In the first edition of the UTD160, pre-race favourite Jock Green lived up to expectations as he dominated the field to win the flagship race of the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg at Bushman’s Nek hotel on Saturday.
The 2018 Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg festival of trail running’s agenda appeals to runners from novices to the most hardened elite ultra-marathoners and has drawn runners from all over the world to the Southern Drakensberg for the running bonanza from Friday until Sunday.
The word amongst ultra-trail runners is that you don’t want the number one bib, but for first UTD160 entrant Debbie Densham, she will be ignoring this when she takes on her debut 100 Miler at the 2018 Ultra-Trail Drakensberg starting at the Lesotho border post on Friday.
Seasoned adventure racer Rhys Foster will be running into unchartered territory as he prepares for his first 100 Miler at the 2018 Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg starting at the Lesotho border on Friday 27 April.
Despite its intimidating distance at altitude the UTD160 100 Miler race at the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg starting on 27 April has lured a core of tough ultra-trail runners eager to test themselves against the sprawling mountains of the Southern Drakensberg and Lesotho.
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.
The Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site that provides the breath-taking backdrop for the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg is a hugely popular haven for trail running, and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife play a critical role in protecting the area, a reason why they, along with Wildlife Act and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) are the beneficiaries of the event.
After a disappointing finish to his challenge for the 2017 UTD100 title, 2018 will see Jock Green return to the Drakensberg for a crack at winning the inaugural UTD160, the signature event of the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running, when it starts on 27 April.
As the hardy runner’s lodge their last minute entries for the 2018 Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running, the highly anticipated UTD160 will add another dimension to trail running in the province when the event gets underway in the mountains at the summit of Sani Pass on 28 April.