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Overall winner Iain Don-Wauchope negotiates a farm fence in traditional Skyrun fashion on his way to a record-breaking victory.

Course record smashed at 2014 Skyrun

He started his race wondering whether he’d even get beyond the medical checkpoint at Balloch, but before the end of the day, KwaZulu-Natal’s Iain Don-Wauchope had set a new course record at the 2014 Salomon Skyrun. His time of 12 hours 8 minutes is all the more remarkable for having battled illness, navigational errors, and poor visibility. ‏Don-Wauchope triumphed over the strongest international field ever, in the iconic mountain challenge over an unmarked 100km route. […]

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AJ Calitz LionHeart 2013

Lion King aims for the Sky

November is an ambitious month for record-setting trail runner AJ Calitz. With the high-intensity Red Bull LionHeart event only a week before the ultra-distance Salomon Skyrun, he will be changing gears and attempting to stand on the podium at both events. On road, the equivalent would be a 5,000-metre track champion aiming for Comrades glory. Can the K-Way athlete do it? Two years ago Calitz set the pace at the inaugural Red Bull LionHeart, a […]

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Meeting the Mountain Demon at Skyrun 2013

The deafening flapping from the rain jacket hood had grown so loud it muted the sting of the icy sleet against my left cheek. The ghosted runner just 10m ahead of me was swaying like a drunk man, except that drunk men don’t walk with a 45-degree sideways lean. The last gust of wind and ice had nearly stopped everyone in their tracks. Just a little harder and we would have been bowled over like […]

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