Explore the uMngeni – Trail Running

You heard and read all about the teams’ walk down the uMngeni river last year – here is your chance to see some of the beautiful areas they passed through. Support DUCT by entering the Talbot Trail Run Series – starting this Saturday 15th June 2013.

You can take part as a runner or even just go for a walk – Maweni this Saturday will be particularly beautiful. 

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Trail running is about a whole lot more than running, it’s like a mini adventure that takes your feet to places they would otherwise never go. The Talbot Trail Run Series offers 3 brilliant excursions into some of KZN’s best wilderness just outside PMB. One of the best things about them is that by taking on these challenges you will also be supporting The Duzi-Umngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT), a local NGO, who focus on the river health of the Duzi and Umgeni systems.

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On 15 June the first event takes place at Maweni Trail Centre where purpose built trail has been created through a nature reserve. Cliff top views into the Umgeni River Valley will leave you breathless, while the ever present chance of spotting some animals adds to the experience.

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The second event is truly special taking the runners to the top of PMB’s very own Table Mountain on 29 June. On a clear day the top of the Drakensberg and the ocean are visible, but the vistas of the Valley of 1000 Hills are the hallmark of this event. There is a strong community vibe at the Table Mountain event which starts at one of the local schools before scrambling up the side of the mountain.

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The final event in the series takes place on 27 July at Faulklands and involves getting wet. You will either love or hate the two river crossings over the Umgeni River, but either way they add to the sense of adventure. The single track at Faulklands has also been raved about time and time again.

Each event offers a short course of about 7km and a long course of 14km. Start time is 7.30am with registration from 6.30am. Food and drink will be on sale. Entries are on www.roag.co.za and if you choose to enter the whole series you will receive the series moisture management shirt.

Enter all or any one of the series run/walks and enjoy our beautiful countryside. Not only will you be improving your health by being in the fresh air but you will also be contributing to the Dusi-uMngeni Conservation Trust who work towards the health of our rivers!

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About Nikki Brighton

I live in a Magic Cottage near the mist-belt forest with my African dog, Dizzy. We enjoy long walks in the fields to gather wild greens, sitting on the verandah with a pot of tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.
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