It’s a big race with a big heart.

Merrell Whale of Trail 2016

The Merrell Whale of Trail 2016 was won this weekend by Mark Winter in 5hr39min, slicing 11minutes off the previous record, with Tracey Almirall leading in the ladies with 6hr57min. The majority of the field however, set off on this trail at dawn with the intention not of winning but…… more

ULTRA Magazine features Whale of Trail

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Multiple award winning UK running magazine highlights the WOW! factor of our race. “Ultramarathons are often marketed with aggressive or unfriendly words; brutal, testing, ultimate challenge, whereas the Merrell Whale of Trail is so damn enjoyable as to make one feel guilty for claiming any hardship. It is an ultra and it…… more

Merrell Whale of Trail 2016 date announced  

They have some family commitments and feasting to attend to in Antarctica, so some are thinking about heading home soon, but the Southern Right Whales will leave with a ‘Sea you later’ promise to be back next year to take up their cheerleading positions. South Africa’s acclaimed five day Whale…… more

Merrell Whale of Trail puts the W on Ow!

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Running 53km anywhere, is tough. Starting out with a 450m climb straight up a mountain makes it a little more daunting. Traversing 23km of single track mountain path takes some training. Trotting along the seaside clifftops puts strain on the fatigued legs. And then descending onto a beach is where…… more

Mud, sweat and smiles at Merrell Outeniqua Traverse

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  Not everybody knows that the Merrell Outeniqua Traverse is really a road run. A 38km, muddy, slippery, rocky, steep, thrilling, road run. One can’t help, while struggling to find breath and footing on this incredible race, to wonder about the brave Voortrekker families that forged their way with their…… more

The Best Value per Kilometer – Hobbit Trail Runs


“This is a big one” nodded Richard Ayres with wild eyes, 40km and 10 hours into the Merrell Hobbit 100. The trail lends itself to superlatives and exaggerations but his understated affirmation captures the essence of this legendary race. It is a passage up and across the Amathole mountains, through…… more