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Knysna Trail Clinic 2017

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Knysna Trail Clinic is a fun, powerful, and practical one-day trail running clinic to improve your training, nutrition, gear, technique, and strength. Learn fast from top trail runners, and take your running, fitness, and health to new levels. Receive great products from world-class brands.

Knysna Trail Clinic will be held on Thursday 13 July 2017, starting at 9am.

Venue is the beautiful Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa just outside Knysna.

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One Knysna Trail Clinic attendee will win a pair of Brooks Cascadia 12 trail shoes worth R2,399 (or another Brooks shoe model available in South Africa, to the same value*).

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Brooks Cascadia 12 men’s (left) and women’s trail shoes

Cascadia 12. Brooks’ most versatile and beloved trail shoe is now even better. Brooks refined the stability system to be more flexible, allowing you to feel more agile on the trail without sacrificing the cushioning and protection you’ve come to love from the Cascadia. See MenWomen models.


Among others, hear life-changing insights from Team Sanlam Painted Wolf captain Mark Collins, George-based coach Mauritz Jansen van Rensburg, personal trainer Rob Hill (strength session), and TRAIL founder Deon Braun (nutrition tweaks).
Learn from the experts during a 60-90 minute long run (split into groups to cater for all abilities).
Your day of fun and learning will end at 5pm, when a pair of Brooks Cascadia 12 shoes worth R2,399 (or your choice of Brooks shoes to the same value*) will be won by one lucky attendee. A light lunch and refreshments during the day are included in the price.
For those keen to do a night run, we’ll do an optional 40-minute session in the plantations around Simola, starting at 5:30pm.

*Balance between this value and a lower value shoe is not redeemable in cash.

Quick info

  • Date: Thursday 13 July 2017
  • Start: 9am to 5pm (with a short lunch break)
  • Cost: R900 (early booking fee before midnight 1 June 2017), thereafter R1,200.
  • Bring: Trail shoes, trail apparel, track suit, fleece jacket, comfortable social clothing, toiletries, towel. There are shower facilities below the lecture room. A wind or rain jacket and cap/beanie is recommended as it could well be cold, windy, or rainy.

What you get at Knysna Trail Clinic 2017:

  • Expert coaching
  • Healthy and tasty lunchtime meal at Simola
  • Tea/coffee
  • Dirty Boots booklet
  • TRAIL magazine back issue (value R40)
  • Draw to win Brooks Cascadia 12 trail shoes worth R2,399.

Early bookings (by 1 June 2017) get:

  • Nuzest shaker (value R40)
  • Nuzest Good Green Stuff sachet (70+ organic, plant-sourced ingredients, value R20)

Book today! Seats are limited to 25 by the size of the lounge area at Simola.


Q: How much practical running we will be doing and how technical will it be? Will it be OK if we use our road running shoes?

A: You won’t run too far. Count on 7km max – at a pace that you can manage, with regular stop-starts to stretch, discuss the training being done, and to regroup. Road shoes will be adequate in most sections, even if it rains.

Got other questions? Email

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The group at Gauteng Trail Clinic 2015 created a powerful buzz of energy and enthusiasm. Photo Heloise Hunter Marshall

Interested in Knysna Trail Clinic, but not sure you’ll make the 2017 edition?  Sign up onto our Clinic newsletter list via our secure SurveyMonkey questionnaire. Answer a few questions and add yourself to the Gauteng, Knysna, or Cape Town list.

No 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.

Just a taste of the amazing experience that was the Durban TRAIL Clinic, held in Glenwood. Photos by Greg Labuscagne…

Posted by TRAIL magazine on Monday, 27 July 2015

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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Cape Trail Clinic 2016

This event is covered by a 100% money back guarantee should you attend and not be completely satisfied with the quality of the course.

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Fun, new friendships, and life-changing insights. That’s what it’s all about!

It’s Cape Trail Clinic time, baby!

Do you want to run faster, with more confidence, and fewer or no injuries? You can attain this ideal state by attending the second Cape Trail Clinic 2016, a dynamic two-day trail running clinic on 5/6 November 2016, hosted by TRAIL magazine with leading running shoe brand Brooks Running and top Cape Town specialist running retailer RUN Specialist Store.

Cherry on top? You can win the hugely popular Brooks Cascadia 11, the company’s top-selling trail running shoe (or your choice of another Brooks shoe). It’s worth R2,199.

If you win the shoe in the draw at the end, you’ll be refunded for your prize, or you can choose to keep both. Ain’t life sweet!

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 men’s shoe on the second day of the Cape Trail Clinic. You have to be present to be eligible.

Men’s shoe shown right. Scroll down for the image of the snazzy women’s shoe.

The venue for Cape Trail Clinic is Coetzenburg in Stellenbosch.


Enter here at the low R2,100 rate before 1 September.

The Cape Trail Clinic is held in association with shoe brand Brooks Running and top Cape Town running retailer RUN Specialist Store.

Why do a Trail Clinic?

No 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.

Brooks_Vert_Blue logo_2015You’ll learn everything you need 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.

Format: you’ll enjoy both studio theory lessons as well as outdoor runs (depending on the venue, you’ll cover approx 6km on Saturday and the same on Sunday, at a group pace). If you haven’t run 6km before, don’t worry. It will be broken up by frequent stops, so it won’t feel that far at all. The focus is on quality and good form, not quantity. We’ll split into two groups if necessary, to allow faster runners to go ahead, and then regroup.

RUN specialist store Logo 250pixelsStart: 7am both days (arrive from 6:45am to register on day 1).

Venue: Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch.

Finish times: 3pm on Saturday, approx 1:20pm on Sunday.


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Nic De Beer

To be experienced in something, you often have to succeed and fail in something, you have to make some mistakes and learn from them. With almost 20 years of running experience, Nic understands what is takes to be the best runner that you can be and want to be. Nic is an all-rounder and passionate about both the road and the trail.

He has completed over 200 marathons and ultra marathons, but strangely only two 10km races – he clearly loves the longer stuff. Nic completed his 16th Comrades Marathon in 2016 (6:25) and was selected to represent South Africa at the World Ultra Trail Championships in Portugal on 29 October 2016.

He loves to share his knowledge and has coached numerous athletes to personal bests, from 10km to Comrades to PUFfeR. Even though Nic says he is the worst dancer in the world, he believes that you need to dance with the trail to be a good technical trail runner. Put on those dancing shoes!

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Exercise physiologist

Devon is a biokineticist based at Beyond Performance Multidisciplinary Sports Injury Centre. His focus is on the strengthening and coaching of runners, as well as rehabilitation of injured athletes. Devon is also currently studying his PhD on running injury, running biomechanics and running footwear.

Devon’s class was one of the most challenging at the first Cape Clinic in January 2016.

He’ll show you how to do the best run-specific strength exercises to improve performance and reduce risk of injury. This will include warm-up drills and dynamic stretching.

So kids, brace yourself for a power session that covers all aspects of conditioning!

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Sports scientist and coach

Sean is a sports scientist, coach, Off the Mark founder and owner, and regular TRAIL magazine columnist. He’s not downplaying his talents when he says Off the Mark’s aim is to train athletes to run correctly. The idea to coach athletes to do something so general, yet so largely neglected in training programmes across all sporting fraternities, came about when Sean attended an XLR8 course. This taught him what made some athletes so fast. XLR8 is a New Zealand-based course designed for coaches and athletes, to train them to move more efficiently across all sporting codes.

Sean has completed numerous half marathons and a full marathon, and has a sub 40 minute 10km. He has a passion to compete in running, cycling, and triathlon. At the clinic, Sean will teach on training programmes and technique, in both the classroom and the track.

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Chris will share his knowledge to help you with injury prevention and recovery. He has a Masters degree in sports physiotherapy, doing research on patellofemoral (knee and thigh) pain in runners.

This is where it gets good. Although Chris treats all sports injuries, he has a special interest in trail running and mountain biking!

He treats the likes of Ryan Sandes, Kane Reilly, and Linda Doke. Chris works from Velocity Sports Lab in Hout Bay.

He’s an avid trail runner (he’s run four PUFfeRs, the Skyrun, eight Hout Bay trail runs, and in 2014 was part of the team that ran the Table Mountain Trail Challenge course seven times in seven days to raise money for Miles for Smiles.) Be prepared to be blown away!

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Life hacker, agent of change

TRAIL magazine’s founder is not one to follow the crowd. Outspoken in his views, he will demonstrate how you can achieve optimal nutrition to fuel your efforts and energy in daily life, and on the trail, with simple, cost-effective changes you can implement immediately.

He’ll reference several of the best nutrition-focused and fitness lifestyle books and online resources available to give you a broad overview of where nutrition is, and where he believes it’s headed. Get a headstart on the next wave of nutrition. He is confident that you will leave with a changed perspective on health, wellness, and what you eat.

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TRAIL magazine assistant editor

On her Twitter profile, Heloise describes herself as a book reader, tree climber, trail runner, and feminist. She also knows a lot about hydration systems, due to being a keen hiker acutely aware of staying hydrated on her hikes in the Drakensberg.

She also bakes up a storm, and is the ideal speaker to talk about creating practical, delicious portable snacks for your next trail adventure.

Scroll down for the itinerary.

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Day 1

Saturday 5 November 2016

7am Meet & Greet: Deon, Heloise, and Jaco welcome you (arrive from 6:45am). Everyone shares a bit about themselves.

7:05am Start: Deon gives short overview of the course and speakers. (5min)

7:10am Shoe demo and fitting opportunity with Brooks Running and Grant Bryant of RUN Specialist Shop. (50min)

8am Short break (5min)

8:05am Heloise introduces Sean Tait who talks on maximising your training. (60min)

9:05am Gear up, warm up. (10min)

9:15am Outdoor coaching session with Sean Tait. (90min)

10:45am Return to venue, towel down, change of clothing if required/tracksuits. (10min)

10:55am Nic De Beer shares how he trains for races, including his win at the 76km Addo 2015. He includes his race slideshow plus techniques for our uphill/downhill running session in next session. (30min)

11:25am Get outside. Do warm-up drills, then run/walk/talk for technique tips with Nic and team, with tried-and-tested techniques. Emphasis on technique, not distance or time run. (90min)

12:55am Return to lecture room, towel down, change of clothing if required, eat lunch. (30min)

1:25pm TRAIL magazine’s Heloise Hunter teaches you how to make rice cakes and coconut/oat/date balls in a practical, fun session. (60 min)

2:25pm Q&A with any of the experts. (20 min)

2:45pm Group photos. (10min)

2:55pm Go home to absorb what you’ve learned – and recover!

3pm Optional 5-10km run on Stellenbosch trails with TRAIL crew.

Day 2

Sunday 6 November 2016

7am Take seats, intro by Deon Braun, one book review.

7:10am Heloise Hunter* talks about hydration packs, and other options to stay hydrated on your adventures. Bring your existing packs for the team to check your fitting and suggest minor adjustments. (45min)

7:55am Heloise short book review. (5min)

8am Move to floor for Devon Coetzee strength training (60min)

9am Towel down. (10min)

9:10am Snacks, coffee, and chats. (30min)

9:40am Chris Allan talks on injuries, preventions, cures. (60min)

10:40am Short break. (5min)

10:45am Deon Braun* on trail running gear 101. (60min)

11:45am Short break. (5min)

11:50am Deon Braun* on how to optimise your nutrition with wholefood eating, and introduce you to lesser-known foods that pack a wholesome punch. (60min)

12:50pm Presentation of certificates. Draw for Brooks shoes winner (value R2,199). (20min)

1:10pm Deon Braun & Heloise Hunter thank sponsors and speakers. (10min)

1:20pm Close. Socialise. Hugs. Crying. Laughing. Be inspired. Happy trails!

Can’t make this one?

Interested in Cape Trail Clinic but not sure if you’re ready yet? Sign up onto our Clinic newsletter list via our secure SurveyMonkey questionnaire for future clinics. Answer a few questions and add yourself to the Durban, Gauteng, Knysna, or Cape Town list.

What you get:

  • A fun, interactive, life-changing two days!
  • Draw into the Brooks Cascadia 11 giveaway. Value R2,199.
  • A Brooks Running goodie bag.
  • An assessment of your existing shoe, from shoe professional Grant Bryant.
  • A gait assessment (in the field) by coach Sean Tait.
  • Knowledge about injury prevention, as well as an evaluation from a professional during the class if you request it.
  • Knowledge that could save you lots of frustration, injuries, money, and time.
  • Meeting experienced trail runners who share what works well for them.
  • Three issue TRAIL print subscription (worth R150) or three back issues.
  • Dirty Boots adventure booklet.
  • Ingredients to make your own race food in a practical session.
  • Tasty nutritious lunches and snacks to take with you on our two runs, with practical demonstrations to incorporate into your own life.
  • Professional photos taken available to you after the course via Facebook.

You’ll benefit from special offers from Brooks Running.

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Fitting the Brooks Puregrit 4 at Gauteng Clinic. photo: Deon Braun

You could win the Brooks Cascadia 11 women's 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 women’s shoe on the final day of the Cape Trail Clinic. You have to be present to be eligible.

Save on Brooks trail shoes

If you’re looking for a new pair of shoes at a great price, this clinic is the best way to do that.

Save on purchases on the best-selling Brooks Cascadia 11 and PureGrit 4.

If you win the shoe in the draw at the end, you’ll be refunded for your prize, or you can choose to keep both.

Here’s a bit on the Cascadia 11 (it features on page 78 in TRAIL 20):
Like an SUV for your feet, the Cascadia 11 delivers a cushioned, balanced ride when you go offroad. Trail-specific technologies add a layer of protection to your run. The BioMoGo DNA midsole provides adaptive cushioning, providing great comfort that goes the distance. The 4-Point Pivot Posts give you ultimate control. It acts like a personalised suspension system on tricky terrain. Your foot will roll better from heel-to-toe, thanks to the full-length Segmented Crash Pad which allows smooth transitions. Forefoot Ballistic Rock Shield adds extra protection from trail hazards for your most important appendage: your foot. The Cascadia 11 is there for you even in inclement weather: the sole is designed for improved traction on wet surfaces. After splashing through a puddle, the moisture-management mesh upper will get your feet dry.

SIZE Men UK 7-13, Women UK 4-9
MASS 335g (Men UK 8), 272g (Women UK 6.5)
COLOURS Nautical Blue/Cloisonne/Cyber Yellow (Men), Clemantis Blue/Malibu Blue/Nightlife (Women)
DROP 10mm (20mm/10mm)
BEST FOR All terrain
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Who will benefit?

Anyone who wants 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.

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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Salomon Featherbed Trail Run 2015

Tuesday 7 July 2015

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Salomon Featherbed Trail Run 2015

Secure your passage to the most atmospheric Trail Run experience on the calendar by entering the Salomon Featherbed Trail Run.

The Featherbed Trail Run has once again attracted athletes from across the country and has grown from one to three race slots since its inception in 2008.

Enter online now and stand a chance to win two nights stay for two people at Kuzuko Lodge – Place of Glory.

The event’s two routes offer a unique opportunity to run across the western Head of Knysna and is the best combination of challenge and spectacular scenery,” said race director Mark Collins of Knysna-based event organising company Magnetic South.

Online entries have closed but there are Featherbed entries, Spectator boat tickets as well as Trails in Motion tickets on sale over the weekend at Earth Scout, Knysna Waterfront.

Fri – Mon, 10am – 4pm. If there are any entries left, you can still buy tickets/entries on the day at race registration.


All races start at the Featherbed Ferry Terminus in Knysna at the Cruise Café with the ferry trip across the lagoon.


Due to high demand a third daytime departure has been scheduled and you now have the choice of entering the Morning Run, ferry departing at 07:30, the Midday Run ferry departing at 11:30 or the Late Afternoon Run, ferry departing at 15:30.



Each of the three races can be run as either an 11km Seahorse Run or a 15km Coelacanth Run.


Course description


Coelacanth Route – 14.4km with a 442M elevation gain.

Seahorse route – 11.4km with a 282M elevation gain.



Entries are limited to 450 runners for the Morning Run , 450 runners for the Midday Run and 450 runners for the Afternoon Run!


Fees per runner

Coelacanth R390.00 (Late entries on the day at Race Registration – if available – R400.00)

Seahorse R390.00 (Late entries on the day @ Race Registration – if available – R400.00)


Fee includes

  • An atmospheric ferry trip across the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
  • Unimog Trip to the top of Featherbed Peninsula (for Seahorse Athletes)
  • Permits and Entry Fees to Featherbed Private Nature Reserve.
  • Breakfast or Lunch for the respective race you entered.

Please note: no refund on entries, although substitutions are allowed.

You enter one of the above disciplines and compete as an individual. All races start with athletes taking a ferry trip across the lagoon. On arrival at Featherbed Nature Reserve, the Coelacanth athletes will start their race from the Jetty, while the Seahorse Athletes ride by 4 x 4 Unimog Truck & Trailer (almost) to the top of the Western Head where their race starts from.

Book a Spectator Package for only R250 per person! Our spectators will be spoiled and treated with a luxurious cruise on The Heads Explorer Catamaran Yacht.



Product prizes for podium finishers fro event partners Salomon and GU
More information to follow…



Registration will take place on the day of the races at the Cruise Cafe – Ferry Terminal.

  • Morning Run Registration 05.30 to 07.00 – Ferry departs at 07.30.
  • Midday Run Registration 9.30 to 11.00 – Ferry departs at 11.30
  • Afternoon Run Registration 13.30 to 15.00 – Ferry departs at 15.30



The Salomon Featherbed Trail Run events page

Race organiser – Magnetic South contact page

Email: Matt –

Call: 044 382 2932

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Fernskloof Trail Run 2015

Saturday 13 June 2015

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Be prepared for a beautiful 16km route tailor-made for your running bliss!

It features flat runnable sections, steep climbs that end in great views, leafy jungle zones, technical hands-on sections, all on 92% singletrack.

The organisers have also introduced a beautiful 7km route for 2015.

Don’t miss the sweet farm dog who always runs the route on his own.

The race takes place on a long weekend, so why not make it a real getaway to Prince Albert?

If you stay the weekend, Amanda Strydom is performing at The Showroom Theatre on Saturday night.

Discovery Vitality members get points:

  • 3,000 for 16km
  • 500 for 7km


Fernskloof Wines, on the R407, 16km outside Prince Albert, towards Klaarstroom.

The farm is situated 16km outside Prince Albert, on the R407.  They are 420km from Cape Town, so it takes about four hours to get there. The late start at 9am allows time to commute.




16km or 7km

Cut-off time

A cut-off of 1 hour is in effect for the 16km race at the 6.5km mark

Course descriptions

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The 7km is anything but flat!

7km: Fairly flat and fast, and not technical. 40% jeep track, 60% singletrack. The highlight of this route is the singletrack that snakes through dense acacia trees, all along the shady mountainside. Total ascent: 170 metres.

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How’s that for a 16km course profile Earthling?!

16km: This route starts out as the first 6.5km of the shorter route, where it then makes a beautiful 10km loop into the mountainside. Fairly technical, 90% singletrack, with a difficulty rating of 3.5 / 5. Its stunning views will not disappoint. Total ascent: 580 metres.


Descent at Fernskloof trail run16km Men & Ladies: 1st R1000, 2nd R500, 3rd R300

7km Men & Ladies: 1st R500, 2nd R300, 3rd R200

Entry limits:

16km 100 runners

7km 60 runners

Entry fee:

16km R180

7km R100

Enter online:

Cut-off date for entries: 8 June 2015

Race rules

No pets are allowed on the trail or premises.

No litter of any kind please.

Should you retire early from the race, make sure to notify a marshall as soon as possible.


Fernskloof Wines

Fernskloof event page

023 5411 702


Fernskloof, Friday 12 June from 10:00 – 20:00

Saturday 13 June from 6:30 – 8:30

Prize giving: 11:30

Race support: Medical backup by MediClinic. Please note that there are no waterpoints on the route.

Accommodation: Visit

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Two Oceans Marathon Expo 2015

See you at the CTICC from Wed 1 – Fri 3 April!

We look forward to meeting you at the TRAIL magazine stand B10 at the Cape Town International Conference Centre.

TimesThe TRAIL team at Old Mutual Two Oceans Expo in 2014

  • Wed 1 April 10am-7pm
  • Thu 2 April 10am-7pm
  • Fri 3 April 9am-5pm


Enter the CamelBak and Salomon reader competitions through the 10,000 flyers we’re handing out.

Latest issue

The new issue of TRAIL magazine (issue 14) will be on sale at R30 (50% off shelf price), but only at the Expo. Plus you get a free gift from Nativa. (First 120 purchasers only.)

Back issues

The hugs and high fives are free, and the Go Multi back issues are only R10 each!

Get all TRAIL and Go Multi back issues at these crazy prices:

  • 2 for R20
  • 5 for R50 (plus a free high five)

Subscriptions: two special offers

Six issue TRAIL subscriptions will be sold at R195 along with several gifts exclusive to the Expo.

Xtenex Accufit with TRAIL at OMTOM 2015 GifFirst, if you never want to tie your shoelaces ever again, get the same six issue subscription with a pair of Xtenex laces worth R150 for just R300, saving you R45 and the schlepp of two separate purchases. They really are an amazing invention!

Xtenex is a worldwide patented elastic lace technology that allows adjustable custom tension between shoe eyelets. These laces benefit metatarsal support by stopping the lace from creeping forward and loosening the forward bend of the shoe. Xtenex will allow the foot to swell naturally without any restrictions, keeping you comfortable all day long. Choose from navy, black, or white Xtenex X300 75cm laces, the most popular model.

Second, there are 10 bottles of Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel worth R45 each to be won by subscribers each day of the expo! If you subscribe, or want to buy a TRAIL subscription at the expo, drop by, tell us you saw this promotion, and you will get a bottle if you’re in the first 10 subscribers each day.

Oh, and third: when you visit the TRAIL stand, you could get one of 1,000 Nikwax samples distributed at Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo 2015.

Just give us your name and email address and the sample is yours!

You can choose between one of 500 TechWash or 500 BaseFresh samples.

Product samples

Nikwax TechWash sample pouch 100mlNikwax BaseFresh sample pouch 100mlTechWash

This is the number one easy to use, safe, high performance cleaner for wet weather clothing and equipment. It cleans your technical gear, reviving breathability and water repellency.



A conditioner for all technical underwear and wicking clothing worn next to the skin.  It effectively deodorises, inhibits the build up of body odours, accelerates drying, and improves cooling efficiency of all baselayers.



Subscriber prizes (10 a day)

Footwear Cleaning Gel

This is the safe cleaner for all waterproof outdoor and sports footwear. It cleans safely, revitalises breathability and water repellency. Winners will be chosen randomly by our team, either at the point of signing up for a TRAIL subscription or if you’re a subscriber and drop in to say hi, mentioning this promo of course.

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Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge 2014

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The Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge takes place every year at the end of December. Now into its eleventh year this iconic charity based event has exploded onto the Garden Route sports calendar with such popularity it has become an integral part of the Plett festive season tradition, and you just have to do it.

With close to 4000 participants taking part last year in nine different activities this event has not only become a major fundraiser for a most worthy cause but it has become a regular meeting place for like-minded folk who want to give back over the Christmas Festive season.

The town of Plett becomes draped in pink as athletes of all ages, shapes and sizes participate in 12 events – all in aid of raising funds for the Sabrina Love Foundation and the many special needs children that the Foundation cares for. There is something for everyone at the Sabrina Love Ocean challenge, from the ultra-fit to those looking for a gentle walk along the beach.

The event is held over two days.

You will also get to meet celebrities including Bruce Fordyce, Chad Ho, Ryan Sandes, Vanessa HaywoodArnold Geerdts, and Chantel Nienaber to mention but a few.


Sunday 28 December 2014, Plettenberg Bay Community Hall, 9am to 6pm.

Enter online now at



Day 1 of Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge

Monday 29 December: Central Beach with an ocean swim, ocean paddling events, a 10km run and a fun walk along the beach for the family.

10 km Run
(Race Start: 6.30 am Central Beach)

15 km Paddle – single
(Race Start 7.30 am Central Beach)

5 km Paddle – double
(Race Start: 7.30 am Central Beach)

6 km Assisted Ocean Swim (fins/boards)
(Race Start: 8.30 am Robberg Beach end)

6 km Ocean Swim
(Race Start: 8.30 am Beach end)

Fun Walk
(Race Start: 8.30 am Central Beach)

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Tuesday 30 December: Kurland Polo Estate where competitors take part in a staged multi-discipline event or enter the events separately. These include a dam swim, mountain bike race, trail runs and a Kids of Steel event.

10 km Trail Run
(Race Start: 7.00 am)

Staged Trail Duo
(25 km MTB, 10 km Trail Run) (Race Start: 7.00am)

6 km Trail Run
(Race Start: 7.30 am)

25 km MTB
(Race Start: 8.30 am)

900 m Swim
(Race Start: 10.30 am)

Kids of Steel – Swim & Run
(Race Start: 11.30 am) (age 6-12)

The event is organised by the Magnetic South Events Team and sponsored by Discovery and The Stonehage Group.

Previous years have welcomed top international sport stars, holidaymakers and local athletes in the multidisciplinary competition and we are sure to see many more people this year competing at the events to be held at Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay and Kurland, The Crags. Since its inception the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge has enjoyed a phenomenal increase in support each year with last year boasting 3900 participants, a record turnout!



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Mini Adventure Race

Enter this trail running, Mountain biking and river tubing event as an individual or with a partner.

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Winter Wanderer Adventure Race

Enter in teams of 2 or 4.

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Valley Trail Run

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Spur Adventure Duo #2

Adventure Sprint solo – suitable for racing snakes

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