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Grand Raid Pyranees – Tour of the Lakes
29 Aug 2017

Grand Raid Pyranees – Tour of the Lakes

This past weekend Christiaan & I run the Grand Raid Pyranees Marathon (better known as the Tour du Neouvielle: http://www.grandraidpyrenees.com) in preparation of our upcoming Spanish races; the Riano 3day stage race  (8-10 Sept: http://www.rianotrail.run) and the Ultra Piranieu (24 Sept). It was quite ideal as it was only a 2.5 hour drive from our friends’ apartment in Broto (Ordesa National Park) where we were...

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Whale of a time at Whale of Trail
02 Aug 2017

Whale of a time at Whale of Trail

This past weekend I was one of 130 fortunate folks to “trailrun” one of South Africa’s iconic five day hiking trails, the Whale Trail, offered by Merrell and the Mountain Runner Team as a 53km run over “spectacular mountain fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach stretches and endless, mind blowing, beautiful vistas.” Although the Whale Trail has been on my bucket list since the 1st...

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Alive in Azores!
30 May 2017

Alive in Azores!

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport… This past week I added some more fascinating stories to my passport. After spending a couple of days with Portugese Salomon team member, Miguel Silva in Lisbon, I started my international racing season with the Azores Coast to Coast Trailrun and Vertical Kilometre (VK), in preparation for...

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It’s about the journey AND the Destination
14 Dec 2016

It’s about the journey AND the Destination

On Saturday 10 December, I toed the line for my last contest of the season, and with that, quite a long season. It was finally time for the Ultra Trail Cape Town 100km. I have been wanting to add this one to my resume since Christiaan won it October last year and I had to settle for the 65km due to racing the Transalps 270km...

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Reunion Island – A runner’s paradise!
01 Aug 2015

Reunion Island – A runner’s paradise!

Background on the Island “In Reunion, a thrilling adventure awaits you… with its unlimited charm, tropical comforts, a warm welcome and a vast playground, there’s something for everyone! Reunion Island is a paradise for hikers and trail runners and boasts easily accessible viewpoints all over the island, with equipped picnic areas and panoramas of what is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. At the...

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Buffalo Stampede 2015: Perfect Race by God’s Grace
16 Apr 2015

Buffalo Stampede 2015: Perfect Race by God’s Grace

Australia hosted the first Skyrunning Oceania Championships on April 11 & 12 at the Buffalo Stampedewith a SkyMarathon® and Ultra SkyMarathon®, counting for Championships titles and medals and points in the Skyrunner® World Series. You earn points for your 3 best international results plus 1 continental race which is used to determine the winner of the series.   A screenshot of the 75km Route FAST...

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#OurAfricanX
19 Mar 2015

#OurAfricanX

It was in October last year that Megan Mackenzie and I decided to team up as a Salomon Ladies Team for the Pronutro African X 2015. I was very excited to team up in the ladies catergory, as I competed in the mixed category the previous 3 years. This year the competition in the ladies category was to be hot, as Carla van Huyssteen (Xterra...

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HOW STRENGTH TRAINING CAN IMPROVE YOUR TRAIL RUNNING
13 Feb 2015

HOW STRENGTH TRAINING CAN IMPROVE YOUR TRAIL RUNNING

I started my bi-weekly gym sessions with Ronel Natrass at Runstrong about 5 months ago to see how focused strength training could help improve my overall performance on the trails. Since then, I have noted a significant improvement in particularly my climbing skills and overall fatigue levels. As you might have come to realize, the sport of trail running requires considerable strength as well as...

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