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Weekend Wanderings – 18th & 19th January

I am back, first my sincere condolences to the family of the lady who passed away whilst attending last weekends trail run event, very sad accident.

I took small sabbatical as it is difficult to curb the desire to mention the political corruption destroying South Africa and Africa as a whole, affecting not only the economic survival of an ever increasing population being disenfranchised by the political elite and their foreign and local private cadres, but also destroying the environment in which we live, stuffing up the oceans, forests, grasslands etc with their increasing need to be rich and show it to their friends. The Eastern countries have seized on this greed from African politicians and so-called business men long time ago and have planned well the downfall of Africa into junk status. There are perfectly acceptable ways to sustainably develop without destruction, but whilst still being of anthropological benefit. If you all want to keep on having children, then we need to develop.

Anyhoo, down to the far more pleasant business of outdoor fun, just be mindful that we are the keepers of the environment and we must do our best and shame those who do not publicly.

This weekend is full up in KZN and fits in well with those New Years resolutions and gets us going for the year, the fitter we are the healthier we are, use natural supplements such as Moringa, CBD oils, spices, spirulina, skeletium etc to boost health and performance.

Seaton Summer Challenge – Sun 19th (Salt Rock) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/seaton-summer-challenge/

Beautiful area to run in, forest, beach, jeep track, this has it all. Plenty of shade along the route, but will still likely be hot so hydrate before hand, KZN Trail Running encourage you to take your own water bottles now so they do not supply sachets etc. at water tables. 5 km (R110), 10 km (R150) AND 18 km (R190) routes await the eager loper, please bear in mind also for late entries they will charge and extra R50 on top of the race fee, not sure why!! This is the pick of the weekend, especially for those on the coast.

Alley Roads Tri Series – Sun 19th (Midmar Dam) http://www.triseries.co.za/

Back into Tri season, excellent for those who want complete challenges. The Alley Roads series includes youth, sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and Midmar is a great venue, stop at our shop Something Used opposite the gates for a coffee, cool drink and to browse our offerings of new and used furniture and things (SMALL PUNT).

 

As usual there are plenty of park runs, community runs, runs organised by personal trainers for those that have specific goals in mind. Be mindful of the hazards of urban running in South Africa (potholes, broken pavements, missing drain covers, unpleasant lurkers on the pavement, loose electricity wires) but get out there and have a gas, your health is one thing that is under your control and regular exercise and natural products will keep you out of the expensive health care industry,

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Weekend Wanderings – 14th & 15th December

The year has flown by, the government has achieved nothing, the climate has gone wonky, too many people in the world blaming everyone else for their woes, so all we are left with is our health, as long as you don’t paddle in the Duzi or swim in Midmar sewerage works. Look at all the natural alternative supplements out there, much cheaper than chemical alternatives and your body probably benefits more, but do your research and make your own mind up. Remember there are no supplement shortcuts to fitness!!

Last few organised rides out there and as with most businesses the rides and runs are going right up to and through Xmas it seems, so no shortage of fat burning races to gear up for the festive season. Even without these events, you can still bump through potholes and leap large festering piles of politician on the pavements as you go through town, better still get out into the forests, much smoother tracks and less people, but go carefully as there are affirmative shoppers lurking.

Umdoni Forest Trail Run – Sun 15th (Umdoni) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2932

There is an 8 km (R120) and 12 km (R150) available, beautiful place to run, bit out of the way but if you are in the area then good option. Not too far from Durban. Run through the forest trails near the golf course, get a round in if you are lucky, or single. Of course there is the pub option once you are finished for a great reward.

Insingisi Christmas Ride – Sun 15th (Eston) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2987

No mess no fuss, 2 races, 20 km MTB (R200) and 40 km MTB (R200) through the trails used for many of the races in the area, lots of single track and jeep track and the price includes a light 2 course lunch to get into the festive season. These are really nice trails to ride so get out there.

The Big Hill Run – Sun 15th (Ballito)

Sugar Rush Park are getting their last money spinning event in for the year, there is a 21 km and 10 km trail/jeep track run through the cane fields and forests near the coast, fantastic if you are there already on holiday, get there early as traffic in Ballito is a bit congested this time of year, no prices available but probably in the R150 to R180 range as normal, plenty to do there for the rest of the family if they are not into trail.

Get out there, stay healthy and hydrated, exercise is the cheapest way to stay healthy and happy. Let your mind sort through the daily crap that enters our lives whilst you are running/riding, but keep your concentration as the other people on the road are more likely reading their phones.

Moringa capsules are in stock, cannaOils stocks are limited but available.

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 23rd & 24th November

Busy weekend, the weather seems to have cheered up in KZN so lets make hay while the sun shines. The trails will be a bit soggy, so no time for heroics out there in the forests.

Sani Stagger – Saturday 23rd (Sani Pass)  http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2926

Talk about iconic races, this should be at the top, it certainly is in terms of elevation, there are trail runs and the Marathon and Half marathon available, labouring up to the top of Sani Pass and then EFF ing off back down the mountain. The scenery is spectacular if you can manage a breath going up the hill in the marathon, the half starts at the top so is much easier, but scary stuff coming down that hill!! Entry fees are steep, but so is the hill, if you have not entered by now you are a SPECTATOR and need to get entries in for next year.

Drakensburg Extravaganza – 23rd and 24th (Champagne Sports)  http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2966

There are MTB trails on the Saturday (only 20 km and 10 km) and a 10 km trail run also on Saturday, then Sunday sees the roadies take a piece of pothole with 84 km, 40 km and 15 km, so perfectly fine for MTB also in the Sunday races as the distances not too bad. Good chance to sample the clear fresh air up in the Berg after the rains.

Alley Road Tri-Series – Sunday 24th (Midmar)  http://www.triseries.co.za/

This is my PICK OF THE WEEK, it is part of a series carrying on into next year. Any triathlon is fun, Midmar may be a bit dodgy this year due to some sewerage spillage form Mpophomeni that the Municipalities are too useless to stop, so don’t swallow when swimming!

Stop in for a cup of coffee at Something Used, directly opposite Midmar Gates, and browse the shop, Linda will welcome you.

As usual, park runs all over the place, good for warm up for the Sunday races. I am jealous of those going up the Sani this year, but hey someone has to keep the wheels chugging. Keep safe, keep healthy, don’t take chemicals.

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 16th & 17th November

The rain is wonderful, but putting paid to much of planned training I suspect, take a cup of coffee at your nearest coffee bar and appreciate.

This weekend, busy as always, make a plan and get out there.

Honey Trails – Summer Series Trail Run – Sun 17th ( Valley of 1000 Hills)  https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/summer-series-honey-trails/

5 km (R105), 10 km (R145) and 15 km (R180) are available on this course, lovely area, lots of switchbacks and double backs so you are never lost! Late entries are available for a cost on the day, so see what the weather does before you commit.

on the road running side there are 2 in this part of the world.

Greater Edendale 10km – Sun 17th (Edendale, Pmb)  https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058250

10 km as the sign says, loads of entries normally, the course runs through Edendale so plenty of short sharp hills, a few dogs, cows and people, skip over some storm drains and potholes, through a makeshift ditch or 2, luckily taxis are not allowed on the route so probably will pay to be mindful. Just from a participation point of view, this would be my PICK OF THE WEEK.

Bluff Marathon – Sun 17th (Bluff, Durban)  https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058245

For the more serious runners this weekend, Bluff Athletics has its annual marathon and half marathon, hopefully the route will not be washed out this week, but this is popular with the Durbanites, few hills in that area.

Anyone who wants to MTB this weekend, careful on the trails, I think Virginia is open again, Karkloof open, but all will be slippery and wet, that’s what we like, bit of mud rather than dust. Otherwise come out to the Midlands and cruise some of the district roads, you are welcome to leave vehicles at Something Used opposite the Midmar Dam gates and ride/run from there either up into the hills, along Petrus Stroom road or even into Midmar for a merry flat and fast. We should have coffee and stuff as of next week, just in time for the Triathlon at Midmar.

Remember, hydrate, increase your vitamin and booster intake naturally through moringa, turmeric, and avoid inflammation and cramp using  skeletium and canna oils. Multiple benefits from using any natural products over chemically produced ones.

Get out there and run like you mean it.

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 12th & 13th October

Oktoberfest time, beer drinking and World Cup Rugby, the more you get out there the more festivities you can handle. Interesting times for the rest of the world cup, there are no easy games left on the table for any of the teams in the quarters, so this will be compulsory watching from here on in. Start to get some fishing in, bass are biting. Come visit us at our shop Something Used opposite Midmar Dam gates to find those furnishings to finish your house.

iNsingisi Night Trail Run – Sat 12th (night time) Eston http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2965

This looks like fun, 10 km (R150) and 5 km (R150) night races for Halloween, run from the iNsingisi Lodge through the forests for a thrill, would be great for a family outing. Dinner is included in the fee, so pre-booking is a must.

Blythedale Trail Run – Sun 13th (Blythedale) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/coastal-series-blythedale-trail-run/

This is part of the summer Coastal trail series organised by KZN Trail Running, always well organised and well attended, great place to run through forest trails, sugar cane fields and along the beach. 6 km (R105), 12 km (R145) and 20 km (R180) as usual, this is your chance to get those longer trail runs in, nice relaxed atmosphere and no huge hills and no pressure. Trail running at the coast is special and this should be on everyone’s list this weekend.

Durban City Surf Run – Sun 13th (Durban)  https://runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500059187

Starting from Blue Lagoon, this will be a quick sprint (or jog) up and around the beach front area, good for before Sunday Breakfast.

Remember, your health is easy, stick with natural products that your body can assimilate easily, boost your immune system this time of year with natural superfoods (Moringa etc.) and fight those aches and pains, as well as skin conditions, with the Full Spectrum healing elixirs and salves available.

Environmental health, particularly this year is becoming more important, NO LITTERING, the roads are looking quite disgusting around KZN and the winds this time of year spread it around, do not dump on the side of the road, take responsibility for your own mess, it is very easy and leaves the area a pleasure to run and cycle in.

The drought this year is real, no word from any public departments as they are busy fighting for money from our fiscus instead of doing their jobs, but the water situation is going to be bad this year unless big rains, so do not destroy our water sources with pollution and do not waste.

Get out there and have a gas.

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 28th & 29th September

We will forget about the rugby and the abysmal refereeing decisions from the main refs and from the side line BOBs and TV officials, and this was for most games, not just ours, and concentrate on where we can get rid of frustrations. Does not seem to be much happening this weekend after a busy couple of weeks, Jeremy Loops is at the Bot gardens so something to look forward to.

Remember, full spectrum CBD oils and topical salves are available as part of the health and healing regime, all natural and lab tested, can be posted or join us at Something Used opposite the Midmar Dam gates in Howick.

Rocky Bay Trail Run – Sunday 29th (Rocky Bay – SURPRISE) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/coastal-series-rocky-bay-trail-run/

Part of the summer coastal series, usual great tracks organised by KZN Trail Running, good mix of trail, jeep track and some sublime dune forest running. Usual suspects in terms of distances, 20 km (R180), 12 km (R145) and 6 km (R105) for the kids. This is really a great run and not too far from Durbs or PMB.

Rox Beach Classic – Umhlanga Life Savers – Sunday 29th (Umhlanga)

A 14 km beach run (R120) or 8 km beach run (or walk R100)) plus those that have em, a fat bike ride on the beach, bacon and egg rolls available at the end.

Run the Berg Trail – all weekend (Northern Berg) https://runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500059737

This is a new one, 50 km and 30 km, I am not sure of the pricing but any trail in the berg is good, please be careful up there.

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Weekend Wanderings – 7th & 8th September

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We are into spring, the weather has turned unpredictable, but that doesn’t stop us from adventure, rain or shine. Canna oils and topical salves have had much press and very positive reviews about the ability to help with chronic pain management, skin problems, diabetes management, seizures, Parkinson’s, cancer and many other stress and anxiety related issues including helping sufferers of Alzheimers, even menopause issues!! Go onto the web and decide for yourself, you can also contact me via the website for more information and availability, it is affordable and the products are lab tested and have specific concentrations to allow for set dosages according to your needs.

On to the racing for the weekend. Weather has started a bit cold, but hopefully will cheer up.

Lynnford Trail – All weekend (Ixopo) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2388

Saturday there is a choice of 65 km ULTRA (R830), 30 km (R430) and 15 km (R230) as the main races, then Sunday choice of 15 km (R230), 8 km (R160) and 4 km (R100). Fantastic area to run in, it is a point to point race so need to get there early to catch the bus to the start, a bit pricy, but they have CHAMPAGNE at the water tables. There is accommodation nearby, camping for those more attuned to nature, but book beforehand.

Go Durban MTB 100 – Sunday 8th (Giba Gorge) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2924

Mix of races starting from Giba Gorge, Inanda heading out towards Inanda and surrounds. 100 km race (R400) starts at Giba and heads out to Inanda, back through Durban green corridors and finishing at Blue Lagoon, shuttle required either way. The 50 km (R270) starts at Inanda and the 20 km (R200) starts at Kwadebeka Bike Park. This looks like fun, hopefully the rain stays away. This would be my pick for the weekend.

Queensburgh Harriers Mineshaft – Sunday 8th (Queensburgh) https://runningraces.co.za/durban/queensburgh-mineshaft/

Road race, should be quick!!

Wild Series Mont Aux Sources – Friday to Saturday (Berg) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/the-wildseries-mont-aux-sources-challenge/

This is 50 km tough trail running, pre-entry only so if you are reading this you also did not get in, these can get expensive, but maybe worth a try every now and then.

 

Get out there and have a gas, look after yourself using natural products and nutrients. Canna oils also available at Something Used opposite the Midmar Dam gates, coffee machine soon to be installed for runners and riders doing midlands meander, good place to park whilst running in Midmar or riding up through the Caversham area, Tweedie, Currys Post routes, I can give you some routes along district roads.

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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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Weekend Wanderings-24th to 25th August

Another stellar weekend of events to keep us KZN adventurers busy and perfect weather it looks like, so bin the chair and get out there.

Mandela MTB Dash – Saturday 24th (Capture Site Howick) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2359

Usual gamat of races, 42 km (R200), 21 km (R150) and 10 km (R100) all through the Lions River / Caversham area, a few steep hills to contend with ,but this means good downhill to rest the legs, there are no SANDY bits as some of my riding mates once told me (excuse to warrant them leaving the carpark last). Good stretch of the legs. Even the fat old buggers on E-bikes are welcome. 8 to 8.30 start.

Mandela Day Trail Run – Sat 24th (Capture Site-Howick) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/mandela-day-trail-run/

Really nice route this, good steep climbs, mainly district road and jeep track. Race entries are limited so pre-entry advisable, 6.30 start so can possibly combine this with the MTB.

Mandela Day Triathlon/Duathlon – Sat 24th (Midmar) https://triathlonsa.co.za/event/mandela-day-triathlon/

Triathlon season continues in the Midlands, great weather predicted, water still on the chilly side so I presume wetsuits allowed. Duathlon is 2.5 km run, 5 km cycle, 1 km run mainly for the novices. Triathlons are where the money is at!! Baby one R220 (200 swim, 5 km cycle, 2.5 km run), sprint R470 (600 swim, 20 km cycle, 5 km run) and OLYMPIC distance R700 (1.5 km swim, 40 km cycle, 10 km run). The main events only start in the afternoon, bit pricy, fast race.

Mandela Day Marathon – Sun 25th (start Edendale/Hilton) https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058277

This is main event of the weekend in terms of numbers, 42, 21 and 10 km but all are pre-entry only so if you snoozed you loozed. always well attended if a bit hectic in organisation, so best to do your own organisation for transport etc. If you are the back of the pack, maybe also organize your own water!!

Eston Trail Run – Sun 25th (Eston) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/eston-trail-run/

My pick of the weekend, part of the Eston show festivities so you can run and shower and drink beer at the show, FANTASTIC IDEA, plenty of stalls shows etc. there to entertain as well whilst you quaff your favourite ale, and no they do not ask me to advertise, I do it out of the goodness of my soul. Trail is 5 km (R105), 10 km (R145) and 20 km (R180) and wind through the Tala Game Reserve and cane fields, a few hill but no too taxing overall. Will have some competition from the Marathon in terms of numbers, but is always good fun. Starting 7 onwards.

Don’t forget to order CBD oils, also have new range of Sceletium in stock, good for anxiety/stress/mood enhancer, ancient recipe from the KoiSan. Order at website or send an email.

 

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 17th & 18th August

Winter is fast retreating, still chilly but bearable. Races and events are thick this time of year and this weekend is no exception

Harburg Tour de Krantz – Sat 17th ( Harburg) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2357

This is called Tour de Krantz for a reason, many Krantz in the area!! Nice selection of events to choose from, trail runs, MTB events and great combos to test your resilience. ONe of the best deals here is BEER after the events!! This is why it is on a Saturday! Trails runs are 5 km (R50), 10 km (R70) and 15 km (R100) so something for everyone starting at 7.30 morning time, will be chilly up there at this tome of day. MTB events are usual kiddies 10 km (R50), 25 km (R140) and 45 km (R180) and start at 8.30 onwards. this leaves plenty of time for combo trail run and MTB in any combination, but if you are doing 15 km trail and 45 km MTB you may be starting a bit behind the pack, so unless you are aiming for podium finish in MTB this is perfect for honing your fitness levels. Probably better option for most mortals with reasonable fitness and semi-intelligent is 10 km trail and 45 km MTB. Those newer to the game 10 km trail and 25 km MTB will have you ready for the Oompa band and beer.

Boston Trail Run – Sun 18th (Boston club) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2922

Cold mornings in Boston make this a slow start, but there are 3 options here, 8 km (R60), 20 km (R150) and 45 km (R350). This is a great setting for trail runs and the 20 km should be well attended, encourage your roadie friends to cut their teeth on this one. The 45 km not for the faint hearted and starts at 6.30, yes IN THE MORNING. The request is to carry your own water bottles/hydration pack.

King Shaka Trail Run – Sun 18th (Umhlanga) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2937

This is a fairly easy event, still plenty of short sharp climbs but I do not think there is too much single track, mostly cane roads, jeep track in this area. The weather in Umhlanga is always great so get out there for this. 5 km (R90), 10 km (R140) and 15 km (R160) events await participants and since the people in this area seldom work, there should be a good turnout.

Spar Womens 10 km – Sun 18th (Dirty old Pietermaritzburg) https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058280

Self explanatory really, fast run and poklenty of opportunity for roadies to dress up as women to get their race fix. Always well attended, not by me!!

Savages Half Marathon and 10 km – Sun 18th (Berea) https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058291

Road running up and down the hills of Durban North, good training for,  I suppose other road runs!! Should be some racing snakes in this,

Life is like running, if you want to cruise downhill at the end, it is necessary to do the uphills at the beginning. Don’t get discouraged by uphills, attack them like you mean it and you will get that downhill cruise!!

 

Go mad, go bad, don’t forget Moringa means health and CBD oils mean healing, …….for EVERYTHING!!