groote post country run
What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a Trail Run and a Country Market? For the fit and the adventurous, the Groote Post Country Run will give you an early start leading into the market. So, put some spring in your step with a choice of three trails, all featuring stunning views of mountains and the ocean:
Bobbejaanberg Challenge - 21km
Start Time: 07:00
Entry Fee: R200
Atlantic View Route - 10 km
Start time: 07:30
Entry Fee: R150
Ommie-Dam Fun Run - 4km
Start time: 08:00
Entry Fee: R50
This event uses Timing Chips with LiveTime. The chip is compulsory for the 21km and 10km. You will not be allowed to start the event without a chip.
Groote Post Estate: Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the historic Groote Post farm, owned by the Pentz family and situated in the Darling Hills, presents a rustic and rural atmosphere with undulating hills, vast open spaces and warm country hospitality. In addition to a wide range of award-winning wines, Hilda’s Kitchen’s superb culinary experience and Farm Drives through the private game camp and vineyards, Groote Post also offers spectacular views of the Atlantic coast and Table Mountain, nature walks, bird-watching in the hide on the dam and spectacular West Coast flowers.
Most of us would be content with enjoying the delights of the market that have you relaxing on the lawns after having made your way through the numerous stalls and temptations that make up the market. There are those however that insist on putting their bodies through a session of physical “torture” be it on foot, on two wheels or in water. And so the notion was born to add a sporting event to the market, with an early start leading into the market. Darling is already home to numerous cycling events and the lack of a sizeable dam left the running option wide open. Trail running has become very popular and Groote Post lends itself perfectly with many terrain options. And so the Groote Post Country Run was born and would take on 3 distances 4km, 10km and 21km.
The finish line is always a welcome sight as the festive atmosphere of the market welcomes you back at the farm yard. There are shower facilities for those wanting to freshen up before taking on the market. There are 60 stalls of various arts and crafts , eats galore and local beer, cider and not to forget Groote Post wines. Relax on the lawns to the tunes while the children enjoy the tractor- and horse rides.
There will also be a kids play area from 6:30 - 11am.