STIHL Sharks Trail
Adventure Media Release
Trail runners get a welcome surprise at Sharks Trail Adventure
Shongweni - The loyal supporters of the popular STIHL Sharks Trail
Adventure trail runs through the Summerveld Estate at Shongweni are in for
a pleasant surprise when the 2017 edition of the family–orientated fun day
takes place on Sunday 3 December.
Offering a 9km and a 18km choice for the lovers of the burgeoning sport of
trail running, the course designers have followed the same changes made to
the MTB races by reversing the trail running routes to make them more
That eliminates the steeper climb back to the finish and instead returns
the runners to the Summerveld Estate on a more gradual ascent.
“The 9km trail shadows the 10km MTB route and it is aimed at getting new
people involved in trail running so we try not to do too much technical
running,” said route director Andrew van Rensberg.
“Much of that route is based just below the Summerveld racecourse so it is
close to the start/finish venue, so if anyone does have a problem and they
want to bail they are not too far away,” he added.
The 18km trail run has become very popular with regular trail runners as
it takes them down into the Shongweni valley and to some spectacular view
Van Rensberg confirmed that the 18km route has also been reversed this
“This route goes down to the waterfall and then back up again, with some
really nice single track sections that the 20km MTB guys will go on as
With the trail runs starting from 6:30am the 9km and 18km runners will be
off the course by the time the mountain bikers get onto the routes, much
of which is shared between the two disciplines.
“We have more flexibility with the trail runs and we actually take them
over the waterfall, whereas the mountain bikers cross about ten metres
upstream,” said van Rensberg.
“That will be the highlight of the 18km trail run for sure, being able to
stop and peer over the edge of the waterfall!
“By reversing the 18km route you get a totally different experience, “ he
added. “You get much better views of Shongweni Dam on the way down. After
the waterfall there is about eight kilometres of gradual climbing along
the single track back to the finish.”
Entry for the various events is now open via the ROAG website
The 2017 STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure takes place at Summerveld Estate
in Shongweni on Sunday 3 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
Organisers of the STIHL Sharks Trail
Sunday, 3 December at Summerveld Estate in Shongweni have opted to reverse
the 9km and 18km trail running routes to make them more runner-friendly.
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