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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):

  1. From the Team. Run Westville Eco Trails. Lesotho Central Crossing.
  2. Calendar. Level 2 Lockdown makes trail races a possibility.
  3. Gear. Brooks Caldera 4 trail shoe – built rugged for the tough stuff.
  4. Competition. Win Saucony Peregrine 10, Polar Grit X, and First Ascent gear.
  5. TRAIL digital. Read issue 36 on multiple devices. Easy signup, no app needed.

Hey, happy Friday! Have you got a trail adventure planned this weekend? Hit reply and tell us.

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.

But if you have not bought issue 36 yet, please consider supporting us by doing so for just R49.99 on our site. Issue 36 has 188 pages of trail running inspiration. It's available on our own website, at the unbeatable price of R49.99 (save R10 on the price on other platforms).

Each sale both supports and encourages us to bring you more in the magazine, as well as create our free content elsewhere.

Nolan D, a reader from Gauteng, has this to say about our first designed-for-digital issue: "The format and the layout is brilliant. I wasn't so sure about the digital thing but I must say I am converted. And if I want my favourite magazine at my fingertips, digital is the way to go and I will move with the times."

Nicci B from Zambia: "I live in a very remote part of Zambia and reading TRAIL keeps me connected."

Thank you Nolan and Nicci.

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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.

Happy trails!

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).


Wed 23 – Thu 24 September EC
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.

Wed 28 – Thu 29 October EC
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.

Fri 30 & Sat 31 October EC
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!

Sat 31 October EC
Dassie and RockRat Trail Runs. 6km, 10km. Storms River. Over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and up steep climbs. Start 8:30am. R200/R240.

Wed 28 Oct – Sun 1 November KZN
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.

Sports events with fewer than 50 people in attendance are allowed under lockdown level 2. If you organise a trail event, please send us the details. If your event was postponed and you have set a new date, please send it to us. Listing in our month ahead web calendar and the magazine's long-term calendar is FREE.

Look out for trail events later in the year when you scroll to the bottom of our web calendar.

NEW COMPETITION. The new Saucony Peregrine 10 Mutant is a limited edition colourway of the American brand's most popular trail shoe. Its recommended retail is R2,400.

To enter, visit the competition page and remember to keep an eye out on social media to gain extra points.

LAST MONTH TO WIN. The new Polar Grit X is an uncompromising combination of rugged and durable design, top training features, and the ultimate training platform. It retails for R8,995.

To enter, visit the competition page and scroll down to click on the widget below the image of three Polar Grit X units. It might take a few seconds for the widget to load, so don't scroll too fast or you'll miss it.

You're not in the draw until you enter. Why not do that right now?

ISSUE 36 SURVEY: Top local brand First Ascent is sponsoring our first reader survey of 2020. Two readers will be rewarded with a combined R6,000 in gear.

But the bigger picture is that the survey will help us improve your reading experience for the next issue.

Bottom line: You'll need to read TRAIL 36 and do our reader survey. The link is only in the magazine, so look out for it on page 5.

TRAIL 36 is our first all-digital issue, now available direct from our website for the lowest price anywhere. There's also no need to download an app, so it's quick and simple. We hope you enjoy its 188 pages of trail running inspiration, with a complete redesign to improve readability on both small and large screens. You'll find that the length of articles has increased too. We are doing even more of that in issue 37 (on sale end September).

You can also buy TRAIL 36 through Amazon, App Store, Google Play, Zinio, and Magzter.

*If you buy through the App Store or Google Play, note that subscriptions are forward-based. This means that if you sign up today, your first issue will be the next edition, not the current one. It's not what we'd like, but that is how their system works.

Solution: Please first purchase issue 36 as a standalone issue, and subscribe for issues 37 and later separately.

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