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Welcome to the Lesotho Wildrun 2012! Over the next three days you will journey through the breath-taking mountain home of the Basotho people - a shared mountain wilderness unlike any other. It will be tough, but without a doubt rewarding!

This is a short guide to your Lesotho Wildrun experience, including some important information about travel in Lesotho. If there is anything you are not sure about, or anything you need, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the Wildrun crew, who will be only too happy to assist. We look forward to getting to know you during the event, and from all of us, we wish you an injury-free and unforgettable Lesotho Wildrun journey. Enjoy!

Owen, Tam & the Wildrunner team

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Contents Who’s who at the Lesotho Wildrun 2012 ..…………….……………

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Pre-event checklist

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Wednesday 18th April

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Travel Distances Schematic

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LWR12 Day 1 route map Friday 20th April LWR12 Day 2 route map Saturday 21st April LWR12 Day 3 route map Sunday 22nd April Crew Contact Details

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So who’s who on the Lesotho Wildrun 2012? Owen Middleton – Wildrunner Events Director Owen dreamt it up and made it happen, so here we all are! If you don’t already know Owen, you’ll normally find him somewhere in the mountains with his loyal companion Shadow. Trail running is his passion and his lifestyle and bringing it to everyone else is his mission.

Tamaryn Jupp (Tam) – Wildrunner Events Manager The Real Boss. If you don’t know Tam by now, then you will pretty soon. She is the backbone of the Wildrun, and will put a smile on your face any time of the day. Anything you need during the run, Tam will sort it out.

Dave van der Byl – Wildrunner Course Manager This is Dave’s second Lesotho Wildrun, having swept for the first edition in 2011. Dave runs his own instant lawn business called ‘Green Buffalo’ by day. Sh*t hot body boarder, Springbok horse rider, gifted mountain biker and now converted trail runner, Dave spends his pleasure time seeking thrills outdoors.

Dave & Glenda Jupp – Radio Communications & Registration Tam’s folks - Dave and Glenda have spent a life-time together, travelling the world and taking it as it comes. Having lived in Texas, Greece, France, England and Belgium, they came back to settle at home in the Cape, where they now try to take as much time off as possible!

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Robert ‘Brundle’ le Brun (aka Robbie) – Wildrunner crew Take Robbie for a walk and he’ll have said hello to 10 people he knows before you’ve walked a block! A hockey player at heart, Robbie is a passionate guy with a lot of energy! He’ll be the guy you can hear from across the mountains, keeping your spirits up while cheering you on till the end.

Conrad Seymour & Eugene Miller – Medical Team The body mechanics. Conrad and Eugene own a specialist events medical business in Port Elizabeth called ‘Eastern Cape Medical Response’. These two are just real nice guys, and don’t be shy to ask them for help! They are tasked with dealing with any medical issues and emergencies.

Roland van der Merwe – Sweep ‘I don’t need a whistle, I’ve got teeth!’ If you haven’t heard Roland yet, you haven’t been listening! Roland describes himself as a ‘trail junkie and loud mouth’, with a good sense of humour and absolute love for the outdoors … which in our estimation is just about right! If Roland wasn’t the sweep, he’d be keeping the sweep company and loving every minute of it. Make sure you ask Roland about his Lesotho Wildrun 2011 experience…

Kelvin Trautman – Professional Photographer Kelvin Trautman is South Africa’s most talented and creative adventure sports photographer, and together with his extreme fitness this makes him the only photographer out there that can run the mountains of Lesotho and while shooting for the whole day!

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Andrew King - D4 Productions Andrew King’s sporting ability makes him and his D4 film crew the best team for the job of capturing the essence of the Wildrun experience. Andrew has filmed both the Lesotho and Wildcoast Wildrun’s over the last three years, and his Wildcoast Wildrun production last year has set the benchmark in trail running production.

Genevieve – The massage therapist extraordinaire The ‘No-Pain, No-Gain’ gal … Yup, chances are you will end up on her table at some stage! Genevieve will work out all those niggles and make you feel ready for the next day. Genevieve has worked on many multiday trail running events, such as the Wildcoast Wildrun & the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon.

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Lesotho Wildrun 2012 Runners LWR# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 6

Name Madelein Chantel Jane Thys Mary Japhet Bruce Retha Belinda Erik Andrew Bongani Samuel Guy Gerry Ad Stephen Leander Angus Boeta Deon Rob Rob Dominic Steven Theo Stephen

Surname Barnard Nienaber Mackinnon Nel Tsikinyane Mudau Shepherd Janse van Rensburg van der Riet Hallendorff Lowndes Sokudela van Dyk Jennings Beukes Cole Kriel Opperman Tanner van Tonder Vermeulen Dijkhuis Peters (adidas) Cullinan Cunliffe (addias) Janse van Rensburg Black Š Wildrunner Events 2012


Pre-event checklist  Valid Passport & vehicle documentation if driving (see next page)  Travel insurance (highly recommended – see website)  Your numbered Lesotho Wildrun bag & kit that will be sent to you (this is your runner bag and must be brought with)  Required kit, personal nutrition, GPS + spare batteries/charger  Personal medication  Cash & credit card for bar/curios etc  Camera, charger & empty card  Your non-runner bag to be left at the finish  Unwanted shoes & clothing (adult & children sizes)

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Useful info on travelling in Lesotho Documents, money, vehicle paperwork & vaccinations •

Obviously you need your Passport, so don’t forget this! Since the 2010 World Cup, ID’s are no longer accepted in Lesotho.

Rands are accepted throughout Lesotho, as the ratio is 1:1 to the Maluti. Credit cards are accepted, but cash is of course preferred.

Lesotho legislation says you need TWO red warning triangles as well as a ZA sticker on your vehicle (both available at any Outdoor Warehouse). If you are driving into Lesotho in your own vehicle you MIGHT need a copy of your vehicles registration document (certified to be sure) – so rather be safe than sorry and throw it in.

No vaccinations are necessary, but the following are advised by the CDC when travelling in Lesotho:

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Vaccination or Disease

Recommendations or Requirements for VaccinePreventable Diseases

Routine

Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots, such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)

Recommended for all unvaccinated people travelling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.

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Vaccination or Disease

Recommendations or Requirements for VaccinePreventable Diseases

Hepatitis B

Recommended for all unvaccinated persons travelling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission, especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g. for an accident).

Typhoid

Recommended for all unvaccinated people travelling to or working in Southern Africa, especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

Rabies

Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travelers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for longterm travelers and expatriates living in areas with a significant risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites.

Road blocks Road blocks are generally speaking quite frequent and have some unique attributes. Here is how some of them work:

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• There is a stop sign in both directions with the police normally standing between them, 50m or so in front of each sign. Make sure you stop dead AT THE STOP SIGN and not be conned into driving on past to the Police – despite how enthusiastically they are waving you forward. If you don’t stop they will fine you for not stopping. Once you have come to a complete stop, wait for the police to motion you forward. • Number plates in Lesotho are dated and renewed every few years. One of the more common tricks is to tell South African drivers that their number plates have expired. There is usually a date stamped on SA number plates, but this is of course when either the vehicle was licensed in your name, or when a replacement number plate was put on and has no reference to the validity of the number plate or the license of the car. • Generally they will try and find something. Do not be conned into paying a spot fine, but ask for a written fine notice.

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Wednesday, 18 April Up to 14h00 - Get yourself to Ramabanta Refer to directions document for further details. A schematic of travel distances and route course follows on page 12. Dave will be at Ramabanta upon your arrival, and will assist you with your connecting transfer. 15h00 - Transfer for all runners departs Ramabanta for Malealea 16h30 - Transfer arrives at Malealea. All runners to register. At registration, you will need to sign the event indemnity and collect your Lesotho Wildrun race number & maps. 18h30 – GPS & general navigation 101 (optional) This is for anyone who would like some basic GPS training & guidance, and is optional. If you have any concerns on GPS usage, or general navigation queries this is highly recommended. 19h30 - Wildrun briefing, overall and for day 1 You will be taken through important event logistical & safety information and instructions, as well as lead you though day one of the Lesotho Wildrun. This is for your safety & information and is very important, so please be present at this briefing. 20h00 - Dinner In the dining room at Malealea Lodge Š Wildrunner Events 2012

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Travel Distances

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Note: • Only your ‘Lesotho Wildrun 2012 Runner Bag’ will be transported each day. Please leave any extra kit you have in your car at Ramabanta. Dave will be able to assist you with storage at Ramabanta if you don’t want it left in your car. • You won’t be able to purchase any snacks, batteries etc for your run once in Malealea. Maseru has a huge Pick ‘n Pay, and is the best place for a pit-stop to get all your last-minute goodies. • No pubs – except the Malealea Pub, which will be open from arrival until bedtime! www.malealea.co.ls • NB No room-tabs throughout the Lesotho Wildrun – all drinks/snacks purchased at the hotels bars are to be paid up-front.

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Thursday, 19 April Day 1: Distance: Start time:

Malealea to Semonkong 44km 06h30

04h00 to 04h45 - Breakfast in the dining hall at Malealea 04h00 to 04h45 - Bag check in at Malealea, and gear check You need to check in your race bag before the start. The Wildrun trailer will be in the parking area for check-in. Please ensure your kit bag is also with you and ready to go when you check your bags in, as your required kit will be checked here as well. 05h00 – Transfer departs from Malealea to the start at Ha Searle

06h30 – LESOTHO WILDRUN 2012 STARTS! 12h00 to 16h00 - Lunch Semonkong Lunch will be available from 12h00 in the restaurant. 18h30 - Briefing for day 2 at the bar/restaurant Briefing for day 2 will be in the bar/restaurant area. There is very important information about day 2, so please drag your weary legs down to the bar! 19h00 - Dinner Also in the bar/restaurant area, so you don’t have to move anywhere!

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Route Map Day 1

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Friday, 20 April Day 2: Distance: Start time:

Semonkong via Maletsunyane Falls 28km 07h00

06h00 - Breakfast A delicious continental and cooked breakfast will be available to keep that motor running on day 2’s adventure.

07h00 – Lesotho Wildrun Day 2 START 12h00 to 16h00 - Lunch at Semonkong Lunch is again available from 12h00 and of course the bar will be open! If you miss this time, you will need to survive off bar snacks until dinner! 18h30 - Briefing for day 3 Briefing for day 3 will be in the bar/restaurant area. There is very important information about day 3, so please drag your even wearier legs to the bar. 19h00 - Dinner Dinner at Semonkong Lodge restaurant, which by now, you will be very familiar with!

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Route Map Day 2

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Saturday, 21 April Day 3: Distance: Start time:

Semonkong to Ramabanta 40km 06h30

05h00 to 05h30 - Breakfast A delicious buffet breakfast will be available to get you up and running for day 3’s adventure. 05h00 to 05h40 - Bag check in Please check your race bag in at the Wildrun trailer, in the parking area of Semonkong Lodge. Your kit bag will also be checked here. 06h30 – Lesotho Wildrun Day 3 START 12h00 to 16h00 – Lunch at Ramabanta Buffet lunch will be available as you arrive at Ramabanta Trading Post, after the last day of your unimaginable mountain journey. 19h00 - Final presentation & prize giving Find your way back to the beautiful green lawns below the Ramabanta Trading Post Restaurant for the final presentation and prize giving. 20h00 - Dinner Dinner will be in the Ramabanta Trading Post dining room and a big bonfire outside will round off the Lesotho Journey!

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Route Map Day 3

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Sunday, 22 April Post-event at Ramabanta Trading Post 07h00 - Buffet breakfast available 7h30 onwards - Runners depart at own leisure

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Crew Contact details: Race Director

Owen Middleton

084 221 8422

Race Manager

Tamaryn Jupp

072 373 5081

Course Manager

David van der Byl

082 885 7127

Event Setup

Robert le Brun

072 602 2418

Registration and timing

Glenda Jupp

+266 593 54822

Communications Manager

David Jupp Roland van der Merwe

083 247 9749

Race sweep

082 902 3333

Conrad Seymour

084 627 9619

Eugene Miller

082 448 2321

Photographer

Kelvin Trautman

084 257 1581

Film – D4 Productions

Andrew King

082 901 7022

Massage Therapy

Genevieve

083 565 6108

Medical assistance

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Lesotho Wildrun 2012 Event Guide