THE second leg of the trail run organised by the Malabar Athletic Club starts and ends at Mangold Pool in Schoenmakerskop on Saturday.
The first run took place through the Cape Recife Conservancy last month, with the third and final run scheduled to take place through Van der Kemp's Kloof in December.
On Saturday trail run enthusiasts will take in the scenic village of Schoenmakerskop and the Sacramento trail along the coastline and back to the start at Mangold Pool Caravan Park.
Former Two Oceans winner Mswanele Maphekula, a previous winner of the run, will be back and has promised defending champion Robbie Mathys and the winner of the first leg, Errol Black, a run for their money.
Chris Green, who won the 10km run at Cape Recife, will have his work cut out as many of the local roadrunners have entered the shorter 7km route.
In the women's category, Tracy Almiral, who won the first leg, can expect stiff competition from EP half-marathon runner Jene Banfield from Grahamstown who had an excellent run at the national championships in East London last month. Banfield was an easy winner of the 15km road race organised by the Gelvan AC last week.
For the back-markers, the route is an opportunity to catch the sights and scents as they traverse through Schoenmakers and the quaint succulent gardens created by the residents along the route – some may even carry cameras and cellphones in their backpacks to capture the breathtaking views.
Be prepared to see dolphins and whales (humpbacks, brydes, minke or killer) frolicking in the surf.
For the serious runners, there are still the rock pools, pincushions, aloes, flotsam and jetsam to take in.
Entry fee is R50 for the 15km and R20 for the 7km. Both races start at 8am.
Entries can be done online – visit the Malabar AC Facebook page. Alternatively, participants can enter on the morning of the race at the entrance to the Mangold Pool Caravan Park.
For more information, contact Aziez Madatt, 082- 738-7029 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org