Trail Tales – an Introduction
I love to share a great story and be encouraged by the amazing men and women in the trailing community. Trail Tales is my way to share some of these stories so that we can be encouraged and learn more about our fellow trail runners. If you would like to share your story, please email me at Dawn.
How did you start trail running?
I used to do mountain biking as my main sport and did a little bit of trail running – twice a week – to keep fit for my cycling. I love nature – hearing the birds and connected more (with nature). Then I fell in love with the trail running community. Very welcoming and friendly and the people have inspired me more to be on the trails. This is how trail running became more of a passion for me.
Which trail race/ run is your favourite and why?
Lynford Trail Race at Ixopo, KZN, most definitely! It is rural, peaceful and the nature is amazing. It is at the School – so supporting them with this amazing well – organised event.
What is your favourite snack/ fuel during your trail runs?
Raceday Sport Nutrition. Energy bars with oats especially are my favourite fuels.
What animal would best describe you and why?
I love birds. The Kingfisher is my favourite. It gets what it wants and goes for it!
What is your favourite quote?
Tell us a bit about yourself, outside of running
Grew up in Inanda. Went to Hlengimpilo Primary and then on to Mqhawe High School. I have just completed my Human Resource (HR) Management and I am currently looking for an HR or admin role. Family is very important to me. Respect and Love others are family values which I have been taught from a young age. I love connecting with the youth in Inanda and started the Inanda Trail running Club.
The club’s vision is to see the youth and children of Inanda having a good relationship with one another through sport and to decrease the crime rate in our community.
The trail running community is an amazing group of individuals. Take a look at the Inanda Trail Running Page and see if you are able to help Mmeli and them out in any way. It is people like Mmeli, who are selfless in helping others, that inspire me to share encouragement and the beauty of the trails too!