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

Route Breakdown | Potberg (the Start) to CP2

Studying the route profile before any event increases your chances of getting across the finish line in one piece. Over the next two months, we’re going to break down the route into three chunks and give you a detailed idea of what you’re in for! This week we’re looking at the section from the start at Potberg, to CP2 – roughly 24km into the race. Potberg Environmental Education centre is in the north-eastern part of De… Continue reading

The Whale of Trail A-Z |Part 2

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about the Merrell Whale of Trail and then some! Tune in this month for Part 2, and check out Part 1 from last month here! O is for Outdoors Trail running puts you in spectacular places, the De Hoop Nature Reserve, managed by Cape Nature, is one such special place. Whether you’re going for the top of the podium or simply to cross the finish line, make a… Continue reading