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Trail running calendar events in September 2018

Sat 29 September EC

Lammergeyer Mountain Challenge. 24km, 32km. Lady Grey Country Club. Tackle the mountain: follow old Lesotho trek path to Joubert’s Pass: the highest pass in SA. Start 7am. R250/R300.

Sat 29 September NW

Magalies Adventure. 4km, 8km, 16km. Cog & Sprocket, African Pride Mount Grace Country Hotel. Tough running, views of Magaliesberg. Start 7:30am. R100/R150/R175.

Sun 29 September GP

Wild Africa’s Oktobeerfest. 5km, 8km, 12km, 15km. Black Horse Brewery. Challenging trails, tough climbs, views over Magalies. Start 7:30am. R230/R250.

Sat 29 September EC postponed – 17 November

RB Africa Katberg Sky Trail. 5km, 35 km. Katberg Eco Estate. Sky run through pristine wilderness including single track indigenous forest and mountain trails at 1,600m. Start 8am. R120/R450.

Sat 29 September WC

Bosman Trail Run. 6km, 12km. Bosman Wine Estate. Mentally and physically challenging, technical route with singletrack through cliffs, to waterfalls and spectacularly high viewpoints. Start 9am. R120/R150.

Sat 29 September WC

Battle Up Blaauwberg. 8km, 14km. Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. Spectacular views down Fynbos slopes, across the city to rocky, sandy coastline. Start 7:30am. R80/R160.

Sat 30 September WC

The Strawberry Festival Trail Run. 5km, 9km. Redberry Farm. A 5km family fun run/walk and 9km trail through the strawberry fields with magnificent views of the Outeniqua Mountains. Start 9am. R80/R100.

Sat 29 – Sun 30 September WC

Oyster Catcher 2 Day Trail Run. 20km/16km. Sandpiper Sports Centre, Boggomsbaai. Magnificent trails along coastline between Gourits and Mosselbay. R2,950.  PROMOTED 

Sun 30 September KZN

Coastal Series Rocky Bay. 6km, 12km, 20km. Scottburgh. Farmland and coastal forest, jeep and singletrack. Beautiful sea views. Start 7am.

Sun 30 September GP

Fresh Wolwe & Waterkloof Spruit Trail Run. 5km, 12km, 17km. Wolwespruit Park. Run new trails in the heart of Pretoria East. Start 7am. R120/R160/R190.

Trail running calendar events in October 2018

Wed 3 – Sat 6 October WC

Sneeuberg Traverse. 26km/34km/40km. Murraysburg. Three-day stage race covering 100km of remote Karoo: towering peaks, hidden kloofs, and secret groves of trees. R4,850.

Sat 6 October WC

La Capra Goat Run. 5km, 8km, 15km, 28km. Fairview Wine Farm, Suider Paarl. Awesome views and scenery on Paarl Mountain. Start 7:30am.

Sat 6 October WC

Durbanville Hills TrailFun. 5km, 10km. Durbanville Hills Wine Estate. Best view of Table Mountain and Robben Island. Giveaways and wine. Start 7:30am. R100.

Sat 6 – Sun 7 October EC

PE Trail Clinic. St. George’s Park. Teaching/running. Attend the inaugural clinic with local experts!

Sat 6 – Sun 7 October FS

Salomon SkyRun Training Camp. 100km. Lady Grey Must-do training camp for any virgin Skyrunners. 7am. R1,300.

Sat 6 – Sun 7 October WC

Grabouw Mountain Challenge. 15km/17km, 25km/28km.Trail’s End. Spectacular fynbos covered mountains, forests, technical rock gardens via singletrack. R950-R1,850.

Sat 6 – Sun 7 October KZN

Runtheberg Trail Run. 15km/15km, 25km/25km. All Out Adventures, Northern Berg Resorts. Montusi Valley, big skies, rugged peaks, rolling hills, the legendary Amphitheatre at its most glorious. R1,400/R1,750.

Sun 7 October WC

Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra. 25km, 35km, 55km. Marloth Nature Reserve, Swellendam. Remote mountain hiking trail, 3,494m vertical gain, needs experience. Start 6am.

Fri 12 October WC

STBB4GOOD Twilight Run. 5km, 12km. Overgaauw Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Stunning route on wine farm at sunset. Proceeds go to Operation Smile, providing free surgeries for cleft palates. 6:30pm. R100/R120.

Sat 13 October WC

Cederberg Traverse. 44km, 100km. Sanddrif. Run, stumble, and crawl through all the iconic Cederberg. R2,000-R3,500.

Sat 13 October WC

Voet van Afrika Marathon. 10km, 21km, 42km. Bredasdorp Sport Grounds. Combination of road and trail. Race in it’s 40th year. Start 6am. R102/R132/R192.

Sat 13 October FS

Big On Life Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 20km. Makro Bloemfontein. Flat and fast singletrack and jeep track. Start 7am. R80-R150.

Sat 13 October WC

Java Challenge. 10km. Van Loveren Family Vineyards, Robertson. Medals and goodie-bags. Start 7:15am. R120.

Sat 13 October MP

Uitsoek Mountain Marathon. 10km, 22km, 40km. Nelspruit. Lush indigenous forest, crystal clear streams and waterfalls, pine plantation, and 2,000m altitude grasslands with spectacular Lowveld views. R160/R320/R480.  PROMOTED 

Sat 13 October EC

Merrell Tsitsikamma Trail Run. 11km. Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure. Forestry road and singletrack for the whole family. Start 8am. R150.

Sat 13 October WC

Fisherman’s Friend Strongmanrun. 8km, 15km, 21km. Faure Stadium, Paarl. Dress up and have fun trying to complete the obstacle course within time limit. Start 8am. R450/R550/R650.  PROMOTED 

Sat 13 October WC

Green Forest Trail Run #3. 5km, 10km, 21km. Fruitways, Grabouw. Start at the top of Nuweberg forest and run down to Fruitways. Start 8:30. R85/R180/R230.

Sat 13 October WC

Eselfontein Trail Run. 15km. Eselfontein Farm, Ceres. Challenging singletrack with a lot of fun. Start 7:30am. R100.

Sat 14 October KZN

Mountain Mania Ultra Trail Run (MUTTER). 37km, 65km. St Bernards’s Peak, Swartberg. Experienced trail runners email for a personal invitation. Start 4am.

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Sat 13 – Sun 14 October KZN

Glencairn Trail Run. 12km/8km, 21km/18km. Sani Pass Road, Himeville. A fully serviced trail run through beautiful foothills of the Sani Pass Valley. Start 7am. R1,680.

Sat 13 – Sun 14 October KZN

Zingela Trail Run. 18km/12km. Weenen. Two day rocky, thorny valley bushveld run. Fully catered. Start 7am.

Sat 14 October GP

Ezemvelo Trail Run Challenge. 5km, 10km, 21km. Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, Bronkhorstspruit. Easy running on well manicured singletrack and some jeep track. Run the hills where the Wilge River cuts through the ‘rust pigmented’ sandstone formations. Start 7am. R100/R150/R210.

Sun 14 October GP

Arnold Chatz Scrub Hare. 6km, 12km, 20km. Leeuwen Kloof Reserve. Adventure on rocky Jeep track, singletrack past a dam before you enter the cave, through a quarry and into a gorge. Start 7am. R110-R240.

Sun 14 October KZN

Coastal Series Blythedale. 6km, 12km, 20km. Blythedale Coastal Resort. Coastal indigenous forest. Start 7am.

Sun 14 October WC

Hope Hike and Bike. 3km, 5km, 10km. Blaauwklippen Vineyards, Stellenbosch. Run in the vineyards. Start 8am.

Sun 14 October WC

Klapmuts Cup Trail Run. 5km, 7km, 12km, 15km. Dirtopia Trail Centre. Great climbing on jeep track through the vineyards towards Klapmutskop with rewarding singletrack; wineland views. Start 8am.

Wed 17 – Thu 18 October EC

OTTER Challenge. 5km/42km. Stormsriver. Run Retto west to east from Nature’s Valley to Stormsriver Mouth with 2,600m of ascent, 11 hour cut-off. R4,300/R4,600.

Fri 18 – Sun 21 October FS

Golden Gate Challenge. 73km. Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Iconic, challenging 3-day stage race in restricted historical areas. R3,500/R3,800.

Sun 18 – 28 October NC

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM). 26km/33km/39km /79km/45km/26km. Cover 248km over the desert on foot.

Fri 19 & Sat 20 October EC

OTTER Run. 5km/42km. Stormsriver. Run Retto west to east from Nature’s Valley to Stormsriver Mouth with 2,600m of ascent, 8 hour cut-off. R4,300/R4,600.

Sat 20 October WC

HEX SkyRun. 18km, 30km. Grueling climb to 2,249m peak and back. Inaugural edition. Start 7:30am. R750/R975.

Sat 20 October MP

Lakenvlei Forest Trail Run. 8km, 16km, 23km, 34km. Lakenvlei Forest Lodge, Belfast. Run forest roads and trails of Mpumalanga Highveld. Start: 7:30am. R100-R310.

Sat 20 October FS

Harrismith Mountain Race. 15km, 30km. Harrismith Primary School. SA’s oldest trail race, with a new long distance. Technical, scenic climb to summit Platberg and descend. Goodie bags and prizes. Start 8am. R150/R380.  PROMOTED 

Sat 20 October EC

Dassie and RockRat Trail Runs. 6km, 10km. De Vasselot Camp Site, Natures Valley. Over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and up steep climbs. Start 8:30am. R180.

Sat 20 October WC

Berg & Beach Trail Run. 7km, 18km, 30km. Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus. Bring your own water. Only 150 runners. R80-R420. Start 7am.

Sat 20 October WC

The Hills Challenge. 8km, 15km. Montagu. Steep climbs and descents. Run to Doringlaagte’s beautiful lookout points and then to Tafelkop. R120/R180. Start 7am.

Sat 20 October KZN

Pecanwood Oktoberfest Trail Run. 7km, 14km. Merrivale. Run on the escarpment, Berg and Midmar views. Includes Pecanwood Oktoberfest entry. Start 7:45am. R120/R210.

Sat 20 October GP

8 Hour Challenge. 5km loop. Avianto, Muldersdrift. Do as many laps as you can solo, as a team, or in a relay. R350-R1,200. Start 8am.  PROMOTED 

Sun 21 October GP

Fresh Trails #11. 5km, 10km, 15km. Rietvlei Zoo Farm. Tranquil wetlands, willow and oak trees, natural forests and rivers, beautiful gardens. Start 7am. R120-R190.

Sun 21 October EC

Woodridge Trail Run. 6km, 14km, 23km. Woodridge College, PE. The annual opportunity to experience the Ningi Farm. Start 8am. R110/R140/R200.

Sun 21 October GP

Gauteng Summer Trail Series 1 of 4. 8km, 13km. Hennops River. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am.

Wed 24 October EC

Merrell Spring Night Run. 5km, 8km. Norm Hudlin Trails, Port Elizabeth. Dress as bright and luminous as you can. Bring a headtorch. Start 6:30pm. R105/R125.

Fri 26 October GP

Fresh Trails #12. 5km, 10km. Rietvlei Zoo Farm. Trails, food stalls, and entertainers on beautiful farm. Start 7pm. R120/R160.

Sat 27 October FS

Ultra Trail Clarens. 52km. Old Mill Drift, Clarens. Limited entries for experienced trail runners on steep historical trails with 2,500m vertical gain. Start 5am. R1,600.

Sat 27 October WC

Run The Vines #9. 5km, 10km, 17km. Perdeberg. Family October Festival and vineyard running. R80/R100/R130. Start 7:30am.

Sat 27 October WC

Sumaridge Trail Run. 5km. Sumaridge Wine Estate. Perfect beginner to moderate trail through the whole farm, surrounded by farm animals, vineyards, and beautiful scenery of mountains and trees. Start 9am. R120.

Sun 28 October WC

Groote Post Country Run. 4km, 10km, 21km. Groote Post Vineyards, Darling. Rustic, rural atmosphere, undulating hills, vast open spaces, warm country hospitality. Start 7am. R50/R150/R200.

Sun 28 October GP

Gauteng Summer Trail Series 2 of 4. 8km, 13km. Segwati Game Ranch. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am.

Sun 28 October KZN

Coastal Series Stainbank. 5km, 10km, 15km. Kenneth Stainbank. Indigenous forest & grassland through nature reserve. Start 7am.

Trail running calendar events further ahead

Vine to Valley Trail Series

  • 27 October Sumaridge Trail Run #3: Hemel & Aarde Valley, Hermanus, WC Event website
  • 24 November La Vierge Trail Run #4: Hemel & Aarde Valley, Hermanus, WC Facebook page
  • 8 December Hermanuspietersfontein Trail Run #5: Hemel & Aarde Valley, WC
  • 15 December Benguela Cove Trail Run #6: Hemel & Aarde Valley, WC  PROMOTED 

Sun 4 November GP

Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Cullinan. 5km, 10km, 21km. Cullinan Sport Grounds. Challenging terrain on blissful trails. Well-stocked feed stations. Start 7am. R100/R180/R250.  PROMOTED 

See more events in your copy of TRAIL 29, where we list over 90 trail running events locally and internationally from October to December 2018.

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