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Hermannsburg Mudman 2018 preview

It’s Hermannsburg Mudman time!

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No matter how young or old, there’s an activity for you at Mudman Hermannsburg. Photos by Wunderphoto

On 3 February 2018, Hermannsburg will again host the aQuelle Hermannsburg Mudman. From modest beginnings in 1999, the HMB Mudman has grown into a superbly successful event, sponsored from the start by aQuelle, which is still its principal sponsor.

Something for everyone

Situated 20km east of Greytown on the R74, the aQuelle Hermannsurg Mudman is the first event in the aQuelle Mudman Series – one of the most popular multisport events in KwaZulu-Natal, offering a broad range of categories that cater for top athletes, weekend sport enthusiasts, and relay teams.

The Hermannsburg Mudman is not only for serious athletes but is also an opportunity to give first-timers a taste of the action. Our aim is to encourage more people to get outdoors and enjoy a day of family fun in a safe and secure environment. We want to create an amazing experience for the whole family. You can choose different options in doing your triathlon. It is open to all ages, from kindergarten to pensioners; nobody needs to sit at home.

Hermannsburg Mudman is kid friendly!

To make that day an amazing experience for the whole family, Hermannsburg Mudman also offers a mini Mudman, called Mudskipper. Children under 12 compete in different age groups. Here you can see three-year-olds riding their tricycles, four-year-olds paddling with all their might through the pool, and dads or moms running with their offspring through the finish line. But the most rewarding sights are the proud smiles when they get their medals.

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You can expect a great ride, challenging enough to make you love it and for the beginners some tracks to introduce you to true mountain biking. The different routes are well marked and there are refreshment tables throughout the track.

Two Hermannsburg Mudman distance options:

Full distance 750m swim or 2.5km paddle / 20km MTB / 5km trail run

Half Distance 375m swim or 1.75km paddle / 10km MTB / 2.5km trail run.

The full and half distance can be completed as an individual or in a team.

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Yes, you can cycle on water!

You can camp!

Families picnic for the day or make a whole weekend of it, camping at Hermannsburg’s shady comfortable sports complex. School teams participate and stand to win R1,000 for best participation (excluding the hosting school) and to go home with the coveted floating trophy. There is a business challenge too, but remember: At least one member of the team has to be from the business itself.

So, what are you waiting for? The countdown has started! Take up the challenge in 2018 and participate at the Home of the Mudman Series. Diarise 3 February 2018 now and don’t miss out on the swim/paddle, ride and run.

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Quick facts

aQuelle HMB Mudman, 3 February 2018

Official website

Enter online via ROAG

Venue German School Hermannsburg, Hermannsburg 3258

Full distance 750m swim or 2,5km paddle / 20km MTB / 5km trail run

Half distance 375m swim or 1,75km paddle / 10km MTB / 2.5km trail run.

Registration 12H00—14H00 and on the day registration closes 30 minutes before each event

Start Full at 14H00. Half at 14H30

Briefing 10 minutes before the start

Contact 074 125 0054 mudman@hmbschool.co.za

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Mudman Hermannsburg 2017

So… what’s this Mudman thing all about?

Mudman is an off-road multi-sport event with running, swimming or canoeing, and cycling events, held in scenic surroundings in a spirit of fun. The very first Mudman in KZN was held at Hermannsburg in 1999.

The Hermannsburg Mudman has always been organised and run by the staff, parents and learners of the school. As such, it acts as a function that brings these groups together in a mutual enterprise, building school spirit and raising funds for the school. In recent years, two other schools copied the idea, bringing in professional sports organisers to run their events purely as fundraisers.

In 2004, the three schools agreed to work together and transform the three separate Mudman competitions into a series. In 2006 a fourth school joined the series. Each Mudman has its own flavour, but the same main events will run throughout the series. Special thanks go to aQuellé, stalwart sponsor of three of the Mudman events and of the Mudman Series as a whole.

aQuellé Mudman mountain biker drinkingNotable competitors in the Hermannsburg Mudman over the years have included Rebecca van der Linde, Springbok athlete Russell Kennedy, Ocean Warrior Matt Bouman, Olympic silver medallist Terence Parkin, Roan Exelby, Alan Martin, Carol Rolando, Jean-Paul van der Linde, Terence Mitchell, Alida Schutte, Anton Storm, Lee Cumming, Ken Curr, and Suzette Botha.

School teams have always been a big part of Mudman, and in the past Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, Thomas More College, Greytown High School and Greytown Junior School have been winners of the schools’ challenge.

aQuellé country plays host to the four-race aQuellé Mudman Series in February, March and April each year. This exciting series includes a 750m swim or 4km paddle, a 20km mountain bike ride and a 5km trail run through beautiful countryside.

Athletes can compete as individuals or in teams of three. The series is primarily aimed as a fundraiser for the hosting schools: Hermannsburg, Cordwalles, Epworth and Durban Preparatory. Both junior and senior schools, as well as corporates, are encouraged to take up the challenge of taming the aQuellé Mudman.

With great prizes up for grabs and a Mudskipper event for the kiddies, this series promises to be a great day out for the whole family.

RACE OPTIONS

Full Distance

  • 700 m swim or 2.5 km paddle
  • 20 km mountain bike ride
  • 5 km trail run

Half Distance

  • 350 m swim or 1.25 km paddle
  • 10 km mountain bike ride
  • 2.5 km trail run

RACE DETAILS (4 Feb 2017)

Race Start Time Pre Entry Fee Late Entry Fee
Full Individual Paddle 14:00 R 160 R 180
Full Individual Swim 14:00 R 160 R 180
Full Team Paddle 14:00 R 390 R 420
Full Team Swim 14:00 R 390 R 420
Half Individual Paddle 14:30 R 140 R 160
Half Individual Swim 14:30 R 140 R 160
Half Team Paddle 14:30 R 330 R 360
Half team Swim 14:30 R 330 R 360
Event website
Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg Facebook page
Enter at ROAG
Entries close 1 February 2017
Race day 4 February 2016
Registration Hermannsburg School on the day from 12:00-14:00
Series overview on the aQuellé website

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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.

Pricing

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.


Speakers

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photo: Tobias Ginsberg/AfricanX

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!

devon coetzee cape clinic nov2016 mugshotDevon Coetzee

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.

chris allan cape clinic nov2016 mugshotChris Allan

Physiotherapist

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!

deon braun cape clinic nov2016 mugshotDeon Braun

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.

heloise hunter cape clinic nov2016 mugshotHeloise Hunter

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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Mountain Camp: Giant’s Cup Trail & Rhino Peak

Drakensberg Mountain Camp

Giant’s Cup Trail Run co-founder Matt 'Ebeneezer' Goode on the way up, up, up and up to Rhino Peak, November 2015. photo Deon Braun

Trail Mountain Camp – Giant’s Cup Trail Run co-founder Matt ‘Ebeneezer’ Goode on the way up, up, up and up to Rhino Peak, November 2015.
photo Deon Braun

Develop your trail running skills, speed, and stamina, while experiencing seemingly endless singletrack trails, wildlife, scenery, and making new friends at TRAIL magazine’s Trail Camps, the next of which is our Mountain Camp in the Drakensberg from 6-8 August 2016.

Camp groups are small and intimate to maximise attention given to you.

We spoil you with nutritious food and comfy, unpretentious accommodation, while the founders of the Giant’s Cup Trail Run and the one-day version, the Uncut, show us the best routes.

We coach you to make tweaks that could provide you big gains in your running. We also take photos of you out on the trail, which will be yours to share afterwards.

Scroll down for more of the goodies you’ll get.

We’ll meet you at Riverlea cottage on Saturday morning (arrive from 11am). From Durban, it’s 209km and 2.5 hours to Underberg, and then another 15 minutes or so to Riverlea cottage, situated along a peaceful lake.

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Not ready yet, but keen for future Camps? Then indicate your interest by adding yourself to our mailing list.

Trail Camp Drakensberg Pillar Rock

Dwarfed by the peaks around in the shade and shelter of Pillar Rock, a good place for a breather and snack break. Rhino Peak looms above.

Rhino Peak pass Trail Camp

Your moment of triumph as you reach the top of the pass. Wait, not quite yet… there’s still nearly 2km of slight uphill running to the top of Rhino Peak! Deon Braun choosing his footing carefully.

Rhino Peak top vista. The view from the top must be experienced to be appreciated.

The view from the top of 3,051m-high Rhino Peak must be experienced to be appreciated.

Rhino Peak selfie Trail magazing Mountain Camp

The obligatory selfie after a quick snack break. And then it’s time to savour more views, before the descent back to less heady climes.

Rhino Peak Trail Mountain Camp photo Deon Braun

Mountain Camp details

Shared room at the peaceful Riverlea cottage on the Bushman’s Nek road. Includes transport to the start and return each day. Food provided at the cottage. riverlea.co.za

Cost

R3,695
This includes:

  • your coaching,
  • a welcome drink/snacks, gate entries,
  • ingredients for classes to learn to make our own run snacks,
  • breakfasts (Sun/Mon),
  • lunch (Sat/Sun/Mon),
  • suppers (Sat/Sun),
  • three back issues of TRAIL magazine,
  • healthy smoothies after runs,
  • Dirty Boots Adventure Guide,
  • Go Multi Buff® (retails for R190),
  • First Aid for Snakebite book (just released).

These rates exclude your personal travel to and from the venue (and starts each day, if you choose to use your own vehicle.)

Dates and times

  • Meet at Riverlea Cottage on Saturday 6 August (from 11am).
  • Depart from Riverlea Cottage after lunch on Monday 8 August.

Area

Underberg and surrounds.
Although it’s in the proximity of Sani Pass, the Camp does not go into Lesotho. Distances at the April 2016 Camp were 21km on Day 1 and 26km on Day 2 (excluding a 6km night run), so count on similar for the August Camp.

There will be a 4-6km night run on Saturday evening as well, unless it’s raining and the group consensus is not to run. So you’ll do a total of three runs, with a total of nearly 50km covered.

The big day is the ascent to Rhino Peak (altitude 3,051m) on Monday. Distance is around 26km. The singletrack downhills on the way back are amazing.

Abilities catered for

Fit, reasonably experienced trail runners who want to raise their game.

A detailed survey will be provided for each runner to complete before taking part.

Our aim: to develop your skills, and improve any weaknesses you feel are holding you back.

Food

Vegetarian eating for optimal energy and nutrition, based on the latest scientific findings, is our main focus. All run meals we provide are 100% plant-based.

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Hermannsburg Mudman 6 Feb 2016

So… what’s this Mudman thing all about?

Mudman is an off-road multi-sport event with running, swimming or canoeing, and cycling events, held in scenic surroundings in a spirit of fun. The very first Mudman in KZN was held at Hermannsburg in 1999.

The Hermannsburg Mudman has always been organised and run by the staff, parents and learners of the school. As such, it acts as a function that brings these groups together in a mutual enterprise, building school spirit and raising funds for the school. In recent years, two other schools copied the idea, bringing in professional sports organisers to run their events purely as fundraisers.

In 2004, the three schools agreed to work together and transform the three separate Mudman competitions into a series. In 2006 a fourth school joined the series. Each Mudman has its own flavour, but the same main events will run throughout the series. Special thanks go to aQuellé, stalwart sponsors of three of the Mudman events and of the Mudman Series as a whole.

aQuellé Mudman mountain biker drinkingNotable competitors in the Hermannsburg Mudman over the years have included Rebecca van der Linde, Springbok athlete Russell Kennedy, Ocean Warrior Matt Bouman, Olympic silver medallist Terence Parkin, Roan Exelby, Alan Martin, Carol Rolando, Jean-Paul van der Linde, Terence Mitchell, Alida Schutte, Anton Storm, Lee Cumming, Ken Curr, and Suzette Botha.

School teams have always been a big part of Mudman, and in the past Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, Thomas More College, Greytown High School and Greytown Junior School have been winners of the schools’ challenge.

aQuellé country plays host to the four-race aQuellé Mudman Series in February, March and April each year. This exciting series includes a 750m swim or 4km paddle, a 20km mountain bike ride and a 5km trail run through beautiful countryside.

“Athletes can compete as individuals or in teams of three. The series is primarily aimed as a fundraiser for the hosting schools: Hermannsburg, Cordwalles, Epworth and Durban Preparatory. Both junior and senior schools, as well as corporates, are encouraged to take up the challenge of taming the aQuellé Mudman.

With great prizes up for grabs and a Mudskipper event for the kiddies, this series promises to be a great day out for the whole family.

RACE OPTIONS

Full Distance

  • 700 m swim or 2.5 km paddle
  • 20 km mountain bike ride
  • 5 km trail run

Half Distance

  • 350 m swim or 1.25 km paddle
  • 10 km mountain bike ride
  • 2.5 km trail run

RACE DETAILS (6 Feb 2016)

Race Start Time Pre Entry Fee Late Entry Fee
Full Individual Paddle 14:00 R 160,00 R 180,00
Full Individual Swim 14:00 R 160,00 R 180,00
Full Team Paddle 14:00 R 390,00 R 420,00
Full Team Swim 14:00 R 390,00 R 420,00
Half Individual Paddle 14:30 R 140,00 R 160,00
Half Individual Swim 14:30 R 140,00 R 160,00
Half Team Paddle 14:30 R 330,00 R 360,00
Half team Swim 14:30 R 330,00 R 360,00
Enter at ROAG
Entries close 3 February 2016
Race day 6 February 2016
Registration Hermannsburg School on the day from 12:00-14:00
Series overview on the aQuellé website
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Rockman X-Triathlon & Duathlon 2015

The ultimate triathlon and duathlon off-road events

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Sunday 6 December 2015

Races start from 7am.
Transition opens at 5:30am.

Venue: Hero Adventure Park at Heia Safari, Muldersdrift / Cradle, Gauteng

 

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Entry Special

First 200 Ultra entrants qualify for a Brooks

Windbreaker Jacket.

First 300 Dash Entrants qualify for a Brooks Race Shirt.

All entries go into a lucky draw to win a fantastic Merida mountain bike worth R20,000!

Don’t miss out on this limited offer. Enter now at ROCKMANxtri.co.za.

Note: Rock-Kids Adventure Duathlon entries are limited to 100 only.

 

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What to expect

  • Great prizes, sponsor give-aways and specials
  • Medals for all finishers
  • Goodie bag for all participants
  • Professionally timed, chips provided
  • Awesome water-points
  • Chill area for spectators
  • Kids supervised area with fun activities
  • Kids Adventure Challenge
  • Plenty parking
  • Spectator-friendly and water viewing bridge
  • Challenging routes
  • Catering and bar on site
  • Limited accommodation left at the venue
  • Lots of accommodation in surrounding Cradle area
  • For more info, visit ROCKMANxtri.co.za

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Maqhwe Mfula 2015

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Inanda Dam and surrounds is your playground at the first Maqhwe Mmfula on Sunday 8 November 2015

Running!

Mountain biking!

Paddling!

SUP boarding!

If the great outdoors, adventure, and pushing your personal limits are what makes your life shine, you’ll be on Cloud 9 at the first Maqhwe Mfula on Sunday 8 November 2015.

If you do the multisport event, you’ll take in a stunning 25km trail run along the Umsunduzi River, then mountain bike 55km through the lovely, yet challenging Valley of 1000 Hills, and finish with a body-sapping paddle across Inanda Dam, to finish like the Legend you are!

But if you prefer to just run, bike or paddle, there are options.

Overall, there are five exciting options available, to cater for multisporters, duathletes, trail runners, mountain bikers, and SUP paddlers.

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Prepare for race day

Race Recce #2: 27 September 2015 MTB Ride (Start at Dusi Bridge to finish at Dam headwaters)

Pre Race Route Recce#3: 24 October MTB Ride (Start at Mfula Store to finish at eNanda Adventure Trail)

Race Day: 8 November 2015

Race registration

First 150 entrants get a limited edition race bag.

  • Durban Registration on Friday 6 November  at Firkin, at the Pavilion, 14h00 – 18h00

  • Pietermaritzburg Registration takes place on Saturday 7 November at Mountain View, which is situated close to Bishopstowe Hall, 13h00 – 16h00.
    • Bring bike for bike drop-off.

    • Bring race kit for bike leg to dropped off with bike.

 

Race transitions

The trail run starts at Mountain View Lodge, District Road 389, Bishopstowe,

The mountain bike ride starts at Dusi Bridge. This is the same place as the first night stop of Dusi Canoe Marathon. This will also be the finish area for the trail runners and the first transition area for the multisport athletes.

The eNanda Adventure Trail is the finish line of the MTB race and serves as the start line for the SUP paddlers. It will also be the second transition area for multisport athletes.

 

Contact event

Event website maqhwemfula.co.za.

Social media

Twitter @Maqhwe_Mfula

Facebook maqhwemfula

Interview with race founder Mike Hay

 

maqhwe mfula twitter page

 

 

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Otterskloof Charity Challenge 2015

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Explore an exquisite 18,000 hectare private game reserve on foot, with no cars in earshot, and no people in sight at the Otterskloof Charity Challenge.

Sound too good to be true? It gets even better: All proceeds go to the Good Work Foundation for their work in Philippolis. There is a flat rate of R120 for all races.

On Saturday 17 October, discover what the Free State has to offer: run on farm tracks and singletrack, cross two rivers in a stunning ravine, and take in the views of Vanderkloof Dam in Otterskloof Private Game Reserve.

Accommodation is available on the reserve – camping, self-catering and luxury options available. You could also stay in Philippolis.

Visit www.otterskloof.com for information on the reserve or like our Facebook page for pictures of last year’s event.

Races

There is a 5km fun run, 10km trail run, or proper 21km trail run.

If pedaling is more your speed, hop on your mountain bike for a thrilling 19km, 35km, or major 72km ride.

Why not both? The duathlon is made up of the 35km bike and 21km trail run.

Enter online at Quicket.

Otterskloof trail run

Activities

Otterskloof Private Game Reserve has more than just trails. They also offer:

  • Arguably the largest variety of Sight Seeing in the Free State province
  • Veld Braai
  • Self Drives
  • Night Drives
  • 4×4 (organised and supervised)
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail Running
  • Camping
  • Team Building
  • Bird Watching
  • Game drives
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Lion viewing (by prior arrangement)
  • Conference facilities for up to 18 guests

Local interest

 

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LoveTrail at Splashy Fen 2015

LoveTrail Splashy Fen 5 April 2015While you’re at this epic music festival, explore the LoveTrail with your mates! Just bring along a pair of suitable shoes and experience Splashy Fen Farm like never before. Win the best dressed competition and spot prizes!

The first-ever LoveTrail is on Sunday 5 April 2015 at Splashy Fen in Underberg. This is a TRAIL magazine initiative to introduce more lovers of life to trail running. With festival crowds of well over 10,000 people not uncommon in the past, there will be no shortage of potential newbies to sample some singletrack.

The emphasis is on love for people, planet, and all living creatures – in one word, Life!
Expect ample hugs from lots of new friends, free craft beer and energy drinks, fun yet challenging courses, lucky draw prizes, and an electric atmosphere in a beautiful setting.
Choose between a 10km, 5km and 1km kiddies race.
If you’d like to be involved as a product sponsor, we’re an email away.

Head over to the Splashy Fen website to get your ticket to the music festival. (This is an entry to the festival only, not to LoveTrail.)

Get your pre-entry for LoveTrail here.

Splashy Fen AerialRace details

Start is in the central market area at Splashy Fen on Sunday 5 April.

  • 10km: Take a glorious run through autumn Drakensberg landscapes. Expect typical low Berg terrain, some boulder hopping and muddy sections, maybe even a calf-deep river crossing! Water tables stocked with craft beer, energy drinks, and cool water will be at the 5km mark and again at the finish. Start at 9am. R100 entry fee.
  • 5km: A quick walk/run through grass, over rocks, and a possible river crossing. Water table stocked with craft beer, energy drinks, and refreshing water will be at the finish. Start at 9:15am. R50 entry fee.
  • 1km: An easy non-technical run for children. Start at 10:30 or 11am (TBC on the day). R20 entry fee.

LoveTrail riverbend Splashy Fen

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aQuellé HMB Mudman

Mudman 14 Feb 2015 Hermannsburg multi-sportHave a very special Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, or the whole family at HMB Mudman on Saturday 14 February.

Mudman is an off-road multisport event with running, swimming or canoeing, and cycling events. It is held in scenic surroundings with a spirit of fun amidst the competition. The very first Mudman in KZN was held at Hermannsburg in 1999. It has grown into a superb family event, with a record of 650 participants!

The Hermannsburg Mudman has always been organised and run by the staff, parents and learners of the school.

Each Mudman has its own flavour, but the same main events will run throughout the series.

Individual competitors in the Hermannsburg Mudman over the years have included Rebecca van der Linde, Springbok athlete Russell Kennedy, Ocean Warrior Matt Bowmen, Olympic silver medallist Terrence Parkin, Roan Exelby, Alan Martin, Carol Rolando, Jean-Paul van der Linde, Terence Mitchell, Alida Schutte, Anton Storm, Lee Gumming, Ken Curr and Suzette Botha.

School teams have always been most welcome at Mudman, and in the past Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, Thomas More College, Greytown High School and Greytown Junior School have been winners of the schools’ challenge.

“With great prizes up for grabs and a mudskipper event for the kiddies, this series promises to be a great day out for the whole family.”

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Race options:

Full Distance

  •  700 metre swim
  • 2.5 km paddle
  •  20 km mountain bike ride
  •  5 km trail run

Half Distance

  • 350 metre swim
  • 1.25 km paddle
  • 10 km mountain bike ride
  • 2.5 km trail run

An event consists of a swim/paddle, cycle and run for a particular age group. It can be completed by an individual or by a team (where one person swims/paddles, another cycles and a third runs). Teams of two or four competitors can be entered, but are not eligible for prizes, for example if two people paddle a K2, a third cycles, and a fourth runs. Events are offered in either full or half-distance. Prizes are differentiated for male and female competitors.

Aquellè Mudman Hermannsburg swim in dam 14 February 2015Business Challenge

Unique to Hermannsburg is the Business Challenge, a corporate half-distance challenge extended to all companies or corporate bodies entering as teams for the event. A full-distance event involves:

  • 700 m dam swim or 2,5 km dam paddle (K1 or K2)
  • 20 km mountain bike ride
  • 5 km off-road run

Spur Mudskipper Adventure

An event for the kiddies in various age groups ranging from pre-school to under-12. While these younger competitors can also participate in the Mudman events (accompanied all the way by a parent), Mudskippers is specifically for the younger set. As for Mudman, it comprises a swim, cycle and run, but in a swimming pool instead of the dam and over much shorter distances.

Registration

Saturday 14 February 2015, Hermannsburg School, 12pm—2pm,

Registration closes 30 minutes before each event.

Enter online now at roag.co.za

Official website hmbschool.co.za/mudman

 

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