Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running Diary Note
Comrades champion Mthembu confirmed for UTD 2019
Underberg - Defending up and down Comrades champion Bongmusa Mthembu and
his Arthur Ford team-mate Thuso Mosiea will be taking part in the SDR30,
the shortest event at the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival of Trail
Running from 26-28 April.
Mthembu showed his road running class when he went back-to-back at
Comrades 2018 after his up run victory the year before.
He has become a household name in road running circles and having
started his career close to the Southern Drakensberg in the town of
Bulwer he is honoured to have been asked to come and run the 30km trail
"I am grateful that I have the opportunity to run along the trails of
the Drakensberg," Mthembu said. "To have the chance to train at that
altitude is always great and I am looking forward to running there
because it is always so beautiful."
Mthembu will be in Cape Town the week before for the Old Mutual Two
Oceans Marathon so he will be in a bit of a recovery phase when he gets
into the mountains which means that racing will take a back seat as he
continues his build-up for a potential hat-trick at the Comrades on 9
"Obviously trail running is a lot slower than road running and far more
technical so I will be taking it easy over the 30km.
"I am going to enjoy the experience and if I have to walk through some
of the technical sections then I will. There is a high chance of injury
if I try and go too hard so I will be avoiding that as much as I can.
"It is a good chance for me to have some fun, which I am looking forward
to!" the South African 100km record holder said.
Despite his dominance on the road Mthembu explains that a lot of their
training is done off road.
“We run a lot on the track as well as on gravel roads, very little of
our training is done on the tar roads.”
Mthembu has got clear-cut goals for the upcoming Two Oceans and with the
Comrades just under two months post-Two Oceans he is happy with where he
is from a training perspective at the moment.
“We always go into the Two Oceans with a distance in mind and I will
have to see how I feel at that distance as to how I approach the rest of
“I am injury-free at the moment and confident and excited about what the
next few months has in store of me and the team,” he added.
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Current Comrades Marathon
champion Bongmusa Mthembu has committed to running the SDR30, the
shortest of the distances at this year's Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg
Festival of Trail Running from 26-28 April.
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