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Craig Henry appreciated the views during a Jonkershoek recce with wife Carolyn and coach Annchen Clarke. “It was one of those perfect run temperature days: not too hot, not too cold, but with a very moody sky!” explains Annchen. “We started from the white bridge on the hairpin bend of the Jonkershoek Circular Route, then made our way up a steep climb to the Panorama Trail contour path just below Third Ridge and Banghoek peaks. “Following the contour path, and just before reaching Bergriviernek, I was a little ahead of Craig and Carolyn when I looked back to see Craig up on this rock overlooking the spectacular backdrop of the Jonkershoek valley to one side and amazing views of Assegaaiboskloof to the other. From there we followed the path to traverse the…

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look within

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1841-1935 This quote could apply to multiple milestones – or it could be an epiphany from one ultra run. They have a tendency to do that. I’ve been amazed by the drip-feed lessons that follow a big, intimidating challenge like a 100 miler. In April, I did my second 100 at Ultra-Trail Drakensberg, after finishing Addo in March. I had to dig deep to sneak in just ahead of cut-off, after less than satisfactory preparation for this beast of a run. As with every trail run I’ve ever done, I was moved by the big heart of the trail running community. Races bring out the best and worst in us. I personally prefer soul…

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beyond comparison

In the company of runners, we can lose perspective. This is especially true in South Africa, where running the Comrades Marathon is unfairly considered a requirement to call yourself a real runner. As someone who cannot run 90km (never mind 160km or 400km), who spends a lot of time professionally and socially with speedy athletes who eat marathon training sessions for breakfast, it can warp self-perception. Why wouldn’t I want to follow these hardcore people on Instagram? I love to see their daily sunrise run photos, quotes from John Muir, and incredible landscapes. But then I spend some time with non-runners, and they are in awe of my ‘just a slow 20km’ plans for Sunday (the only run I may do all week). I realise that my fortnightly running posts give them the…

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my life my photos TRAILza TRAILmag #trailmagpix on Instagram SOCIAL CLIMBER Michael Rorke powering up 1,337m-tall George Peak in the Outeniqua Mountains. “We are part of the Garden Route Trailrunners,” says his sister, Emma, who took the photo. “After the 2018 fires that devastated George, the running group decided to open the original trail up to George Peak which had been closed for 20 years. “Michael only took up trail running a year ago. The 12km route has almost 6km of climbing with an elevation gain of over 1,000m. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but totally worth the views!” Emma Rorke, Cape Town elrorke GIANT’S CUP GOES UP Heleen Mills crossing the bridge 22km into day one of Giant’s Cup Trail Run. “From Mzimkhulwana it is a fair climb for the following 5km until you reach the high point (1,969m) at…

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my life my viewpoint TRAILza TRAILmag FOREST OF TREASURE Marathons, bike races, open water swims, triathlons, biathlons, and adventure races have all in my past afflicted vengeance on me. I think by now I have earned the right to choose my source of pain. I live in the picturesque forests, mountains and valleys of the rural Hhohho region in eSwatini [formerly Swaziland]. What better way of exercising than exploring the nooks and crannies of this beautiful area. It is difficult to justify simply saying you are off to explore, so my cover is that I’m trail running. To support this cover, one must look spritely when leaving home and again on one’s return. What happens in between stays on the trail. Actually I’m not a purist – often a trip will start out on my bike which gets ditched at…

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dragon tales

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”Tim Cahill ULTRA-TRAIL® DRAKENSBERG presented by Running Man Adventures, 25-27 April 2019 TALE 1: TRIPLE WHAMMY by Deon Braun IT wasn’t looking good. I was spread-eagled on a rock, hanging on for dear life. Two metres below me, a torrent of water after recent storms had me in no illusions that if I fell, my adventure could be over. Best case: a sprain. Worst: broken bones, a head injury, or unpleasant tumble down the pumping river, which right now felt like an aggressive slobbering dog waiting for me to fall into its jaws. How the hell did I get into this situation? I felt like a spider monkey hugging the nose cone of a Jumbo Jet. This was ridiculous! I took a quick glance downstream over my left…