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Leave only footprints

In the past six months I’ve had the privilege of participating in two renowned international trail races – the Sierre-Zinal, a 31km race in the Valais Alps in the west of Switzerland, and the Grand Raid de la Réunion, a 170km race crossing the island of Réunion, also known as the Diagonale des Fous (The Madman’s Diagonal or Diagonal of Fools). Both races had fields in excess of 2,000 runners and were located in national […]

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Amazing Amanzingwe

Lying in the Magaliesberg is a new trail running paradise waiting to be explored Tucked away among the hills and valleys of the ancient Magaliesberg mountain range and in the bustling Hartbeespoort Dam area, you will find the beautiful and tranquil Amanzingwe Lodge. Besides upmarket accommodation, wedding and conference facilities, Amanzingwe also caters for outdoor and adventure lovers. With the help of WildTrail SA, they have laid out and constructed two trails of 5km and […]

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Shock and awe as The Warrior Race reveals obstacles for second event in Pretoria

Although temperatures of over 30°Celsius are predicted for Pretoria during the weekend of 16-17 March, more than 5,000 people will be freezing at the Jan Smuts House in Irene. This might sound totally unbelievable, but it’s true. The organisers of the increasingly popular Warrior Obstacle races will be to blame for the ‘big freeze’. Pieter Swart, director of the Warrior Race, said that one of his biggest challenges for each event is to continue surprising […]

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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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Beautiful Ultra

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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Merrell Mix Master 2

We tested Merrell’s minimalist Trail Glove in 2011 and what impressed with that zero rise* barefoot shoe, apart from the seriously tasty proprioception**, was how generous space in the toe area was. Merrell have hit the sweet spot again with even more space in the Mix Master 2’s toebox, coupled with a sturdy hard toe protector. If you’re prone to kicking your tootsies against rocks, as especially newcomers to trail are, the Mix Master comes […]

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Inov-8 Trailroc 245

Our first run in the 245 was on bad-arsed tar. Although it was just 2km, it confirmed what the Brit company had promised: a low-drop shoe to run on hard, broken trail surfaces. With a light-footed running style, you could easily use this shoe both on and offroad. However, there’s very little cushioning in the midsole and the drop is just 3mm, so build distance gradually if you’re really keen on a semi-barefoot experience. The […]

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