Several of South Africa’s top trail runners are heading to Durban for the inaugural Molweni Trail Run on 3 & 4 May. Based out of Forest Hills Sports Club and traversing the Kranztkloof Nature Reserve near Pinetown and the newly formed Molweni River Community Park, the athletes will be put through their paces over challenging terrain and tough climbs, covering 32km.
Event presenting sponsor Salomon has brought in some of its top national athletes, among them recent Two Oceans Trail Run winner Thabang Madiba, who outsprinted his partner Kane Reilly to take the win last weekend. Reilly will also be in the strong men’s field to push his AfricanX (three-day team trail run) partner Madiba.
Madiba commented, “I’m so excited to be racing in KZN for the first time and hear so many good things about the course and the route. It will be a very tough race.” Madiba is the current SA Trail Champion, a title he won in Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch last year.
Set to test Madiba will be a Johannesburg based athlete Lucky Miya, who recently won the tough Ingeli Skymarathon (42km), also over a very tough course in southern KwaZulu-Natal. On current form, this would make Miya the race favourite however the result on the day will come from the athlete who is able to pace themselves best over the route. Hilton-based athlete Matt Kretzmann has been doing significant mileage in the Reserve and may prove to be in his benefit on race day. However, the race route is only open on race day as it covers much area outside of the Reserve, both over private property and through the Molweni River Community Park, which is a project of the race.
Race Director, Graham Daniel, of 369Communications advised all athletes to be cautious in the initial kilometres as the three major climbs in the race will sap their strength. “The winner will need a good pacing strategy and course knowledge may play a role in determining the winner. The strong climbers will have an advantage though, given the steepness of the climbs,” said Daniel. The route has 1558m of elevation gain over the 32km.
There are late entries available online at molwenitrailrun.co.za along with other event information for all interested parties. Entries are limited to 250 based on the stipulations of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. There will be other events on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th May 2014, such as the Mini-Molweni for Kids. Spectators are welcome and will be directed to specific ideal viewing points for both safety and logistical reasons.
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Event Director Graham Daniel 0827456708 & firstname.lastname@example.org.