Riverside Trail Runners
Our Trail Tales Buzz is the founder of Riverside Trail Running group in Durban North. To find out more about this amazing group, or to join them for a run, get in touch on their Riverside Trail Facebook page. Also, take a look at the Riverside Trail Ali Poker Run Blog.
How did you start Trail Running?
In 2007 I was offered an entry into the Rhodes event that was apparently difficult to enter as there was a long waiting list. I thought it was a road run in Grahamstown at the Rhodes University. Only later did I hear that it was a trail run at a little town called Rhodes where temperatures drop to well into freezing. I bit the bullet and did it enjoying every minute of the 50 kms. A year later, 2008 I finished the gruelling Cape Oddesy 5 day multistage event and became totally sold and obsessed.
What is your favourite trail race and why?
The Zini multi-stage Trail in Mntunzini. The two day event offers a variety of terrain and an interesting series of trails with some beach and bush.
Favourite food/ snack during your trail runs?
Jelly babies and coke or Powerade
What animal would best describe you and why?
Jack Russell. From 04h30 to 10h00 each day as I am busy.
The more you practice the luckier you get
Tell us a bit about yourself outside of running
I am a financial advisor, a bee keeper, a Harley Davidson and BMW biker. I get involved in Community Police Forums and love gardening. In my spare time I enjoy wood work.
What is the most memorable time on the trail?
After seeing pictures of the Mweni Trail west of Bergville I vowed to enter this beautiful 40 km run. When I finally entered and started the run an almighty snow storm began and left us ankle deep in snow. At the end of the day I saw no beauty; just snow plus lucky to be alive. I will have to return when the sun is shining.
Trail Tales shares the stories of everyday trail runners, inspirations and some great quotes. If you would like to read some other tales, check out Justin and Mmeli. I feel even more honoured to be part of our amazing trail community learning a little about some of our fellow trail runners.