FNB Platinum Trail Run

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The FNB Platinum Trail Run encompasses the best trail running routes in the North West Province. Taking in the might of the Magaliesberg and the majestic Buffelspoort Dam, the Platinum Trail Run will treat runners with magnificent views of the Buffelspoort Valley and terrain that is both varied and challenging. Held the day after the renowned FNB Magalies Monster, the FNB Platinum Trail Run is the perfect way to end an active weekend.

 

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EVENT FAST FACTS

 Date:  4 June 2017
 Venue:  ATKV, Buffelspoort
 Distances:  8km, 12km and 24km
 Start Times:
  24km:  07h30
  12km:  07h45
  8km:  08h00
 Pre-Entries Open:    15 Jan 2017
 Pre-Entries Close:  31 May 2017

First 1000 PAID entrants will receive a T-shirt

“You were born to tame monsters & blaze trails. That’s why you ride & run. Enter now and make a family week-end of it”

 

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PLATINUM TRAIL RUN ROUTE DESCRIPTION (Final Route Descriptions will be posted soonest)

 

INTRODUCTION

The 12 & 24 km Platinum Trail Runs take place at a mountainous region that forms part of the Magaliesberg Mountain range west of the Buffelspoort Dam.

While the shorter 12km route runs along the bottom slope of a mountain plateau the longer route crosses over the top.

 

ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS

8km FNB Platinum Trail Run Route

The 8 km route follows the 12 & 24 km routes over mainly easy terrain up to the turn-around point and swings back to the start and finish area at the Buffelspoort ATKV.

 

12km FNB Platinum Run Route.

The 12km and 24km running routes will now be common up to where the climb to the plateau starts.

After the start at ATKV the runners will be embarking over undulating terrain along a tree lined jeep track until reaching an orange plantation where the route continues along a narrow farm road skirting the plantation before entering the game section of the farm populated by indigenous trees.

The runners continue on a short section of gravel road that becomes a jeep track crossing the Sterkstroom and then turns into a single track leading to a canal coming from Buffelspoort Dam.

After proceeding for a short distance alongside and then on top of the concrete covered canal, the runners turn right and make their way up through a shady gully that leads through a tunnel underneath the tar road before reaching the 1st water point at the 3.8 km mark.

After the water point the route links up with the 12km X-Terra running route up to where the climb to the plateau starts.

This is where the 12 and 24km routes split. The 12km turns off to the right and follows an old jeep track which joins up with a gravel road.

After a short stretch along the gravel road the route swings back to the start and finish area skirting some orange plantations along the way.

FNB Platinum Trail Run - 12km Route

Click her for the 12km Route PDF –  2017 Platinum Trail Run 12 km Route

Route Profile - 12km FNB Platinum Trail Run

Click here for the 12km Route Profile PDF – 2017 Platinum Trail Run 12 km Profile

24 km Platinum Trail Run Route

After the split 4.7 km into the start, the route makes a steep 1 km climb on a 4 x 4 jeep track heading up a mountain slope which levels out at the 5.7 km mark.

The runners will enjoy some respite in a gentle downhill section along an undulating jeep track before crossing the wall of the dam.

From there the route continues along a gravel road passed another small dam and then makes a steep climb towards the highest point of the route which is reached at the 9.3 km mark (1513 m altitude).  The total elevation gain up to this point is 570 m.

After a downhill section on gravel the road leads to a single trail under shady trees that links up to an undulating jeep track before making a steep descent leading down towards the Buffelpoort  Dam past the Vodacom/MTN Transmitters near Omaramba.

On the way down the runners will be rewarded with spectacular views over the dam with the Magaliesberg lurking in the background.

The route continues along the shore of the dam and after a steep descent down the steps behind the dam wall the runners will be able to enjoy a relatively easy home run under shady trees along the canal on their way back to the finish at ATKV.

2017 Platinum Trail Run 24 km Route PDF  – 2017 Platinum Trail Run 24 km Route

2017 FNB Platinum Trail Run Profile PDF -

2017 FNB Platinum Trail Run Profile PDF – 2017 Platinum Trail Run 24 km Profile


DIRECTIONS TO RACE VENUE

GPS coordinates: 25º45’46.2″ S / 27º29’26.8″ E

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From Pretoria

Take either the R104, N4, R513 or R566(Through Rosslyn) in a western direction to reach either the N4 or the R104 (R514 over the dam wall) towards Rustenburg. On the N4 you will find the turnoff to Buffelspoort to the left opposite the turnoff to Marikana (about 7-10 km west of the first Mooinooi/Marikana off-ramp). The connecting road between the N4 and the R104 makes a T-junction with the R104 at a Caltex filling station. Turn right at the stop sign. The main entrance to the resort is on the left hand side of the R104 about 200m from the T-junction.

From the West through Rustenburg

Follow any roads towards Rustenburg. In Rustenburg, drive in a eastern direction towards Pretoria on the N4. You will pass through the town of Kroondal 10km east of Rustenburg. About 20km from Kroondal you will find the off-ramp to Buffelspoort and Marikana to the left. Turn right on top of the bridge toward Buffelspoort from the N4. The connecting road between the N4 and the R104 makes a T-junction with the R104 at the Caltex filling station. Turn right at the stop sign. The main entrance to the resort is on the left hand side of the R104 about 200m from the T-junction.

From the North through Brits

Drive though Brits in a southern direction towards Schoemansville/Meerhof. At the 4way crossing with the R513, turn right towards Rustenburg and the N4. Follow this road to the next4way crossing and turn left following the Rustenburg /N4 signs. You will turn off right onto the N4 about 500m from the 4way stop. On the N4 you will find the turnoff to Buffelspoort to the left opposite the turnoff to Marikana (about 7-10 km west of the first Mooinooi/Marikana off-ramp). The connecting road between the N4 and the R104 makes a T-junction with the R104 at a Caltex filling station. Turn right at the stop sign. The main entrance to the resort is on the left hand side of the R104 about 200m from the T-junction.

 

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