Running: My Saving Grace

Well Worth Having



This is the ideal snack for anyone on the run! These bars are 100% natural and come in three new delicious flavours: African Cocoa with Limpopo Ginger, Cape Orchard with Baobab Fruit, and Red Apple with Zanzibar Spice. They contain a mixture of different fruits, oats and peanut butter and are perfect for providing athletes and energetic people with an instant on-the-go snack. Some of the fruits have a GI rating that will deliver energy quickly to athletes who are on the move and running out of steam. However, the other fruits, oats and peanut butter in the bar all have a low Gl rating and will therefore continue to steadily supply energy several hours after being consumed. Interestingly, these energy food bars were created at the Energy Works, which is the first eco-friendly office building in Johannesburg! It runs off sustainable solar-powered energy and fresh rainwater. Available countrywide at Dis-Chem, petrol stations, Clicks, Pick n Pay, independent pharmacies and Spar at R8.


Inov-8 is a brand new trail running shoe hitting our shores. It’s the perfect shoe for off-road junkies and has a proven track record in countries such as the UK and America where it has been available for the past eight years. All Inov-8 products have been extensively tested by off-road enthusiasts and elite international athletes to guarantee their performance. One of the most popular shoes in the range is the Mudclaw™ racer. It weighs in at 272g and has a superb level of grip when racing in the toughest conditions. The aggressively studded Mudclaw™ sole is designed specifically to cope with steep mixed terrain when ascending, descending and contouring. It is especially good on wet grass and in deep mud. The off-centre ‘ray wrap™’ lacing provides a more secure hold on the foot while contouring. If you are planning any off-road running soon, this is one of your best bets! Available from specialised outdoor and sport shops as well as agents countrywide, at R1 195. For more info, log onto or contact Mike Morehen at


Widely regarded as the original technical base layer and an active wear icon, Stripe Crew tops have been around since 1970 with their distinctive white chevron stripe on the sleeves, and they’ve just gotten better as the years have gone by. These tops, available in men’s and women’s long- or short-sleeved versions, provide lightweight comfort and effective moisture-management thanks to the triple-layered Lifa? Stay Dry Technology™ that moves moisture away from the skin. And these tops just look super-cool, too! Available from The Runner Group, The Sweat Shop, Running Inn, as well as paddling, outdoor and hiking stores, at R325 (long sleeves) and R300 (short sleeves).


This is the compelling story of Braam Malherbe’s epic 4 218km run with running partner David Grier along
the Great Wall of China in 2006. Enduring both blood-boiling heat and mind-numbing cold, mummifying sandstorms, deadly quicksand, incidents with bandits and draconian officials, pig’s-head soup and other Chinese cuisine delights, Braam takes the reader on an incredible journey through the heartland of China as he tells how he and David became the first people in recorded history to run the whole Wall non-stop, and how he had to call on reserves far deeper – physically and emotionally – than even he realised he had. Available from Exclusive Books, Wordsworth Books, CNA, PnA, Bargain Books and at R175.