Routes

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SECTION 1 AND 10

Map: Yard 41 to 11 Karkloof

KK100 SECTION 1


Profile:  Yard 41 to 11 Karkloof

KK100 Profile 1


Description: Yard 41 to 11 Karkloof

Distance: 16km

Elevation gain and loss:  Gain 460m,  Loss 390m

The 100 Miler starts and finishes at the Yard 41, in Howick. There is an initial short climb up a dirt road to get into WESSA Umngeni Valley where the route hugs the cliff tops along jeep track and single track. On leaving WESSA the route enters Westfalia (a fruit farm) where the route climbs through a network of Farm Roads. Le Petit (a cheese farm and coffee shop) is the final landmark before arriving at the first Aid Station at 11 Karkloof.

On the return leg this will be run in reverse providing more descent than ascent in the final stages of the race.

The 50 Miler will only run this section in reverse.


SECTION 2 AND 9

Map: 11 Karkloof to Rockwood

KK100 SECTION 2

 


Profile: 11 Karkloof to Rockwood

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Description: 11 Karkloof to Rockwood

Distance: 17km

Elevation gain and loss:  Gain 320m,  Loss 330m

Soon after leaving Karkloof 11 the course makes its way onto Sappi Land and the well known flowing trails of the Karkloof Mountain Biking Club. With less climbing than the first section (300m) and smooth flowing trail, we can expect this section to be fairly easy going.

After passing the Shafton Airfield at the high point on this section the course descents into the farmlands where the trail follows the meandering Kunene River before popping out onto a district road that will take runners directly north to the second aid station positioned at the Rockwood Lodge offices.

On the return leg the climb back up to the Airfield will be challenging, but the flowing single track down the other-side back into Karkloof 11 is flowing and dreamlike!

The 50 Miler will only run this section in reverse.


SECTION 3 AND 8

Map: Rockwood to Bushwillow

KK100 SECTION 3

 


Profile: Rockwood to Bushwillow

kk100 Profile 3


Description: Rockwood to Bushwillow

Distance: 14km

Elevation gain and loss:  Gain 500m,  Loss 450m

This is the shortest section of the race, but will probably prove to be the toughest as it includes the highest point along the course at 1400m above sea level and includes 500m of elevation gain on the way out and 440m on the way back in.

Its also the first time the course enters the indigenous forest of the Karkloof as runners near the top of the climb. There is a beautiful section of flowing, contouring single track through Rockwood before descending down a gravel road to Karkloof Canopy Tours. From here the course remains at the foot of the Karkloof mountain range, picking its way through farmlands through to Bushwillow. One of the farms the course passes through, known as Phuzamoya, belonged to the late Ian Player, a legendary conservationist.

The approach to Bushwillow is through moderate rolling hills, with the occasional pull. For a runners in the second half of the field it is likely to start to get light through the latter parts of this section.

The 50 Miler will only run this section in reverse.


SECTION 4 AND 7

Map: Bushwillow to Mbona

KK100 SECTION 4


Profile: Bushwillow to Mbona

kk100 Profile 4


Description: Bushwillow to Mbona

Distance: 16km

Elevation gain and loss:  Gain 385m,  Loss 270m

Leaving Bushwillow the course descends and then climbs a bit before leveling off for a few miles through the Shaws’ farms. The road up the Twin Falls Valley is a gentle climb before crossing the bridge and running back down the other side of the stream. After crossing the main Karkloof dirt road the trail meanders through UCL pine plantation before climbing up to Mbona Main Gate where the 4th Aid Station will be located.

This section offers a lot of flat running opportunities in both directions. The climb up to Mbona Gate is likely to challenge a few runners as they approach the 40 mile mark. On the return leg this is likely to be quite a fast section with lots of fast descending opportunities and not much climbing.

The 50 Miler will only run this section in reverse.


SECTION 5 AND 6

Map: Mbona to BenvieKK100 SECTION 5


Profile: Mbona to Benvie

kk100 Profile 5


Description: Mbona to Benvie

Distance: 16km

Elevation gain and loss:  Gain 450m,  Loss 430m

There is a short climb from the Mbona Gate onto the contour path that leads the route around little Mbona which is a fairly flat and smooth trail. This is followed by 2km of gravel road before winding through the dams and lakes scattered around Mbona. The trails are grassy and occasionally divert off into lush patches of indigenous forest. The trail generally descends all the way to the bottom gate where the course exists Mbona and heads for Benvie.

A short and steep climb which includes navigating the swing bridge take you over into the Benvie Valley where the course winds its way through the spectacular Benvie Gardens. The final kilometer involves some climbing up the the 5th Aid Station that also serves as the turn around pint and the start of the 50 miler.

This section involves some climbing in both directions, but the trail is smooth and the footing good.


On the return leg of the 100 Miler an extra mini Aid Station will be positioned roughly half way in between the major Aid Stations.