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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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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 13th-14th July

Well into winter games now, fighting hard against the urge to stay on the couch and watch cricket, tennis, athletics, golf and frankly anything that gives an excuse. Important to keep going even though the sun is late, but the weather is great this time of year for running and riding, and kids are back at school!! Forget about the thieving politicians and dodgy governance, hit the trails this weekend before they are swamped by high density developments.

Burg Wheelers Compendium – Sunday 14th (Karkloof) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2345

Karkloof Club is a great venue for outdoor sports, well marked trails and good selection of technical and flat out speed. Compendium offers 45 km (R210), 25 km (R160) and 10 km (R70) MTB trails on Sunday, well attended so makes for a festive day for the whole family. Top bunches are competitive but you can also lurk at the back and just enjoy the forest, single tracks and jeep track that the races offer. 45 km has a good bit of single track, but not too technical, it is a fast race normally but does have a few uphills. The 25 km has less single track to keep it flowing and is a great starter race. The 10 km keeps the rest of the family happy.

Forest Hills trail – Sunday 14th (Kloof)  https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058260

This is a 10 km fun run, or walk, in Kloof through the reserve there, good test for the legs if you run it, more aimed at a fun day out than any sort of racing.

Saturday there is the usual Park runs at the Duzi, Hilton, Ashburton, Lions River, Kloof, Durban, Umhlanga, Ballito etc.

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Put your heart into some good outdoor fun and hit the trails, even the roads will do if you don’t have running or riding buddies. See you out there!!

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Weekend Wanderings 30th &31st March

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).

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 8th & 9th December

Weekend Wrap

This is a shortened version as there is no telephone or internet at my house thanks to some beaut who decided to cut his own tree down and smashed the ADSL and Telkom lines, thus rendering me commentless on the internet and short on research time. I have had to go to a coffee shop to get this done, shame on me!!

Hilton Trail (KZNTR) – another good run through the Hilton conservancy area, Down the valley and back up the cliff, many aching asses and calves but well worth it, even Lainey did this one on Sunday, about 400 people overall and a great day. Yours truly STILL IN TOP 20 to end the year!!

Stihl Sharks Adventure – Again well attended, mainly the Durban crowd and those looking for the last MTB races for the year, trail and MTB were on offer and weather was perfect.

Capital K – apparently this was on, close to 100 participants, not a fish myself and have not heard anything from those mermen what did it (Hardman?? feedback please!!)

Upcoming

Wessa Trail Night Run – Sat 8th (Umgeni Nature Reserve) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/christmas-evening-run/

What a hoot, 5 km (R110) and 12 km (R155) trail runs on offer in one of the most scenic settings, hang on this is a night run, even better, can’t see the hills looming!! These 2 courses are well worn, just careful in the evening around the Black Eagle trails, some drop offs for the unwary. Start time is 6 pm so no excuses about watching dumb Springboks etc. Should make it back before dark for beer.

Only MTB race I can find is the McGregor one, good luck to those who are travelling that far, otherwise there are plenty trails near to us, Karkloof, Virginia, Aloe Park, Giba Gorge and many up and down the coast, so take your bike on holiday, leave the family and get it out there!!

 

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Weekend Wanderings -3rd & 4th November

Weekend Wrap

Kenneth Stainbank TR – Great event as usual around 430 trail runners in some fairly humid conditions. The trail was good, entirely contained in the small Kenneth Stainbank reserve so good to get 15 km route out of it. Last of the coastal series, now the runs move inland from KZNTR. Well done Maskell for getting us out of bed, you nearly cracked the top 50!!

SapphireCoast Marathon – As usual Ginge attended this, again well supported, a point to point race so needs some planning, but at least runners were with the wind from Scottburgh to Toti.

Tinman Tri – 3 different distances held from Suncoast beach, involving sea swim, road bike and run along the promenade. Reasonable turnout, especially for the sprint tri, challenge was just under 100 finishers, sprint tri attended by 160 odd triathletes, times were good and conditions perfect, sorry Ed that you could not do this, watch what you are doing on the slip and slide in future!!

Enduro Karkloof – endure style mountain biking at its best on the fantastic Karkloof course over both days of the weekend, several of the local lads getting in on the prize money. Always a good attendance here due to the spectacular scenery, much of which is missed in this format as they go hurtling down the hills.

Upcoming

Aloe Wildlife Trail Run – Sunday 4th (Lion Park)  http://://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/summer-series-aloe-wildlife/

Another great venue for trail running through the thornveld along game paths and a couple of rough jeep tracks, gird your loins for some short sharp hills, but nothing too hectic, especially the shorter races which are very do-able. 6 km (R100), 13 km (R130) and 20 km (R175) are there for the taking, plenty of support from the beer tent and various curious game species as you puff past. Good way to get rid of beer from the Bokke win on Saturday.

Alley Roads Tri Series – Sunday 4th (Durban) http://triseries.co.za/product/long-swim-run-event-2/

This is a swim/run aquathlon at the Ushaka beach area, long version is a 1 km swim in the bay and a 5 km sprint (R150) and there is a half version for R100 for the more hungover. This is an easy way to spend the day, get your swimming in order before summer hits us properly.

 

I do not know of any other racing, so get out there and get these ones under your swiftly decreasing belt. Be safe and healthy.

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Weekend Wanderings – 4th & 5th August

Weekend Wrap

 

Southcity Banana Bash – Duathlon was well attended by racers and families alike, more than 350 entries and blessed with great weather. Plenty of youngsters dipping their toes in the murky waters of outdoor racing.

Howick Highlander – This was well organised and fantastic routes, trail run was well attended and some folks got a taste of the true trail running potential of this area. The MTB was, as usual, quite a tough one, not as many entries as usual but still a good event.

1000 Hills Challenge – This event is always good, although tough, and sets a bar for many of the other trail runs. Lots of Durban folk decided to slum it away from the coast and were well rewarded, river crossings a bit chilly but part of the vibe! More than 70 runners for the 38 km, 150 for the 20 km and 280 odd ran the 10 km.

Ngeli Forest MTB – Lower than usual attendance at this event, sign of the times I think. The single track was greatly reduced, so something for the organisers to think about bringing back.

Upcoming this Weekend

Eston MTB & Trail Run – Sunday 5th at ESTON CLUB. http://www.illovoestonmtb.co.za/

This is one of the highlights of the MTB calendar, and the trail running is great too. GOOD opportunity to do ANOTHER combo as they star the trail running well ahead of the MTB, so why not do both. On offer is the 10 km and 18 km trail early (6.30) (R90 and R120 entry), then leading on to 18 km Tala ride (R120) (great for novices), 40 km MTB (R160) and 60 km Marathon MTB (R200). Any number of combos available for the more adventurous wanderers. The routes go through plenty forest and game ranch, single track, jeep track, MANY hills. If the racing is less interesting, the club puts on a splendid days entertainment, yes there is beer and wine and food and heaps to do. Almost guaranteed to run into wildlife in Tala.

Ngoje Trail Run – Saturday 4th (Eshowe)

Here’s an opportunity to do a real trail run through cane fields and natural forest. Choice of 36 km (R280), 24 km (R180), 10 km (R100) and 5 km (R50), so go big or go back to the park run!! Spectacular views guaranteed, meaning some mountain running, and then along river courses. This one looks good, I have not cracked the nod, but there is still time.

Get out there and DO IT!! Keep safe and healthy.

 

 

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 28th & 29th July

Weekend wrap

South Coast Fever Scottburgh – The funky pants trail run and the mtb events on sunday were well attended as usual, the trail being particularly busy as the weather was, as usual on the coast, warm and wonderful. The sunrise was enough to make you forget any dunes that you hoist yourself over.

Eskom Boughton Forest Run – This was fantastic, good weather, LOTS of up hill and equally steep downhill, but no injuries apart from some pride resulting from going too fast downhill. Turnout not as good as it should have been for a local event, maybe these events on out doorstep should be advertised better.

Upcoming and incoming – WHAT A WEEKEND AND WHAT A CHOICE

South City Banana Bash – Saturday 28th (Ramsgate)

Duathlon time on the South Coast,  this run-cycle-run is off-road and perfect way to spend the day, beach after. There is full distance of 5 km run, 20 km cycle, 2.5 km run and then the half, which is half of course. Distance a doddle but there are some steep hills in the mix.

Howick Highlander – 29th July http://www.howickhighlander.co.za/

This fundraiser for the Scouts is one of the oldest MTB in the country, going since before all the timing and stuff . 3 trail run distances (20, 10, 5, (R100-R55)) and 3 MTB routes (35, 20, 10(R130 to R75)) make sure there is something for EVERYONE. 35 km MTB goes through Sappi, Everdon and back through WESSA, fantastic but tough, steep climbs and saddle gripping downhill in places, but huge views over Albert Fall and Umgeni for when you stop to empty your pockets! 20 km route is great, not so strenuous, 10 km is meant for the light ones. The trail run is superb, through Umgeni Nature Reserve, some big climbs and descents for the 20 km, the other routes are straight forward. GO AND DO IT.

1000 hills Challenge – 29th July (Inanda) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/1000-hills-challenge/

As usual there is a 10 km (easy route), 20 km (not 18 km as some insist, this has maybe 500 of the hills in the valley, R200) and the 38 km route (has 1006 hills I think they missed a few, R320) which is one of the tougher ones around. Always well run, the 2 longer distances involve some manner of swimming/wading through the river so be prepared to help others in need. This is one to do if you have not already defeated it.

 

Ingeli Challenge – 29th July (Kokstad)

This is South Coast Fever Challenge #3. Long way to meander, but the quality of the MTB track is worth it (45 km R170, 20 km R120). normally a cold start, quick to warm up then through the forests and plantations. There is also a 10 km trail run/walk.

 

Go out there and do it!