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Trail running calendar events in July 2018

Fri 20 – Sat 21 July INT

Brandberg Challenge. 10km, 30km, 50km. GaAseb Camp, Namibia. Remote, beautiful and inhospitable places of the central Namib – the Brandberg massif. Self-navigated, in support of Save the Rhino Trust.

Sat 21 July MP

Dullstroom Altitude Challenge. 5km, 10km, 21km. Physically challenging high altitude running on the Highland Meander. Start 8am. R30/R50/R100.

Sat 21 July KZN

Funky Pants Scottburgh Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 18km. Club House, Scottburgh Main Beach. A fun morning, walkers welcome. Stat 8am. R80/R130/R180.

Sat 21 July WC

Run the Vines. 5km, 10km, 17km. Mountain Ridge. Breedekloof wine district surrounded by mountains. Part of Soetes & Sop Fees.

Sun 22 July GP

Winter Wellness Trail Run. 5km, 8km, 13km. Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. Challenging but fun hilly route through forest. Get out, stay healthy. Start 8am. R130/R150/R170.

Sun 22 July WC

Cape Winter Trail Series 1 of 4. Paul Cluver Estate. 9km, 16km. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am.

Sat 28 July MP

Num-Num Trail Challenge. 15km, 32km. Pongola Camp, Machadodorp. Tough challenge with pristine nature trails. Start 7am. R990.

Sat 28 July EC

The Alexandria Trail Run. 7km, 14km, 39km. Alexandria Hiking Trail office. Magical forest, grassland, coastline, Alexandria Duneveld. Start 8am.

Sat 28 July WC

Hout Bay Trail Challenge. 40km. Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town. Self-navigate Karbonkelberg, Llandudno Ravine, and Vlakkenberg, cross the Disa River on tired legs, enjoy breathtaking scenery. Start 7am.

Run2Nowhere Trail Run 2018 bannerSat 28 July FS

Tempe Trail Run. 5km, 11km. Tempe Military Base, Bloemfontein. Flat and fast singletrack, few small technical climbs. Start 8am. R80/R100.

Sat 28 July GP

Winter Cowhouse Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 15km. Cowhouse Market, Pretoria. Free craft beer from Hazeldean Brewing Co. Start 4pm. R60/R70/R80.

Sat 28 – Sun 29 July GP

Trail Clinic. Teaching/running. Walter Sisulu Botanic Gardens. Speakers include Peri Zourides, Neville Beeton, and Anca Wessels. Start 6:30am. R2,400. PROMOTED 

Sun 29 July WC

Cape Winter Trail Series 2 of 4. 8km, 12km. Tygerberg Nature Reserve. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am.

Sun 29 July KZN

1000 Hills Challenge. 5km, 10km, 20km, 38km. Nagle Dam. For beginners to hardened runners on cattle paths around spectacular Nagle Dam. Adventurous Umngeni River traverse. Start 7am.

Sun 29 July NW

Arnold Chatz Nogwaja Trail Run. 6km, 12km, 20km. Rustig Hiking Trails. The first of the popular Rabbit Series. Taking runners to the top of the rich in history Magalies Mountain range. Start 7:45am. R240/R150/R110.

Sun 29 July FS

Q4 Platberg Trail Run. 12km, 22km. Harrismith. Views of mountains and wildlife.

Trail running calendar events in August 2018

Sat 4 August KZN

Ngoje Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 22km, 36km. Brocklee Dam, Eshowe. Scenic singletrack, ravine, rivers, waterfalls. Start 6am. R50-R280.

Sat 4 August WC

Namaqua Daisy Challenge. 5km, 14km, 27km. Spruitdrift Cellar, Vredendal. beautiful views over the Vredendal Valley. Start 7am. R20/R180/R240.

Sun 5 August KZN

3 Falls Trail Run. 18km. Forest View Primary School. Magnificent views of Krantzkloof NR. See the Kloof, Uve, and mPhiti Falls. Steep, technical, fun. Start 6:30am. R250.

Sun 5 August WC

Cape Winter Trail Series 3 of 4. 8km, 14km. Taal Monument and Paarl Nature Reserve. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am.

Thu 9 August WC

Run The Vines #6. 5km, 10km, 17km. Olsen Winery. National Women’s Day on the Klein Drakenstein Mountains. R80/R100/R130. Start 7:45am.

Thu 9 – Sat 11 August KZN

Pondoland Trail Camp. 5km, 20km, 10km. Clearwater Trails, Port Edward. Unique terrain around the Umtamvuna River: steep killer climbs (250m+), dense forest, grass singletrack. Explore one of SA’s most bio-diverse areas with the TRAIL team.

Fri 10 – Sun 12 August 2018 WC

RCS Southern Cross 3-day Trail Run. 32km/30km/18km. Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp, Garden Route National Park. Three unforgettable days over 80km! Run on pristine mountain hiking trails, through tranquil indigenous forests, and along the beautiful coastline of the Garden Route. Start 8am. Other distances: Sport 3-day Trail Run (58km) or Lite (10km or less each day). R3,600/R3,400/R2,400. PROMOTED 

Sat 11 August WC

Circles in the Forest Trail Run. 18km, 30km. Mother Holly Tea Garden, Millwood Forest, Rheenendal. Forms part of the RCS SOX 3 day trail run. Come join in on the fun! 100 solos. R300–R500.

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Sat 11 August GP

Magaliesberg Challenge. 12km, 25km, 36km, 50km. Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, Skeerpoort. Spend the whole day at the farm, running trails then relaxing on the veranda or lawns. Start 7am. R195-R695.

Sun 11 August WC

Strandloper Trail Run. 20km. Noordhoek, Cape Town. Magical trail running over beaches and coastal paths. Start 7am.

Sat 11 – Sun 12 August EC

Bestmed Chokka Trail Run. 1km, 3km, 5km, 10km, 23km, 42km, 62km. Cape St Francis Resort. Scenic beach, footpaths, jeep track, dunefields, dirt road. Start 6:30am. R50-R600.

Sat 11 – Sun 12 August KZN

Mtunzini Trail Challenge. 5km, 10km, 16km, 25km. Mtunzini Athletics Club. Take on 25km on Saturday with another distance on Sunday, or just run Sunday. Forest singletrack, mangrove swamps, beach. Start 7am.

Sat 11 August WC

Trail Series Kogelberg XL. 24km. Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Kleinmond. Individual race, not part of the Cape Winter Trail Series. Start 8:30am.

Sat 11 August WC

Cape Winter Trail Series 4 of 4. 8km, 14km. Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Kleinmond. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am.

Sat 11 – Sun 12 August LIM

Wolkberg Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 25km, 35km, 25km/35km. Haenertsburg. Unique experience staged over two days. Summit the highest point in Limpopo: The Iron Crown. Vertical gain 1,800m. Start 7am. R50-R950.

Sun 12 August KZN

Umngeni River Run. 10km, 25km, 50km. Faulklands Farm. Singletrack overload through natural bush and veld, over rivers, surrounded by sandstone cliffs and mountain tops. Start 6:30am.

Thu 16 – Sat 18 August WC

Merrell Whale Journey. 53km. De Hoop Nature Reserve. Iconic five day Whale Trail hiking route with 1,900m ascent, fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach, endless vistas, over two days. R6,000.

Sat 18 August WC

Merrell Whale of Trail. 53km. De Hoop Nature Reserve. Iconic five day Whale Trail hiking route with 1,900m ascent, fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach, endless vistas, in one day. R3,200.

Sat 18 August WC

Riebeek Valley Trail Run. 12km. Riebeek Cellars. Fast and flat trail with dams and views. Start 8:15am. R120.

Sat 18 August NW

Mathaithai Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 20km. Lebone II College, Phokeng. Run through bushveld, gum plantation, spectacular indigenous forest! Start 7am. R40/R120/R180.

Sat 18 August WC

Newton Johnson Trail Run. 5km. Newton Johnson Wine Estate. Perfect beginner – moderate trail, with a nice downhill to flat road to start off with, and then finishing off with a challenging hill through the vineyards. Spectacular scenery of the surrounding wine farms. Start 9am. R120.  PROMOTED 

Sat 18 – Sun 19 August KZN

Dargle Trail Festival. 5km, 10km, 20km. Lions River. Natural forests, protea fields, and farm land. Dogs welcome on shorter routes.

Sat 19 August WC

PUFfeR. 80km. Tough run, no route markings. Traverse Silvermine Nature Reserve, False Bay, Tokai Forest and Table Mountain National Park. Start 5:30am.

Sun 19 August WC

Helderberg Mountain Challenge. 11km, 15km, 24km. Helderberg Mountain Nature Reserve, Somerset West. Forest, fynbos, boulder hopping near summit, ridge line running, incredible views, tricky slopes and traverses below rock faces. Start 7am.

Sun 19 August WC

Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Wellington. 5km, 10km, 21km. Bosman Family Vineyards. Challenging terrain on blissful trails. Well-stocked feed stations. Start 8am. R100/R180/R250.  PROMOTED 

Sun 19 August WC

Staalwater Spring Trail Run. 15km. Caledon Casino. Celebrate spring on beautiful trails in the Overberg with Swartberg views. Start 8am.

Trail running calendar events further ahead

Thu 23 – Sat 25 August 2018 NC

Namaqua Quest 3 Day Trail Running Stage Race. 70km (25km + 29km + 16km). Jakkalswater Guest Farm, Springbok, Namaqualand. South Africa’s most colourful three-day trail running stage race. The routes offers a mix of everything a good trail needs… tough climbs, fast downhills, a few technical sections, sand, and absolutely beautiful scenery! Limited to 150 runners. Start 7am. R3,350.   PROMOTED 

Sat 1 – Sun 2 September WC

Run2Nowhere. 17km/20km. McGregor. Unspoilt beauty of Breede River Valley. Perfect for first stage race. Start 8am. R950/R1,350.  PROMOTED 

Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series

Sat 22 – Mon 24 September WC

Oyster Catcher 3 Day Trail Run. 20km/16km/20km. Sandpiper Sports Centre, Boggomsbaai. Magnificent trails along coastline between Gourits and Mosselbay. R3,230.  PROMOTED 

Vine to Valley Trail Series

  • 29 September Bosman Trail Run #2: Hemel & Aarde Valley, Hermanus, WC Facebook page
  • 27 October Sumaridge Trail Run #3: Hemel & Aarde Valley, Hermanus, WC Event website
  • 24 November La Vierge Trail Run #4: Hemel & Barde Valley, Hermanus, WC
  • 8 December Hermanuspietersfontein Trail Run #5: Hemel & Aarde Valley, WC
  • 15 December Benguela Cove Trail Run #6: Hemel & Aarde Valley, WC  PROMOTED 

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 

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 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

See more events in your copy of TRAIL 28, where we list over 90 trail running events locally and internationally from July to Spetember 2018.

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