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TRAIL Mail #2: Friday 28 January 2022
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New issue out now.
Running Tor des Géants.
Let's help Turtle Bob.
Adventure in Namibia.
Saucony winners are...

     In this issue

  1. Trail Talk. New issue 42 out now.
  2. Races. Updated online calendar. Run in Namibia.
  3. Gear. Salomon Alphacross Blast J.
  4. News. Can you help Karoline Hanks help Bob?
  5. Competition. Saucony Peregrine 11 winners.

  6. TRAIL 42. A South African at Tor des Géants.


New issue.
Issue 42 is available now on all platforms except Zinio (they require a little more time to convert to their format). It has 206 pages of trail running goodness to make your life and your running that much better. Enjoy!

Although it is the last issue of the magazine, despair not! This newsletter, TRAIL's website, and social media will continue sharing the joys of trail running until further notice, so stay tuned.

Your photos.

Share your trail adventures from the past fortnight to our Facebook post.

Trails you need to experience.
Previous issue TRAIL 41 has 22 trails that are recommended by locals. Have you read it yet? Get it at a reduced rate.

Have a brilliant weekend.

Chat again in a fortnight. Happy trails!

Deon Braun
TRAIL founder


A brand-new running experience is Gondwana 7, a 294km, seven-day luxury running experience in Namibia. Watch their YouTube video for how it came about. It's mostly offroad, with one day on tar outside a Big 5 reserve (humans were 'born to run' but there's no doubt we don't run short distances as fast as lion, elephant, and buffalo do).

And while you're dreaming of that Nam' adventure, get inspired for events in the month ahead on our website calendar.

PROMOTED EVENTS 2022 Get listed

Gondwana 7. Mon 14 – Tue 22 March (Namibia)
296km. Experience the beauty of Namibia with the first edition of this seven-day luxury running experience, mainly offroad. Some tar included near Big 5 territory.

Ultra-Trail Drakensberg. Fri 22 – Sun 24 April (KZN)
21km, 30km, 62km, 100km, 160km. Premier Resort Sani Pass. Witness Southern Drakensberg grandeur. SA's toughest 100 miler.

Lake Gariep Run. Sat 30 April 2022 (EC)
10km, 20km, 40km, 60km. Driekwartblou Guest House. Experience the splendour of the Karoo, and see the biggest dam in SA. Start 4am. R250-R850.

Klipspringer Challenge. Sat 30 April – Sun 1 May (NC)
21km/18km, 32km/33km. Augrabies Falls National Park. Exhilarating Kalahari desert run: otherworldly landscapes, granite canyons, leg-sapping desert sand.

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. R4,000+.

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.

Get listed


Gear in issue 42 is from Brooks, First Ascent, Rock Rabbit, Salomon, and The North Face.

Click on the images to link to their Shops.


Karoline Hanks is our cover runner, but for her, it's more than about the running. She's someone who is passionate about the natural world, and protecting it. I think you'll enjoy reading her story and understanding why she has run some of the impressive challenges she has.
And then consider helping Karoline help Bob in his equally remarkable story of survival from plastic ingestion, brain damage, and his recovery.

Who the heck is Bob, you ask, and why did the silly lad eat plastic?

There are valuable clues to this mystery on the Quicket fundraising page: "On 30 November 2021 at 11am I set off on an epic trail running adventure and personal challenge. I ran a well-known trail running route along the Table Mountain chain - TWICE. This was not a timed effort (to attain a “double” 1 day badge under 48 hours), it was just about completing the B2B challenge in one go. The 212 km route involved tagging 26 peaks and had a cumulative vert of 13,000 m.
The run took me 71 hours, 16 minutes.
I want to make this extreme physical and personal effort count for something important to me, so I am raising funds for my “totem animal” - the turtle - and for one individual in particular: Bob.

"BOB THE TURTLE IS A PLASTIC INGESTION SURVIVOR. (There are many like him out there, who are not so lucky.)

"Bob is an endangered green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and is one of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation's (TOAEF) long-term patients. Bob came to Two Oceans Aquarium in 2014 weighing just 16kg. He was suffering from plastic ingestion and plastron fractures that led to encephalitis.

"He was in a very poor condition, but the rehabilitation team has been able to get him back to good health. 
Despite Bob's health recovering, he was left with mid-brain damage resulting in some of his natural behaviours and patterns being compromised. Almost seven years later, the team has started Bob on an intense enrichment programme so that he can be released into his natural habitat. The enrichment programme has shown promising results in Bob's rehabilitation and recovery process.

"I am raising R70k towards the state-of-the-art tagging device, which will be a vital element in Bob's eventual release into his big, blue ocean home.
Bob is an incredible ambassador around the crisis of ocean plastic - an issue very close to my heart."

Well, there you have it.

I've donated and it felt great! It will be fantastic if you do too. It took less than a minute (the Quicket system is very slick). We akk look forward to Bob's release in the next few months.



Congratulations to Linda Fuchs of Johannesburg and Lourika Pienaar of Plettenberg Bay who are our two winners of a pair of Saucony Peregrine 11 each. Your prizes will be on their way to you next week.

Thank you to the team at Saucony South Africa for the collaboration.

Look out for new competitions coming your way soon.

6. ISSUE 42

What's in the new issue?

A South African tackles the 330km Tor des Géants

Tor des Géants is a 330km mountain run considered to be one of the toughest running races in the world. Hilton's Tim Underwood jumped through COVID hoops to participate in the 2021 edition, becoming only the sixth South African to finish. Read the article in TRAIL 42.


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