UTD / GCU will be at Sani Pass Hotel on Friday 28th April from 12h00 to 18h00 and SDR will be at Castleburn Farm on Saturday 29th April from 10h00 to 14h00.
UTD / GCU will be at Sani Pass Hotel at 18h30 on Friday 28th April and SDR will be at Castleburn Farm at 15h30 on Saturday 29th April.
UTD starts at the SA Border Post on the Sani Pass Road. A shuttle to the start from the Sani Pass Hotel is included in your entry fee but self-drives to the start are permitted, GCU starts at the Sani Pass Hotel and SDR starts at Castleburn Farm. All 3 races finish at the Bushman’s Nek Hotel.
A seat on a shuttle from Bushman’s Nek Hotel back to the Sani Pass Hotel can be booked for UTD and GCU runners. A shuttle will also be available from Bushman’s Nek Hotel back to Castleburn Farm the SDR runners. These shuttles will only run on the Sunday.
Runners in all 3 races will also have the option of booking a driver to take their car through to the finish.
We will contact all runners after close of entries to confirm any shuttle requirements. Prices TBC shortly
It is recommended that UTD and GCU runners book accommodation at or near Sani Pass Hotel for the night of the 28th of April. The villages of Himeville and Underberg are also options as they are 15 and 20 min away. For SDR runners it would be practical to book at Drak Gardens Hotel for the night of the 28th or at one of the many options in the nearby vicinity. For Saturday the 29th it is recommended that runners from all 3 events book at the Bushman’s Nek Hotel or at an alternative in the surrounding area.
You can find accommodation suggestions on the accommodation page.
There will be limited tented village accommodation available at Sani Pass Hotel and Silverstreams (Bushman’s Nek) for Friday 28th and Saturday 29th respectively. Runners who have already entered will be given first option on this accommodation after which it will be offered subject to availability.
You can find more details of the tented villages on the accommodation page.
Seconding will be permitted at CP2, 3, 5 and 6 for UTD and at CP1, 3 and 4 for the GCU. No personal seconding will be permitted for the SDR.
All 3 events are spectator friendly and supporters will be able to see and support the runners at the following locations:
UTD – CP1, 2, 3, 5 and 6
GCU – CP1, 3 and 4
SDR – CP1.
The Castleburn Check Point which is at 70km for UTD, 32km for GCU and the Start of SDR will be a mini race village with music, food and beverages and form a real hub for spectators and supporters of all 3 events.
Weather in April can range from sub-zero at night to the low twenties during the day. Although it is the start of the dry period it is not uncommon to have rain and even snow at this time of year. The Drakensberg can be a harsh and unforgiving climate and the recommended/compulsory kit lists will reflect this.
Due to the variable and potentially dangerous weather experienced in the Drakensberg the Compulsory Kit list is taken very seriously by the Organisers. Compulsory Kit will be checked and photographed at REGISTRATION (not at the race start) as well as the Finish. A missing item will result in a 30 min time penalty and more than one missing item will result in disqualification.
As part of our partnership with The North Face we are very pleased to offer a limited range of apparel that will assist you in fulfilling your Compulsory Kit requirements. This apparel is heavily discounted and available on a first come first serve basis to all athletes registered in one of the 4 UTD events. To view the range and place orders please e-mail Spurgeon at email@example.com
The lists for each event can be found on their respective Race Information page.
A GPS is not a compulsory piece of equipment for UTD, GCU and SDR but is recommended. A GPX file of the route for the event you have entered will be distributed by email.
UTD has 6 water tables. These will be stocked with a variety of liquids and nutrition with an emphasis placed on tables 5 and 6 in terms of nutrition, GCU has 4 water tables with a similar emphasis on nutrition at tables 3 and 4 and SDR has 1 water table.
There are also multiple natural water sources on the course. The combination of water tables and naturally available water will allow runners to travel relatively light and fast which combines well with the runnable nature of the trail itself.
Although UTD runners will pass through the SA Border Post no passports will be required as special dispensation has been obtained.