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SOUTH AFRICA’S 13 PEAKS CHALLENGE

World-class trail running performances are invariably linked to legendary and iconic trail running races. There are some hugely well-known races, like the Western States 100 miler, the Ultra-trail Mont Blanc, or Golden Series events such as Zegama and Sierra...

Made-for-TV Cape Town Marathon drama as Mothibi, Bothma win

Edward Mothibi and Annie Bothma were crowned the overall 2020 Sanlam Virtual Cape Town Marathon champions, as many of South Africa’s leading marathoners engaged in intense battle in three of South Africa’s cities to decide the final outcome. While thousands...

SA’s Ryan Sandes sets the pace with 100-miler #Homerun.

South African ultra-trail runner Ryan Sandes is recovering after a Corona “lockdown” run around his home turned into one of the most arduous training "100-miler" runs of his career. “It was a lot tougher than I expected,” the ultra-trail sensation...

Made-for-TV Sanlam Virtual Cape Town Marathon drama as Mothibi, Bothma win

Edward Mothibi and Annie Bothma took gold as the overall 2020 Sanlam Virtual Cape Town Marathon winners, in an event that saw many of South Africa’s leading marathoners engaged in intense battles in three cities on Sunday (October 18). Forty-three...

Eliud Kipchoge, in support of virtual Lewa Safari Marathon, shows star pulling-power.

Whenever Eliud Kipchoge runs, the world takes notice, affording the Kenyan athlete similar status to that given to Roger Bannister after the English doctor had broken through the four-minute mile barrier at Oxford in 1954.The only human to have...

African X trail run is back

One of the most exciting announcements in South African distance-running in recent months has been the confirmation that the AfricanX Trailrun is back. One of the best-loved trail events in the country by both elite athletes and social runners, AfricanX...

Push for Africa to host World Athletics “glamour” events

The time has come for World Athletics to bring their glamour events to Africa, says Cape Town-based sports investor, Clark Gardner. Gardner's statement followed confirmation this week that a deadline for pre-qualification to host the inaugural World Road Running Championship...

“Comrades” – at 99, the world’s greatest ultra-marathon, now virtual, too

Over 40 000 runners from around the world participated in Sunday's (June 14) virtual Comrades Marathon, celebrating it’s 99th year remotely, away from the iconic 90 km route between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.  The massive participation underlined the race's status as the...

The Golden Trail: blessings and injuries in The Azores

Horta, Faial Island, Azores Rain is regarded as an African blessing so the weather may have been tipping a cap to the region where the sport of trail running originated centuries ago, on Thursday (October 29) as the Golden Trail...

Kandie’s 21km time – is this a revolution?

by Stephen Granger Kibiwott Kandie’s world record-breaking run in the Valencia Half Marathon was a remarkable feat of distance-running. Kandie led three others across the line faster than his Kenyan compatriot Geoffrey Kamworwor’s former world record of 58 min 01 sec....