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Weekend Wanderings – 14th & 15th March

This weekend back to a full itinerary, as long as you are non-viral. The corona virus is likely to have a big impact on all our participation activities so double check that events are on before going there, or better go anyway and if the event is not on, do it yourself. Things to avoid, sneezing or spitting or sweating on anyone PLEASE. Other things to avoid are idiots in cars with hazard lights, taxi drivers and any political blah blah, but that is for another time.

Last weekend was quiet in terms of organised events, pity organisers cannot spread themselves a bit to avoid congestion.

Cordwalles Dustbuster – Sun 15th (Karkloof)

This is up in the Karkloof, away from cities and people and is a very pleasant Biathlon format. Choose between the short version (2.5 km run and 10 km MTB at R210), or do the trail run options (5 km and 9 km routes) or the MTB (40 km, 20 km or 10 km routes), unfortunately the whole Mudman type of sprint triathlon format or the longer Biathlon seems to have been binned by the organisers, so longer distance multi sporters have no options, this will affect numbers I think. Anyway, Karkloof is always nice for a run and ride, get out there early and do the trail run unsupported, then the MTB ride.

Fuel & Gas Kamberg Trail and MTB – 14th & 15th (Glengarry, Kamberg)

Trail run on the Saturday, and MTB on the Sunday, this means if your family have varied interests, you either have to stay over, drive a lot or compromise. Saturday is the 14 km and 7 km trail run through the hills, lots of lovely single track but not too technical, this is a holiday farm setting. Prices are reasonable at R170 and R120 respectively. The MTB takes place on Sunday, 25 km (R200), 40 km (R240) and 60 km classic (R270), normally well supported even if the pricing has gotten on the high side. These are great MTB routes with a bit of everything, good berg riding.

Delloitte Challenge – Sun 15th (Durban)

Popular combination of evetns, somewhat curbed by the road closures on the coast, the routes seem to have changed to be more Durban centred rather than a point to point format. No LATE ENTRIES unfortunately for any of the events. Usual Marathon, half marathon, 10 km and combo MTB/road cycle race. Good for all, but it is also getting expensive at R275 per entry, unless of course I am just whingeing!! If you have been organised enough to pre-book, this is normally well attended due to the comrades qualifying aspect, and hopefully the water tables etc. will be back up to standard.

BLythedale Trail Run – Sun 15th (Blythedale)

I think the Pick of the Week, lovely trail options up in Blythedale if you can get there, 5 km (R100), 12 km (R140) and 20 km (R180) routes on offer, usually well organised by the KZN Trail Running team and a great venue.

Go out there, run like the virus is chasing, take PLENTY vitamins and NATURAL supplements.

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Weekend Wanderings 7th & 8th March

What a weekend of sport, Sharks WIN, Proteas WIN, Van Rooyen 3rd, Blitzbok WIN, Proteas WIN AGAIN, Liverpool lose twice, can’t win em all, Zambezi is flooding. Despite all the political crap, SA sports is still managing to thrive, we are all part of it, every time we participate or even just play we beat this oppressive system of governance.

Anyway, on to more positive things, also a few good races last couple of weeks, Dusi maniacs, Maritzburg Marathon, good trail runs. All reports tell of well run events, but the numbers are down, maybe a hint to keep the pricing down even though we all know costs rise blah blah blah.

There are a few races to enter for now, Ultra Trail Drak, Glengarry trails, etc as some of these do not accept late entries and you need some time to save up. This weekend seems a bit sparse, but sometimes events are poorly advertised.

Marshalls 25 km – Sun 8th (Stella Sports Durban) 

There is a 25 km and 10 km on offer here with a 5 km walk, great for weekend warm ups and getting in a quick 25 km if you are training for something bigger.

Alley Road Tri-Series – Sun 8th (Durban)

Bit of a misnomer for the middle of their series as these are biathlons, short swim and run, take up an hour or so then you can get on with the day, R150 for the longer version ( 1km swim and 5 km run) and R100 for the short version.

Gooderson Leisure Willem Boshoff Marathon – 8th (Vryheid)

Marathon, half marathon and a 10 km walk, probably the PICK OF THE WEEKEND if you can get there. I have never done this route so cannot comment, but probably relatively fast and good for Comrades.

There is a run at Crusaders Friday night it seems and a Downhill and Enduro MTB series event at Karkloof this weekend ALL weekend, so don your full face and go mad.

Other than that, you are welcome to park at Something Used shop opposite Midmar Dam , slip into your running shoes and go on the meander with purpose, or through Midmar for a nice flat run or ride. There are a few dirt options I can let you know about if you pop in over a cuppa.

Run like you mean it and watch your front wheel, you never know when Cyril will slip you up!!



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Weekend Wanderings – 15th & 16th Feb

Hot, hot, hot. Plenty of heat and rain, fantastic stuff. There are many entries to get in this week, Maritzburg Marathon, some of the stage trail runs (3 Cranes, Lesotho, Wild Rides, Durban Ultra, Durban 1/2 Iron Man, Deloittes Marathon etc) so get with the programme, many of these do not accept late entries.

This weekend there are a few roadie events, as well as the usual MTB and trails, but we can always make our own trails, no need for road closures and police, they are all in CT anyway looking after the self important politician types and their friends.

TW Mchunu Marathon – Sun 16th (Estcourt)

10km, 21 km and 42 km in Estcourt, starting 6 am so get there early, I have no idea of the route but I am sure the route is very undulating in Estcourt.

Zabalaza Marathon – Sun 16th (Cato Ridge) 

There is a 10 km, 21 km and 42 km here as well, yes same day as the last one only 100 km up the road. This 42 does 2 laps of the 21 km course and is a nice running course, taking in much of the comrades route for those who want practice.

Wartburg Classic – Sat 15th (Wartburg)

This is one of my favourites, very nice routes and you can set yourself up to do both disciplines as  duathlon, or just the trail run or MTB events. Usual MTB on offer being kids race 10 km (R50), 25 km (R110), 45 km (R150) and ultra 65 km (R180), with a R30 surcharge on late entries. The 65 km route is not to be sneezed at although quite quick, but lots of hills and plenty lovely single track. There is also 7km trail run (R70) and 14 km (R100) starting at 6 am early bells. Combined is the duathlon (7 km and 25 km R140) or 14 km and 25 km (R140), which would be my personal pick for the weekend, starting with the trail, that is why so early so you can get back for the 8 am cycle start and not get lost. There is normally beer etc. after the race, so a full day, leaving Sunday off to go and do the next event.

Burg Wheelers Compendium – Sun 16th (Michaelhouse)

50 km (R240) and 80 km (R320) road races from Michaelhouse up and down the R103 to Midmar and notties, good for those in training for the Cape cycle tour or who just want a mindless jaunt up and down the road, can do on MTB so get in there.

There are also a couple of those lap events on MTB on the North Coast for those into that sort of timed event. As usual, support your local Park Run if not doing an event on Saturday, organise mates for a run/ride and braai Sunday, either at one of the many commercial venues, or just on your own.

You are welcome to park and run or ride from our shop into Midmar or into the Midlands, Something Used opposite Midmar Dam Gates, have a coffee or cooldrink and crunchies after. There is plenty parking and you can browse our furniture whilst sipping cappucino.

get out there, run like you mean it, keep and eye on your front wheel and stay healthy.


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Weekend Wanderings 1st & 2nd February

First month of 2020 already done, fitness levels on the rise and the start of Mudman and Tinman series, yeeeeehaaa!! The mudman series seems to have turned into dustman series and they have taken out the swim, certainly for the first one in Hermannsberg, so suit those who swim like bricks and run like gazelles.

Once again, event organisers timing is at odds, there are 2 tri type events, 2 trail runs all within 100 km of each other, so choose carefully. Oh, also a canoe race , but the good thing there is there is a trail run and MTB ride along side the river I think, not much info available for that.

N3TC Drak Challenge – 1st and 2nd Canoeing (Castleburn)

You start at the top of the river and go down to the end, if you are planning a return trip get a bike. I think they have a trail and MTB event alongside the river for those who do not paddle so fun for all the family. The event requires pre-entries for the canoeing.

Hilton College Trail- Sun 2nd (Hilton College)

This trail run has been around for a while, always good fun although there is no beer at the end, head over to Crossways to satisfy this craving. On offer 7 km (R110), 12 km (R150) and the iconic 20 km (R190) with a surcharge of R 50 on top of these fees for late entries, entries are taken on the day. The 7 km is a pleasant jaunt through the forests at Hilton along a well worn track used by us for running and the college boys for escaping. The 12 km takes you DOOOOWWWN into the Umgeni Valley, and what goes down must come UUUUUPPPP, tough on the legs but really good fun. The 20 km combines the 2 routes for a tough but rewarding run which you know you have completed.

aQuelle Hermansburg Dustbuster – Sun 2nd (Hermannsburg)

Change to the epic Mudman series format, I presume many people complained about the dam swims, not sure why as they were great fun on the hot summer days, but basically now instead of a sprint triathlon we will be doing a biathlon, suit the faster runners. Entries and organisation done through Roag, So on offer, 5 and 10 km trail runs, (R120 and R140), 5km run plus 10 km Cycle (R140) and 10 km run and 20km cycle (R140), really good format and the scenery out there has a few hills and challenges.

Wagendrift Challenge – Sun 2nd (Wagendrift Dam, Estcourt)

Another trail run or triathlon combination, pity it is on the same day as the Dustbuster as I have not done this one before. Chouce of 18 km trail run (R140) or 18 km MTB (R140), or a swim ( the dam is FULL), or a biathlon with 1 km swim and 5 km MTB, or triathlon with i km swim, 10 km MTB and 5 km trail run, or a half tri. The price posted are R130 per event but I suspect you will pay late entry fees as usual. I would put this as pick of the week as the scenery is fantastic out there.


Remember, Midmar Mile coming up in 2 weeks, enter now, collect entries at our shop called Something Used, directly opposite Midmar Gates, browse and get a coffee, juice etc. You are welcome to park there and train from there during the week, good start to cycle loops and running loops into and around Howick and Midmar Dam, have a coffee after and browse.

Run like you mean it and watch your front wheel. Above all , have a gas.



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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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-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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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!!


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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,

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

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

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.


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)

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)

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)

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.