STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure Diary Note

 No. sharks1603

22 Nov 2016

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 Written by: Kyle Gilham

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 2012.

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 browsers alike.

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 and more information can be found at


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