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Air Pollution And Running

Q: Running has proven health benefits, but can running (without injuries or medical conditions) ever be BAD for you? A: Yes, when the AIR QUALITY is bad. Read on to protect yourself from the worst of air pollution.

Analysing Your Pacing Data

Run coach Sean Tait drills down into the major challenges facing TRAIL readers. In this article he addresses the benefit of analysing your run pace.
Morne Nel and Tracey Campbell climb more than 500m on a single ascent in Vanstaadensberg training for uphill

Train For Uphill Trail Running

Coach Sean Tait addresses the challenge of doing enough hill run training, with ideas on how to get the most benefit from your effort. He also answers the question: what about inclined treadmill training as a way to train for hilly races?
Lizzy Strauss gives tips in Trail 13 photo Govan Basson

Tips for your first trail race

Your first trail event (of any length) can be an intimidating prospect. Or maybe you're stepping up to a new unknown distance and you don't know if you'll be able to manage it. TRAIL sought out trail running experts to help you overcome your challenges.


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Matt Healy interview

Matt Healy is a professional ultrarunner who signaled his intention at becoming one of the best when he won the 2021 Addo Elephant Trail Run.
Rachel Manyathi trail runner running by Fahwaaz Cornelius wide cover TRAIL 38

Rachel Manyathi interview

Rachel Manyathi (44) shares her most epic ultra running adventures, the other runners who inspire her, and why she enjoys getting lost on the mountain. Originally published in TRAIL issue 38, where she featured on our cover.
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Armand du Plessis interview

Extreme international ultra running events, sleep monsters, and solo mountain adventures: TRAIL 37 cover athlete Armand du Plessis has stories to share.

Previous Issues

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TRAIL issue 42

Issue 42 (Jan/Feb/Mar 2022) is TRAIL's last issue as a magazine. Enjoy 206 pages of trail running inspiration to get you motivated and inspired. Among the many articles, cover athlete Karoline Hanks shares her passion for nature and wildlife.
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Be inspired by trail runners and their adventures in the Oct/Nov/Dec 2021 issue of TRAIL, the 41st edition since its launch in December 2011. Cover athlete Bruce Arnett talks about his connection with the trails, nature, and the trail community.
TRAIL 40 cover Jo Keppler


TRAIL issue 40 features a mega Ultra-Trail Drakensberg feature, shares Jo Keppler's story fighting substance addiction, improves your strength through hill running, helps you avoid and counter hypothermia, and much more.