Onto things other than "The Rocker"...
The third monthly trail run is on this Saturday 17 January in the Hale and Warren Conservation parks, north of Kersbrook. Meet at the park gate at 6.45 am for trail briefing for a 7.00 start. Allow 40-45 minutes drive from the city.
As with all these runs there are a number of different options to suit all participants including a 9km option for those who don't want to go too far or who want to walk. For people wanting to go further there are 16km or 23 km options - but as it is basically an out and back trail you can easily decide if you want to do something in between this range. You do not need to be a SARRC member - everyone is most welcome. The whole point of these runs/walks is to get people out on the trails in Adelaide's beautiful backyard that is the Mt Lofty Ranges. The general rule among those that have participated in the two previous trail runs is to walk up anything that looks a bit steep, so don't be put off if you are worried by the hills. These are purely social runs providing an opportunity for people to get out there and exercise to the extent they want to and are capable.
We're hoping to especially welcome for the first time some of the people that joined in the Sea to Summit run. Unlike the Sea to Summit though, we always try and organize these runs so that you start where you finish - back at the car park. If you need to leave as soon as you get back - no problem - just sign off on the trail sheet so that we know at the end of the day everyone has got home safely.
I have not been through either of these parks other than a couple of rides across the South Parra River in preparation for the Tour Down Under ride but Stan T has been up there making sure all is OK. He says the trail is so well marked that there is no way anyone will get lost. Right! Jenny the Orienteer has also said on a previous post that the country up there is "amazing, especially the views upstream in the river 'gorge'!" Crossing the river sounds like it is going to be a bit of an adventure, but Stan says it should be fine as long as there is no rain. Conditions should be good with a cool change through later in the week. If it's warm, I know how I will be crossing the river!
Details of the trail including maps and trail instructions can be downloaded from the SARRC Website
or alternatively email me Terry C
and I will forward to you.
On another bike ride on the weekend I also checked out the coffee at the Cuddlee Creek Cafe and can vouch for its quality. New manager Babette is expecting us some time after 10.00am. Come for a run/walk then stop off for coffee/cake/brunch and a chance to chat and get to know other runner/walkers before heading back into town.
John G who manages the Trail Run Distribution List reckons that we now have over 150 people receiving regular updates on these trail runs plus a trail e-news. That is a pretty amazing response in just a couple of months! If you are not on the list and want to be, then email John G
and he will add your email address.
See you on the trail, hopefully this Saturday.