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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 Happy trails!

Lucky Miya by Sven Musica TRAIL magazine interview in issue t20

Lucky Miya 2016 interview

Winning trail races since 2009, Lucky Miya's charming smile is a mainstay at distance events around the country, with multiple wins at the likes of Ingeli Skymarathon and Lesotho Ultra Trail. Lucky was on the cover of TRAIL 20.
Christiaan Greyling interview photo Brett Nattrass TRAIL magazine t18

Christiaan Greyling 2016 interview

Nicknamed Buiteperd, this dark horse went from supporting his elite athlete wife in trail races, to taking podiums in his own right. He was on the cover of TRAIL 18.
Kerry Ann Marshall by Jacques Marais TRAIL 19

Kerry-Ann Marshall 2016 interview

Kerry-Ann Marshall is a versatile ultrarunner, and people-oriented chocoholic, with true endurance sport pedigree. Her victory at UTCT 100km has cemented her position as one watch. She was on the cover of TRAIL 19.
Rory Scheffer TRAIL 23 cover by Xavier Briel

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.

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.
38 Bennie Roux interview header image by Sven Musica TRAIL 25

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.
Megan Mackenzie SA Trail Champs 2014 Outeniqua Traverse Photo Kelvin Trautman

Megan Mackenzie 2014 interview

She may not step from telephone booths in superhero attire when she zooms off to her runs, but it would not be surprising if she did. Megan Mackenzie featured on the cover of TRAIL 12.
Naomi Brand profile interview by Sven Musica TRAIL 24

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!
Linda Doke photo by Kelvin Trautman

Linda Doke 2015 interview

Winning 22 major trail races, from 36km local events to 250km self- supported stage races, Salomon athlete Linda Doke is a consistent force on the trails. She was on the cover of TRAIL magazine issue 17.
Robyn Owen Kime by Andre Gie TRAIL 22

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.
Nicolette Griffioen at Henops River

Nicolette Griffioen 2015 interview

Nicolette was the 2015 SA Ultra Trail Champion, and runs for Inov-8. She's now partnered with Pierre Jordaan in Mountain Abandon. Nicolette was on the cover of TRAIL magazine issue 15.
Carla van Huyssteen featured TRAIL 26 shot by Anthony Grote

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.
Ben Brimble running at Lower Silvermine by Jacques Marais interview t14

Ben and John Brimble 2015 Interview

Inspired by time spent in the Western Cape mountains with his dad, Ben has been running trail races since 2006, and has been a member of The North Face trail team since 2013. He was on the cover of TRAIL 14.
Johardt van Heerden running by Erik Vermeulen

Johardt van Heerden 2015 interview

Johardt van Heerden was born to run. He is SA's fastest marathon distance trail runner. It's taken him five short years to go from schoolboy dreamer to representing his country. He featured on the cover of TRAIL magazine issue 16.
Rene Vollgraaff by Lourens Reyneke 2446 TRAIL 36

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.
Nicky Booyens resize Sven Musica TRAIL 28

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).
AJ Calitz by Cherie Vale TRAIL 5

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.

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.
Andrew Erasmus interview TRAIL issue 13

Andrew Erasmus 2014 interview

Andrew Erasmus lives his life outside: running in the mountains at every chance, while pursuing a career in landscaping during the week. This interview featured in TRAIL magazine issue 13.
Prodigal Khumalo cover athlete smile by Julian Schroeder TRAIL 27

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.