Runner's World South Africa - - Rave Run - Pho­to­graphs by… Llewelleyn Lloyd (Re­blex Photography)

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.

The Run

It starts in a flat, grassy area, where there are beau­ti­ful rock for­ma­tions, swamps, and awe­some views from the north­ern look­outs. The route –

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