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Golden Trail Series 2021 Season preview

The recent launch of the 2021 Golden Trail World Series has cut through COVID uncertainty and created new year excitement amongst the world’s best trail athletes, who can look forward to another year of high quality competition in some...

Elana van Zyl awarded prestigious medal

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon race ambassador and South African athletics legend, Elana van Zyl, was awarded the prestigious Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run Torch Bearer Award at Green Point on Saturday - a tribute to her substantial work...

All set for historic Sanlam CapeTown Marathon, live on spnafrica.com

The 2020 Sanlam Virtual Cape Town Marathon gets underway on Sunday morning in extraordinary circumstances which no-one could have envisaged when Kenyan Edwin Koech crossed the finish line to win last year’s race to the cheers and applause thousands. The...

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...

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....

The Cape Town Marathon: engaging legends for peace

The participation of some of the greatest athletes of all time in this year’s Sanlam Virtual Cape Town Marathon has created an opportunity for the marathon to grow into a global phenomenon with massive social impact, if you listen...

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...

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...

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...