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UTCT – The Journey to Cape Town

UTCT – The Journey to Cape Town

With Comrades fever in full swing the running world is buzzing with excitement as trail runners will make their biggest mark on the event this year. Meanwhile back at UltraRunner HQ, I am watching this clock counting down knowing that I don’t have a lot of time to prepare.
I will be running the UTCT (Ultra Trail Cape Town) 65k in October with some of my team mates and my wife crewing me on the route.
I will quickly just give you a breakdown of what the route looks like:


The purpose of me blogging about this journey is two-fold. Firstly to give you UltraRunners some insight into my training and race preparation and then to make sure I help other runners with some tips on completing their first ultra.

So I have been thinking about how I am going to change up my training from earlier this year when I prepared for the Mt Moodie race at the SA Ultra Champs.

I will be focusing on the following. Leave your comments below if you have any advice;

  • I have one word and that is consistency. The aim is to keep my volume consistent and also conservative. Covering ultra-distances in training is risky in my view.
  • Mimicking race terrain and conditions will be my second focus. Most of my training will be in Roodepoort in Johannesburg and in Limpopo, running in the Wolkberg.
  • Another important aspect of my training will be on how to power hike on the trails. I think this is a very important point, because when you are competing in an ultra-distance event there will be walking and you need to be economical.
  • Focus on nailing my nutrition down to where I know exactly what I will be using every hour on race day
  • Respecting the distance of the event.
  • Making sure I have the right gear and that I train with the gear every time I hit the trails for my long runs.
  • Figuring out how best to pace myself for the type of terrain I will be covering. No point in blowing up halfway into the race.
  • Last point will be to learn from others in the community and then figuring out what will work for me. I know some fantastic runners that have mountains of experience.

Later, I will dive deeper into what my exact training plan will be, but for now I am running consistently and cross training ( Weights & MTB) to make sure I have what it takes come race day.

My motivation will be channelled into my training and arming myself with the right tools, training plan, and support group to make the journey a successful one.

Entries to the UTCT is now open and the 65k is a really cool distance for your second ultra. The terrain will be incredible and the international elites running the event will be amazing.


This year’s event is going to be amazing and on par with international events like UTMB. There will be international athletes, live tracking, big sponsorships and international photography just to name a few.

Until next time!


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Big Dreamer...Loving Husband to a beautiful wife :) Runner and Wannabee UltraRunner! Takes life too seriously.
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