Batrun Partners with Petzl

As the sun sets on 17 February 2018, an intrepid field of 130 runners will head out to bag one of the Cape classics; Batrun. Following its humble beginnings way back in 2002, this slightly underground, outright unique event is the unofficial opening of the Cape trail season. For years, it was the stuff of legends and whispers. Now a fully-fledged and professionally organised race under the curatorship of Summit Events, it has lost none of its air of mystique or popularity. Entries for this year’s edition sold out in less than two hours.

The route takes participants up three of the Mother City’s toughest peaks, over 30km, with 2 100m of elevation gain, all after dark. The only trail running event in the Cape with a permit that allows runners access to the hallowed trails at night.

This year, Batrun organisers are proud to announce a leap up for the event, with confirmation of presenting sponsor, Petzl. Eiger Equipment Technical brand manager, Nicholas Lykiardopulos describes this partnership as a perfect combination of ethics and brand visions.

“Petzl began with a passion for developing tools to progress and be safe in the dark. For over 40 years, this has been a conversation with users to better understand their needs. Batrun aligns with the Petzl mission of creating a safe environment for runners to enjoy the mountain at night, fully supported in their pursuit of the inaccessible.”

Batrun Race Director, Stuart McConnachie, welcomes this alignment as an ideal way to further entrench the Batrun legacy.
“At its core, Batrun has very few frills. It challenges participants to manage a combination of night running, technical terrain, some proper vertical and, without fail, changing weather conditions. The finish line, right up to the 5am cut off, is a place where runners arrive broken, elated, and ready to share their stories over a beer. Bringing a brand like Petzl into the mix enhances the legacy of this renegade race, and brings a solid statement around safety and innovation into the fold. Advanced technology has changed the game when it comes to night running, and we look forward to exposing more of our runners to this thinking in the coming weeks.”

Petzl and Batrun will soon announce a competition that offers five of the 2018 participants the opportunity to upgrade their headlamps and become superheroes for the Petzl brand during this year’s event.

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The Race
History
The Batrun is held annually on a late February or early March night around full moon for those that enjoy the magic of the mountain at night with a group of like-minded folks. Non-competitive, party-mood, good time to be had by all. 
 
The event is the only night run/walk within Table Mountain National Park. The challenge of this event is to ascend the three summits(Devil’s Peak, Maclear’s Beacon and Lion’s Head) in an atmosphere that exists on the mountain at night, above the city. 
 
The first BATRUN was in 2002 and started from V&A.  A small group of nutters arranged by Michelle Santilhano set out to conquer Cape Town's three peaks in the dead of the night. The mist came down after Maclears and only a handful of folk lead by Christo Steyn did Lion's Head (in zero viz), arriving back at the V&A as the sun was rising.
 
In 2003, a more "organised" approach lead by Andre Proctor and Andrea Pulfrich, but again only small party starting and ending at Kloof Nek. 
 
2016 saw a slight change in proceedings with the race moving its start/finish venue to the Gardens Tech Rugby Club situated at the foot of Table Mountain. 

Hall of Fame
 

 
MENS
 
05:42   Derrick Baart / Glen Castle / Barry Whitmill
05:09   Stephan Moser / Neil Hoy
05:05   Eric Tollner
04:04   Leo Rust
04:05   Owen Middleton
03:16   Leo Rust (short course)
03:46   Leo Rust
03:42   Jayde Butler
03:35   Ake Fagereng
03:41   Ake Fagereng
03:23   Charl Souma
03:19   Martin Kleynhans
03:30   Oliver Linley
03:53   Chris Strydom
​03:51   Edson Kumwamba

 
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06:33   Jeanette Terblanche
07:03   Bonita Pretorius
05:19   Sylvie Harris
05:54   Janet Caine / Sarah Wilson
05:03   Olivia Reed
03:55   Olivia Reed (short course)
04:48   Tatum Loftus (Prins)
05:07   JenniferHoving / Elizabeth Jean Kleynhans / Tollulah Oni
04:29   Jane Hewitson
04:12   Julia Thomas
04:00   Annemien Ganzevoort 
03:32   Katya Soggot 
04:33   Helene Muller
04:52   Taryn King
04:25   Dunya Ansems
 
 
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