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
- Trail Talk. Read TRAIL 40 for free for a week.
- News. New Magalies FKT set on Sunday.
- Competition. Last TWO DAYS to win Black Diamond.
- Races. Upcoming events: October looking good!
- Gear. Supercross 3, X-Trail Jacket, Agile Hoodie.
- TRAIL 40. Turning trail hills into your best friend.
1. TRAIL TALK
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
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
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.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.
PROMOTED EVENTS Get listed
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.run
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. otter.run
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. otter.run
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. gztrun.co.za
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. northcoastultra.co.za
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. drinkwaterskloof.co.za
*Hope to see you at these events.