The Makgobaskloof Plunge 2023

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Haenertsburg to Tzaneen

Rotary Haenertsburg will be hosting the Makgobaskloof Plunge on Saturday 18th November 2023, which includes our famous 42.2km and a 21.1km.
The 42.2km is run from Haenertsburg to Tzaneen with a total ascent +- 472m and descent of +- 1013m. After a 2 km warm-up around the village the route joins the R71 eastbound starting with a 3 km climb. You'll be running on the shoulder of the westbound lane, facing any oncoming local traffic. After a further 8 km of ups and downs the course descends Makgobaskloof in 6 km to the Lowveld where you will find a 9 km stretch which is just as undulating as the mountain. Although the climbs ease off for the remaining 14 km of the route on the R71, R36 and streets of Tzaneen, you will find this race to be a taxing experience when combined with the Lowveld summer temperature and humidity.

We will have 14 water points at intervals of 2.5 to 4 km ending with closer spacing. There will be several field toilets at the start of each course and single toilets at intervals of 10km along the route.

Entry Fees

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Start Times
42.2 km: 05h30, Plein Street in Haenertsburg (-23.944167; 29.938686)
21.1 km: 05h30, on the R71 near the road marker R71-1 77.0E (-23.84577; 30.03328)
Both races end at Letaba Rugby Club adjacent to Tzaneen Showgrounds and will be timed electronically.

Bus Tickets
42.2 km - tickets are available online for a ride to the Start of the race at Haenertsburg.
If you wish to return to Haenertsburg after the race please arrange your own transport.
21.1 km - tickets are available online for a ride to the Start of the race. There is NO parking at the 21.1km start so either use the busses or you can be dropped off.

Bus embarkation point and time for all busses:
Driving range, Agatha Street, Tzaneen (-23,81961; 30,16204)
The busses for the 42.2km will depart at 03h30 and for the 21.1km at 04h00

Race Number Collection Points
Please select your point of collection as your number will only be available at your selected collection point.
1) The Farmyard, R81 (Munnik Road) , Polokwane - Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November 16h00 to 18h00 and Friday 17th November 14h00 to 17h00
2) Lifestyle Centre, Tzaneen -Thursday 16th November 16h00 to 18h00 and Friday 17th November 14h00 to 18h00
3) Community Centre, Haenertsburg - Friday 17th November 14h00 to 18h00

All race numbers not collected at one of the above points can be collected at the start points half-an hour before the race starts, but please do not cut it too fine.

All competitors who complete the 42.2km (cut-off 6.0 hr) and 21.1km (cut-off 3.5 hr) races within the cut-off times will receive a medal.

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Enquiries about the event please contact:

The Makgobaskloof Plunge 2023
Deneys 082 802 1870 | Ann 082 808 2539

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