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TRAIL Mail #18: Friday 04 June 2021

Join Eliud and Ryan: RFR.
Win with Black Diamond.
Enjoy new trail films.

     In this issue

  1. TRAIL Talk. New competition with Black Diamond.
  2. Photo of the week. Birthday laughter on mountain top.
  3. News. Run for Rivers with Ryan and Eliud.
  4. Funny. I run... midlife meme blows up.
  5. Trail Poll. Winter snap. Did you really run yesterday?!

  6. Calendar. Month ahead update.
  7. What's Hot. Triple Orange Wonder Gel for the win.
  8. Competition. Final month to enter your film.
  9. TRAIL digital. Let issue 39 entertain you.

New competition with Black Diamond.

Brrrr. Are you feeling it?

Winter has arrived and it's time to find that warmer gear (or get some). Read TRAIL 39 for some great cold and wet weather gear.

Speaking of gear, I'm pleased to invite you to enter the first of four competitions we're doing with Black Diamond South Africa.

In the first one, you could win one of three top quality Black Diamond trail products to take your offroad running experience to the next level.

Up for grabs:

  • Rhythm Tee
  • Sprint Short
  • Spot Lite headlamp

Leave a Facebook comment at the bottom of the competition page to rack up additional points.

Good luck and have fun!


Thank you for reading this newsletter. Now for some housekeeping.

1. Thanks to our sponsors who support this newsletter. Please consider their offers when next you need new gear.

2. To ensure we always reach your inbox, add [email protected] to your contacts list.

3. A reminder that TRAIL's next issue (40, Jul/Aug/Sep) will feature SA's most popular Newbie Trail venues. Maybe you have a road running friend who's keen to try trail running but you know they'll battle if the trail is technical. Which easy local trail would you choose for their first trail run of 10km or less? Send your nominations. No nomination, no listing. So vote for your favourite.

4. We're into the final weeks of our 2021 Trail Film Awards, powered by Saucony. Have you got a film about trail running in you? Of course you do. Upload it to your preferred video host, and email me the link. Voila!
There are several entertaining new entries, including Pete Calitz's UTD100 journey, which is well worth watching.

Happy trails... and remember, when in doubt, LAYER!

Deon Braun
TRAIL scribe


WILDSERIES Three Cranes Challenge. Thu 8 – Sun 11 July (KZN)
29km/25km/23km, 29km/40km/23km. Bushwillow Park, Karkloof. Scintillating forest trails through the beautiful indigenous Karkloof Conservancy. Start 6am.

Heaven & Hell Mountain Marathon. Wed 22 – Sat 25 September (EC)
5km, 8km, 14km, 22km, 44km, 88km, 176km. Rhodes. Pure, brutal wilderness mountain run in Southern Drakensberg. New 100 miler has over 16,000m vert! Start 5am. R50-R3,800.

You shared your weekend adventures on our Trail Trophy Facebook thread and it was inspiring.

I was struck by the sheer joy of Chandre Boshoff and Liandra Figeland in this photo, which also showed the splendour of the Outeniqua Mountains around them.

Last Saturday they celebrated three birthdays on top of Vensterberg just outside George.

"We also celebrated an incredible sunrise. We had such a laugh and just couldn't get enough of the wonderful peak!" Photo by Stefan du Plessis.

His photo may appear in a future TRAIL issue – and so could yours. Send us your best action photo, and tell us about the run. (Please don't send a professional event image. It needs to be a photo by you or a friend.)

Prefer using words? Writeletter and if we publish it, you'll receive a pair of Feetures socks.


Otter African Trail Run Challenge. Wed 6 – Thu 7 October (EC)
5km/42km. Nature’s Valley. Run the classic route west to east from Stormsriver Mouth to Nature’s Valley with 2,600m of ascent, 11 hour cut-off.

Otter African Trail Run Race. Fri 8 – Sat 9 October (EC)
5km/42km. Nature’s Valley. Run the classic route west to east from Stormsriver Mouth to Nature’s Valley with 2,600m of ascent, 9 hour cut-off.

Dassie Trail Runs. Sat 9 October (EC)
6km, 10km. Nature’s Valley. Float over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and test yourself up steep climbs. Start 8:30am. R240/R280.

"Our rivers are always running for us. Let's run for them!" says Mina Guli.

Add your runs to those by trail champion Ryan Sandes and the fastest marathoner in history and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge when you Run for Rivers. You'll join runners from 115 countries for the second annual #WorldRiverRun. Ends tomorrow (World Environment Day).

Kipchoge has dedicated his run to the River Kimondi in Nandi County, Kenya where he grew up.
He tweeted: “I am running for River Kimondi in Nandi county, I want the river to be restored by planting trees. So I dedicate my runs to the restoration of River Kimondi.”
Sandes, who is the first person to win all four races in the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series, has dedicated his run to the Disa River in his native South Africa. He tweeted: “Stoked to be dedicating my run on to the Disa River, in Cape Town for World Environment Day on Saturday. Spent many hours playing in the river as a kid and it would be great to see it restored.”


There's a lot happening in trail running. Your news might be of interest to the community, so share it. Email your news now..

This one blew up on Facebook. I found it on Pinterest through a Google search, with no indication of who created it or who the runner was.

It turns out the runner shown is Carlos Sá, a top Portuguese runner. We live and learn. He said "Thank you for sharing my photo" on our Facebook post. Ooops. Awkward!

Anyway, he was quite amused by the irony. There are some hilarious comments in the thread, and you can still add your chirp on Facebook.


Biokineticist KwaZulu-Natal / Musgrave, Kloof
Stephan Terblanche has 23 years of experience treating sports injuries. He is trusted by more than 5,600 happy patients.

Graphic design Gauteng / national
Barry Maitland-Stuart designs bespoke event medals and shirts, assists corporate clients with their design needs, and illustrates for TRAIL magazine.

Sports massage Gauteng / Pretoria East
Marie Snyman is a keen trail runner, who herself values professional sports massage. Running pain-free is possible. Book a session today.

Winter is here. It's cold, rainy, and there's snow on the mountains. So... did you head out for a run yesterday? Share on Facebook or Twitter.

Get your entries in.

All of June is now listed on our website. Click on the Highlights tab for other cool events all the way to October.

You'll find events to the end of June 2021 in TRAIL issue 39.

If you organise a trail event,
please provide the details via our online form, so we can list you. If your event was postponed and you have set a new date, please provide that new info to eliminate conflicting information online.

Listing in our month-ahead web calendar and the magazine's long-term calendar is FREE.

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You could win ONE of THREE Saucony Haul Lite backpacks in our 2021 Trail Film Awards! View the entries so far. Email us your film's URL and you're in!

Read TRAIL 39on any device to grow your trail running knowledge. We've got you covered with multiple options.

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You can also buy TRAIL 39 through Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Zinio, and Magzter for R79.99.

If you buy through the App Store or Google Play, note that subscriptions are forward-based. This means that if you sign up today, your first issue will be the next edition (40), not the current one (39). It's not what we'd like, but that is how their system works.

Solution: Please purchase issue 39 first as a standalone issue, and subscribe to get issues 40 and later separately.

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