SPNA'S GOLDEN TRAIL 2020 - ALL THE REPORTS by Stephen Granger

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GOLDEN TRAIL

 

“Golden Trail” has been associated with trail running at its finest – bringing together the best athletes on the planet racing head to head in the world’s most iconic and competitive marathon-distance races – the response of “shorter and faster” to the Ultra-trail World Tour – and then some.

Two successful seasons of the Golden Trail World Series promised a third, incorporating leading races in Europe and the USA with a Grand Finale in Argentina. But the COVID pandemic changed all that. Innovative and bold thinking by the GTWS team, however, transformed trail gloom into golden light, likely to change the face of trail running.  A once-off Golden Trail Championship was announced, to be run as a four-day stage race over challenging routes in the middle of the North Atlantic.

Mid-year golden segments in various parts of the world yielded golden tickets to the Azores Islands championship. By early October, seventy-four “goldies” had been issued to athletes to join those who had already gained access through top 2019 performances in the Golden Trail World and National Series. Everything was ready to go.

SPNAfrica News provided comprehensive coverage of the build-up via the South African Golden Segment and the Championship itself. This page carries a comprehensive portfolio of the action before, during and after the “fun in the mud” on the Azores Island of Faial.

 

THE BUILD-UP - SOUTH AFRICA

Trail running’s Golden Ticket

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classic children's book by Roald Dahl, loved by children around the world, in large part due to...

South African trail runners chasing Golden Tickets

Table Mountain, one of the continent’s most iconic landmarks, holds the fate of South Africa’s top trail athletes hoping to win a Golden Ticket...

Table Mountain “Golden Trail” route still “padlocked”

Leading trail and mountain athlete, Meg Mackenzie, scorched a 30 km route on Saturday (July 4) in a run planned to open the ‘Strava...

THE BUILD-UP - INTERNATIONAL

South Africa’s Mackenzie and Rorich to take on world’s best in Azores

Following the successful return to international track and road running competition in recent weeks, trail running is set to follow suite, with an important...

Trail championships participation to strengthen Portugal – South Africa sporting ties – ambassador.

The participation of two top South African trail athletes in the Golden Trail Championship on the Portugese Azores Islands at the end of the...

Azores Golden Trail Championship likely to be the year’s most competitive trail event.

The Golden Trail Championship, which takes place over four days on the Portuguese Azores Islands at the end of October has become an effective...

THE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK

Morocco’s Elazzaoui second, SA’s Rorich impresses downhill as Swiss sweep Azores Trail prologue

Swiss trail runners took top sports in both men's and women's categories, with Morocco's Elhousine Elazzaoui the top African as the Golden Trail Championship...

The Golden Trail: blessings and injuries in The Azores

Horta, Faial Island, Azores Rain is regarded as an African blessing so the weather may have been tipping a cap to the region where the...

Golden Trail Championship, The Azores, Day 2 Results

Golden Trail Championship Day Two 25km on Faial Island Results Men: 1 Bartlomiej Przedwojewski (Pol) 1:56:03; 2 Jim Walmsey (USA) 1:56:48; 3 Stian Angermund (Nor) 1:57:; 3 Elhousine...

APRÈS-TRAIL

A Golden Championship… The Azores 2020 Trail Run is a wrap.

Had last week’s Golden Trail Championship (GTC) been a four-day cricket test, the match would have been abandoned without a ball being bowled.  Trail...

Africans shine at the Golden Trail Championships

The origins of trail running - a sport dominated by European and American runners - is contended territory. Did the sport start with a...

Top US trail athletes eye Africa

Two American athletes who enjoyed outstanding success at the recent Golden Trail Championship on the Island of Faial in The Azores may soon be...

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