#moerandgone Mission – Umngazi River Bungalows

There are a thousand reasons to go to Umngazi River Bungalows, but in this case the best one of all was to celebrate the wedding of two fabulous friends. Wayne and Phillipa Le Roux, it was such a pleasure spending time with you guys, but next time warn me in advance that I’m the designated wedding shooter 🙂

This was a proper adventure wedding, which meant mass river swims, big hikes and thumping trail runs, sunset paddles, horse-back rides, an MTB crank of note along the IMANA Wild Ride route and, of course, lots of beers. Good thing, because it ensured that we could just about balance out the massive food intake from Umngazi’s sumptuos buffet tables.

The trail winding above the Indian Ocean towards Port St. Johns via Silaka Nature Reserve remains one of my favourite runs in SA. No, scrap that – the world – and it was special to spend some time on the Wild Coast proper with my honey-for-life, Karyn Marais. Umngazi is definitely a #moerandgone destination, so there’s bound to be a chapter on it in my new book 🙂

Wayne and Pips, we wish you guys happiness, health and heaps of adventures. It was special.

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Molweni Trail Run 2014 – Race Day

After the amazing build-up and intensive hype surrounding the testing Prologue at the inauguaral Molweni Trail Run, presented by Salomon SA, it was a nervous bunch of athletes who lined up for the start at the Forest Hills Sports Club just after dawn yesterday morning.

One thing is for sure; they had ample reason to be nervous, as ahead of them waited 32km of trail, littered with a range of natural obstacles ranging from treacherous sink holes, vertiginous cliffs and (quite possibly) mega-sized mambas.

Fortunately, none of the above potential dangers kicked in, and the race unfolded as a well-organised adventure run of note. Graham Daniel and his 369 COMMUNICATIONS crew saw to it that athletes were well-briefed, with the result that this will be an event runners will certainly queue up to enter every year.

Out on the gruelling route itself, Thabang Elias Madiba and Lucky Miya threw down the gauntlet pretty early on in the day, but strong challenges from both Jock Green and Matt Kretzmann kept them in contention as the race went to the wire.

The women’s race belonged to the Queen of KZN Trail Susan Erskine Don-Wauchope, who was followed home by Takalani Nthulane Ndandani and Daneil Feldmann. Full results and more information on this amazing race are available on the Molweni Trail Run Facebook Page

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Molweni Trail Run 2014- Prologue Day

A lot of guys and girls came out today, thinking they were going to smash the 6km-plus Prologue Course, but that’s not the ways things work in Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. The route and terrain were testing to say the least, with times well over an hour being clocked by ‘mere mortals’.

But then there are of course the demi-gods of trail – guys like Lucky Miya and Thabang Elias Madiba – who float like the proverbial butterflies to take the sting out of the tail of the race. Thabang blasted home in a time of just over 31min with Lucky around 90secs slower, and Matt Kretzmann coming in third at around 35min.

In the women’s field, Sue Susan Erskine Don-Wauchope took it easy enough, but still secured an easy first position. Tomorrow, however, is a completely different ball game, with 30km of extreme trail waiting, and with the Prologue probably having very little effect on the outcome.

Tune in from 06h30 to follow the Social Media Posts on our FaceBook Page at Molweni Trail Run. Good luck to all the runners – we will see you on the trail!

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Molweni Trail Run 2014 – Recce Day

If you have been wanting to find your running freedom, I’ve discovered just the event for you. The Molweni 2-day Trail Run, presented by SALOMON and organised by 369 Communications, comes packaged as a Prologue + Monster Day, very much following the successful recipe set by the Otter African Trail Run.

Eye-bleedingly beautiful natural scenery, an exceptionally challenging route and – I have to say – a world-class organisational team make this an event which will surely grow into one of SA’s favourite trail races.

I was fortunate enough to first scout and then run the Prologue Route with Graham Daniel and his crew today, and I can honestly say I suffered when I tried to crank up the speed on the second loop. With guys like Thabang Elias Madiba, Kane Reilly, Jock Green and Lucky Miya all in the mix, tomorrow is going to make for an interesting duel.

Also nice to bump into a whole bunch of familiar (and new) faces … Ryno Griesel, Fernando Santos et al, see you all on the trail in the morning!

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