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TRAIL Mail #31: Friday 29 October 2021
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Have you got TRAIL 41 yet?
Three brand-new trail shoes.

Otter 2021 pics on Facebook.
Win Black Diamond, Saucony.

     In this issue

  1. Trail Talk. You, the trail rock star. Otter photos.
  2. Races. November events on our website.
  3. Gear. Shoes from Hi-Tec, Salomon, The North Face.
  4. TRAIL 41. New issue with Bruce Arnett.


You are amazing.

HAPPY FRIDAY! 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. Head on over there and add your own.

Above: Izak du Plessis just can't get enough of Harrismith's imposing Platberg. In this stunning naturescape, he's perfectly captured the calming spirit of Feetjiebos, which is on the 34km Harrismith Trail Race course. (Look out for our Thursday Throwback on Facebook from this historic and challenging event next week.)

Below: Maricia Le Roux and friends went in search of new playgrounds at Dassieshoek, Robertson. They found them!

Check out the other fantastic shares this week. All very inspiring! You are amazing.

Lucky 13 for the Grail of Trail.

Uploaded to Facebook yesterday were a few of my highlights from the 13th Otter African Trail Run (presented by Emperor Asset Management). More to follow. It was another remarkable running of the world-famous Grail of Trail, and I hope you enjoy reliving some of the memories.

Your adventures continue

Also on Facebook is an opportunity for you to share race images. This is for those totally epic show wow type photos not taken by you, but of you, by a race photographer. So visit that post and let's see how awesome you really are when you're not taking photos.

Have a great Friday and weekend. Happy trails forever.

Deon Braun
TRAIL founder



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.

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.

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 is a darned good idea to consult if you're new to trail running. Gauteng's Elsabé Hunter has the details.

Has your running progressed or plateaued? Evaluate how your fitness is doing by doing the test used by Cape Town coach Sean Tait.

"Am I overtraining?" A good question to ask, and check you don't have any of the warning signs with Dr Gabe Mirkin's excellent article.

If you've had COVID, and want to train again, be armed with valuable advice from coach Neville Beeton, who has had nearly 30 of his runners recover from it.

For retail motivation, there's top quality gear from The North Face, First Ascent, Brooks, Rock Rabbit, Salomon, and Trailhounds.

Wanna race? Then head on over to our calendar section, which has events to satisfy every trail ability until January 2022.

More: event wraps, a throwback to a runner's meltdown at Annapurna 2019, tips for young investors to grow their money, and your chance to win one of two Saucony Peregrine 11 trail shoes.

The cover photo of Bruce Arnett is by talented Georgian Zane Schmahl.

You can use TRAIL 41 to help you stay focused and motivated, so check it out.


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