The Platteklip Challenge

On the 17th April 2010 nearly 100 mad runners/hikers had a race to see who could ascend Platteklip Gorge the most times in an 11 hour period (between sunrise and sunset). The entire 5.5km lap to be completed each time was up Platteklip, along the top to the cable car, down in the car (short rest), then jog along the road to start going up the gorge again. In distance it may not seem too bad, but if you think about the 800 steps that go into making the 760m climb up Platteklip gorge,  a rather different story is told.

Whilst most entrants managed an astonishing 5 laps, a few intrepid runners completed 7. Tatum Prins (now “Mrs Mark Loftus” – see pic of poor hubby trying to catch her below) completed 9 laps. The main aim of the event was to raise money for an orphanage and was a  huge success.

Still able to smile on the first lap!

Still able to smile on the first lap!