Cell C AfricanX Trailrun

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When participants describe a race as “feeling like heaven”, then you know you’ve provided a sublime weekend of entertainment and exercise. And that’s exactly what the AfricanX Trailrun does, with runners euphorically praising the route of this hugely popular run.

Born in 2009, the event has become a must-do event for trail enthusiasts. From a modest 120 teams in the inaugural event, the AfricanX Trailrun has grown rapidly and is now capped at 400 teams of two. Now based at the historic Houw Hoek Inn after four years in Kleinmond, the AfricanX Trailrun takes runners on a challenging three-day adventure through some of the most immaculate terrain in the country. The team format adds to the experience, with runners having to carefully approach each day with a sound strategy. It’s not just for hardcore trail bunnies, though. Road runners will enjoy some sections of the route that are fast and flat, but remember – a rugged climb is never far off.


 Date:  17 – 19 March 2017
 Venue:  Houw Hoek Inn, Grabouw
 Start Times & Venues:  *Please note participants will be transported by bus to the various venues.
 Stage 1: 08h00  Start: Trails End

Finish: Houw Hoek Inn

 Stage 2: 08h00  Start: Rooisand, Arabella

Finish: Wildekrans Wine Estate

 Stage 3: 08h00  Start: Wildekrans Wine Estate

Finish: Houw Hoek Inn

 Pre-Entries Open:   13 March 2016
 Pre-Entries Close:  6 March 2017

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“The Timothy James Harlow Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded by the Harlow family to continue the selfless giving legacy of their beloved son Timothy who passed away on the 27th of April 2013.
The Timothy James Harlow Foundation strives to honour and to carry on Tim’s generous spirit of helping people in need and other worthy causes. In order to do this the trustees have established a framework comprising of three categories to guide them in choosing applicable candidates. This does not, however, limit the foundations reach nor confine it to a set of rules when it comes to deciding who needs assistance.

In the words of Tim’s father Gary Harlow, “Please support it and grow from it, as the act of giving, like loving, is one of life’s most beautiful and rewarding attributes”

For more information on the Foundation, please visit their facebook page, www.facebook.com/theTJHFoundation

Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by Asics Route Maps and Profiles 2017

Stage One – 2017

Start: Trails End, Grabouw (participants will catch a bus from the race village)

Finish: Houw Hoek Inn



4 water points – wp1 MTO 8km (Private) wp 2 -14,4 Mara (Private) wp 3 22,5 – Paul Cluver (private) wp 4 28km MTO (private)


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Stage Two – 2017

Start: Rooisand, Arabella (participants will catch a bus from the race village)

Finish: Wildekrans Wine Estate



4 water points = wp1 – 6km Arabella R44 Crossing (public) wp 2 12 km MTO (private) wp3 20km Honingklip (Public) wp 4 27km – Barton (Private)

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Stage Three – 2017

Start: Wildekrans Wine Estate (participants will catch a bus from the race village)

Finish: Houw Hoek Inn



3 water points = wp1 9,5km Wildekrans (public) wp2 14,5km Van Der Stel pass crossing (public)  wp3 – 19km Cape Nature(private)

AX 17 STAGE 3 (1)



How to get to Houw Hoek Inn?

To reduce your carbon footprint cycling would be the best way to get to Houw Hoek Inn but we suggest that perhaps you drive and follow our directions!

Where is it?

40min from Cape Town international airport 20min from Somerset West 30 min from Caledon

From Cape Town and Cape Town International

Follow N2 past Somerset West and over Sir Lowrys Pass. Continue past Grabouw and onto the Houw Hoek Pass. Once descending down the pass, look out for the Houw Hoek Farm Stall and the Houw Hoek Inn will be on your left hand side. To view a map click here