Trail runners converge for a weekend of fun and exercise

2019-10-16 06:00
Hayfields residents (from left) Lisa de Winnaar, Brendan de Winnaar, Andre van Vuuren, and Claudia van Vuuren after enjoying the Glencairn Trail Run this past weekend in Himeville. PHOTO: Maryann Shaw

Hayfields residents (from left) Lisa de Winnaar, Brendan de Winnaar, Andre van Vuuren, and Claudia van Vuuren after enjoying the Glencairn Trail Run this past weekend in Himeville. PHOTO: Maryann Shaw

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THE GlencarinTrail Run took place this weekend, from October 12 to October 13, in Himeville near the base of the Sani Pass.

The fun and challenging weekend of camping and running has established itself as one of Kwa­Zulu-Natal’s favourite two-day trail running events, offering a “Ram Run” and a “Lamb Run” to cater to different levels of runner.

With the Saturday afternoon spent relaxing on the farm or enjoying yoga, and entertainment provided in the evening, the event attracts young and old, including families.

Event-goer Courtney Christie from New Hanover said of the weekend: “It’s all about family and friends — you see the same people every year, and they bring friends and you meet new people — as much as it’s for the running its also for the ‘jol’ on the Saturday night.”

Joe Mandy from Mooi River went to Glencairn for a weekend off, with a balance between getting some exercise and having fun, saying: “The trail run was awesome; it was both beautiful and tough. It’s always great to come up here and we look forward to coming back next year.”

Sharleen Lupke from Lynford Park says she runs as therapy because her job as a prosecutor is very stressful. “It was a beautiful experience, the people are so friendly and relaxed; there are people from all over. The yoga was amazing and finishing dancing at 1 am was fun too. The floating bridge was also fun.”

Ross Palframan, a 15-year-old St Charles pupil from Wembley who came third in the Lamb Run at the event (12km/8km), said: “I love these routes and the trails that they make. We love coming back every year; this is our third time here.”

Glencairn Farm has become known for its hosting of sports events and weddings, and is the start venue of the KAP sani2c mountain bike stage race, held in May every year. — Supplied.

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