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AJ Calitz wins the Redbull Lionheart & Richtersveld entries about to open – Trail Talk SA Episode 15

This week on Trail Talk SA we chat to the winner of one of South Africa’s unique trail running events and we catch up with a race organiser that is well known for putting on spectacular events. On Episode 15 we:

Caught up with AJ Calitz following his win at the 2013 Redbull Lionheart this past weekend. AJ tells us what the competition was like this weekend in Cape Town as well as why he was disappointed in his Otter African Trail run performance in 2013. We also touched base on what is next for AJ. Brad asked AJ if he could give three tips that could help inexperienced trail runners get better and AJ shared a few absolute gems, in particularly about climbing.

Spoke to Owen Middleton about the Richtersveld Wild Run, which is due to be run for the first time in June 2014. Owen told us about the four stages and what you can expect as well as their philosophy as a race organiser. Owen and Brad also spoke about the Lesotho Wildrun and what you can expect if you are planning on running that. To find out more about those two events or to enter them click here.

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11 Global Weekend, Pietie Coetzee and Robin Hide from Modern Athlete – Tri Talk SA Episode 18

We spent the last weekend up at Sun City for the 11 Global that took place at the resort over the weekend and what an amazing weekend it was. We have a jam packed show for you this weekend and on Tri Talk SA this week: 11 Global Swim

Jaryd Browne raced his last race as a junior and we caught up with him after his win in the Sprint race on Saturday.

We spoke to Wikus Weber after he was the first elite athlete home in the Sprint. Wikus went on to win the Standard distance race on Sunday too and in doing so claimed the Eleven Squared title for the fastest combined time over the weekend.

Sam Harrington was the first lady home on Sunday and we chatted to her about her recent marriage as well as her great win on Sunday.

Miguel Viera, the first Angolan to finish an Ironman, spoke to us about his race on Sunday and what he has planned for the upcoming season.

The inspiring Frans Lotter completed the standard distance race on Sunday having just completed a course of chemotherapy following being diagnosed with cancer less than a year ago.

South African hockey legend Pietie Coetzee also took part in the 11Global this weekend. She raced in both the Sprint and Standard distance and claimed an overall podium spot in her first triathlon. We caught up with Pietie to chat about her amazing hockey career and how she got involved in the sport of triathlon. We also asked Pietie how she sees triathlon fitting into her life after she retires from international hockey.

Robin Hide from Modern Athlete joins us to tell us what you can expect in the November edition from a triathlon perspective. If you would like to access an electronic version of this month’s mag you can here.

We went on a short shopping spree with a non-triathlete. Say no more.

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New Balance Journey to Comrades Webinar 3 – November to December


The third webinar in the series of ‘Journey to Comrades’ was broadcast live on Monday 11 November 2013. On this webinar Brad Brown and Lindsey Parry covered the following:

  • What should you be doing right now if you are a novice?
  • What should you be doing right now if you are an experienced runner?
  • When should you look at taking a break before the end of the year?
  • The importance of recovery in your training regime.
  • What you should do if you have picked up an injury.

The next ‘Journey to Comrades Webinar’ will take place on 2 December 2013 and you can find out more about it and register here

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The Redbull Lionheart with Ryan Sandes and Trail Running in the Modern Athlete – Trail Talk SA Episode 14

Ryan sandesCape Town is synonymous for trail running and this weekend sees a race take place that will be run for the second time, the Redbull Lionheart. On Trail Talk SA this week:

  • We caught up with the founder of the Redbull Lionheart, trail runner extraordinaire Ryan Sandes. Running up and down Lions Head is an impressive feat on any day but taking it on in a knockout race-format elevates the challenge to another level. We chat to Ryan about the race and what you can expect as a spectator. To find out more visit the website . Brad and Ryan also chat a bit about Ryan’s recent victory in Patagonia.
  • Robin Hide from Modern Athlete tells us what you can expect in the November edition from a trail running perspective. You can read the latest edition of the Modern Athlete here.

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MTN Qhubeka’s Jay Thompson & The Tour of Stellenbosch with Erik Kleinhans – Cycle Talk SA Episode 15

Jay ThompsonWith the European cycling season wrapped up for the year many of the South African professional cyclists have come home for a short break before heading back north early in 2014. This week on Cycle Talk SA we:

  • Caught up with Team MTN Qhubeka’s Jay Thompson who has returned home following his European season. There is no rest right now for Jay though as he competes in the Tour of Rwanda in a couple of weeks from now. Brad and Jay chat about the season he has had, the rise of South African and African cycling as well as Jay’s history in the sport.
  • Also touch base with Erik Kleinhans who is organising the upcoming Tour of Stellenbosch. If you would like to find out more about the tour or to enter it you can visit their website here.

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Ironman 5150 Ekurhuleni winners Henri Schoeman & Andrea Steyn, Gaby Roasrio’s amazing story & Paul Kaye wraps the weekend – Tri Talk SA Episode 17

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Andrea Steyn winning the Ironman 5150 Ekurhuleni (Photo by Zoon Cronje)

It was another successful weekend of racing this past weekend at the Ironman 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championships. On episode 17 of Tri Talk SA this week we:

  • Chat to both the men’s and ladies winner, Henri Schoeman and Andrea Steyn, following their very successful weekend in Germiston. This is where you can see the Ironman 5150 Ekurhuleni race results.
  • Speak to Gaby Rosario who completed her first triathlon on Sunday and has an amazing story to share. Gaby has an extremely rare disease and has overcome some big obstacles to get to the finish line. If you are looking for some triathlon inspiration this is one interview you do not want to miss.
  • Touch base with Paul Kaye to wrap up the weekend in Germiston and we also take a look at Paul’s business ‘Focus on the Finish line’.

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The New York Marathon with Lusapho April & Nadia Neophytou, Two Oceans Half Marathon Entries & Marathon Man Trent Morrow – Run Talk SA Episode 24

It was another fabulous advertisement for the sport we love this past weekend in New York. 50 000 people took to the streets of the big apple on Sunday as part of the 2013 ING New York Marathon and we spoke to a few of them on this week’s Run Talk SA. In Episode 24:

Marathon Man Trent Morrow

  • Brad caught up with Lusapho April who finished third in the prestigious race.
  • Simon had a fascinating chat with Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk’s American Correspondent Nadia Neophytou who ran her first New York Marathon at the weekend.
  • Brad also touched base with Lester Cameron, the chairman of the Two Oceans board about the new entry process for the Two Oceans Half Marathon. You can read more about it here or click here to enter the race.
  • Trent Morrow aka Marathon Man is in the middle of a world record attempt and he spoke to Brad this week about his incredible journey. Make sure you listen to this interview as it will inspire you to get running and do something amazing. You can or and also visit his website here.

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The 2013 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championship Results

Henri Schoeman wins the 5150 African Champs 2013

Henri Schoeman wins the 5150 African Champs 2013 (Image by Zoon Cronje)

The inaugural Ekurhuleni 5150 African Championship took place on Sunday 3 November 2013 on a cool morning at Germiston Lake but as the race action heated up so did the temperature. Henry Schoeman put in a dominant display to claim the title of 5150 African Champion while Andrea Steyn underlined her status as one of the most feared female triathletes in South Africa by overturning a deficit to break the tape first. You can get the rest of the 5150 results here.

Schoeman leading from the front

Going into the Ekurhuleni 5150 African Championship it was all but a foregone conclusion that Henri Schoeman (RSA) would be the first athlete to complete the 1.5km swim leg. All went according to script as Schoeman exited the water with a 2 minute lead over the chasers. France’s Antony Costes was second into transition followed closely by Wikus Weber (RSA).

Schoeman took his lead onto the bike and managed to hold the Frenchman off for most of the way. He didn’t lead the entire way though as Costes took the lead around 34km into the bike leg, but Schoeman kept him in his sights all the way until T2. Costes entered T2 in first place but Schoeman was right behind. A quicker transition ensured that Schoeman could exit T2 first and be the first athlete out on the 10km run. Wikus Weber entered T2 in third making up a top three mimicking the swim exit.

The question was could Schoeman keep the 5150 Marseille champion at bay for 10km. The young South African responded to the challenge in fine style leading for the duration of the run to come home first in a time of 01:55:30 winning by over 2 minutes. Costes held his second place to finish in 01:57:58. Weber made up the final podium position in 01:58:33.

Steyn shows her staying power

The ladies’ race favourite once again put in a classy display but still had to push hard to get the win. Lucie Reed (CZE) made the early running with a brilliant swim putting her out in front. Reed exited the water in 6th place overall amongst the leading men. She was followed into transition by Corinne Berg (RSA) and Andrea Steyn (RSA).

Reed, with a lead of nearly 5 minutes on the bike aimed to stretch her advantage and proceeded to do so. Steyn managed to keep within touching distance while further back, Lauren Dance (RSA) made her way up field passing Berg. Reed was the first lady into T2 with but Steyn managed to cut the lead to just over 3 minutes. Continue reading

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New Entry Process for Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon


The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon isn’t only the world’s most beautiful 21.1km race, but also one of the most sought-after, with a fully-subscribed field lining up at the start.

This year, however, in an effort to give runners a fair chance to enter and to alleviate pressure on the online entry system, the organisers have introduced a phased approach to the 2014 Half Marathon entries, which includes application into an entry draw in January 2014.

During the first phase, which is currently running, runners can Continue reading

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Modern Athlete – November 2013 Edition

The latest edition of Modern Athlete is out. You can access the digital version below or subscribe to it free here. As always the magazine is packed with some amazing articles. Read about the inspiring Ken Poole, Vaylen Kirtley talks about going from Comrades TV Presenter to Comrades Runner and a fascinating interview with the president of Athletics South Africa James Evans following the Soweto Marathon debacle.

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