Trail Running

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...

Morocco’s Elazzaoui ends the season on a “vertical” high

Leading Moroccan trail athlete, Elhousine Elazzaoui ended his season on a high with victory on Saturday 30 October in a vertical kilometre (VK) race and a second position in the final SkyRace of the year in Italy. The Limone Extreme...

Running the Sky on cloud nine – a South African trail athlete in Europe

By Stephen Granger Still on ‘Cloud Nine’ after the ‘best, happiest and strongest run of my life’, East London-born University of Cape Town chemical engineering graduate, Bianca Tarboton, takes on some of the world’s best trail athletes in Italy in...

McCann, van Heerden top on Sandes’ mountain trail

By Stephen Granger South Africa’s leading marathon-distance trail athletes, Johardt van Heerden and Toni McCann, raced to impressive victories in the inaugural Sanlam Cape Town Trail Marathon on a testing 46km circuit over and around Table Mountain this morning (Saturday...

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...

Elazzaoui flies Africa’s flag at the Golden Trail

By Stephen Granger Leading Moroccan trail athlete, Elhousine Elazzaoui, flies the African flag at this weekend’s grand finale of the 2021 Golden Trail Series on the island of El Hierro in the Canary Island Group. The Atlantic Ocean island lies a...

Redemption on the Otter Africa

by Stephen Granger In a day of redemption at Saturday's (October 9) Otter African Trail Run, presented by Emperor Asset Management, the stars of Bianca Tarboton and Johardt van Heerden shone brightly as the pair recorded notable triumphs against many...

An ultra-fast Otter could be on the cards

By Stephen Granger It’s not for nothing that the Otter African Trail Run carries the epithet “The Grail of Trail”.  The fabled footrace between Storm’s River and Nature’s Valley along South Africa’s most popular hiking trail takes place tomorrow (Saturday 9...

Otter Challenge sets the tone for Trail Run

Skippy Claassens wins the 2021 Otter Challenge. Photo: Stephen Granger The Otter African Trail Run, presented by Emperor Asset Management, is regarded as the Grail of Trail in South Africa and one that leading trail athletes all over the world...