The African Oystercatcher is a large, noisy wader, with completely black plumage, red legs and a strong broad red bill. The sexes are similar in appearance, however, females are larger and have a slightly longer beak than males. Juveniles have soft grey plumage and do not express the characteristic red legs and beak until after they fledged. The call is a distinctive loud piping, very similar to Eurasian oystercatchers. As the Eurasian oystercatcher is a migratory species they only occur as a vagrant in southern Africa, and its black-and-white plumage makes confusion impossible.
The Oystercatcher Trail is a world acclaimed hiking experience, and offers both. It was rated by National Geographic Traveller as ” One of the Top 50 tours of a life time” for 2007 . The BBC classes it as one of “30 Unforgettable hikes to do before you die”, and GETAWAY Magazine rated it as one of the top 5 South African hikes. The aim is to ensure that hikers/runners enjoy every step and learn much about our fragile and beautiful environment.The Oystercatcher Trail is renowned for its eco and cultural educational value.
Mitochondrial DNA research has shown that all humans alive today descend from a small population that lived between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. Archaeological research has shown that at least some of those people lived in Mossel Bay…
You will run through the Pinnacle Point area- the place that’s revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour.
Only 200 athletes
Oyster Catcher 2 day Trail Run
The Oyster Catcher 2 Day Trail Run will be following the famous Oyster catcher hiking route from Gourits River mouth to Boggoms Bay (20km) and the last Day from Dana Bay to Mossel Bay (16km) via the St Blaize hiking route. A lighthouse to lighthouse run along the coast. The last day of the Trail Run will be run on the spectacular St Blaize Trail. The St Blaize is a popular hike that follows the 30 metre high contour along the cliffs eastwards towards the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse.
Date: 29 to 30 September 2018
Registration and Evening Meal Venue: Sand Piper Sport Centre, Boggomsbaai (close to Vleesbaai), Garden Route, Western Cape
Event Format: Solo’s
2 Day Trail Run: Day 1: 20 km and Day 2: 16 km
Early Bird Entry Fees – valid until 1st March:
Pre-entries qualify for goodie bags and lunches.
2 Day Trail Run: R2200
Entry Fees after 1st March
2 Day Trail Run: R2475
International guests can join for a fully catered tour by going to our travel page
Oyster Catcher Trail Run, included in the entry fee:
– 2 days of absolutely magnificent trails along the coast line of the Southern Cape, between Gouritz River and Mosselbay
– Permission to use the private property
– Free coffee and rusks in the morning at Sandpiper on Day 1
– 1 well stocked water table per day on route with all the goodies
– Water table at the finish
– Goodie bag
– Technical Garment
– Bus transport for each day from the finish line to the start line
– Lunch included for each day of racing
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Finishers medal
– Prizes for winners
– Generosity and great atmosphere of each special venue each day
– Professional photographer
Registration and Late Entries:
Pre-entries will close 10 September 2018. No late entries will be accepted.
Registration for the 2 day event will be Friday, 28 September from 17:00 – 19:30 with a compulsory race briefing afterwards at Sandpiper Sport Centre
Compulsory Equipment (for your own safety):
As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during your run. It is for your own personal safety. Please adhere to the following:
- Cell phone (on roaming please)
- zip lock bag to keep phone dry
- Space blanket
- Long Thermal base layer (pants and top)
- Emergency food
- Water bottles
- Sunscreen (factor 50)
- Outer shell jacket (waterproof)
- First aid kit
Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during race as conditions change quickly.
For all information contact Janine on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oystercatcher 2 day Trail run 2018 is full. Please email Janine if you like to be on the waiting list for this year, 2018, in case of any cancellations. For further information contact Janine on email@example.com
Athletes wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:
50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 30 June 2018.
No refunds will be done from 1 July 2018.
Athletes cancelling may transfer their entry to another person, but that person will have to accept that changes to sizes etc. of clothing in the goody bag may not be able to be made if they are not available – when goody bags are applicable.
20% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2019.
Contact Janine to finalise this: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have teamed up with CarTrip, a company that offers an internet-based platform that allows drivers and passengers to easily arrange lifts together. We encourage you to visit their website www.cartrip.co.za and find out more about this exciting new service. It provides a much-needed facility for our members to arrange lifts or offer lifts to various running events or even to and from our club.
Almost 70% of people that enter events drive to the venue on their own so it makes sense that our participants share their vehicles with other participants coming to the event.
The benefits of sharing rides to the event include:
- You are able to meet fellow participants who share your passion for running.
- If you are a driver you can recoup some or all of your petrol costs by offering a lift.
- If you need a lift it will cost a fraction of the cost of travelling there with your own car.
- Ladies can get lifts with lady drivers only if they prefer.
- More parking and less congestion at the event as there will be fewer cars.
- With fewer cars on the road, it helps our environment by reducing CO2 emissions.
So if you’re travelling alone to any of the running events or if you’re looking for a lift to an event then go to www.cartrip.co.za. You will see a dropdown tab with all the events listed, just select your event and enter your ride details. You can also email them with details of an event if it is not listed. We do suggest that you read through their FAQ’s should you have any questions on how it works and we look forward to our members embracing this opportunity presented by CarTrip.
LISTENING HANDS SPORT MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Bookings are open for the 2 Day Oyster Catcher Trail Run, to book your massage for the 29th September 2018. Massages are half an hour time slots for R230 per person. We have times available from 12:00 until 17:00, and then 18:00 until 21:00. The massages will be at the Sanpiper Sport Centre. Please email Caroline at email@example.com to book your slot, or phone 0837348288.
Lunch is included in your entry fees, however, for breakfast and dinner, you need to book seperately. You can either book when entering for the event, or you can book closer to the time (we will send an email to give you opportunity to book your meals, closer to the event).
Saturday, 29 September 2018:
Gourits River Mouth to Sandpiper Cottages and Sports Centre, Boggoms Bay
This days consists mostly of single track and you will finish with a beach run.
Sunday, 30 September 2018:
Dana Bay 2nd Beach to Big Blu, Mossel Bay
Start the day on Dana Bay Beach before heading onto the St Blaize trail (all single track).
Spectator points on route:
– Kanon Punt parking area
– Fransmanshoek (waterpoint)
– Vleesbaai Beach
– Boggomsbaai Beach
– Finish at Sandpiper Cottages in Boggomsbaai
– Steps from the beach to road before the St Blaize Trail start
– From Mossel Bay Golf course – walk down towards hiking trail
– At the Finish at Big Blu Restaurant
Accommodation is not included in your rate, below are options:
TENT AND MATRESS:
R300 per person per night – includes a tent and matress and camping fees. Book when you enter.
REGISTRATION VENUE AND EVENING MEAL VENUE: SANDPIPER COTTAGES, BOGGOMS BAY, CLOSE TO VLEESBAAI
Sandpiper Cottages in Boggoms Bay: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAPE VACCA ESTATE, MOSSSELBAY
The unique, character filled cottages is situated in complete isolation on the Cape Vacca Private Nature Reserve. The Nature Reserve is conveniently located 42km on the Cape Town side of Mosselbay between Gouritz River Mouth and Fransmanshoek, and is only 40min drive from George airport. Accommodates eight people, with three double rooms and 3 bathrooms, open plan living area and is totally self catering.
Friday, 28 September 2018:
17:00 – 20:00: Registration for 2 Day Trail Run at Sanpiper Sport Centre, Boggomsbaa (close to Vleesbaai)
19:00: Race briefing for 2 Day Trail Run – compulsory
19:30 Dinner for the pre-booked athletes at Sandpiper Sport Centre.
Saturday, 29 September 2018:
06:00 Breakfast for pre booked athletes at Sandpiper Sport Centre
07:00: Meet at Sand Piper Cottages and Sports Centre in Boggoms Bay where you will leave your vehicle and be transported to the start. Your friends/family can also take you to the start. No cars to be left at the start line.
08:00: Start of the race. Run from Gourits River Mouth to the Sand Piper Cottages and Sport Centre in Boggoms Bay where you will be welcomed by the TriSport staff and your friends.
10:30 onwards: Lunch at Sand Piper Sports Centre, lunch for the pre-entry athletes. Please order extra lunches for your friends
18:00 Slide Show at Sandpiper Sport Centre
18:30: Dinner for the pre booked athletes only
Sunday, 30 September 2018:
06:30 Breakfast for pre booked athletes at Sandpiper Sport Centre
08:00: Meet at the Point in front of the Big Blu Restaurant in Mossel Bay where you will leave your vehicle and be transported to the start. OR Your friends/family can also take you to the start.
09:00: Start of race. Run from Dana Bay 2nd beach to Big Blu Restaurant in Mossel Bay.
11:00 onwards: Lunch at Big Blu Restaurant at the Point, Mossel Bay. Lunch included for pre-entry athletes only.
13:00: Prize giving at Big Blu Restaurant at the Point, Mossel Bay.
Please order extra lunches or if you would like to enjoy dinner/breakfast at the venue with Janine at email@example.com
2015 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos):
Photos by Mark Sampson
2014 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos) :
Photos by Em Gatland
2013 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos) :
Photos by Mark Sampson
2012 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos) :