Daniel Rowland’s Jungle Trail Run & 5 Tips for taking on a multi-day stage trail run

Daniel Rowland

Daniel Roland – 2013 KAEM Winner (HermienWebb Photography)

Zimbabwean born Daniel Rowland joins us once again on this edition of Trail Talk SA. Daniel won the 2013 Atacama Crossing as well as the 2013 KAEM and now has his sights set on the Jungle Trail Run in Peru in May which forms part of the Beyond the Ultimate trail running series.

Daniel talks about his how he trains in specific ‘blocks’ and what his taper for this race will entail. Daniel also gives us 5 tips for the brand new trail runner starting out in the sport as well as 5 awesome tips to taking on your first multi-day stage race.

If you would like to follow Daniel’s journey you can visit his website here, Facebook page here or drop him a tweet here.

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Ryan Sandes Runs Transgrancanaria & Landie Greyling’s Multi-Stage Trail Run Workshop at SSISA – Trail Talk SA Episode 19

Ryan sandesThis week on Trail Talk SA, Brad Brown:

Caught up with Ryan Sandes shortly before his departure for the Canary Islands to take part in the Transgrancanaria this coming weekend. Ryan tells us about how his year has gone from a training perspective and what he hopes to achieve in 2014. Ryan also talks about the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

Found out about the Sports Science Institute of Southern Africa’s Multi-Stage Trail Run Workshop that is taking place on 3 March in Cape Town from Landie Greyling. Landie, who will be one of the speakers on the night tells us what you can expect if you attend the workshop (You can get more info and sign up here). Landie also talks about the upcoming AfricanX that she is running just a few weeks from now. Continue reading

The Whale of Trail with Graham Bird, The Barefoot Runner and Robin Hide from Modern Athlete – Trail Talk SA Episode 18


The first episode of Trial Talk SA for the year sees us chat about a brand new race on the South African Trail Running Calendar for 2014, we take a look at a website that specialises in minimalist shoes and we also chat about the latest Modern Athlete. On this week’s trail running podcast:

whale-trailGraham Bird from Mountain Runner Events joins us to tell us about a new race that they’ve added to the 2014 South African Trail Running Calendar called the Whale of Trail. Dave tells us about the race, how you can enter and what to expect. You can find out more and enter online here. Dave also recently competed at the World Adventure Racing world champs in Costa Rica and he tells us a little bit about that experience.

We chat about minimalist running on the trails with barefoot Dave Els. Dave has a website called The Barefoot Runner where you can buy the latest minimalist trail shoes.

Also touch base with Robin Hide from Modern Athlete to find out what is in the January edition from a trail running perspective. You can read the mag online here.

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Deon Braun from GO Multi & Trail Magazine talks Trail Running, Media and the Sky Run – Trail Talk SA Episode 17

Deon BraunAnother brand new episode of Trail Talk SA this week sees Brad catch up with Deon Braun, the founder of GO Multi and Trail Magazine. Deon and Brad talk about the recent decision that Deon has made to pull the plug on the print version of GO Multi and the decision to keep the website going. Deon also spoke about the growth of trail running in South Africa and described how the sport is where mountain biking was a few years ago. Deon also ran the recent Sky Run and spoke about his experience on the mountain. Check out GO Multi and Trail Magazine online.

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The Aftermath of the Salomon Sky Run with Adrian Saffy, Andrew Mckay & Nathalie Romeo – Trail Talk SA Episode 16

2013 Sky Run

Photo Credit: Kelvin Trautman

By all accounts last week’s 2014 Salomon Sky Run turned out to be an epic experience. We thought on this week’s episode of Trail Talk SA we would speak to some of the people involved, behind the scenes and as athletes. On Episode 16:

Brad spoke to one of the race organisers Adrian Saffy about what went into the decision to call the race off midway through the event. The pair discussed the events leading up to the call being made and how difficult it was to get the athletes off the mountain.

Andrew Mckay described to Brad what it was like to be on the mountain in the midst of the storm. Andrew told Brad about a stretch of the race where the winds really created havoc for him and his fellow athletes.

Brad caught up with Nathalie Romeo about her experience. As you will hear Nathalie has already forgotten the hardships endured and is ready for the 2014 Sky Run.

As mentioned on this week’s show, if you want to start running or know someone who wants to start running check out Brad’s webinar here.

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AJ Calitz wins the Redbull Lionheart & Richtersveld entries about to open – Trail Talk SA Episode 15

This week on Trail Talk SA we chat to the winner of one of South Africa’s unique trail running events and we catch up with a race organiser that is well known for putting on spectacular events. On Episode 15 we:

Caught up with AJ Calitz following his win at the 2013 Redbull Lionheart this past weekend. AJ tells us what the competition was like this weekend in Cape Town as well as why he was disappointed in his Otter African Trail run performance in 2013. We also touched base on what is next for AJ. Brad asked AJ if he could give three tips that could help inexperienced trail runners get better and AJ shared a few absolute gems, in particularly about climbing.

Spoke to Owen Middleton about the Richtersveld Wild Run, which is due to be run for the first time in June 2014. Owen told us about the four stages and what you can expect as well as their philosophy as a race organiser. Owen and Brad also spoke about the Lesotho Wildrun and what you can expect if you are planning on running that. To find out more about those two events or to enter them click here.

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Redbull Lionheart

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The Redbull Lionheart with Ryan Sandes and Trail Running in the Modern Athlete – Trail Talk SA Episode 14

Ryan sandesCape Town is synonymous for trail running and this weekend sees a race take place that will be run for the second time, the Redbull Lionheart. On Trail Talk SA this week:

  • We caught up with the founder of the Redbull Lionheart, trail runner extraordinaire Ryan Sandes. Running up and down Lions Head is an impressive feat on any day but taking it on in a knockout race-format elevates the challenge to another level. We chat to Ryan about the race and what you can expect as a spectator. To find out more visit the website here. Brad and Ryan also chat a bit about Ryan’s recent victory in Patagonia.
  • Robin Hide from Modern Athlete tells us what you can expect in the November edition from a trail running perspective. You can read the latest edition of the Modern Athlete here.

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2013 KAEM Champion Daniel Rowland, Edward Chapman runs 7 & Clive Smart talks Ilanga Trails – Trail Talk SA Episode 13


Sixty three brave trail runners made their way across the Kalahari desert this past week as part of the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon. We followed their progress and are pleased to report that of the 63 that started 59 were able to complete the 250km journey. On Trail Talk SA this week:

  • We chat to the 2013 champion Daniel Rowland about his race. We also chatted about the route as well as how his Dad, Jonathan, and brother, Brian, went. Brad also,  finds out what is next on Daniel’s radar.
  • Edward Chapman also joins us to chat about the KAEM. Edward has now completed seven KAEM’s  more than anyone else.
  • We caught up with Clive Smart from Ilanga Trails. Clive told Brad about some of the amazing trails on offer in Mpumalanga as well as the Trail Safari’s that they offer to trail runners on trails such as the Fanie Botha, Kaapschehoop and Magoebaskloof. You can find out more about Ilanga Trails by visiting their website or follow them on Twitter.

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Daniel Rowland winning the 2013 KAEM with his brother Brian also completing the race

The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon with Daniel Rowland & Jacques von Wielligh talks his 9 Peaks Challenge – Trail Talk SA Episode 12

Into a brand new week of Trail Talk SA and we look at another race. This week Brad Brown:

  • Caught up with Daniel Rowland who is in South Africa ahead of the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon. 250km over 6 days through the searing Northern Cape. Daniel is no stranger to Trail Talk SA, we caught up with him following his win in the Atacama crossing, and we touch base with him again ahead of this weekend’s race. You can follow Daniel’s progress through the desert on his webiste or follow him on Twitter here.
  • Spoke about a really cool adventure that Jacques von Wielligh has embarked on, the 9 Peaks Challenge. Jacques is in the process of running up the highest peak in each province in South Africa. If you want to follow Jacques journey you can by visiting his website or following him on Twitter.

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