About The Giant’s Cup

The Giant’s Cup is a 2-day stage race, set over the 5-day Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail, in the Maloti Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site in the Southern Drakensberg.

Runners will enjoy 62km of beautiful mountain trails and be able recover and relax afterwards in the comfort of the three resorts along the route.

The principle beneficiary of The Giant’s Cup is the local branch of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) based at Cobham Nature Reserve. R500 per runner will be dedicated to this cause that will focus on local issues within the Maloti Drakensberg Park. These include alien vegetation, maintenance of the trails, funding of vital equipment for EKZNW staff and assistance with monitoring of critically endangered species such as the Bearded Vulture.

The entry fee and details of what is included in the entry package can be found here.

Race Itinerary

The event weekend starts with registration and dinner on Thursday 16th May 2019 at the Premier Resort Sani Pass, and finishes at the Bushman’s Nek Resort on Sunday 19th May 2019 with the farewell breakfast.

Registration & Overnight 1

Thursday, 16th May 2019, at the Premier Resort Sani Pass. Registration will take place from 4pm. Proof of identification will be required at registration.

Athletes will overnight at the Premier Resort Sani Pass, in hotel accommodation on a room sharing basis

Day 1

Day 1 for GC 32/30 starts from the Premier Resort Sani Pass, incorporating the Gxalingenwa Trail and days 1-3 of the Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail, and finishes at Castleburn Farm on the Drakensberg Gardens road. The total running distance is 32km.

Day 1 for GC 20/15 starts at Cobham, incorporating days 2-3 of the Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail, and finishes at Castleburn Farm on the Drakensberg Gardens road. The total running distance is 20km.

Overnight 2

Athletes will overnight at the Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, in hotel accommodation on a room sharing basis

Day 2

Day 2 for GC 32/30 starts from Castleburn Farm, incorporating days 4 and 5 of the Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail, and finishes at the Bushman’s Nek Resort. The total running distance is 30km.

Day 2 for GC 20/15 stars at Swiman, incorporating day 5 of the Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail, and finishes at the Bushman’s Nek Resort. The total running distance is 15km.

Overnight 3

The final night of the race will be at the Bushman’s Nek Resort, in hotel accommodation on a room sharing basis, and includes the Awards Dinner and festivities.

For a detailed description of the Race Route click here.

Race Facilities

The following facilities would be provided as part of the race.

Accommodation

All accommodation is in hotel rooms on a room sharing basis. Night 1 at Premier Resort Sani Pass, night 2 at Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort and night 3 at Bushman’s Nek Berg & Trout Resort.

Food

Dinner and breakfast will be provided at the three hotels where each of the overnight stops occur and lunch will be provided at the finish of both days of the event. For those seeking additional replenishments there are cash bars and restaurants available at all three hotels.

Dinner at Bushman’s Nek Resort on the final night of the event will be in the form of an Awards Dinner whereby the overall podium positions will be awarded their prizes together with any category winners and lucky draw prizes.

Runners are welcome to book extra seats at the Awards Dinner for friends and family for an additional charge and must do so when entering the event. The cost per extra ticket will be R300 p.p.

Overnight Bag Transport

On both mornings before the start runners will be required to pack up their belongings and hand them to a member of the GC Team to be transported to the finish of that particular day. Runners will then be able to collect their bag from at the finish. Please note we will only accept ONE bag per runner to be transported.

Sunday Morning Shuttle

You vehicle will remain at Premier Resort Sani Pass during the event and there will be shuttle buses available on the Sunday morning to transport you and your bag back to Premier Resort Sani Pass from Bushman’s Nek. We will contact all runners prior to the event to see which shuttle they require to be booked on. The cost of this shuttle will be R TBC and payable at registration.

Medical and Security

There will be a full medical team on standby throughout the event to respond to any medical emergencies that may arise.

Injured or ill runners will be treated on site by the medical personnel who will gain access by foot, horseback or vehicle where possible.

Should any extraction of a runner be deemed necessary this will be done by horseback or by vehicle where possible.
The isolated nature of the course means that extraction could prove time consuming and difficult and runners will be expected to acknowledge this in the indemnity form that will need to be signed when entering the event.

Should the need arise for any security on the Trail this will be provided by EKZNW Field Rangers.