Friday, 14 March 2014

Running the V & A Waterfront

Shortly before our recent visit to Cape Town, two running routes were unveiled at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront: A longer 5 km trail, and a shorter 2.5 km option.  I was so disappointed not to have been able to attend the launch itself, but couldn't wait to run the routes as soon as we were in town!

We were only in Cape Town for a very short time, and the only gap that I had to do the 5 km route was on the afternoon of the 9th of March, aka the day of the Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour...  As you can imagine, this was the worst possible time to do the route - the Waterfront was packed!  It was quite a windy afternoon too, so, to put it mildly, our timing stunk.  But I'm so glad that we went - the scenery along the route is simply amazing and I love the idea of a safe, scenic route for especially visitors to Cape Town (like us!), who might not know other parts of the city well enough to feel safe enough to run there.

A map of both running routes is available at the information kiosk of the Waterfront.  We collected our map on the morning of the 9th, which gave me quite a bit of time to study it before our run, but apparently I didn't study it well enough: I missed some of the sign posts, causing us to miss the first portion of the route and only clock 3 km in total.  We fortunately did the most scenic part of the trail, though, so no harm done.          

Both the 5 km and 2.5 km routes start in Dock Road, near the Red Shed Craft Workshop and are marked with blue, white and yellow markers.

And we're off!

The second half of the 5 km route winds past the harbour, with majestic Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as a backdrop.

You'll go far to find a better backdrop for a run!

It then takes you past the big wheel - we might have stopped for a mid-run ride if it wasn't so darn windy!

Next it gives you a clear view of Robben Island in the distance, where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years, and after that the Green Point Stadium comes into view.

Green Point Stadium in the background.  Thanks, Kind Stranger, for taking our picture!

The route ends back at the starting point, and after ducking and diving through the crowds and bicycles, we were there.

We did it!

This is a route that I'll run again and again.  What's not to love about a safe, stroller friendly running trail with unbeatable scenery, mid-run loos and plenty of refreshment stops (shops)?!  I'd recommend doing it early-ish in the morning, though, when the Waterfront is less crowded - don't go during peak trading hours, like we did, unless big crowds are your thing.  Oh, and study the map before you set off.  Study it well.  

We'll definitely be back for more!   


  1. Sounds like a fun place to run! I wouldn't mind a little course distraction :) Windy maybe, but otherwise a beautiful day there too.

    1. Oh, it's lovely, Raina! I literally drank in all the beauty along the way!


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