Maxine du Plessis
On April 19th, participants in the Dusk till Dawn Night Trail event had a chance to register and get to know one another at the “Kenmekaar Braai” at the York Engelhard Park Camp Area. A Training Camp was offered on the 19th, 20th and 21st before the actual Dusk till Dawn Night Trail event which started at 17:37 PM on Sunday, April 21st.
On Saturday, April 20th, Training Camp participants had an early kick off for the Route Recce Run no 1. Route Recce Run no 2 started at 16h00, April 20th and Route Recce Run no 3 started at 06h30, Sunday, April 21st. Info sessions were held in between runs where they discussed various topics that would help runners throughout the trail runs. The following were topics discussed at the info sessions: Trail Gear, Navigation for Trail Runners; Training Plans – Train smart & avoid injury; Nutrition; Strength & Mobility; Recovery & injuries. Time was also assigned for questions and answers during each info session.
“This event aimed at giving trail runners the opportunity to run and train at night. The course consisted of a 12km loop with 450m of climbing that had to be run as many times as possible – from Dusk till Dawn!
This loop was entirely on York’s property and gave inexperienced runners a controlled environment in which to explore their own limits and push beyond what they thought was possible – perfect for Ultra training. The loop started with a sharp drop from the Campsite via the XC Course with an undulating section to the Downhill Track via a 500m tar road. The ‘Vertigo’ trail is a steep 3km section climbing approximately 400m to summit the Klein Spitskop Radio Towers. The 4km drop down via ‘The Sweetest Thing” trail was fast and brutal on the quads. The last 2km was a flat open forestry road ending in a short relatively steep climb (50m) and a quick single-track drop into the Camp Site. An aid Station with a great vibe was at the 4.5km mark at the top of Spitskop right through the night.” *
“The first York Dusk till Dawn Trail was a great success with perfect running weather, a challenging course and a great new talent that blew the field apart. Douglas Wood flew out of the York grounds at a blistering pace surprising everyone with his amazing and consistent effort. 7 laps, 80km and 3179m of elevation gain later we have our first YD2D Champ. The ladies race was won by 13-year-old Lalique Hoffman who took turns running with her parents doing an amazing 36km and 1350m of elevation gain.
A great weekend had by all and we will definitely be back next year on Easter Weekend for the next edition.” **
Prize giving and closure of the weekend was held on Monday, April 22nd.
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