TBC | JUNE | 2022

Spectacular trail across the mountains that separate the Atlantic and Indian Oceans from Fish Hoek to Hout Bay. The trail is mainly on single path and is roughly 25km in distance.

The Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge sells out quickly every year! Get your name on the reminder list so you don't miss out. See you on the mountain!


2021 - 18th Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge and we will be running from Hout Bay Harbour to Fish Hoek Beach.

The Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge is a trail run on mostly single paths on the Constantiaberg and Muizenberg mountains between Hout Bay and Fish Hoek. The route varies each year with a distance of +-25km. Each year the start and finish alternate.

With most of the run completed on single path, the race is limited to 250 runners on the mountain at one time.

The route is marked and each runner is given a full route description before race day.

There will be a bus that you are able to book onto when you register that will take you from the finish to the start in the morning.

Difficult to have records as the route and the distance has changes slightly each year. Currently the fast times for the men from Hout Bay to Fish Hoek, the down run is 01:39:42 set by Ryan Sandes in 2011 and the ladies is 01:58:54 set by Michelle Lombardi in 2011. Distance was +-22km

The fastest time for the men from Fish Hoek to Hout Bay, the up run is 01:39:33 set by Michael Bailey in 2012 and the ladies is 01:59:39 set by Michelle Lombardi in 2016. Distance +-22km


There are only 250 entries for the Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge and participants will need to register online when entries open.

Entries were divided up 4 ways:

2020 Participants

Date - Wednesday 14th April - 10:00

First 100 places will be offered to the 2020 participants who finished, on a first come first serve basis. All 2020 finishers will be emailed an entry code to be used when entering. If your email address has changed please email us to update it.

Public Places

Date - Thursday 15th April - 10:00

The second 140 places plus any places left over from the first 100 will be opened to all other entrants.

Charity Places

Date - Thursday 15th April - 10:00

There will be 10 Volunteer Wildfire Services charity places available on a first come first serve basis.

Last Minute Entries

Date - Sunday 23rd May - 10:00

These entries will only be available if there are still entries available. There will be a late entry fee.

Entries will close once we have reached capacity of 250 runners or on Tuesday 1st June 2021.

Entry Fees

2021 entry fee will be:

  • Individual Entry - R665.00
  • Volunteers Wildfires Series Charity Entry - R1000
  • Late Entry (Only if places available) - R765.00
  • No entries will be taken after the 1st June 2021


  • SAN Parks permit and Conservation Fees
  • Race Medal
  • Check Point
  • Medics, Security, Traffic management

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  • Sorry there will be no bus transfer this year.

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Race Number Pick Up

  • You will collect your race number when you have equipment check at the start. Please make sure you give yourself enough time to collect your race number and do equipment check. Your race number needs to be placed on the front of you and needs to be visible at all times.
  • Participants must bring their Race Confirmation Email to race start.

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  • Substituting your Race Number by either selling it or giving it to someone else, must take place up until and including 2nd June 2021. Race Number exchange includes the registration fee and any additional purchases (t-shirt, bus ticket, etc) that will be transferred to the person taking over the entry. The new runner will have the option to purchase additional add-ons (t-shirts, bus tickets ,etc) if they are still available.
  • Please email the Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge Team to request a Substitution Form - email sent to hello@fishermanschallenge.co.za
  • There will be a substitution fee of R80.00 paid by the runner taking over the entry. You will have the option to pay via credit card, debit card or EFT when you complete the substitutions form.
  • The Entry Fee is to be sorted out between the runner selling his/her entry to the runner who is taking it over. No refunds of the entry fee will be paid by the organisers.
  • No substitutions will be taken after the 2nd June 2021.

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  • If you are unable to race this year after you have received your race confirmation email for 2021, you may withdraw by sending an email to hello@fishermanschallenge.co.za.
  • If you chose to withdraw, please notify the organiser by email - hello@fishermanschallenge.co.za.
  • 75% of your Entry and Merchandise ordered will be refunded, when your entry is cancelled on or before 27th April 2021 in writing
  • 50% of your Entry and Merchandise ordered will be refunded, when your entry is cancelled on or before the 10th May 2021 in writing
  • 25% of your Entry and Merchandise ordered will be refunded, when your entry is cancelled on or before the 23rd May 2021 in writing
  • No Refunds will be made after the 23rd May 2021.
  • Any donations made, will be donated to the event charity and not refunded.
  • The refund payment will be done within the calendar month after the event. For clarification if the event takes place on 5th June 2021, refunds will be paid by 5th July 2021.

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We are trying to mitigate financial risk for all parties, and so have updated our cancellation policy in line with the various unknown elements ahead.

There are two primary options for you to consider. Enter now to avoid the risk of entry sell-out, and self-manage your withdrawal decision within a sliding scale of monetary return, or enter at a later date, risking entry sell-out or paying late entry fee.

It will always be our primary objective to secure a new date for the event, and avoid total cancellation.

Should the event be cancelled for inclement weather, economic or any other external forces that are out of the Event Management's control, the organiser may decide to:

  • Change the course to a safer alternative course
  • Postpone the event if possible
  • Cancel the event completely.

This decision will only be made in the interest of participants' safety and in accordance with the law.

If the event needs to be completely cancelled, no refunds will be possible.

We understand with the current situation of Covid-19 pandemic brings with it a whole lot of unknowns. We continue to plan with these unknowns in the hope that we will be get out on to the trails soon.

Please refer to withdrawal details regarding refunds and how refunds will work.

You may decide to withdraw before official cancellation, which will enable a partial refund.

We will look at all options and work with our Stakeholders and within the law to ensure the best plan if things have to change. In every instance, we will seek a win-win situation for all of us, including our suppliers. If the event must be postponed to a new date or next year, then all entries will be carried over.

We are committed to regular communication with all participants in the lead up to the race.

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We would like to thank all of our partners for all their support that they have given to the Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge.

Dunlop Tyres
Bamboo Warehouse
Coca Cola
Devil's Peak
MyO2 Gel
Rock Rabbit Sport


If you have any questions, please drop us an email or sign up to our mailing list for all the latest news.

Phone: 082 643 6186
Email: hello@fishermanschallenge.co.za