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What are they about?
Our most recent Clinic was at Coetzenburg Centre in Stellenbosch on 5&6 November 2016. We had a blast!
We hosted this clinic with leading running shoe brand Brooks and leading independent retailer RUN Specialist Store. In Gauteng we collaborate with The Sweat Shop (Bedfordview).
Our next Clinic is in Gauteng on 29&30 July 2017.
Here’s some of the info from the November 2016 clinic in Stellenbosch to whet your appetite.
Speakers: Nic De Beer, Chris Allan, Deon Braun, Devon Coetzee, Grant Bryant, Heloise Hunter, Kevin Light, and Sean Tait.
If you buy any pair of Brooks shoes from Craig Gornall of The Sweat Shop during the Clinic, and then win the Brooks Cascadia 11 shoes in the draw at the end, you’ll be refunded for your prize, or you can choose to keep both. Ain’t life sweet?!
And in June 2016, our second Gauteng Clinic attracted the biggest attendance yet.
What attendees said about the November 2016 Clinic in Stellenbosch:
Dit het my verwagtings oortref / It exceeded my expectations.
Jou Afrikaans was so goed Sondag dat ek die vrymoedigheid neem om in Afrikaans te skryf!
Ons sê dat jy is nooit te oud om te leer nie,maar dit het ek die naweek net weer besef,dit is ‘n waarheid.
Ek het met groot verwagting na die kliniek vertrek en in alle opsigte is my verwagtings oortref. Van af die oomblik dat ek daar gekom het tot ek daar gery het was ‘n belewenis.
Dankie vir jul manier om almal welkom en op hul gemak te laat voel,die positiewe energie wat van jou en Heloise af deurkom is fantasties en jul sprekers was absoluut puik. Elkeen het ‘n besondere bydrae tot jul naweek gemaak.
Ek het baie geleer en baie uit dit geneem en my eie doelwitte vir Trail Running het ‘n hupstoot ontvang en mik ek na verseker nuwe groter uitdagings.
Deon jul het verseker ‘n wen resep beet en ‘n great span en ek glo dat jy besig is om mense se lewens te verryk en daarmee baie geluk.
Ek sal nog my gedagtes laat gaan oor voorstelle en vir jou laat weet, op die oomblik geniet ek nog net die lekker van wat ek beleef het. (Don’t read/speak Afrikaans? Sies! But no worries, Google Translate is your friend.)
Lukas Van Vuuren
Peeling the onion, finding good stuff!
Thank you to ALL OF YOU for making the weekend one I will treasure always – I left having learned so much about trail running, my strengths and the areas I can improve in, made new friends/contacts/future besties, connected with very humble heroes (in my opinion) and have also uncovered some deep insights about what motivates me (thank you Kevin Light!). I look forward to many new adventures connecting and engaging with the trails and with some of you too.
Have a fantastic week ahead and see you on a mountain somewhere.
North American Academy for Sport Fitness Professionals (NAASFP) Certified Marathon Coach
Inspired to improve my life
Such a great TRAIL magazine #CapeClinic this weekend! So cool to be apart of it, meet new people, and learn from other like-minded individuals. I feel inspired to not only improve my running, but as a person and in life too! Thanks Deon Braun, Heloise Hunter, Nic De Beer, Sean Tait, Chris Allan, Kevin Light, Devon Coetzee, Grant Bryant from RUN, and Brad Player and Dennis Hines from Brooksrunningsa for sharing your passion and knowledge of trail running!
Jan Ham, Jnr
What you get:
- A fun, interactive, life-changing two days!
- Draw into the Brooks Cascadia 11 giveaway. Value R2,199.
- A Brooks goodie bag.
- A shoe assessment from a shoe professional.
- Knowledge about injury prevention, as well as an evaluation from a professional during the class if you request it.
- Usable tips and tweaks that could save you lots of frustration, injuries, money, and time.
- Meeting experienced trail runners and coaches 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.
Coach Neville has trained many successful road and trail runners since 1999. He has run 10 Comrades Marathons and 258 marathons and ultras. His PBs: 1,000m 2.31; 5km 14.58; 10km 32.48; 42km 2.34; Comrades 6.38; 100km 7.31. Wow! Follow him on Twitter. “Those attending my talk will learn how to set the trails alight as they become fitter, faster and more confident using my principles of training and key training sessions. They will learn how to put all this together into a successful training programme enabling them to peak and taper for the perfect race. We will also discuss pacing, including walk/run strategy, race strategies, nutrition and hydration, injury prevention, and recovery. The practical session on Sunday will focus on how best to tackle technical terrain, particularly steep climbs and steep downhills enabling you to tackle trails with confidence.”
Neville was second master at the SA trail champs at Molweni in 2015 (behind Graeme McCallum whom he coaches). He was the coach for the SA team for the World Long Distance Trail Champs in Switzerland this year, and four of his runners represented South Africa at the 2015 World Champs, one of them in France (ultra) and three in Switzerland (long distance).
A superb teacher and speaker, Neville had the class electrified with his methods, and the Q&A session that ensued can only be described as a flood of questions and insightful answers.
Dr Paul Palmer studied at the University of Johannesburg and qualified in 2010. He completed his master’s dissertation on the effects that chiropractic treatment has on the serving performance of tennis players and has a passion for sports performance and for preventive treatment.
After qualifying, he opened a practice in Johannesburg before moving down to Durban where he joined Musgrave Chiropractic Clinic where he practiced for three years before moving back in late 2015. While in Durban he served as the league chiropractor for a local touch rugby and hockey league for two years. He currently works in the employee wellness industry with a focus on reducing absenteeism due to musculoskeletal issues. He adopts an objective and conservative approach to treating patients and specialises in exercise prescription, dry needling, full body manipulation, deep oscillation therapy and plant-based nutrition.
He strives to educate patients about the importance of a healthy lifestyle incorporating chiropractic, evidence based nutrition and exercise.
Anca is the driving force behind Wessels Biokinetics, and a wonderfully candid and direct teacher. Her insights will save you many months of unnecessary running-related injuries. She will talk about the magic behind muscles and how to optimally use these powerful mechanisms to perform at your best. How does flexibility, strength and fitness link together to give you a stronger run and aid in the battle against nagging injuries? The talk will not only explain the theory behind working towards a better run, but also offer real-world practical DIY techniques as well as after-run care that maximises recovery and gets you back on the trail faster than you can say ‘protein bar’.
Anca has an honours degree in Sport Science and Biokinetics and is a qualified sports massage therapist. She has worked with all levels of runner. Twelve of her runners crossed the finish line at Comrades 2015, exceeding their expectations. Recently she has worked with Jock Green and Graeme McCullum. Both were selected for the SA trail team to compete at the World Championships. Anca has eight years experience in her field and truly enjoys working with athletes of all levels.
Her entertaining and high energy class had us all amazed at the complexity of the body and what we can achieve with focus on problem areas.
Elite trail runner and physio
Karine has always loved running. Since childhood she would run to explore the farm that she grew up on. She loves exploring and has a keen curiosity about the world around her.
As a physiotherapist, she believes that running is the most natural sport and that our bodies are designed to move and especially run. Other than running, she enjoys rock climbing, traveling, reading, dancing, kite-surfing (mostly attempting), paddling, and working with people.
In November 2016, she held off a world-class field including Gia Madoley (USA), Krissy Moehl (USA),and Manu Vilaseca (Brazil) to win Lesotho Ultra Trail.
A new speaker on the bill, she will elucidate technical trail running skills.
Peri, the founder of Seven Star Energy Centre asks “What is strength? How is it defined? Does it apply trail running? Is strength only about lifting weights and bulking up?”
This session aims to change your idea about what strength is, how it can be applied to assist your running, improve your mobility, keep you injury-free and healthy for years to come.
We’ll get back to basics using your bodyweight for natural movements patterns such as balance, squatting and crawling, as well as learning the power of the breath and how to use tension for strength. Gear needed: All you need is a set of comfy sweat-wicking clothing, and a towel. Shoes are optional.
His class last year was one of the most interactive and fun (and weren’t they all fun, so that says a lot?!), with us straining on the floor or running outside to test new ways of developing strength. You’ll enjoy his teaching style as much as we do.
Podiatrist, and The Sweat Shop manager
Craig’s passion is running, as well as cooking. As a road runner by background, a qualified podiatrist, and the manager of The Sweat Shop in Bedfordview, he has leaped into trail running and is loving it!
“I qualified in 1999 and was in practice from 2000 to 2005 during which time I worked for adidas. Between my podiatry career and working for The Sweat Shop I worked for a small running store as well as Brooks. I have been at The Sweat Shop for 7 years, 3 of which were in the Cape Town store were my love for the trails started.”
Craig has run numerous trail races over 30km long, as well as some stage races.
Expect to be assisted by one of the most knowledgeable and qualified shoe experts in South Africa.
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.
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.
Saturday 29 July 2017
6:15 – 6:25am. Meet & Greet. Deon, Heloise, and Chris welcome you (10min).
Start 6:30am. Deon gives short outline of the course (5min).
6:35am. Overview of Brooks trail running shoes and Brooks shoe fitting opportunity (50min).
7:25am Short break (5min).
7:30am. Karine Bezuidenhout talks on trail running form and technique. This includes a short slideshow to explain uphill/downhill running (40min).
8:10am. Gear up (10min).
8:15am. Warm-up drills, then run for 1.5-2 hours, including power hiking, climbing, and downhill running tips (120min).
10:15am. Return to Nestlé Centre, towel down, and a change of clothing if desired (15min).
10:30am Lunch snacks at Nestlé Education Centre, with smoothies by Deon and a hands-on demo on how to make your own portable rice cakes by Heloise (45min).
11:15am Peri Zourides strength training outdoor class (60min).
12:15pm Towel down (10min).
12:25pm Chris Crewdson (TBC) or Deon Braun on the small things that make a big difference (gear, navigation, race tips (60min).
1:25pm. Deon Braun wrap-up (5min).
1:30pm. Leave, go home, we’ve had enough of you too! Rest well (you’ve got 16 hours).
Sunday 30 July 2017
7am. Start greetings, take seats before 7:10am please.
7:10am. Hydration demo and fitting opportunity, followed by checking of your existing hydration packs (50min).
8am. Coach Neville Beeton talks on maximising your running training (60min).
9am. Gear up, warm up (15min).
9:15am. Quality running with Coach Neville. This is a speed, interval and cadence-tweaking session. Bring your fast legs, and prepare to have a lot of fun. It’s a totally non-competitive environment – you will only be running against yourself (90min).
10:45am. Return to Nestlé Centre, towel down, change of clothing if required. Have a tracksuit handy.
11am. Healthy snacks, drinks (non-alcoholic), and chats (45min).
11:45am. Anca Wessels talks on injuries, prevention, and rehabilitation (45min).
12:30pm. Short break (10min).
12:40pm. Dr Paul Palmer talks on food as fuel: how nutrition is your foundation for the best life possible (50min).
1:30pm Presentation of certificates (10min).
1:40pm. Draw of winner of Brooks Cascadia 11 shoes, value R2049 (5min).
1:45pm. Thanking of sponsors and speakers (5min).
1:50pm. Close. Socialise. Hugs. Crying. Laughing. Be inspired. Happy trails!
— Harrismith mtn Race (@HarrismithMtnRa) April 15, 2016
TRAIL’s Clinics help you improve your overall trail running experience – and your life – through theory and fun practical sessions with expert trail runners and affiliates. You fast-track your trail running learning, and enhance your enjoyment of it.
Who are these Clinics for?
For anyone who wants to learn how 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.
R2,400. We cap classes at 25 to keep the coaching personal and effective. Book now.
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