Sunday, February 5, 2023

Extreme Sports

Africa is the new best playground for all types of Xtreme Sports. Also see XOA, SPNA’s own TV series, now streaming on SPNAfrica.co.za

“Mountain Abandoned” in Snowdonia, Wales, for top ultra-trail athlete Griffioen

by Stephen Granger Leading South African ultra-distance athlete, Nicolette Griffioen, was a star-performer in the Ultra-trail Snowdonia, which took place in the highlands of north Wales earlier this month, although the forced cancellation of the 100-mile race (UTS 165) through...

Healy on a high in the hills in Amadeus country

by Stephen Granger Former Sharks academy rugby scrum-half, Matt Healy, moved up several notches on the international trail-running circuit with an impressive top ten position in the recent Mozart 100 in Salzburg, Austria, and looks set to achieve further success...

When a successful sporting event becomes Africa’s best brand advertising

By Stephen Granger The dust has settled on Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) trails and most of the international athletes who participated have found sufficient gaps in flight bans to depart our shores, following an exceptional Ultra-trail Cape Town event which...

Live action another winner at UTCT

By Stephen Granger Jim Walmsley and Courtney Dauwalter blazed to impressive victories on Table Mountain trails in last week’s Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) 100km, but there was an impressive ‘behind the scenes’ alternate ‘relay run’ over the challenging course with...

UTCT pulls international favourites

By Stephen Granger Americans Jim Walmsley and Courtney Dauwalter are the best in the world when it comes to Ultra-trail racing right now and the two are strong favourites to win the 7th Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) 100km tomorrow (Saturday 28...

To redefine the art of trail – just throw away the rule book

By Stephen Granger They’re bold, brave and ballsy and stirring up a storm in trail running circles. And they’re in Cape Town to compete in the country’s premier trail running event – Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT). Courtney Dauwalter and Mathieu Blanchard...

Running’s role championing conservation

By Stephen Granger The environment and trail running are two sides of the same coin and while challenges remain to be solved, the partnership between SANParks and the trail-running community in South Africa is strengthening conservation and becoming a global...

Africans hold their own in weekend ultra trail outings

by Stephen Granger African interest in ultra-trail running centred on the Southern Drakensberg Mountains in the NE Cape and on the Atlantic Ocean island of Madeira over the weekend, with Simon Tshabalala and Ryan Sandes achieving notable results. Simon Tshabalala...

Cowboys head internationals at UTCT

by Stephen Granger Cape Town, South Africa is a long way from cowboy territory.  Jim Walmsley is the best-known of a group of runners raised in Arizona, USA, who once called themselves the "Coconino Cowboys" after the second-largest county in the...

Don’t forget the OVER the Mountain race, on Cape Town’s marathon weekend

By Stephen Granger Prodigal Khumalo and Toni McCann start as favourites to take the inaugural titles in the long-awaited Sanlam Cape Town Trail Marathon to be run over Table Mountain. The Ryan Sandes’ signature race has all the potential to become...