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TRAIL Mail #28: Friday 10 September 2021
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Last days to win Black Diamond.
New Magalies Traverse FKT.
Gear: Salomon Supercross 3.

     In this issue

  1. Trail Talk. Read TRAIL 40 for free for a week.
  2. News. New Magalies FKT set on Sunday.
  3. Competition. Last TWO DAYS to win Black Diamond.
  4. Races. Upcoming events: October looking good!
  5. Gear. Supercross 3, X-Trail Jacket, Agile Hoodie.
  6. TRAIL 40. Turning trail hills into your best friend.


Your adventures.

The snow photos from a fortnight ago have made this week's Facebook Trail Trophies one of our most popular in a while – nearly 19,000 views and counting. There are some lekker new ones from around the country. There's always time to share one of yours too.

Read TRAIL 40 free for next week.

If you haven't read issue 40 yet, you've missed out on some serious trail inspiration. For the next seven days, you can read the Issuu version for free, courtesy of our issue sponsors Brooks, First Ascent, and Salomon.

Choose the paid versions to read the full version of the magazine offline, and it's yours to keep indefinitely.

Trails to run this December.

Do you have favourite trails you run in your province during the December break? Are they good enough to share with readers in the next issue of TRAIL? If they are, tell others about them on our Facebook post, or hit reply and tell me. Sharing our trails with others is caring, and busy trails are safer than quiet ones.

However, it seems that trailies in Free State, Mpumalanga, North West Province, and the Northern Cape keep their local trails a secret – or are they just not that good? Just wondering aloud... ;-)

A big thank you to our sponsors for making this newsletter possible. Please enjoy.

Happy trails!

Deon Braun
TRAIL founder


New Magalies FKT.

Brian Gardner (in red) and Jock Green set a new fastest known time (FKT) for the 77km Magalies Traverse of 11 hours 53 minutes 25 seconds. More than 60% of the course was run on terrain without any trails at all. The previous record was held by Bennie Roux and Stewart Chaperone (13h31).

Photo Terence Vrugtman


Win Black Diamond products worth R5,600

Two top drawer trail products are up for grabs, and it's easy to enter.
But don't procrastinate: the competition closes at midnight this Sunday.

The Deploy Wind Shell is the world’s lightest wind shell at a ridiculous 48 grams. It's built to withstand harsh winds on your mountain adventures. Retail R2,799.

The Distance 4 Hydration Vest is designed for mountain missions at a fast clip. It has a four-litre carrying capacity and includes two 500ml Soft Flasks. Retail R2,799.

You can only win if you ENTER...

Once you've done that, cross your fingers, pat yourself on the back and say out loud "I'm a winner!". Because you are (at living your life) and maybe you'll win one of the prizes too.



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.

Harrismith Mountain Trail.* Sat 16 October (FS)
15km, 30km. The 98th edition of SA's oldest trail race. Technical, scenic climb to summit Platberg and descend. Start 8am. R200/400.

Great Zuurberg Trail Run.* Thu 28 – Sun 31 October (EC)
21km/25km/20km. Run through remote sections of the Addo Elephant National Park and the Zuurberg mountains. R4,000-R14,800. Start 8am.

North Coast Ultra. Sat 6 November (KZN)
10km, 30km, 60km. Blythdale. Beautiful coastal trail with indigenous forests and steep rocky gorges. Start 6am. R550/R900/R1,500.

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.

*Hope to see you at these events.


More gear in the latest issue.

Salomon Supercross 3

The Supercross 3 emphasises grip and control, with Contagrip® outsole for traction, and SensiFit™ upper and Quicklace™ lacing system for snug comfort. Ready? Let's hit the trails!

Drop 10mm
Sizes UK 6.5-13.5
Stockists Cape Union Mart, Outdoor Warehouse, Salomon Concept Stores, Totalsports,

First Ascent Men’s X-Trail Jacket

Run cool, dry and protected in light rain conditions with this lightweight jacket. Its underarm ventilation maximises your body’s breathability when your body’s temperature starts to rise, while the volume control hood provides full range of movement and keeps out the rain.

Sizes S-XXL
Colours Yellow Submarine, Blue
Stockists, Sportsmans Warehouse

Salomon Agile FZ Hoodie Women

With reinforced, water-repellent fabric on the torso and more breathable materials elsewhere, the Agile FZ Hoodie is a smart training jacket designed for functionality and good looks.

Colour Night Sky/White/A0
Sizes XS-XL
Stockists Concept Stores,

6. ISSUE 40

What's in the new issue?

The global trail community was shocked and saddened by the loss of lives in Gansu, China. Warren King unpacks the lessons from this incident.

Get an insider’s view into the crazy 200km adventure that resulted in a new Malbok being crowned on a 200km stretch of the R355 dirt road in June.

Turn hills into your secret weapon. Benefit from Coach Neville's years of running experience to turn hills into better times and more power.

Discover new gear from 30 South, Brooks, First Ascent, Rock Rabbit Sports, Salomon, and more.

Be inspired by cover athlete Jo Keppler’s story of how running played a major part in her battle against substance addiction.

Then head on over to the training section to start using hill workouts more effectively, with advice from coach Neville Beeton gleaned from coaches Arthur Lydiard, Percy Cerutty, and modern-day Kenyan runners.

Inspired to take on a race? Then check out our calendar until the end of October to challenge every trail ability.

Read TRAIL 40 on any device to grow your trail running knowledge. We've got you covered with multiple options.

I hope you enjoy the 290 pages of issue 40.

Create an account quickly, and pay securely through world-leading portal Stripe on our website.

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Miss previous issues of TRAIL? You can read all 39 back issues on the Zinio platform. More recent back issues are available on our website, and via our TRAIL apps for Android and Apple.



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Michelle Walton says “I always looked forward to purchasing TRAIL, but was sceptical about enjoying the digital version. Finally took the plunge 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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