EVENT POSTPONED TO 28 MARCH 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT: – Please note, in light of the recent extension of the adjusted level 3 lock down measures announced on the 11th of January 2021 we have no choice but to postpone this event to the 28th of March 2021. CSA and the Department of Sport and Recreation have assured us that a further easing of lockdown measures is imminent. So keep fit, in this day and age you never know when a good opportunity to unleash yourself on the trails will come along. We are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, the call is not ours to make but we do support that it is in the best interest of all riders and staff involved. Read more by clicking here…
The Jackal Dash returns for it’s 5th installment in as many years on the 28th of March 2021. There is a big change to the 2021 edition in that the ride will now start at the beautiful Heron Bridge College and finish at Northern Farm. The ride offers something for all fitness levels and is often used to either kick start the season or run a systems check ahead of the early stage racing season. The various trails feature Northern Farm, Hills and Dales and for the brave the indomitable Crocodile River Reserve. Read on for more on each ride…
This is the only race to feature trails from the surrounding farms and reserves.
Look good doing it or better yet, look good all the time with this great event T-shirt. Mens and ladies fitted event t-shirts. Available for free with the 1st 200 registrants to the event, then available for R120 when registering or on the day of the event.
About the Jackal Dash
The Jackal Dash is run and organised by Northern Farm and it’s partners. This is the only race that features the surrounding farms and reserves of Hills and Dales and the Crocodile River reserve. If Northern Farm is considered relatively flat, then that would make the Crocodile River Reserve it’s evil stepsister as the area takes no prisoners.
The race features an incredible combination of fast flowing single trail along with district roads to for the big blade blasters out there.
Start : Heron Bridge College
Finish : Northern Farm
Date : Postponed to the 28th of March 2021
Start times : Start times vary from 06:20am
Routes : Full GPS and marked (GPS routes provided in the week of the event as most of the land is private)
* Timed and seeded event, boards will be provided
About the Start : –
We ask that riders park at Northern Farm and roll down the hill along a trail to Heron Bridge College just 3,6km away. There will be coffee served at the start, so bring R20 if you want a dose of caffeine before you roll ou
This event is 100% Covid-19 compliant, entries are limited for the safety of riders, families and friends. Please respect all social distancing best practice. All details will be sent out to athletes in the week of the event.
Frequently asked questions
Please take a read through here, the answers to your questions have more than likely already been answered here.
Is it safe to ride to the Heron Bridge from Northern Farm?
It most certainly is, we will deploy additional security for your peace of mind.
What is the Covid-19 event policy?
Given the most recent presidential family meeting, we are waiting on further clarity on a few grey areas. Here is what we know at this point in time. The Jackal Dash has already received a low risk categorization from SAPS as outdoor sports events have been considered low risk since September 2020. We will be following CSA guidelines which have allowed for the operation of events in all the way into lockdown level 3. The event will be going ahead barring further adjustments to current regulations, should this happen your entries will remain secure and be deferred to the postponement dates of the event. Should we have to postpone, you will be notified about the new date with sufficient time to plan and train. For now, please stay safe and healthy. We are all doing our best to operate under these times.
EVENT UPDATE 11 JANUARY 2021:-
The Jackal Dash has been postponed. In light of the adjusted level 3 regulations being extended beyond the 15th of January, we are not able to operate this event given the current restrictions. As such, all entries will be deferred to the 1st available date which will be determined at the next positive adjustment of current regulations. We remain in ongoing communications with CSA for guidance in this regard. We do realize that this comes at an inconvenience to you and for this we sincerely apologize, as organisers, our hands are tied and this is one of those occasions where a call is made beyond our control in the best interest of all athletes involved. Your entries to the postponed event will remain secure and will be deferred, if you cannot make the new date when it is announced you will be welcome to substitute at your leisure.
Do I have to have a GPS?
No, the routes are well marked. GPS does always help though, we send the routes out in the course of the week.
Are E – Bikes permitted?
Yes, E – Bikes are permitted to this event. Just not within the top 3 batches. If you are for accidently seeded to the top 3 batches, please be so kind as to drop back to the 4th batch on your distance.
Do I have to wear a mask when I ride?
No, you will need to wear a mask to all public points including the start and straight after the finish. You will not be required to wear a mask while riding.
Are there water points on route?
Yes, there are Covid-19 compliant water stations on route. On average there is one every 20 – 25km ie. One on the 25km, one on the 45km and two on the 65km. To minimize Covid-19 risk, we ask that you carry sufficient hydration and treat the water points as supplementary.
Can spectators join?
Unfortunately not under Covid-19 regulation. Only riders will be permitted into the parking venue at Northern Farm, there are no spectator points on route.
I saw some guy taking photos on route, why cant I see them that night?
That guy taking photos on route more than likely took several thousand of which only several hundred will be viable once edited. The editing takes the times, so hang in there, we will email you when the pics are ready. It will normally take about 5 days.
What about the weather?
It may rain, the wind may blow, the sun may shine and your bike will handle all of it. The race goes ahead rain or shine.
Is this race seeded?
That is correct, this is a SAS seeded event and number boards will be provided.
What are the age limits?
65km for 18 years and older. 45km for 15 years and older. 25km for 10 years and older.
Where is number board collection?
We will send an email in the week of the event regarding this. You can collect on behalf of your besties.
Can I bring my dog to ride with me?
Unfortunately not, Northern Farm is actually 1st and foremost a nature reserve and then a working farm.
Still have a question?
No problem, drop us an email.
Emergency contact 086 044 4044
In the event of an emergency, please do the following:-
– Call for an ambulance from Fourways life, they take 8 minutes to get to the farm
– Call our gate and inform them of the emergency, please look at the nearest trail sign and tell them what the name on it is. We will escort the ambulance to you directly
– Gate number 060 708 6384