Summer Series 3for2 special OPEN! Drakensberg Trail Project and Monties Race Report.

Summer Series Opens Next Week with 3for2 Special

Entries for Summer Series 2019 have opened with a crazy 3for2 special!

Valid for until Friday, 13 September 2019 – enter all 3 but only pay for 2!

Spend your summer on the trails – three inland fantastic venues, plenty of adventure and a crazy warm trail community.

Summer Series Information

  • Dates: 03 November – 01 December 2019
  • Events: Dusi Trails, Honey Trails and Hilton College
  • Courses: Short, Medium and Long Courses Available

For More Information and Entries:

For Individual Events:

Summer Series
Dusi Trails

  • Date: Sunday, 3 November 2019
  • Venue: Ashburton Training Centre, Pietermaritzburg
  • Distances: 6km | 14km | 20km

Summer Series
Honey Trails

  • Date: Sunday, 17 November 2019
  • Venue: Honey Trails, Monteseel
  • Distances: 5km | 10km | 15km

Summer Series
Hilton College

  • Date: Sunday, 01 December 2019
  • Venue: Hilton College, Hilton
  • Distances: 5km | 10km | 20km

Click below for more information and entries:

Drakensberg Trail Project

This is just the beginning. The beginning of something that has been gnawing at me, something that needs action and attention.

The Drakensberg Trail Project aims to assist with the re-establishment of the network of trails that exists in the Drakensberg. This function has fallen off the list of priorities of Ezemvelo as they struggle to maintain even basic infrastructure. But the trails are needed to keep people going there and to allow safe passage into the mountains.

For now all you can do is follow this FB page: 

Soon we will set off on our first mission, but first there is some groundwork to do with Ezemvelo.

This project is inclusive and aims to bring people and groups together with a common purpose. Its about using the resources we have to create something simple (trails are simple), but great.
Join me.

Yours in trail

Andrew Booth

The "new" Monties at Mahai

The field of 200 runners set off in Batches from 5:30am with clouds still hanging around the mountains. These clouds pulled back to reveal clear views and snow on the top of the escarpment – a winter wonderland!

The racing was fierce at the front of the field, with Gijima Trust runners Perfect Dlamini and Kwenza Ngubane pushing each other to the top of the Sentinel, but Dlamini took off from there, claiming the win in 4:34:53, just 12min off the record and 22min ahead of second placed Ngubane (4:56:06). Chris Cherry was close behind, rounding out the podium in 5:03:15.

In the women’s race, Isla Still had a great run maintaining her lead from early on to finish in 5:55:09 and an impressive 12th overall! Helen Buley ran a consistent race in second place, finishing in 6:16:41 with Kirst Roux in third (6:45:41).

The extended cut-offs introduced this year took the pressure off the back of the field, making the MAS more accessible than ever. This led to a relaxed atmosphere in the race village at Mahai Campsite, another new introduction to the 2019 event. “It was great to see runners, families and friends enjoying the great offering that Mahai presents” said Event organiser, Andrew Booth of KZN Trail Running. “With a move in trail running towards experiential offerings that can include families, we feel that the new look of Monties will stand it in good stead moving forward”.

For the first time in a 20year association with the race, RNNP Manager, Stephen Richert was on the start line as a participant! Despite knowing these mountains better than most, he was still blown away by the majesty of the area and the challenge that participants undertake in the name of conservation. “Managing this wilderness area is a huge undertaking and the funds raised from the Mont Aux Sources Challenge are critical in safeguarding its future” he said, acknowledging the donation made by each participant through their entry.

Although the weekend and personal triumphs are now only a memory, they are memories full of spectacular weather, warm people and of privilege to be able to experience the mountains in all their rawness.