The Giant's Cup Media
Written by: Nick Tatham
Exciting weekend for trail enthusiast at Giant's Cup
Underberg - The exclusive Giant's Cup two-day trail run in the Southern
Drakensberg gets underway on Friday with the select group of runners
tackling the pristine trails of the Maloti Drakensberg National Heritage
Site from 18 to 19 May.
With a light dusting of snow on the peaks of the Drakensberg the weather
is expected to be on the cold side. Runners will be happy that the
forecast is for sunshine but the mercury is only expected to rise to
around 16 degrees Celsius on Saturday with ten degrees the maximum for
The two-day event covers the 62km Giant's Cup hiking trail and sees
runners tackle 32km from Premier Resort Sani Pass to Gooderson Resort
Drakensberg Gardens on the first day and then from there it is a 30km
run to Bushman's Nek Hotel on the Saturday.
Despite having a competitive element, the Giant's Cup is geared towards
the runners that make up the numbers and not necessarily towards those
that are out to win the event. Having two days of running amongst the
rolling hills of the Southern Drakensberg and appreciating the views and
scenery are at the heart of the race.
Looking at the sharp end of the field, 2017 champion Thabo Madlala is
back to try and defend the crown that he won last year. His role with
the Endangered Wildlife Trust, which is one of the race beneficiaries,
sees him spend a lot of his time in the mountains of the Southern
This local knowledge, combined with a strict training regime and
determination, will see Madlala go into the race as the clear-cut
He will be pushed to the line by 2017's third place finisher Travis
Green. The 'serious amateur', as he describes himself, is always ready
to confront a challenge and feels that he will be right up in the podium
places when they reach Bushman's Nek on Saturday.
The Giant's Cup, along with all of the other events that fall under the
Running Man Adventures banner, supports KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife and the
Endangered Wildlife Trust.
Runners will take on the Gxalingenwa Trail initially before they join
the iconic Giant's Cup trail some four kilometres into the first stage.
The first checkpoint is at 13 kilometres in the Cobham Nature Reserve
before the second check point at Mzimkhulwana Hut.
From there runners will hit the highest point of the day at Crane Tarn
before they head to the finish at Castleburn Farm on the banks of the
Day two's route only includes one check point at the 14.5 kilometre mark
at Swiman's Hut. The highest point on day two is also the highest point
on the route at the saddle in front of Langalibalele Peak. There is then
a continuous descent to the finish at Bushman's Nek.
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Some breath-taking views are
in store for the exclusive group of runners that will be taking part in
the Giant's Cup starting at Premier Resort Sani Pass on Friday.
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