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 150 athletes
Oyster Catcher Ultra
The Inaugural Oyster Catcher Ultra Trail Run 2017 will take place on the well known Oyster Catcher Hiking Trail that start at Mosselbay and run all the way to the Gourikwa Nature Reserve. Due to the popularity of the Oyster Catcher 2 day and 3 day Trail run Trisport added the non-stop Oyster Catcher Ultra Trail run to the calendar. This will give the athletes the change to run the whle 80km in 1 day. The difference of the Ultra to the 3 or 2 day trail run is that it is run in reversed, the race will start in Mosselbay and finish at the Gourikwa Nature Reserve. Included in the Ultra is also the beautiful pristine section of beach between Dana Bay and Vleesbaai, this section is not used in the 3 or 2 day Trail runs. You will run this section during the spring low tide to avoid disturbing the breeding areas of the Oyster Catcher birds that are usually above the high water mark in the dunes. The Ultra will start with the St Blaize Trail run, then the beach section between Dana Bay and Vleesbaai, pass Fransmanshoek towards Kanon where you will then be transferred by boat across the Gouritz river to the jetty of the town, Gouritsmond, where you will then run the last leg from Gouritz River mouth to the Gourikwa Nature Reserve and finish the first ever Oyster Catcher Ultra Trail Run underneath the Trisport Arch and welcomed by the Trisport and Gourikwa Team.
Date: 18 November 2017
Race Village: Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gouritsmond, Garden Route, Western Cape
Event Format: Solo’s
Distances: 73 km non-stop from Mosselbay To Gourikwa Nature Reserve
Oyster Ultra Trail Run, included in the entry fee:
– Bus transport from the finish line to the start line
– Lunch on Saturday
– 2 x Dinners, Friday and Saturday at Gourikwa Nature Reserve
– Absolutely magnificent trails along the coast line of the Southern Cape, between Gourikwa Private Nature Reserve and Mosselbay
– Permission to use the private property
– Well stocked water tables on route with all the goodies
– Water table at the finish
– Goodie bag (late entries do not qualify for goodie bag)
– Technical Garment (late entries do not qualify for garment)
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Finishers medal
– Prizes for winners
– Lucky draws
– Generosity and great atmosphere
– Professional photographer/Videographer
Early Bird Entry Fees – valid until 1 Feb : R2500
Entry Fees after 1st Feb :R2800
Registration and Late Entries:
Entries will close 15 October 2017. No late entries will be accepted.
Registration will be Friday, 17 November 2017 from 17:00 – 19:30 with a compulsory race briefing afterwards at Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gouritsmond.
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 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 31 July 2017.
No refunds will be made from 1 August 2017.
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.
R250 will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2018.
Contact Janine to finalise this: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Coaching / Training Programme
Wingman Multisport Athletics provides coaching services to athletes around the globe for an impressive array of events, from road running, open water swimming to road or mountain bike cycling. Based in South Africa, the team of coaches specialises in triathlon coaching, including the Ironman 70.3 and Ironman distances.
By capitalising on the intersection between individual ability, the science of athletic performance and the latest technology, Wingman Coaches work with each athlete to help them not only set, but also attain their personal sporting goals. Personal programmes are created for your unique level, fitness and available training time.
Slowest to fastest, biggest to smallest, beginner to pro – there is a programme that is not only designed for you, but is responsive to your body as you train. Weekly feedback is provided using the leading online platform, Training Peaks, to design, deliver and adapt each athletes programme. The user-friendly nature of the application and its seamless integration with other training equipment and platforms ensures that going high tech with your training does not mean going high maintenance.
The value of this innovative, individually responsive approach is illustrated by the high levels of success attained by the Wingman athletes at events across the country – with multiple podium positions and countless personal bests smashed. Per illustration, a recent study on 70.3 Ironman (East London) athletes showed that Wingman male athletes performed significantly better than their non-Wingman counterparts in the event.
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.
Accommodation is not included in your rate, below are options that you can make use of:
Race Village: GOURIKWA RESERVE
Gourikwa’s private nature reserve is situated along one of the world most breathtaking coastlines – the Garden Route, known as South Africa’s safe haven. It is famed for its scenic beauty and abundant biodiversity. Located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, the estate is easily accessible via George airport and the N2 (national road).
For more info or to make a booking, contact Marelize van Rensburg at email@example.com or 087 702 9126.
Accommodation at Gourikwa
- 9 Fisherman houses that sleeps 4 people (price per unit per night R1200)
- 1 Fisherman house that sleeps 6 people (price per unit per night R1600)
- 3 Cottages that sleeps 4 people (price per unit per night R1800)
- 15 single rooms – one or two people (price per unit per night R900)
SANDPIPER COTTAGES, BOGGOMS BAY
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, 17 November 2017:
17:00 – 19:30 Registration at Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gouritsmond
19:30 Race briefing – compulsory
19:30 Dinner for the pre-booked athletes at Gourikwa Nature Reserve.
Saturday, 18 November 2017:
6:00 Meet at Gourikwa Nature Reserve, where you will leave your vehicle and be transported to the start. Your friends/family can also take you to the start.
7:00 Start of the race. Run from Mosselbay Point to Gourikwa Nature Reserve.
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) :