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Trail Running: Tragedy in China elicits pause, even in Africa

The tragic outcome of the recent Yellow Stone Forest 100km in China has left trail runners and organisers around the world with much to ponder in respect of the potential dangers of a sport, where the “edge and adventure”...

The running academy driving South Africa’s distance running revolution

As a young girl, Elana van Zyl delighted at running along the tracks and roads on her parents’ farm near Albertina. At first, running was just fun. Later, she discovered that it was something she could do better than...

World record set on Africa’s most iconic mountain

Pointing to the summit - AJ Calitz (right) and Christiaan Greyling (left) of Team K-Way take stock of the magnitude of the challenge. Picture: Stephen Granger The K-Way team of AJ Calitz and Christiaan Greyling have made it into the...

A natural high… trail running offers a way out, for this runner.

At thirty-two, Jo Keppler has seen more of life than most will witness in a lifetime, having experienced its heady highs and crushing lows in equal measure. In an extraordinary tale of “second chance”, Keppler’s love for ultra-distance running...

A farmer started an ultra-trail race…

Early this century, a farmer in Spain’s Basque Country in the mountainous north decided to offer a small prize to the first runner to complete a mountain circuit from his home village of Zegama. The low-profile contest proved popular...

This Mountain Kingdom’s Ultra marshall is a multitasker on a mission

The taxi, fully laden with items bound for the next ultra marathon refreshment station, bumps along what is little more than a track, way up in one of Africa's highest mountain ranges. It has left behind the Sani Stone...

“Football builds bridges – and is the ice-breaker.” Mainz 05 holds first German-Nigerian Online...

An online engagement between former Nigerian football players, a sports historian, a top African sports organiser and German sports professionals has opened up a dialogue that is creating a great deal of interest and excitement in African sporting circles. Two...

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...

Osaka aims to inspire new generation – but says Williams is still the queen

Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said she felt comfortable being a role model for the next generation after her fourth Grand Slam victory solidified her position at the forefront of a new era for tennis. But the Japanese star, a...

Motivator, mentor, big brother… eSports coaches come to fore

by Peter STEBBINGS Not long ago it was "weird" for an eSports team to have a coach, but that is changing fast in a highly competitive environment where milliseconds matter and rewards are in the millions of dollars, insiders say. Professional...