Merrell White Clay Trail Run

Event name: Merrell White Clay Trail Run
Where: Coffee Bay, Wild Coast
When: 26 August 2023
Distances 11 or 21km
Category: Walking or Running
locally crafted Medals for all finishers

The White Clay Trail Run is a thrilling trail running event on the scenic Wild Coast of Coffee Bay. With 21km or 11km options, runners can enjoy the captivating coastline and stunning natural beauty. Accommodation at the finish line and the best time of year make it a memorable experience for friends and family. Join us for an unforgettable adventure in nature’s embrace!

One of the unique aspects of the White Clay Trail Run is the accommodation option at the White Clay Resort, conveniently located at the finish line. After conquering the trail, runners and their loved ones can relax and celebrate their achievements together.

The event is carefully planned during the best time of the year on the Wild Coast, offering ideal weather conditions for a memorable running experience. Participants can expect not only a challenging race but also an opportunity to bond with friends and family, cheering each other on throughout the journey.

Run The Karoo

Run The Karoo entails a weekend of trail running in the heart of the Karoo from 11-12 March 2023! Experience authentic Karoo hospitality with braais, fresh farm bread, condensed milk coffee, koeksisters & craft beer amidst picturesque sunsets. Run the Karoo is not about crossing the finish line as quickly as possible but rather about a running experience like no other. *Walkers welcome!

BUCO Kowie Striders Smash the Pineapple Run

BUCO Smash the Pineapple Annual 10km and 27km Run

Get your race gear out, put on those running shoes and get ready to embrace Pineapple Country and welcome back the annual Buco Kowie Striders Smash the Pineapple Run, taking place on 1 October 2022.

After hosting the event for a number of years, the Kowie Striders Running and Walking Club are looking exceptionally  forward to welcoming runners, walkers, and their families to an event that promises to be challenging and fun.

The 27km event will see runners and walkers racing from the Big Pineapple in Bathurst to the Port Alfred Country Club, with most of the climbing being done in the first half. The last 5km heads into Port Alfred where participants will be greeted by the beautiful banks of the Kowie river.

The 10km is a fast course in and around Port Alfred, with one steep hill at the half-way mark.

In accordance with Covid-19 regulations on race day, the 27km event will have walkers starting at 07h00 and runners at 07h30, with the starting line being in Bathurst at the Big Pineapple. The 10km event will have walkers and runners starting at 08h15 from the Port Alfred Country Club.

Limited transport will be available to take participants to the start of the 27km race which needs to be booked on pre-entry.  Those participating, and their families, are welcomed to enjoy the festivities at the Port Alfred Country club after the event as there will be food and drinks available from the club.

The event is proudly organized by the Kowie Striders and Sponsored by BUCO, Port Alfred, in accordance with the rules of the ASA &
Entries can be made online

Merrell Hobbit Trail Runs

Merrell Hobbit Trail Runs

Where: Hogsback

Start & Finish: Arminel Hotel, Hogsback, Eastern Cape

Dates: 30th April & 1st May 2021

Distance: 90km 2 day / 42km / 16km/ 5km

The Merrell Hobbit Journey is a 2 day staged run of the Amathole Hiking Trail. Just thirty brave journeymen and women share in the adventure covering 90km of varied and magical terrain. From Maden Dam explore the enchanted indigenous forests and intriguing Amathole Mountains up to Cata mountain hut to pass the night with good food, good cheer and tired company. The next morning forge onward past cascading waterfalls and across crystal clear streams while enveloped in glorious vistas, and no small amount of sweat, to finally descend into Hogsback.

Meanwhile, the 42km run on Saturday may be referred to as the short one at this event but this phenomenal route is consistently noted as the ‘most value per kilometer trail run in the country. Showcasing an immense variety of terrain and challenges, the course has determined runners building a very special relationship with the ups and downs of mountain running.

The 16km and 5km routes are neither flat nor easy, but very doable and see a mixture of racers and casual runners all loving the magical vibe of the forest along well marked routes.

Wild Coast Vet Chintsa Trail

The Chintsa Trail Run was started in 2013 as a fundraiser for the Chintsa Running Club. International adventure athletes have rated the route as one of the most gruelling and pristine trails in South Africa.

This year the event is sponsored by Wild Coast Vet and it will start and finish at Emerald Vale Brewery. The epic route remains with an additional value add to make the long route an insane 44km GOLD GREYHOUND. A challenging 21 km AMBER ALSATIAN  is available for the less daring and a 4km PALE POODLE for the family is also on offer. One of the main attractions of this unique run is the trail diversity which take runners through usually inaccessible farms, beaches and coastal forest (special permission is obtained from all private landowners). A must for all nature lovers, biophiles and trail addicts.

Emerald Vale Brewery provides a festive atmosphere for runners and supporters. The restaurant and bar will be running food and drink specials.

Donations and a portion of proceeds go to Chintsa Running Club. Running kit and shoe donations will be much appreciated.

Chintsa Ultra Trail

The Chintsa Trail Run was started in 2013 as a fundraiser for the Chintsa Running Club. International adventure athletes have rated it as one of the most gruelling and beautiful trails in South Africa. One of the main attractions of this event is the route diversity and the pristine trails which take runners through usually inaccessible farms and coastal forest (special permission is obtained from all private landowners).

This year the event will start and end at Emerald Vale Brewery. The epic route remains with an additional value add to make it a 44km CHINTSA ULTRA. A fun family friendly 8 km trail is also on offer.

Emerald Vale Brewery offers a festive atmosphere for family and supporters. The restaurant and bar will be open.

Donations and a portion of proceeds go to Chintsa Running Club.  Running kit and shoe donations welcome


The Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer

Exciting news is that the Eastern Cape’s biggest charity event, the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer presented by the Eastern Cape Department of Health, will still be hosted in 2020 – as a virtual event.

Participants are encouraged to dress in pink and take a 5km walk around their neighbourhoods on Saturday, 31 October 2020, in support of everyone who has been affected by cancer.

“For the first time, this legacy event reaches beyond the city. Together with those affected by cancer we will be able to celebrate every step on the road to recovery and healing, anywhere in Algoa Country,” says Algoa FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer.

This year the beneficiary is the Igazi Foundation, which will use the funds to purchase equipment needed to be able to continue treating blood cancer cases in the Eastern Cape.

For more information please visit the Algoa FM website,



As an event where participants will have the opportunity to take in the beauty of the Sunshine Coast, The Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Challenge will be opened by the annual 8km Trail Run on Friday 10 April 2020 at 07:30am.

The trail run, now in its third year and organised by the Kowie Striders, lives up to the club’s ethos of being a space for the young and the young at heart. Encouraging avid runners, and walkers, the trail is set  along a well-chosen route, starting at the Royal St Andrews Hotel.

The route navigates through the Royal Port Alfred Golf Course, allowing one to soak up the essence of the golf course before heading onto the beach at Saltvlei where one will appreciate our coastline.

Participants will meet the famous Kelly’s Blue Flag Beach, while having the opportunity to see the festivities of the SA Bodyboarding Champs which starts at 07:00am. Runners and walkers will have marshals direct them along a short stretch on the Kowie River towpath, along Beach Road and up the notorious old concrete staircase leading to Grand Street before entering the final stretch on a trail through dune bush behind Medolino Caravan Park.

The most inspiring finish in 2019 was awarded to 81-year-old Glenda Hicks, the oldest entrant who won a prize for her incredible efforts.

The event is organized by the Kowie Striders in Accordance with the Rules of ASA and EPA. Those who would like to enter are encouraged to do so through Entrytime at Entry forms will also be available from mid-March 2020 from Sportsmans Warehouse in East London and Bryan Bands in Port Elizabeth. Online Entries are now open and will close on 07 April 2020.

Entries And Collection Of Race Envelopes will be at Royal St. Andrews Hotel on Thursday 9th April 2020 from 17h00 – 19h00 and on race day from 06h00 – 07h00.
Prizes will be awarded to the first five and first three in age categories while T-shirts will be awarded to the first 100 finishers. Prize giving and lucky draws will take place following the event.



Farmer Angus Night Run



These runs will be at “The Shed”, on Spier Farm – Off Annandale Road, which is the link road between the R310 and R44.


• 4km or 8km. Both are timed. Various categories.

The 8km is a “trail run” although we do understand most runners walk the hills. Rather enter for the 4km if you would like to walk. No dogs/pets allowed at the venue or on the trails please.

• You can claim vitality points for timed events.
• Registration and late-one-the-day entries from 17h45 – 18h50.
• Run briefing – 18h50 for all distances.

8km – starts 19h00
>4km – starts 19h10


Online/pre entries close at 5pm, two days before the run date.

Categories: For both distances
• Masters Female (50+)
• Masters Male (50+)
• Vet Male (40-49)
• Vet Female (40-49)
• Senior Male (16-39)
• Senior Female (16-39)
• Junior Male (U/16)*
• Junior Female (U/16)*
*if you are already 16, you are then Male or Female Open