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First Ultra? Make it beautiful

In a race of discovery, Ben Jobson takes on his first 50km at The Most Beautiful Trail Ultra in Sabah, Borneo I went to bed that night listening to the incessant rain pounding down on our cabin. We were in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu – Malaysia’s highest mountain. The following day I was to run in my first 50km ultra marathon through the tropical jungle and local villages. In the lead up to the […]

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Unexpected Molweni and SA Trail Champs victor 2015

No one, not even the champion himself, expected Johardt van Heerden, a track athlete from Potchefstroom, to take the Long Distance Trail title at Molweni on Sunday 3 May. He will join seven of SA’s best trail athletes in competing on the world stage at the Long Distance Championships at the Zermatt Marathon in Switzerland on 4 July.

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AJ Calitz setting his record 12 laps in 2013. photo Trevor Wilkins

Defying gravity and fatigue at Platteklip Charity Challenge

This Saturday, Table Mountain’s Platteklip Gorge will see trains of runners attempting multiple ascents of the 800 double-size steps at the annual K-Way Platteklip Charity Challenge. The participants have around 11 hours, from sunrise to sunset, to get in as many laps as possible; a thigh-busting challenge that has been dominated in recent years by K-Way athlete AJ Calitz.   Calitz first took on the Challenge in 2012. He won and set a new course […]

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SA Trail Running World Championship Team 2015

UPDATE: Below is the World Championship team that will compete in Lake Annecy, France, in May this year. Team Selection South Africa’s best ultra trail runners will be sent to the World Championship.  This team will be selected using the best performances from: Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) on 25 October 2014 – this was the only qualifying race apart from the national championships. Ultra Trail Mount Moodie (SA Champs) on 31 January 2015. Any performance […]

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Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge a muddy success

Few backdrops can compare with the scenic natural grandeur of Plettenberg Bay, and so it’s no wonder that a record field flocked onto the Garden Route to take part in the ever-popular Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge. Thousands of athletes, weekend warriors, and celebrity sports stars lined up for the eleventh Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge, competing in a diverse range of events, including open-ocean swimming, trail running, mountain biking, beach walks, and a Kids of Steel […]

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How to trail run in wet and dry

So there you are, innocently minding your own business and enjoying your weekend trail run with some friends. You reach a steep downhill section of singletrack that is still sodden after the rain yesterday. As you step on what looks like a firm patch, your foot slips from under you and you crash down heavily on your side, sliding down the path at hyper-speed and coming to a sudden, jolting stop against a very prickly […]

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Landie Greyling looked comfortable over the rocky sections, to retain her Red Bull LionHeart title.

AJ Calitz and Landie Greyling retain LionHeart titles

It took gargantuan efforts from defending 2013 champions AJ Calitz and Landie Greyling to retain their Red Bull LionHeart titles but they did it, in Cape Town’s infamously temperamental weather. This time, competitors had to battle 30km/h winds although they could enjoy sunshine at the same time. Some of the country’s top trail running talent gathered on Cape Town’s Lion’s Head to compete in the third edition of Red Bull LionHeart. After making their way […]

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Race tips for RETTO Otter African Trail Run

So, you really do want to be stronger at the end of the west to east Otter African Trail Run route known as the RETTO*? Of course you do! This is one of the most amazing runs you’ll ever do and the main reason the event is sold out almost immediately entries go live. But be warned! It’s a real beast. There are two stages to being prepared. Stage One. Simulate the conditions as much […]

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AJ Calitz 2013 Jacques Marais

Calitz hungry for OTTER crown

This Sunday, K-Way athlete AJ Calitz takes on South Africa’s ‘Grail of Trail’, the Otter African Trail Run. South Africa’s most iconic 42km race has been held on the Otter Trail hiking route since 2009, and attracts a deep field of competitive local and international athletes. The race this year has posted an additional challenge to these runners – with a sizeable reward. Each year the race route alternates direction to create two differing runs […]

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TRAIL magazine issue 12

She may not step from telephone booths in superhero attire when she zooms off to her runs, but it would not be surprising if cover athlete Megan Mackenzie did. Megan: “My mantra when I run and race is ‘happy, light and free.’” You’re bound to be inspired, and also feel happy, light and free after you’ve read her story. And that’s just the start of your trail running journey in issue 12. TRAIL magazine issue […]

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