I’m heading out to the forest next week to cut the grassy sections of the route with forestry. Although most of the sections stay open throughout the year, there are sections that get crazy grassy following good rains. These are usually the parts where there is forest on one side and wetland on the other. I’m really thankful that forestry have kindly offered to cut these sections – they’d only do this in a month or two to prepare for the dry, winter fire season.
Last night I was looking through photographs from my past scouting trips and also Zelda’s lovely photos from the event. These conjured wonderful memories of a really good day and a place that I absolutely love to visit and run around.
In little over two weeks you’ll have your own memories.
Last year, many of the supporters waiting at the finish for their runners said how much they too would like to experience the forest too – but just something short that they could jog or walk. I’ll tag a short 5km route especially for your non-runner partners. There’s no entry fee for this and they can run/walk the route at their leisure so that they’re able to get back in plenty of time to shower and to wait for you at the finish.
Given a choice of a holiday destination, I’d chose forests over the coast any time. Although I’m not going away for a traditional holi-holiday this festive season, I will be heading into forested terrain of Kaapsehoop (Mpumalanga) for the Big 5 O event. Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier this month I spent a couple of days running and walking through the beautiful Belfast pine-tree plantation to finalise the route for the 2014 AdventureLisa’s Forest Run route. While the route fundamentals are similar to that run in the inaugural Forest Run in March 2013, I’ve tweaked elements, discovered some other peaceful forest tracks and I’ve made one BIG change… Read the rest of this entry »
Eight years ago I had the idea to organise a one-day, ultra-distance trail run after taking part in a number of events locally and in the US. I have now been participating regularly in trail races (staged, ultra) for almost 15 years locally and abroad and it was due time for me to be on the other side. It took those eight years (plus a bit) for me to actually get around to it! Read the rest of this entry »
This is the column on Forest Run in the March 2013 issue of Modern Athlete magazine. I tried to keep the content relevant to all other trail runs as well as Forest Run. Many thanks to editor Michelle Pieters for her support of Forest Run. Such a pity that Michelle and Janice were unable to run – both down with injuries. Wishing you both speedy recovery. Read the rest of this entry »
Forest Run is in the new February 2013 issue of Modern Athlete magazine. In this article we’ve answered some of your questions about the run. You’ll find these and others on the FAQ page on this Forest Run website. Modern Athlete’s Michelle and Janice are training for the race – they’ll be running the relay pair. One month to go girls! Read the rest of this entry »