My #DesertRun4NMCH – Using Sport to Give Back

Many South Africans are using their participation in sporting activities from running marathons to climbing mountains to raise awareness and funds for social causes and to make a difference in society. Supported by the reach and popularity of social media as well as crowdfunding platforms, these initiatives have the increased potential to influence meaningful change.... Continue Reading →

Grand to Grand Ultra 2016 – Final Stage

1 October 2016 The 2016 Grand to Grand Ultra is done and dusted. We finished the 273km race earlier this morning with a final 12km stage. Although short in distance, it was a tough uphill run with an elevation gain of more than 800m. But with the finishing line at the Grand Staircase, and spectacular views... Continue Reading →

Grand to Grand Ultra 2016 – Stage 5

30 September 2016 Greetings from Camp 6 at the end of Stage 5 of the Grand to Grand Ultra. A tough but amazing day of running through slot canyons and river beds. I finished the 42km stage in 5h33, in 20th position on the day. Last night was really challenging after most runners’ had to go to... Continue Reading →

Grand to Grand Ultra 2016 – Stage 4

29 September 2016 Greetings from Camp 5 at the end of Stage 4 of the Grand to Grand Ultra. I finished today’s 42km stage in 6h02, and 26th position on the day. It was a better day for running with more hard sand and dirt roads at least until 25km. After that, the drama started. First we had... Continue Reading →

Grand to Grand Ultra 2016 – Stage 3

28 September 2016 Greetings from Camp 4 at the end of Stage 3 of the Grand to Grand Ultra. The Long Stage – 84km – is done and dusted. This was probably the toughest long stage that I’ve done in my 8 desert races. More than 1500m elevation gain, with more than 75% of the course over... Continue Reading →

Grand to Grand Ultra – What’s in the bag?

Greetings from Kanab in the United States. Only two days to go before the start of the 2016 Grand to Grand Ultra… Participants in multi-day, self-sufficient, desert races face many challenges. These include the weather, terrain, injuries, blisters, tiredness, thirst, lack of comfort and privacy, etc. But there is one challenge which ultimately could make... Continue Reading →

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