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The 14th Mighty Mutter weekend will take place from 6th to 8th October 2017.
 
 

13th MUTTER REPORT AND RESULTS

Any concerns that the 13th MUTTER may somehow be unlucky were allayed as the weather remained good, albeit windy, for most of the day.   The good performances and times were proof of that.   The Mini MUTTER record was smashed by Shaun Biggs in 4:26:06.  Alicia Grobler and Karen Behrens were the first women home in 6:01:09.   The last group finished the Mini in 9:30:52. There were 34 finishers.

 

In the Mighty MUTTER there was a tussle up front.  Eventually, novice runner Steven Erasmus and past Mini champion, Rob Gee took joint first place in 8:52:28.  Last year’s winner, Craig Carter-Brown assisted the lead group with navigation and went on to finish in 3rd place.  In the women’s race, Wendy Arnott claimed her second win with Erica Walker finishing in 2nd place. The last group finished in 17:18:00. Two runners withdrew early on in the race for health reasons. There were 24 finishers.

 

Grateful thanks to: Brendon Ferrar who ran the route in reverse direction to put out The Pig and Lonely Rock checkpoints; and Craig Carter-Brown who put out the Thule, Derelict Buildings and Natural Archway checkpoints.

 

A new award, the Compass Award for Innovative Navigation, was awarded to multi-MUTTER runner and stalwart (of note), Alan Coulter in recognition of his unusual cartographic skills. 

 

We thank the many who have helped make this possible:   St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge,  Craig Oellermann for the T-shirts,   Ryan Oellermann for the design work,  and all the willing helpers and supporters.

 

Well done to all who participated, and for finding the treasures out in those mountains!

 

The 14th MUTTER will take place on the weekend of 6th to 8th October 2017.   The route will again be run in the traditional anti-clockwise direction.

 

Best wishes for you runs and endeavours until we meet again.

 

Judy & Malcolm

12 October 2016




13TH MUTTER RESULTS 8 OCTOBER 2016

 

 

 

 

 

MINI

 

 

 

 

 

MINI

 

 

 

MALE

 

 

 

 

 

FEMALE

 

 

 

POSITION

NAME

 

TIME

 

 

POSITION

NAME

 

TIME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Shaun Biggs

4:26:06

record

 

1=

Alicia Grobler

6:01:09

2

Rick Stutterheim

4:54:44

 

 

1=

Karen Behrens

6:01:09

3

Steven Stott

5:06:59

 

 

3=

Elaine Carter-Browne

6:12:58

4

Wally Pooler

5:12:10

 

 

3=

Shale Biggs

6:12:58

5

Tony de Castro

6:01:09

 

 

5

Claire de Sylva

6:53:45

6

Tyler Bain

 

6:12:58

 

 

6

Nanette Ferreira

6:55:42

7=

Tony Fourie

6:55:42

 

 

7

Emma Potts

7:02:58

7=

Johan Ferreira

6:55:42

 

 

8

Sonja Ferrar

7:25:01

9

Tyrone Potts

6:56:58

 

 

9=

Tammy Gray

9:16:01

10=

Gordon Truluck

6:57:34

 

 

9=

Lauren Booth

9:16:01

10=

Greg Labuscagne

6:57:34

 

 

9=

Annelie van Reenen

9:16:01

12

Lawrence Avis

7:02:58

 

 

12=

Alison Chadwick

9:22:13

13

Daryl van Sittert

7:25:01

 

 

12=

Jane Bain

 

9:22:13

14

Benjamin Pugh-Jones

9:01:22

ex Mighty

 

12=

Sue Walker

9:22:13

14

Sean Delport

9:07:25

 

 

15=

Lee-Anne Gow

9:30:52

15=

Wesley Poole

9:30:52

 

 

15=

Tristan Spink

9:30:52

15=

Malcolm Millar

9:30:52

 

 

15=

Callun Poole

9:30:52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIGHTY

 

 

 

 

 

MIGHTY

 

 

 

MALE

 

 

 

 

 

FEMALE

 

 

 

POSITION

NAME

 

TIME

 

 

POSITION

NAME

 

TIME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1=

Steven Erasmus

8:52:28

 

 

1

Wendy Arnott

11:53:12

1=

Rob Gee

 

8:52:28

 

 

2

Erica Walker

12:05:30

3

Craig Carter-Brown

9:19:10

 

 

3

Lorraine Boshoff

12:35:06

4

Filippo Farhalla

9:49:38

 

 

4

Maria Seele

13:12:04

5

Andrew McKay

10:12:15

 

 

5

Taryn Davel

13:23:05

6

Colin van den Berg

10:36:02

 

 

6

Alison Coates

14:48:00

7

Brendon Ferrar

11:03:00

reverse direction

7

Monika Vowles

withdrew

8

Conrad van den Berg

12:05:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Corne Boshoff

12:35:03

 

 

 

 

 

 

10=

Gareth Smallbones

13:12:04

 

 

 

 

 

 

10=

Mike Udal

 

13:12:04

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Neil Carlyle

13:23:05

 

 

 

 

 

 

13=

Craig Oellermann

13:32:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

13=

Ryan Oellermann

13:32:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

15=

Eugene Martin

14:48:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

15=

Vaughn Smit

14:48:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

17=

Alan Coulter

17:18:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

17=

Clifford Dittrich

17:18:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

Andrew Booth

withdrew

 

 

 

 

 

 








12th MIGHTY MUTTER 10 OCTOBER 2015 RESULTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN

 

 

 

 

1

Maria Seele

11:39:50

 

 

2

Wendy Arnott

11:43:15

 

 

3

Erica Walker

12:54:05

 

 

4

Alison Coates

14:19:27

 

 

5

Miema Murray

14:41:15

 

 

6

Alicia Grobler

14:55:37

 

 

7

Nanette Ferreira

17:01:05

 

 

8=

Bernadette Henning

21:00:00

 

 

8=

Khaya Mahlati

21:00:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEN

 

 

 

 

1=

Craig Carter-Brown

09:59:58

 

 

1=

Filippo Farhalla

09:59:58

 

 

3

Andrew Mckay

10:53:15

 

 

4

Craig Oellermann

11:39:50

 

 

5

Steve Stott

12:30:50

 

 

6

Conrad van den Berg

12:41:55

 

 

7=

Rich Allen

 

12:58:05

 

 

7=

Rob Levinson

12:58:05

 

 

9=

Mike Udal

 

13:08:03

 

 

9=

Gareth Smallbones

13:08:03

 

 

11

Gordon McKenzie

13:11:45

 

 

12

Bendon Ferrar

13:51:00

anti-clockwise

13=

Grant Wade

14:03:50

 

 

13=

Colin van den Bergh

14:03:50

 

 

15

Vaughn Smit

14:19:27

 

 

16

Mike Henning

14:41:15

 

 

17=

Alan Coulter

14:55:37

 

 

17=

Bertus Uys

14:55:37

 

 

19=

Martin van Vuuren

17:01:05

 

 

19=

Johan Ferreira

17:01:05

 

 

19=

Johan Hibbert

17:01:05

 

 

22

Malcolm Millar

21:00:00

sweeper




 


12th MINI MUTTER 10 OCTOBER 2015 RESULTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN

 

 

 

1

Gina Treleaven

05:36:35

 

2=

Vicky Stott

06:24:15

 

2=

Tracy Levinson

06:24:15

 

4=

Jenny Streatfield

07:13:05

 

4=

Michelle Gordon

07:13:05

 

6

Gillian Jevon

08:35:30

 

7

Emma Watts

08:45:25

 

8=

Sue Walker

09:39:57

 

8=

Alison Chadwick

09:39:57

 

8=

Lee-Ann Gow

09:39:57

 

8=

Callyn Poole

09:39:57

 

12=

Ragie Konar

11:56:15

 

12=

Monika Vowles

11:56:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEN

 

 

 

1

Shaun Biggs

05:22:09

 

2

Ross Treleaven

05:36:35

 

3

Julian Pillay

06:27:20

 

4

Mike Streatfield

07:13:05

 

5

Buzz Bolton

07:24:03

 

6

Gordon Truluck

07:25:10

 

7

Lawrence Avis

07:27:10

 

8

Benjamin Pugh-Jones

07:30:20

 

9

Garth Glaum

07:50:25

 

10=

Tyrone Potts

08:45:25

 

10=

Daryl Van Sittert

08:45:25

 

12

Allen Garden

09:39:57

 

13

Kitty Konar

11:50:11

 

14

Vis Padayachy

11:56:15

 

15

Eugene Martin

11:56:15

sweeper



Greeting Fellow Mutterers

It's just a few days to the 12th MUTTER. It's going to be a weekend of mountain fun.....that I can promise!  Behind the fun is the requirement that we all carry the appropriate kit and equipment.  The weather is looking fairly good for us....not too hot.  It can change.   The afternoon is looking cloudy with possible rain.  The night will be cool.  To check the weather go to http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Thabana-Ntlenyana/forecasts/2500

Regarding available water, I expect it will still be dry.   There is water and it is advisable to fill up when you get the opportunity....it can help to carry a plastic mug so you can grab a cup as you see water.

If you are relying on a GPS for navigation,  it is essential to have spare batteries. Imagine having the GPS fail when you are in the dark and have possible zero visibility.  In short, GPS's that cannot be recharged or that do not take spare batteries are INADEQUATE for the MUTTER task.   If you doubt this and think you'll take a chance, please read my short Pre-MUTTER story below.

With regard to those that are not staying IN the hotel,  please advise the hotel on themonk@venturenet.co.za which meals you wish to order.  A list of these was given to you in your Personal Invitation to MUTTER.  This is necessary to avoid disappointment.

As you know,  we are doing the route in reverse this year.   This means the old coordinates listed on the website should be reversed.  In view of the change of direction, we are simplifying checkpoints in the MINI.  The major change in the MIGHTY is that we are going back to the full loop (except that it's in the other direction) that we did in 2013 the 10th MUTTER.   So we'll be going to Tsoelikane Falls, then to the Natural Archway,  then to the Derelict Buildings and on to Cube Rock at Eagles' Nest.   Full instructions will be given, and also in the briefing.  The foregoing are always subject to instructions of the organisers who will make appropriate decisions should weather conditions deteriorate before or on the day.  Again, we reserve the right to check your kit and equipment.....this is for your safety!

Thank you to those who offer to help.  We appreciate and need it.   This year, the sweepers will be Eugene Martin in the Mini and Malcolm Millar in the Mighty.  Any runner is welcome to stay with the sweeper particularly if you want help with navigation.   We are very grateful to Johan Ferreira who has swept many MUTTERS.  We are trying to give him a break this year.

We supply you with a photocopy of the map area we are covering.   Some people ordered the full size maps.  We have extras and you can buy them at registration if you want a set (R50 x 2).   Whistles are compulsory, and again these are available at registration (R20 each).

Please carry your passport as you will be going into Lesotho.

The Weekend Programme is below.

Judy & I, and I know I speak for Ian & Cheri as well, are very much looking forward to seeing you and sharing a special weekend of MUTTERING with you.

Until we meet,  safe travels       Malcolm

 

 

MY PRE-MUTTER - PLEASE HEED MY EXPERIENCE

The Pre-MUTTER was exciting for me as I was doing something completely new.   I ascended Mt Sutherland from the Quin's farm.   Although I arrived with the moon shining....guess what, I was in thick mist just half-way up.  I hit the top and the beacon without any problem.....still very excited.   Then the challenge of which finger to take to keep me high in the mist.   It was not so easy.  I tried a few things and succeeded.   Then I dropped onto a saddle and found a good path going west (the direction I wanted) so I stuck with this.   By this time the mist was lifting a bit so v happy.  I saw interesting rock features and a couple of caves. The path was a winner and took me to Hangklip which was noted on the map.  This is a wide plateau before Sehlabathebe.  I now turned south towards Watershed.  The mist came down again.....this time for the REST of the day.  Hence the reason for me calling it a toughie.   It became so thick that I had, at times, just a couple of metres of visibility.  It is difficult to believe that I couldn't see the Eagles' Nest land mass when I was standing right next to it.  Going round in circles a couple of times all consumed time.  I just managed to get to the long plateau that leads to the final beacon before darkness fell.  After that in mist, rain and dark I could see only the rocks in front of my feet......so possibly 1 metre ahead.   I eventually got to the drop-down and battled to avoid the big drop-offs. At one stage I was becoming resigned to sleeping there.  Anyway,  in the end I made it down and all was well.  The distance about 42km and about 1800m of climbing.  I had had enough mist for a few weeks so took a lift back to my car the next day.

All said, it was another good experience....and, yes I want to go back!    Muttering Malcolm

 

 

PROGRAMME FOR 12th MUTTER WEEKEND

 

Friday 9/10/2015

16h30 to 18h30 Registration

18h40 Runners’ briefing

19h00 Dinner

Early night to be available for early start on Saturday

 

Saturday 10/10/2015

03h30 Mighty runners check-in and congregate for coffee/tea and breakfast & lunch packs.

04h00 MUTTER Bell rings for start of the Mighty MUTTER.

05h30 Mini MUTTER runners check-in and congregate for coffee/tea and breakfast & lunch packs.

06h00 MUTTER Bell rings for start of the Mini MUTTER.

08h00 – 09h00 Supporters’ Breakfast

09h30 Horse riding and Pony Rides.

13h00 to 14h00 Supporters’ Lunch

16h00 to 18h00 Mini MUTTER sweeper expected.

19h00 to 22h00 Mighty MUTTER sweeper expected.

19h30 Dinner and party time

 

The MUTTER Bell will ring for every finisher.

 

Sunday 11/10/2015

 

07h55 T-shirt size exchange

08h00 Breakfast followed by Prize-giving

Depart on long road home.  Travel Safely!

  

The 13th MUTTER weekend will be 7th to 9th October 2016  




Entries for the 12th MUTTER are now open.   If you have received an invitation,  please send in yours asap. See you at the 12th!

This year we are doing the route in REVERSE so get ready to run up to The Pig.  It will offer some previously unnoticed views and is sure to be a challenge.

If you have run the MUTTER before and want to run this year you are guaranteed a spot.  If you did not receive an invitation just let me know and I'll send you one.
If you are new to the MUTTER I maintain waiting list that I am working through.  If you want to be part of the MUTTER, please demonstrate in your email that you qualify ie. that your participation will not pose a safety risk to yourself or others.  Please note this is a high altitude, unmarked, self-supported mountain trail run.  Any costs of search, rescue and evacuation will be for the participant concerned!




The 11th MUTTER took place on Saturday 11 October 2014 starting and finishing at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge.   

 

The weather was misty and damp on arrival at St Bernard’s on Friday afternoon.   On Saturday morning, weather conditions were clear and perfect.  The mountain weather website www.mountain-forecast.com once again proved its accuracy. 

 

The MUTTER was wide open this year as last year’s winners were not defending their titles. There was a slight deviation in the route this year, in that mutterers did not have to go via the derelict buildings (old border post).  Instead, runners were able to go out to and back from the Natural Archway on the same route.

 

The Mighty MUTTER (approximately 65km) started at 04h00.   Andrew Booth had a brilliant run finishing in first place in 9:56:18.   Andrew McKay came home looking strong in 2nd place in 10:21:29.   Putting in a creditable performance with a 3rd place time of 10:36:44 was novice runner, Christo Muller from Graaff-Reinet.   In the women’s race, 2nd time runner Wendy Arnott came in 11:58:09 more than 2 hours under her previous time.  Previous Mini winner, Taryn Davel (nee Ford) finished 20 minutes later in 12:18:22 in her first Mighty.  Despite a late start, Alison Misselhorn came 3rd in 12:43:53.  The sweeper came home in 15:43:12.

 

Notwithstanding some early wind, weather conditions had been stable but by midday conditions deteriorated. Storms threatened, and some runners were caught in a hailstorm.  The best weather description one of the runners gave on finishing was that  “there were 16 seasons in one day”.  MUTTER runners are tough, and the adverse weather was part of the challenge. 

 

In the Mini MUTTER (approximately 37km), Rob Gee had an outstanding run by finishing in 4:52:35. This was 36 minutes faster than the previous record.  Robert Levinson and Barrie de Pinna came joint second in 5:56:16. The women’s race was won by Team Seele, that is Barbara, Maria and Liza in 8:20:58.   The sweeper came home in 11:16:31.

 

Thanks very much to sponsors: Craig Oellermann and Telio who sponsored the fine quality t-shirts; Wedgewood’s Racefood; St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge for the weekend for two; and Neil & Susan Oellermann for Cape Union Mart vouchers.

 

Sincere thanks to all helpers: Johan Ferreira and Brendon Ferrar who swept the Mini and Mighty; Ryan Oellermann for the t-shirt designs; Alison Chadwick who was a stalwart timekeeper and results’ recorder; Neil & Susan Oellermann; fellow organiser Judy;  and last but definitely not least Ian & Cheri and the whole St Bernard’s team for their wonderful hospitality.   While the mutterers were out on the mountain, supporters and children took part in horse rides, a hike and treasure hunt.

 

Finally, well done to all participants who took on the tough challenge of the MUTTER.   The spirit was great and it was another fun MUTTER weekend.

 

Next year we will convene for the 12th MUTTER from 9th to 11th October 2015.  It will be an UNWIND year…..the route will be in reverse.

 

Until then, all the best with your trails, Muttering Malcolm



11th MUTTER:

MINI

 

 

Position

Name

Surname

Time

1

Rob

Gee

1st male & record       04:52:35

=2

Robert 

Levinson

=2nd male     05:56:16

=2

Barrie

de Pinna

=2nd male     05:56:16

4

Vinnie

Papenfus

4th male     07:20:56

=5

Maria

Seele

=1st female     08:20:58

=5

Barbara

Seele

=1st female     08:20:58

=5

Liza

Seele

=1st female     08:20:58

=5

Roy

Singh

    =5th male     08:20:58

=5

Ryan 

Oellermann

=5th male     08:20:58

=10

Jane

Bain

=4th female     09:21:22

          =10

Sue

Walker

=4th female     09:21:22

12

Garth

Glaum

7th male     09:37:33

=13

Renatta

Ruggeri

6th female     09:49:58

=13

Kyle 

Raffle

8th male     09:49:58

=15

Nanette

Ferreira

=7th female     11:05:28

=15

Pauline

Leschinsky

=7th female     11:05:28

=17

Jenni

Manning

=9th female     11:16:31

=17

Lorraine

Duggan-Jones

=9th female     11:16:31

=17

Shaun

Manning

=9th male     11:16:31

=17

Johan

Ferreira (sweeper)

=9th male     11:16:31




























11th MUTTER:

MIGHTY

 

 

Position

Name

Surname

Time

1

Andrew

Booth

1st male     09:56:18

2

Andrew

McKay

2nd male     10:21:29

3

Christo

Muller

3rd male     10:36:44

4

Danie

De Villiers

4th male     11:23:54

=5

Gordon

McKenzie

5th male     11:58:09

=5

Wendy

Arnott

        1st female     11:58:09

7

Craig

Oellermann

6th male     12:08:31

=8

Neil

Carlyle

7th male     12:18:22

=8

Taryn

Davel

2nd female     12:18:22

10

Alan

Coulter

8th male     12:31:07

11

Alison

Misselhorn

3rd female     12:43:53

12

Christine

Harris

4th female     13:54:10

13

Tyler

Bain

9th male     14:16:10

=14

Allen

Garden

=10thth male     14:42:19

=14

Bertus

Uys

=10thth male     14:42:19

=14

Johan

Hibbert

=10thth male     14:42:19

=14

Corne

Boshoff

=10thth male     14:42:19

=14

Tony

De Castro

=10thth male     14:42:19

=14

Erica 

Walker

=5th female     14:42:19

=14

Lorraine

Boshoff

=5th female     14:42:19

=14

Nandi

Zaloumis

=5th female     14:42:19

=22

Vaughn

Smit

=15th male     15:43:12

=22

Gordon

Truluck

=15th male     15:43:12

=22

Alison

Coates

8th female     15:43:12

=22

Brendon

Ferrar (sweeper)

=15th male     15:43:12








































































NEW WINNERS IN THE MUTTER

 

The 11th MUTTER was run in generally favourable, but changeable, weather conditions.   The race was wide open as neither MUTTER legend, Steve Black nor Tracy Zunckel was back to defend their titles.   The summarised results are:

 

MINI MUTTER:

MALE

  1.                 Rob Gee                4:52:35    new record

  2.                Joint 2nd place: Rob Levinson & Barrie de Pinna        5:56:16   

FEMALE

Joint winners: Barbara Seele, Liza Seele & Maria Seele               8:20:58

Time last runner home  11:16:31

 

 

 

MIGHTY MUTTER:

MALE

  1.           Andrew Booth                           9:56:18                      

  2.            Andrew McKay                        10:21:29                    

  3.           Christo Muller                          10:36:44         


FEMALE

  1.                   Wendy Arnott        11:58:09

  2.                   Taryn Davel       12:18:22

  3.                   Alison Misselhorn      12:43:53

     

    Time last runner home  15:43:12


THE MUTTER

There's this thing called The Mutter; makes your belly go a-flutter

You might like a slow camera shutter; for the sunrise melts your heart like butter.

Oh! There is a thing called The Mutter;

To start you must be a nutter; for it will make you so tired you can barely stutter.

So be warned, my friends, to do the Mighty you must be a complete %ucker!!

                                            Alison Coates 2014 Mighty Mutter finisher






The updated routes and descriptions are below the 11th MUTTER Programme.

Please note the coordinates of Lonely Rock are:        S29 57.189’       E29 05.018’            

Weather update:
Early indications are that it will be partly cloudy.  Some showers are expected in the afternoon.  There will be a fairly high wind in the morning. The temperature at 2500m asl will be between 12 and 16 degrees.   10 degrees in the evening.  Sunrise 05h30 and sunset at 18h08.

PROGRAMME FOR 11th MUTTER WEEKEND

 

Friday 10/10/2014

 

16h30 to 18h30 Registration

18h40 Runners’ Briefing

19h00 Dinner

Early night, for early start on Saturday

 

Saturday 11/10/2014

 

03h30  Mighty MUTTER runners check-in or and congregate for coffee/tea and breakfast & lunch packs.

04h00  MUTTER Bell rings for start of the Mighty MUTTER.

05h30  Mini MUTTER runners check-in and congregate for coffee/tea and breakfast & lunch packs

06h00  MUTTER Bell rings for start of the Mini MUTTER

08h00 – 09h00 Supporters’ Breakfast

09h30  Horse riding and Pony Rides.

10h30  Short guided Hike

13h00 to14h00 Supporters’ Lunch

14h30  Children’s Treasure Hunt

16h00  Mini MUTTER cut-off

19h00  Mighty MUTTER cut-off

19h30  Dinner and party time

 

Sunday 12/10/2014

 

08h30 Brunch followed by Prize-giving.

Depart on long road home. Travel Safely!

 

Thank you for being part of the 11th MUTTER.

 

The 12th MUTTER weekend will be 9th to 11th October 2015  


MIGHTY MUTTER ROUTE   approximately 65km

St Bernard’s Lodge               S30 03.354’       E29 06.459’              1731m          check-in STICKER

Beacon @ 2116m asl            S30 01.732       E29 07.616’              2116m          keypoint

Stream                                  S29 59.125        E29 06.850’              2115m          keypoint

Thule beacon (container)   S29 58.046’        E29 06.235’              2537m          checkpoint STICKER

Engagement Tarn                 S29 56.816’       E29 06.341’              2426m           keypoint

Eagles’ Nest Cube Rock      S29 55.590’       E29.08.229’          +-2450m           checkpoint STICKER

Tsoelikane Falls                    S29 53.821’       E29 07.427’             2311m             keypoint

Natural Archway                 S29 51.656’       E29 07.468'              2440m           checkpoint  STICKER 

Tsoelikane Falls                    S29 53.821’       E29 07.427’             2311m             keypoint

Lonely Rock                        S29 57.189’       E29 05.018’             2426m            checkpoint  STICKER

Spring                                  S 29 59.102'      E 29° 2.936’            2405m             keypoint

Bellevue area                       S29 59.301’       E29 02.180’          +-2400m            keypoint

Guidance point                     S30 00.200’       E29 01.952’          +- 2380m           guidance only

The Pig                                S30 00.885’       E29 02.934’              2345m            checkpoint  STICKER

Beacon 2178m asl               S30 03.5’           E29 05.5’                 2178m             keypoint

St Bernard’s Lodge              S30 03.354’      E29 06.459’             1731m              finish

 

From hotel, cross road through gates, cross river above dam.  Head up to Beacon @ 2116m asl (no path).   Follow plateau towards mountains.   Track crosses stream which is usually good for water.   Climb using the valley, track or X-C where you can.   There’s an army container at Thule (highest point).   You can follow jeep track to Engagement Tarn (this may be empty).    From here choose best route to Eagles’ Nest (checkpoint at the top of the gully next to cube rock).   After Cube Rock drop down to the Tsoelikane Valley and the Falls.  Head in general direction of Devil's Knuckles and you will see Sehlabathebe Lodge and the Tarn area of Sehlabathebe National Park as you move easterly to the 'Natural Archway'.  There are 3 archways.  The one you are looking for is the last one and the most stunning.   After placing your sticker here and enjoying the views retrace your steps to the Tsoelikane Falls.  Follow river.   Cut-up out of valley towards SA/ Lesotho border fence (it is your choice where you cut-up). Keep on in a southerly direction until you reach the head of the valley then climbing up to the SA/Lesotho border fence you continue westerly.  Lonely Rock is easily observed from the jeep track and is close to a gate in the border fence (it is after a right-angle turn in the border fence).  Follow border south west towards Bellevue passing the spring on the way..  DO NOT DESCEND VALLEY HERE AND GO SOUTH UNLESS YOU HAVE DONE IT BEFORE OR YOU ARE WITH AN EXPERIENCED MUTTERER. A Guidance Point to keep you high is provided to assist you. You must head for the ridge line bordering KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. 'The Pig' is a natural rock formation and will be apparent when you look back at it. You will see the Xhosa houses in the distance in the valley on your right.  Follow the jeep track for about 8km.   Look for Beacon at 2178m asl (first beacon).  You can see the dam near St Bernard's from many kilometres away.   The dam is an excellent landmark but note it is NOT shown on some maps. Descend mountain and finish at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge to cheering crowds and the clanging of the Mutter bell.

 

MINI MUTTER ROUTE   approximately 37km

St Bernard’s Lodge            S30 03.354’       E29 06.459’              1731m           check-in  STICKER

Beacon @ 2116m asl            S30 01.732        E29 07.616’              2116m          keypoint

Stream                                  S29 59.125        E29 06.850’              2115m           keypoint

Thule beacon (container)     S29 58.046’       E29 06.235’              2537m          checkpoint  STICKER

Lonely Rock                        S29 57.189’       E29 05.018’             2426m            checkpoint  STICKER

Spring                                 S 29 59.102'        E 29° 2.936’               2405m             keypoint

Bellevue area                       S29 59.301’       E29 02.180’          +-2400m             keypoint

Guidance point                     S30 00.200’       E29 01.952’          +- 2380m            guidance only

The Pig                                S30 00.885’       E29 02.934’              2345m            checkpoint  STICKER

Beacon 2178m asl               S30 03.5’           E29 05.5’                   2178m            keypoint

St Bernard’s Lodge              S30 03.354’       E29 06.459’                1731m            finish

 

From hotel, cross road through gates, cross river above dam.  Head up to Beacon @ 2116m asl (no path).   Follow plateau towards mountains.   Track crosses stream which is usually good for water.   Climb using valley, track or X-C where you can.   There’s an army container at Thule beacon (highest point). Follow Lesotho border to checkpoint Lonely Rock which is easily observed from the jeep track and is close to a gate in the border fence (it is after a right-angle turn in the border fence).   Follow border south west towards Bellevue passing the spring on the way.  DO NOT DESCEND VALLEY HERE AND GO SOUTH UNLESS YOU HAVE DONE IT BEFORE OR YOU ARE WITH AN EXPERIENCED MUTTERER. A Guidance Point is provided to assist you. You must head for the ridge line bordering KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. 'The Pig' is a natural rock formation and will be apparent when you look back at it. You will see the Xhosa houses in the distance in the valley on your right.  Follow the jeep track for about 8km. Look for Beacon at 2178m asl (first beacon).  You can see the dam near St Bernard's from many kilometres away. The dam is an excellent landmark but note it is NOT shown on some maps. Descend mountain and finish at St Bernard's Peak Mountain Lodge to cheering crowds and the clanging of the Mutter bell.

 

Grateful thanks to the following for their lucky prizes/awards/assistance: Telio for the race T-shirts; Craig & Ryan Oellermann; St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge; Race Food; and other willing helpers.

ENJOY YOUR MUTTER!




 
Entries are now open for the 11th MUTTER.   If you have run the race before and haven't received an entry form, just email me and I will send you an entry form. If you wish to be put on the list for the first time please email your request to mjmillar@mweb.co.za.  If you are a first time runner please supply some information regarding your mountain running/trekking background.

The Pre-MUTTER will take place on Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 September from Bushman's Nek to St Bernard's and back.


THE 11th MUTTER WEEKEND

MOUNTAIN MANIA ULTRA TRAIL RUN   

TWO PROVINCES, TWO COUNTRIES

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th October 2014

 

Extreme runners head wild, head high in bushman and cattle rustlers’ territory of the Southern Drakensberg!    Spectacular berg scenery.    Average altitude 2400m asl.     Peak altitude is 2537m.     Run on hiking paths, no paths,  rocks,  jeep tracks, cross rivers and streams.   The flora, fauna and landscapes will not be quickly forgotten.    Not just a race, it is an experience.    An extreme challenge

in an area away from it all……where you won’t even sniff tarmac!

 

The 11th MUTTER will start and finish at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge.  The race will take place on Saturday 11th over ONE day.  The route will take in all the key landmarks seen in previous runs.  There will also be a shorter but still challenging, MINI MUTTER.

 

The Routes  (always subject to organisers’ confirmation)

The MIGHTY MUTTER:  leaving St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge head for the dam, cross river and climb to 2116m beacon and on to Thule Beacon (2537m) the highest point of the route and into Sehlabathebe National Park Lesotho, on to ‘Engagement Tarn’,  ‘Eagles Nest’, Derelict Buildings (old Lesotho border post), Natural Archway, Tsoelikane Falls, through the national Park, Lonely Rock, The Pig, follow Eastern Cape Ridge to the beacon at 2178m above the Lodge. Drop down and finish at St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge. Distance is approximately 65km.

The MINI MUTTER follows the same route up to Thule Beacon, then heads to Lonely Rock, The Pig, Eastern Cape ridgeline, to the beacon and down to finish at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge. Distance is approximately 37km.

 

Start:                           MIGHTY at 04h00 and the MINI at 06h00

How it works:             You will be given details of checkpoints that must be visited (although not manned) and keypoints.   These are either significant land features or where a direction change is indicated.    Any route may be taken between checkpoints and keypoints.   A photocopy of a portion of the contour map will be provided.   Survey maps (two 1:50000 are required to cover the full route) will be available at registration (please include with your entry  2 @ R50 each ie R100). 

Cut-offs:                      Strict cut-offs will be applied. The sweeper will decide whether to return on the outbound route or to cut the route short.  This is going be a very long day for most people.

Records:                     MIGHTY:  Male: 2013 - Stephen Black – 8:37:04     Female: 2013 – Tracy Zunckel –8:40:07

                                    MINI:   Male: 2013 – 5:29:00 Cliff Robbertze, Trevor Hart-Jones & Steve McCarley

Female: 2013 – 6:32:40 Abigail Adie, Kathryn Polkinghorne & Taryn Ford

Registration:               From 17h00 at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge on Friday 10 October 2014.

Pre-run briefing:            Compulsory briefing at St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge at 19h15on Friday 10 October 2014.

Presentation:              The presentation and lucky prize draw will be held at Brunch on Sunday morning.

                       

KIT

As with all berg expeditions safety is first. Adequate protective clothing is essential.   There is NO SECONDING provided on the route.  You must carry all food, clothing and water.  Generally, some water is available along the route (quantity depends on conditions).    Minimum requirements (your kit may be checked):

  • Compass and/or GPS and map (and ability to use them).     
  • Valid passport essential. It will not be stamped but should be carried at all times as a precaution.   
  • Cell phone (but please note there is limited reception).
  • Tough shoes or boots (road shoes not recommended). 
  • Appropriate clothing.    Water and windproof top and longs.
  • 2 litre water pack.     Survival bag, emergency (silver) blanket, whistle, torch/headlight and spare batteries.  
  • Basic first aid kit.     Food:   sufficient energy resources for 2 days.     
  • Gloves, beanie/buff, sun hat, sunscreen.   

 

You may consider the above are not necessary.   Hopefully, you never have trouble in the mountains but if you ever do,  you will be doing everyone a favour by carrying the necessary equipment.   I have experienced rapid weather changes in this area:  from sunny and warm to cold and wet with minimal visibility.

 

DO I QUALIFY?

To qualify for the MUTTER ie. both events you must have previous mountain running/hiking and navigation experience nb. not just trail running.  If not a navigator you must stay with someone who is competent. Have completed trail/mountain marathon/ultra(s) before and have marathon level fitness.   Be prepared to carry your gear over rough terrain at high altitude. For the MIGHTY MUTTER it is necessary to have night trekking experience. Novices are strongly advised to stay with an experienced Mutterer.  Any search or rescue costs will be for the account of the athlete concerned.

 

DANGERS

Normal mountain dangers exist!    It can snow any month of the year in the Drakensberg – be prepared!       You will be caught if you drop any litter,  the mountain gods are watching you!   You are required to help another if he/she is in need of assistance or in any danger. There is NO seconding of ANY description on the route ie. you MUST be self-supporting.    There are rocky and steep areas where more caution is necessary.  There are no quick escape routes.    

Maximum times:   MIGHTY MUTTER  18 hours   MINI MUTTER  10 hours

 

WHAT WILL I GET?

You will get the satisfaction and unforgettable experience of having successfully completed THE MUTTER,   one of only a few trail ultras in KZN.  A race memento will be presented to successful finishers (previous shield recipients will receive a further “year badge” on successful completion. A refreshment at the end of the day.   Prizes: a floating trophy for the MIGHTY MUTTER, and a bottle of sparkling wine for the first male and first female athlete. A lucky prize draw will take place at the presentation.  Comradeship of other mutter nutters.  

 

ENTRY FEE FOR BOTH THE MINI AND MIGHTY MUTTERS

R450 (R200 if you have previously run and received a shield) includes photocopied map; race shield (year badge for previous shield winners); a race T-shirt (always subject to organisers’ confirmation), and plenty of mutters.  Please note accommodation is not included and must be booked and paid for separately (see details below).

 

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS

For the weekend ie Friday through to Sunday at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge.   

Rates:   Hotel with dinner on Friday night, breakfast or lunch pack for Saturday, dinner on Saturday evening and brunch on Sunday R850pp sharing;  Rustic Cabins R110pp;  Camping R80pp.   For guests in the camp site, rustic cabins or other establishments the following will apply:  breakfast pack R50; lunch pack R50; breakfast R58; Lunch R80; Sunday brunch R80; Dinner R100.   Vegetarian options are available.   Contact details: cell:060 5016736  Telkom:039 7474313 (frequently faulty)  Fax: 086 5446961 

Web: www.stbernardspeak.com      Email:   themonk@venturenet.co.za

Other local accommodation will be arranged when St Bernard’s is full.

 

HOW TO GET THERE:

To St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge   - from Underberg continue along Swartberg Road until the sign to the hotel indicates a right turn.    This is 10km before Swartberg.   From here it is about 28km on a good dirt road to the Lodge. 

 

MAPS

Survey Maps:            2929CC Bushman’s Nek and 3029AA Pamlaville

 

ENQUIRIES

Organisers:            Malcolm and Judy Millar cell:  083 2530645        email: mjmillar@mweb.co.za

Website:            http://sites.google.com/site/muttertrailrun/                             fax:   086 6898560  








Thanks to Mutterer, William Cairns for his 2012 race video.  Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXR6DqKBkF4&feature=youtu.be
 
UPDATE FOR 2014
There will be again be a MIGHTY MUTTER (approximately 65km) and a MINI MUTTER (approximately 37km).  Starting times will be for the MIGHTY at 04h00 and for the MINI at 06h00 on Saturday 11 October 2014.  Both events will start and finish at St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge, Swartberg area.
The Pre-MUTTER will take place on the original MUTTER format ie over 2 days starting from Bushman's Nek, overnight at St Bernards and back to Bushmans Nek on the second day.  Dates to be advised but will be around mid-September.

For aspiring participants requiring an invitation to run, you are requested to send an email stating running/trail background, mountain experience including altitude, navigation ability. If you are not sure about navigation you must undertake to stay with a competent navigator.  That runner must agree to stay with you for the duration of the race.

Past finishers are automatically invited to participate but if no response is received this is passed on to a novice runner.


 
First post race update as at 15 October 2013
Last year's winners, Steve Black and Tracy Zunckel, pulled off another stunning win in this year's 10th edition of the MUTTER. Steve completed the 65km 1 day epic in 8:37:04 and Tracy just over 3 minutes behind in 8:40:07.  Serious competition was provided by race novices, Dreyer van Huysteen and Craig Carter-Brown who finished joint second in 8:37:12 and who must be serious contenders for next year's MUTTER title. Richard Long, another novice, was the 4th man home in 8:40:07.  The wind presented a challenge to all who participated although the temperature was mild at the higher altitudes.  The shortage of water was yet another challenge runners faced.  But despite this, all starters finished with the last group finishing in 19 hours 24 minutes. Two runners converted to the Mini during the run to avoid problems with injuries that would have hampered them on the longer distance.
 
The Mini event route over 37km also took runners to over 2500m asl where the oxygen level is reduced enough to stretch any coastal runner but the Westville Athletic Club trio of Cliff Robbertze, Trevor Hart-Jones and novice, Steve McCarley crossed the line together in 5:29:00. The trio of Taryn Ford, Abigail Adie and Kathryn Polkinghorne were first home in the women's race in 6:32:40.  All starters finished  and the last group completed the challenge in 9:35:05.
 
LOST PROPERTY
On clearing up at St Bernard's on Sunday we found a VARTA headlight and a white and grey flask.  Please let me know if this is your property.
 
 
 
Update as at 10 October 2013
The mountain weather forecast at 2500m asl indicates high westerly winds of up to 55kph on Saturday morning. Clear and temperature 15 to 17 degrees.
 
Update as at 8 October 2013
This is to confirm previous reports that it is extremely dry in the mountains.  There are pools of water but recently when Steve Black was up there, Tsoelikane Falls was not flowing.  If you are at all nervous about the state of the water for drinking I suggest bring PURITABS  or similar.   It will be necessary to carry 3 litres.   Of course, as we have experienced before everything can change after one good storm however we just don't know when it is going to happen.
Weather still looking mild and slightly lighter winds.
 
 
Update as at 7 October 2013
Early indications are that the weather for the 10th MUTTER will be mild.  There is a possibility of 30 to 40kph winds.
 
 
Update as at 3 October 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 TO SEE THE ENTRY LIST FOR THE 10TH MUTTER CLICK ON THE 2013 ENTRIES TAB ON THE TOP LEFT. 
 
 
This year will be the 10th MUTTER. To mark this and applaud the hardy trail runners who take up this challenge year after year we intend making this a special MUTTER.   The MIGHTY MUTTER will involve us being based at St Bernard's Peak Mountain Lodge for the whole MUTTER weekend.  The MIGHTY MUTTER will be run over 1 day ie 12 October 2013 starting earlier than usual (probably 04h00).  The route will be an anti-clockwise loop starting with the climb up to Thule Beacon then taking in all the landmarks presently included to the Natural Archway.  Then heading south via Tsoelikane Falls, Lonely Rock, The Pig and the Eastern Cape/KZN ridge and to finish at St Bernards.  A rough estimate suggests the distance will be in the region of 65km.  The part of the route that will be omitted will be the ascent and descent of Bushman's Nek Pass. 
 
From an organisational point of view the logistics of being based at St Bernards for the whole weekend will be far simpler.  The wonderful hospitality that we have received at St Bernards will be extended to the full weekend.  I believe the event will be more family-friendly and also safer for those driving long distances after the event.  The official part of the weekend would end with a brunch and prize-giving on the Sunday morning leaving plenty of time drive home in daylight.
 
Although this will be a 1 day event this will be an extreme challenge hence the name MIGHTY MUTTER.  This year's event is still in the planning stages so any feedback or input you have would be warmly received.  Other ideas which we are considering are including a MINI MUTTER of about half the distance to be run alongside the MIGHTY MUTTER. Also possibly the inclusion of a fun run/climb for extended family groups up to the 2178m beacon behind the hotel on the Sunday morning.
 
We are extending a warm welcome to all past MUTTERERS who will be given automatic entry to the 10th running.
 
 
 
updated 19 April 2013
 
 
 
 
 
Past winner, Craig Norris trout fishing during the 9th MUTTER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With reference to the race report below and with grateful thanks to last year's male winner, Wally Pooler, an even better headline is:
 
                                                "THE KING IS BLACK"
 
 

THE 9th MUTTER – 13th & 14th OCTOBER 2012 RACE REPORT

 

Once again the MUTTER was blessed with excellent weather conditions on both days. Although the water levels had dropped considerably since the Pre-MUTTER 4 weeks earlier there was sufficient water for our needs.  The two-way radios have proved themselves to be an excellent safety feature.

 

The Day 1 route was changed this year to include the ‘Natural Archway’ in the Tarn area of Sehlabathebe National Park. This is an area of stunning natural beauty although this increased the Day 1 distance by approximately 4km. This means that new records have been set this year and the old records stand as they were.

 

The best headline is “The King is Back”, Steve Black came back strongly amongst a competitive field to finish the first day in 5:23:02 after leaving other front runners in the ‘Lonely Rock’ area.  This gave Steve an unassailable lead at the St Bernards Peak overnight stop.   On Day 2, the front-runners stayed together until the drop down Bushman’s Nek Pass when Steve made his break to finish just under 4 minutes ahead of Geoff Lee and Craig Norris. Steve’s overall time for the two days was 9:33:37. He was followed by Geoff Lee in 10:07:36 and David Laithwaite in 10:13:11.  In the women’s race, Tracy Zunckel put in another stellar performance finishing first on both days with an overall time of 10:28:46, a mere 6 minutes behind her record despite the longer course. Second woman home was Erica Walker in 12:33:15 followed by Alison Misselhorn in 12:45:39.

 

In the rest of the field some excellent times and some solid improvements on previous times for one or both of the days were achieved.  Deserving mention are: Alan Coulter in 11:33:31; Andrew Booth in 11:49:22; Robin Gardner in 13:22:35; and Joanne Wood in 16:44:15. 

 

In all, 40 athletes started and finished Day 1.  On the second day 3 runners withdrew before the start so 37 completed the MUTTER.  The 3 withdrew owing to ITB, knee and blister issues.  We wish them a speedy recovery, and hope they’ll be back to complete the journey next year.

 

There are diamonds and romance in the Southern Drakensberg.  The MUTTER had its second engagement when Deon Bruss popped the question to Hilary Pitchford above the Pass towards the end of Day 2. There was an acceptance and a renewed spring in the step of the happy couple on the way to the finish.  On behalf of the Mutterers, congratulations and best wishes to Hilary and Deon.

 

The quirky nature of the MUTTER continued this year when Craig Norris and Brett Frost took in a spot of trout fishing in the Tsoelikane River on Day 1.  Although the fish got away they still managed to finish the day in good time.

 

The weekend for two at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge was won by Allen Garden.

 

Grateful thanks to everyone who helped to make the MUTTER a success. Special mention must be made of Silverstreams; St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge; Bushman’s Nek Border Post; to Lulu Black and others who helped cart overnight gear; and to the sponsors ONEdotCOM for the t-shirts and Wedgewood Handmade Nougat for the Race Food. Thanks to one and all for pulling together to make it happen.

 

The 10th MUTTER will take place on 12th & 13th October 2013.  Preference will, as usual, be given to all previous Mutterers, Pre-Mutterers and Mutts.  I will create an advance list of those who want to take part in the 10th on the website.  Although actual entries will open in July as usual. Just let me know and I’ll include you on the list.

 

Happy trails

 

Malcolm & Judy

https://sites.google.com/site/muttertrailrun/

 

9th MUTTER RESULTS

 

Name

Day 1 time

Day 2 time

Total time

Final pos

Comment

1

Andrew McKay

9:49:04

6:01:10

15:50:14

18

 

2

Joanne Wood

10:26:30

6:17:45

16:44:15

21

 

3

David Wood

7:46:40

6:17:45

14:04:25

11

 

4

Geoffrey Lee

5:53:21

4:14:15

10:07:36

2

2nd male

5

Johan Hibbert

10:30:35

8:38:16

19:08:51

27=

 

6

Johan Ferreira

10:30:35

9:08:16

19:38:51

30

-1 checkpoint Day2, 30m penalty

7

Nanette Ferreira

10:30:35

8:38:16

19:08:51

27=

 

8

Leani Ferreira

10:30:35

8:38:16

19:08:51

27=

youngest finisher

9

Vaughn Smit

10:32:30

7:28:10

18:00:40

23

 

10

Allen Garden

11:17:50

8:46:20

20:04:10

33

 

11

Alan Coulter

6:57:01

4:42:30

11:39:31

5

 

12

Joanie Coetzee

10:24:00

7:47:30

18:11:30

24

 

13

Malcolm Millar

11:56:33

8:58:20

20:54:53

35=

sweeper Day 1 & Day 2

14

Martin van Vuuren

10:30:35

7:47:30

18:18:05

25

 

15

Deon Bruss

9:46:47

6:01:10

15:47:57

15=

 

16

Hendrik Naude

10:24:00

8:38:16

19:02:16

26

oldest finisher

17

Alison Misselhorn

7:26:14

5:19:15

12:45:29

9

3rd female

18

Craig Norris

10:17:18

4:14:15

14:31:33

12

 

19

Robin Gardner

7:46:40

5:35:55

13:22:35

10

 

20

Andrew Booth

6:57:01

4:52:21

11:49:22

6

 

21

Erica Walker

7:14:00

5:19:15

12:33:15

7

2nd female

22

Christa Mouton

11:56:33

8:58:20

20:54:53

35=

 

23

Craig Oellermann

9:18:55

6:08:21

15:27:16

14

 

24

Megan Mackenzie

10:26:30

Dns

Day 1 only

mutt

decided not to do Day 2

25

Hannalie Loots

11:40:45

8:58:20

20:39:05

34

-1 checkpoint Day1, 30m penalty

26

Steve Black

5:23:02

4:10:35

9:33:37

1

1st male

27

William Cairns

9:51:10

7:35:28

17:26:38

22

 

28

Boyce Rheeder

11:17:50

8:38:16

19:56:06

32

 

29

Sean Delport

11:08:41

8:46:20

19:55:01

31

 

30

Wally Pooler

withdrew

before start

-

-

 

31

Barbara Seele

withdrew

before start

-

-

 

32

Nathalie Romeo

withdrew

before start

-

-

 

33

Michael Romeo

withdrew

before start

-

-

 

34

Trevor Hart-Jones

9:18:15

6:02:50

15:21:45

13

 

35

Hazel Moller

withdrew

before start

-

-

 

36

Chris Moller

withdrew

before start

-

-

 

37

Grant Wilkinson

9:45:00

Dns

Day 1 only

mutt

decided not do Day 2

38

Jeff Speed

9:46:47

6:01:10

15:47:57

15=

 

39

David Laithwaite

5:53:21

4:19:50

10:13:11

3

3rd male and 1st novice

40

Tracy Zunckel

5:53:21

4:35:25

10:28:46

4

1st female

41

Brian Martens

7:46:40

4:52:21

12:39:01

8

 

42

Craig Laidlaw

9:44:50

6:13:10

15:58:00

19

 

43

Caroline Lee

11:56:33

8:58:20

20:54:53

35=

 

44

Brett Frost

10:17:18

6:01:10

16:18:28

20

 

45

Carl van den Berg

10:26:30

Dns

Day 1 only

mutt

decided not to do Day 2

46

Hilary Pitchford

9:46:47

6:01:10

15:47:57

15=

1st female novice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-MUTTER 16 & 17

SEPT 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Malcolm Millar

11:57:00

8:39:00

20:36:00

 

 

 

Christine Harris

 

 

 

Andrew Neal

 

 

 

Barbara Seele

 

 

 

Leon van der Nest

 

 

 

Madelein Barnard

 

 

 

Thys Nel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUTTER RECORDS:

NEW COURSE     MALE -  Stephen Black 9:33:37  2012           FEMALE -  Tracy Zunckel  10:28:46  2012

OLD COURSE      MALE – Geoffrey Lee 9:12:30  2010              FEMALE – Tracy Zunckel 10:22:26  2011

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15 October 2012 9th MUTTER first update
The MUTTER king is back!  Steve Black once again showed his MUTTER mettle by winning this year's race in brilliant style with an overall time of 9:33:37 on the new longer course. He was followed by Geoffrey Lee in 10:07:36 and novice, David Laithwaite in 10:13:11 in 3rd place.
In the women's race, Tracy Zunckel  was first home and 4th overall in 10:28:46. This was just 6 minutes off her record despite the longer course.  Second woman was Erica Walker in 11:59:22 and third was Alison Misselhorn in 12:45:29. 
40 athletes started Day1 and completed while 37 started Day2 and completed.  The race was run in perfect weather conditions.
 
 
 
 
Checkpoint 1 - Natural ArchwayS29 51.656’ E29 07.468
 
 
Pictured on the left is
Checkpoint 1 - Natural Archway in the 'Tarn Area' of Sehlabathebe National Park
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

9th MUTTER WEEKEND PROGRAMME

Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October 2012

from 18h00 registration at Silverstreams lapa room,  Bushman's Nek

Complete mountain register and indemnity (if not already done).

Collect survey maps and whistles (for those that ordered)

Pre-race briefing at 19h30 (please be there)

Saturday 13/10 - time limit for Day 1 is 13 hours

04h25    Check-in with sticker at the lapa room with kit that you want to be taken to St Bernards

04h50    There is a short walk to the other side of the border post where we start.

13h00    Lunch is available at St Bernards for those that get there early enough

05h00    The Mutter Bell will be rung to start Day 1 of the 9th Mutter.  The Mutter Bell will sound every runner to complete Day1.

Before dinner in St Bernards bar: Lucky draw for St Bernard's weekend, question/answer re Day 2

Dinner (and dancing for those that took it too easy)

Sunday 14/10 - time limit for Day 2 is 10 hours,  please note the overall time limit is 23 hours

04h40    Check-in with sticker at the hotel bar and collect breakfast pack

05h00    The Mutter Bell will signal the start of Day 2

The Mutter Bell will sound every runner to complete the 9th MUTTER.

The Presentation will take place 1 hour after the last person finishes but not later than 16h00 and lucky draws in the Silverstreams lapa room.  

Other points to note

It's worth carrying a camera to capture some of the views.

Remember your passport and cellphone.

If you are staying in the rustic cabins at  St Bernards remember you need to have your sleeping bag as no bedding is provided there.

Take everything you need,  there are NO shops along the way (the last supermarket is at Underberg +-40km before Bushman's Nek however essentials are available at the Silverstreams shop).

If you would like to offer your assistance please let Judy or I know.  This would be much appreciated.

Finally a cautionary note, if you are injured please do not put yourself at risk by starting. 

If there are any queries please give me a call. Travel safely.   Prepare for a busy weekend of Muttering.  Until we meet at Silverstreams on Friday.

Kind regards

MALCOLM AND JUDY MILLAR
tel  083 2530645   fax 086 6898560
email 
mjmillar@mweb.co.za
http://sites.google.com/site/muttertrailrun/

 
Kit Reminder (which may be checked):
  • Compass and/or GPS and map.  Cellphone.     
  • Valid passport (ID)
  • Gloves, beanie/buff, sun hat, sunscreen.
  • Appropriate clothing.    Water and windproof top and longs.
  • up to 2 litre water pack or equivalent.     Emergency (silver) blanket, whistle, torch.    
  • Basic first aid kit including essential medication eg if you have allergies etc.    Food:   sufficient energy resources for 2 days (at the start of each day).
  

Grateful thanks to the following who have helped to make the 9th MUTTER possible:

ONEdotCOM for the Mutter t-shirts

St Bernard's Peak Mountain Lodge

Wedgewood Handmade Nougat

Silverstreams

Bushman's Nek Border Post
Durban Athletic Club
Sean, Craig & Ryan Oellermann
 
Entries opened on 28th July.  Invitations to run are being sent to last year's runners and other regulars.  If there is no response from a past runner, an entry is sent to the next person on the waiting list.  If you meet the entry criteria and are interested in taking part send an email to be placed on the waiting list. There is also a "last minute" waiting list for anyone who is prepared to take part at short notice should a place become available. The field is kept small for logistical, safety and eco reasons. 
 
 
 
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND ROUTE CONDITIONS
How to qualify to Mutter
To qualify you must be able to run a standard marathon under 5 hours or be a trail running specialist with verifiable credentials.  Sorry no walkers except race walkers who can complete a standard marathon under 5 hours.  This definitely should not be a first trail run. If you are not 100% competent at navigation, you must be prepared to join a group otherwise please don't enter.  We will help allocate groups.  These restrictions are necessary for safety reasons.  Please be advised that there is no support along the route which is remote ie you need to be self-sustaining and there are no quick short-cuts.  Participation in The MUTTER is entirely at own risk and any search, rescue and/or medical service required is for the account of the participant concerned.  Passports are required.
 
Please note that THE MUTTER is a mountain enthusiast's trail run and can in no way be compared with a road run of similar distance.
 
 
 For 2012 updates go to 'Feedback and News' page.
 
 

THE 9th MUTTER

MOUNTAIN MANIA ULTRA TRAIL RUN   

TWO PROVINCES, TWO COUNTRIES

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2012

Extreme runners head wild, head high in bushman and cattle rustlers’ territory of the Southern Drakensberg!    Spectacular berg scenery.   Average altitude 2400m asl.     Peak altitude is 2537m.     Run on hiking paths, no paths, rocks, jeep tracks; cross rivers and streams.   The flora, fauna and landscapes will not be quickly forgotten.    Not just a race, it is an experience.    An extreme challenge in an area away from it all……where you won’t even sniff tarmac!

 

The Route

Start at Bushman’s Nek border post  (+-1700m) KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.   Up Bushman’s Nek Pass to ‘natural archway’ in Sehlabathebe National Park, Lesotho (+- 2440m).  South through the national park via Tsoelikane Falls.  South West toward Bellevue police post, pass ‘The Pig’ and follow ridge line bordering the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal to the 2178m asl beacon above St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge  (+-1800m).   Compulsory overnight at St Bernard’s Mountain Lodge in rooms, rustic cabins or camping and return next day via dam, the 2116m beacon, Thule beacon (2537m), ‘Engagement Tarn’ and through Sehlabathebe National Park to Bushman’s Nek border post, and finishing at Silverstreams Caravan Park.  

Distances:                             Day 1 approximately 47km.  Start 05h00

Start at SA border post, Bushman’s Nek.   Finish at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge.

Day 2 approximately 38km.  Start 05h00

Start at St Bernard’s Mountain Lodge.   Finish at Silverstreams, Bushman’s Nek.

How it works:  You will be given details of checkpoints that must be visited (although not manned).   These are either significant land features or where a direction change is indicated.    Any route may be taken between checkpoints.   A photocopy of a portion of the contour map will be provided.   Survey maps (two 1:50000 are required to cover the full route) will be available at registration (please include payment with your entry if you require these as they are ordered and bought in advance 2 @ R55 each i.e. R110). 

Times:   Allow a full day to get to compulsory overnight stop and another full-day to get back to start/finish point (at least 8 hours a day for most).   Nb. distances are approximate owing to differing route choices.   The timing stops when you finish Day 1 and starts again for Day 2. The combined times determine positions.

Records:                                Male: 2010 – Geoffrey Lee - 9:12:30                   Female: 2011 – Tracy Zunckel -10:22:26

Registration:                        From 18h00 at Silverstreams Lapa Room, Bushman’s Nek

Pre-run briefing:                Compulsory briefing at Silverstreams Caravan Park, Bushman’s Nek at 19h30 on Friday 12 October 2012.   For safety purposes the KZN Wildlife mountain register MUST be completed by participants.

Backup vehicle:    Your vehicle and/or kit for the overnight stop can be driven by road to St Bernard’s Mountain Lodge (-90km) for the overnight stop.   There is safe parking if you prefer to leave your vehicle at Bushman’s Nek.   A vehicle will take kit to the overnight stop (keep to a minimum please- we will ask for assistance from others who are driving round). Please note we do not have space for tents etc.   If you intend camping at St Bernard’s please have your vehicle taken around or have someone take your equipment for you. 

Presentation:                       Within 1 hour of the last person finishing but not later than 17h00 Sunday 14 October in the Silverstreams                                                     Lapa Room.

 

KIT

As with all berg expeditions safety is first. Adequate protective clothing is essential.   There is NO SECONDING provided on the route.  You must carry all food, clothing and water for each day.  Generally, some water is available along the route (quantity depends on conditions).    Minimum requirements (your kit may be checked):

  • Compass and/or GPS and map (and ability to use them).     
  • Valid passport essential. It will not be stamped but should be carried at all times as a precaution.   
  • Cell phone (but please note there is limited reception). Nb a race two-way radio may be loaned to you to carry and use.
  • Tough shoes or boots (road shoes not recommended). 
  • Appropriate clothing.    Water and windproof top and longs.
  • 2 litre water pack.     Survival bag, emergency (silver) blanket, whistle, torch.    
  • Basic first aid kit.     Food:   sufficient energy resources for 2 days (at the start of each day).     
  • Gloves, beanie/buff, sun hat, sunscreen and trekking poles are useful.  

 

You may consider the above are not necessary.   Hopefully, you never have trouble in the mountains but if you ever do, you will be doing everyone a favour by carrying the necessary equipment.   I have experienced rapid weather changes in this area:  from sunny and warm to cold and wet with minimal visibility.

 

DO I QUALIFY?

Previous mountain running/hiking and navigation experience.    Must have completed trail/mountain ultra(s) before and have marathon level fitness. Must have completed a standard marathon in under 5 hours in the past year and have maintained fitness since.  Be prepared to run/fast pack with your gear over rough terrain at high altitude.  

 

DANGERS AND SAFETY

Normal mountain dangers exist!    It can snow any month of the year in the Drakensberg – be prepared!   You will be caught if you drop any litter, the mountain gods are watching you.   You are required to help another if he/she is in need of assistance or in any danger. There is NO seconding of ANY description on the route i.e. you MUST be self-supporting.    There are rocky and steep areas where more caution is necessary.   This area is remote and you will need to complete the distance each day i.e. there are no quick escape routes.     

Cell phone signal is patchy and batteries deplete quickly.  From 2012 we will be forming a two-way radio network on the mountain. You may be loaned a radio and would be required to carry and use it for safety purposes.  If you have your own Baofeng V6 two-way radios please bring them along to increase the extent of the network.  If you want to purchase your own two-way radio(s) go to http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/71518912/High_Range_5W_Radio_Walkie_Talkie_Baofeng.html

Maximum times:   Day 1– 12 hours,    Day 2 – 11 hours, but please note the overall time limit is 22 hours.

 

WHAT WILL I GET?

You will get the satisfaction and unforgettable experience of having successfully completed THE MUTTER, one of only a few trail ultras in KZN.  A race memento will be presented to successful finishers (previous recipients will receive a further “year badge” on successful completion).   St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge is once again kindly offering an out of season “weekend for two” as a lucky prize, this draw will take place on Saturday evening (please note that this is valid for 6 months after The Mutter). 

A refreshment at the end of each day.   Prizes: a floating trophy and a bottle of sparkling wine for the first male and first female athlete.  Some lucky prizes will be drawn for athletes attending the presentation.  Comradeship of other mutter nutters.  

 

ENTRY FEE

R330 (R165 if you have previously run and received a race memento) includes photocopied map; a MUTTER t-shirt; race memento (year badge for previous finishers); and plenty of mutters.  Please note accommodation is not included and must be booked and paid for separately (see details below).

 

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS

At Bushman’s Nek – there are camp and caravan sites and log cabins at the start/finish at Silverstreams Resort and Caravan Park   (very close to border control)   Tel:    082 3316670 or 033 7011249.    Rates quoted are per day: Chalet R500 (6 people); Log cabin No. 20 R400 (4 people); Caravan log cabin R200 (4 people); and camping R50 per person.   Please note that anyone using the showers after the race who did NOT stay at Silverstreams will be required to pay R20 for use of their facilities.

Web: www.silverstreams.co.za       Email: info@silverstreams.co.za

     

Additional accommodation near start/finish (+-4km on dirt road before the start/finish at Silverstreams)

Bushman's Nek Resort is offering accommodation to Mutterers at R632 per night per 2 sleeper room.  Meals extra as per menu.   Book through Simi Naidoo at Central Reservations tel: 031 7019999.

 

Saturday compulsory overnight - is at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge  Tel:  039 7474313.   

Rates:   Hotel with dinner and breakfast or lunch pack R310 pppn sharing (highly recommended);  Rustic Cabins R55pppn;  Camping R30pppn;  If not in hotel: Dinner R80 (with a vegetarian option) & Breakfast/lunch pack R55.  Lunch on Saturday (for supporters and speedy runners) R65.  Web:  www.stbernardspeak.com        Email:   themonk@venturenet.co.za

Kindly book early to ensure you obtain the type of accommodation you require. You can use the attached booking form.

 

HOW TO GET THERE:

To Bushman’s Nek  -  from Underberg follow road towards Swartberg.   Take either of two right turn-offs to Bushman’s Nek.    Both are dirt roads and are +-30km long.

To St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge   - continue along Swartberg Road until the sign to the hotel indicates a right turn.    This is 10km before Swartberg.   From here it is about 28km on a good dirt road to the Lodge. 

 

MAPS

Survey Maps (1:50000):      2929CC Bushman’s Nek and 3029AA Taylerville

South Drakensberg by Peter Slingsby (please note these maps are no longer available)
 
 
 
 
RACE REPORT 8th MUTTER – 8 & 9 OCTOBER 2011
The 8th Mutter turned out to be the year of the novice.  Newcomers to the race produced some stunning performances especially that of Tracy Zunckel who broke the women’s record by more than an hour and was placed first overall in 10:22:26.  The first man was novice and local farmer, Wally Pooler who finished in 10:24:59.

The race was run in brilliant weather conditions such that runners were able to enjoy spectacular views in every direction on both days.   There was plenty of water although somewhat less that in the Pre-Mutter 5 weeks earlier.

This year 40 athletes set-off from Bushman’s Nek border post.  Unfortunately, two of the favourites to finish high up in the rankings, Craig Norris and Allistair Black, withdrew from the race with injuries within the first hour.  The remaining 38 runners made it successfully to St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge.  Joint first to the overnight stop were Wally Pooler and Tracy Zunckel in 5:39:44.  They were followed by Bruce Brauteseth in 6:14:01 giving the first two what proved to an unassailable lead overall.  It also set-up Tracy for a record-breaking run overall as the route back on Day 2 is more direct and shorter. 

Despite a couple of missing stickers on the Check Point control sheets everybody was accounted for and the last group finished Day 1 in the good time of 10:10 well under the projected sweeper time of 11 hours.

Day 2 saw 39 athletes up and ready to go as Sean Delport who had been ill on Day 1 was feeling well enough to take on the route back to Bushman’s Nek. Everybody reached Thule beacon (highest point of the route at 2537m asl) in 3:20.  Up at the front the tussle was on for line honours and the revenge of the “whippersnappers” (Tracy’s description) with David Wood getting to Silverstreams first in 4:41:19 closely followed by Bruce Brauteseth in 4:41:56.

Overall the men’s race was won by Wally Pooler in 10:24:59, second place went to Bruce Brauteseth in 10:58:57 and third to David Wood in 11:08:12.   In the women’s race Tracy Zunckel was first in 10:22:26, second was Jolene Mackenzie in 11:34:57 and third was Erica Walker in 12:38:50.

All 39 starters on Day 2 made it successfully to the finish.  The large Krugersdorp group (now known as the Krugersdorp Express), ably lead by Johan Ferreira, completed the day in 8:20.

 

PRIZES AND AWARDS

38 Mutterers were presented with certificates and year badges, with novices receiving a shield as well. Congratulations! The weekend for two at St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge was won by Paul Worsnip.   There was a slight oops with the weekend for two at Khotso Horse Trails as we forgot to do this lucky draw.  We will revert to the sponsor for guidance in this regard.  Grateful thanks to these sponsors as well as to ONEdotCOM for the Mutter T-shirts and Gilly Walters Nougat who sponsored handmade Wedgewood nougat for participants.

 

THANKS

The weekend can only happen through teamwork.  We thank everybody who made this possible including Sannie Geyer, Madie Botha and staff at Silverstreams, Captain Tinus Botha from Bushman’s Nek SAPS, Ian and Cheri Worrall, Chef Charmaine and staff from St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge, and those who helped on the two days carting the tog bags and at the finishes etc.  

Finally, thank you to all the runners who contributed towards making it a fun and exciting weekend of trail running. 

Malcolm & Judy Millar                                             13 October 2011

 
 
 
 

8th MUTTER RESULTS – 8 & 9  October 2011

 

 

Ref

Name

Day 1 time

Day 2 time

Total  time

Final pos

Comment

1

Alison Misselhorn

withdrew

before start

-

-

 

2

Sean Delport

dns

8:14:30

Day 2 only

Mutt

Unwell 1st day, ran 2nd day only

3

Wally Pooler

5:39:44

4:45:15

10:24:59

2

1st male and novice

4

Eugene Martin

8:25:10

6:51:48

15:26:58

21

 

5

Johan Ferreira

9:59:10

8:20:00

18:19:10

28=

 

6

Nanette Ferreira

9:59:10

8:20:00

18:19:10

28=

 

7

Martin van Vuuren

9:59:10

8:20:00

18:19:10

28=

 

8

Cliff Robbertze

7:16:44

5:14:45

12:31:29

10=

 

9

Dave Els

7:08:18

5:58:45

13:07:03

14

 

10

Erica Walker

7:08:18

5:30:32

12:38:50

12

3rd female and novice

11

Anthonie Fourie

9:59:10

8:20:00

18:19:10

28=

 

12

Paul Worsnip

7:16:44

5:14:45

12:31:29

10=

 

13

Andrew Neal

6:29:08

4:44:44

11:11:52

5

 

14

Allen Garden

9:59:10

8:20:00

18:19:10

28=

 

15

Alan Coulter

10:10:00

7:50:09

18:00:09

26

-2 chk points Day 1, sweeper time penalty

16

Ken Mackenzie

7:33:12

6:47:36

14:20:48

17

 

17

Anne Ulyate

9:59:10

8:20:00

18:19:10

28=

 

18

Shaun Ulyate

9:59:10

8:20:00

18:19:10

28=

 

19

Robin Gardner

7:56:21

7:05:06

15:01:27

18=

 

20

Bruce Brauteseth

6:14:01

4:41:56

10:58:57

3

2nd male and novice

21

Craig Norris

Injured went

back to start

-

-

 

22

Keith Little

7:56:21

7:05:06

15:01:27

18=

 

23

Christine Bro

9:46:05

8:07:56

17:53:01

24=

 

24

Craig Oellermann

7:16:44

5:43:15

12:59:59

13

 

25

Sean Oellermann

7:16:44

6:13:15

13:29:59

16

-1 check point Day2, 30m penalty

26

Mike Webb

9:29:05

6:51:48

16:20:53

22

-1 check point Day1, 30m penalty

27

Ian Ross

10:10:00

8:06:38

18:16:38

27

 

28

Andrew McKay

7:27:46

5:55:24

13:23:10

15

 

29

John Pickup

9:46:05

8:07:56

17:53:01

24=

 

30

Linda Wolhuter

7:56:21

7:05:06

15:01:27

18=

 

31

Diana Reitz

withdrew

before start

-

-

 

32

Jack Emerton

6:35:16

5:28:38

12:03:54

9

 

33

Johan Botha

9:59:10

6:57:28

16:56:38

23

 

34

Andrew Booth

6:53:18

4:54:14

11:47:32

8

 

35

Stefan Wilmans

6:52:04

4:42:36

11:34:40

6

 

36

Jolene Mackenzie

6:52:40

4:42:17

11:34:57

7

2nd female

37

Sabrina Chesterman

10:10:00

8:10:00

18:20:00

36=

 

38

Joanne Wood

10:10:00

8:10:00

18:20:00

36=

 

39

David Wood

6:26:53

4:41:19

11:08:12

4

3rd male and novice

40

Tracy Zunckel

5:39:44

4:42:12

10:22:26

1

1st female, novice and RECORD

41

Allistair Black

Injured went

back to start

-

-

 

42

Pat Freeman

9:59:10

8:20:00

18:19:10

28=

 

43

Malcolm Millar

10:10:00

8:20:00

18:30:00

38

Sweeper Day 1 & 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-MUTTER on 2nd & 3rd September 2011

 

Malcolm Millar

9:22:00

8:21:00

17:43:00

 

Route change on Day 1 owing to

 

Craig Oellermann

 

gale force winds making 

 

Gavin Bazley

 

conditions dangerous.

 

Andrew Neal

 

 

 

Bruce Brauteseth

 

 

 

Stuart Jones

 

 

 

Jack Emerton

 

 

 

Johan Botha

 

 

 

Glenda Badenhorst

 

 

 

Trish Winteboer

 

 

 

Barbara Seele

 

 

 

Andrew Booth

 

 

 

Rob Levinson

Day 1 only

 

 

MUTTER RECORDS:  MALE – Geoffrey Lee 9:12:30  2010    FEMALE – Tracy Zunckel 10:22:26  2011

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday 10 October 2011 First post race update
It was an exciting weekend with brilliant weather.  Wally Pooler won the men's race in 10:24:59. Tracy Zunckel re-wrote the record book in the women's race with her winning time of 10:22:26 to be the fastest runner overall.  Tracy's achievement takes more than an hour off the previous record.
There were 40 starters and with 2 early injury related withdrawals 38 runners completed Day1. On Day 2, 39 runners started and completed the route. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7th MUTTER RESULTS – 9 & 10 October 2010
 
 

Ref

Name

Day 1 time

Day 2 time

Total  time

Final pos

Comment

1

Gavin Bazley

7:15:20

6:18:00

13:33:20

16=

 

2

Adele Bazley

10:47:00

Dns

Day 1 only

Mutt

 

3

Sean Oellermann

7:10:15

5:48:40

12:58:55

7

 

4

Craig Oellermann

7:10:15

5:50:45

13:01:00

8

 

5

Trevor Hart-Jones

7:10:15

5:46:33

12:56:48

6

1st male novice

6

Hazel Moller

8:29:34

6:14:00

14:43:34

20=

 

7

Khaya Mahlati

9:34::03

8:25:20

17:59:23

29

 

8

Geoffrey Lee

5:00:20

4:12:10

9:12:30

1

1st male & RECORD

9

Chris Moller

8:29:34

6:14:00

14:43:34

20=

 

10

Kylie Griffin

7:27:38

Dns

Day 1 only

Mutt

 

11

Stephen Black

5:00:20

4:21:38

9:21:58

2

2nd male

12

Peter Harris

10:47:00

Dns

Day 1 only

Helper

sweeper day 1

13

Malcolm Millar

7:22:35

5:49:15

13:11:50

14

 

14

Mike Henning

10:47:00

8:48:10

19:35:10

30=

sweeper day 2

15

Bernadette Henning

10:47:00

8:48:10

19:35:10

30=

 

16

Cliff Robbertze

6:57:48

5:42:40

12:40:28

4=

 

17

Johan Ferreira

8:29:34

7:03:20

15:32:54

22=

 

18

Nanette Ferreira

8:29:34

7:03:20

15:32:54

22=

 

19

Christine Harris

10:47:00

8:48:10

19:35:10

30=

sweeper day 1 & 2

20

Martin van Vuuren

8:29:34

5:55:30

14:25:04

18=

 

21

Paul Worsnip

6:57:48

5:42:40

12:40:28

4=

 

22

Joan Lombard

8:29:34

7:03:20

15:32:54

22=

 

23

Allistair Black

5:14:48

6:05:40

11:20:28

3

3rd male

24

Craig Norris

7:09:47

6:00:32

13:10:19

10=

 

25

Jenny Reynolds

7:15:20

6:18:00

13:33:20

16=

 

26

Robin Gardner

Withdrawn

 

 

 

 

27

Kim Cavell-Clarke

11:48:05

8:25:20

20:13:25

33

 

28

Siegfried Milbert

Dns

 

 

 

 

29

Diana Rietz

7:25:30

6:05:40

13:31:10

15

3rd female

30

Grant Kobus

7:10:15

6:00:32

13:10:47

13

 

31

Johan Hibbert

8:29:34

5:55:30

14:25:04

18=

Oldest finisher

32

Amanda De Kock

8:29:34

7:03:20

15:32:54

22=

 

33

Western King

9:41:05

7:44:50

17:25:55

27=

Youngest finisher

34

Linda Wolhuter

7:09:47

6:00:32

13:10:19

10=

Joint 1st female & novice

35

Alison Misselhorn

7:09:47

6:00:32

13:10:19

10=

Joint 1st  female & novice

36

Dom d’Unienville

9:41:05

7:44:50

17:25:55

27=

 

37

Antoinette vd Westhuysen

8:29:34

7:03:20

15:32:54

22=

 

38

Dave Els

7:20:00

5:47:35

13:07:35

9

 

39

Sven Vosse

Dns

4:30:00

Day 2 only

Mutt

Unwell 1st day, ran 2nd day only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-MUTTER on 23rd  & 24th September 2010

 

Malcolm Millar

10:44:13

8:43:56

19:28:09

 

plus cave & route exploring

 

Craig Oellermann

10:44:13

8:43:56

19:28:09

 

plus cave & route exploring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUTTER RECORDS:      MALE – Geoffrey Lee 9:12:30  2010          FEMALE - Kylie Griffin 11:31:35  2009

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RACE REPORT 7th MUTTER – 9 & 10 OCTOBER 2010

The race was run in good weather conditions on both days. Day 1 saw some early morning mist as we headed into Lesotho but it lifted so quickly that direction finding was barely affected.  Day 2 was expected to be 31 degrees but was cooler thanks to a fresh breeze blowing for most of the day.  The water situation was somewhat better than two weeks previously in the Pre-Mutter but the Tsoelikane Falls were not flowing at all.  Mutterers were well prepared for the shortage of water.

 

36 athletes set off at 05h00 from the SA border post at Bushman’s Nek on Saturday.  26 runners made it to the overnight stop at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge in time for lunch.  Joint winners on Day 1 were Stephen Black and Geoffrey Lee in 5:00:20.  The last person in was a bit of a concern as the sweepers had passed him when he was slightly off the route. However, he completed Day 1 in 11:48:05 in fairly good shape after his adventure.

 

Day 2 saw three athletes, for various reasons, deciding not to continue.  Also, Sven Vosse who had been ill on Day 1 decided to do Day 2. The first to reach Thule beacon (the race high point at 2537m asl) were Day 1’s winners, Black and Lee in 1:56.  Geoffrey Lee finally opened a gap on Black on the run in to Bushman’s Nek to finish Day 2 in 4:12:10 giving an overall time for the two days of 9:12:30 to gain a new men’s record by 6 seconds.  Second home was Stephen Black with an overall time of 9:21:58.  Third man was Allistair Black who had a fast run on Day 1 but twisted his ankle on Day 2.  In the women’s race Alison Misselhorn and Linda Wolhuter completed both Day 1 and 2 together to take joint honours in 13:10:29.  Third woman home was Diana Rietz in an overall time of 13:31:10.  The Day 2 sweepers came in 8:48:10 to bring the race to a safe and successful conclusion.

 

PRIZES AND AWARDS

33 Mutterers were presented with certificates and year badges, with novices receiving a shield as well. Congratulations! The weekend for two at St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge was won by Western King.   The weekend for two at Khotso Horse Trails was won by Amanda De Kock.  Grateful thanks to these sponsors as well to Gilly Walters Nougat who sponsored handmade Wedgewood nougat for all participants as well as some lucky prizes.

 

THANKS

The weekend can only happen through teamwork.  We thank everybody who made this possible including Sannie Geyer and staff at Silverstreams, Captain Tinus Botha from Bushman’s Nek SAPS, Ian and Cheri Worrall, Chef Charmaine and staff from St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge, and Steve and Lulu Black of Khotso Horse Trails.  Thank you to this year’s sweepers Peter and Christine Harris and Mike Henning. 

A special thank you to all of you runners and supporters who helped in a variety of ways be it with taking overnight bags around, timing, photography or even just keeping the Mutter Bell ringing.  We very much appreciate the great Mutter spirit as well as the fact the everybody gets involved to make it a brilliant experience for other Mutterers.  And finally, thank you to those supporters and previous Mutterers who sent us good wishes.

 

ANUTTER MUTTER

The organizers only became aware after this year’s race that Stephen Black completed the full Mutter course in the two days before the actual Mutter.  With all that running on his legs (which, like the rest of his body, are 56 years old) he was under 10 minutes off his record for the course.  Well done Steve and thanks for setting the bar so high.

 

 

Malcolm & Judy Millar                                           14 October 2010

 

 
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GUIDE TO THE ROUTE

DAY 1 – approximately 47km

Brief Description: Day 1      

After the start cross the main river and proceed on path for flat section for about 5km (keep river on your right).   Cross stream and start climbing up through the pass another +-5km.    Head in general direction of Devil's Knuckles into the Tarn area of Sehlabathebe National Park to the 'Natural Archway' Head to Tsoelikane Falls (on the way you will see Sehlabathebe Lodge).   Follow river through the valley.   Leave river and continue up valley.  Cut-up out of valley towards SA/ Lesotho border fence (it is your choice where you cut-up).  Lonely Rock is easily observed from the jeep track and is close to a gate in the border fence.   Follow border south west towards Bellevue.  DO NOT DESCEND VALLEY HERE AND GO SOUTH. A Guidance Point is provided to assist you. You must head for the ridge line bordering KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. 'The Pig' is a natural rock formation and will be apparent when you look back at it. You will see the Xhosa houses in the distance in the valley on your right.     Follow the jeep track for about 8km.   Look for Beacon at 2178m asl (first beacon).     Descend mountain to St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge to a warm welcome.     There is dam across the road from St Bernards which you can see from many kilometres away.   The dam is an excellent landmark but note it is NOT shown on some maps as it was built relatively recently.

Coordinates

Bushmans Nek                  S29 50.7’           E29 12.5’                 1755m            

Natural Archway              S29 51.656’       E29 07.468'              2440m            

Tsoelikane Falls                S29 53.821’       E29 07.427’             2311m            

Lonely Rock                      S29 57.907’       E29 04.255’             2426m   

Bellevue area                    S29 59.301’       E29 02.180’          +-2400m

Guidance point                 S30 00.200’       E29 01.952’          +- 2380m

The Pig                               S30 00.885’       E29 02.934’              2345m

Beacon 2178m asl             S30 03.5’           E29 05.5’                 2178m

St Bernard’s Lodge           S30 03.354’      E29 06.459’             1731m

 

DAY 2 – approximately 38km

Brief Description: Day 2

From hotel, cross road through gates, cross river above dam.  Head up to Beacon @ 2116m asl (no path).   Follow plateau towards mountains (jeep track is useful).   Track crosses stream which is usually good for water.   Climb using track or X-C where you can.   There’s an army container at Thule (highest point).   You can follow jeep track to Engagement Tarn (this may be empty).    From here choose best route back to Eagles’ Nest (checkpoint at the top of the gully next to cube rock).   Ngoangoana (derelict buildings)  old border post.    Descend Bushman’s Nek pass and head back along the route you came up on Day 1.   Finish at Silverstreams to cheering crowds and the clanging of the Mutter bell.

Coordinates

St Bernard’s Lodge              S30 03.354’       E29 06.459’              1731m         

Beacon @ 2116m asl            S30 01.732        E29 07.616’              2116m

Stream                                    S29 59.125        E29 06.850’              2115m            

Thule beacon (container)   S29 58.046’       E29 06.235’              2537m        

Engagement Tarn                 S29 56.816’       E29 06.341’              2426m        

Eagles’ Nest                          S29 55.544’       E29.08.221’          +-2450m        

Ngoangoana                         S29 53.22’         E29 09.183’              2340m

Bushman’s Nek                    S29 50.7’           E29 12.5’                 1755m

nb some of the waypoints are from gps and some have been manually determined and must be regarded as approximate.

 Please note that the above coords are given as a guide and are subject to change

 
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