As a 21km 'best time' it seems almost pedestrian. After all, when last was 1:53 good enough to be the fastest ever time over 21km?
And how many 21km 'best times' have stood for over 20 years?
Thoughts for our Class of 2016, and others, to ponder.
in 1995 Dirkie Moolman blitzed through the kloof to claim the 'King of the Kloof' trophy at the Mavis Check Point in 1:53.
Over the past 20 years there have been many Kings of the Kloof. Some have held the buy valtrex online uk front spot to go on to be first back to the village, while others have paid the price for their early triumph through the Kloppershoekkloof.
Certainly a 21km run of 1:53 does not sound spectacular as a 'best time'. However, since 1995 no-one has reached the Mavis Check Point in under 2 hours. That magical sub-2 hour run through the kloof remains the sole domain of Dirkie Moolman.
Will it be under threat this year? Some of the tracks through the kloof are much more runnable now compared to when Dirkie set his mark but to crack that time hurdle still remains dependant on legs, lungs and wow)) buy celebrex 200 weather all playing their part.
By 9 a.m. on 9 July we will know if Mavis has smiled kindly on our 'King of the Kloof' or if Dirkie's time remains the 'best' for another year.
Images: Craig Muller (Backyard Adventures) catches Mavis Bank on a clear morning - a few hours later that slope was bedecked with snow!
For all 'Best Times' see here
Last month we shared this reminder with our entrants, but it was the replies from some 'seasoned Polar Bears', aka Mavis Lovers, which we enjoyed.
The initial note was in response to questions from novices about the cut-off at the top of Mavis Bank.
Mavis is a 'bit' of a climb, coming after 20km.
This extract from the Rules –
Qualifying Time: You do not have to run a ‘qualifying time’ before you enter the Rhodes Run
However, you need to be able to comfortably complete a ‘fast flat road’ 21km in less than 2:15 – 2:30 in order to make the border Check Point cut-off of 4½ hours. Any slower and there is a good chance you’ll be riding down the mountain in a recovery vehicle
At that pace it will still be a serious push to beat the 9 hour cut-off at the Finish
As you'll read in the 'News' item tomorrow in 27 years only one person has ever gone sub- 2 hours to the top of Mavis. Only one !
Don’t underestimate those first 21km. And of course you have not reached the halfway mark at the top of Mavis.
The best thing about Mavis, other than the views, is that you will be welcomed warmly by our fabulous team at the feed station, Kisch IP Krew – they know how to pamper you!
Kisch IP Krew - Best Feed Station 2015
The replies, from novices and Mavis veterans alike, came in at a rush!
The best ones
“You should have been a Politician putting the hard work getting to the top of Mavis so “diplomatically”
I would have said: “Be very fit, Mavis is going to cut you down to size and if not fit enough, she’s going to eat you alive and spit you out – Beware!!”
Ah! Looking forward to my yearly encounter with her! “
“I have no idea how many times novices have asked me on one of the early bumps in the trail: "Is this Mavis Bank?" If you have to ask, it isn't.”
The organisers of the Rhodes Run arranged that a group of St Dominic's Priory School (Port Elizabeth) pupils recently spent time in Rhodes on an Outreach Mission at the Zakhele Rhodes Public School.
In addition to repainting the inside and outside of the smaller classroom building at the school, they installed door handles on all classroom doors, set up shelving in the staff room, installed the four wall heaters which had been donated by the Rhodes Run and installed ceiling trim in the Grade 4 classroom. They also replaced glass windows in various classrooms and www.ecomedia-europe.net installed a window at the soup kitchen as well as putting up educational posters for the Grade 4 children.
The big surprise for the Rhodes Public School staff and pupils was the donation by Priory of 6 computers which were installed and set up before the Outreach returned to Port Elizabeth.
The Priory children also played three soccer matches against Rhodes Public School and visited a nearby farm to view and learn about San rock art. They also increased their skill base by learning how to milk a cow.
Some of the comments from the Priory pupils on leaving Rhodes:
“Thank you for the wonderful past few days and for the hospitality. My first experience at Rhodes has been truly amazing and I can’t wait to return again!”
“It was a great new experience”
“It was honestly one of the most eye-opening coolest experiences and levitra online canada no prescription thank you for putting up with us hoards of teenagers”
“This has been a trip to remember and I look forward to coming again”
“This trip was seriously humbling and I will remember it”
“There is nothing in the world I would give to replace this trip”
“The school kids really made my holiday and touched my heart. The work was hard, but so very worth it.”
Here is a useful tip for those of you who are going to blitz the route on the 9th.
Don't expect hot water, or even running water for that matter, if you finish before midday. Water freezes when it's cold, you would have noticed that when you crossed the rivers and at the feed stations, and frozen water just does not flow through pipes. So, no hot showers, and maybe no showers or baths until the afternoon.
Of course those of you who have been to Rhodes before know this...but please tell your family who will be in Rhodes while you have fun scrambling over the hills - they will probably not be able to go 'home' to a hot bath after the start. Help them to have an enjoyable morning without worrying about a morning bath - suggest they visit the Farmer's Hall or are well stocked with steaming hot coffee and/or OB while you are away!
We are very pleased to confirm that once again 'Walkerbouts' is the 'official' seventh feed station.
'Walkerbouts', coincidently, specialises in post-race-relaxation-rehydration-therapy.
'Cheers!' 'Slainte!' 'Prost!' 'Salute!' 'Za vashe zdorovye!' 'Thankshjalot!'
Note to novices: There are six feed stations before the finish line...
At many events you’ll notice different colour race numbers being worn.
On 9 July you’ll see five different colours used at the Rhodes Run:
Keep an eye out for those gold and antibiotic drugs mauve numbers, and give the red numbers a special word of encouragement.
Well, that's it.
Substitutions for the 2016 Rhodes Trail Run closed at 12:00 noon today.
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