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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.

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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!!

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 22nd & 23rd June

This time of year seems unusually quiet in terms of MTB and organised runs, maybe hangover from comrades but only 12000 odd run comrades, the rest are looking for action!! End of June onwards there are more than 1 to agonise over entering every weekend.

This weekend in KZN there are only 2 runs that I know of and the Downhill/Enduro style race on the MTB which is happening at Dragons Peak.

Spar Womens Race, https://runningraces.co.za/durban/durban-spar-womens-10km-race/

this is in Durban on Sunday, ladies only but some of the more talented men seem to squeeze themselves into some tight running wear, doddle the 5 km in your high heels or take on the 10 km in your tutu.

Phezulu Trail Run  https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/phezulu-trail-run/

The Phezulu Trail run, this is organised by KZN Trail Running but has a limited entry of 250 I think, so if you are not entered, then join me on the weekend for another DO YOUR OWN THING. This is challenging, being in the 1000 hills area, but apparently lovely scenery through your frosted heavy breathing, and some animals to be viewed, brekkie buns after the race.

MTB – Greg Minaar Downhill Series

http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2399

Downhill at Dragons Peak, this is downhill style and endure racing, mainly for the aficionados of this type of hair raising speed fix, but at R500 per race day, does not come cheap.

DO YOUR OWN THING

Casual Trail running and MTB in the Karkloof from the club, nominal fee and plenty coffee, beer etc. available afterwards. there ARE REALLY NICE ROUTES FROM HERE. They have trail runs marked out, MTB routes up to 45 km and NEW GRAVEL CRUNCHING ROUTE,  which is basically district road and jeep track ,none of the pesky technical stuff that gets in our way.

Virginia Trails still not operational due to the floods from Feb,

Giba Gorge is a good option, they often organise runs on a Saturday and the trail is open for MTB.

Run in the Cascades Forest, Worlds View Forest (where you will find me) for a change to the usual plod along the roads and rubbish strewn pavements of Pmburg. Challenging as dodging the potholes, vagrants, cat-sized rats and unruly drivers may be, trail is still better.

Park runs at the Duzi, Ashburton and Hilton have all done slight changes to their routes, so that is exciting.

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Weekend Wanderings – 6th & 7th April

If you are feeling like the year is going ahead too fast, it is!! But catch up with it, exercise and eat healthy, microgreens and roasted seeds are a great way to spruce up those tired evening meals, get some through contacting me on 0848405471, through the website or via facebook through BuyLocal, guaranteed fresh.

This weekend, not much in the way of mountain biking on offer around here, but there are trail runs and a marathon or 2.

Dolphin Coast MTB Bash – Sun 7th (Blythedale) devillierscycling@mweb.co.za

I do not know much about this, maybe new on the calendar, but there are contact details for those that are still able to travel these distance with the new fuel prices.

The Bushman Trails – Fri to Sunday 7th (Wagensdrift Dam) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/the-bushmans-trail/

THIS IS GREAT RUNNING, selection of distances and you can go the whole weekend (and camp there if you have arctic gear), or run only Saturday or only Sunday. There is a warm up on Friday night for those staying over, then the runs start flowing. 10km, 20 km on Saturday and 10 km(R105) and 20 km (R145) and 30 km (R220)available on the Sunday. There are 5 km jogs also on both days, great opportunity to see if your legs will handle a full weekend, with the bail out option of course.

Durban City Marathon – Sun 7th (Durban – SURPRISE) https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058276

Good road race, many people, not sure they will take late entries so please check. Any of these events are good, but the City coffers are running dry, being bled by tender corruption and cadre favouritism and many of these races are suffering as a result, hope this will not be one of them. If you get there, have a gas and a swim in the sea, it is still at about 23 degrees.

Arthur Creswell Memorial – 7th (Bergville)

This is a 52 km main race, looks like a joll for those who are into LOOOONG distance.

Whatever you do out there, do it well, many park runs as usual on Saturday. Sorry, late for tennis, got to go.

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 23rd & 24th March

This weekend there are a couple of great excursions up for grabs, most of them long so gird your loins and boost your metabolism with some MORINGA (or beer and wine!!).

Safire Berg 100 – Sat 23rd (Himeville to Notties) https://www.berg100.co.za/

This is becoming more popular, a long ride through the midlands using the district and jeep tracks, no pesky single track or technical stuff to disturb your pounding rhythm and cause angst and accidents. It is long (100 km) so be prepared, R 400 for an entry, but remember you need to get to the start at Himeville and be collected from the end at Notties, after beer at the Hotel. E-bikes etc. are welcome as it is a social ride more than anything. Late registration is on Friday evening or Saturday morning, Zapper or cash, start at 7 sharp, remember cramp pills.

Umgeni Water Marathon – Sun 24th (Baynesfield) http://www.collegiansharriers.co.za/umgeni.htm

Running from Baynesfield club this year, apparently due to overpriced quote from Midmar KZN making it unbearable for runners costs, shame on them. Good on Baynesfield and it is a great place to run from. The run will be mainly district road, the 42 km (R240), 21 km (R160) and 15 km (R120) will all have about 2 km of tar and the rest district. The 15 km also has a great trail along the river. LATE ENTRIES ARE ALLOWED, even welcomed on Saturday at Collegians and Sunday at the race, but they are limiting late entries so no guarantee that you will be accepted. I think this will be a good experience out that way, a few more hill than the race used to have, but no-one expects it to be easy!! Remember, if you are not a member of CSA you also need to pay those race fees, for which you get zip.

I am sure there are events going down in Durban this weekend, surf swim etc, so go DO IT.

 

 

Another week of dodgy electricity supply from our favourite non-performing parastatal, and these guys still have jobs!! At least they can try to blame some on the fact we get from Moz and the cyclone stuffed the pylons.

This does not look like it is getting any better, remember this at voting time, we trust these people with our infrastructural, social and economic wellbeing through funding them with taxes, and they repay us by syphoning off funds for friends and family, well we should fire them.

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Weekend Wanderings – 16th & 17th March

Last days of heat, spring has sprung out and autumn is causing the sun to come up later and later. Keeps it cool for those morning jogs and still enough time for early bike rides.

 

Cordwalles Mudman _ Sun 17th Midmar http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2311

Third one in this years series, swim-mtb and run, usual 2 distances and you can enter as a relay team, so anyone in the family that doesn’t sink is in for the swim leg. You can also do a paddle instead of the swim if you are scared on the water. Full distance (R170) is 750 m swim, 20 km MTB and 5 km run, half distance (R150) is half of that, funnily enough. There is a kiddies race which is always good, and they have put on a half distance mtb / run option for those weeding out of the swim.

If you have not done the mudman before, it is the most fun on a Sunday, no beer but you can stop over in Howick or Hilton for a quick one or five to reward yourself for participating. If you have done it before, same applies.

DeLoites Marathon and Half Marathon – Sun 17th (Ballito to Durban) 

This is a really nice route, plenty of crowd support, rolling hills to test the legs but still quite quick. Unfortunately there are no late entries, a quirk of the road running fraternity that causes endless irritation to those of us who wake up on the day with less of a hangover than we thought and want to participate. If you have pre-entered, your wallet is emptier than last year but they claim these prices are justified, going up in accordance with the fuel prices and Deloites fees!! Anyway, have a gas there, remember you need a lift or bus to the start, finish on the beachfront and have a dip in the waves and a beer at the pub.

Other than these 2 events, I do not know of any others except the usual park runs on Saturday to keep the juices flowing. Also there is apparently a new one from St Ives, who excitingly are going to reopen their restaurant soon, which is great for the region. This run is a nice route, quite challenging but satisfying.

Take the MTB out for a spin in the hills, up the Curry’s Post road and in and out of a few of the dirt tracks and forest roads is fun once you have cleared the hill, otherwise the good old Bisley Nature reserve ride is easy. Karkloof have still got some closed routes due to logging. Riding or running through Pietermaritzburg is like off roading due to the poor state of the local infrastructure. This is thanks to a useless and inactive but well paid Umgeni Municipality led by some Mayor resulting from cadre deployment. We should fire the whole lot and hire people who are qualified to run a municipality without prostituting to local businessmen and developers.

Get your fresh foods at the various farmers markets after your park runs, or even delivered to you (BuyLocal on facebook) to stay healthy and keep the local producers in and outsiders out!! Local buying uses less logistics, packaging, and puts the money in the pocket of the producer rather than commercial value cold chains.

 

 

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 9th & 10th March

Great weekend just done, mainly multi sport, weather was fantastic for the Mudman at Albert Falls, bit more iffy for the Howick MTB, but it cleared up as the days went on, can’t help the weather, but you can help yourself, not like a politician does but raiding the public purse and giving jobs and tenders to unqualified friends,  but by making healthy choices and choosing to exercise no matter what the distance.

Blythedale Trail Run – Sunday 10th March (Blythedale) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/blythedale-trail-run/

Another great trail run organised by Andrew and team from KZNTR, part of the summer series I believe and I think well worth the extra travel time, especially if you get to stay over in the area. A good mix of forest, cane fields and beach, what a pleasure, makes one believe that maybe South Africa is good to stay!! there is 20 km (R180), 13 km (R145) and 6 km for the kids (R105) with beer at the end, not to much otherwise kids drive home. DO THIS ONE THIS WEEKEND.

Greg Minaar Downhill – 9th & 10th (Cascades)

Specially for those downhill MTB loonies, this goes on all weekend in sleepy (and currently filthy) Pmburg. Check your tyres and head, also check tyres on you vehicle as this is the pothole capital of the world thanks to our inactive and incompetent Municipality.

Not much else on this weekend, there is a pre-running of the Umgeni Water at Baynesfield to test the route, and there must be a MTB casual ride somewhere out there, Karkloof, Virginia Trails, Giba Gorge, Aloe Ridge.

Lets get out there, support local business and eat fresh, responsibly grown produce.

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 2nd & 3rd March

March already, bundles of events happening this weekend, fully into the multi sport calendar, road and trail running events thick and fast before we head into the downward spiral into what promises to be a dark winter, looking at the incompetence within Eskom and the 25 year old Government in SA.

Sappi Howick Classic – Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd (Howick High) http://www.howickmountainbiking.co.za/

Trail Run

There is a trail running option on Saturday morning run by KZNTR, starting from 11 Karkloof Road, which is about 6 km up, near the Karkloof Market, grab some goodies whilst you are there, hopefully someone will bring beer. There are 5 km (R105), 10 km (R145) and 20 km (R180) options. As usual in this area, fair share of hills to climb, but the run is through plenty single track forest so nice and cool. 20 km and 10 km are basically up hill until their respective halfway marks, then back down again, FUNFUNFUNFUNFUN, Starts at 7 am, so plenty of time to get there.

On Saturday, there is also one of those weird Enduro MTB races happening, also register on ROAG.

MTB

Sunday is one of the hardest MTB races in this area, the Howick Classic, 20 km (R120) and 40 km (R170), plenty of steep hills and ROCKS to keep you on your toes, or on your ass if you do not watch the path. Don’t be scared, hit those rocks at pace to get through, dithering will only see you and your cleated feet in the trees.

Epworth Mudman – Sunday 3rd (Albert Falls) http://www.epworth.co.za/

This is one of the better Mudman events, and it has got even more accessible, NO SWIMMING INVOLVED, which will be music to the ears of those that swim like BOB. This is due to several crocodile sightings, hungry little buggers seemingly introduced by an errant croc farmer in the area, or global warming.

It is now a run/mtb/run event, long course being 5 km / 20 km / 3 km (R170) and the half is 2.5 km / 10 km / 3 km (R150). The only way to spoil this one is if they make you run up that bloody hill 3 times instead of 2, but I suspect the run may take place along the dam banks. There are relay options for those that want to involve the whole family structure or even friends ( maybe not friends after) who can supply the beer. MultiSport rules!!

Durban Ultra – 3rd March (Durban beachfront) https://ultratri.co.za/durban-ultra/enter-race/

What a fantastic venue for a triathlon, bumpy water and flat running, medium hills on the cycle route, full road closure. Only drawback for this event is the price, so if you have managed to hit the credit card and pre-entered (no late entries) then have a gas, hopefully the wind eases off for the day, they always have an alternative swim option if the seas are still too rough. The sprint distance is about R530 (basically mudman), and the ultra distance (double mudman) is R2450, too rich for my mediocre abilities, but good training for the Iron Man dudes and dudets.

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Weekend Wanderings – 23rd & 24th February

What a weekend in store for the brave and crazy, plenty of running, and HOT!! Hydrate plenty and remember the natural health supplements are there to assist with recovery and inflammation caused by your excessive speed and endurance!!

Isikhwehle Trail Run – Sun 24th – Baynesfield http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2369

The Baynesfield estate is well known for its running and MTB trails, and this promises to be a great run. There are 3 options, 17 km (R120), 10 km (R100) and 5 km (R80) on offer, so something for everyone. I do not have access to the route info, but the 17 km is likely to involve a good gradual hill to begin with, nice through the plantations and along gravel road and single track through the forest, with a corresponding downhill jaunt then flat along the river and back up to the club house. The 10 km will probably be flat mostly, small hill up into the plantation to gain access to the single track through the forest, then back down to the river and along a great single track riverside trail. For those not into road running, this is the pick of the weekend. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO WALK when tired so NO PRESSURE (also try to avoid photos when walking, gets embarrassing).

Maritzburg Marathon – Sunday 24th (Maritzborough)  https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058278

Annual marathon, one of the better qualifying for the comrades crazies in terms of time. Usual 42 km, 21 km and 10 km options through the city centre from the Casino. The city centre is disgusting at the moment due to usual strike action and pathetic inaction from the Muncipality not collecting rubbish, but hopefully the race organisers and Municipality will solve this otherwise you need to outrun the dog sized RATS. Easy route, only really one gradual hill and a short steep hill.

Three Cranes Challenge – 22hd to 24th (Karkloof) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/the-wild-series-three-cranes-challenge/

One of the great stage running options, can be done by medium to very fit. The race consists 29 km first day, 40 OR 25 km second day and 23 km final day, all around the Karkloof hills and trails. First day is tough, Gilboa type climb and then along the top of the kloof, fantastic scenery and views. You can also do part of the canopy tour near the end of the run if you are not chasing time, very nice option. Second day heads out of Bushwillow towards Mbona, no escaping climbs in the Karkloof, but if it gets too much you can downgrade to 25 km instead, gets rid of the main climb. Third day is early start, then up Gilboa, damn that is steep, and along the top and back to race village.

Overall package is around R2250 for the 3 day, and you can take a 2 day option for R1750, pricy but you can travel there every day, or select camping options and race village.

These are the main events happening around Pmburg, get on to one of them, take your MORINGA and have a joll.

 

 

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Weekend Wanderings – 9th & 10th February

The opportunities abound, the race calendar is full and there is plenty to keep us and our kids occupied these sunny weekends.

Wartburg MTB and Trail – Sat 9th (Wartburg) http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=2302

Combination of trail running events and MTB, one of the best on the calendar in terms of scenery and levels of difficulty. The trail run options are 7 km (R70) and 14km (R100) and are run on the MTB route. They are early enough so you can do a double on the run and the MTB, good training for the triathlons and mudmen events coming up. The MTB evetns are 62 km (R180), 45km (R150), 25km (R110) and the kiddies race. They are also offering a multisport option with the 14km run/25km ride and 7km run/25km ride. These routes are quite tough, lots of short hills, long hill to finish.

Hilton College Trail – Sun 10th (Hilton) https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/races/hilton-college/

Ever popular despite there being no beer afterwards (you can always get in at Crossways for a pint), with the not so popular cliff to climb in the 12 km (R145) and 22 km (R180) options. The 6 km (R105) is a delight for tor those who are taking it easy, good for a double weekend combination with the Hilton Park run. This is a well run event and always draws a god crowd.

Threshhold Hillcrest Marathon – Sun 10th (Hillcrest) https://www.runnersguide.co.za/pages/calendar/races_in_sa/RacesInSA.aspx?RaceNo=1500058261

For the roadies, there is the Hillcrest Marathon, many hills in Hillcrest but that is part of the fun. Good training for those fools doing the Comrades this year.

Midmar Mile

Need I say more, this iconic event is on both Sat and Sun this weekend, many many swimmers cavorting in the waves of the not so pristine Midmar dam, think I may take some home remedies for the swimmers after breathing in the pleasant waters of Mpopomeni settlement offshoot!! Despite this, always good fun and packed to the rafters with swimmers and supporters. Saturday are mostly the team events, and Sunday the great individual events, challenge your mates!! Late entries can be done at registration at Cascades Thursday and Friday and at the dam on Saturday.

Get out there, forget your worries and woes, dismiss anything a politician may say, lets not pay tax until corruption in the public and private sector is stopped, it is a drain on society. Those that steal steal from the people and the lack of infrastructure and support then gets blamed on past imbalances by the thieves themselves who whoop it up in Dubai. For that matter, ban trips to Dubai!!

Have an eventful weekend, no excuse.