You’ve reached the plato called the Sky Contour and now’s the time to settle in and enjoy the trail and the views. The trail hugs the mountain following its curve with the terrain being pretty level.
You will reach your second checkpoint; please make sure to check in with the marshals so that we can account for everyone. Here, the views abound; stop and take them in and snap a couple of memories. This is also the part to make up for some lost time.
Look out for a critical split - this is where the 10km splits to the left to get off the
mountain and the 21 km splits to the right to venture on the Caracal Route.
Ash River Lodge, the sponsors of the prize for the first lady on the 35km, have placed their flags at the split to make it easy for you to identify. Once you’ve split to the right onto the Caracal Route, you can settle in and follow the trail
as it goes right into the back corner of the Conservancy. This is the best part of the trail in terms of views; so make sure to soak it all in.
From the back corner of the Conservancy, the trail takes you through a gate (watch out that you don’t get your feet caught in the cattle grid!) down a series of switchbacks and some rocky outcrops onto the valley floor.
The third checkpoint awaits after which you turn right to go back UP the mountain. This hill is affectionately called Lung Buster and you will soon find out why!
After crossing the boardwalk you get another full view of the Titanic and cutting across to the Scilla Trail will give you views to the East of the village where the mountains go on forever right into Lesotho.
Here you will find the water point of Novon Protecta before you turn back on yourself and head towards the Clarens Brewery dam wall.
At the end of the dam wall, you go up the hill where Swift’s banners greet you and you will find a spectacular view across the dam.
Get your inner mountain goat out to guide you down a short section of slick rock where a rope will be available to safely get you onto the trail that runs along the base of the waterfall and into the river walk.
Make sure you take the split for the 21 km a little further along (a marshal will assist) for your last little climb.
The route then takes you over our own Golden Gate bridge and after you cross the Parkrun bridge, it is all up our ‘little polly’s’ to the finish.
Kick back and enjoy some eats and drinks whilst soaking up the atmosphere and giving yourself a well-deserved pat on the back!