The time trial is run from the clubhouse on the grounds of the ARC, in a very sought-after farm environment. You can go straight from work and change at the club house; all amenities such as change rooms, showers and a refreshment bar are available. If you arrive early and want to warm up before the
time trial, just sign in at the gate if you don’t have a disk (which is available to Irene members). Training is allowed on the premises from 13:00 on weekdays.
One word sums up the Irene time trial: different. If you are tired of city roads and dodging cars, get yourself to this beautiful and peaceful time trial. You will run past cows, animals and open fi elds. It starts on a short and slight uphill before it turns onto a fl at road, which gives you a breather for the next gradual uphill towards the 2km mark. If you are running the 4km, you turn at the top of the hill and make your way downhill to the fi nish. If you are running the 6km time trial, you continue for another 300m downhill before turning back. An uphill awaits you, but once it’s done and dusted, it is plain sailing to the finish.
The 8km runners continue along a fl attish section to the 5.3km mark at the entrance of the ARC. You run back along the same fl attish section. The only diffi cult hill you encounter is around the 6.5km to 7.5km mark, but once you reach the top, you can fi nish fast and strong on the last couple of hundred metres to the fi nish at the clubhouse.
This is a great time trial if you are seeking a peaceful run in a quiet environment. It is not an easy time trial, but it is a fair course to establish your race fitness.
DIFFICULTY RATING: 3 OUT OF 5
After time trials, runners and walkers usually get together at the clubhouse for cold refreshment and something to eat. Every fi rst Tuesday of the month is a special club evening. The social committee has a theme for every month and there are informative presentations by different role players in the sporting community. Various lucky draw prizes are given away.
The club is open until 21:00.
Address: On the grounds of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in Irene.
When: Tuesday evenings. Starting time is 17:30 from September to April and 17:15 from May to August
Distances: 4km, 6km and 8km