What goes up must come down | Tips for coming down a mountain

18 August 2016
With close to 3500m of elevation gain, the Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra Skymarathon® is no small feat. Mountainous, technical terrain over a grueling 55km will challenge even the fittest and most experienced of runners. If you’re running it for the first time, your training plan no doubt includes a fair amount of uphill climbing, but it’s important not to neglect the fact that you need to...

How to Climb

02 August 2016
The Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra Skymarathon® is no small feat. 55km of technical, challenging terrain and around 3500m of elevation gain. Bet your glutes tweaked at the thought of that! Top South African pro, Ryno Griesel, is no stranger to mountains, in fact, he relishes in them.  Griesel co-holds the men’s and overall 220km Drakensberg Grand Traverse record with Ryan Sandes (they did it in...

Getting to know the Swellendam Hiking Trail

28 July 2016
The Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra Skymarathon® (MMC) is a 55km grueling trail race, with roughly 3494m of elevation gain and 3493m of descent over the course. Starting and finishing in the small, quaint and historical town of Swellendam, trail runners spend roughly 90% of the race inside the Marloth Nature Reserve following the paths and trails of the Swellendam Hiking Trail, a tough, six-day...

'Aint no Mountain High Enough - Marloth Mountain Challenge

08 June 2016
With June already upon us, it’s a great time to take stock of your trail achievements thus far, and plan your calendar for the second half of the year. There are loads of incredible races to choose from, but if a unique wilderness, pure trail and authentic high mountain experience is what you’re after, then it’s time for you to consider the Marloth Mountain Challenge. Whether you want to attempt...

Rukadza & Soggot claim back to back Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge titles

21 April 2016
The 6th edition of the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge, and the first of three big races in the Mountain Challenge Series, took place this Sunday in the majestic Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, with its alpine like peaks and valleys.  Just over 800 runners steeled themselves for what would be an epic day out in unusually hot conditions. In the men’s 38km race, defending champion Bernard Rukadza was...

Malicious course tampering at JMC raises bigger concerns

19 April 2016
19 April 2016 – Cape Town: A large number of trail runners participating in the 6th Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC), which took place on Sunday 17 April 2016 in the Jonkershoek Valley near Stellenbosch, were misdirected off-course when other users in the area - seemingly irritated with the event - purposefully misdirected the race route markings.  The 38, 24 & 11km JMC routes take place...

Race Report - Helderberg Mountain Challenge and Mountain Run 2010

15 March 2016
Last Saturday, 100 runners took on the exciting new Helderberg Mountain Challenge and Mountain run in the most beautiful sunny and calm conditions. This new route, organised by Wildrunner Events, is destined to be one of the great mountain trail challenges in years to come, with records being set by top runners such as Michael Bailey and Alae Brand. But one thing is for sure, these records will...

THE HELDERBERG MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE 2011 – RACE REPORT

15 March 2016
Watching the weather leading up to event day was a stressful experience.  Even on Saturday as Dave and I spent 5 hours marking the three routes, Sunday’s weather was still up in the air (no pun intended).  But fortune was smiling on the 2nd edition of the Helderberg Mountain Challenge, and the serious weather delayed its arrival until Monday morning. This year brought two new additions to the...

HMC 2012 Photos

15 March 2016
HMC 2012 Photos

HELDERBERG MOUNTAIN BITES BACK - 2013 RACE REPORT

15 March 2016
Over 550 trail runners arrived at the Helderberg Nature Reserve on Sunday morning, for the fourth Helderberg Mountain Challenge (HMC). Despite the perfect weather conditions, there was still plenty of drama as the runners pushed the envelope on technical mountain trails high in the spectacular Helderberg mountains. Read the full 2013 race report here. HMC 2013 Photos