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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...

Western Europe’s highest mountain woos Africa’s trail runners (part 2)

By Stephen Granger While the full circumnavigation around Mont Blanc in the form of the Ultra-trail Mont Blanc 100 miler is undoubtedly the showpiece of this week’s running festival at the French Alpine town of Chamonix, the shorter-distance faces have...

Sportspeople can pivot too – the story of a rugby player turned ultra-distance runner

By Stephen Granger Two years ago, a re-wired former South African provincial rugby player signalled his arrival on the ultra-trail scene with a convincing win in the 50km Bastille Day Trail Run. Last weekend, Matt Healy reminded the local trail...

Educating footballers

Former Nigerian international, Waidi Akanni is on a mission to prevent young footballers from sacrificing their education for a career on the pitch. This will help Nigeria, he says. by Humprehy Njoku Waidi Akanni comes from the generation of Nigerian football...

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...