The Giant's Cup Media
Written by: Nick Tatham
Madlala out for Giant’s Cup double
Underberg – 2017 Giant’s Cup champion and Drakensberg local Thabo
Madlala will be back for another shot at claiming the title he won a
year ago while hoping to repeat his dream-come-true achievement in 2017
on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May.
It was a dream come true for Madlala when he won the title in 2017 after
he invested so much time into preparing for the event. His achievement
was made that much more special when his relationship with the
Drakensberg was uncovered.
“I love working and training in the Drakensberg,” the Endangered
Wildlife Trust employee mentioned. “I spend a lot of my time in the
Eastern Cape and Southern Drakensberg working as a field officer for
African Crane Conservation project.
Madlala is well into his training regime and considering the amount of
running he is doing, the 30-odd kilometre a day event would be a cake
walk for the outdoor enthusiast.
“I try and run about 26 kilometres a day, four days a week,” he
explained. “Over the weekend I try and get in a longer run but that was
also part of my preparation for the recent Ultra-Trail Drakensberg where
I did the 100km event.
“It took me around 21 hours to finish the 100km course, it was really
tough but I think it would have been good for me going into the Giant’s
Madlala’s influence extends further than his role with the Endangered
Wildlife Trust, one of the events main benefactors, but he is also
heavily involved in educating the local communities about conservation.
“I am the Chairman of the Mqatsheni Hiking and Environmental Solutions
Club where we take the youth out on hikes in the Maloti Drakensberg
World Heritage Site.
“Here we provide the children with environmental education as well as
teach them about gender equality.
“We talk them through the issues of poaching and how to take care of the
environment and also to respect women.
“Donations are crucial to what we do so we don’t have the opportunity to
do as many hikes as we would like but we love taking the children to
Cobham and teaching them about our environment,” he added.
It has been four years since Madlala did his first Giant’s Cup and
despite all the time that he spends in the region, he still appreciates
it as much as he did when he started.
“It’s such a beautiful trail and I love the Giant’s Cup route. I have
always loved hiking so I look forward to the Giant’s Cup every year.
“This year is going to be another exciting race and hopefully I can win
it again!” he added hopefully.
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Defending champion Thabo
Madlala will be back to defend his crown but more importantly, take on a
trail that he loves at the 2018 Giant's Cup over 18-19 May.
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