Families welcomed at Eston trails weekend
Eston – With entry specials, trails catering for mountain bikers and
runners of all abilities and a wholesome atmosphere at the Eston
Farmer’s Club, the 2019 Illovo Eston Trail Challenge on Sunday 4 August
is the ideal day out for any family looking for an exciting event.
The event in the sugarcane belt of KwaZulu-Natal has been a premier
attraction for elite riders with the prestige and history that surrounds
the race, however over the past few years organisers have also increased
the focus on the family element.
With 15% off four entries for a family, the event is encouraging people
to bring their children along for the day with two MTB events to choose
from for the young ones, the 18km STIHL Tala Family Ride and the 10km
Omnia Kids Ride, in addition to the 9km trail run.
The Tala Family Ride has become the most sought after race on the Eston
MTB calendar and riders have the chance to take on the trails through
the Tala Private Game Reserve. Here the riders will have the opportunity
to ride near zebra, impala, wildebeest and giraffe.
If 18km is too long then the 10km Omnia Kids Ride will be a suitable
alternative distance to tackle. The race takes riders around the Eston
Farmers Club and is popular with the children that might need guidance
from their parents who can walk alongside them with prams as has been
seen in the past.
“The Eston Club gives people the perfect venue for a day in the
country,” Marc Smith, chairman of the event organising committee said.
“For people from Durban or Pietermaritzburg it’s a great chance to enjoy
what we have to offer and there are more than enough food stalls, coffee
stalls and space to relax while members of the family takes part in one
of the events.
“It’s a lovely day for everyone and we have cleared out a lot of space
around the club so if you aren’t taking part in any of the races you can
take a walk around the club.”
Over the years the race has put in a lot of effort to create a family
orientated atmosphere at the club and Smith says it seemed like a
natural progression for the event.
“Eston has always been a big race and to involve everyone that was at
the club was an important aspect.
“With the addition of the trail runs we now have even more for people to
do because, riding is a smaller market than runners so it made sense to
include trail running,” Smith added.
The event will start with the two trail runs, the 18km race gets
underway at 06:30 while the 9km trail run will start at 06:45.
The Illovo 60km Eston MTB Marathon will kick off at 08:30, followed by
the 40km aQuellé Half Marathon at 09:00, the STIHL Tala Family Ride at
09:30 and the Omnia Kids Ride will begin at 10:00.
More information can be found at
Date: Sunday, 4 August 2019
Venue: Eston Farmers Club, KZN
Start Times, Distances & Entry Fees:
06h30 - 18km Trail Run (Pre-entry - R140, Late entry - R160)
06h45 - 9km Trail Run (Pre-entry - R100, Late entry - R120)
08h30 - 60km Illovo Eston Marathon (Pre-entry - R220, Late entry
09h00 - 40km aQuellé Eston Half Marathon (Pre-entry - R180, Late entry
09h30 - 18km STIHL Tala Family Ride (Pre-entry - R140, Late entry
10h00 - 10km Omnia Kids Ride (Pre-entry - R70, Late entry
15% FAMILY DISCOUNT FOR 4 OR MORE ENTRIES
AT ILLOVO ESTON 2019!
Enter via ROAG (www.roag.co.za).
Pre-entries are open and will be accepted until 28 July
Late entries will be accepted online from 29 July to 1 August until 24h00 or at the venue on the day.
Each race is limited to 800 riders so make sure that you get that entry
At Eston Farmers' Club on Sunday, 4 August from 05h30-09h30.
Race garments will be available to the first 1000 people that pre-enter.
Please note that late entries will not receive a race garment.