Scenic Talbot Trail sucks in runners

2014-06-12 00:00

A cold crisp morning greeted runners as they arrived at Maweni Trail Centre on the Table Mountain road just outside Pietermaritzburg for the first event in the Talbot Trail Run Series on Saturday.

The sponsors were afraid the frigid temperatures might keep the runners at bay, but the crowd swelled and the atmosphere warmed as runners sipped warm tea and coffee.

A slight delay in the start grew the anticipation of the trail and soon the runners were off, all 350 of them in one mass start, the cold morning completely forgotten. The trails at Maweni have been purpose-built, offering flowing and bouncy single tracks on both the shorter 7 km and longer 14 km courses.

Often running seems effortless as the track sucks runners in and keeps them thinking where to place their next foot. The views into the Umgeni Valley are spectacular, giving a strong feel of being in the wilderness. The setting is apt with the Duzi-Umgeni Conservation Trust being the charity benefactor of the series of events.

Small cash prizes are awarded to the winning men and women of both courses (full results on The next event in the series takes place on June 21 on top of Pietermaritzburg’s Table Mountain. Visit for entries.

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