The new Beginner 101 section gives newbies and even experienced runners valuable tips for the sunny season, including advice on deciding how many trail shoes you really need, which trail food to pack, planning your event taper, getting enough sleep - and much more.

TRAIL 13 cover image Peter Kirk / Jacques MaraisSome of the advice comes from colourful Lizzy Strauss, who holds no punches when she exhorts: “Don’t be an idiot. Tapering is essential!”

And Ghaleed Nortje offers less conventional wisdom: “I don’t wash my feet the day before and morning of a run. I’ve never had blisters while running in shoes.”

The other contributing experts are Linda Doke, Iain Don-Wauchope, Chantel Nienaber, Buzz Bolton, Tracy Zunckel, Fernando Santos, Lisa de Speville, Jan Ham, William Robinson, and Phillip Gibb.

Even if you aren’t a beginner, you’re going to learn something!

It is a bumper issue, packed with expert trail running advice from over 40 trail mavens, and compelling content from dozens of readers.

TRAIL magazine issue 13 and all other back issues are available here, as a single issue or a package deal.

What else awaits in issue 13?

Reader experiences

  • We get to see some great photos in the My Life photo section. You can win a Canon S200 compact digital wi-fi camera, which shoots HD video, when you send us your trail running happy snaps.
  • Letters from legends – TRAIL readers share their amazing stories.
  • Your #ToughTrailRuns tweets alert fellow trail runners where to head for some masochistic singletrack.
  • Share a tale of survival with Nicholas Nicholle plummeting 15m down Table Mountain.

Begginer Boosters TRAIL issue 13Training

  • Taper for the big race with Coach Mo aka Mauritz van Rensburg!
  • Use your heart, feet, eat, beat and bums to tackle climbing with Table Montain Challenge winner, Christiaan Greyling.
  • Hip hinge correctly to run strong and avoid injury, says trainer Peri Zourides.
  • Posture is life. Fix yours with chiropractor Grant Harper.
  • Cut yourself slack and silence your inner dictator with Sue Fuller-Good.
  • Release your hips, and get out of your comfort zone with yoga, beseeches Helen Weaver
  • Beat blisters: treat your feet before they bubble.
  • Embrace your first race with event winners.
  • Beginner boosters: from summer gear to the aches after a marathon, 12 experts give advice to fast-track your running.


  • Nutrient-packed moringa smoothie made by raw foodie Bianca Harper.
  • Eat faster food that will prevent The Wall from reducing you to a walk, with nutritionist Lucy Etherton.

Newlands Forest Signal Hill Lions Head TRAIL issue 13Places to run

A team of trail runners find you six spots for holiday running in Gauteng, KZN, and the Western Cape:

  • Groenkloof Nature Reserve
  • Alberts Farm
  • Clearwater Trails
  • Paradise Valley Nature Reserve
  • Newlands Forest
  • Lion’s Head and Signal Hill


  • Eight-year-old CJ Coetzee is already a trail blazer.
  • David Barnard runs 250km in Antarctica for solar power funds.
  • Ryan Sandes marries his best friend.
  • MadRun for smiles: seven teams run Table Mountain for seven days to fund surgery for 20 children afflicted with cleft palates.
  • Landie Greyling shares travel tips to and from international events.
  • Fred Richardson opens the Mindful Runner store in Johannesburg.
  • Andrew Erasmus: running the Berg for the love of it, sometimes getting lost, but always smiling.


  • Awesome apparel? We got it, with 16 great active clothing options.
  • Superb shoes… six models you’re bound to love.
  • Hydration heroes – check out eight popular models.
  • Electric dreams of GPS, Heart Rate Monitors, some even strapless!
  • Six insightful books reviewed: Slackpacking by Fiona McIntosh, Extreme Running by Kym McConnell and Dave Horsley, Trail and Mountain Running by Sarah Rowell and Wendy Dodds, Nutrition for Runners by Jeff Galloway with Nancy Clark, More Top MTB Trails by Jacques Marais, and Your Bucket List by Patrick Cruywagen.

Brooks PureGrit 3 competitionCompetitions

  • Win one of two pairs of Brooks’ acclaimed PureGrit 3 trail shoes.


  • Plan your nomadic adventure with team Eat.Run.See: Saffas Bev and Richard Attfield.
  • Capetonian in exile, Ian Little, examines FKT (Fastest Known Time) as a burgeoning phenomenon.
  • Pursuing Paradox: embrace life’s contrast and contradiction with Kevin Light and his apt anecdotes.


  • Namaqua Quest
  • FEAT (Fascinating Expedition and Adventure Talks)
  • Rhino Run
  • Cederberg Traverse
  • The MUTTER (Mountain Mania Ultra Trail Run)
  • Ultra-Trail® Cape Town
  • Mont-aux-Sources Challenge
  • Runtheberg
  • Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon
  • Grand Raid
  • Jungle Marathon
  • Atacama Crossing
  • Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race
  • Otter African Trail Run feature
  • Calendar: 42 great trail running events listed!


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, the Fish River Canyon Ultra and the Salomon Skyrun.

Buy TRAIL magazine

TRAIL retails for R58 (print) in 600+ outlets countrywide.

So where do you find TRAIL? SA’s only trail running print magazine is available at CNA, Clicks, SPAR, Pick n Pay, Exclusive Books, Sportsmans Warehouse, and specialist sports retailers nationwide.

The digital version is available on the App Store and Zinio for iPad, Android, iPhone, laptop and desktop devices in single issue and four issue subscriptions.

TRAIL is also available through Magzter.

All back issues are available here, as a single issue or a package deal.

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