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Your Trail Running Life In Focus
pics@trailmag.co.za trailmag.co.za TRAILza TRAILmag #trailmagpix on Instagram Matt Gibbs at the 21km Greyton Brew Run, which circumnavigates Greyton, climbing the surrounding mountains. “Matt is gesturing excitedly in the direction of the second (and
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Feeding The Soul
ANDRE REDINGER is a co-founder of the Southern Lodestar Foundation, and MD of Millhouse, a producer and distributor of vitamin blends to sub-Saharan Africa. The 48-year-old combines his drive to feed the children of Africa with endurance running. He
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Ladder Agility Don’t Fall On Your Face!
In his How and Why series, coach SEAN TAIT, founder and running technique coach at Off the Mark, responds to your trail-related questions. It’s important to first establish that there are two very different ways in which we can get injured on the tra
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Bound To Rebound
You’re tough. How do I know? You made it through winter, didn’t you? Congrats! Now it’s time to prepare your mind (and body) for longer days, warmer sunshine, and more time outdoors. Enjoy it. Soon it will be winter again. But then another spring, an
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For The Love Of Experience
Some set speed goals, attempt a new distance, or aim for major vert. But Capetonian Tracy Berry (47) decided on quantity. She set a one year goal to run 55 trail events in 2016 – and now she's hooked. She has run almost every event in the Cape since
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Fast-Packing
What is it? Where, how far, and with what equipment? Andy Wesson (AW) and Naomi Brand (NB) answer every fastpacking question you can think of! AW It’s a combination of trail running hiking and backpacking, usually overnight and with a minimum of equi
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The Small Things Add Up
I love it when my body surprises me, and I just found out it can do a headstand! I remember years ago, struggling to do an inclined handstand against a wall, struggling to run continuously for a kilometre, and generally feeling frustrated that my bod
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Good News (After All!)
How do you connect with Nature? Tell us at trailplanet@trailmag.co.za Green pond slime has finally become cool! How? By turning algal blooms caused by our wastes into useful, less toxic footwear products. One company, aptly named Bloom, thinks it can
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Mental Powers of a Trail Runner Superhero
I have developed a strong appreciation of the power of the mind after coaching many trail runners from beginner to professional over the past 15 years. I’ve seen how it can make or break training and racing. This is my top 10 list of key mental abili
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MY WORDS My Viewpoint
letters@trailmag.co.za trailmag.co.za TRAILza TRAILmag It has taken me days to comprehend the enormity of my experience. Not just finishing 50km, but the 10 hours before I crossed the finish line. Leading up to Umgeni River Run, I was anxious. I beca
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Fungi: Food Or Fear?
How do you connect with Nature? Tell us at trailplanet@trailmag.co.za Every step you take is on an underground network of millions of fine threads weaving through the soil. Most of them are only a single cell thick. These threads are hyphae and make
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Use It Or Lose It
We run because nothing comes close to the scenery, the pain, the gain, that out-of-this-world feeling when you look back at what you’ve achieved. You want to use as many muscles as possible to achieve the best, injury-free, record-beating, effective,
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Stiff-legged Jol!
The Oxpecker Trail Run is about so much more than the run. You will have a jol on and off the trail, your legs will be stiff, and you will join the 8,250 Peckers since 2015 who know why all three weekends sell out every year. This event, now in its f
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Pine Busters
I'm part of a crew that goes into the Drakensberg and cuts down pine trees. They are an alien invasive and a huge threat to the Berg's water-generating abilities for the rest of South Africa. Although it is very difficult for a lone seed to find its
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Back in Action
Normally we can get over back pain with some stretching, a good night’s sleep, and possibly some pain medication. What about that back pain that continues to occur, or that is affecting your trail running? It is one thing to sort it out in the short
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Wolkberg
Annelize Bell (in pink) leads her daughter Eljané van der Walt (hood) and Hanli Pienaar Bovill through the misty indigenous forest at the Wolkberg Trail Run 36km Woodbush event. “The first day was misty, cold and rainy, which made for an exciting exp
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Community Stu
My dad and uncles were all road runners who spent time “running on the mountain”, as it was then termed. They all ran for VOB club. As a family, we grew up around events, from Two Oceans, to Voet of Afrika weekends in Arniston. I still recall all the
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Dance
Get nimble, flexible, and strong with dance. Gym instructor and personal trainer NATASHA WALLENDORF breaks it down. I have been personal training and teaching group fitness classes for the last 28 years. Movement is a passion to me and I see the bene
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International Events
FRANCE, 30 June The second event of the Golden Trail World Series, dubbed The Roller Coaster, is 42km long with 2,780m of vertical ascent. Of the seven Saffas to finish the marathon, Meg Mackenzie was the quickest (4h48min, sixth woman), followed by
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CircumSwazi
What adventures have you embarked on lately? trailtalk@trailmag.co.za Two UCT students squeezed the most out of their twoweek June holiday. Matt, a final-year medical student, and Kevin, a postgraduate in medical anthropology, combined their love of
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Blisters, Be Gone!
A blister is a fluid-filled elevation of the epidermis. Blisters happen to runners for a number of reasons, and you can trouble-shoot your own blister issues once you understand them. The two most common causes of foot blisters while running are fric
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Nuts about Seeds
Share your food ideas: food@trailmag.co.za Nuts are a complex food. They’re made up of many compounds: amino acids, phytochemicals, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and fats. Monounsaturated fats to be exact. Fats scare some people, but there are good fats
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Longmore Eastern Cape
Access 7am Dogs No Fee R50 / Trails Various / Best route 20km / Ascent 570m / Difficulty Easy / Time 4h Plantations offer me the opportunity to train for extended periods, on varied surfaces, in mountainous areas. It would be unwise to just go for a
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Atlas Time
Iglanced up in the general direction of the highest peak in North Africa: Jebel Toubkal. According to the weather forecast, there was a very small window within which my hubby Nico and guide Hassan could make it to the summit before the next snowstor
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Trail Mix Granola Bars
These taste exactly like trail mix, in the form of a bar. They’re made from a few basic ingredients and are baked, making them portable so they’ll survive a day in your pocket or pack. There are two versions, one with nuts and one with seeds. You can
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Karkloof KZN
Access 6am – 6pm Dogs On leash Fee R50 / Trails 8 / Best route 19km / Ascent 760m / Difficulty Challenging / Time 120min Karkloof is my favourite trail venue in KZN. There are eight marked routes, and one of the most exciting is the 14km Falls Trail.
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Time To Shine
Oktoberfest. 5km, 10km. Randpark Golf Club. Scenic and non-technical run or walkwith water crossings and dirt. R100. Start 7pm. metrosports.co.za Eastern Nights Trail Run Series #5. 5km, 10km. ERPM Boksburg Golf Club. Run jeep track, singletrack, and
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Nut Or Seed Butter
Nut butters (besides peanut butter) are costly, oily, and have additives when bought. And yet it's simple, if a little labour intensive, to make your own! If you're allergic to nuts or want to mix it up, you can make seed butters too. Pumpkin seeds m
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Magoebaskloof Limpopo
Access All day, all year Dogs Not allowed Fee Free / Trails 22 / Best route 13km / Ascent 430m / Difficulty Easy / Time 105min When looking for off-tar mileage in a safe and attractive environment Magoebaskloof is ideal – at the very top of SA’s Grea
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Not Skirt Around
In the North West of England are two eminent and frequently tourist-trod areas: the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. To get there, most visitors drive up from Manchester and skirt left, or right, around the Forest of Bowland. They may almost be
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