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Weekend Wanderings – 31st & 1st September

Spring has sprung the grass has ris, I wonder where the birdies is!!

Another busy weekend trail running with a great MTB event thrown in, casual but well organised for Scouts in Howick.

Howick Highlander – Sun 1st (Umgeni Nature reserve) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2916

Trail runs through Umgeni Nature Reserve, what a treat, fantastic routes with great single track and more than a few little rises!! 20 km (R100), 10 km (R75) and 5 km (R55) on offer, by FAR THE CHEAPEST around and my personal pick of the week.

MTB start at the nature reserve then badger off into the distance towards Karkloof area and around the forests and jeep tracks in the area, some tough sections, but this is mountain biking not spinning!! 35 km (R130), 20 km (R110) and 10 km (R85), again BEST VALUE FOR MONEY of the MTB races in the area.

If you are QUIIIIICK then you can turn it into a duathlon, starting times are a normal 7.30 ish for trail run and 8.30 ish for MTB events.

Capital CLimb – Sun 1st (Dirty old Pmburg, please clean the place, useless Council!!) https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058264

Iconic Race, everyone does it sometime in their life if they live in the Midlands, STRAIGHT UP Roberts road and Worlds View, AND STRAIGHT DOWN, but there is a great Sherry stop at the top run by Hilton Spar, just right to get you ready for the descent. This is not for the faint hearted, but there are plenty people that take it easy so you wont be alone if you do a bit of strolling up the hill.

Seaton Spring Challenge – Sun 1st (Salt Rock) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/seaton-spring-challenge/

New on the calendar as far as I know, these coastal runs are ALWAYS fantastic, although you probably need a I can afford it passport to get in to the area these days. 20 km (R180), 10 km (R145) and 5 km (R105) on offer.

Run like you mean it and keep safe.

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