Trail Mail September 2018

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Flashback to AfricanX, KK100, and FKT memories.

TRAIL Mail #27: Friday 28 September 2018

Happy Friday!

No better week than a short week – less time at a desk and more time on the trails. Did you make some memories? Remember to send us action shots or letters to be featured in the next print issue.

Tarrin van Niekerk reader pic t29

Tarrin van Niekerk was totally ecstatic about her Mafadi Peak Summit.
“Once on the escarpment, our journey included a cold and windy hike up to Mafadi (3,450m) for a quick photo before starting the journey back down via Leslie’s Pass and Marble Baths. We reached Injisuthi Camp just after sunset, where my husband and our friend Marc had warm coffee and braaivleis ready for two very tired but content trail friends.” Photo Conrad du Toit, Pretoria

Wishing you spectacular views, an in-tact sense of humour, and stable joints this weekend. All the best to everyone running Oyster Catcher 2 Day!

Heloise Hunter, TRAIL associate editor

AfricanX 2018 Rukadza and Calitz by Tobias Ginsberg TRAIL 28
Bernard Rukadza (left) and AJ Calitz were victorious at the 2018 AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASCIS. Photo Tobias Ginsberg

NEWS

AfricanX revisited

In case you missed the six-page feature in TRAIL 28, discover the 10th AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS on our website. Sediqa Khatieb, Dr Kusekuhle Magadlela, Chantel Nienaber, and Jan Ham share their experiences from the 2018 event.

Weekend wrap Sept 2018Long weekend wrap

Read our Facebook summary of the Karkloof100, Rhino Peak Challenge, and Cathedral Peak Challenge, which all happened in KZN last weekend.

Karkloof100 have released the event film, made by the talented Phonix Capture team.

You can still donate to rhino, crane, and vulture conservation via the Rhino Peak Challenge. Simply click on the PAY/DONATE button on the homepage.

If you were at any of these, or other trail runs this weekend, please share a photo from the experience in our Trail Trophies thread.

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We’re testing three versions of Squirrel’s Nut Butter. See our short intro to this product that reduces chafing and protects your skin from dryness and unfriendly weather conditions. No squirrels were harmed in its making.

EVENTS

WHAT DO THE WEEKS AHEAD LOOK LIKE?

AnchorTrail Mail calendar TRAIL 29There are 10 September events and, 52 October events, listed in our online calendar.
Highlights include Oyster Catcher 2 Day, Uitsoek Mountain Marathon, StrongmanRun, Harrismith Mountain Race, 8 Hour Challenge, the Vine to Valley Series, and the final Nissan Trailseeker in Cullinan.
If you notice an event missing from our calendar, please let us and the organiser know, so they can send us the details. Listings in our print mag and website (in the last 30 days before the event) are free. Or get your event promoted for a longer period.

Get event info to the end of December 2018 when you buy the print or digital version of TRAIL 29. Get print at these newsstand stockists. Get the digital mag on iTunes, Google Play, Zinio
Event organisers, get your event listed in our next issue. (Listings are free.)


New issue 29 on sale from Tuesday

TRAIL Mail #26: Friday 21 September 2018

Happy Friday!

Was this week and the pending long weekend a good trail running one for you? Let us know in the comments and images that get shared on our Facebook Trail Trophies post next Tuesday.

In this newsletter:

  • New issue T29 out from Tuesday next week. What’s in it and find stockists.
  • Survey – how often would you like to receive this newsletter, and do you like the more concise format?


FAIRY FOREST. Adriaan (7) and Mia (4) explore amongst a carpet of nasturtiums with their dad. “I explored this magical forest trail next to the Eersterivier in Stellenbosch with my children as a recovery run after adventuring up Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head the previous day.” Photo Jaco Roux, Stellenbosch

May your week bring you wonder and awe… and as always, I wish you happy trails wherever you go.

Deon Braun, TRAIL founder

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ADVICE

How to run Addo 100 miler Ras Jabulani by Hermien Webb TRAIL 24

AnchorHow do you prepare for a 100 mile trail run? It’s a good time to revisit this article by coach Neville Beeton. TRAIL contributor Rae Trew-Browne told us this week he’s been using this programme for his preparation for Karkloof100.


Anouk Tor des Geants 2018

NEWS

International.

Touring with giants in Italy

Two South Africans have conquered giants. Matt Dove and Anouk Baars completed the 330km Tor des Géants in Italy last week. Matt finished on Thursday, placing 45th, in 102h47min. Anouk completed the course the next day, in 127h17min as 20th woman.

Sofi Ackerman Alps 2018Sofi spreads her wings in the Alps

Sofi Ackerman competed at Dents Du Midi 57km trail. It is now its its 57th year and the oldest ultra trail in the Alps. 20th lady home is a great result from Sofi in her first European outing. Report by Fred Richardson

More action in Scotland

Mike Nash Ben Nevis 2018
photo No Limits Photography

Mike Nash and Tarrin van Niekerk ran the 52km Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra in Scotland on 14 September. Tarryn finished 43rd woman in 6h29min, and Mike finished in 5h23min, placing 74th man. “It was certainly a tough outing,” said Mike. “Proper Scottish conditions this weekend!”

Golden Trail Series ranking

The top 10 men and women in the Golden Trail Series who will compete at the 10th Otter African Trail Run presented by Salomon next month have been announced.

The top 10 women are: Ruth Croft (NZ), Ida Nilsson (SWE), Laura Orgue (ESP), Megan Kimmel (USA), Eli Gordon (ESP), Holly Page (GB), Sheila Aviles Caetano (ESP), Silvia Rampazzo (ITA), Fanny Bergstrom (SWE), and Meg Mackenzie from sunny SA (pictured)!

Megan Mackenzie Golden Trail Series 2018 by Philip Reiter
photo Philip Reiter

The men’s top 10 are Kilian Jornet (ESP), Stian Angermund-Vik (NOR), Marc Lauenstein (SWI), Aritz Igea (ESP), Oriol Cardona (ESP), Stephan Wenk (SWI), Alexis Sevennec (FRA), Sage Canaday (USA), Thibaut Baronial (FRA) and Bartlomiej Przedwojweski (CZR).

The South African trail community looks forward to welcoming this incredibly talented pool of athletes to South African shores in October. The Otter African Trail Run takes place on Saturday 20 October. Report by Bryony McCormick.

Landie and Christiaan Greyling with babyLocal.

New Greyling lands

The Greylings have created a mini human. Christopher Lourens Greyling entered the world on Wednesday night to meet delighted parents Landie and Christiaan.

100 miler madness

Follow the action at the Karkloof100 with their live tracking link. There are 111 runners registered and ready to run the 100 miler, starting at 8pm today.


EVENTS

WHAT DO THE WEEKS AHEAD LOOK LIKE?

AnchorTrail Mail calendar TRAIL 29Our website has 23 events left in September, 41 in October, and five promoted events going into December.
If you notice an event missing from our calendar, please let us and the organiser know, so they can send us the details. Listings in our print mag and website (in the last 30 days before the event) are free. Or get your event promoted for a longer period.

Get event info to the end of December 2018 when you buy the print or digital version of TRAIL 29. Get print at these newsstand stockists. Get the digital mag on iTunes, Google Play, Zinio
Event organisers, get your event listed in our next issue. (Listings are free.)


GEAR GUIDE

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Brooks Cascadia 13 men’s model

Cape Trail Clinic. One runner at our fourth Cape Trail Clinic on 3 & 4 November will win a pair of the newly released Brooks Cascadia 13 trail shoe worth R2,399. Venue is Stellenbosch University campus, as it has been for the past two years, and it’s powered by Brooks Running and RUN Specialist Store. Entries are open, and there is a Smart rate which will save you some dosh.


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