The Allure of a 1000 Hills has been Answered!

This Sunday morning saw a thundering response by KZN’s trail community, with a record number of participants making this the biggest KZN Trail Running event yet. The 1000 Hills Challenge is one of KZN Trail Running’s Premier Big 6 events and has organically grown to gain a cult status.

Braving the morning chill, hundreds of enthusiastic entrants made their way to the breath-taking banks of Nagle Dam. The morning buzz and energy was contagious, with runners and spectators engaging in friendly banter and many discussing the dos and don’ts of the trails.

Teasing runners with a number of uphill climbs, they definitely cursed the race director for making this one of their toughest races! Despite the challenge, our top finishers stormed through claiming their spots with Gijima Trust athletes breaking records and making their mark. The ladies represented equally strong with the top three females coming in minutes apart.

The Morning's Top Achievers Were:



  1. Perfect Dlamini           3:02:02
  2. Skumbuzo Bhengo   3:07:27
  3. Kwenza Ngubane      3:17:54


  1. Jodine Momberg                   4:00:37
  2. Nomthandazo Mlotshwa   4:03:09
  3. Zoe Papadakis                       4:04:21



  1. Mbhasobhi Gumede  1:33:54
  2. Mxolisi Zondi                  1:33:54
  3. Ayanda Ndlovu             1:34:19


  1. Jo Keppler                 1:58:41
  2. Mary Murray              2:04:16
  3. George Kelly              2:09:20



  1. Mdumiseni Gumede  37:22
  2. Phumlane Dlamini      37:40
  3. Siyanda Mkhize           38:24


  1. Annemie Taljaard       49:01
  2. Belinda Padbury         51:44
  3. Tyra Bolton                    59:20



  1. Mholi Gbane                  18:59
  2. Kwane Zondi                 19:00
  3. Kwanele Mkhize           20:02


  1. Kayliegh Lindeque      23:33
  2. Danika Willemse          25:58
  3. Lindokuhle Mkhize      26:35

The vibrancy of the race village had everyone in high spirits with plenty on offer – craft meals and beverages, sports massages, stretch zones and so much more! With a great family vibe, beautiful trails and fantastic offerings it was an epic way to spend a Sunday morning.

Rarely seen by the public, the journey by foot is something that every trail enthusiast should experience! Till 2020, when the KZN Trail Running team welcomes the new and old to the mesmerising banks of Nagle Dam.

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