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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!

Hylton Dunn by Brendan Cole TRAIL 31

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.
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.
Toni McCann by Rory Scheffer TRAIL 32

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.
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.
Annalise Scholtz feature image TRAIL 34 interview

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.
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.
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.
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.
Matty Healy ultrarunner South Africa profile DPS Kyle Quintao TRAIL magazine issue 39 1100px

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.
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.
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!
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).
Eric Ngubane by Gareth Hubbard TRAIL 35

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.
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.
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.
Nic de Beer UTCT by Hayley Hagen TRAIL 29

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.

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.
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.
Stuart McConnachie sunset by Simon Pocock TRAIL 33

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.
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.