June is here and with it the start of the Gauteng Winter Trail Series. The series consists of 4 trail runs and will be run on the 4 weekends in June. I’ve entered all the races and I’m really looking forward to this. Each race is at a different venue in the Johannesburg/Pretoria region at different nature reserves and game farms. The races are short, between 11km and 16km, but we’ve been assured that the routes will be challenging.
06 June Run 1 – Segwati Ranch, 13 – 15km
13 June Run 2 – Hennops Valley, 11.4km
20 June Run 3 – Thaba Nkwe Game Ranch, 13 – 16km
27 June Run 4 – Pelindaba Nature Reserve, 11.7km
This is great for June as road races were cancelled because the FIFA soccer world cup starts here in SA on 11 June with the final on 11 July. Road races will commence in the 2nd half of July.
I’m training for some marathons and 50km races later this year and will do some longer runs on the Saturdays before the last two trail races. I hope to run the Mont-aux-sources 50km Challenge in the Drakensberg in September and want to get a combination of distance and trail runs in as part of my preparation.
So it looks like June will be a very busy month. I’m really busy at work and will continue my early morning runs through the winter. Johannesburg is one of the cities in the world with the best weather all year and running outside throughout the year is definitely a great advantage. The winter is dry and this makes trail running ideal. The soccer will certainly provide some exciting moments as well.
I’m ready for a great June! What will June be like for you?