NUM - NUM TRAIL CHALLENGE 2020

Date:

23 July 2022

Race village:

Pongola Express, Num-Num Trails Mpumalanga

32 KM CHALLENGE  /  15KM ROUGH-IT

With a field limited to 200 runners, this is will again be an exclusive challenge for fit trail runners who love pristine nature trails. The full course is 32km long with 1700 meters of ascent and over some of the toughest, most variable terrain at high altitude on the African Escarpment. The 32km challenge is definitely not for sissies. 

ENTRY FEE

R990 (for both the 15km and 32km options)

This includes:

Event t-shirt

Finishers medal

Coffee & tea table on the race morning

Lavish water tables on the the route on race day

Braai lunch at the village from 12-4 pm and prize giving on the Saturday after the cut off

and much more

This truly offers one of the best value for money, unique trail events on pristine nature trails that are regarded as some of the best in the country.

START TIMES

32km - 07:30am / 15km - 07:45am

PRIZE-GIVING

Prize-giving will be at 13h00 on Saturday

 

EVENT FORMAT

Solo knee-breaker, single-stage trail run. There are steep up hills, down hills, technical trails, bridges and ladders.

TERRAIN

Explore the hidden gems of the Highveld Escarpment. Gorges, kloofs, indigenous forests, sandstone labyrinths, open grasslands, waterfalls, game and birds.


REGISTRATION & START
Registration desk will be open on Friday afternoon (22 July) from 17h00 – 19h00pm at the race village in the Pongola Express Camp. Those who cannot register on the Friday evening before the race must arrive at least an hour before your race start time to register and collect your race tag. You must ensure that you collect your ‘race tag’ from the timekeeping team.

The race briefing will be 10 minutes before the start time of each group.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The Num-Num Trail Challenge is situated midway between Machadodorp and Badplaas. This is the lip of the Drakensburg Escarpment with natural wonders hidden in kloofs and gorges.

Both race categories go through twisty forest areas, sandstone rock formations, open grasslands, steep climbs and descents and waterfalls galore. There is only 3km of jeep track running; the rest is all single track trails.

COMPULSORY GEAR


“Wind proof” shell
Space blanket
Cell phone with the emergency number (083 294 5260) saved on it
1 litres of water
Mini first aid kit – Strap, elastic bandage, anti-cramp tablets, anti-histamine, wound dressing, disinfectant.
Snacks
Whistle
You must carry a card with all your medical details on it such a Doctor’s telephone number, Medical insurance number, emergency telephone number and contact name, blood group, any allergies etc. This must be inside a sealed ziplock bag and on your person.

 

Other useful items (not compulsory):
Sunblock, sun glasses, small camera, positive attitude and a sense of humour.

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ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

There are numerous accommodation options available in the lovely hikers huts at various spots on the farm. 

The majestic Kruger House also offers limited luxury accommodation on the farm. 

Please contact them directly to enquire and book accommodation for the event weekend.

 +27 82 950 2417  |  hiker@escarp.co.za

 

There are also many accommodation options nearby in Machadodorp and Badplaas.

 

DIRECTIONS TO PONGOLA CAMP (the race village)

Take the N12 from Johannesburg to Witbank, which joins the N4, go past Belfast and take the SECOND turning into Machadodorp.
Go into town over the river and get to a 4 way stop by the FNB, turn LEFT on to the R541 to BADPLAAS.
Follow the road for about 20 kilometers until you get to Pongola Camp on your left.