The Rivers Media Release
Trevealens urges trail runners to try the uMzimkhulu trails
Underberg - For Underberg locals Ross and Gina Treleaven, the
snowballing popularity of the GWK Run The Rivers in partnership
with FNB trail runs come as no surprise as the accessibility and
scenic appeal of the routes are unrivalled amongst local trail
“It is magnificent and unique,” says Ross Treleaven. “It is
quite unlike anything else.
“The race starts alongside smaller tributaries and then you run
next to the uMzimkhulu itself, which makes the runs spectacular.
And there is the added bonus that you can stop and drink the
water from the river at any stage,” he says.
The pair have been supporters of the trail run that was the
latest addition to the FNB Drak Adventure Weekend but is showing
faster growth in entry numbers than the Euro Steel Drak Descent
MTB race and the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon as word
spreads about the unique appeal of the trail runs.
“We share the same trails as the mountain bikers, and while it
is pretty technical riding for them, in trail running terms it
is not difficult. Running and riding this single track are two
totally different things,” he said.
Treleaven pointed out that the relatively short distances of the
races make them very accessible and do-able to relative trail
“The main race is 25km and 16km and there is the new GWK Run The
Rivers Lite option which covers only half those distances each
day which makes it easily within reach of social runners,” he
“That second day that takes in the Thrombi Gorge is absolutely
spectacular, and will be a truly memorable experience for any
runner, not matter how fit they are.
“The distances are such that they are actually quite walkable,
which is a serious option for anyone in town for the weekend
wanting to appreciate the scenery and being part of the event,”
His wife Gina, who is also a seasoned trail runner concurs. “I
only did the second day last year and the scenery was
spectacular. It is a trail run quite unlike any other,” she
“The other attraction for this race is that the trails are so
well marked that there is absolutely no way you can get lost,”
added Ross Treleaven.
“The trails are flowing and manageable, and while there is some
climbing, I am not surprised that it is growing at the rate that
it is,” he concluded.
GWK Run the Rivers Trail Run
Day 1: Saturday 19 January 2019 - 25km
Day 2: Sunday 20 January 2019 - 16km
R400 for both days.
GWK Run the Rivers Lite Trail Run
Day 1: Saturday 19 January 2019 - 12km
Day 2: Sunday 20 January 2019 - 8km
R400 for both days.
There is currently no closing date for the GWK Run the Rivers
information can be found at
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GWK Run The
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Ross and Gina
Treleaven says they are not surprised at the surge in interest
in the GWK Run
The Rivers two-day trail runs. “It is magnificent and unique,”
says Ross Treleaven. “It is quite unlike anything else."
Ross and Gina
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