44km Solo or Duo Teamadmin2019-05-29T12:18:35+00:00
Table Mountain Challenge
TMC 2019 44km Route Description
The Table Mountain Challenge – the original trail run that takes you right around the mountain, a journey through a Wonder of the Natural World.
Now 15 years old, TMC is one of the best loved trail events, loaded with variety and views, with over 95% finishers. You will earn your beer. The course is not a doddle, but also not Mount Everest. Manageable, runnable and loaded with great vibes.
Start, Pipetrack to Kasteelspoort (0km to 5.5km)
The Sports field in Tamboerskloof is a perfect setting. Sunrise is behind the mountain, casting a welcome glow as you set off in seeded batches, straight to the first hill!! Warm up your legs before the start, as you are immediately in the deep end, clinging to great value for money, hangovers and multiple expletives.
Looping around the Signal Hill firebreak, at 1km you hit a surprisingly steep (90m/s of elevation) climb for a hill. But, it is short lived as you gasp for air and turn left onto Signal Hill tar road, for a downwards jog to the Kloof Nek Road Crossing. Obey marshal’s instructions and then charge along the Pipe Track – TMC’s easiest 4km section, flattish and very runnable.
Kasteelspoort Climb & 12 Apostles to Llandudno Ravine (5.5km to 12km)
The Fun starts! ‘Kasteels’ is one of the easier routes to the top of the Table Mountain range, gigantic rock steps with insane views over Camps Bay and the blue Atlantic Ocean. 450 m/s Up, over 1,5km.
Once on Top, you can set a reasonable pace past all the iconic highlights of the 12 Apostles – Grootkop and Judas Peak. The 5kms of trail is Single Track, easy to follow and has few obstacles. Soul food – this is why we Trail Run.
Before descending, look out for our photographer, you and the view are memories worth investing a few seconds in …. Your Instagram followers will rocket.
Llandudno Ravine to Constantia Neck (12km to 21km)
Now you gotta concentrate. The descent is gnarly, not a good place to take a tumble, it ends in a waterfall. Officially a non-racing section, no passing, no going crazy, just gain the base of the climb safely. The metal staples are not the bottom, as 3 more scrambles await until the route mellows back onto narrow single track. An exposed (large cliff to the open side) 1km rewards you with incredible views over Llandudno, but, keep your eyes on the trail.
As you round the bend and get the famous sweeping views of Hout Bay, Long Beach and Karbonkelberg,
more staples (metal steps) and scrambles down to Llandudno Corner, where you may relax a little. Excellent view spot for a coffee. You continue down to the junction with Suikerbossie Path – note, this is a cut-off point. If you are not well, or injured, Suikerbossie Restaurant is the nearest pick up.
Race route is Left, Restaurant is Right, through the Pine trees. The next 3kms are enjoyable single track running. Lots of vegetation and fynbos, as you traverse above Hout Bay Valley towards Orangekloof, at 17kms. A ladder helps you over the fenceline, back into the National Park. This area is prized as the last piece of untouched Indigenous Forest, it is a privilege to run here. The road is an easy run, but, turns uphill to reach Constantia Neck.
You avoid the car park, taking a firebreak route to the Art in the Forest halfway mark, checkpoint and Start of the TMC lite. 21kms done!
Constantia Neck, Rooikat Ravine, Contour Path (21km – 31km) – Start of TMC lite and Leg 2 of Relay
These 10kms are very popular running and it is easy to see why, with green forests, multiple fresh water streams, waterfalls and well-made trails.
Strangely named as a ‘Contour’, the trail is a nature roller-coaster, with 2 majestic highlights of Rooikat Ravine and The Aloes – a scree slope of grey, mossy boulders. All good running.
The boardwalks can be slippery, and all rocks are hazardous. Soon you will pop out at the Blockhouse, an innocuous cube of slate blocks that once was a base for soldiers to take pot shots at enemy ships.
Blockhouse to Finish (31km – 44km)
From the Blockhouse Checkpoint you are back on contour, the Devils Peak section. City views, low vegetation and excellent running on great single track. Near the Woodstock caves you may hear wailing or praying as religious groups of Bergies call down the winning lotto numbers. Below you is Tafelberg road.
Your trail continues onto Table Mountain front face, and over Platteklip Gorge. If it has been raining, spectacular waterfalls abound, all the water is fresh and drinkable.
Under the Cableway and sadly your journey is nearing its conclusion. Take a moment at Kloof Corner to reflect on your full circumnavigation of one of the World’s most Unique and Recognisable Mountains, and then down you go, to the Kloof Nek crossing.
A nasty uphill of tar, and step up onto the Signal Hill trail above the road, that leads you towards the Kramat. You swing down to the Right, cross the road and descend to the firebreak and the finish line.