Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running Diary Note
Entry deadline approaches for UTD hopefuls
Underberg – As the closing of entries draws nearer, the Ultra-Trail®
Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running is not only a Ultra Distance
focused event with the GCU62 and the SDR30 providing runners with more
than manageable distances in a pristine mountain surrounding from 26-28
Apart from the UTD160, which has garnered the reputation of being the
toughest 100 miler in the country, a 100 mile race appeals to a very
specific market so Running Man Adventures’ Spurgeon Flemington offers
shorter events for the less distance focussed mountain runners.
“We needed to give people that love trail running but don’t necessarily
want to run the really long distances an option,” he said.
“We find that the Giants Cup Uncut (GCU62) is one of the more popular
distances because it is a brilliant route and the 13 hour cut off makes
“Taking on the fabled five day Giants Cup hiking trail in one go is
something that is a major drawcard and provides runners with a uniquely
pure trail running experience.”
The GCU62 takes in the beauty of the Gxalingenwa Gorge, the Cobham
Nature Reserve, Garden Castle, Swiman Hut in the shadow of Rhino Peak
and Langalibalele Pass to the finish at Bushman’s Nek Hotel.
The 30km SDR30 is an event that is specifically geared to those that are
making their way in trail running and might be looking for a race that
is challenging but not too extreme along another beautiful route.
Runners set off at 14:30 from Castleburn Farm and the race offers the
unique experience of running through dusk and into the evening. It is an
opportunity for runners to experience night running without having to do
the longer distances.
As the entry deadline looms large, Flemington is hopeful that there will
be a take up of entries for the shorter races at the end of April.
“The event is still about a month away which gives people more time to
prepare if they want to come and take part.
“We try to offer something completely unique to each of the events and
to be able to run into the sunset is something that we think will be
quite appealing,” Flemington added.
The UTD160 is an event that will challenge the toughest of mountain
runner with the first 72km taking place almost entirely above 3000m
above sea level.
Along with runners scaling Thabane Ntlenyana, who stands 3482m above the
sea and is the highest peak in Southern Africa, it is going to be one of
the ultimate tests for those taking part.
The UTD100, which is now in its third year, starts with a climb up Sani
Pass from the border post before returning down the pass and onto the
pristine mountain trail.
The point-to-point race will also finish at Bushman’s Nek Hotel with a
cut-off time of 26 hours.
All of the distances hold significance in that they are all Ultra-Trail®
Mont Blanc qualifiers.
UTD have introduced a Time Jackpot Prize for runners that can complete
any of the events under a certain time.
This year in the men’s category of the UTD160 if you can complete the
race in under 24 hours then you will be in line to win R20 000.
For the women the time has been set at 27 hours. 2018 didn’t have a lady
finisher so there is a dual prize up for grabs should a woman finish the
UTD160 this year and go under 27 hours.
For the UTD100 the time for the men has been set at 12 hours and the
women at 14 hours.
In the GCU62 the jackpot time to beat for the men is six hours and for
the women it is seven hours.
If more than one runner finishes under the jackpot time then the prize
money is shared amongst them.
Entries for the event close on Friday, 29 March.
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Runners that are not as
distance orientated as the UTD160 and UTD100 runners are encouraged to
get their entries in for the GCU62 or SDR30 before entries close this
Friday ahead of the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg from 26-28 April.
With just a few days before
entries close this Friday ahead of the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg from
26-28 April, runners wanting to get the best of the Southern Drakensberg
without the ultra-distances will have the option of entering the 62km
event (GCU62) or 30km (SDR30) event.
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