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Ten Ways To Become A Better Trail Runner

Trail running is not just about running along trails. If you want to become a better trail runner and enjoy it to its fullest, then I suggest you incorporate the following 10 strategies into your training. I know they will help you achieve your running goals. Not in any particular order, these have worked really well for me: 1. Get riding Cycling can help make you a better runner. Many runners will only be forced […]

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Why Trail Running Is Not Cross-Country

I have always had a passion for cross-country running which started way back in primary school. I enjoyed the diversity and challenges it offered over running on the road or the track. Natural speed has never been my best asset but rather my strength and ability to perform well over varied terrain where it’s really difficult to get into a good rhythm. During my professional triathlon career I still competed in cross-country as it was […]

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Trail Running And Mountain Biking At Virginia Trails

Virginia Trails is situated at Virginia Farm in the Eston region of KwaZulu-Natal halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and is predominantly a sugar cane farming area. This region also forms part of one of the oldest conservancies, namely the Beaumont Eston Conservancy. Conservancies are voluntary committees made up of the local community, and its user groups which practise co-operative environmental management. Due to the topography of this region, farming is not suited to all the […]

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The Obstacle Course Craze

Having the compulsory military call-up after school removed for good, young South Africans and the youth of today seem to be craving what our parents dreaded in the army, the gruelling test of physical ability racing through obstacle courses. The only difference with the modern version is that it is done voluntarily and for the primary reason of having fun. So what has brought on this sudden craze for these tough and dirty events? With […]

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9 Tips For Knysna’s Big 5 Challenge

Do you believe that “Life’s too short for one sport“? If you do, you’ve probably done a whole stack of different activities in your life already. Slowing down, getting old, playing it safe – these are not options for you and you find even thinking about them repulsive! We’re betting that you are very similar to the vast majority of visitors to this site. You’re one of those sorted people that likes to take active […]

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Fun Farm: Rosemary Hill

A mere 10km east of Pretoria, tucked away in the beautiful Highveld hills, lies a lovely farm known as Rosemary Hill Rosemary Hill is a working organic farm so you might think that the daily farm activities would make it feel like just another farm but that could not be further from the truth. The big old trees, luscious lawns, extensive rosemary and lavender fields and a larger than life herb and shrub labyrinth make […]

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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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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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Where in Durban do I train hills for Otter and other trail races?

So… you live in Durban but don’t want to trek to the Drakensberg to improve your hill running? The stairs at the Otter Trail Run presented by Hi-Tec are notorious for destroying finish time wishlists. Fact is, you need to train stairs to race stairs without falling apart like a battleship at Bikini Atoll. And you need to do that at least once a fortnight, preferably once a week. Here are some of the best […]

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