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Trail Du Mont Rochelle entries are OPEN!

@TrailduMont Rochelle entries are OPEN! Only 200 entries available! @AdventureIncSA @VIVOBAREFOOTZA @MRNRhiking

Trail Du Mont Rochelle entries are OPEN!

Trail Du Mont Rochelle – 20KM Long Route

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Entries are now open and can be viewed here: Enter TdMR

Race distances:
R 275 – Long Route: 20km, includes 1368m elevation gain
R 195 – Short Route: 13km, includes 857m elevation gain
R 100 – Fun Route: 8km, includes 463m e…

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Trail Du Mont Rochelle promises an awesome trail experience!

Trail Du Mont Rochelle promises an awesome trail experience! @traildumont @AdventureIncSA @MRNRhiking

Trail Du Mont Rochelle promises an awesome trail experience!

Literally on the edge of the French Corner awaits a trail experience second to none!

Packed with lung-bursting climbs, glorious open single track, breathtaking descends with equally breathtaking views over valleys that once were the roaming grounds of the majestic elephant! Trail Du Mont Rochelle, a truly magical trail experience,…

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Preparing for a multi-stage race

Preparing for a multi-stage race with @dwrowland. Training, equipment and nutrition. @32Gi @injinji

 Preparing for a multi-stage race

I like stage races. They have all the great elements of trail races: being out in nature, running in great environments and overcoming challenging courses. They also have a few additional considerations that make stage races different to regular trail races: multiple days running in succession, self-sufficiency, and running with a pack. The logistics and…

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Dig in: Darren Holloway Memorial Race

Dig in: Darren Holloway Memorial Race. Well done @RobynKime & @MikeTFOwen! @TheNorthFaseSA #ProudlySA #Fellrunning

Dig in: Darren Holloway Memorial Race

Eyes darting left, right, up and down, I finally spotted my two compatriots bounding recklessly down the near vertical slope to the left of the ridge.


The Darren Holloway Memorial Race, formerly known as the Buttermere Horseshoe, is a classic of England’s Lake Districtfell running calendar. It is a fof many of the hardy local runners, including the late…

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The Jungle Ultra – What an experience!

I saw things that I had seen on TV: leaf-cutter ants wandering in a long line, butterflies the size of birds, thick undergrowth and trees reaching up higher than anything I’ve seen before, and rivers winding and cutting paths through dense jungle.

I have run in three multi-stage desert races in the last two years. I love the desert and kept returning as I learnt more about running in those conditions and living out of a backpack for a week. The multi-stage format appeals to me because of the additional logistics and planning needed to be self-sufficient so I was excited to take on another multi-stage race as my first goal for this year. However, I wanted to do something a little different to the desert and the race that caught my eye was the Jungle Ultra in Peru. The race is organised by Beyond the Ultimate and takes place in the Amazon Jungle. It promises that racers will be challenged to conditions that they have never experienced before (like 70 river crossings), which is exactly what I was looking for.

The race was spectacular! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and all my expectations of a jungle adventure were met. Beyond the Ultimate put on a fantastic event which included a diverse range of stages to give us a full experience of Parque Nacional Manu. The first stage and a half were descending from the Cloud Forest into the Amazon Jungle. The terrain changes from a mountain forest in the higher altitudes of the Andes to a rainforest once inside the Amazon Basin. In terms of running this meant enjoying a cool, wet forest with winding trails and roads and then pushing through hot, humid and muddy jungle stages.

Daniel_Rowland_Jungle_Ultra_Stage_2_2The stages within the jungle were surreal. We crossed rivers about 70 times during the race so we were wet almost the entire week. Some of the crossings were on foot, but we also took zip lines, pulled ourselves across rivers on inflated inner tubes, and took rubber boats and traditional Amazonian river barges. The jungle was also as wild and difficult as I imagined. I was constantly slipping and sliding and trudging through thick mud. A few times I sank deeper than my waist in unseen trenches of mud and many times I was sliding and falling down muddy descents where my shoes lost traction. I saw things that I had seen on TV: leaf-cutter ants wandering in a long line, butterflies the size of birds, thick undergrowth and trees reaching up higher than anything I’ve seen before, and rivers winding and cutting paths through dense jungle. The experience was fantastic and one I will remember for a long time.

My race went well even though I changed my race plan after about 200m on the first stage. I had planned to start off conservatively and get a feel for the altitude, the jungle and the competitors. However, on the first stage I was feeling good and could see my competitors struggling with the altitude so I pushed ahead. During the first two stages I moved into a strong overall lead and could manage my effort for the rest of the race. I ran the last three stages with a Spanish competitor, enjoying the company while sticking to my race plan of trying to win the race overall. Some stages were very tough, like stage 4, which took us six hours to run 36km, and the final stage, which was adjusted to 78km after flooding in some of the river passages we were supposed to run. I was very happy with my result and the way the week had gone. Stage races are unpredictable and hard to run well even with good preparation so I couldn’t have been happier when I arrived at the finish.

If you’re thinking about running a stage race I highly recommend taking on the challenge! It’s a journey that starts with preparation and hard work, includes the fun of planning and testing gear along the way, and ends with a rewarding experience during the race. Next week I’ll post some details and information about my preparation process so you have some ideas about how to train for your own multi-stage race.

[Call for comments]
Are you interested in stage running and don’t know where to start? What information would be more useful to you to help you get going?
Leave your comment and questions for Daniel below.

Picture credit: Beyond the Ultimate – Martin Paldan
Jungle Ultra
Daniel’s iRunFar race report
Coach Ian Waddell

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The Jungle Ultra - What an experience! @dwrowland @32gi @Injinji The Jungle Ultra - What an experience! I saw things that I had seen on TV: leaf-cutter ants wandering in a long line, butterflies the size of birds, thick undergrowth and trees reaching up higher than anything I’ve seen before, and rivers winding and cutting paths through dense jungle.

Matroosberg Revenge! Newest addition to Matroosberg Trail Challenge

Matroosberg Revenge! Newest addition to @MatroosbergTC. 50km High altitude run. @SkyrunningSA cc @krissymoehl

The Matroosberg Revenge! is the newest addition to the Matroosberg Trail Challenge. It’s a tough mountain run set in the Matroosberg mountains.

The route mainly follows the SkyMarathon® route with the biggest difference being the drop down into De Doorns (Hex river valley) and then the climb back out again essentially adding some 5 more hours to your glorious mountain experience!

UltraMTCThe run is not…

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Daniel Rowland - Endurance and stage racer. RTC contributor.

Daniel Rowland - Endurance and stage racer now contributing to RTC. @dwrowland

Daniel Rowland – Endurance and stage racer. RTC contributor.

This guy can really take some heat! From running in the desert to running in the Jungle, the only issue might be that he would feel a bit claustrophobic!

Not a stranger to distance running and more specifically stage running and MORE specifically Desert running, Daniel knows how to do stage races and more importantly, how to win. Having…

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Matroosberg Trail Challenge - Entries and Ultra info

Matroosberg Trail Challenge - Entries and Ultra info. How much hurt would you like? @MatroosbergTC @SkyrunningSA

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The communication you’ve been waiting for!

Entries for the Matroosberg Trail Challenge (MTC) will open on Tuesday, 1 July 2014.

After a long silence, we can finally announce that we will indeed include an Ultra Marathon in the 2014 edition of the Matroosberg Trail Challenge! In addition to the great races already included in the MTC, a little more hurt is planned for some of the crazier lot.

W…

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Cape Fold Trail Expedition off to a chilly start

Cape Fold Trail Expedition off to a chilly start. Good luck @Wills_Dom and @BrimbleBen #CFTEX @TheNorthFaceSA

And so it begins.

The Cape Fold Trail Expedition got off to a chilly start in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve this morning but what a glorious day for running!!

Dom Wills and Ben Brimble starting their Cape Fold Trail Expedition with a 35km trip from Jonkershoek Nature Reserve to Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve… with just a little mountain to climb to get there. Just like life isn’t it?

#CFTEX– 8…

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The Cape Fold Trail Expedition - 8 trails in 8 days

The Cape Fold Trail Expedition is here! - 8 trails in 8 days @Wills_Dom @BrimbleBen @thenorthfaceSA #cftex #RunningTheCape

Less than a day away from the start of the epic Cape Fold Trail Expedition!! An expedition such as this has never been undertaken in these mountain ranges before. The initiative is designed to push human physical and mental limits.We’re so excited to be witnessing this as this is something that’s really so close to our hearts; Exploring the (Western) Cape … running! 8 Trails in 8 Days is a great…

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