Run smart while having fun and staying strong with TRAIL 28. Run with dogs, relive adventure in the Grand Canyon, find winter gear, end your shin splint suffering, bake up a storm with black beans, and use martial arts to get stronger and faster even when you're not running. On shelves from 25 June.

cover Nicky Booyens by Sven Musica web T28Have fun and run strong with TRAIL 28!

Get back your fitness, strengthen your running posture, learn while you trot with five historic trails, and choose from over 90 local and international events in our calendar. TRAIL 28 will have you smiling and care-free as you tackle your next challenge.

You’ll find a smiling Nicky ‘Turbo Mamba’ Booyens on the cover, shot by Sven Musica of Phonix Capture.

Find the latest issue on your local newsstand, or buy TRAIL 28 and all previous issues digitally.

Make the most of your time on the trails and read on to find out what’s in TRAIL 28…

What else is waiting inside TRAIL 28?

reader pics TRAIL 28Reader experiences

  • Take a peek into the lives of other trail runners in our reader photos section, with action shots all over South Africa.
  • Read Terblanche Fourie’s letter about warming up to the trail community. Terblanche and three more letter writers are rewarded with Feetures socks for their trouble.
  • There’s no time like your first time. In this issue’s TrailTalk, hear about fellow readers’ first ever trail runs.
  • We launch the Trail Film Awards where you can submit a running video and win prizes!



  • We found five epic trails with historic significance from around SA that will make you feel even more attached to our country’s people, past and present.
  • Catch up with South Africans racing across the globe: Gaven Sinclair running arcoss Mozambique, Botswana, and Namibia, Stewart Chaperon, Naomi Brand, Annalise Scholtz, Kane Reilly, Christiaan Greyling, and Meg Mackenzie
    in Spain, Anouk Baars, Mike Nash, and Ryan Sandes in La Palma, Canary Islands, Lucky Miya in France, and Karen Jennings crossing the Grand Canyon in Colorado, USA.

People TRAIL 28People

  • Smiling speedster Neil ‘Skippy’ Claassens shares his motivational manifesto.
  • Get to know ‘Spinnekop’ 10-year-old Dieneke Beukes who is a firm fixture on Gauteng’s 5km trail podiums.
  • What could be better than running for a good cause? Elite Salomon athlete and running coach Nic de Beer teams up with friends to race as Goldilocks and the Bear, raising funds for underprivileged children with learning disabilities.
  • TRAIL’s associate editor Heloise Hunter met two Sandys on a trail run. They share more than a name. Discover their mutual struggle and triumph.
  • Taking on 4,00km through four countries, Gaven Sinclair ran the #LongestTrailRun to raise funds and awareness for Missing Children SA.
  • Cover athlete Nicky Booyens, known for her small stature, big smile, and even bigger endurance challenges, opens up about her family, dogs, and passions. 
  • Trail running can heal. Find out how our sport has played a role in Stuart Cole‘s recovery from addiction in our TrailTalk section.

Coach Neville recover fitness after injury Barry Maitland-Stuart TRAIL 28Training

  • Have you lost fitness while injured, pregnant, or on holiday? Coach Neville explains how to rebuild and recover the smart way!
  • Running with your four-legged-friend requires specific gear, and training. Elite athlete and vet-in-training Nicolette Griffioen explains how to get the best out of your trail dog in Part One of our Doggy Running article.
  • If you err to the extreme of happy-go-lucky runner (who is sometimes late and always forgets something) or analytical athlete (who can get a little hung up on the details), life coach Marie Snyman-Jacobs shows how to find balance.
  • Some of us are prone to painful shin splints. Find out what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it with physiotherapist Dawn Nunes.
  • Martial Arts cross-training Ashley Robinson TRAIL 28Take your fast-twitch muscles and physical strength to the next level with martial arts. Kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter Ashley William Robinson has has been cleaning up local trail podiums too. Find out how his fighting background has helped his run performance, and how you can fight to be fit!
  • “I’d like to be brave and give self-coaching a try. Is it realistic to think that a runner who is serious about improving can do so through self-coaching without a coaching qualification? Or is that a stupid idea and should I just get a coach?”
    Sean Tait of Off the Mark training gives a detailed answer to this question, including a flow diagram to help you figure out if you’re coachable or not.
  • All our 2018 Trail Clinics and Trail Camps feature in TRAIL 28. Check out pricing here.


  • You produce 1% less per year after age 20, but this protein helps keep you together – skin and bones! Learn how to maximise your collagen through diet with Bianca Harper of Health on Broadway.
  • Treat yourself to Emelie Forsberg’s bean and lentil veggie burgers with as a meal or trail fuel. We share her recipe from her new book, Sky Runner.
  • Make black bean brownies for long runs or an anytime snack, with Zissy Lewin‘s recipe.
  • TrailHealth eggs bacteria cancer TRAIL 28Research the link between eggs, bacteria, and cancer with Dr Michael Greger.
  • If you’re allergic to eggs, don’t consume animal products, or want to avoid the health risks, try our egg substitutes when you cook and bake.
  • Get in deep with types of carbohydrates and how to fuel with them. Registered dietitians Rowena Visagie, Keri Strachan, and Kerryn Moolenschot weigh in.

AfricanX Trailrun 2018 TRAIL 28Events

Offshore Oil leaks illustration by Dan Foley from oceana website
Illustration by Dan Foley


  • Local seismic surveys are messing with our ocean life. Put the planet before oil.
  • Greenpop helps rebuild what we lost in the Knysna fire at Eden Festival of Action.
  • Local trail runners make a difference by cleaning up the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve after heavy rains washed plastic debris through the reserve.


TRAIL magazine became South Africa’s first print publication dedicated to the booming worldwide activity of trail running in December 2011.

Since then the mag continues to enlighten its growing readership with the best places to run, the most suitable gear and the most popular trail running events from every angle; visiting the Himalayas, Sahara Desert, Amazon, and many local trails, including the famed Otter African Trail Run, Ultra-trail Cape Town, and the Salomon SkyRun.


TRAIL retails for R58 (print) and is available at CNA, SPAR, Pick n Pay, Exclusive Books, Sportsmans Warehouse, Outdoor Warehouse stores and specialist sports retailers nationwide.

The digital version is available at Zinio for iPad, Android, iPhone, laptop and desktop devices in single issue and six issue subscriptions. TRAIL 28 is also available through Apple Newsstand.

Issue 28 was mailed to print subscribers on Friday 22 June 2018, from Cape Town.

Available in stores from Monday 25 June.

Digital subscribers got their copies on Friday 22 June.








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