GLAMORGAN FARM, THABA ’NCHU DISTRICT
Words by… Claus Kempen Runners… Adrian Saffy (and entourage) GPS Location 29°14’3.683”S 26°54’11.999”E Grading Intermediate-advanced Elevation gain: 500-1500m Duration You can run the flat sections in an hour. Feeling more adventurous? There’s a tougher 15km route over the mountains that takes two to three hours. Best Time To Run This is a self-supporting route, so carry enough hydration – particularly during summer, when it’s hot and uncovered. In winter, any time of day is suitable. Terrain Mostly singletrack, with proper elevation and technical descent. The imposing bulk of Thaba ’Nchu (Tswana for ‘Black Mountain’) is visible from various vantage points in Bloemfontein, and the mountain is a wonderful escape from the city. The freestanding peak rises almost 500m out of the surrounding plains, some 5km southeast of the settlement of Thaba ’Nchu, on the Bloemfontein to Maseru road.
It starts in a flat, grassy area, where there are beautiful rock formations, swamps, and awesome views from the northern lookouts. The route –