The Big #5 Lockdown Virtual Run
Sat 29 Aug - Mon 31 Aug 2020 @ Paarl, Western Cape

Onsite Events

With the Covid 19 Virus still going strong and our country as well as other countries around the world still LOCKDOWN we are unfortunately not able to host our normal events. We are hoping that things will change at about September. In the mean time we have to keep things going and come up with some innovative ideas seeing that there are so many virtual runs to choose from.

The Big #5 Lockdown Run will be our 5th event in the Lockdown series. We went from running 12 day's in and around your house to running a time "staggered" event at the Hawequa Scout farm. This time around we have upped our challenge a bit by creating THE BIG #5. Seeing that you are allowed to travel to venues with trails and then run on your own time I created a challenge that will hopefully push you to your limits if you are used to doing the not so difficult trails. Although the 5 trails are challenging even myself was able to walk it.

With the month of August having 5 weekends what better way to spend them by taking a ride out to trails with amazing views of the Boland region. At most of these trails there is a spot where you can do a nice 360 degree shot of the view that you have. My suggestion is to make it a family day out. Let the not so fit do the Small #5 Lockdown Run while you are doing the Big #5 route. 

You do not have to do the trails in this order. You have 5 weeks to do it. You can do it whenever you want on any day of the week in any order that you can.

Some of the venues like Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve have a small permit fee of R50. I have kept the entry fee low to give most of you the opportunity to run. If you can't do all of them at least do one of them. 

It you enter all 5 you will be able to do a COMBO deal and get R50 discount!!

NB: Permits for Val Du Charron and the Hawequa Scout Farm must be paid with your entry. The permit at Mont Rochelle must be bought at the gate at the Nature reserve.

Please note that it is not called The Big #5 for no reason. Go to the following links provide to read up about the different routes and what you need to know before you do the trail.

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve  - 

Val Du Charron  - 

Paarl Rock  - 

The route maps will be available on our website at  and on our Facebook page.

Runners that are not able to go to these venues to enjoy the trails can do any trails in and around your region. You can even do a 5km or 10km in your neighborhood once a week for 5 weeks.

Please join our Strava Club at Run The Vines Lockdown Run Club. Your Strava times can then be posted on your online entry after your run by going back into the entry and completing the requested info.

No prizes. Just lucky draws. Lucky draw will take place live on Facebook at 7pm on Sunday evening the 30th of August.

I will be doing a live broadcast from each of these venues at 8am every Saturday morning in the order as above. Maybe I will see some of you on the trails.   

Up for grabs are  -  Wine. Dirt Adict Hampers, Camelthorn Craft Beer Hamper,  Jumbo Brands Hampers, Rapid Energy Hampers and lots more.

Courier cost for medal and clothing merchandise in South Africa -  R100.(Items will be couriered with Postnet) or R50 (Items will be couriered with Paxi to your nearest Pep Stores.  Please ad the branch number of the Pepstores that you would like us to send the parcel to. You can find this number at

The courier cost for the wine bottle will be extra as it will change depending on where you stay. This amount will be discussed with you when you order it online.

You are again able to make a donation for the workers that always help at my events. I am sure that they also need it and will appreciate it.

Stay Home and be Safe!!

Take note:

·It is a untimed FUN event. Anybody can enter. You can do shorter distances if you are not up to the suggested distances.

·If you entered even if only one you are in line to win lucky draw prizes.

·Day 1 (The Start) is on Saturday the 1st of August 2020.

·You can start at any time.

·You can run as far as you want.  

·You do not have to send me proof of your distances. I trust you. You can however join us on Strava. 

The merchandise is available in the colors and sizes as per the entry process.

Lets get through this time by staying healthy and safe.

NB: You must adhere to the governments Lockdown rules as well as the rules of each venue!!

Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Price (pp)
Hawequa Big and Small
Hawequa Big and Small including R50 permit fee
9 km Hawequa Big and Small including R50 permit fee. R 100.00
The Big #5 Combo Deal
The Big #5 Combo Deal
66 km This entry is for all distances R 300.00
Doolhof Big and Small
Doolhof Big and Small includes R50 permit fee
15 km R 100.00
Paarl Rock Big and Small
Paarl Rock Big and Small
12 km R 50.00
Val Du Charron Big and Small
Val Du Charron Big and Small including R50 permit
17 km R 100.00
Mont Rochelle Big and Small
Mont Rochelle Big and Small excluding R50 permit fee to be paid at gate.
13 km R 50.00

Event location
Onsite Events, Paarl

Coordinates -33.7057643, 18.9619698
Address 67 St Francis Avenue
City Paarl
Province Western Cape