Route Details

The Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge is +-25km race between Hout Bay and Fish Hoek. The route follows some sections that the fishermen used to take to cross the mountains that separate the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The race's start and finish points alternate each year between Fish Hoek and Hout Bay. There are slight changes to the route from the previous years.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to the different route profiles. When you start from Hout Bay you begin with a relentless climb to the top of Blackburn Ravine - a climb of over 631metres, but then the rest of the route is a gradual descent into Fish Hoek with a two bumps to get over on the way. While the start from Fish Hoek also has a steep short climb early on with small rock scramble section. After which it is more runnable and with a more gradual climb - you climb for the majority of the race, but the view at the summit of Blackburn is awesome and the descent towards the finish is wild! The route does change slightly each year to vary things up a bit.

This year the start is at the Fish Hoek Beach Sports Club and will finish in Hout Bay.

  • Distance: +-22km
  • Max Altitude: 681m
  • Total Elevation: +-1170
  • Elevation Loss: 1170m
  • Highest Point: Blackburn Ravine
  • Route: Route will be mark on single path and jeep track

The Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge is broken into 2 legs with a check point at Silvermine Dam within the Table Mountain National Park.

The first leg this year will start at the Fish Hoek Beach Sports Club to Silvemrine Dam.

The second leg from Silvemine dam continues up and over to finish in Hout Bay.


Every competitor taking part in the Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge is expected to be self-sufficient and equipped in accordance with the requirements of the race rules. It is compulsory for all competitors to carry their own equipment throughout the duration of the race. There will be random equipment checks at any time and place during or immediately after the race. If competitors are found without the specified equipment they will be disqualified from the race and their race result will be displayed as "DSQ".

Required Race Equipment

  1. Space Blanket - Essential for all weather conditions - it shouldn't leave your trail running gear!
  2. Waterproof Shell Jacket
  3. Whistle - Essential for all weather conditions - it shouldn't leave your trail running gear!
  4. First Aid Kit - Strapping, pain killers
  5. Food - Enough to last at least 5 hours
  6. Cell Phone - ensure is kept dry and is FULLY charged
  7. Water holder - Minimum 750ml carrying capacity and must contain water.
  8. Backpack /hydration pack /Hip belt /Hydration Belt - all race equipment must fits into the bag/belt.
  9. Race Number
  10. Thermal Base layer - if not wearing place in waterproof bag for wet & cold weather conditions
  11. Hat/Cap/Visor - is advised have with you
  12. Buff/Beanie - is advised have with you
  13. Compass/GPS - its good to have one and know how to use it
  14. MySOS APP - is advised have with you
  15. Cup - Water stations will be cup free, you need to bring your own cup or bottle to be able to get a drink at the water station.

Please note that the equipment is there for your safety.

Why a whistle?

The sound of a whistle will carry a lot further than the human voice so if you fall down a ravine and need to alert someone a whistle will more than likely be heard over your voice.

The rescue signal for a whistle is 6 good long blasts - stop - then repeat until someone gets to you. Don't stop because you've heard a reply - rescuers may be using your blasts as a direction finder.

You can use a torch in the same way in the dark - and it is advisable to carry one when running in darkness.


We the organisers of the Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge and all helpers involved on the day take safety very seriously and expect all participants to do the same.

Cold, wet, windy and misty is generally the type of weather expected for the Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge in June. The weather at sea level is usually very different to that on the top of the mountain, so one needs to be prepared. Please refer to the Race Equipment list for the exact gear/equipment you will need to carry with you on race day.

Before race day, you will be sent a route map and the route description. All the necessary emergency numbers on along with "what to do in an emergency".

Safety Tips when Training

  • Plan your route: Know where you are going so there is less chance of your getting lost. Make sure you are allowed to run the route you have planned and have the correct permit if required
  • Tell someone where you are running and what time to expect you back
  • Try avoid running on your own. Safety in numbers
  • Check the weather before you head out: things could change while you are out and you need to be prepared
  • Take sufficient supplies of water and food: always be prepared for worst case scenario, keep a energy bar in your kit bag at all times
  • Take a fully charged cell phone
  • Know your limits!