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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-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!!

 

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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.

Above all KEEP HEALTHY, natural supplements are the way to go here, MORINGA POWDER AND MORINGA OIL, full of nutrients and anti-oxidants to keep your system healthy and boost your immune system and healing,

also contact me for the new range of Hemp and Canna Oils and Salves, specifically formulated to interact with your endocannabinoid system in your body which regulates healing and body response, thus boosting the bodies response to various ailments, diseases and illnesses and helping to heal and control symptoms, will be updating the web page, or possibly creating a new one dedicated to HEALING OILS!

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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.