The rain in Bloemfontein in recent times has wreaked havoc across all sporting codes with numerous matches in and around the City of Roses being postponed, and trail running has not come through this unscathed either.
The fourth leg of the hugely popular Wild Olive Estate Night Trail Run Series, presented by Bloemfontein Courant, was postponed as well as it was somewhat of a safety concern.
While trail runners do enjoy getting down right dirty and muddy, the organisers, Pure Adventures, took the decision to rather reschedule the event instead of taking unnecessary risks.
Adrian Saffy explains that some parts of the trail can be treacherous.
“We have had to make a call on this Wednesday evening’s Wild Oliver Estate Night Trail Run.
“After discussions with the owners of the Estate and the weather bureau we have decided to postpone the run to the 7th May and we will host a Pre-Election Wild Olive run.
“The problem is not so much the Seven Dams part but the Wild Olive side is extremely muddy and treacherous. We all like getting muddy and dirty but it must be safe for all levels of athletes.”
The penultimate leg will take place on 7 May, with the registration opening at 17:00 and the race starting at 18:00. Entry to run the 7km route cost R50 per person. As this is a night race, headlamps or flashlights are required. – MORGAN PIEK