two at their luxury guest house, and she also received a frame from Stokkiesdraai and some wine from Namaqua and L’Avenir.
- The floating “Spirit of the Koppie X-ing” trophy was awarded to Alex Maree!! He won a brewery tour from Boston Breweries, as well as some wine and a cheeseboard from Stokkiesdraai.
- Official results at http://karoorunning.weebly.com/results-2018.html
Sunday morning we had our “good bye” breakfast and everyone went on their way.
Another Koppie X-ing for the books, thank you to all entrants, sponsors, land owners and helpers!