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TRAIL Mail #6: Friday 25 March 2022
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Read TRAIL 42 for free.
New record at 18th Addo.
Covid events survey (for real).
Run downhills faster.

     In this issue

  1. Trail Talk. Covid events survey. Read issue 42 for free.
  2. Your adventures. Addo. AfricanX. Magoebaskloof.
  3. Races. Updated online calendar.
  4. Gear. The North Face, First Ascent, Salomon.
  5. News. Anele Bans. Addo photo album.
  6. Training. Run downhills faster and smoother.


Hey friends. I hope you're having a good week after last weekend's big race efforts at Addo, AfricanX, and Magoebaskloof.

Covid survey.
Last issue I asked whether you'd like to share your thoughts on entering trail events while Covid restrictions are still in force. Unfortunately I hadn't checked that the survey was open. It is now.

An honest mistake, but at least I hadn't done something really embarrassing...

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Have a brilliant day and weekend,

Deon Braun
TRAIL founder


Your photos.
Stuart McDonald
says he became the first person to run the 83km Hermanus Camino FKT Challenge from point to point (pic above). In doing so he raised R65,000 for the Hermanus Animal Welfare Society to protect domestic animals in the region.

If you didn't see his and others' posts, share your trail adventure pics to this week's Facebook post

Some of your adventures included:

  • Thabo N Manyane got his 100miler buckle at Addo Elephant Trail Run.

  • Liz Brash explored Cave Peak in Silvermine East.

  • Arno van der Merwe did the Magoebaskloof forest 50km. "It was a proper trail race and challenge. 2500 vert, blood, mud, sweat and tears."

  • Waheeb Slarmie ran the AfricanX Trailrun with Wisahl Ganief. They enjoyed the downill sections on Day 3 the most.

  • Liandra Figeland was mesmerised by the magical forests of Tonnelbos in the Outeniqua mountains (photo of her by Christel Malek below).


This is not a trail run, but an experience that trail runners will enjoy. Greenpop's Reforest Fest 2022 celebrates the age of restoration.

The annual restoration celebration brings people together to plant thousands of trees while enjoying a celebration like no other.

  • Help restore degraded land, attend workshops, talks and classes

  • Dance under the stars with local live music and DJs

  • Enjoy delicious food, arts & theatre.

Dates: 1-3 April
Location: Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat, Overberg

Get your ticket

PROMOTED EVENTS 2022 Get listed

Ultra-Trail Drakensberg. Fri 22 – Sun 24 April (KZN)
21km, 30km, 62km, 100km, 160km. Premier Resort Sani Pass. Southern Drakensberg grandeur. SA's toughest 100 miler.

Lake Gariep Run. Sat 30 April 2022 (EC)
10km, 20km, 40km, 60km. Driekwartblou Guest House. Experience the splendour of the Karoo, and see the biggest dam in SA.

Klipspringer Challenge. Sat 30 April – Sun 1 May (NC)
21km/18km, 32km/33km. Augrabies Falls National Park. Stark Kalahari desert landscapes, granite canyons, leg-sapping sand.

Langkloof Trail Run. Fri 27 – Sun 29 May 2022 (WC)
25km/22km/16km. Louvain Guest Farm, George. Beautiful trails in the Outeniqua Mountains. Start 9am. R4,000+.

George Mountain Ultra Trail. Sat 18 Jun (WC)
10km, 25km, 42km, 60km, 100km. Cradock Pass. Top Garden Route mountain running through stunning indigenous forests and fynbos.

Southern Cross 3-day Trail Run (SOX). Sat 6 – Mon 8 August 2022 (WC)
10km/10km/10km, 23km/17km/16km, 29km/30km/16km. Garden Route NP. Pristine Outeniqua trails: mountains, forest, coast.




Get the best trail running products.
Gear in issue 42 is from Brooks, First Ascent, Rock Rabbit, Salomon, and The North Face.

If you missed it last issue, check out six popular Salomon products, with comments from some of their SA users.

First Ascent Ladies Pulse Tee. Lightweight, breathable, and sweat-wicking Quik-wic fabric enhances ventilation, helping you stay dry and cool. Staying dry is the secret to staying comfortable - no matter whether it is hot or cold.
Ideal as a base layer or worn as a single garment.
Reflective trims increase your visibilty in urban areas, and the shaped hem for extra coverage is a hit with users.
R329 |


Anele Bans has had a good start to 2022. First he won Trail Runner of the Year Award for 2020 and 2021 at the West Coast Athletic Club Awards in mid-March. Then last weekend he finished second in the 100 miler at Addo Elephant Trail Run.

I've been fortunate to report on or run six of the last seven Addo Elephant Trail Runs, and all of them have been remarkable. Last weekend was the 18th edition and I was honoured to be part of Sian and Sheena O'Keeffe's team, handling their social media (Instagram / Facebook).

Standout performance of the event was Catherine Williamson's new record in the 76km. And yours. Of course!

Check out the photo album by Richard Pearce for an insight into what makes this event one of SA's most endearing races for trail runners of every ability and ambition. I hope to see you there next year.



Run downhills faster

You absolutely have to read this post, with tips from experienced local runners Andrew Hagen and Dirk Cloete.


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