750 runners enjoy Underberg trail race

The Glencairn Trail Run took place on Glencairn Farm near Underberg over the weekend of October 12-14, and despite rainy conditions on the first day, runners enjoyed trails, a weekend away camping, and for some, a party with live entertainment on the Saturday night.

Underberg local Phillip Shezi took the Men’s title in what is known as the “Ram Run”, which consists of a 21km stage on the Saturday and an 18km run on the Sunday, in a total time of 2:44:37. Phillip came third in last year’s Sani Stagger and says he is looking to better that performance by winning this year’s event in November.

World Champ

Simon Purdon from Hilton was second with 2:47:57 and Durban’s World Champion paddler Hank McGregor came third in a time of 2:54:09. Hank said of the weekend: “It was a great two days out, a little wet underfoot on the first day, but stage 2 was beautiful. It was a bit misty so we did not get the same sightseeing that we did last year. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s a great family affair and I recommend it to everyone.”

Runners experienced stunning trails and scenery at the Glencairn two-day Trail Run near Underberg. Pictures by Kevin Sawyer

Megan Liebetrau from Umhlanga won the Ram Run Women’s race with a GC time of 3:15:51, Harriet Kingston was second in 3:28:06 and Michelle de Montille third with 3:30:23.

Megan said she enjoyed the Saturday night entertainment as much as the running: “It’s always one of my favourite weekends of the year, I love Glencairn so much. This year was a bit different with the weather, but we had an awesome time on the muddy switchbacks. We can always count on the biggest jol on the Saturday, although it does make the Sunday a bit tougher.”

Flanked by organisers Tamika Haw and Owen Gander, are Women’s Ram Run winners, (from left) Michelle de Montille (third), Meg Liebetrau (first) and Harriet Kingston (second).

Lamb Run

The “Lamb Run” event offers distances of 12km on the Saturday and 8km on Sunday. Children as young as 8 finished the Lamb Run, and families camping together had some family members running and others enjoying the farm while waiting for the runners to finish.

In the Men’s Lamb Run, Arnold Scot came first with a GC time of 1:40:27, Ross Palframan was second (1:41:19) and Jonty Smith third (1:46:38). In the Women’s Lamb Run, Abigail Peters was first (1:55:21), Sarah Bingham second (2:06:29) and Minette van den Berg finished third (2:09:04).

This event was established in 2016 with 125 runners taking part, and has grown into one of the most popular trail running stage races in KZN, with 750 runners this year enjoying a fully catered weekend camping on the farm.