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The blitz – THIRSTI AFRICANX day one video

Video of the THIRSTI AFRICANX, day one. Filmed by Jeff Ayliffe.

It’s North vs South for AFRICANX women runners

By Stephen Granger Cape-based athletes Danette Smith Walley and Vicky van der Merwe take on Nedbank runners from the north, Deanné Horn and Chrizell Roberts, in an intriguing south versus north derby in the women’s contest in the THIRSTI AFRICANX Trailrun, which...

Top pairings at AFRICANX set to spice up the field

With less than 48 hours until the start of the 2021 THIRSTI AFRICANX Trailrun, a host of top Southern African trail, road and cross-country athletes are starting to assemble in the mountain region of Elgin – home to...

The Otter African Trail Run bags new sponsor, “ideal partner” in Emperor.

The Otter African Trail Run, long regarded as South Africa’s premier marathon-distance trail race, has moved up a gear with the announcement that Emperor Asset Management has signed as the event’s presenting sponsor, with ‘The Otter’ set to be...

Calitz and Rukadza to set AfricanX afire.

The AfricanX Trail Run is unusual in that it requires teams of two - male, female or mixed - to participate. AJ Calitz and Bernard Tarisai Rukadza are looking to "own" the event, again this year. AJ Calitz has been...

Running’s big opportunity turns golden. Now to bring it to Africa.

One of the biggest opportunities in world athletics has turned into gold. The organisers of the Golden Trail Series managed to dodge the COVID bullet in 2020, using smarts, innovation and a bit of luck to hold a Championship...

America’s Cup on hold amid New Zealand’s Covid lockdown

The America's Cup final between Team New Zealand and Italy's Luna Rossa on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour was pushed back on Sunday as a coronavirus outbreak plunged the city back into lockdown. The first four races in the best-of-13 showdown were...

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...

Hanks sets new womens’ 13 Peaks Challenge record

Forty-nine-year-old environmental campaigner and vegan cooking instructor, Karoline Hanks, has run a Fastest Known Time (FKT) for women in the 13 Peaks Challenge over South Africa's Table Mountain, aiding turtle conservation in the process. Hanks improved Stellenbosch-based trail athlete, Amri...

Whether it’s the 75km “heaven” ultra-trail run or the 40km “marathon”, this weekend’s MaxiRace...

Two of the world’s best trail athletes on the adventure of a lifetime will line up as favourites at the start of the second MaxiRace ultra-trail run in the Cape Winelands tomorrow (Saturday 12 Dec), with COVID having resulted...