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Read about some of the many people in South African trail running who inspire with their actions and adventures. Hey, that’s probably you too! Reach out to us with your story. Email editorial@trailmag.co.za. Happy trails!

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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.
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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.
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René Vollgraaff 2020 interview

René Vollgraaff is a survivor, a self-professed nerd, and a runner. She outlasted every other ultra runner to become the only Run AMUK Challenge finisher of 2019. We spoke to our cover athlete about her past and present in TRAIL issue 36.
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Eric Ngubane 2020 interview

Road and trail runner Eric Ngubane has been winning trail races in KZN since 2010, and made a splash on the SA trail scene when he won Ultra-trail Cape Town 100km in 2014. From 18km trails to the Comrades Marathon, Eric is at home on his feet. Get to know our TRAIL 35 cover athlete.
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Annalise Scholtz 2020 interview

Port Elizabeth's Annalise Scholtz was our TRAIL 34 cover athlete. From an athletics blitz at school to an ultra running champion, it wasn't smooth sailing.
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Stuart McConnachie 2019 interview

Stuart McConnachie is a pillar of the Cape trail running community, building events and social runs. He was on the cover of TRAIL 33, the issue where this interview was published.
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Toni McCann 2019 interview

Toni McCann is 25-years-old and has raced the 2019 Golden Trail Series, after showing her mettle on SA soil in races like the Otter African Trail Run and Ultra-Trail Drakensberg. Toni was on the cover of TRAIL 32.
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Hylton Dunn 2019 interview

Hylton Dunn was on the cover of TRAIL 31. You may know him as the owner of Alpine Swift Trails, or as the winner of ultra endurance trail races like Addo Elephant Trail Run, Rhodes Run, KAEM, and Giant's Cup Trail Run. He was on the cover of TRAIL 31.

Chantel Nienaber 2019 interview

Chantel Nienaber leaps into action on the cover of TRAIL 30 (Jan/Feb/March 2019). Get inspired by her inspiring journey from artist to elite athlete in a few powerful strides.
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Nic De Beer 2018 interview

Nic De Beer, our TRAIL 29 cover athlete, has an epic trail and road running career spanning 21 years so far. Get to know The Bear, the injury that changed his life, and the charity organisation he founded.
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Nicky Booyens 2018 interview

Nicky Booyens is our shortest cover athlete ever, but her stature does not detract from her turbo speed, multisport achievements, nor her adventurous spirit. Nicky appears on the cover of TRAIL 28 (July/August/September 2018).
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Prodigal Khumalo 2018 interview

Prodigal Khumalo is our TRAIL 27 cover athlete. He has won the UTCT 100km twice, and earned a Comrades Gold medal twice. Prodigal is beloved by the running community in KZN. He was on the cover of TRAIL 27.
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Carla van Huyssteen 2018 interview

She claims to be a born sprinter, but her domination of the Mountain Challenge Series in the Cape, and podium at her first Otter African Trail Run, betrays delight in hours spent running. Carla is our TRAIL 26 cover athlete.
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Bennie Roux 2017 interview

Bennie Roux, known as Yster (iron-strong) to his friends, eats ultras for breakfast - including the Comrades Marathon, Addo Elephant Trail Run 100 miles, and The Munga 400km. Cover athlete of TRAIL 25, shot by Sven Musica.
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Naomi Brand 2017 interview

Naomi Brand is on the cover of TRAIL 24. She earned it by winning the Addo Elephant 100 miler, and setting a new record. Get to know the artist, runner, and vet in our exclusive interview. Bonus content from her sister Alae Brand on web only!
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AJ Calitz 2013 interview

In the beginning of 2013 AJ Calitz was on the cover of TRAIL's fifth issue. Since then he has earned the South African Ultra Trail champion title twice, set a new Fish River Canyon fastest known time, become a father to little Emilie. Here's an extract from his 2013 interview.
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Rory Scheffer 2017 interview

Rory Scheffer is just getting started, with international races on his to-do list. He has several wins under his belt, most recently the Ultra-trail Cape Town® 65km, after victories at Giant’s Cup Trail Run, and Dryland Traverse. He was on the cover of TRAIL 23.
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Robyn Owen 2017 interview

“I want to see Robyn at Otter.” Kane Reilly’s prophetic words came three years before Robyn Owen’s record-breaking sub-five hour RETTO. Since then, Robyn finished her Masters degree in civil engineering, and won her fifth Dusi Canoe Marathon. Robyn was on the cover of TRAIL 22.

Kane Reilly 2016 interview

From breaking track records in high school, overcoming autoimmune disease, to chasing the four-hour barrier at Otter African Trail Run, Kane Reilly is serious about having fun. Read the full interview on page 30 of TRAIL 21.