Lambs and rams revel in Southern Berg trail run
‘Superheroes’ take flight at Glencairn
The two-day Glencairn Trail Run took place in the southern Berg on Glencairn sheep farm near the base of Sani Pass on October 12 and 13, 2019.
The fun and challenging weekend of camping and running has established itself as one of KZN’s favourite trail running events, offering a “Ram Run” (21km, 18km) and a “Lamb Run” (12km/8km) to cater for different levels of runner.
Underberg local Phillip Shezi took the overall men’s title for the third year in a row in the Ram Run, in an overall time of 02:50:13. He said it was a difficult race but he was happy to take the honours for a third time.
Ross Cairns was second in 02:58:41 and said about the weekend: “I had an awesome run, a fast second day as the course was flat and open. Overall the set-up is fantastic, the scenery is amazing, from the switchbacks in the forest, rock gardens, open fields, to crossing rivers and the floating bridge. This is really the best of the outdoors.”
In the women’s Ram Run, Keren Worlock took top honours in 03:10:57 and Mareli van Schalkwyk was second in 03:14:04.
Keren said of her two days of running: “Really, really challenging, but such a beautiful run; I will definitely be back again next year.”
With the Saturday afternoon spent relaxing on the farm or enjoying yoga, and entertainment provided in the evening, the event attracts young and old, including families. This year’s dress-up theme was “Superheroes” which was embraced by a large numbers of the runners.
Courtney Christie from New Hanover said: “It’s all about family and friends – you see the same people every year, and they bring friends and you meet new people – as much as it’s for the running, it’s also for the jol on the Saturday night.”
Joe Mandy from Mooi River went to Glencairn for a weekend off, with a balance between getting some exercise and having fun. “The trail run was awesome; it was both beautiful and tough. It’s always great to come up here and we look forward to coming back next year.”
Sharleen Lupke, from Lynford Park in Pietermaritzburg, says she runs as therapy as her job as a prosecutor is very stressful. “The floating bridge was fun. I jumped in the water eventually as it was so hot. It was a beautiful experience.”
Ross Palframan, who is 15 years old from Wembley in Pietermaritzburg, came third in the Lamb Run. He does cross country for his school St Charles and says: “I love these routes and the trails that they make. We love coming back every year; this is our third time here.”
Glencairn farm is the start venue of the KAP sani2c mountain bike stage race, which is held in May every year.
Men’s ram run
1st: Philip Shezi (02:50:13); 2nd: Ross Cairns (02:58:41); 3rd: Matt Lennon (03:04:09)
Women’s ram run
1st: Keren Worlock (03:10:57); 2nd: Mareli van Schalkwyk (03:14:04); 3rd: Megan Liebetrau (03:14:13)
Men’s lamb run
1st: Campbell van Rooyen (01:38:09); 2nd: Gareth Marquiss (1:38:49) 3rd: Ross Palframan (01:46:20)
Women’s lamb run
1st: Chane de Meyer (01:53:14) 2nd: Abigail Peters (02:08:39) 3rd: Lucy Barnes (02:17:19)