Five reasons to enter

Sitting on the fence about entering the Merrell Whale of Trail? Five finishers from the last three year’s chat a bit about why they wouldn’t think twice before entering again, and what they got out of their experience running the 53km through De Hoop Nature Reserve. Listening to their reasons it becomes apparent how the beauty of an area has the ability to entice people back for more! This is what they had to say.… Continue reading

Wild Card blogs about Merrell Whale of Trail

“Imagine starting off at dawn and heading straight up a hill, knowing that’s the highest climb of the day already done… Coming up to see the sunrise [the course heads east and ends west], the view of the Breede River on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other with this whole area as your playground for the day. Approaching the finish line – on firm ground after a long stretch of beach –… Continue reading

Whale of Trail in the news

Merrell Whale of Trail puts the W on Ow! 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 one hits the proverbial wall. Only it is softer than a wall. And longer. But it… Continue reading

Linda Doke’s Whale Experience

“This year’s event was the first of what will hopefully be many Whale of Trails in years to come, and blister by blister, either gruelled, gritted or grimaced, however we did it, we all loved it. The race was everything a decent trail running event should be – excellently organised, routed but not over-marked, marshalled but only at checkpoints, scenic, tough, testing, competitive.” Read her full report on her blog page. Continue reading