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AJ in France
13 Jun 2013

K-Way Athlete AJ Calitz is currently in Europe running some pretty insane trail events. Three weeks ago, he took a tumble in Spain and sliced his knee open. The race doctor prevented him from continuing, and he got staples to seal the wound. Sounds like the perfect excuse to relax a bit and enjoy the sights... But not for AJ! 

He and his wife removed the staples with nail clippers and a Leatherman, and this weekend he hopes (depends on the weather) to run the 100km Verdon Canyon Challenge. Over the expected 12 or 13 hours, AJ will do 6,500m of positive ascent.

Image: Ian Corless

Three Peaks Challenge 2012
8 Nov 2012

With mist over the city bowl for most of the morning, conditions were perfect for this year’s Three Peaks Challenge so it came as no surprise that Andre Calitz smashed his own course record, becoming the first Challenger to finish in under five hours. Katya Sogot came home in 6 hours 15 minutes, shaving two minutes off Sylvie Harris’ long-standing women’s record. Nightjar Travel’s Fiona McIntosh also put in a good performance finishing in eight hours – an hour and 43 minutes faster than her previous best! She puts her dramatic improvement down partly to the wee bit of training that she did on the Camino in July, but also the result of wearing a pair of specialised, La Sportiva mountain running shoes, which allowed her to hurtle down the steep rocky paths.

We're very impressed - not just by our Fiona, but by those winning times! Wow!

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Devon Valley Run
6 Nov 2012

Last weekend, Fiona ran the Three Peaks, which made me feel like a total wuss so I asked her about gentler ways to get into it... This is what she had to say:

Think the Three Peaks Challenge is a bit hard-core? Then this leisurely wineland ramble might be just the ticket. On Saturday 3rd November the 12km Devon Valley Run took runners through some of Stellenbosch’s most prestigious wineries including Middelvlei, Clos Malverne and House of JC Le Roux with competitors being treated to wine tastings and nibbles at the ‘watering holes’ along the route. Most folk dress up for the occasion, and it goes without saying that this is a fun run rather an ultra-competitive race! Entries are available on the day (between 6am and 8am) at Devon Valley. And the great news if you’re a young connoisseur is that it’s free for any under 18s running with an adult.

I think I'm sold - and I don't have to get fit until next year (hehe)

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