Sardine Festival 2010

8 June 2009 - Crocodile warning for mountain bikers and trail runners

Imagine running or mountain biking through a crocodile farm! That is exactly what participants in the trail running and mountain biking events of the Scottburgh Winter Solstice weekend will be doing on June 20.

Entrants in the trail run have the option of a five, nine or 24km run starting from 6.55am on Saturday June 20, while mountain bikers will compete over distances of 10, 24 or 40km from 9am on the same day.

Organiser Billy Harker and his team have put together captivating courses for both events, and the all routes include taking competitors on a unique tour through the famous Crocworld crocodile farm.

The mountain biking course includes a wide variety of terrain with the fast route including an interesting mix of exciting dirt road, single track and forest paths. There is no riding on the beach. The 40km MTB Race is moderately difficult and targeted at the weekend warrior with a few technical sections to test skills, but nothing too difficult that it will force most riders to walk their bikes.

The trail run include a short 400m section on the beach, as well as cane roads, forest paths and of course the section in Crocworld.

The focus of the weekend is to offer an achievable enjoyable run and/or mountain ride which will leave participants ready to enjoy the afternoon on the beach. For the very fit athletes who are keen to push themselves and want to be challenged, the races are timed so the 9km trail run will be finished before the 40km MTB ride starts.

Following the MTB race a band will entertain riders and runners in the Scottburgh Lifesaving Club with prizegiving set for around 2pm with the Springboks v British Lions Test being screened on a plasma Screen after prizegiving.

Entries for all events are open and riders and runners can enter on