Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running Media Service
Owen out to slay UTD 2018
Underberg – The UTD160’s interest has gathered momentum recently with
the signature event of the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg attracting one of
the country’s most prominent adventure racers as Robyn Owen lines up her
first attempt at a 100 Miler on 27 April 2018.
Owen, who recently returned from winning the Coast to Coast adventure
race in New Zealand, is in the process of preparing herself for her
maiden 100 Miler, however despite cutting a fairly diminutive figure,
the 28 year old is no stranger to running in the Drakensberg.
Owen took part in another Running Man Adventures event in 2016 when she
and a number of professional athletes took part in the Rhino Peak
Challenge, and being from Pietermaritzburg originally the southern parts
of the Drakensberg are familiar to her.
"It was a bit of an impulsive decision to take on UTD160 as there was
another race that I was thinking about doing but when we decided to give
that race a skip I decided that, with the help of Spurg (Flemington), I
would do UTD," the Best 4 Sports/Salomon athlete said.
"Spurg and Matt always put on a great event and although I don't quite
know what to expect from the 100 Miler, I am sure that the event will be
organised excellently and I just love the Drakensberg so I am really
Owen's adventure racing pedigree continues to grow and grow as the star
becomes more accustomed to different events. Her running and canoeing
background was a strong base and now she continues to push herself to
"There aren't that many 100 Milers around and I am intrigued by longer
and longer distances. I did my first 100km race at the Ultra-Trail Cape
Town in December last year and really enjoyed that.
"So when I saw that UTD had the 100 mile option I thought that I might
as well come up and try the big one!"
The jump from 100km to 100 miles is a significant one considering the
terrain that runners will be tackling along the route, Owen's first
100km experience was difficult but she has an idea of how to go about
the 163km race at the end of this month.
"I felt really good at UTCT until about the 65km mark and I battled
through the last bit which was probably more runnable! It was tough
because I felt like I needed to carry on when my body didn't want to go
"I'm hoping in the Drakensberg it will be a bit more hilly without those
long, flatish inclines. I think it will be more up and down; so when
it's up you can walk and then when it's down it’s okay to run.
"With that said I am not entirely sure how my body is going to handle
the run, but I am looking forward to giving it a go!" the smiling Owen
The Stellenbosch resident is slightly apprehensive about the altitude
factor that could come into play when the runners head over 3000 metres
about sea level.
"Coming from sea level into the mountains is going to be a challenge but
over 100 miles you are going to have to take it easy in sections.
"I have been up Thabana Ntlenyana before so I sort of know what to
expect from that section of the race so I have some sort of an idea
about that as well as the rest of the course when we get down the pass,"
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Best 4 Sports/Salomon
adventure racing star Robyn Owen will be out to take on her first 100
Miler at the 2018 Ultra-Trail Drakensberg starting in the Southern
Drakensberg on 27 April.
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