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TRAIL Mail #2: Friday 24 January 2020

Win latest Brooks Run Happy gear.
Plan your February: updated events.
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In this issue:

  1. Ed Hello. Beach sand on Cape mountains and other observations.
  2. Reader Survey. Win Brooks Run Happy gear worth R8,000.
  3. News. Keletso and Landie complete Hong Kong 100km.
  4. Gear. There's a new falcon in town, and it's a 10.
  5. Calendar. Plan your trail events in January and February.
  6. Back Issues. Event organisers, let TRAIL 33 colour your next race.
  7. Contributors. Thanks to these photographers in TRAIL 34.
  8. Fame At Last. Feature in our next issue, send us your trail pics.


Those Cape mountains...

Hey, it's Heloise.

On this, the 113th day of January*, let's reflect on the awesome memories we created before getting back into the swing of (work) things.

My best January 2020 memories were made on a short trip to Cape Town, staying with friends and exploring new trails. Would you believe – at 31 years old – that I ascended Table Mountain for the first time? My excuse is that I live in Durban, and if I want a mountain it's easier for me to get to the Drakensberg.

I'm grateful to Fareed Behardien of Leave The Couch for guiding me up India Venster and down Platteklip, taking lots of photos along the way. Seeing Lion's Head peek above the clouds on my way up, and spotting the Himalayan tahrs on the way down, were highlights.

I took walks through Kirstenbosch and through Newlands Forest with non-running friends. These had the benefit of slowing down and taking in the beauty without pressure. Because of the depictions of Cape trails in the media, I didn't expect to feel so safe carrying around my DSLR with a single companion.

Near the end of my stay, another TRAIL contributor, Jaco Roux of Extreme Jogging, showed me the playground in his backyard: Jonkershoek. I was in awe of the landscape, the inexplicable sea sand, the mini forests and waterfalls tucked into the mountains, and the wildflowers and grasses.

Cape mountains are different from the Drakensberg beyond the sea sand (what's up with that?) and flora. The most notable difference is the number of people enjoying the trails, no matter how early, hot, technical, or exposed. I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand, it's incredible to have so many people appreciating nature. On the other, I really enjoy being able to disappear into the bush and feel a sense of privacy and isolation.

Happy trails, whether you share them or not!

Next issue 35

We are working on issue 35 and excited about it! Mail us your content.

Latest issue 34.

Have you read the Jan/Feb/Mar 2020 issue 34 yet? We think it's our best yet. Get it at over 600 outlets nationwide. Port Elizabeth's Annalise Scholtz is the cover athlete. We were impressed by her life as much as her achievements at winning five ultra trails, including two 100 milers, last year. Her story is about losing her way, finding it, and then facing the biggest challenge of her life... I think you'll be inspired by this story.

I hope you enjoy this second Trail Mail of 2020.

Happy trails!

Heloise Hunter

* January, the longest month of the year?


If you're a TRAIL reader, we would love to hear your thoughts on trail running, the magazine, and where you're at in the sport. You're not in the draw, until you enter.

Landie Greyling Hong Kong


Last week we wished Landie Greyling well on her Hong Kong 100, and this week we have the pleasure of congratulating her! Landie placed fourth out of 326 women finishers in 13h05min. Read her account of the 100km event.

Zimbabwean doctor (based in Namibia) Keletso Nyathi (above) also ran the 100km race, finishing in 21h47min. It was a tough day out, with 395 of the 1859 starters not completing the race.

Photo: supplied.

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Trail calendar in magazine


January. There are six trail running events listed for the second half of January, with everything from 5km vineyard runs to a mountain marathon!

February. Love Month has 20 events, including Run the Rivers in Underberg.

Use the longer-range calendar in our print mag to highlight your goal runs.

And follow TRAIL's social media accounts for regular updates on trail running, and mag news. Facebook Instagram Twitter


Today we jump, tomorrow we fly

Fifth-year medical student Luthando Siboya takes flight in Steiltes Nature Reserve, Mbombela (Nelspruit). He and photographer William, a second-year engineering student, were exploring the area after representing Stellenbosch at the University Sport South Africa Cross-Country Championships in September.

“The trail was filled with obstacles, dense vegetation, and mountainous terrain. After the effort to the top, we were rewarded with a spectacular view.”

Photo William Dommisse, Paarl

Appear in our next issue! Email us your trail running action photos. (Please note: event photographer photos aren't used.)

TRAIL 33 cover


Give your trail running event entrants a gift that keeps on giving with a copy of TRAIL in their race pack. Or just have loose copies available to those who don't have yet.

See what's in TRAIL issue 33. Then email Deon for details on getting copies for your event.


A huge thank you to the talented people who provided images to make TRAIL issue 34 the visual feast that it is:

Photographers & Illustrators
Rieghard & Eidie van Rensburg (cover), Debbie Agenbag, Liz Brash, Xavier Briel, Grant Bryant, Danel Campbell, Thania Dout, Jannas du Plessis, Merv Gavin, Nicolette Griffioen, Jacques Grobler, Grant Harper, Ingrid Hauger, Peter Kirk, Greg Labuscagne, Zissy Lewin, Llewellyn Lloyd, Barry Maitland-Stuart, Jacques Marais, Glenn Murray, Ben Myburgh, Sakkie Nel, Kirsten Oliver, Mike Owen, Jared Paisley, David Papenfus, Phonix Capture, Rebel Media, Rafiq Sarlie, Kevin Sawyer, Zane Schmahl, Chris Strydom, Mike Tredway, Claire van der Walt, Arlo van Heerden, Andy Wesson.


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