The year is galloping forwards and threatens to leave us wallowing in unfulfilled goals for adventure and achievements. You don’t need to go for the BIG events, participate in the small stuff and all will be well. The big events are fast outpricing themselves and there is nothing wrong with organising casual rides and runs with your mates on a weekend, plenty of organised trails, or make your own.
Run 4 Funds – Sat 30th, Giba Gorge https://www.gibagorge.co.za/event/run4funds-for-hillcrest-aids-centre-trust-2/
Make your morning run count for our furry friends (animals I mean) , there will be a 5 km, 10 km and 15 km run, fee is R30 and there is a Giba Park entry fee as well. This is a nice route, single track up the gorge and back the other side, not too tough and generally nice and shady.
Rocky Bay Trail – Sunday 31st – Rocky Bay South Coast https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/rocky-bay-trail/
Another trail run as part of the Summer Coastal Serie run by KZN Trail Running. Always well organised and attended, this trail is a great mix of track, forest, dune and some beach, loads of trees and, as always on coastal runs, plenty of short climbs. There is a 6 km (R105), 12 km (R145) and 19 km (R180) available, go on get with the longer runs, you have most of the day to do it. Good one if you are going to watch the Sharks slaughter the Bulls and stay over to get in a morning run.
Kamberg Classic MTB and Trail Run – 30th and 31st – Glengarry Farm, Kamberg http://roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2390
Excellent, back into the MTB racing. The Trail runs (6 km at R70 and 14 km at R100) are on Saturday afternoon, so those who try to make excuses about kids sport etc. are no excluded, and are followed by beer and rugby watching at the Club afterwards. Sunday see the famous MTB races, best single track in the berg, there is a 20 km (R150), 45 km (R180) and 65 km (R200) race, so something for all to get the tired feeling from the trail run out of the way. Normally a good turnout for the MTB, it is worth a bit of travel time to get to this one.
Checkout Challenge Half Marathon – 31st (Durban Kings Park) https://runningraces.co.za/durban/checkout-challenge-21km/
This is a 21.1km (R130) and 10 km (R100) road run along the beach front roads and up through the suburbs, always a great place to be running, not sure of road closures but I presume they are there. Good training run for the Durban City Marathon.
Tronox Marathon – 31st (Empangeni)
There is also a marathon and half marathon in Empangeni for those that cannot get down to Durban https://runningraces.co.za/durban/tronox-marathon-half/ which is a Comrades qualifier.
and the usual organised surf swim from the Ushaka area for the shark baits.
Get a sweat band and get going. Have a good one and GO SHARKS!! (both sets).