Run one of South Africa’s most iconic Hiking Trails while completely in a World Heritage Site…. all against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg mountains.


 
 
 
 
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Date
25 April 2020

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Distance
62km

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Elevation
2,400m

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Cut Off
13 hours

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Check Points
4

 

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

The Giant’s Cup Uncut (GCU62) is 62km in length with 2400m of vertical climb and occupies an altitude window between 1600m and 2150m. The GCU62 is a non-stop traverse of the entire Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail which is certified as a 5-day hike. The event is entirely on mountain trail and provides the runners with a uniquely pure trail running experience. 

The Race Start is at the Bushmans Neck Hotel at 07h00 on Saturday morning, 25th April. From the Start at the Bushman’s Nek Hotel the field gets a chance to spread along the short district road section before entering the head of the Giant’s Cup Trail. From here it’s immediately into the big climb up to high point of the day at Langalibalele Pass at 2,150m.

It’s then a fast-flowing descent down to the Mzimude River followed by the short climb out of the valley and the gentle drop-down into Swiman Hut at 15km. From Swiman, it’s 15km to Castleburn which includes the gradual climb along the Garden Castle ridge towards Black Eagle Pass and the technical descent of Garden Castle.

From the Castleburn Aid Station there are two river crossings in quick succession before the solid climb up to Crane Tarn. This is followed by one of the fastest sections of the course down to the Mzimkulwana Hut at 41km. Cobham follows relatively quickly 9km later and then it’s the final climb around the front of Ndlovini and the exhilarating descent down the Gxalingenwa Gorge to the finish at Sani Pass Hotel.


RACE PROFILE

 
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ENTRY FEES

The 2020 GCU62 entry fee is
R2,450

*there has been no increase in the entry fee from 2019

Early Bird entry fee:
R2,080

Limited early bird entires are available from 1 August 2019, at 9am until 9 August 2019 at 5pm. Please refer to our profile on Quicket for more information.


The GCU62 entry fee includes:

 
  • Marked and prepared Mountain Trail

  • Goodie Bag

  • Official Race Garment

  • Shuttle To Race Start (from Premier Resort Sani Pass to Bushmans Neck Hotel)

  • Sweepers and Marshalls

  • 4 X Water Tables

  • Full Medical Support

  • Support by EKZNW Rangers

  • Finish Line Beer / Drink

  • Finishers Medal

  • Sketched Scroll of GCU62 Course

  • Awards Lunch on Sunday (@ 11h00)

  • R200 Donation to EKZNW

  • R50 Donation to Wildlife Act

  • 50 donation to Southern Lodestar Foundation

 

Runners must be 20-years or older as at 31st December 2020.
Note: No accommodation is included in the entry


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