Kane Reilly obliterates course record to win 2018 Whale of Trail

Megan Mackenzie, home in between Golden Series races, takes the Women’s win The 2018 Merrell Whale of Trail, a 53km ultra trail set in the pristine De Hoop Nature Reserve, saw 83 trail enthusiasts take to the iconic five-day hiking trail that for this one day a year, is condensed into a single-day race. Amongst the 83 starters, a star-studded cast of South Africa’s top runners raced for a cumulative R100k, thanks to new sponsors… Continue reading

Meet the lucky Whale of Trail winner, Sonja Cowlin

“I was sitting at home affairs which is one of my least favourite places in the world when I got the call to say that I’d won Whale of Trail entries. I was beyond delighted and my reaction definitely caused a few heads to turn.” Sonja Cowlin, our 2018 Whale of Trail competition winner, has been having an absolute blast getting ready for the run with her partner of choice, her husband John! Read how… Continue reading

Route Breakdown | CP 4 Lekkerwater – Finish Koppie Alleen

With the bulk of the beach behind you, it’s time to put your head down and focus on the final 15km of the Merrell Whale of Trail. Expect a welcome change in the terrain, a kit check, some tasty treats and the final finish line in between Lekkerwater and Koppie Alleen. CP 4 Lekkerwater – Vaalkrans | 8km To get to Lekkerwater, the second and last water point on the route, you’ve got to cross… Continue reading

Route Breakdown | CP 2 Elandspad – CP 4 Lekkerwater

beautiful photo of long beach on the whale of trail

The middle section of any endurance race is tough, whether it’s the middle day of a stage race, or the middle chunk of a 54km ultra! The middle section of the Merrell Whale of Trail is no different. From CP2 at Elandspad to CP4 at Lekkerwater you cover a total of 21.5km. It might sound short and cheerful, but it’s what the Race Organiser, Graham Bird, deems the toughest. So, save some energy for your… Continue reading

Merrell Whale of Trail attracts SA’s best

This year’s Merrell Whale of Trail has attracted a number of the country’s top trail runners. With the backing of PSG Rosebank, both men and women will be racing for a generous prize purse of R80k. On top of that, De Hoop Collection, have put up an additional R10k bonus for the first man and woman if they break the record! Christiaan Greyling, AJ Calitz and Melakhaya Msizi, who came second, third and fourth last… Continue reading