Take your running to new heights.
That’s why we are turning it up for our virtual event this year – and counting your climb too!
It’s pretty simple. When submitting your time for inclusion on the leaderboard we’re going to ask you to also check your GPS fitness tracker* for your Elevation Gain/ Total Climb.
We then take your total climb (in metres) and divide it by your time which spits out a number we’re calling your vert-tally points. The more you climb, the more points you score and the higher your ranking on the leaderboard.
Let our sea-legged pirates help explain:
- Barnacle Bill runs a beachside sub 2hr 21k but only logs 50m of climbing. He scores 605 points.
- Shiverin’ Shelly takes on Joburg’s Toughest 21 with 373m of uphill slog and with her 2hr time she scores an awesome 4476 points.
- And even though Pete Peg-leg does a blistering 1:30 along the beach route his miserly bounty is only 800 points.
And there be treasure for the winners!
Our virtual race prize money was previously limited to the Over The Mountain course but we’re opening it up so no matter where you are you can still win (if you’re in Joburg good luck finding a tougher route!)
- 1st place: R1500
- 2nd place: R1000
- 3rd place: R500
For R150 you’ll get a goodie bag including a cap and our awesome Pirates 21km medal. We’ll courier to a pick-up point closest to you anywhere in SA at only R70 extra. You can add up to four entrants’ race packs in the same parcel or pick-up from Pirates Club on 18th or 19th Feb!
What’s the catch?
As with our Over The Mountain challenge last year, participants need to submit a valid public activity link (Garmin, Strava, MapMyRun or similar) to be eligible for prize money.
You’re welcome to take your route off-road but your time needs to be under 3 hours to be eligible for prize money so mountaineering might be out.
You need to complete a bona fide route (out-and-back, one-way or circular with a max of two laps) so no hill repeats!
*We realise that not everyone has access to a GPS watch or phone – you can still submit your time but you may be ranked lower in the points table if no elevation gain is included.
Frequently Asked Questions
Timing And Results
Your Race Number will be emailed to you by the Friday following your entry (or first week of February if entered before end-Jan). You are welcome to print and wear your personalised race number but only need to know the number to submit your time.
There are no timing chips. You will need to time yourself using your watch or phone and submit your race number and elapsed time at https://bit.ly/submitmytime
If you have a GPS tracking app/watch/device please also welcome to submit a public GPS activity link to appear on the #OvertheMountain leaderboard and to be eligible for certain prizes.
The leaderboard will be updated at least twice every weekend. The last updated time will be visible, please do not submit your result mutiple times!
Starting and Finishing at Pirates Club
Pirates Club is at 25 Braeside Road, Greenside. The club gate will be open from 6am with a volunteer car guard on duty. Please consider tipping the car guard and please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle.
The south door to the clubhouse (directly off the parking area) will be open from 6am to access Ladies changeroom (with showers) and toilets as well as Men’s toilets. The Men’s changeroom and showers are to the west of the Clubhouse above the fields.
- The ‘official’ starting point is along Cruden Bay Road above Pirates Club (through the park) and will be marked with a flag.
- The official finish is at fields below the Clubhouse. Please do not run across the fields if there is any sport activity taking place, run around the perimeter.
Absolutely! We have two fantastic restaurants with The Grill serving coffee and breakfast snacks from 7am and The Green Room across the road offering a great breakfast menu. The bar will also be open from 10am so be sure to stay and enjoy our outdoor space!
You will be required to wear a buff or facemask when on the club property. Pirates Club also has a COVID-19 register and does temperature scans at the gate. There is plenty of outdoor space and seating for your peace of mind. Sanitiser is available at the club, please sanitise regularly.
You are not required to wear a facemask when running but its a good idea to keep one on hand in case of close contact.
Running the Route
We encourage you to run any Weekend in February except Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 February.
The route will be discreetly marked throughout February with skull & crossbones and arrows on the road. If you are not familiar with the route please download a map or GPS track file at pirates21.co.za/route
There will be NO MARSHALLS OR TRAFFIC OFFICIALS along the route so please run traffic smart and safe: keep to the right, facing oncoming traffic, don’t don’t run with earphones so that you remain aware of your surrounds. The route does not go through any areas that are considered unsafe or isolated. We urge you not to run completely alone, at least have a second meeting you along the route.
Pirates will NOT be supplying any water tables along the route. Please run with a hydration pack/bottle or make arrangements with a second to meet you along the route. There are three fuel station shops along the route where you can refill or buy drinks. Engen at ~ 1km/20km, BP at ~4km and Engen at ~17km
PLEASE DO NOT LITTER!
Race Packs and Prizes
Collection is from Pirates Club (25 Braeside Road, Greenside):
- Friday 18th Feb: 12pm-6pm
- Saturday 19th Feb: 10am-4pm
Please be prepared to show the volunteer your final confirmation email or know your race number. Remember, you don’t need to collect before you run.
We offer the option to courier to your nearest Pudo locker pick-up point from R70 for individual packs (up to four per delivery). You can select the courier option when entering at entrytickets.net
Yes! For those submitting both their time and elevation gain together with a verifiable public GPS activity link from Strava, Garmin or similar:
- 1st Place: R 1 500
- 2nd Place: R 1 000
- 3rd Place: R500
Equal Prize money for both men and women
Submitting your time is quick and easy. The form can be found at http://bit.ly/submitmytime or the link in the menu.
Please remember these leaderboards are not updated automatically so your result will not appear on the leaderboard immediately after submitting. The last time the leaderboard was updated appears below
#Vert-tally Challenge Leaderboard
|1||V186||2:07:56||492||5,538||Imo-Rhesa||Nel||Open M||male||1||https://strava.app.link/sv6JiOgaqnb||Another route||Modified Pirates||Modified Pirates|
|2||V114||2:03:46||440||5,119||RORY||WHITTAL||50-59 M||male||2||https://strava.app.link/MopszKzwmob||The original Pirates21k route|
|3||V146||2:04:08||432||5,011||Belinda||Marais||40-49 F||female||1||https://www.strava.com/activities/6704497005||The original Pirates21k route|
|4||V152||2:07:02||440||4,988||Stuart||Scott||50-59 M||male||3||https://www.strava.com/activities/6738771947/export_gpx||The original Pirates21k route|
|5||V205||1:57:38||406||4,970||Siba||Nombebe||Open M||male||4||Another route||I used the Nike app but I wasn’t aware you can’t share the link on Nike. But I took great screenshots with times could that be useful? Really would like to be on the leaderboard. The start time is on the run and I took a screenshot at the end and the time of screenshot is also available so we can confirm. Thank you 🙂||I used the Nike app but I wasn’t aware you can’t share the link on Nike. But I took great screenshots with times could that be useful? Really would like to be on the leaderboard. The start time is on the run and I took a screenshot at the end and the time of screenshot is also available so we can confirm. Thank you 🙂|
|6||V154||2:12:35||436||4,735||Anton||Swanepoel||40-49 M||male||5||https://strava.app.link/cPk2WD3hlob||The original Pirates21k route|
|7||V179||2:12:56||430||4,658||Johann||Kotzé||50-59 M||male||6||https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/8365643322||The original Pirates21k route|
|8||V144||2:19:19||440||4,548||Sean||Aspoas||50-59 M||male||7||https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/8320670863?share_unique_id=27||The original Pirates21k route|
|9||V193||2:20:26||440||4,512||Andrew||Spinks||Open M||male||8||The original Pirates21k route|
|10||V117||2:21:46||440||4,469||Kim||MacCallum||40-49 F||female||2||https://www.strava.com/activities/6744050755||The original Pirates21k route||#N/A|
|11||V208||2:08:58||400||4,466||Zimbali||Mncube||Open M||male||9||https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BHa7wSOk8Yq2drOkDMi-T1_0JCPPDdCS/view?usp=sharing||Another route|
|12||V194||2:27:44||440||4,289||Christel||Spinks||40-49 F||female||3||https://strava.app.link/RrWV9MXklob||The original Pirates21k route|
|13||V107||2:28:08||440||4,277||Nevleen||Reddy||40-49 F||female||4||https://maps.suunto.com/move/nevleen/621b84638acb76068b561a46||The original Pirates21k route|
|14||V207||1:49:08||314||4,143||Allen||Manyemwe||Open M||male||10||https://strava.app.link/1JaM44icZnb||Another route||Tough with an elevation of 314m||Tough with an elevation of 314m|
|15||V162||2:33:00||440||4,141||Kyle||Batchelor||Open M||male||11||https://strava.app.link/28s8icOXOnb||The original Pirates21k route|
|16||V169||2:31:40||430||4,083||Bethuel||Netshiswinzhe||50-59 M||male||12||The original Pirates21k route|
|17||V166||2:36:09||440||4,058||Wynand||Van Der Net||40-49 M||male||13||https://strava.app.link/tB6uWJQ8Onb||The original Pirates21k route|
|18||V109||2:35:08||430||3,991||Thinus||Venter||Open M||male||14||https://strava.app.link/Fls40xoE0nb||The original Pirates21k route|
|19||V103||2:39:25||438||3,956||Rob||Millerd||60+ M||male||15||The original Pirates21k route|
|20||V168||2:48:33||454||3,879||Thandi||Senoamali||40-49 F||female||5||https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uyoqEAb_pI6c26SteifUKJtXl8KHs2XV/view?usp=sharing||The original Pirates21k route|
|21||V189||2:46:51||435||3,754||Taryn||Neuhaus||Open F||female||6||https://strava.app.link/ReP2f8Z9pnb||The original Pirates21k route|
|22||V173||2:50:39||440||3,713||Pauline||Tsolo||40-49 F||female||7||The original Pirates21k route|
|23||V187||2:53:48||445||3,687||Andre||Nel||60+ M||male||16||https://strava.app.link/RQ67L5afqnb||The original Pirates21k route|
|24||V184||2:55:00||440||3,621||Gillian||Preston||60+ F||female||8||https://drive.google.com/file/d/19_QFJ8b2AdNmgCJbQ4eVLHcs2hOE6sb_/view?usp=sharing||The original Pirates21k route|
|25||V178||2:57:12||431||3,502||Sandra||Meyer||40-49 F||female||9||https://strava.app.link/huHVDNdplob||The original Pirates21k route|
|26||V145||3:11:02||463||3,490||Bjorn||Bergmann||Open M||male||17||Another route||Tried to include hills and ran in the rain||Tried to include hills and ran in the rain|
|27||V195||2:30:44||329||3,143||Sherwin||Julius||Open M||male||18||https://strava.app.link/sha5hRu1Ynb||Another route||It was my own route with x3 Hills Elevations - my route is on Strava||It was my own route with x3 Hills Elevations - my route is on Strava|
|28||V123||2:48:00||343||2,940||nolwandle||Mgkqi||50-59 F||female||10||Another route||It was hard abs the rain affected me||It was hard abs the rain affected me|
|29||V163||3:33:58||427||2,874||Ashleigh||McNaughton||Open F||female||11||https://strava.app.link/HCZBdHwA0nb||The original Pirates21k route|
|30||V183||2:26:31||266||2,614||Geeneshan||Naidoo||40-49 M||male||19||Another route|
|31||V113||2:24:46||247||2,457||Yvonne||Fraser||50-59 F||female||12||https://strava.app.link/1CstEN5jlob||Another route|
|32||V172||2:24:00||227||2,270||stoney Solani||Dlomu||40-49 M||male||20||Another route|
|33||V128||3:29:22||330||2,270||Manyane Kgosi||Mahape||40-49 M||male||21||Another route||Tough route with challenging elevations||Tough route with challenging elevations|
|34||V181||2:55:11||236||1,940||Mike||Van Dyk||60+ M||male||22||Another route||Ran the Loskop Marathon route in Middelburg - Elevation 1481.9m||Ran the Loskop Marathon route in Middelburg - Elevation 1481.9m|
|35||V182||2:29:46||186||1,788||Yudeshtra||Naidoo||40-49 M||male||23||https://strava.app.link/6AJPfefnUnb||Another route|
|36||V150||2:27:05||173||1,694||Lindi||van Tonder||40-49 F||female||13||https://strava.app.link/fXELeFfPonb||Another route||It was a run round my area of Port Elizabeth. Tried to include some hills.||It was a run round my area of Port Elizabeth. Tried to include some hills.|
|37||V180||2:23:20||155||1,557||Johann||Kruger||60+ M||male||24||pic.twitter.com/pLUCiRkCVK||Another route||I ran from my home in Primrose out on Jetpark Rd to Kempton Park Central, turning left towards Kelvin Power Station and then beck to Barbara rd where I finished the 21 km and had to walk home 5 km. 7 km steep uphill from 12 to 19km made it quite hard. I can upload virtual tracking that was done on my Huawai App.||I ran from my home in Primrose out on Jetpark Rd to Kempton Park Central, turning left towards Kelvin Power Station and then beck to Barbara rd where I finished the 21 km and had to walk home 5 km. 7 km steep uphill from 12 to 19km made it quite hard. I can upload virtual tracking that was done on my Huawai App.|
|38||V174||2:01:31||99||1,173||Cornea||Esterhuizen||40-49 F||female||14||Another route|
|39||V136||2:18:56||106||1,099||Tiaan||Smit||40-49 M||male||25||https://strava.app.link/ps26KTehlob||Another route|
|40||V175||2:27:40||111||1,082||Greg||Mac Rae||40-49 M||male||26||https://strava.app.link/mjAQpHZDMnb||Another route||I ran the old Johnson crane route||I ran the old Johnson crane route|
|41||V124||2:37:52||117||1,067||Philile Precious||Hlatshwayo||Open F||female||15||Another route|
|42||V157||2:35:48||108||998||Mfihlakalo||Ndwandwe||Open M||male||27||Another route||Just a simple route in Madadeni township, Newcastle.||Just a simple route in Madadeni township, Newcastle.|
|43||V164||2:10:07||78||863||Aluwani||Mathagu||Open M||male||28||Another route|
|44||V149||3:16:23||100||733||Ras-Marie||Kruger||Open F||female||16||Another route||It was incredible!||It was incredible!|
RACE RULES AND INDEMNITY
RACE INDEMNITY: By entering this event I undertake to be bound by the rules and regulations of the event. I warrant that I am in good health and aware of the risks and dangers of physical nature of this sporting event, and do not claim ignorance of these risks and dangers. I hereby accept that I participate in the event entirely at my own risk and I release the Pirates Road Running Club, all official sponsors and partners, volunteer groups, and any and all local authorities, from any responsibility, liability or costs relating to any injury, loss or damage of whatever nature, however caused, arising directly or indirectly from my participation in the event including pre- and post-race activities. Food and drinks will be on sale at Pirates Club after your run. No mask/buff, no entry and no run. The route will be marked on 20 February which is the official race day, and will be discreetly marked for other days in February for the virtual event. We expect every runner to follow the correct route outlined. Make sure you have printed the map, or have loaded the route on your GPS watch or phone.There will be marshals on the route on race day but no marshals on other days in February – practice general pedestrian safety when running or when you cross busy intersections. There will be water points on race day only but we encourage runners to carry your own hydration and do not litter. No refunds will be granted under any circumstances.
CGA General Rules: https://centralgautengathletics.co.za/cga-general-rules/