STIHL Sharks Trail
Adventure Diary Note
Local artist eases Sharks Trail
Adventurers into December holiday mode
Durban – Homegrown musical talent Cheryl Engel is relishing being a part
of the vibrant atmosphere of the festive season kick-starting STIHL Sharks
Trail Adventure at Summerveld Estate in Shongweni on Sunday 4 December.
The big crowd of athletes and their families expected for the fifth
edition of the popular mountain biking and trail running event this
December are in for both a sporting and lifestyle treat as magnificent
trails and scenery are complimented by Engel’s live music, a
not-to-be-missed Christmas market and spectacular country setting.
“I haven’t actually been up to the Sharks Trail Adventure before but it
sounds like an amazing event and I’m really looking forward to being there
this year,” says Engel.
“I have two kids and I love being a mom so me being a family based person
then filters into my music, something that hopefully resonates with the
family atmosphere of the event.
“A lot of my friends are mountain bikers and I’m sure many of them will in
fact be there on the day while I’m actually a bit of a runner myself.
“Who knows, maybe I’ll even be able to take part in one of the day’s trail
runs before performing on stage a little later,” the folk/rock singer cum
social athlete adds enthusiastically.
Born and raised in Glenwood, the 34 year-old singer/songwriter started
singing and performing at a very young age old but only pursued a career
as an artist four years ago when she formed the duo Connecting Stars in
After releasing their song ‘Stuck’ into USA, the track achieved the rare
feat of charting on the US Billboard AC chart, peaking at number 28,
paving the way for two tours of the United States and culminating in Engel
winning the Songwriter of the Year Award at the Texas Sounds International
Country Music Awards.
At the start of 2016 Engel opted to pursue a solo career, a decision that
has already seen her perform numerous local gigs and enjoy resounding
success in a short space of time.
“I taught music for a while but I always had this burning passion to be on
stage, something I finally decided to do once I turned 30.
“Since going solo at the start of the year, doors have just been swinging
open for me all over the place and I’ve been so busy with gigs and
performances, which really has been fantastic.”
Drawing on her life experiences to craft poetry that forms the lyrical
basis of her heartfelt songs, the born and bred Durban artist is eager to
contribute to the Shark Trail Adventure’s distinctive ambiance that has
become so popular amongst friends and families looking to enjoy the
event’s diverse programme as well as spend some quality early festive
season time together.
While the event’s 40km, 20km, 10km and 2km Kiddies Ride mountain bike and
18km and 9km trail running races offer something for all off-road
endurance adventure seekers, the race village’s picturesque location and
laid-back atmosphere is set to captivate supporters, spectators and market
An exclusive Sunday staging of the renowned Shongweni Farmers Market in
the shade of Summerveld Estate’s age-old plane trees is set to offer
attendees the chance to explore local crafters’ wealth of homemade
Christmas wares and delicious artisan food and beverages, all the while
taking in Engel’s easy-listening, memorable tunes.
The 2016 STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure takes place at Summverld Estate in
Shongweni on Sunday 4 December. Entries can be submitted online via
www.roag.co.za and more information
can be found at
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STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure logo - JPeg
Local singer/songwriter Cheryl
Engel is looking forward to helping create part of the unique STIHL Sharks Trail
Adventure atmosphere when this year's edition of the event takes place on
Sunday 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni.
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