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Author: Zelda Coetzee

Mnweni Race Report by Melvyn Quan

About Melvyn…. I’m and road and trail runner and have done Comrades and Two Oceans and lots of trail runs around the country, including WildCoast Wildrun, Richtersveld Wildrun, Three Cranes, Golden Gate Challenge, AfricanX, Namaqua Quest. I have recently ventured beyond the borders of SA and done trail runs in Patagonia and San Francisco. On the calendar is a trail run in Iceland in July and the Paris marathon next year. 2015 Mnweni Race Review… It’s simply the most beautiful trail run in the country! Maybe that is why I was lining up for the 9th time in rural...

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Mnweni Race Report… by Peter Koedyk

Meet Peter…. Peter has been a “road runner” for more than 30 years. During this time he has run more than 1200 races which include more than 180 marathons and over 60 Ultra Marathons. Since the beginning of this year (2015) he has attempted – and fallen in love with – trail running. As a newby in trail races he realises that it is a totally different sport from road running and he still has a lot to learn. His moniker on the road is “Hillbilly Pete” since he considers himself strong on the hills. However, the hills/ mountains...

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Golden Gate Trail – Vividness that will make your former life pale

The Old Mutual Radox Golden Gate Challenge is a three-day track and trail run through some of the most rugged yet scenic mountains of the Free State, situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The race traverses through restricted parts of the reserve rarely seen by the public, like Little Serengeti, and many other hidden gems within the park. The race is staged out of a single base camp in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. With a smorgasbord of trail races gracing our calendar, I specifically chose the Golden Gate Challenge, as I am in love with...

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Golden Gate Challenge 3 day stage race. Review by Herman Mulder (race winner)

Herman Mulder work as special needs teacher near Hartbeespoort Dam.  His achievements include a Comrades best of 6:19, first place in the Cradle Mayhem 3 day stage race and numerous other achievements.  Enjoy his vivid account of the race…  Ascenders of the Golden Gate.                                             23-26 October 2014  Majestic. Somehow that posh sounding little word always comes to mind when encountering a magnificent chunk of dolomite. My bubble, of thinking I had this trail running thing sorted, was abruptly popped by Her Majesty on day one of the 2014 ” Golden Gate Radox Old Mutual” 3 day stage trail race. Another...

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Noel Ernstzen – the Master Blaster (the first 50+ runner to run sub 5 hours in the Otter Trail Run)

Ultrarunner caught up with Noel Ernstzen – he’s been called a few things; Ou Ballie (old man), Bullet, youngster, Old man in a young man’s body, Master Blaster. I’m sure his rivals are calling him a few more names which can’t be repeated here! Al he says is: “I LOVE THIS SHIT!!” Herewith his bio: I was born in 1959 on a chicken farm on the slopes of Tokai forest and have lived most of my life in the shadow of Table Mountain. My dad was the local forester so most of my youth was spent running around Tokai...

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