Intro to Grant
Grant is one of the most enthusiastic and passionate trail runners that I know. The main reason is that his drive is to help others experience the local trails, no matter what their speed or ability. It is all about camaraderie, experiences and FUN!!
How did you start trail running?
I have run competitively for over 40 years and always loved running x – country. I was introduced to trail by Wayne “The Ledge” Scott, who first showed me the beautiful trails that are right here on our doorstep in Winston Park about 7/8 years ago, and this eventually led to me starting the Winston Park Trail Snakes just over 6 years ago.
What is your favourite trail run?
Shongweni/ Summerveld is my favourite trail run, as the scenery is stunning and varied. These runs are a time for me to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of the Winston Park (WP) Trail Snakes. It’s this type of camaraderie that has kept me involved in running for as long as I have been, and being able to give a little bit back to the running community by organising and sharing these runs with others is a privilege.
Favourite snack during trail runs
Sliced banana is the way to go.
Tell us a bit about yourself outside of running
I am married with 3 beautiful kids, and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am a partner in a law firm, and, through my running and work, I have been able to involve myself, extensively, in raising awareness of and funds for various charities and social issues ranging from the aged and those with life threatening illnesses to rape and anorexia. This brings such an awareness of not only how privileged we are but of the unique position that each of us holds to be able to contribute to others, in some small way.
What is your most memorable time on the trail?
Whenever I run a new trail route for the first time. That sense of the unknown, the pleasure in seeing new sights and sounds for the first time, and the excitement of being able to share the experience with fellow trail runners.
Winston Park Trail Snakes
If you would like to join the WP Trail Snakes on a trail run, get hold of Grant on 082 3884113. The group runs between 8 and 12 km’s and the slowest runner dictates the pace. It is a great way to learn about new trails, meet new people, and get a couple of great photos as a bonus!
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