TimBuild Spookhill Challenge 2024

Spookhill is a section of Parel Valley Road in Somerset West, where, if you switch your car off it appears to run up the hill instead of moving downhill. It has generated much discussion as to whether this apparent phenomenon is an optical illusion due to magnetism, or just one of the world’s great unsolved mysteries!

Start Times

15km CHALLENGE

START TIME – 07:00

  1. Medals to all finishers within 2:30 cut-off time
  2. Age limit: 15 years or older on race day
  3. For category prizes: Age tags must be worn (front & back)

5km FUN RUN

START TIME – 07:15

  1. Medals to all finishers within 2 hour cut-off time
  2. Children under 9 years must be accompanied by an adult
  3. Participants must display Fun Run entry cards at the finish to receive medals

Entry Fees

15km R130 (licensed runner)

15km R180 (unlicensed runner)

Free entries for runners over 70

Free Shirt to first 20 Pre-Entries on 15km!

5km fun run R50

Event t-shirt R295 (Optional)

We donate R10 from each entry to VOLUNTEER WILDFIRE SERVICES

Start and Finish

Start & Finish at Radloff Park, Somerset West.

Number Collection

Pre- Entry COLLECTIONS

Tim Build Somerset West

Tim Build Stellenbosch

Tim Build Woodstock

Friday 19 April | 8 am – 5 pm

Carry your own

There will be WATER AVAILABLE at four refill stations at approximately 3 km INTERVALS but NO PLASTIC SACHETS.

Recyclable cups will be supplied but we encourage all runners to carry their own cups or small bottles that can be refilled at each station.

Coke & water will be available at the 9 km mark and the finish.

No Littering. Runners dispose of their litter within a “ designated area”.

Athletes who dispose of cups or other litter outside of these designated areas shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a warning and/ or a fine.

DOORS OPEN AT 5 : 45 for entries on the day and late pick- ups.

Tog bag security facilities will be provided at own risk.

Helderberg Harriers and WPA do not take responsibility for lost or stolen items. This is a licensed venue and refreshments will be on sale after the race.

NO ALCOHOL TO BE BROUGHT ONTO PREMISES!

Medals to all finishers within cut- off times .

There will be WATER AVAILABLE at four refill stations at approximately 3 km INTERVALS but NO PLASTIC SACHETS.

Recyclable cups will be supplied but we encourage all runners to carry their own cups or small bottles that can be refilled at each station.

Coke & water will be available at the 9 km mark and the finish.

No Littering. Runners dispose of their litter within a “ designated area”.

Athletes who dispose of cups or other litter outside of these designated areas shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a warning and/or a fine.

Entries limited to 2000 runners.

THIS EVENT IS A COCA COLA LEAGUE EVENT.

  • The race is run according to the rules of ASA & WPA.
  • Runners must obey marshals/ traffic officials/ race officials at all times. All entrants must be 15 years or older on the day of the race.
  • In the 5 km Fun Run, children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Time limit for the 15 km race is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Licensed athletes should run in club colours and wear a 2024 licence on their vests, front & back.
  • Temporary licences will be available at registration. When registering, participants must complete and hand in the tear- off strip from the number in order to be eligible to compete.
  • Age category tags must be worn (front and back) and visible for the entire race to be eligible for any age category prize, including Juniors. Runners should enter the age category corresponding to their chronological age, but may enter a younger category down to senior.
  • Temporary licensed runners are eligible for age category prizes provided they enter the relevant age group, wear the appropriate age tags and provide proof of age.
  • Juniors (born 2005 or later) wearing a senior or junior licence must display category tags (J) to qualify for age group prizes. Juniors will count towards open team prizes.
  • CLUB COLOURS must be worn to qualify for TEAM PRIZES.
  • The organisers, sponsors and WPA accept no responsibility for any accident or injury resulting from participation in this event.
  • No personal seconding will be permitted except at official refreshment stations.
  • The use of music players with headphones is not allowed and may result in disqualification. Detailed rules are available on the www.wpa.org.za website or on request from the organisers or the WPA office.
  • DISCLAIMER: Participants in this event do so at their own risk and release and discharge the organisers, sponsors, provincial and national athletics bodies  and  all  persons  assisting  in staging the event from any responsibility, liability or costs relating to any injury, loss or damage of whatever nature, however caused, arising directly or indirectly from their participation in the event.

Enter online at www.topevents.co.za until midnight 11 April 2024.

Cashless SNAPSCAN and card entries on race day from 05h45.

Event t-shirt R295 (optional)

Free Shirt to first 20 Pre-Entries on 15km!

PRIZE-GIVING & LUCKY DRAW AT 09:30AM

Men & Women Open 40-49 50-59 60-69 70 plus Junior 15-19
1st prize R 1,700 R 1,000 R 800 R 800 R 800 R 600
2nd prize R 1,200 R 800 R 600 R 600 R 600 R 450
3rd prize R 1000 R 600 R 400 R 400 R 400 R 300

INCENTIVE: R 1000 to all men running under 50 minutes & women running under 60 minutes.

Route Record:   Men 46 : 43 (Greg Liefeldt) Women 54 : 28 (Frith v. d. Merwe)

1st man & woman under route record: R 2000 each

TEAM PRIZES (total time) Open men: 4 x R 300 Open women: 4 x R 300

King & Queen of the mountain will receive R 350 each (must complete race within time)

The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) has been on the front line, combating dangerous and sometimes deadly runaway wildfires since its inception during the devastating fires that ravaged Cape Town in 1999/2000. With a force of more than 300 volunteers, with women making up 34% of our volunteers, who operate from our four stations, Newlands, South Peninsula, Stellenbosch, and Helderberg.  VWS is the largest volunteer firefighting organisation in South Africa. VWS stands tall as a powerful non-profit organization, driven by a team of fiercely passionate volunteers, and led by our fearless CEO, Claire Lötter.

In the face of some of the most ferocious fires Cape Town and the Western Cape have ever seen, our relentless team of highly trained ground crews work together with other emergency service organisations to protect lives and homesteads. Thanks to our unwavering commitment, VWS has recorded close to 100,000 active firefighting hours between its members and stations, showing that nothing can stand in our way when it comes to protecting our beloved communities and natural landscapes.

As we see our fire season’s lengthening and the frequency of wildfires increasing; we are more committed to serving our communities and continuing our goals of educating and promoting “good fire”, saving and protecting South Africa’s natural heritage, property, lives, and precious mountain water catchment areas.

TimBuild 15km Spookhill Challenge 2024 Route Link – https://strava.app.link/wun9GRSC7Gb

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