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TRAIL Mail #32: Friday 12 November 2021
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22 Great holiday trails.
High quality trail gear for you.

Harrismith 2021 photo-essay.
Win Saucony Peregrine 11 shoes.

     In this issue

  1. Trail Talk. What makes Harrismith's runs special?
  2. Races. December events on our website.
  3. Gear. Quality gear: First Ascent, Hi-Tec, Salomon, The North Face.
  4. TRAIL 41. Explore 22 holiday venues countrywide.


Your trail adventures continue.

Hi there, I trust you've had a good week.

You celebrate your weekend trails on Facebook every Monday morning. It's simple: upload one photo that you or a running buddy took on your weekend missions, and say a bit about it. There are always some gems, and this week was no exception. You can still add your pic.

Above: Demetrius Van Rooyen had an epic Sunday morning tagging three peaks in his beautiful Ceres backyard.

Check out the other fantastic shares this week. All inspiring!

Have you run all 98 editions of Harrismith Mountain Race?

It seems no-one has! Weird, that. Deon attended the 98th edition of South Africa's oldest surviving registered run and was blown away. The experience answered the question: what's the big deal about climbing Platberg (2,394m ASL) anyway? So, why should you make a point of getting to this historic event? Check out our Facebook post to find out.

Have a great Friday and weekend. Chat again on Monday.

Deon Braun
TRAIL founder



Drinkwaterskloof Trail Run – Mountain Challenge. Sat 13 November (WC)
23km/12km. Mont Blois Wine Estate, Robertson. Spectacular singletrack, mountain streams and views. Start 7am. R850/R550.

Wild Coast Adventure. Thu 18 – Sun 21 November (EC)
37km/36km/34km. Spectacular multi-day running tour along the Wild Coast: unspoiled beaches, across river mouths and over headlands with amazing views. Max group size 10. 7am. R8,995.

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. R4000+.

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. Start 8am.


Quality gear in the new issue includes PUMA, The North Face, Salomon, Brooks, First Ascent, Rock Rabbit, and Trailhounds. If you're in the market for new shoes, keep scrolling, read the full text on our website, and find more shoes in issue 41.

First Ascent Men's X-Trail Run Tee R549

The Men's X-Trail running tee is the ideal lightweight tee for styling your next trail run.

It's a 100% Polyester tee made with Polygiene® permanent odour fabric technology, which will keep you fresher for longer on the trails.

Sizes S-XXL
Colour Aqua
Stockists, Sportsmans Warehouse

Hi-Tec Geo Trail Pro Low

Take on any terrain with Hi-Tec's lightest, best performing trail shoe yet. It combines a responsive GEO Foam mid-sole and a robust upper for maximum protection.
The removable PU footbed cradles your arch for long-term comfort and support. M-D Traction rubber outsole maximises grip on all surfaces.

Sizes UK 5-13 (unisex)
Drop 12mm
Stockists Hi-Tec in-store and online

Salomon Ultra Glide

Salomon has packed as much grip, fit and lightweight comfort into the new ULTRA GLIDE as possible. The Contagrip® outsole boosts traction, while the SensiFit™ wings gently wrap your foot as the distance flies by. You’ll love the irresistible rolling feel from the Energy Surge midsole and the new rocker shape.

Sizes UK 6.5-13.5 (men), UK 4.5-8.5 (women) | Drop 6mm
Stockists Cape Union Mart, Sportsmans Warehouse, Totalsports,


It’s here! The all-new Voyage NITRO’s two-part midsole with NITRO cushioning is designed for superior responsiveness on the trails.
NITRO is PUMA’s advanced nitrogen-infused foam technology, to bring responsiveness, cushioning, and light weight to your runs.

Sizes UK 3-8 (W), UK 6-13 (M)
Drop 10mm
Stockists PUMA stores, Totalsports, Cape Union Mart and select retailers

4. ISSUE 41

What's in the new issue?

Enjoy 22 venues in the Holiday Trails section to plan your December break and explore new territory across the country.

A health checklist

Has your running progressed or plateaued?

"Am I overtraining?"

If you've had COVID

For retail motivation,

Wanna race?

More:Saucony Peregrine 11 trail shoes

Bruce ArnettZane Schmahl


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