TRAIL Mail #35: Friday 11 September 2020
Ready for TRAIL 37? Coming soon!
Westille Eco Trails: free forest fun.
Win! Saucony Peregrine 10 Mutant.
In this issue (click the category to save scrolling):
- From the Team. Run Westville Eco Trails. Lesotho Central Crossing.
- Calendar. Level 2 Lockdown makes trail races a possibility.
- Gear. Brooks Caldera 4 trail shoe – built rugged for the tough stuff.
- Competition. Win Saucony Peregrine 10, Polar Grit X, and First Ascent gear.
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On our side, we're working like Trojans to bring you issue 37 at the end of the month. It's turning out to be a MEGA issue with 200+ pages and TONS of fantastic stories.
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Without further ado, here are two excerpts from issue 36. Please note there was a mugging at Westville Eco Trails last week. There is public access to the trail at several points, so run in groups, and look out for one another.
Deon Braun, TRAIL publisher
Is your challenger spirit calling?
Christiaan and Landie Greyling had the vision to run across the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, to establish a route that would traverse the entire kingdom on foot. They made contact with Grobler Basson, the ultimate campfire DJ and elite Altra trail runner with a soft spot for the Mountain Kingdom. Wiesman Nel, endurance horse rider and owner of Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve, had the same desire to establish a route across Lesotho to provide experienced horseriders the adventure of a lifetime.
“It was here in these valleys and mountains that time seemed to stand still. To stop and listen to the goat and cow bells ringing rhythmically in the air, to gaze into a crystal-clear stream to spot a brown trout, to share our sarmies with the locals in their straw huts, to lie under a willow tree with the donkeys and the sheep, to stare endlessly into the wild whilst munching our Biogen cookies…”
Read the Greyling's account of their Lesotho Central Crossing with more jaw-dropping images on pages 164-169 of TRAIL 36.
Explore Westville Eco Trails, KZN.TRAIL 36
features five highly accessible urban trails: Settlers Park (EC), Wolwespruit Bike Park (GP), Westville Eco Trails (KZN), Steiltes NR (MP), and Rhodes Memorial (WC).Here's a snippet from Westville Eco Trails:
The well-maintained Westville Eco Trails have been developed by the Westville Country Club since August 2015. Open to runners, walkers, and mountain bikers, it is a nearby trail getaway. The main entrance is through the Westville Country Club off Link Road. Here you will find plenty of parking, and access to food and coffee. There are a number of meandering trails. The routes are diverse and technical with winding paths through indigenous forest, grasslands, and sand running, along with some rocky sections. Be careful on the rocky areas in wet weather as they can get extremely slippery.
That's it. We're super busy with TRAIL 37 so this week and next will be short versions until our new issue is available at the end of September.
Have a great day and weekend!Heloise Hunter, TRAIL editor
PS - We're
wrapping up our calendar for issue 37, so if you're looking for a boost for your event, be sure to send them in
. TRAIL 37 (Oct/Nov/Dec issue, #TRAIL37) is on sale from around 28 September (date TBC).
PROMOTED EVENTS:Wed 23 – Thu 24 September
Heaven and Hell Mountain Marathon. 5km, 8km, 14km, 22km, 44km, 88km. Rhodes. Pure, brutal wilderness mountain run in Southern Drakensberg. Only two people have ever finished the 44km. New 88km has 7,510m vert! Start 5am. R30-R2,000. alpineswifttrails.co.zaWed 28 – Thu 29 October
Otter African Trail Run CHALLENGE. 5km/42km. Storms River. Run the reverse route west to east from Nature’s Valley to Stormsriver Mouth with 2,600m of ascent, 11 hour cut-off. otter.runFri 30 & Sat 31 October
Otter African Trail Run RACE. 5km/42km. Storms River. Run the reverse route west to east from Nature’s Valley to Stormsriver Mouth with 2,600m of ascent. Cut-off extended to 9 hours! otter.runSat 31 October
Dassie and RockRat Trail Runs. 6km, 10km. Storms River. Over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and up steep climbs. Start 8:30am. R200/R240. otter.runWed 28 Oct – Sun 1 November
The iKhulu Trail Run. 50km, 100km. Gugulesizwe, Maputaland. A unique running experience along the unspoilt coastline of Maputaland. Pristine beaches, rolling sand dunes and breath-taking views in a rarely found remoteness. therunningcompany.co.za