Youth

I was born in Pretoria, lived in Somerset West from the age of 3-5, after which we moved to my Grandfather’s farm outside Pretoria where my parents still reside. It was here that I discovered my love for exploring and the outdoors and rockhopping soon became my favorite hobby.

My parents do no stem from a sporting family but they support me tremendously. I took part in all kinds of sport at school – ballet, hockey, athletics, netball, tennis. But I suppose I had a natural affinity to running and was scooped up by the cross country team after a good result at a 10km fun walk (which turned into a run)at the age of 9…

Unfortunately I ended up with the less sporty crowd at school which gave my sporting career quite a knock. Post school I explored the foreign waters on a two year working holiday in England. This also didn’t get me back running until just before I returned to SA. I then ventured onto Tuks to complete my degree in Accounting and soon realized I was despondent with an “out of shape and fleshy” version of myself.
I soon became a gym junkie and found myself trotting around the LC de Villiers stadium in Pretoria where I bumped into some roadies who lured me into their dark & wonderful world, becoming a regular 10k tar-star.

Fortunately I had a savior in the form of my now husband, Christiaan Greyling. I teamed up with some buddies for a sprint adventure race in 2008 and we met through a mutual friend. This race also brought to light my fairly competitive nature. Soon after this Christiaan whipped me off my feet and we won our first adventure race together crawling though manholes in the streets of Joburg and me towing him after his chain broke. We had many AR adventures together until I was seconded by PwC (qualified as a Chartered Accountant at the end of 2010) to work in Texas for 3 months. With only my tekkies fitting into my suitcase, I transformed to mainly a runner again and discovered the American trails.

Upon my return to SA, Christiaan and I both started working on a project in George and lived the good life in Glentana for almost a year, where I mostly focused my attention on running, but the area also offered so much in terms of mountain biking and water activities. I discovered the enchanted Southern Cape trails and entered the Outeniqua Traverse as my first “long” trailrun. I was fortunate enough to win the race and with that gained some confidence, which resulted in signing up for the Otter (celebrated as the most famous trail race in SA and known as “The Grail of Trail”). I ended up in third position, and with that a broken body. Apart from competing in sport events, I also started co-organizing the Diamond Dash off-road events in and around Gauteng.

In 2012 Christiaan was transferred to the Durbanville office in the Cape, and we relocated to Stellenbosch where we still live happily ever after! The trail races were too much to choose from and it was here that I started a winning streak and joining the Salomon family.

I also found a job as a lecturer and kept 3rd year students entertained with Accounting & Tax tales. In 2014 I turned my focus to my sporting career, running various international races and stamping my authority on the local trail scene. Besides trail running, I started acting as guest and motivational speaker at a number of workshops and events.