Winter Series Faulklands Trail

2016-06-22 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Trent Payton, Peter Haw and Pete Jacobs tackle the second crossing of the Umngeni River on the Winter Series Faulklands Trail Run.

PHOTO: supplied Trent Payton, Peter Haw and Pete Jacobs tackle the second crossing of the Umngeni River on the Winter Series Faulklands Trail Run.

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THE second event in the KZNTR Winter Series 2016 took place in cold, overcast conditions on Faulklands Farm, just outside Pietermaritzburg.

The winter series is composed of three trail running events organised by KZN Trail Running in the Pietermaritzburg area and held annually in winter.

The first event took place at Hilton College on 22 May, Faulklands Trail on Sunday, 12 June and the final event will take place at Table Mountain on 26 June.

The two features of the 2016 Faulklands Trail, the amended seven-kilometre route and the river crossings, did not disappoint participants.

“I live 30 minutes away in Pietermaritzburg yet didn’t know that such beautiful areas existed so close to the city. Trail running gets me into those unexpected places,” said Colin Boyes, a participant on the seven-kilometre route.

The medium (13km) and long (22km) course runners took on two challenging river crossings, more than knee deep.

“This course has a bit o f everything, but the river crossings are the signature feature of the Faulklands Trail. While some approach them with trepidation, they are exciting and adventurous,” said race director Andrew Booth, from KZN Trail Running.

Salomon-sponsored athletes, Claude Eksteen and Trish Bahlmann, took the top men’s and lady’s honours in the 22km event in 1:39 and 1:56 respectively.

Full results from the event are available on

The final event at Table Mountain is iconic within the local community being shrouded in folklore. It offers panoramic views of the Msunduzi and Umngeni valleys and for the first time will feature a 20km route in addition to the 14km and seven-kilometre options.

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Pre-entries close at 12pm on 24 June on www.kzntrailrun

Late entries are avail-able at the start, but an approximate R40 surcharge applies.

Under 18s are exempt

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