The Running Mann’s Guide to November & December 2022 Marathons

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This article provides detailed information on all South Africa’s November and December marathons including race descriptions, recommendations and travel information.

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Timbavati Traverse (Fantastic Beasts & where we found them)

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Back in the BC (before children) days of disposable income, I was fortunate enough to stay at some of the luxury lodges in the greater Kruger National Park area which included a couple of trips to the Timbavati. In addition to the morning and evening game drives, the lodges offer post-breakfast bush walks. I would always enquire (much to my wife’s embarrassment) about the possibility of a post-breakfast run instead of the more sedate walking option. Lodge staff are trained in exceptional customer service and are used to dealing with stupid questions from demanding guests. However, my question always broke through the poker-faced veneer of the luxury hospitality industry and produced a look of extreme incredulity before composure was regained and a polite, “No chance of that I’m afraid” was received. Continue reading “Timbavati Traverse (Fantastic Beasts & where we found them)”

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The Running Mann’s Guide to October 2022 Marathons

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This article provides detailed information on all South Africa’s October marathons and ultras including race descriptions, recommendations and travel information.

It’s a bit late so I’m just doing the basics this month. Will try to get the November / December article out with more time to spare!

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Tales from the Timbavati Traverse: Johno Meintjes becomes a Real Runner

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I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to run the Timbavati Traverse, a 45 kilometres single-day event through the unfenced Timbavati Private Game Reserve. I’ve got a mega-article coming out soon about the event. In an attempt to trim the core article down to epic length, I’ve decided to publish this snippet as a separate story.

The Timbavati Traverse is an event rather than a race. This year the field was expanded from 20 to 60 entrants with a 21km walk and two 45km running busses: bus number one was the fast bus and bus number two was the slow fun bus. I was a happy passenger in bus number two.

Getting the know the rest of bus number two while watching a crash of rhino (photo Chad Cocking Photography).

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