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Trail Camp, Rhino Peak

Trail Camps Mafadi Injisuthi issue 22 in 2017

Mountain Camp 2017

You’re invited to join the TRAIL magazine team running up and down Rhino Peak (3,050m) at our next Mountain Camp in the Drakensberg from 31 March to 2 April 2017.

Entries close Mon 13 March 2017.

Base camp: Riverlea Cottage, Underberg (see Accommodation below for more info).

Distance from Glenwood, Durban: 209km, 2h 30min.

Distance from Johannesburg: 583km, 5h 53min.

Cost: R3,250 (before 1 February 2017, thereafter R3,500) includes:

  • Accommodation at Riverlea Cottage, 10 minutes outside Underberg.
  • All meals, non-alcoholic beverages, trail nutrition, and snacks once you arrive, until lunch on Sunday prior to departure. All meals are 100% wholefood plant-based.
  • Run nutrition (healthy wholefood plant-based, but bring your favourite training foods along too if you want).
  • Guided run/hike to the top of Rhino Peak on Saturday. (Duration is approx 6 hours, from start to finish.)
  • Two night runs/hikes (Friday/Saturday).
  • Guided 3-5 hour run/hike on Sunday morning.
  • Injury assessments and group rehab session by an experienced biokineticist.
  • Warmup sessions and strength class by a qualified Pilates instructor.
  • Rhino Peak summit certificate (only for bookings before Friday 10 March 2017).
  • Trail Camp A3 certificate (only for bookings before Friday 10 March 2017).
  • Snakebite first aid booklet by Johan Marais
  • Three Nuzest Good Green Stuff sachets.
  • Draw for a 600g tub of Nuzest Clean Lean Protein worth R450.

Please note: All activities are weather permitting. Should inclement weather be experienced, a decision will be made based on the safety considerations.

Interested?

Paid bookings before 31 January 2017 are at discounted R3,250 rate. Thereafter R3,500.

Can’t make this one? Get onto our Trail Camps mailing list for future camps.

 

Previous camp

  • 6-8 August 2016. The first day took three of the 10 participants to the top of breath-taking 3,051m-high Rhino Peak (21km out and back). Snow, winds, and icy trails made this an extreme one for the experience bank, as the remaining seven runners chose to turn back at two different points, just shy of the peak. Safety first!
  • Day 2 was on parts of the Giant’s Cup Trail (17km) to Pinnacle Rock from Cobham campsite. Our first Camp here was held 15-17 April 2016.

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Runner feedback

Thanks to the TRAIL team for such an inspiring weekend (15-17 April 2016). We learned heaps and so enjoyed engaging with the experts. The Rhino summit was very special for me and the best part of the whole weekend was the 4km home from the cave where it seemed to all come together… I absolutely loved running that section!
Shanon MacKenzie, Eston, KZN

Interested in Mountain Camp? Add yourself to the online survey.

Why do them?

  • Experience incredible places in the safety of an experienced group of trail runners.
  • Learn and hone vital technical skills.
  • Develop stamina and speed.
  • Tweak your nutrition.
  • Boost your energy levels.
  • Make new friends.
  • Have serious fun!

Who should do them?

These quality weekend getaways are aimed mainly at intermediate to advanced trail runners who can already eat 15km+ offroad runs for breakfast, but want to take their trail running – and health/awareness/impact on the world – to a new level.

Not there yet? We will also cater for runners who still aspire to run 15km before breakfast, depending on group size. This will be done through a second group running a slower pace.

Frequent re-groups for tips and feedback are the order of the day.

You’ll gain new insights in everything from nutrition, to gear choices, to pacing, to mental techniques, to how to train for races.

Make 2016 the beginning of the best year of your life (yet).

See our April Mountain Camp photo album.

Email Deon for more info.

Want to know what you’ll do?

Check out the August 2016 itinerary:

Itinerary (use as a guideline for 2017)

Sat 6 Aug 2016
12pm Arrive, meet and greet, enjoy a welcome drink, settle into your rooms, then return wearing run kit (set 1) plus hydration pack for practical demo
12:30pm Introduce yourself, talk about your running background, chat about weekend and objectives
12:50pm Snack break
1pm Heloise: Talk about foot preparation. Hydration packs.
1:30pm Deon: Talk about kit, sun protection, altitude adaptation Deon Himalayan experience
2pm Short exploration around Coxhill Farm with full kit to tweak.
2:30pm Return, dress warmly, drinks, snacks
2:40pm CLASS: Stephan: Preventing injury class 1 of 2
3:40pm Siesta or chill (30min)
4:20pm CLASS: Tarryn Lopez strength-training class
5:20pm-6pm Supper at Coxhill (dhal)
6:10pm Prep for night walk, kit checks (set 1)
6:20pm OUTSIDE: Night walk, 30min
650pm Return, watch short films, showers, snacks
7:45pm MOVIE: Watch short films & first half of a full-length trail film
8:30pm Kit prep (done previous evening, using set 2 of your running kit)
8:45pm Turn in. Sunday is going to be a busy day!
Sun 7 Aug 2016
4am Wake, meditate/focus on what you love, and the BIG BEAUTIFUL day ahead!
4:30am Light pre-run meals (fruit, oats, toast)
5am Depart for Cobham to Pinnacle Rocks run
6am OUTSIDE: Start 16km run/hike with emphasis on technique. Teachers will assist one-on-one. Terrain: rocky, technical, flowing.
11:30am Arrive back at vehicles at Cobham, enjoy post-run smoothies/snacks at vehicles, then return for Coxhill
12:30pm Arrive back at Coxhill. Smoothies, lunch and re-hydration. Afterwards, swim, bath, shower, chill, rest those legs, siesta! (90min)
2pm CLASS: Slideshow: My Dad, the Sahara, and What I learned from running in the Himalayas by Deon Braun
2:55pm Short break (5min)
3pm CLASS: Stephan: Preventing injury class 2 of 2
3:55pm Short break (5min)
4pm CLASS: Practical demo: Making your own awesome run snacks by Heloise Marshall – rice cakes (made for Sunday run) and oat balls, to take home as padkos
5pm-6pm Supper
6:30pm Prep for night hike, kit checks (bring two lights). Heloise to demo GPX Viewer for Android phones
6:40pm-7:10pm OUTSIDE: Night hike, 30min (optional: if weather is good and everyone is keen). Set 3 of clothing or rough it
7:10pm Bath time, light stretching if you do that (30min)
7:45pm MOVIE: Watch second half of film watched last night. Healthy snacks. (60min)
8:45pm Turn in. Tomorrow is 6 hours of training, plus it’s Graduation Day!
Mon 8 Aug 2016
4am Wake, meditate, focus on what you love, and the BIG BEAUTIFUL day ahead!
4:15am-4:40am Pre-run meals as for Sunday
4:45am Leave for Garden Castle for Rhino Peak ascent.
5:45am Start 6 hour hike/run to top of Rhino Peak and back. Emphasis on moderate pace, and good foot control. Terrain: steep, technical, difficult.
12pm Arrive back at vehicles, quick protein shake drink, then leave for Coxhill
12:45pm Arrive back at Coxhill, smoothies, snacks, shower and chill
1pm Lunch and chat about what we learned this weekend. What were you better at than you expected?
1:30pm Graduation Ceremony: Congratulations to each graduate
1:45pm Depart for home. Bon voyage. Drive safe!
Matt Goode on the way to Rhino Peak, November 2015. photo Deon Braun

Giant’s Cup Trail Run co-founder Matt Goode on the way up, up, up and up to Rhino Peak during our recce there in November 2015. ph Deon Braun

The future

Want to know about future Trail Camps or suggest venues? Email Deon Braun / camps@trailmag.co.za.

Want more?

Consider doing our city-based Trail Clinics, held on part-day Saturday and Sundays.

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Mudman Hermannsburg 2017

So… what’s this Mudman thing all about?

Mudman is an off-road multi-sport event with running, swimming or canoeing, and cycling events, held in scenic surroundings in a spirit of fun. The very first Mudman in KZN was held at Hermannsburg in 1999.

The Hermannsburg Mudman has always been organised and run by the staff, parents and learners of the school. As such, it acts as a function that brings these groups together in a mutual enterprise, building school spirit and raising funds for the school. In recent years, two other schools copied the idea, bringing in professional sports organisers to run their events purely as fundraisers.

In 2004, the three schools agreed to work together and transform the three separate Mudman competitions into a series. In 2006 a fourth school joined the series. Each Mudman has its own flavour, but the same main events will run throughout the series. Special thanks go to aQuellé, stalwart sponsor of three of the Mudman events and of the Mudman Series as a whole.

aQuellé Mudman mountain biker drinkingNotable competitors in the Hermannsburg Mudman over the years have included Rebecca van der Linde, Springbok athlete Russell Kennedy, Ocean Warrior Matt Bouman, Olympic silver medallist Terence Parkin, Roan Exelby, Alan Martin, Carol Rolando, Jean-Paul van der Linde, Terence Mitchell, Alida Schutte, Anton Storm, Lee Cumming, Ken Curr, and Suzette Botha.

School teams have always been a big part of Mudman, and in the past Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, Thomas More College, Greytown High School and Greytown Junior School have been winners of the schools’ challenge.

aQuellé country plays host to the four-race aQuellé Mudman Series in February, March and April each year. This exciting series includes a 750m swim or 4km paddle, a 20km mountain bike ride and a 5km trail run through beautiful countryside.

Athletes can compete as individuals or in teams of three. The series is primarily aimed as a fundraiser for the hosting schools: Hermannsburg, Cordwalles, Epworth and Durban Preparatory. Both junior and senior schools, as well as corporates, are encouraged to take up the challenge of taming the aQuellé Mudman.

With great prizes up for grabs and a Mudskipper event for the kiddies, this series promises to be a great day out for the whole family.

RACE OPTIONS

Full Distance

  • 700 m swim or 2.5 km paddle
  • 20 km mountain bike ride
  • 5 km trail run

Half Distance

  • 350 m swim or 1.25 km paddle
  • 10 km mountain bike ride
  • 2.5 km trail run

RACE DETAILS (4 Feb 2017)

Race Start Time Pre Entry Fee Late Entry Fee
Full Individual Paddle 14:00 R 160 R 180
Full Individual Swim 14:00 R 160 R 180
Full Team Paddle 14:00 R 390 R 420
Full Team Swim 14:00 R 390 R 420
Half Individual Paddle 14:30 R 140 R 160
Half Individual Swim 14:30 R 140 R 160
Half Team Paddle 14:30 R 330 R 360
Half team Swim 14:30 R 330 R 360
Event website
Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg Facebook page
Enter at ROAG
Entries close 1 February 2017
Race day 4 February 2016
Registration Hermannsburg School on the day from 12:00-14:00
Series overview on the aQuellé website

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LoveTrail White Mountain

While you’re at the chilled and wonderful White Mountain Acoustic Music Festival (you’ll need separate tickets), explore much further afield with LoveTrail White Mountain!

Aside from buying your tickets here, all you need are a pair of running or hiking shoes, and active wear clothing.

Working up a bit of a sweat, you’ll experience the grasslands and hills around White Mountain Lodge like never before.

You could win the Brooks Cascadia 11 mens shoe on the final day of the Gauteng Trail Clinic. You have to be present to be eligible.

You could win the Brooks Cascadia 11 trail shoe, worth R2,049! You have to be at prizegiving to win it.

Afterwards, if you entered before midnight on 25 September, you could win great prizes from Brooks Running (two pairs of super-popular Cascadia 11 trail shoes worth R2,049 each!), White Mountain Lodge, LEDlenser (two each of their fabulous SEO3 and SEO5 headlights), and five 32Gi sports supplements worth more than a total of R8,000 at the 3pm prizegiving that afternoon.

LoveTrail White Mountain 2016 full page ad 600 pixelsThis second edition of LoveTrail takes place on Saturday 1 October at White Mountain Lodge, on the way to Giant’s Castle, accessed all on tar from the Estcourt offramp.

LoveTrail is a TRAIL magazine initiative to introduce more people who appreciate Life to the joys of trail running in the mountains.

With a great family atmosphere and a relaxed setting, there will be no shortage of potential newbies to sample some wonderful Drakensberg singletrack! The emphasis is on love for people, planet, and all living creatures – in one word, Life.

You’ll get:

  • two fun yet challenging courses (7km run/walk and 15km run)
  • free craft beer from Craft Brew Distribution (tickets to the first 50 adults only)
  • Chance to win one of two Brooks trail shoes to be won by lucky draw
  • Chance to win one of four sets of Led Lenser SEO 3 and SEO 5 headlamps
  • 32Gi energy drinks during and after your run
  • ample hugs from lots of new friends
  • an electric atmosphere in a beautiful setting
  • buy tickets to the Festival and/or event below.

Choose between a 15km mountain run for fit runners (no walkers), or a less extreme 7km that is suitable for new runners, road runners, and hikers. There are no serious gradients in the 7km but you will be challenged by undulating terrain and uneven grassy ground. Both runs offer stunning grassland singletrack running with amazing views of Drakensberg giants on the horizon.

Entrants in the 15km need to be fit and experienced enough for a serious 450m+ vertical ascent of White Mountain (running up, up, and up, all the way to the highest point). This long distance is only for experienced trail runners, not walkers, as you won’t make prizegiving if you walk the whole way.

Then you speed on your way back down on the same course, blitzing a rocky, technical trail that requires caution, but will produce exhilaration. The road run equivalent of the 15km is in the region of 25km, effort-wise.

If you suffer from vertigo or a fear of heights (acrophobia), this is not a run for you. There are two short exposed sections of rock getting to the top that require brief moments of rock-hugging.

lovetrail white mountain toby rock descent

Local guide Toby shows how it’s done on the way down. The 15km is a true mountain run, with two short slightly exposed rock sections to navigate. Most of the course is superbly runnable (on the way down). Photo Deon Braun

Photo Greg Labuschagne

The participants of the first-ever LoveTrail (at Splashy Fen on 5 April 2015) were a colourful and fun bunch! Photo Greg Labuscagne

Race Distances

  • 15km: start 7am
  • 7km: start 7am

To enter LoveTrail

First, you’ll need to get access to the Festival itself. Get a combo saving here shortly when you buy your LoveTrail tickets with your Festival tickets or get your Festival ticket without the saving separately from the White Mountain website. (Note: the Festival ticket is an entry to get into the festival grounds only, not to also enter LoveTrail.)

Follow White Mountain Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Stay updated on Facebook and Twitter.

White Mountain Music Festival

Other activities at White Mountain

Deon Braun loving the technical singletrack near the top of White Mountain.

Deon Braun loving the technical singletrack near the top of White Mountain on the long course.

Other than the awesome LoveTrail run, you can also try these activities before and after your run.

  • Abseiling down the 45m face of White Mountain.
  • Zip line across a nearby 100m-wide gorge.
  • Paintball.
  • Paddleboarding on the dam – boards for hire Fri-Sun.
  • Bass fishing – bring your rods and tackle!
  • Leisurely walks or guided hikes to the beautiful Pigeon Pools.
  • Swimming and tubing – pack your lilos and inflatables!
  • Abundant birdlife and sight-seeing at nearby tourist attractions like the Bushman Museum at Giant’s Castle.
  • Supervised scavenger hunts and other fun and games for the kids.

Directions

Directions from Durban (shortest route)

Travelling from Durban along the N3, take the Estcourt / Giants Castle turnoff (Exit 175).
At the stop street, turn left towards Wembezi / Giants Castle.
Stay on this road for approximately 25km and you’re there!
Durban to White Mountain Lodge: ± 185km

Directions from Johannesburg (shortest route)

Travelling from Johannesburg on the N3, take the Estcourt / Giants Castle turnoff (Exit 176).
At the stop street, turn right towards Wembezi / Giants Castle.
Stay on this road for approximately 25km and you’re there!
Johannesburg to White Mountain Lodge: ± 415km

GPS

Latitude: 29°6’38.63”S

Longitude: 29°36’43.42”E

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Mountain Camp: Giant’s Cup Trail & Rhino Peak

Drakensberg Mountain Camp

Giant’s Cup Trail Run co-founder Matt 'Ebeneezer' Goode on the way up, up, up and up to Rhino Peak, November 2015. photo Deon Braun

Trail Mountain Camp – Giant’s Cup Trail Run co-founder Matt ‘Ebeneezer’ Goode on the way up, up, up and up to Rhino Peak, November 2015.
photo Deon Braun

Develop your trail running skills, speed, and stamina, while experiencing seemingly endless singletrack trails, wildlife, scenery, and making new friends at TRAIL magazine’s Trail Camps, the next of which is our Mountain Camp in the Drakensberg from 6-8 August 2016.

Camp groups are small and intimate to maximise attention given to you.

We spoil you with nutritious food and comfy, unpretentious accommodation, while the founders of the Giant’s Cup Trail Run and the one-day version, the Uncut, show us the best routes.

We coach you to make tweaks that could provide you big gains in your running. We also take photos of you out on the trail, which will be yours to share afterwards.

Scroll down for more of the goodies you’ll get.

We’ll meet you at Riverlea cottage on Saturday morning (arrive from 11am). From Durban, it’s 209km and 2.5 hours to Underberg, and then another 15 minutes or so to Riverlea cottage, situated along a peaceful lake.

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Not ready yet, but keen for future Camps? Then indicate your interest by adding yourself to our mailing list.

Trail Camp Drakensberg Pillar Rock

Dwarfed by the peaks around in the shade and shelter of Pillar Rock, a good place for a breather and snack break. Rhino Peak looms above.

Rhino Peak pass Trail Camp

Your moment of triumph as you reach the top of the pass. Wait, not quite yet… there’s still nearly 2km of slight uphill running to the top of Rhino Peak! Deon Braun choosing his footing carefully.

Rhino Peak top vista. The view from the top must be experienced to be appreciated.

The view from the top of 3,051m-high Rhino Peak must be experienced to be appreciated.

Rhino Peak selfie Trail magazing Mountain Camp

The obligatory selfie after a quick snack break. And then it’s time to savour more views, before the descent back to less heady climes.

Rhino Peak Trail Mountain Camp photo Deon Braun

Mountain Camp details

Shared room at the peaceful Riverlea cottage on the Bushman’s Nek road. Includes transport to the start and return each day. Food provided at the cottage. riverlea.co.za

Cost

R3,695
This includes:

  • your coaching,
  • a welcome drink/snacks, gate entries,
  • ingredients for classes to learn to make our own run snacks,
  • breakfasts (Sun/Mon),
  • lunch (Sat/Sun/Mon),
  • suppers (Sat/Sun),
  • three back issues of TRAIL magazine,
  • healthy smoothies after runs,
  • Dirty Boots Adventure Guide,
  • Go Multi Buff® (retails for R190),
  • First Aid for Snakebite book (just released).

These rates exclude your personal travel to and from the venue (and starts each day, if you choose to use your own vehicle.)

Dates and times

  • Meet at Riverlea Cottage on Saturday 6 August (from 11am).
  • Depart from Riverlea Cottage after lunch on Monday 8 August.

Area

Underberg and surrounds.
Although it’s in the proximity of Sani Pass, the Camp does not go into Lesotho. Distances at the April 2016 Camp were 21km on Day 1 and 26km on Day 2 (excluding a 6km night run), so count on similar for the August Camp.

There will be a 4-6km night run on Saturday evening as well, unless it’s raining and the group consensus is not to run. So you’ll do a total of three runs, with a total of nearly 50km covered.

The big day is the ascent to Rhino Peak (altitude 3,051m) on Monday. Distance is around 26km. The singletrack downhills on the way back are amazing.

Abilities catered for

Fit, reasonably experienced trail runners who want to raise their game.

A detailed survey will be provided for each runner to complete before taking part.

Our aim: to develop your skills, and improve any weaknesses you feel are holding you back.

Food

Vegetarian eating for optimal energy and nutrition, based on the latest scientific findings, is our main focus. All run meals we provide are 100% plant-based.

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Hermannsburg Mudman 6 Feb 2016

So… what’s this Mudman thing all about?

Mudman is an off-road multi-sport event with running, swimming or canoeing, and cycling events, held in scenic surroundings in a spirit of fun. The very first Mudman in KZN was held at Hermannsburg in 1999.

The Hermannsburg Mudman has always been organised and run by the staff, parents and learners of the school. As such, it acts as a function that brings these groups together in a mutual enterprise, building school spirit and raising funds for the school. In recent years, two other schools copied the idea, bringing in professional sports organisers to run their events purely as fundraisers.

In 2004, the three schools agreed to work together and transform the three separate Mudman competitions into a series. In 2006 a fourth school joined the series. Each Mudman has its own flavour, but the same main events will run throughout the series. Special thanks go to aQuellé, stalwart sponsors of three of the Mudman events and of the Mudman Series as a whole.

aQuellé Mudman mountain biker drinkingNotable competitors in the Hermannsburg Mudman over the years have included Rebecca van der Linde, Springbok athlete Russell Kennedy, Ocean Warrior Matt Bouman, Olympic silver medallist Terence Parkin, Roan Exelby, Alan Martin, Carol Rolando, Jean-Paul van der Linde, Terence Mitchell, Alida Schutte, Anton Storm, Lee Cumming, Ken Curr, and Suzette Botha.

School teams have always been a big part of Mudman, and in the past Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, Thomas More College, Greytown High School and Greytown Junior School have been winners of the schools’ challenge.

aQuellé country plays host to the four-race aQuellé Mudman Series in February, March and April each year. This exciting series includes a 750m swim or 4km paddle, a 20km mountain bike ride and a 5km trail run through beautiful countryside.

“Athletes can compete as individuals or in teams of three. The series is primarily aimed as a fundraiser for the hosting schools: Hermannsburg, Cordwalles, Epworth and Durban Preparatory. Both junior and senior schools, as well as corporates, are encouraged to take up the challenge of taming the aQuellé Mudman.

With great prizes up for grabs and a Mudskipper event for the kiddies, this series promises to be a great day out for the whole family.

RACE OPTIONS

Full Distance

  • 700 m swim or 2.5 km paddle
  • 20 km mountain bike ride
  • 5 km trail run

Half Distance

  • 350 m swim or 1.25 km paddle
  • 10 km mountain bike ride
  • 2.5 km trail run

RACE DETAILS (6 Feb 2016)

Race Start Time Pre Entry Fee Late Entry Fee
Full Individual Paddle 14:00 R 160,00 R 180,00
Full Individual Swim 14:00 R 160,00 R 180,00
Full Team Paddle 14:00 R 390,00 R 420,00
Full Team Swim 14:00 R 390,00 R 420,00
Half Individual Paddle 14:30 R 140,00 R 160,00
Half Individual Swim 14:30 R 140,00 R 160,00
Half Team Paddle 14:30 R 330,00 R 360,00
Half team Swim 14:30 R 330,00 R 360,00
Enter at ROAG
Entries close 3 February 2016
Race day 6 February 2016
Registration Hermannsburg School on the day from 12:00-14:00
Series overview on the aQuellé website
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Maqhwe Mfula 2015

maqhwe mfula 2015 rocky outcrop inanda dam view

Inanda Dam and surrounds is your playground at the first Maqhwe Mmfula on Sunday 8 November 2015

Running!

Mountain biking!

Paddling!

SUP boarding!

If the great outdoors, adventure, and pushing your personal limits are what makes your life shine, you’ll be on Cloud 9 at the first Maqhwe Mfula on Sunday 8 November 2015.

If you do the multisport event, you’ll take in a stunning 25km trail run along the Umsunduzi River, then mountain bike 55km through the lovely, yet challenging Valley of 1000 Hills, and finish with a body-sapping paddle across Inanda Dam, to finish like the Legend you are!

But if you prefer to just run, bike or paddle, there are options.

Overall, there are five exciting options available, to cater for multisporters, duathletes, trail runners, mountain bikers, and SUP paddlers.

maqhwe mfula five options

Prepare for race day

Race Recce #2: 27 September 2015 MTB Ride (Start at Dusi Bridge to finish at Dam headwaters)

Pre Race Route Recce#3: 24 October MTB Ride (Start at Mfula Store to finish at eNanda Adventure Trail)

Race Day: 8 November 2015

Race registration

First 150 entrants get a limited edition race bag.

  • Durban Registration on Friday 6 November  at Firkin, at the Pavilion, 14h00 – 18h00

  • Pietermaritzburg Registration takes place on Saturday 7 November at Mountain View, which is situated close to Bishopstowe Hall, 13h00 – 16h00.
    • Bring bike for bike drop-off.

    • Bring race kit for bike leg to dropped off with bike.

 

Race transitions

The trail run starts at Mountain View Lodge, District Road 389, Bishopstowe,

The mountain bike ride starts at Dusi Bridge. This is the same place as the first night stop of Dusi Canoe Marathon. This will also be the finish area for the trail runners and the first transition area for the multisport athletes.

The eNanda Adventure Trail is the finish line of the MTB race and serves as the start line for the SUP paddlers. It will also be the second transition area for multisport athletes.

 

Contact event

Event website maqhwemfula.co.za.

Social media

Twitter @Maqhwe_Mfula

Facebook maqhwemfula

Interview with race founder Mike Hay

 

maqhwe mfula twitter page

 

 

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LoveTrail at White Mountain

LoveTrail White Mountain top vista Deon Braun running

Deon Braun savours the flatter ground near the top of White Mountain, with the lodge nearly 500 vertical metres below. Photo: TRAIL magazine

While you’re at the epic White Mountain Acoustic Music Festival (you’ll need separate tickets), explore the surroundings with LoveTrail White Mountain!

Apart from your tickets, all you need are a pair of running or hiking shoes, and active wear clothing. Working up a bit of a sweat, you’ll experience the grasslands and hills around White Mountain Lodge like never before. You could even win the best-dressed competition and spot prizes at the prizegiving after your run.

67 lovetrail white mountain full page ad t16 500pxThis edition of LoveTrail takes place on Saturday 26 September at White Mountain Lodge, on the way to Giant’s Castle, accessed all on tar from the Estcourt offramp.

LoveTrail is a TRAIL magazine initiative to introduce more people who appreciate Life to the joys of trail running in the mountains.

With a great family atmosphere and a relaxed setting, there will be no shortage of potential newbies to sample some wonderful Drakensberg singletrack! The emphasis is on love for people, planet, and all living creatures – in one word, Life.

You’ll get:

  • two fun yet challenging courses (7km run/walk and 15km run)
  • free craft beer from Craft Brew Distribution (tickets to the first 50 adult takers at registration only)
  • Chance to win one of two Brooks trail shoes to be won by lucky draw
  • chance to win one of four sets of Led Lenser SEO 3 and SEO 5 headlamps
  • 32Gi energy drinks during and after your run
  • ample hugs from lots of new friends
  • an electric atmosphere in a beautiful setting
  • buy tickets to the Festival and/or event now.

Choose between a 15km true mountain run, or a less extreme 7km that is suitable for new runners, road runners, and hikers. There are no serious climbs in the 7km but you will be challenged by undulating terrain and uneven grassy ground. Both runs offer stunning grassland singletrack running with amazing views of Drakensberg giants on the horizon.

Entrants in the 15km need to be fit and experienced enough for a serious 450m+ vertical ascent of White Mountain (running up, up, and up, all the way to the highest point). This long distance is only for experienced trail runners, not walkers, as you won’t make prizegiving if you walk the whole way. Then you speed on your way back down on the same course, blitzing a rocky, technical trail that requires caution, but will produce exhilaration. The road run equivalent of the 15km is in the region of 25km, effort-wise.

If you suffer from vertigo or a fear of heights, this is not a run for you. There are two short exposed sections of rock getting to the top that require brief moments of rock-hugging.

lovetrail white mountain toby rock descent

Local guide Toby shows how it’s done on the way down. The 15km is a true mountain run, with two short slightly exposed rock sections to navigate. Most of the course is superbly runnable (on the way down). Photo: Deon Braun

Photo Greg Labuschagne

The participants of the first-ever LoveTrail Splashy Fen on 5 April 2015 were a colourful and fun bunch! Photo Greg Labuscagne

Race Distances

  • 15km: start 9am – enter
  • 7km: start 9am – enter

 

To enter LoveTrail

First, you’ll need to get access to the Festival itself. Get a combo saving when you buy your LoveTrail tickets with your Festival tickets or get your Festival ticket without the saving separately from the White Mountain website. (Note: the Festival ticket is an entry to get into the festival grounds only, not to enter LoveTrail.)

Follow White Mountain on Facebook and Twitter.

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White Mountain Music Festival

Other activities at White Mountain

Deon Braun loving the technical singletrack near the top of White Mountain.

Deon Braun loving the technical singletrack near the top of White Mountain on the long course.

Other than the awesome LoveTrail run, you can also try these activities before and after your run.

  • Abseiling down the 45m face of White Mountain.
  • Zip line across a nearby 100m-wide gorge.
  • Paintball.
  • Paddleboarding on the dam – boards for hire Fri-Sun.
  • Bass fishing – bring your rods and tackle!
  • Leisurely walks or guided hikes to the beautiful Pigeon Pools.
  • Swimming and tubing – pack your lilos and inflatables!
  • Abundant birdlife and sight-seeing at nearby tourist attractions like the Bushman Museum at Giant’s Castle.
  • Supervised scavenger hunts and other fun and games for the kids.

Directions

Directions from Durban (shortest route)

Travelling from Durban along the N3, take the Estcourt / Giants Castle turnoff (Exit 175).
At the stop street, turn left towards Wembezi / Giants Castle.
Stay on this road for approximately 25km and you’re there!
Durban to White Mountain Lodge: ± 185km

Directions from Johannesburg (shortest route)

Travelling from Johannesburg on the N3, take the Estcourt / Giants Castle turnoff (Exit 176).
At the stop street, turn right towards Wembezi / Giants Castle.
Stay on this road for approximately 25km and you’re there!
Johannesburg to White Mountain Lodge: ± 415km

GPS

Latitude: 29°6’38.63”S

Longitude: 29°36’43.42”E

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A Usain Bolt wannabe? Don’t think blistering pace worked too well for him on the Splashy Fen trails at the first LoveTrail in April 2015. Photo Greg Labuscagne

 

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Water crossings, dirt roads, riverside singletrack and grassland – there was plenty to tackle at LoveTrail Splashy Fen 2015. Photo Matt Goode

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Shoes are completely optional! Photo Matt Goode

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All the latest technical apparel was on show at LoveTrail Splashy Fen. Photo Matt Goode

 

 

 

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Durban trail running clinic

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Do you want to run faster, with more confidence, and fewer or no injuries? You can attain this ideal state by attending a dynamic two-day trail running clinic hosted by TRAIL magazine. All classes are based from The Breathing Space, a friendly and cosy yoga studio in Glenwood, on 25 and 26 July 2015. Acclaimed trail runner Ryno Griesel is one of the experienced teachers.

The clinic is held in association with running brands Brooks and CamelBak.

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You’ll be running on a variety of surfaces, but there won’t be much manicured trail like this! Expect to be challenged – and conquer yourself.

Interested but not sure if you’re ready yet? Indicate your interest via our secure SurveyMonkey questionnaire. Answer a few questions and add yourself to the Durban, Gauteng or Cape Town list.

Brooks Cascadia PureGrit ad TRAIL magNo matter what your skill or fitness level, this is an ideal opportunity to learn valuable lifestyle and training tweaks, which might save you days, weeks or months of trial and error or injuries. You will gain from it whether you’re a newcomer to the offroad lifestyle from the road, or have been running trails for several years, but feel you have reached a plateau.

You’ll learn everything you need to know to dive deeper into trail running, including what gear you might need (or not), tips to maximise your training, the latest nutrition findings, preventing injuries, the technique tweaks that will help you run faster and further than ever, and the best books to read on the subject.

Gain insights from a panel of experts which include Drakensberg Grand Traverse record holder Ryno Griesel, shoe fitting expert Justin Hand of Durban Runner, yoga teacher Helen Weaver, biokineticist Stephan Terblanche, and TRAIL magazine founder Deon Braun, a keen competitive runner for over 30 years.

Format: you’ll enjoy both studio theory lessons as well as outdoor runs (you’ll cover approx 10km on Saturday and no more than 15km on Sunday, at a group pace). If you haven’t done 15km before, don’t worry. It will be broken up by frequent stops, so it won’t feel that far at all. We’ll split into two groups if necessary, to allow faster runners to go ahead, and then regroup.

Start: 7:30am both days.

Venue: 98 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, with runs into surrounding trail venues. No transport is required from the studio to the runs.

Finish times: approx 2:30 to 3pm both days.

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Slingsby Wild Coast map (fourth edition) worth R150

What you get:

  • Knowledge that could save you a lot of frustration, injuries, money, and time in future.
  • Meeting really quick trail runners who share what works well for them.
  • Meeting other great trail runners.
  • A copy of the latest Slingsby Wild Coast map (fourth edition) worth R150
  • Three issue TRAIL print subscription (worth R100)
  • Ingredients to make your own race food.
  • Tasty nutritious meals and snacks, with practical demonstrations to incorporate into your own life.
  • Professional photos taken by Greg Labuscagne available to you after the course.
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The trail-specific CamelBak Circuit hydration pack will be available to see, touch, and buy

Cost: R1,000 for both days including refreshments and snacks, TRAIL three-issue subscription, Slingsby Wild Coast 1:200,000 map, your current shoe assessment, Brooks shoe fit-test, gait assessment, gear fitting, and ingredients for a kitchen class to make your own endurance trail foods.

You’ll benefit from special offers from Brooks retail partner The Durban Runner, and CamelBak hydration systems.

If you’re looking for a new pair of shoes at a great price, this clinic is arguably the best way to do that in Durban in July. Justin Hand of The Durban Runner will have shoes from the range available in your size (we send a survey to all attendees for shoe sizes before the clinic) to fit test and hop around the yoga studio.

For your hydration needs, you can trust CamelBak for a range of packs designed specifically for trail running. A CamelBak guru will showcase the latest models, which will also be available for purchase.

Itinerary

Saturday 25 July

  • Meet and greet – 7:30am to 7:45am (studio) – Welcome by TRAIL magazine’s Deon Braun. Short introductions of each speaker and each participant.
  • Remember name exercise icebreaker with TRAIL editor Heloise Hunter – 10min.
  • Bring a kit bag containing a towel, a change of casual clothes for studio lessons, a comfortable set of workout gear (running shorts are a no-no because they can be twisted upside down and inside out), your running shoes, hydration pack or water bottle for running. Wear your running kit under a warm set of outers/tracksuit for the first lesson, after which we hit the trails.
  • Gear fitting tips: shoe fitting practical assessment and DIY shoe sizing tips with Justin Hand of Durban Runner and Jane Bruwer of Brooks Running – 60min from 7:45am to 8:45am (studio)
  • Opportunity to buy Brooks shoes at reduced prices from Durban Runner.
  • Short refreshment break – 15min from 8:45am to 9am
  • Training and racing boosters for smart trail runners with Ryno Griesel – 45min from 9am to 9:45am (studio)
  • Gear up to leave by 10am
  • Run to Pigeon Valley for a 90-minute session including practical and theory aspects – approx 10km run in total; run back to studio, finish by 11:30am
  • Short refreshment break – 11:30am to 11:45am
  • Yoga for Runners with Helen Weaver – 60min from 11:45am to 12:45pm (studio)
  • Lunch – from 12:45pm to 1.15pm (studio). Healthy plant-based meals.
  • Close with preview of Day 2 – 10min with Deon Braun from 2pm to 2:10pm.

Sunday 26 July

  • Meet – 7:30am (Studio)
  • Pre-run kit check including choosing and using hydration packs with CamelBak – 40min from 7:35am to 8:15am (studio). Opportunity to buy CamelBak products at reduced prices.
  • Run to Msinsi Nature Reserve (± 4km one way) for fitness evaluation in a two hour session – about 15km total run distance, easy pace there and back to the Breathing Space; 120minutes from 8:15am to 10:15am
  • Towel down/swim/shower – 10:15am to 10:30am (studio)
  • Practical nutrition course – make and eat your own run food practical class – 60min from 10:30am to 11:30am (studio)
  • Lunch – part of the course above (studio)
  • Short break to 11:45am
  • Injury prevention and strength training basics with biokineticist Stephan Terblanche – 75min from 11:45am to 1pm (studio)
  • Trail media – 20 trail-related books worth reading with Deon Braun – 30min from 1pm to 1:30pm
  • Q&A and Sharing Session – with everyone involved sharing what they’ve learned and intend doing with this new knowledge – 30min from 1:30pm to 2pm (studio)
  • Certificate ceremony – 2pm to 2:30pm (studio)

This itinerary is subject to minor order changes.

What

This comprehensive, fun, fast-paced, two-day clinic will cover everything that interests trail runners:

  • the most effective training tweaks and hacks to maximise your training time. We share what the latest research is showing scientists and coaches.
  • avoiding, nursing, and healing injuries, so you can do more of what you love: running!
  • aging – are there ways to slow it down? What is the latest research showing about running into our 60s and 70s?
  • proven technique improvements, that will super-charge your performance and enjoyment of trail running.
  • gait analysis by expert Justin Hand.
  • nutrition that will improve your health, your enjoyment of life, and lift your running to a new level.
  • creating your own high-quality, portable trail food, in a practical class that will have you making your own food!
  • running equipment you need – and equipment you might not need.
  • trail etiquette, so you always know what to do, when you meet man, beast, or machine out on the trail.
  • safety tips on the trails.
  • the best books to read on the topic.

The clinic will give you a chance to hear from experts on various topics as they take you through several theory and practical lessons that will aid you in all facets of your trail running life.

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Speakers

  • Ryno Griesel is the Drakensberg Grand Traverse pairs record holder with Ryan Sandes. An experienced international adventure racer and trail runner, he will show you how to run faster and smarter in every offroad situation.
  • Justin Hand from The Durban Runner (choosing the right shoes for you, fitting them, and foot care. Justin will do a brief assessment of your current trail footwear, and make suggestions for small tweaks to help you).
  • Helen Weaver is an Asthanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher, a seven-time South African free-dive champion, and keen trail runner. She will lead a beginner’s yoga class after the run on Saturday to sharpen minds and fine-tune bodies.
  • Stephan Terblanche is an experienced Durban-based biokineticist and experienced extreme terrain hiker and trail runner. He will coach you on preventing injuries, healing niggles, and when to seek professional advice.
  • Deon Braun is TRAIL magazine’s founder and your host. He will talk about several subjects, including mental preparation to focus your efforts and energy while on the trail, what the best equipment for you might look like, nutrition hacks, how to maximise your training time by running smarter, and the best trail running books available right now).
  • Heloise Hunter is TRAIL magazine’s assistant editor (during our practical run sessions, she shares her tips to start trail running from a zero running base with the slower runners, how increase your running distance without injury, incorporating hiking into your trail run preparation, and breathing techniques).

Why

A clinic to help you improve your overall trail running experience – and your life – through theory and fun practical sessions with expert trail runners and affiliates.

Who

For anyone who wants to learn how to improve their trail running – from newbies who can walk or run 10km and are looking to move onto 20km runs, to intermediates who are handling 15km runs and are wanting to make the jump to technical and tough 20km+ runs – and beyond.

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Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 July. A minimum of six hours each day. See Itinerary below.

Saturday 25 July: Meet 7:30am, finish 2:30pm latest. Snacks and refreshments served during the breaks. Studio lessons and outdoor runs on both days.

Sunday 26 July: Meet 7:30am to finish with a certificate presentation by 2pm. Nutritious plant-based snacks and lunch will be served on both days. Expect unusual and tasty.

Where

The Breathing Space (TBS) for our studio presentations, then onto the nearby trails for the real-world stuff! Relaxing, quiet, and beautiful, TBS is at 98 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. Tel 031 201 7282 if you need to speak to the staff there.

  • Ample safe parking on Bulwer Road.
  • Shower (cold water, for Spartan-inspired runners only).
  • Fish pool to chill tired muscles afterwards.
  • Kitchen. Assortment of tasty snacks and foods.

We will run at the following venues:

  • Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve (technical running class: rocks, uneven ground, stairs, slippery surfaces. We will also show you how to develop upper body strength in a group session).
  • Msinsi Nature Reserve (for intervals, a track time trial, and downhill technique)

guaranteeCost

R1,000 includes drinks, snacks, trail food recipe materials, and course certificate. There are only 15 places, so book early to avoid disappointment. Book your entry to the clinic.

Contact us

  • SMS Deon Braun 082 377 4669
  • Email
  • Online We’ll let you know as the trail clinic itinerary grows, including more experts, activities, lessons, topics, and the venue. Be sure to follow TRAIL mag’s social media persona TRAILza on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date.

 

 

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Molweni Trail Run 2015

Molweni Trail Run

Find your freedom at Molweni on 2 & 3 May 2015.

Our connection with nature is immutable. No-one can dispute the incredible thrill of experiencing the great outdoors and the wonderment of Mother Nature. Given the incredible growth in trail running in South Africa, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in conjunction with 369Communications and Salomon, are presenting a breath-takingly beautiful two-day trail run in the heart of a major metropolitan area.

Making it even more special, Molweni Trail Run has been selected as the 2015 South African Trail Championships.

Jackie Moore, Marketing Manager of Salomon South Africa, said of the nomination, “The Molweni Trail run offers thrilling trails, beautiful scenery, and a memorable experience, so by being nominated to host the SA Trail Champs is a great tribute to the organisers and all involved.”

The Molweni Trail Run is a worthy SA Champs event. It takes runners over tough, technical terrain, along existing Krantzkloof Reserve paths, community paths, and open veld. With some of the spectacular views and experiences a runner would expect to find in large mountain ranges, runners will be amazed at the views, landscapes and terrain. Climbing over 2,000m vertical metres over 30km, you will run through forests, across rivers, in open grassland, and along community paths.

You will experience Africa in all her beauty and be amazed by the event, produced and managed by 369Communications, providing their highest levels and standards of event production.

Day 1: 6.5km prologue

Day 2: 32km (doubles as the 2015 SA Trail Champs).

Other options: 8km Fun Trail Run and a Kiddies Run.

Located on the coastal escarpment to the west of Durban between the towns of Pinetown and Hillcrest, the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve (KKNR) is 584 hectares in extent and is covered by dense coastal forest and grasslands above the deep gorges carved out by the Molweni and Nqutu Rivers. The KKNR’s breathtaking scenery is the result of deep incisions of the Molweni and Nqutu Rivers, tributaries of the Umgeni, into the Kloof plateau. This plateau comprises erosion-resistant Natal Group sandstone, which forms the reserve’s orange-red, iron oxide stained cliffs.

The numerous narrow and deep crevices that extend into the sides of the KKNR’s cliffs, often a few metres wide and up to 50 metres deep, are dolerite dykes which have weathered and eroded from the more resistant sandstone.

Find your freedom.

Enter on the official website: molwenitrailrun.co.za

photos Jacques Marais | SONY

Molweni Trail Run 2015

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LoveTrail at Splashy Fen 2015

LoveTrail Splashy Fen 5 April 2015While you’re at this epic music festival, explore the LoveTrail with your mates! Just bring along a pair of suitable shoes and experience Splashy Fen Farm like never before. Win the best dressed competition and spot prizes!

The first-ever LoveTrail is on Sunday 5 April 2015 at Splashy Fen in Underberg. This is a TRAIL magazine initiative to introduce more lovers of life to trail running. With festival crowds of well over 10,000 people not uncommon in the past, there will be no shortage of potential newbies to sample some singletrack.

The emphasis is on love for people, planet, and all living creatures – in one word, Life!
Expect ample hugs from lots of new friends, free craft beer and energy drinks, fun yet challenging courses, lucky draw prizes, and an electric atmosphere in a beautiful setting.
Choose between a 10km, 5km and 1km kiddies race.
If you’d like to be involved as a product sponsor, we’re an email away.

Head over to the Splashy Fen website to get your ticket to the music festival. (This is an entry to the festival only, not to LoveTrail.)

Get your pre-entry for LoveTrail here.

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Start is in the central market area at Splashy Fen on Sunday 5 April.

  • 10km: Take a glorious run through autumn Drakensberg landscapes. Expect typical low Berg terrain, some boulder hopping and muddy sections, maybe even a calf-deep river crossing! Water tables stocked with craft beer, energy drinks, and cool water will be at the 5km mark and again at the finish. Start at 9am. R100 entry fee.
  • 5km: A quick walk/run through grass, over rocks, and a possible river crossing. Water table stocked with craft beer, energy drinks, and refreshing water will be at the finish. Start at 9:15am. R50 entry fee.
  • 1km: An easy non-technical run for children. Start at 10:30 or 11am (TBC on the day). R20 entry fee.

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