The Rivers in partnership with FNB Media Release
Shezi has mountains to climb to retain his Run The Rivers title
Underberg - As he lines up a fourth consecutive victory in the
Euro Steel Run The Rivers trail run in partnership with FNB,
Underberg local runner Phillip Shezi will be looking to overcome
substantial odds to complete the quartet of back-to-back
The ace runner from Kilmun outside Underberg has had to endure a
number of hardships during the eight month Covid-19 pandemic
lockdown, and has recently lost his job, making his dream of
bringing home the title at his hometown trail running major a
lot more difficult.
Despite the cards being stacked against him, Shezi says he is
excited to take to the trials again in 2021 to try and retain
his Run The Rivers crown.
“Things have not been easy in 2020, but I am excited to race the
Euro Steel Run The Rivers again this year,” said Shezi.
As a seasoned runner Shezi had adapted from a road runner to
being a very competitive trail runner, and plans his year’s
racing around both disciplines.
“I am training for Comrades this year, but as we all know we
don’t know what is going to happen with regards to Comrades in
2021,” he said.
His other priority race for 2021 is the 56km Zululand Ultra
Marathon that starts in Ulundi and finishes in Nongoma.
Like many other athletes the lockdown period put paid to his
chances of running in races and potentially winning prize money,
but he kept focussed on his base training for his three priority
“I got injured during the lockdown, which was bad, but I was
able to recover and I am now back to running at full strength,”
While Shezi looks to make a plan to pay for his entry fee for
the two day trail running classic that forms part of the FNB
Drak Adventure Weekend, he added that there were other runners
who train with him in Underberg who were eager to race the trail
The Euro Steel Run The Rivers trail run in partnership with FNB
takes place in Underberg on 30 and 31 January 2021. More
information can be found at
Euro Steel Run the Rivers in partnership with FNB Trail Run
Day 1: Saturday 30 January 2021 - 24km
Day 2: Sunday 31 January 2021 - 21km
R500 for both days.
Euro Steel Run the Rivers Lite in partnership with FNB Trail Run
Day 1: Saturday 30 January 2021 - 14km
Day 2: Sunday 31 January 2021 - 8km
R500 for both days.
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Phillip Shezi, who has won the last three editions of the Euro
Steel Run The Rivers in paertnership with FNB Trail Run, is
looking to overcome a number of challenges he has faced up to in
2020 and he plans the defence of his crown.
Phillip Shezi (left), seen racing with Chris Carter during last
year's Euro Steel Run The Rivers in partnership with FNB Trail
Run, will be looking to overcome a number of challenges in 2020
and he plans the defence of his crown.
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