Near perfect conditions, heated competition and an abundance of whales at the 2017 Whale of Trail

  Clear skies and roaring braziers welcomed a total of 123 trail runners at Potberg Environmental Education Centre, the start of the 4th Merrell Whale of Trail. Between them and the finish, 53km of varied single track awaited including a combination of technical trail, smooth, fast flowing downhills, undulating coastal paths and soft sandy beaches. To accompany them on route: an enormous venue of Cape Vultures and an abundance of Southern Right Whales. The stacked… Continue reading

First-time advice from a first-time Whale finisher

Three years ago, Bryony McCormick lined up at the start of the Merrell Whale of Trail. It was her first ever ultra, and despite her training and preparation, her heart rate was skyrocketing and her nerves resembled jumping beans in her stomach. Reflecting on the journey and the run now, Bryony brings you seven tips and insights to the big day that might help you get to the finish line slightly less stressed than she… Continue reading

The Whale of Trail Supermoms

Trail running is not only a sport that showcases some of the lesser known locations around our beautiful country, it also brings people with a shared love of the outdoors and adventure together, and the Merrell Whale of Trail is no different. This year, it has brought a special group of women together, the Whale of Trail Supermoms, who are not only united by their common mom-duties and school runs, but also their shared goal… Continue reading

Run your best Whale of Trail | Pro Tips

Tips for a PB Run like Wayde van Niekerk The Whale of Trail starts at Potberg Environmental Centre, and bottlenecks the entire field onto single track immediately. To avoid overcrowding the organisers introduced a lap around the Centre first, so if you’re keen to get up front early on – then best you Wayde van Niekerk the first lap to get a good position on the single track. “If you want to be up ahead… Continue reading