VWS Nuweberg Trail Challenge (November 2022)

Sun Nov 13, 07:00 - Mon Nov 14, 12:00
Cape Canopy Tours

Unfortunately with Covid and the uncertainty of another looming lockdown/4th wave, THE RACE HAS BEEN POSTPONED until an anticipated date of Sunday 13 November 2022 so please keep your ticket if that is convenient to you.

Please join us for the Nuweberg VWS Trail Challenge on the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, just outside Grabouw. You will traverse the pristine trails of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and experience firsthand the wonder of the Fynbos which sustains our mountain water catchment areas.

Challenge yourself with a 22km or 10km route in some of the most breathtaking vistas the Overberg region has to offer.

The VWS Nuweberg Trail Challenge 2020 follows a most successful inaugural event in November 2018, and is designed to test the mettle of avid trail runners and casual runners (and walkers) alike, as you traverse the slopes of the Hottentots Holland mountains.

You will experience pristine Fynbos and breath-taking vistas as you navigate the trails we have chosen for you.

Run and organised entirely by Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) volunteer wildland firefighters, all proceeds go towards the VWS, an entirely volunteer-run, non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and the preservation of our mountain catchments and natural heritage.

We receive no official or municipal funding, and all funds are used for operational and logistical expenses to fight wildfires. These funds are raised by our volunteers, via donations or events such as this race.

The event offers runners a chance to do two routes: ±22km or ±10km, with the race start and finish at Cape Canopy Tours, Grabouw at Nuweberg in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.

Should you not be able to participate, donations are welcome and would be greatly appreciated.

You can also purchase a Volunteer Wildfire Services Proud Supporter buff to wear on the day (and at all your other races), and show your support for our cause.

Distance: ±22km Route

Entry fee: Early Bird Special - R260 (Regular entry fee – R280)

Start: 07h30 (Mandatory briefing at 07h15)

Final cut-off: 12h00

Runners should be self-sufficient.

Compulsory kit

  • Cell phone (emergencies only: 071 331 4927) stored in a Ziplock bag
  • Limited water on route. Hydration pack essential.
  • Race Number
  • Weather dependent, windbreaker/waterproof jacket
  • Space blanket

Recommended kit

  • Food/snacks
  • Sun protection

Distance: 10km Route

Entry fee: Early Bird Special – R180 (Regular entry fee – R195)

Start: 08h00 (Briefing at 07h45)

Cut off: 11h30

Compulsory kit

  • Cell phone (emergencies only: 071 331 4927) stored in a Ziplock bag
  • Race Number

Recommended kit

  • Limited water on route. Hydration pack recommended.
  • Weather dependent, windbreaker/waterproof jacket
  • Food/snacks
  • Sun protection

Race Number Collections to be confirmed at a later date


There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the 10km and the 22km race. There will also be a number of spot prizes, for which all entrants running on the day will be eligible.

Please note that by submitting your entry form you declare that you are physically and medically fit to participate in this event and assume all risks of such participation. You participate in the race at your own risk and hereby Indemnify the organiser, officials, all helpers, all sponsors, the national and provincial bodies, local authorities, Cape Nature, and the Volunteer Wildfire Services against any loss, injury, damage and/or any claim whatsoever which may arise as a result of participating in the race.

Race rules

The Volunteer Wildfire Services reserves the right to cancel the race (without refund) if conditions on the day, do not allow for the race to be run safely, or should there be a major wildfire at the time of the event.

All entrants must be in possession of a race number issued by the organisers, which must be worn on the front of your person.

Participants must keep to the designated routes, as indicated.

Marshals and traffic officials must be obeyed at all times. Failure to comply with these instructions may lead to immediate disqualification.

No seconding shall be allowed on the route.

Some refreshment stations will be provided, however, each runner is required to have sufficient food and water for their own needs.

No littering permitted at any stage. Any runner caught littering will be disqualified.

Damage to flora/fauna or any historical site will lead to automatic disqualification.

No unauthorised cyclists, vehicles, rollerblades or scooters will be permitted on the route.

It is the responsibility of each participant that he/she is medically fit and healthy to participate in the event.

The Volunteer Wildfire Services reserves the right to accept or reject any entry.

Minimum age of 16 for the 22km race. Minimum age of 14 for the 10km race. Between 12- and 14-year-olds allowed if accompanied by a guardian.

Pets are not permitted.

While the Volunteer Wildfire Services places participant and member safely above any other priority or obligation, Volunteer Wildfire Services will not be held liable for any loss, injury or damage suffered by entrants or spectators.

10km race route

10km route profile

22km race route


22km route profile

Additional information

Refund policy Refunds allowed (view policy)


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