Do I cut it?

So often trail runners steer clear of entering ultras, often due to a combination of a fear of the unknown and self-doubt. The Merrell Whale of Trail is certainly made up of a variation of types of terrain; the first half winds through fynbos covered mountains before descending to the enchanting Noetsie Bay and finally turns west and homewards along the rocky shores of the Indian Ocean, with a mix of sandy beach and coastal… Continue reading

Add it to your bucket list

Regardless of whether it’s pinned to the fridge with a dodgy magnet or in our minds – we all have a bucket list of sorts, a list of accomplishments and experiences that we hope to tick off in your lifetime. As a trail runner, there are just certain runs that need to be on that list, the Merrell Whale of Trail is one of them. A pristine ultra-trail that steers you over mountains and across… Continue reading

Whale of Trail generously ups prize money

The Merrell Whale of Trail announces a generous increase in 2017 prize money, incentivising runners across the country to make their way to the start line on 29th July 2017 at De Hoop Nature Reserve. The first male and female across the line will walk away with R15k each, a large difference to last year’s R3k. “In first two years we gave R3000, R2000 and R1000 for the top three men and women respectively,” says… Continue reading

It’s a big race with a big heart.

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 of finishing the longest, toughest, most diverse and technical trail they have ever attempted. To stumble up the boardwalk with 53km behind them, elated with… Continue reading