Road and Trail


The Road and Trail Running Club developed to provide the opportunity for boys and staff to run a variety of beautiful routes along the roads, on the river courses and mountain trails of Cape Town.
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All routes are out and back, or contain loops to accommodate runners of varying ability levels. The purpose of the group is to inculcate a love of running and the outdoors, and to promote a sustainable fitness option for boys once they leave school.

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Bishops is one of the leading schools in South Africa as far as sport is concerned and our reputation for sporting excellence is world-wide. In keeping with the ethos of our school, we believe that sport plays a vital role in the development of young men. In particular, we believe that participation in a team sport enhances the educational experience. To this end, it is a school rule that all boys must play an official school sport during both summer and winter terms.

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Trail running has taken the running community by storm lately, and the number of boys and staff who have embraced this discipline has grown exponentially.

Many of our runners regularly take places in the races, and many more simply head for the mountains for the peace and sheer joy of running on single track.

The successful methods of the Fitness Challenge have allowed increasing numbers of athletes to reach the required fitness levels to take on the longer and more challenging trails, and to join the cross country team on outruns. We decided to join all of these disciplines into the one group and, hence, the name: Road and Trail Running Club.

Facilities & Coaching

Every Tuesday and Thursday there is a run leaving from Bishops, or a bus taking runners to one of the many favourite routes we have developed over the years. All runners are welcome.

Recently the Bishops Athletic Club was registered with the WPA as a fully-fledged running club. All boys and staff members are eligible to become members and to purchase a licence through the club. Ms Bev Kemball and Mr Burgert Maree were the first club members to run Comrades in the official club colours.

The newly refurbished Cape Town Marathon will attract a number of our runners to take on either the marathon or one of the many shorter distances on road or trail on offer that weekend.