Looking for some reel action? Forget that Bourne guy or those CGI effects. For pure heart-pounding, hand-wringing action that makes your mouth dry with adrenalin,

PIC: www.thegalileo.co.za

The Galileo Open Air Cinema has the booster you’ve been waiting for – six action-packed sports movies, shorts and documentaries perfect for sports lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

The adrenaline-fuelled line-up kicks off with View From A Blue Moon, a surf documentary that follows current World Champion, John John Florence, as he seeks out the hardest breaks on the toughest shores.

History buffs score a double treat when Everest – the story of that ill-fated summit –  plays out inside the legendary walls of The Castle, one of Cape Town’s most historic venues.

Back by popular demand is Reel Rock 11 – the latest in this series of rock climbing shorts that promises to deliver yet another cliff hanger to the Kirstenbosch crowd.

Love him or hate him you’ll want to catch him, aka Lance Armstrong, as he climbs, stumbles and falls in the documentary The Armstrong Lie, which plays out in February at the V&A Waterfront.

For those wanting to combine date night with surfing, Blue Crush has got you covered for a snuggly night out in the beautiful Kirstenbosch gardens. (Date night tip: be sure to book the blanket and backrest option.)

PIC: www.thegalileo.co.za

And what better way to wrap up the sports selection for the season than with the South African premier of Trails in Motion MTB Film Festival –  a series of short films exploring the agony and the ecstasy that trails every bumpy mountain bike adventure.

Sound like enough adrenalin-packed adventure for one summer? Visit www.thegalileo.co.za to book your space under the stars.

Sports movie line-up:
Thursday 8 December              View From A Blue Moon
Friday 6 January                      Everest
Wednesday 18 January             Reel Rock 11
Thursday 2 February                The Armstrong Lie
Wednesday 1 March                 Blue Crush
Wednesday 29 March               Trails In Motion MTB Film Festival

Proudly presented by Savanna, The Galileo opens its doors at 6pm (Tuesday to Friday), 5pm (Saturdays), 4pm (Sundays), and the movie starts at sunset. Arrive early to reserve your spot on the lawn, hire a comfy backrest and a warm blanket and treat yourself to a delicious spread of food, alcohol, soft drinks and sugary treats – all on sale at each handpicked venue.

Ticket prices:
Standard: R79
Warm: R87 (plus blanket)
Comfy: R95 (plus backrest)
Warm & comfy: R100 (plus blanket and backrest)
VIP: R159 (Reserved premium seating, Savanna, blanket, backrest, popcorn and sweets)

Well done all Three Peaks runners and thanks to all helpers and supporters. It was a fantastic day out with great weather and  many milestones achieved.

Winning male: Andy Hagen 4.55 (5 Minutes off the record – this was his 4th victory)

Winning Female: Jane Wyngaard (16th overall) 6:40

20th Challenge: Gavin Snell (who also organises the event every year)

15th Challenge: Barry Washkansky (me)

10th Challenge:  Arno Lawrenz and  Andre Filander

5th challenge: Mike Els ; Paolo Denti ; Zuben Jessa ; Nazeem Dollie ; Garth Lary; Rodney Stein; Peter Johnstone

Three Peaks Challenge 2016: Results

Images: (All images by Petro Mostert)


Andy Hagen on his way to Victory: Pic: Petro Mostert



Gavin congratulates Woman's winner Jane Wyngaard

Gavin Snell celebrates number 20









Barry at the top of Platteklip Gorge on his way to no. 15




When thinking about competitive sports, mud is normally seen as an unwanted addition, there to  hinder or even cancel play. But not in Obstacle Course Racing, the hottest growing sport on Planet Earth? The Grind is a dedicated team of
Obstacle Course Race builders and race hosts, and their challenging courses feature a great deal of mud as an accessory to the numerous obstacles that will test competitors to their limits. Whether it is climbing ropes, carrying weights or just trying to cross an obstacle, the addition of mud makes life just that much more interesting!

The Grind is hosting the year’s largest Obstacle Course Challenge at Zone 7 on the West Coast of Cape Town on the 3 December and it promises to be a spectacular day for competitors and spectators alike. Obstacle Course Racing is a sport that combines fitness, stamina, strength, mental fortitude and a strong sense of humour: it is difficult to take yourself seriously when you are covered head to toe in glutinous mud, and are now attempting to haul yourself up a rope. But competitive it is: Obstacle Course Racing has been taken on by multiple sporting disciplines. From individuals looking to take their fitness to the highest possible levels to sporting teams looking to build camaraderie; martial arts exponents see OCR as a perfect way of combining mental and physical strength whilst endurance athletes value it for its explosive test of stamina and overall conditioning.

The Grind Race is not just for hardened athletes: with a range of courses on offer, everyone from 5 years old to (at a pinch) 104 is welcome to enter. The purpose designed courses include a 6 km Rapid Grind of 30 obstacles for initiates and the not-so-fit; a 12km Deep Grind of 40 obstacles for hardened OCR entrants and sportsmen and women; and a 12 km Elite Grind category for the seriously competitive athletes. Add to this the 6km Young G 30 obstacle course for 11 to 17 year old children, and the 1km Little G 10 obstacle course for children from 5 to 11 years of age, and you have a challenge for every member of the family.

It’s not all play: with R50 000 in prizes up for grabs, the Elite entrants will be giving their all, providing exceptional spectator value for those who complete the less demanding courses, as well as those souls who are there to watch the mud splatter and not necessarily get splattered themselves. The prizes are not only for the Elite, either: there are a variety of categories that will see people competing for everything from cash prizes to great Grind hampers.
Zone 7, Africa’s biggest and best Motocross and Enduro Track, will be a hive of activity on the day; it has been chosen by The Grind as the perfect venue for an Obstacle Race extravaganza. Close to the City, the course is spectator friendly giving a great view of the action, and it also lends itself to an after-Grind bash that will rock the dried mud off everybody.

Kicking off at 8am, the racing will continue until around 10pm. With music and live commentary during the day, and a live band for the party there will be no shortage of audio entertainment; and the sideline events are spectacular! A freestyle Motocross show with some of SA’s best riders; an  Extreme Air Bag Jump which exactly like what it is; Bubble Soccer – the players are the bubbles, not the ball; and Bossaball – a cross between trampoline, volleyball and flying. For the thirsty and hungry there will be stalls offering everything that mud-parched throats desire.

The Grind at the Track: an event to kick off the holidays in style; a day that will go down in OCR legend. Be there!

Full details of the event and how to become part of the action can be found at:





While the opportunity to time travel is not (yet) available to us, the opportunity to feel as though you have traveled back in time and to enjoy an Olde Worlde experience on board an authentic vintage steam train is,

Ceres Rail: : Photo: Wayne Nauschutz

and it’s something that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

The Ceres Steam Train, run by the Ceres Rail Company, offers a unique and family friendly outing that will see passengers sitting back in comfort whilst traveling through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Witzenberg region. The departure point for the trip is opposite the Royal Cape Yacht Club situated in Table Bay Harbour, right next to the V&A Waterfront.

History behind the Ceres Rail and the trains that make it all possible

The Ceres railway track, on which the Ceres Steam Train runs, was originally built in 1910, with construction being completed in 1912. After many years of active service it was later closed, only to then be reopened in 2012.

“Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) stopped operating rail lines such as the Ceres railway in the 1990’s because they were not profitable,” explains James Vos, Shadow Minister of Tourism and the member of Parliament for Witzenberg (including the town of Ceres). “However, because branch lines are a vital link with the rural areas, partnerships between public and private enterprise are now exploring the re-commissioning of some of these branch lines.”

Ceres Rail, one of only two steam train operators in the Western Cape, and one of only a handful in the whole of South Africa, run three steam trains – Jessica, Bailey and the Red Devil. Jessica, as the oldest of the trio, was manufactured in England in 1948, whilst the famous Red Devil is a one-of-a-kind South African built train manufactured in 1981.

Part of the Ceres Rail Company’s mission is to help preserve and promote South African Rail Heritage, which involves restoring and refurbishing old locomotives and coaches. The Ceres Rail trains are comfortable and include a dining cart which served on the Blue Train in 1935.

The Current Ceres Steam Train Experience
Lovers of train travel, vintage enthusiasts, sightseers, families, friends, and in general anyone looking for a wonderful day out of the city that is memorable, unique and fun will love a trip on theCeres Steam Train.

The train departs from the V&A Waterfront precinct and steams its way past vineyards, orchards, olive groves, mountains, wheat and canola fields. There’s even a bit of game viewing on offer whilst on board. Passengers can sit back, relax, spend time admiring the view, enjoy refreshments from the dining cart and leave all modern day problems behind whilst heading towards their destination in Ceres.

The picturesque Ceres valley is not only the origin of some of South Africa’s best fruit and wine products, but also one of the top tourism destinations in the country – and it is not hard to see why, with its breath-taking scenery, exciting activities (including cherry picking in summer and snowy visits in winter), and a plethora of indigenous fynbos.

Minister Vos says that the Ceres Steam Train, in addition to offering a great tourism experience in one of the most picturesque valleys of our province also represents the rebirth of our rail transport system – something which is crucial in South Africa. “Not only will it pave the way for economic growth, it also reduces the number of trucks on the roads, decreasing emission and fuel costs and improving safety. Many small town economies rely on tourism infrastructure to thrive and grow economic opportunities. Therefore this steam train service increases the tourism potential of the Witzenberg district,” explains Minister Vos.

Details at a glance:

The Ceres Steam Train runs every second weekend and the costs per one way trip are as follows:

  • Adults 13y+ – R400pp
  • Children 2y-12y – R250pp
  • Infants 0-2y – free of charge since they will be on laps

The dates for the remainder of 2016 are below:

Fridays:  11 Nov | 25 Nov | 9 Dec | 30 Dec |

  • Ceres > Cape Town departing 10:30am

Saturdays:  29 Oct | 12 Nov | 26 Nov | 10 Dec | 31 Dec |

  • Cape Town > Ceres departing 07:30am
  • Lunch at Ceres Golf Estate (additional cost: R150pp adults / R50pp children)
  • Ceres > Cape Town departing 14:00pm

Sundays:  30 Oct | 13 Nov | 27 Nov | 11 Dec | 1 Jan ‘17|

  • Cape Town > Ceres departing 09:30am

To book your tickets – book and pay online here: http://www.ceresrail.co.za/book/

If you have any inquiries please send an email to bookings@ceresrail.co.za or call 083 440 7868 or visit the website www.ceresrail.co.za


This October the annual Banff International Mountain Film Festival comes to South Africa, bringing with it films of adventures by ski, bike, rock, ropes and on water. For the eleventh year, Cape Union Mart proudly hosts the screening of the 2016 World Tour films at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

Cape Union Mart delivers the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to South Africa. This year’s World Tour features the best mountain films, showcasing amazing filmmaking talent from the world over to an audience that spans the globe. Cape Union Mart will be offering South Africans this opportunity, “allowing everyone to experience these inspiring stories that drive us to keep exploring the great outdoors.”

11 award-winning and audience-nominated World Tour films, selected from hundreds of Festival submissions, will be shown at each World Tour screening in South Africa. They include a mix of topics and styles that are entertaining, inspiring and thought-provoking. These films range in
duration from the intense-action packed, three-minute surfing video;Living Rivers – Surf; to the 40-minute documentary film, A line across the sky’, winner of the Best Climbing Film category.

South African audiences are also treated to the screening of an additional five-minute film: the winning submission from the Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge. This annual film competition encourages South African filmmakers and athletes to capture and celebrate local outdoor and adventure culture.

The 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is screened at these Ster-Kinekor cinemas:

  • Cape Town: Cavendish Square – Friday, 21 October to Saturday, 29 October 2016
  • Cape Town: Tygervalley Centre – Friday, 21 October to Saturday, 29 October 2016
  • Johannesburg: Sandton City – Friday, 21 October to Saturday, 29 October 2016
  • Pretoria: Brooklyn Mall – Friday, 21 October to Saturday, 29 October 2016
  • Durban: Gateway – Friday, 28 October and Saturday, 29 October 2016 (two nights only)
  • Port Elizabeth: Baywest – Saturday, 29 October 2016 (one night only)

Shows start at 20h00 and all 11 films are shown at each screening.

Tickets are available for purchase from Friday, 2 September 2016 and can be bought directly through Ster-Kinekor. Book online at www.sterkinekor.com or call Ster-Kinekor Ticketline on 082 16789. Ticket prices are the same as a standard Ster-Kinekor ticket.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is hosted by Cape Union Mart, in proud partnership with leading outdoor brands K-Way, LED Lenser, Deuter and GoPro.

Paarl will host South Africa’s first FISHERMAN’S FRIEND StrongmanRun, the world’s biggest cross-country obstacle race, on Saturday 1 October 2016. Strongman This is the first time this event, known as the ‘strongest race of all time’ will be held outside of Europe.

This rapidly growing cross-country-obstacle-race set on a long distance track including swimming, climbing and crawling obstacles.  Paarl Rock, the country’s largest recorded mass of granite and the picturesque Berg River are the location, and will add to the challenge and scenic beauty for this one-of-a-kind event.

Ferdinand Rabie, winner of the first Big Brother SA in 2002, has been awarded the three-year license to bring this popular event to South Africa.

“Last year, 12 FISHERMAN’S FRIEND StrongmanRun events took place throughout Europe, with over 80 000 participants and I was extremely fortunate to participate in the event in Nuremberg earlier this year,” said Rabie.

“This is known as the strongest race of all time, and after participating, I know why.  I had the most fun I have had in a long time wading through mud and swimming through streams in the biggest obstacles.

“Considered the ultimate adrenaline adventure and famous for its gigantic obstacles, we are expecting the first South African event to be a sell-out.”

“We spent two weeks with the European organisers to ensure that our race follows European standards,” he added.

“The FISHERMAN’S FRIEND StrongmanRun has created a new running category and obstacle adventure racing is the fastest growing sport for women.  Runners can enter as individuals or teams, grab your moment, dress up, it is the ultimate adrenalin kick,” said Julie-Ann van Niekerk, Clippasales, distributors of Fisherman’s Friend.

“We are excited to be extending this race outside of Europe, and that teams that have competed in Europe will be coming to South Africa,” says Ingo Pauly, International FISHERMAN’S FRIEND StrongmanRun Project Team.

There are three distances: 8km with 12 obstacles, 14km with 20 obstacles and 21km with 25 obstacles.  The South African event is the first to offer school learners the opportunity to participate in the 8km race.

Entrance is limited to 5000 over the three race distances. All participants will receive a T-shirt and medal and the overall male and female winners in the 21km race get to compete in the 10th anniversary of FISHERMAN’S FRIEND StrongmanRun 2017 in Germany.

To enter visit www.strongmanrun.co.za

Race details:

Distance Entry fee Concert fee with race entry Starting time Finishing time Prizes No of entries
8km R350 R85 10:10 3 hours Medals, goodie bags and T-shirts 1500
14km R450 R85 10:30 4 hours Medals, goodie bags and T-shirts 2000
21km R750 Free 09:45 5 hours Medals, goodie bags and T-shirts 1500


To add to the entertainment of the weekend, Prime Circle will head the line-up to the Build Courage event concert on Friday 30 September.  Tickets are R160 for adults and R80 for children under 13 and available on itickets.

There is plenty of fun for the whole family as well as a separate kids event for ages 4-12, which takes place between 11:30 – 13:30 on Saturday.


Ocean 2 Ocean: 50km Guided Mountain Trail Tun

Next Run: Saturday 23  April 2016Muizenberg – Camps Bay: O2O Entry Form_April_2016

Ocean2Ocean is a guided mountain trail run from Muizenberg Beach to Camps Bay via the False Bay Mountains, Silvermine Nature Reserve and Table Mountain. This route is also run in reverse at times.

This is a pack run with limited place. (30 max) and follows a spectacular rollercoaster route through the Cape Peninsula’s mountain chain. This is not a race but runners need to be fit and capable of running on technical terrain for 12 hours or more. There are frequent breaks for views and snacks and two aid stations en-route, at Constantia Nek and Silvermine.

Some consider this the trail runner’s version of the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, Cape Town’s popular and scenic 56km road run, we call it 50km of Cape Town’s finest.

** Puffer Qualifier
The organising Committee of the PuFfer (Peninsula Ultra Fun Run 75km) will accept the O2O day run as a qualifying ultra for those participants who complete the full ultra distance.

RUN INFO: Next run: Saturday 23 April, 016

O2O_Entry Form_April_2016


Cool temperatures and solid performances throughout the field marked the 19th running of the  Three Peaks Challenge in Association with K-Way. Cape Town runner Martin Kleynhans won convincingly – for

The winner on Lion's Head

the second consecutive year. It took him five-hours and 20 minutes to complete the 50-kilometre route between three of Table Mountain’s peaks - Devil’s Peak, Maclear’s Beacon and Lion’s Head.

“I think I still haven’t quite come to terms with it! I managed to somehow win the Three Peaks. Again! How did that happen? I certainly did not expect to win again and the competition was formidable.”

Like the Swiss runner Marc Lauenstein, who set a record-smashing run at The OTTER last month, Kleynhans is an experienced orienteer. He credits his win to the “sneaky skills” learned through the off-road sport of orienteering where participants have to deal with an unmarked route and numerous route choices while balancing course distance, elevation gain and runnability of terrain into their race strategy.

He also notes a number of on-the-day elements that contributed to his win.

“Andrew Hagen, the man who basically owns this race, got sick and had to pull out before the race and, well, you could say I was in luck in that respect. Rupert Becker probably went out too hard. Lucas Adams maybe went too hard as well; both Rupert and Lucas seemed to flag from Platteklip onwards. Simon Raubenheimer was strong throughout but made the error of choosing the front-face path to Maclear’s. Pieter Calitz, who should have won based purely on running prowess, made a few fatal route-choice errors on the last leg up and down Lion’s Head. And that is how I won!”

Kleynhans says his race had a good combination of optimal route choice with reasonable, not top, speed.

“In the end I managed to better last year’s time by over four minutes and I am very happy about that too,” he adds.

Race organiser Gavin Snell completed his 19th Challenge. “It was really tough for me personally, with lots of slipping and falling on my old smooth-soled, road-running shoes.”

Snell says that despite rain at the start and pea-soup mist on the mountain, the weather was near-perfect.

“This accounted for some good, solid performances down the field, although it did mean that runners had to be mindful of the slippery conditions coming down Devil’s Peak and Platteklip Gorge. It was misty with rain in the morning and the sun came out for the Lion’s Head leg. Thankfully, the temperature stuck between the mid-teens and early 20s for much of the day.”

Returning to Greenmarket Square after ascending and descending the first peak (Devil’s Peak), Kleynhans had a 68-second lead over Pieter Calitz and Lucas Adams. On completion of the second peak – Maclear’s Beacon on Table Mountain – Calitz was in the lead and held two-minutes over Kleynhans. But Kleynhans’ better route saw him catch Calitz on Lion’s Head, as he had in his victory over Lucky Miya in 2014, to win a convincing seven-minutes ahead at the finish. Simon Raubenheimer finished third, a further eight-minutes behind.

Women's winner Melanie Porter

Women’s course record holder Katya Soggott has dominated this event for the past three years. She withdrew her entry days before the race as a serious ankle injury left her in a moon boot and on crutches. This opened the top slot on the podium up to other runners. Melany Porter took control, leading from start to clock a 7:11:28 finish. Jana Trojan was second, 20-minutes behind Porter. Brenna Coupland completed the women’s podium.

This year, 135 people completed the challenge. Shaun Schneeberger, great-great-grandson of CW Schneeberger – founder of Three Peaks Challenge, put in a good performance on his debut at this event. He began with a very slow and careful approach of the first peak to finish strong at the end.

“K-Way, a brand that boasts a strong heritage, is extremely proud to be associated with an event that holds such great history. The Three Peaks is an incredible challenge of both mental and physical endurance and we hope to be title sponsors of this challenge for many years to come. K-Way provides Three Peaks Challenge-branded technical moisture managers to every finisher, for them to wear with pride when they next hit the trails,” says Penny Parker, K-Way Marketing.

The full provisional results for 2015 Three Peaks Challenge in Association with K-Way are on the event website www.threepeakschallenge.co.za

RESULTS: 2015 Three Peaks Challenge in Association with K-Way

Men’s results

1.       Martin Kleynhans, 5:20:29

2.       Pieter Calitz, 5:27:55

3.       Simon Raubenheimer, 5:35:02

Women’s Results

1.       Melany Porter, 7:11:28

2.       Jana Trojan, 07:31:05

3.       Brenna Coupland, 07:46:32

(All images by Jeff Ayliffe)


At sunrise every first Saturday in November a crowd of runners assembles on Long Street in Cape Town for  for the start of a 50-kilometre race that will see them huffing-and-puffing up (and down) the three peaks surrounding the Cape Town City Bowl. Devil’s Peak, Maclear’s Beacon on Table Mountain and Lion’s Head are their targets as they take on the 19th Three Peaks Challenge in Association with K-Way.

The tradition of the Three Peaks Challenge was initiated in 1897 when Carl Wilhelm Schneeberger first completed a route that ascended and descended Cape Town’s three peaks, returning to the city after each one.

The Challenge was revived by Don Hartley in 1997 to commemorate CW Schneeberger’s achievement 100 years earlier and thus the annual tradition of the Three Peaks Challenge began.

“Three Peaks is a tradition that is incredibly close to my heart,” says race organiser Gavin Snell. He’s the only person to have completed all 18 editions of this event.

“It is a wonderful mental and physical challenge, but, more than that, is a great story with its rich history, tradition and people.”

Participants that stand out include Brian Key, who will be running for the 13th time. At 76 years young, Key placed in the Top 30 last year with a credible time of 7:55:59.  He turns 77 only two weeks after this year’s race.

“After a number of years of effort to find a member of the Schneeberger family, we’re delighted that Shaun Schneeberger, a great-grandson of the pioneer CW Schneeberger, will be taking part this year,” says Snell.

On the competitive side of the event the race welcomes back last year’s winner Martin Kleynhans and three-time winner and former record holder Andrew Hagen. Hagen is one of only two men – the other being AJ Calitz – to have run under five hours. Nic De Beer is in the starting line-up. Recovered from injuries, de Beer has indicated that he is using the event as part of his comeback to the trail-running scene.

Undisputed women’s favourite is Katya Soggott. She has won the last three consecutive events with unbelievably consistent winning times of 6:15:27,  6:15:02 (women’s record) and 6:15:44!

“There is something very special about the day and many people who enter thinking that they just want to do one to tick it off on their bucket list find themselves coming back for more,” says Snell.

“Besides taking place on the iconic Table Mountain, it is an interesting blend of city and mountain and has a camaraderie that can only be experienced by those who are fortunate enough to take part.”

Start in Long Street

The 5am start in Long Street



  • ·         Name: The Three Peaks Challenge in Association with K-Way
  • ·         Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
  • ·         Start: Long Street, Cape Town at 05h00
  • ·         Finish: 19h00
  • ·         Time Limit: 14 hours
  • ·         Distance: 50km
  • ·         The Three Peaks: Devil’s Peak, Maclear’s Beacon (via Platteklip Gorge) and Lion’s Head
  • ·         Number of participants: 150 (limited entry)
  • ·         Records:

Men: 4:50:21 (AJ Calitz)

Women: 6:15:02 (Katya Soggott)

  • ·         Runners to watch: Men: Martin Kleynhans (winner 2015), Andrew Hagen (three-time winner and a former record holder plus he has run a sub-5 – one of two men to do so). Also Nic De Beer.
  • ·         Women: Katya Soggott is the most likely contender; but a newcomer could have what to takes to beat her.
  • ·         This is the 19th running of this event.
  • ·         Website: www.threepeakschallenge.co.za


Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour



23 October – 2 November 2015
There will be one screening per day at 8pm.
Each screening contains all 9 films, and the total length is approximately 2 hours 10 minutes 

We are screening at six Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country: 

Cape Town
Cavendish Square 23 Oct – 2 Nov | Tygervalley 23 Oct – 2 Nov

Sandton 23 Oct – 2 Nov 

Brooklyn 23 Oct – 2 Nov

Gateway 30 – 31 October 

Port Elizabeth
Baywest Mall 31 October


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