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Be Windgat in Pringle Bay this spring

The Tru-Cape Windgat Festival and Kogelberg Mountain Challenge are on the weekend of 6 September 2013 in Pringle Bay on the R44, just over an hour from Cape Town.
Starting with a Trash to Fash - Junk to Funk, recycling fashion show by local eco-school Pringle House on Friday night, it will be followed by the Tru-Cape Kogelberg Challenge, three staggered road and off-road races with 21.1km starting Saturday, 7 September at 0730 followed by a 10km at 10.30am and 5km fun run/walk at 1200. There is also a 16km trail race over, departing at 0945 on a pristine route that has just been opened. Email Sandy Kei, az.oc.liamcinos@iekydnas or phone +27 (0) 79 413 6610.

Hot coals for the Tru-Cape Best Potjie will be ready from 0700 and your potjie must be delicious and ready for sale and judging by 1300. Funds raised from the sale go to Pringle House School. Prizes include Tru-Cape gift hampers and vouchers. Speak to Gary for information on +27 (0) 83 796 5841.

Snake and reptile expert Francois van Zyl entertains and educates children of all ages at 1100 on Saturday at the Pringle House School and, later in the day at 1430, conducts a guided 90-minute fynbos walk in the Brodie Link. Both events are sponsored by Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing and there is no charge to participate. Call Francois on +27 (0) 83 271 8809 or email moc.liamg@sobnyfgnirehtils with your questions.

Get your apple and pear cakes to Pringle House School by 1100 for judging in the Tru-Cape Best Bake competition at 1230. Cakes will be sold to raise funds for the school. Prizes include Tru-Cape gift hampers and vouchers. Information from Binkie Lees at gro.esuohelgnirp@eikniB or by calling +27 (0) 83 796 5842.

Ceramicist Anne-Marie Breytenbach will conduct pottery workshops from her Central Road, Pringle Bay gallery and studio as part of the Tru-Cape Windgat Festival on September 7, 2013 at 1400. For more information about the R80 workshop, please contact Anne-Marie on +27 (0) 82 900 9106 and moc.yabelgnirp@ofni.

Festival coordinators Morne Lloyd (+27 (0) 82 894 3019) and Jacques Ractliffe (+27 (0) 79 038 3916) are ready to answer your calls. You can also email az.oc.liamadov@rwseuqcaj.

See, visit and follow @TruCapeFruit and #TruCapeWindgat to stay in touch.

New 16km trail opens virgin Overberg territory

A new route, recently cleared by The Overstrand Municipality and Cape Nature that includes the Brodie Link area of the Kogelberg, Pringle Bay, will be included in the selection of races offered at The Tru-Cape Windgat Festival and Kogelberg Marathon on Saturday, September 7.

According to Tru-Cape's Quality Assurance Manager, Henk Griessel, the man who with Dougie Engelke of Betty's Bay and Mark Johns of Cape Nature first discovered the route, this is the first time this route will be available to runners.

"There will be no medals, no water stops, no marshals and no more than 50 people running it", Henk says adding, "Just free running on an annotated route map. If you get lost, it might be a long day."

The 16km of pristine fynbos reaches a peak at a challenging 353m which, running at an average 8.3km should take just over an hour to complete. "If you are tough enough," Henk says, "do the 21km timed race at 0730 and then start this race at 0945. Snag is that you have to finish the 21km in 2 hours 15 minutes to be in time for the start!"

Henk says the route starts from the Tru-Cape Starting Arch between Pringle Cove Centre and 365 Restaurant then heads towards Pringle peak and the circle route back to the path. "Next take Brodie Link onwards through Watsonia and Delport in Betty's. Turn Right at Porter Road, left at Drivers, right at Lakeside, left at Compactum and cross the R44. There is a path from Compactum that goes over the tar road and back into Pringle Bay to snake behind the reservoir to finish where you start," he says.

For information please email Sandy Kei, Hangklip Athletics, az.oc.liamcinos@iekydnas or phone +27 (0) 79 413 6610 or Henk Griessel on +27 (0) 82 652 1828.


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