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Sick Sandes pulls out of Western States 2015

South Africa’s Ryan Sandes, who finished second in the 2012 edition of the grueling Western States Ultra, pulled out the night before due to a gastric virus. Ryan expressed his disappointment on Twitter, but also indicated that he was keen to return in 2016 to hunt down the elusive gold winner’s belt buckle. I’m super disappointed to pull out of Western States 100 due to a gastric virus. I really hope to be back in 2016! […]

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Records set to fall at 2014 Otter Trail Run

Local and international trail legends tackle the Grail of Trail The evening of Thursday 4 September was the launch of the 2014 edition of the Otter Trail Run, the most prestigious one-day trail running event on the African continent. The launch, hosted at the Two Oceans aquarium in Cape Town, set the stage for what is widely referred to as “The Grail of Trail” taking place later this month. The Otter takes place backdrop of […]

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Ryan Sandes Transgrancanaria win 2014

Sandes Transgrancanaria win nearly marred by error

Arguably the most exciting trail running race so far this year is The North Face Transgrancanaria 125km trail run, held on the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. Several of the world’s leading names in trail running were present. As it turned out, this year’s men’s champion was none other than South African trail running sensation Ryan Sandes aka The Sandman, who had a sensational run. He leads the Ultra Trail World Tour […]

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AJ Calitz retains LionHeart title on famous peak

Nearly 200 participants started Red Bull LionHeart – a gruelling trail running event on Cape Town’s Lion’s Head mountain – but it was AJ Calitz and Landi Greyling that proved they indeed had lionhearts. A 3,7km time trial around the base of the mountain last Saturday morning whittled the field down to the top 32 men & 12 women. From there, a knockout format followed a simple but gruelling format – a 4,4km route from […]

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All records smashed at Otter African Trail Run

Ricky Lightfoot and Ruby Muir have emerged the victors in the men’s and women’s races at the Otter African trail Run, after a battle of epic proportions played out on South Africa’s beloved Otter Hiking Trail. From arguably the strongest fields of trail runners yet to square up on African soil, world champion and Salomon team athlete, Ricky Lightfoot became the first international runner to claim victory in this race, breaking the 04:40:15 record set […]

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Launch of Otter 2013 Creates Great Anticipation

Wednesday night saw the Launch of the Otter African Trail Run 2013 held at the Two Ocean’s Aquarium in Cape Town. The predators exhibit – a bit intimidating, yet fascinating – was the perfect backdrop for the launch of the OTTER African Trail Run which follows the exact route of the OTTER 5 day Hiking Trail and the coastline of one of South Africa’s major Marine Protected Areas – the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden […]

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10 Questions With Vanessa Haywood

You may recognise Vanessa Haywood from her career as a model and actress, most notably as Wikus’ wife in the blockbuster movie District 9. The beauty, who hails from Mpumalanga and now lives in Cape Town, is a former finalist in both Miss South Africa and Miss Fitness. However, you won’t find Vanessa in the studios that much anymore. The outdoors is her new studio. Her love for the outdoors and adventure has seen her […]

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Ryan Sandes makes history

South African Ryan Sandes won the 83km La Advance Trail of the North Face Transgrancanaria on 2 March, becoming the first person in history to win an ultra-marathon trail run on every continent. He completed the distance in 8:11:26 “ I am stoked! An ultra win on every continent… this win is dedicated to my gran. Gone 10 years but not forgotten,” said Ryan. “My week in GranCanaria leading up to the race was awesome […]

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Ryan Sandes to attempt Fish River Canyon Trail Run record

Can the Fish River Canyon Trail Run record be broken by Sandes? Not content with being crowned champion of the 4 Deserts Racing Series after having won every stage of every Desert Race (Atacama, Sahara, Gobi and Antarctica),  Ryan Sandes has set his sights on breaking the record for the quickest time to run the Fish River Canyon Trail in Namibia. The record for the 84km trail run – set in one of the harshest […]

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Sandes wins Antarctica’s Last Desert race

Another first for Sandes South African Ryan Sandes has become the first person ever to win all 4 Desert Races after he won the Last Desert Race in Antarctica.

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