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TRAIL Mail #3: Friday 22 January 2021

Train your brain, read TRAIL.
Bowel timing: how's yours?
Win: Trail Film Awards.
100km record popcorn time.

     In this issue

  1. From the Team. Surviving January.
  2. Photo of the week. Engelbrechts run to lighthouse.
  3. News. Watch out for 100km record.
  4. Funny. Bowels have great timing - or not!
  5. Trail Poll. Are you following a training plan?

  6. Calendar. Events affected by lockdown.
  7. What's New. Tifosi Tsali: great lens, now 15% less.
  8. Competition. Win with our 2021 Trail Film Awards.
  9. TRAIL digital. Reading issue 38 is simpler than ever.

January is a marathon, not a sprint.

This is the longest month (psychologically, financially) and January is being drawn out even further by lockdown. The rare blue sky days call me to the sea I glimpse through my home-office window. But I cannot touch the ocean. May the next month of 2021, and the remains of summer, allow us to get salty! For now, I'm grateful for the lush forests, full rivers, and these legs.

Maybe you need somewhere to direct your energy while you wait to see what lockdown has in store. Find a new trail to explore with Afritrails, or strengthen your core with Karine Bezuidenhout. 

For even more inspiration, scroll through a copy of TRAIL 38. We're getting superb feedback from readers this issue. Long-time supporter Michelle C says:

"I want to congratulate you on another fantastic mag. Just when I think it can’t get better, you surprise me. The content is so authentically South African with so much added value for readers. As a trail runner, TRAIL is a MUST READ!"


The most important thing is that you are safe and healthy. Watch out for tropical storm Eloise, wear a clean mask in public, and eat your greens.

Happy trails!

Heloise Hunter, TRAIL editor


KnysnaX Trail Series. Was Fri 8 – Sat 9 January (WC) but POSTPONED, date TBC. 4km, 9km, 14km, 22km, 4km. Pezula Resort. Spectacular trails at inaugural event. Prologue 4km on Friday, other distances on Saturday.

WildSeries Three Cranes Challenge. Fri 26 – Sun 28 February (KZN) POSTPONED to 8-11 July. 29km/25km/23km, 29km/40km/23km. Bushwillow Park, Karkloof. Scintillating forest trails through the beautiful indigenous Karkloof Conservancy. Start 6am.

Lake Gariep Run. Sat 1 May (EC)
40km, 20km. Driekwartblou Guest House, Gariep Dam. A trail run in the Karoo next to the biggest dam in South Africa. Start 7am. R550/R650.

We loved seeing your summer adventures on our Trail Trophy Facebook thread.

In our favourite for the week, Bianca and Heino Engelbrecht ran from Franskraal to Danger Point Lighthouse near Gansbaai. They enjoyed 11km along the coast with rocks, sand, and some inevitable tar.

Their photo may appear in a future TRAIL issue – and so could yours.

Prefer telling stories? Write us a letter and receive a pair of Feetures socks

Trail greats to attempt 100km record.

You may remember Nike's Breaking2 project from 2017, which invited the world's best marathoners to break the two-hour barrier. This weekend, you can watch the ultra version unfold. Shoe brand Hoka One One has invited 40 exceptional runners to attempt to set a new 100km record, including two famous trail runners: Tarawera 100 record holder Camille Herron, and Western States 100 record holder Jim Walmsley

The event is called Project Carbon X and the goal will be tough to reach. According to Running Magazine Canada, Camille will have to beat Japanese runner Tomoe Abe's 6:33:11 time, set in 2000. That means running 3:56 minutes per kilometre... for 100 kilometres. Fellow Japanese runner Nao Kazami set the men's 100km record in 2018. Jim will have to run 3:42 per kilometre to beat the 6:09:14 record. Ouch!

Can they do it? We'll find out soon enough!

What do you do? Run back, or dig a hole?

You can react to or comment on the Facebook post.

Whether you're following a training plan, running free, or missing out on your programme, let us know in the latest Trail Poll!

Have your say on Facebook or vote on Twitter.

Latest cancellations and postponements.

We've got the tailend of January on our web calendar, along with most of February. Check which races have been affected by lockdown, and, by getting the magazine, find events to the end of April 2021 in TRAIL issue 38.

If you organise a trail event, send us the details. If your event was postponed and you have set a new date, please send that info to us. Listing in our month-ahead web calendar and the magazine's long-term calendar is FREE.


Tifosi Tsali Smoke/White >

Wind. Dust. Bugs. Solar radiation. Heat. Cold. The super-light Tsali gives you the protection you need while on the trails - and off. It's the perfect trail running eyewear: you get three interchangeable polycarbonate lenses to suit any conditions (Clarion Blue/AC Red/Clear). They are shatterproof and provide 100% UV protection.

Nose and earpieces are adjustable for a custom fit. Designed to stay in place no matter your speed, with the use of hydrophilic rubber, a material that increases grip as you sweat. 

Reader exclusive: Buy with coupon code trailmag and get 15% off the R1,500 (or any other Tifosi sports model) and importer Jane will send you a cool Tifosi mask too. Offer to midnight 28 February 2021.

You could win one of two Saucony Haul Lite backpacks in the 2021 Trail Film Awards! View the submissions so far.

Read TRAIL 38 on any device. We've got you covered with multiple options. Create an account quickly, and pay safely via Stripe on our website. Or see other options, including Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Magzter, and Zinio.


You can also buy TRAIL 38 through Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Zinio, and Magzter for R59.99.

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 (39), not the current one (38). It's not what we'd like, but that is how their system works.

Solution: Please purchase issue 38 first as a standalone issue, and subscribe to get issues 39 and later separately.

Miss previous issues of TRAIL? You can read all 37 back issues for just R39.99 each on the Zinio platform. More recent back issues are available on our website for R29.99, and the TRAIL apps for Android and Apple for R39.99.

Reader Michelle Walton says “I always looked forward to purchasing TRAIL, but was sceptical about enjoying the digital version. Finally took the plunge (with issue 37) and have enjoyed reading TRAIL in its digital form. Loads of great content and advice! Well done for a great transition to digital.”

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