Annalise’s Story of the MUT

Thank you very much for this opportunity – this will officially be my first “race report” …. So I’ll leave it at that.. hahaha 😜

My Discovery George MUT weekend started with me and Jacques somehow mis communicating times and it resulted in me missing the Race Briefing, hahaha!!! He did make up for it and luckily they are so organised at this event that the race briefing was recorded and I could watch the whole “show” on his phone!

Annalise watching the Race Briefing on her phone

Saturday started at an early 3am, because the gun goes at 5am (a bit earlier than the norm) and I have to get the girls ready as well. I love my brown bread toast with lots of Honey and Almond ButtaNut for breakfast – depending on the day I’ll have 2 pieces. I need 30 minutes just to sort myself out before a race and I woke the girls at 3:30am.  My absolutely amazing husband, Juan, the reason why I get to do what I do also got up and we are such a solid team in organising the girls and ourselves by now, we left our apartment at 4:20am to arrive at the venue at 4:30am.

I was really scared it was going to be cold as the weather predicted 8 degree’s, but when we woke up there was a very strong presence of a warm “berg wind” 😀 – some heat!!

The race started at 5am and after literally 100m of flat running you basically climb for the next 10km, it was great. I really had to take care not to push too hard at the start as I knew the second half was going to be tough, if you blow your legs early on it will be a very long day out.

First check point came very quickly and it was just before this point my headlamp decided it was a great time to start messing around with programs and power saving modes – epic fail. Travis was behind me (again thank you Travis) and he was more than happy to share his light. I do believe this was also a blessing in disguise for me later on. The 2nd check point is where I could refill my Tailwind and the climbing continued at least we had a few little downs in between. The only thing that was a bit sad is that it was still dark at this point so you can’t see the beautiful mountains. The sunrise was magical though!!! I was really looking forward to some more runnable sections, I just wanted to stretch my legs out a bit. After one or two more shorter climbs and a technical down we hit a jeep track and I could finally motor a bit, really enjoyed pushing the pace and increasing the cadence here.

On the “ridge” just after the infamous Dizzy Heights climb

CP3 was a quick hallo and then I knew my family was waiting at CP 4, could not wait to see them. It is amazing what this has done for me mentally, especially in trail running you do not really see family and friends along the way, this was such a nice touch to this race!!  I was lucky enough to share a few kilometres with the famous Mr Skyrun, thank you Bruce was lovely chatting to you, what a legend!! Before I knew it I was nearly half way, hugging my beautiful girls and blowing kisses at my hubby! Refilled my Tailwind, had some oranges, most divine date balls and off I went with Jacques doing a little jog with me giving me some race feedback. The next section was mentally quite nice as I had done it in the training run and knew what to expect. The climb after CP 5 is the worst in the race for me, the famous Dizzy Heights – it is not that long compared to what you have done but it is really steep and your legs are starting to feel the elevation a bit at this point. I just took a moment here, appreciated the majestic views and gathered myself again. It was also quite windy at places, that hot berg wind so I knew I had to look after my hydration.

CP 6 was a lovely stop, people where so friendly, actually at all the Check Points everyone was so helpful and friendly – thank you!! Again filled my Tailwind took some extra liquids here as temperatures where rising. I knew I only had 20km to go and there is a lot more runnable sections coming up where I can push my pace again. I was playing cat and mouse with Kyle Herring at this point as I kept catching him and passing him and then the other way around, after passing him at about 45km I did not see him again.

Race Start smiles for Annalise at Witfontein

CP7 was great, the guys directed all route/course commentary to Jacques hahahaha I laughed so hard. The last 5km of this race was really technical and difficult on tired legs but I felt so strong and was able to still push and run majority of the sections, I was very surprised in how well my legs felt right up to the last kilometre.  All in all, a beautiful and amazing day out, feeling blessed to be able to take part in such activities. Want to thank Brooks Running SA for their continued support as well as Feetures socks. Tailwind Nutrition keeps me going for kilometres on end 💪

Annalise coming over the line absolutely delighted

To every single person involved and the race organisers of the Discovery George MUT – Zane and Jacques, you have surpassed all expectations!!!  This race will become one of South Africa’s iconic events, every single trail runner needs to do this race at least once, go experience the beautiful Outeniqua mountains!! 60km of the most pristine single track you can imagine, I will definitely be back!!!! The local trail running community truly are amazing, thank you every single person involved for an unforgettable weekend!!!

The annual George MUT Mountain Ultra Trail, presented by Ecobound Events in the Outeniqua Nature Reserve, George, Western Cape, South Africa, RSA

The women’s podium with Annalise on the top step in a time of 08:37:54

 

 

Brendan Lombard’s Race Report

The morning started off with quite a bang and I headed out quite hard as planned as I was keen to test my legs after all the prep which had been done. I felt good and opened up an early lead of about 5 min.

Brendan Lombard leads Roelof Mostert down a descent during their battle for the Discovery MUT victory which lasted for much of the race. Photo by Jacques Marais.

The risk of running alone in the dark however caught up with me and I ended up running through thick shrub which definitely was not part of the course. I saw a light shining in the distance and immediately knew I better double back as fast as possible in order to still be in the race. I caught up to the light and realised it was Roelof. What was to ensue was a race of epic proportions.
Roelof and I had a proper dog fight out there. We changed the lead for a solid 3/4 hours and it was a game of cat and mouse. We soon figured out each others strengths and I knew if I was to try pull away too soon it would be to no avail as Roelof would just catch me on whatever gnarly descent lay ahead. I was strong on the climbs and runnable sections and I chose to bide my time until it felt right to put the hammer down.

Brendan taking the win at Witfontein, Outeniqua Nature Reserve

I think it was with about 10-15km to go that we came across quite a bit of jeep track. It is here where I knew I could move quickly. I broke away nervously as I did not know what lay ahead but trusted my intuition that it was now or never. Every so often I looked back to see where he was and I really stressed out when coming toward heavily technical descents as I knew Roelof could make up time on me here. I even started asking for a climb late into the race just to feel a bit safer as I knew I was strong here. This was answered late into the race with the treacherous “Harries Hill.” As much as I cursed this hill, I was thankful for it.
The last few km’s were nice and fast and I could open up my stride and move quickly. I looked once more to see if there was a chase and I saw no one. I then knew the race was mine.
Thank you to Roelof for a radical race. It is not often in an Ultra a race is so well contested. Big ups to the organisers of this awesome event. I think you are onto something here and it will be evident in it’s growth.
I’ll be back. 🙂
Brendan

The annual George MUT Mountain Ultra Trail, presented by Ecobound Events in the Outeniqua Nature Reserve, George, Western Cape, South Africa, RSA

Lombard and Scholtz Run to Discovery MUT Titles

Brendan Lombard run to a hard fought Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail victory over defending champion Roelof Mostert on Saturday the 15th of June 2019. The women’s race, over the flagship 60 kilometre distance was won in far more dominant fashion by Annalise Scholtz. The event also saw 25 and 9 kilometre distances contested on highly technical mountain running trails in the Outeniqua Mountains, outside George.

Brendan Lombard leads Roelof Mostert down a descent during their battle for the Discovery MUT victory which lasted for much of the race. Photo by Jacques Marais.

Lombard had made no secret of his intentions to contest the victory in the build up to the Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail, which is best known by the abbreviated Discovery MUT. To achieve that goal he set out fast and had established what he estimated to be a 5 minute lead half way up the Cradock Pass climb. The pre-dawn start caused Lombard to take a wrong turn though. “I went off route for about 5 minutes, but fortunately I saw Roelof’s light” the race winner explained. The pair then stayed within sight of each other for the next 40 kilometres.

 

“I’ve never raced an ultra like that” Mostert confessed. “Usually the field splits up with everyone running their own pace, but Brendan and I ran together like it was a 25 or 35 kilometre race. By the 38 kilometre mark I was pretty broken” the second placed finisher elaborated. “Brendan simply outclassed me today” he retold, recounting how Lombard kept up a relentless pace in the closing 15 kilometres. The man from Cape Town eventually distanced Mostert towards the end of the Tonelbos section in the run into to Check Point 7, at the 55 kilometre mark.

The 60km race distance, at the Discovery MUT, started pre-dawn at 5am. Photo by Jacques Marais.

“It is probably the toughest 60 I’ve done” Lombard puffed upon crossing the finish line at the Witfontein Forest Station. “It has got a bit of everything and it’s proper technical. It was a proper dog fight with Roelof. We ran quite a bit together. I pushed it on the climbs but technical downhills are sort of my downfall so he would come past and I would fall in behind him. When we reached those runnable jeep tracks I just decided ‘let’s put the hammer down and go’” he elaborated as to how the race unfolded.

 

Lombard’s winning time was 7 hours, 3 minutes and 25 seconds. Mostert crossed the line 5 minutes and 5 seconds later. Mvuyisi Gcogco completed the podium places finishing 14 minutes and 38 second after the race winner.

For many of the runners taking part in the Discovery MUT the sun only rose well into their circumnavigation of the Outeniqua Mountains. Photo by Jacques Marais

Women’s race winner Scholtz had a lonelier run to victory. “It was fun” were the first words out of the new Discovery MUT champion’s mouth upon crossing the finish line. “I really enjoyed it. It was a tough day out but it was beautiful. I felt very strong, had some hiccups along the way but it wouldn’t be an ultra without them. But overall I’m very happy” Scholtz smiled.

 

The trail runner from Port Elizabeth was joined on the podium by former George local Chantel Nienaber and Mia Uys, a Stellenbosch University post-graduate student. Scholtz’s winning time was 8 hours, 37 minutes and 54 seconds, which was good enough to see her place sixth overall. Nienaber crossed the line 39 minutes and 21 seconds later, while Uys finished just over an hour after Scholtz.

Chantel Nienaber, an erstwhile George local, raced to second position in the 60km race in the Discovery MUT. Photo by Jacques Marais.

The shorter distances were if anything even more fiercely contested. The 25 kilometre race in particular saw exceptionally fast times with both the winner and second placed man breaking AJ Calitz’s 2018 course record. Making that fact more remarkable was the increased technicality of the 2019 route. Johan Cronje, the South African 1 500 metre record holder and 2013 World Championships Bronze Medallist ensured the pace was frantic from the off. The erstwhile track star was making his trail running race debut and had never completed a 25 kilometre run off-road; but that did not hold him back. He blitzed the course in a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 49 seconds.

The Discovery MUT treated trail runners in all three distances to big mountain running. Photo by Jacques Marais.

Anderson Ncube crossed the line 8 minutes and 58 seconds after Cronje; recounting how he had seen the winner fall at least twice on the Cradock Pass descent. Cronje’s falls clearly did not slow him down. His buffer to Rohan Kennedy, who finished third, was a comfortable 13 minutes and 57 seconds despite his tumbles.

 

The women’s 25 kilometre race was won by Ritsa Fouche in a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes and 45 seconds. Her nearest rival was Marta Jekot who finished 3 minutes and 15 seconds back. George resident, Rose de Jonge, complete the podium after overcoming the set-back of a nasty fall inside the first 5 kilometres.

Riaan Nieuwoudt makes his way up a technical climb during the 60km route of the Discovery MUT. Photo by Jacques Marais.

Seldom has a 9 kilometre been as tough as the Discovery MUT’s shortest distance. It like the longer distances featured true mountain running but none-the-less Warren Langridge and Marc Wierzba managed to dip under the hour mark. Langridge took the title in a time of just 55 minutes and 7 seconds; Wierzba was second 4 minutes and 11 seconds slower. Douglas Stanley rounded out the men’s podium. The women’s race over the shortest distance was won by Knysna’s Jess Devine. The 17 year old completed the very challenging course in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 18 seconds, 2 minutes and 56 seconds ahead of Trude Carstens. Ane O’Kennedy was third, just 14 seconds behind Carstens.

The Discovery MUT did not just feature mountain top panoramas but also a few trips through the Outeniqua Mountains’ hidden indigenous forests. Photo by Jacques Marais.

On Monday the Discovery MUT activities continue with the Vertical 1K challenge. The final event of the #MUTlife weekend is free to enter and takes place from the Ground Zero Bike and Trail Park in George. To take part in the Vertical 1K runners need to be at Ground Zero at 10h00 on Monday. Entry is free and runners will stand the chance of winning spot prizes, while the King and Queen of the Mountain will each receive a pair of 100% Sunglasses.

2019 Discovery MUT 60km men’s podium. From left to right: Roelof Mostert (2nd), Brendan Lombard (1st) and Mvuyisi Gcgogo (3rd). Photo by Jacques Marais.

To relive all the action from the 2019 Discovery MUT please visit the event’s Facebook page George MUT, where you will be able to view all the photos and videos from the race. For more information, visit www.georgetrailrun.co.za.

2019 Discovery MUT 60km women’s podium. From left to right: Chantel Nienaber (2nd), Annalise Scholtz (1st) and Mia Uys (3rd). Photo by Jacques Marais.

Results 2019 Discovery MUT

60km Men

  1. Brendan Lombard (7:03:25)
  2. Roelof Mostert (7:08:30 | +05:05)
  3. Mvuyisi Gcgogo (7:18:04 | +14:38)

 

60km Women

  1. Annalise Scholtz (8:37:54)
  2. Chantel Nienaber (9:16:15 | +39:21)
  3. Mia Uys (9:41:31 | +1:04:07)

 

25km Men

  1. Johan Cronje (2:06:49)
  2. Anderson Ncube (2:15:47 | +8:58)
  3. Rohan Kennedy (2:20:46 | +13:57)

 

25km Women

  1. Ritsa Rouche (2:49:45)
  2. Marta Jekot (2:53:00 | +3:15)
  3. Rose de Jonge (3:04:52 | +15:07)

 

9km Men

  1. Warren Longridge (55:07)
  2. Marc Wierzba (59:18 | +4:11)
  3. Douglas Stanley (1:01:41 | +6:34)

 

9km Women

  1. Jess Devine (1:10:18)
  2. Trude Carstens (1:13:14 | +2:56)
  3. Ane O’Kennedy (1:13:26 | +3:10)

 

For the full results from the 2019 Discovery MUT visit www.mobiielite.com.

Finishing just before last light was definitely worth celebrating after a brutal 13 hours on the trails of the Discovery MUT. Photo by Jacques Marais.

Chantel Nienaber’s reflection on the Discovery MUT

It’s been 365 days since I got to run around in the Outeniqua mountains. Sadly last year I only got to experience  the first 5 kilometres of the 25km GeorgeMUT and then had to #DNF due to a torn hammy.

I could not wait to return to do the “REAL” one. The scruffy dog 60km’s was certainly going to be a challenge… Fortunately, I’m familiar with most of the route, with this being my old stomping grounds. I think it’s only when you’re physically in the thick of things, that the penny drops and you remember how relentless some of those climbs actually are. When I ran past a fellow participant at the base of the renowned ‘Dizzy height’ – this guy just said “I’m over this”… What’s one to do??? When you hit a wall, you just have to keep on soldiering on until you find a crest again.

I think it’s like child birth, you swear you’ll never do it again – but before you know it, you’re surrounded by the most magestic panoramic views. That’s what keeps bringing you back again.

The friendly and efficient volunteers at the water stations were the ones that also helped carry the runners through. In the latter part of the race, I literally went into survival mode. I couldn’t help but envy Annalize, when I’d hear from the marshalls how she was prancing along in the mountains, looking so fresh and happy. I had visions of her looking like Gerda Steyn, breaking the course record while I was clinging on like the other girls at the Comrades competing against her. She was brilliant on the day and a dear friend.

I am however thrilled to say: I’m back! After a year of rehab and nursing this injury. Thankfully, I can do 60km again and spend 9+ hours on my legs although I nearly died. It’s been a long road, with many months of frustration and all those silly physio exercises. But what an awesome way to get to test your body. Lots of work still lies ahead but we will get there.

As I’m heading back to the Western Cape now, I can’t help but experience a fondness in my heart for the special people in George. From beginning to end, they carried all of the athletes on their hands. Assisting, encouraging and motivating you all the way through. It’s very evident that the team from Eco Bound race themselves. They know exactly what an athlete needs. We received fabulous goodie bags with not just GU’s gels, but Roctaine’s too (according to my friend “that stuff should be illlegal”). The locals of George take pride in their mountains – and so they rightfully should… The  absolutely the gem of the Garden Route. I suppose some part of me will always be in George.

Hopefully I will be back in 2020, stronger and actually enjoy Henry’s hill.

There are too many people to thank but I love you all, from my sponsors, clients, friends and family. You all give me wings. I ran this race in aid of Sabrina Love Foundation that is very dear to my heart. I want to thank everyone that supported me in raising funds for this great cause.
Lastly I want to thank God for His grace and love.

Chantel

Chantel placed second in the 60km race in a time of 09:16:15

Voyage of Trail Running: Discovery partners with George MUT as title sponsor

The George Mountain Ultra Trail is proud to reveal Discovery as its title sponsor. “With the second edition of the race less than a month away, this news adds credence to evidence that the race has grown in leaps and bounds in its short life thus far,” says Race Director, Zane Schmahl.

Discovery’s sponsorship heralds a slight change of identity as the event will now be known as the Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail, Discovery MUT in short.

The Discovery MUT features 60km, 25km and 9km route options; all of which explore the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains above the Southern Cape town of George. Photo by Jacques Marais.

The Discovery MUT aligns with the title sponsors’ aims, as Iona Maclean, Head of Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing at Discovery, explains: “Trail running promotes strength, agility and balance – key aspects of physical fitness. Our sponsorship of the Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail not only aligns with Discovery’s pledge to make 100 million people 20% more active by 2025, but – given the incredible natural beauty of the setting – also gives participants the opportunity to combine physical activity with their love of the great outdoors.”

Race Director, Zane Schmahl is equally excited: “We are proud to be associated with one of South Africa’s leading brands, Discovery, and see their partnership with the Discovery MUT as an opportunity to foster further growth in the local trail running scene.” The event was created out of EcoBound’s passion for running on the trails of George and the Outeniqua Mountains, as well as the recognition that there is an ever growing trail running community in South Africa.

The 60km route in particular is exceptionally diverse, taking in indigenous forests sections as well as stretches through Cape Mountain fynbos. Photo by Jacques Marais.

As a result of the increasing quality of running talent that the event continues to attract, the 2019 event will be expanded to include two exciting additional events. Together, these and the Discovery MUT race day, makes the #MUTlife long weekend of adventure sports and trail running an experience to remember.

The main event, the 60 kilometre Discovery MUT – which was dubbed the Scruffy Dog in 2018 – starts on Saturday morning at 05h00. Among the runners taking to the trails and competing for their share of the R20 000 prize, is 2018 champion Roelof Mostert. Last year, Mostert completed the course in an unexpectedly fast time of 6 hours and 21 minutes, leading EcoBound Mountain Events to believe that breaking the 6-hour barrier will be possible in the future. The women’s field is headlined by former George resident, Chantel Nienaber, who will be up against Annalise Scholtz amongst others in her battle for Discovery MUT supremacy.

Chantel Nienaber is set to return for the 2018 edition and is the women’s race favourite. Photo by Jacques Marais.

“After the devastating fires of 2018, the vegetation on the Outeniqua Mountain above George has recovered well,” Schmahl explained, addressing the nature of the 2019 route. “Teams of the local trail community have been working very hard on repairing and building trails where the fire has left its mark. For the Discovery MUT runners, that means there will be some exciting new sections of trail included in this year’s race.”

In addition to the 60 kilometre MUT, the main race day, on 15 June, boasts the 25 kilometre MUT Challenge and the 9 kilometre MUT Lite. Trail runners have been warming up for the Discovery MUT in the Outeniqua Mountains since the 2018 race. The event hosts a year-round FKT (Fastest Known Time) Challenge to the summit of George Peak.  The challenge is free to enter and the Kings and Queens of the Mountain will be rewarded at the Discovery MUT prize giving at 18h00 on Saturday 15 June.

The Herald Valley is the half-way point of both the 60km and 25km race distances. Photo by Jacques Marais.

The Discovery MUT festivities get underway in earnest though on Thursday the 13th of June, as the #MUTlife long weekend kicks off. The event has partnered with the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and because of this, adventure sports lovers have two opportunities to view the award winning short films on the African Continent. The first screening will take place at RocoMamas in George, at 19h00 on Thursday the 13th. The second screening will take place after prize giving, at the Witfontein race hub in the Outeniqua Nature Reserve, on Saturday the 15th. Tickets for the VIMFF screenings are R195 each and can be purchased online via Computicket.

A Vertical Kilometre challenge caps proceedings on Monday the 17th of June. Entry is free and the racing starts at 10h00 from the Ground Zero Bike and Trail Park in George. The 4 kilometre long route features a brutal 1 kilometre of climbing to the summit of George Peak. To reward the true mountain goats for their efforts in the VK Challenge, there will be spot prizes and sunglasses from Pure Endurance 100% up for grabs.

Starting at 05h00 the 60km trail runners will have an hour and a half of darkness to contend with at the start of their Discovery MUT adventures. Photo by Jacques Marais.

Entries to the Discovery MUT close on the 3rd of June and only line entries to the 9 kilometre MUT Lite will be available on race day. For more information please visit www.georgetrailrun.co.za. To stay updated on all the news, training runs and to keep your trail stoke topped up ahead of the race,  like the George MUT Facebook page and follow @EcoBoundEvents ‏on Twitter as well as @georgemountainultratrail on Instagram.

 

 

 

About The Discovery MUT

Founded in 2018 the Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail showcases the spectacular mountain trail running of the Outeniqua Mountains. Created with room for growth to include longer distances the Discovery MUT currently features 65km, 25km and 9km race distances along with a Fastest Known Time and Vertical Kilometre Challenge. The event is also partnered with the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and hosts two screenings of the festival’s award winning short films during the MUT Life long weekend.

About Discovery:

Discovery is a shared value insurance company whose purpose and ambition are achieved through a pioneering business model that incentivises people to be healthier, and enhances and protects their lives. Their model delivers better health and value for clients, superior actuarial dynamics for the insurer, and a healthier society.

For more information on the Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail please contact Race Director Zane Schmahl on 072 076 8623 or via email at zane@ecobound.co.za. Alternatively please visit www.georgetrailrun.co.za.

 

Newsletter – We are very excited to welcome our new Title Sponsor.

Discovery has come onboard as the title sponsor of the ultimate trail run in the city of George. The event will from now on be known as The Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail, the Discovery MUT for short.
We are very proud to have formed a partnership with a brand like Discovery and we look forward to a great working relationship with them!

“Trail running promotes strength, agility and balance – key aspects of physical fitness. Our sponsorship of the Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail not only aligns with Discovery’s pledge to make 100 million people 20% more active by 2025, but – given the incredible natural beauty of the setting – also gives participants the opportunity to combine physical activity with their love of the great outdoors,” Iona Maclean, Head of Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing at Discovery.

More News on The Discovery MUT.

Entries will be closing on 3 June 2019 and you will only be able to enter for the MUT lite 9km on the day.

With the sponsorship from Discovery we are now able to offer an awesome Prize Purse of R20 000.00 for the event.

We will be adding a fun and free Vertical Kilometer Challenge to the program of events over the #MUTlife weekend where we will host a VK Challenge on the Monday 17 June 2019. We know your legs will be shot from the race but it is only 4km, how hard can it be? The guys from 100% Sport Performance has thrown in some cool prizes to be won on this challenge!

We have partnered with Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) to host 2 screenings of their amazing films as part of the #MUTlife weekend as well. The first screening will be on Thursday 13 June 2019 at RocoMamas, George and the second screening at Prize Giving of the Discovery MUT 15 June 2019 at Witfontein.

We will host our final training run this weekend the Dizzy Heights Extreme and we are planning an informal Q&A session where you can come and ask all the questions you might have on preparing for the event. Keep an eye out on social media for more details on this.

The GTR Trail Fund team is hard at work repairing and building new trails after the fires for the Discovery MUT, expect some minor changes on the routes, it will add to the smile satisfaction of your run, we promise!

We are looking forward to seeing you out on the trails soon!
Cheers
Team EcoBound

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We are proud to host a screening of some of the most anticipated mountain films in the world at the Discovery MUT weekend!

Buy tickets for 13 June VIMFF Screening

Buy tickets for 15 June VIMFF Screening

 

 

#VKChallenge, we will host a fun and free Vertical Kilometer Challenge on Monday 17 June 2019, bring your climbing legs and if you are not planning on running come and join us cheering those that are, up the hill!

  • Monday 17 June 2019
  • First batch to start 10:00am
  • Meet and greet at Ground Zero Trail Park c/o Arbour and Camphersdrift Street, George
  • 100% Sunglass Prizes to be won!

Entries Open for #MUT2019

Are you ready for trail nirvana?

Entries Open Tomorrow!

Mountain Running

Megan Skowno running through the magical #Tonnelbos

The Start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a long and hard drive to this point. Where we are able to finally open entries for the MUT 2019. After the fires swept through the mountains of George in October last year, we have been hard at work with Cape Nature trying to establish the condition of the trails and trying to predict what the mountain would be like in June this year.

Entries will open tomorrow 08:00am 18 January 2019.

The second MUT is set to take place in June 2019, the mountain is green and tunring back to its former glory, some might say it will be in an even better condition come MUT time!

  • 15 June 2019
  • 60km MUT #ScruffyDog | 25km MUT Challenge | 9km MUT Lite
  • Witfontein Forestry Station, Outeniqua Nature Reserve, George

Come join us, as we showcase our home trails to the trail running community!

Mid length Trail Running Socks by Versus

 

#MUTSocks 😱 🧦 That’s right, Versus Socks has partnered with us to bring you our very own Mid Length Running MUT Socks this year. You can add them to our entry when entering tomorrow for R125 bucks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We run here, we smile here, we live for our Mountain, come join us on the Outeniquas!

 

Megan’s experience of the Outeniquas

Wow, where to even start… other than by saying that this race should be at or near the top of every trail runners bucket list.

Ladies winner: Megan Skowno in Tonnelbos having fun!

Megan Skowno took top honours for the inaugural George Mountain Ultra Trail in a time of 08:23:10 on the 60km route know as the #Scruffydog challenge! Here is what she had to say…

It has it all. A smorgasbord of terrain and landscapes to keep it fun and interesting. 
Starting with the seemingly endless climb up Cradock Pass in the dark to be greeted by a golden sunrise while descending through the proteas in Camfersdrift.  A rare few kilometers on dirt roads with the next single track climb in the distance just below the mighty Cradock Peak. A super technical, steep and slippery descent into a lush green indigenous forest only to scramble up the almost impossibly vertical Dizzy Heights on the other side to Tierkop. Some fast flowing, fun but technical single track as you descend once again gives you just the high needed for the final push up The Wall and through the magical, mossy, rooty Tonnelbos. 

Megan signing the very first name onto the #MUT floating trophy

In a nutshell, an epic (but brutal!) day out in spectacular mountains in a special part of the world. I feel very privileged to have been part of the inaugural event and to have experienced the Outeniquas. 

All smiles at the start of the race!

Thanks Ecobound Adventures for an incredible, well organised event. Your passion and love for the area is obvious and after running the route I’m sure every #scruffydog shares the feeling, I certainly do! 

Endurance Trail Runners take part in the GEORGE Mountain Ultra Trail Run 2018 – presented and organised by ECOBOUND – an off-road 25km/60km trail run in the Outeniqua Mountains, near George on the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa, RSA

MUT60km Ladies Podium. 1st. Megan Skowno, 2nd Ritza Fouche, 3rd. Annemarie Cronje. Photo Credit Dedré Cloete

#GeorgeMUT: Dog fight on George Trails – Photo story by Jacques Marais

Yup, this past weekend saw a trail dog scrap of note going off along the Outeniqua Trail system, traversing those imposing peaks above the #GardenRoute city of George. 

Pure Mountain Running! #GeorgeMUT

It’s not often that an inaugural event draws nearly 300x runners, with quite a few of them flying in from all around the country, nogal. But that’s the George Mountain Ultra Trail for you, and it was obvious from the word go that organisers EcoBound Mountain Events had pulled out all the stops in putting together their first official #trailrun event.

Zane Schmahl and Jacques Mouton headed up an incredible team, and together they made 100% sure that the #GeorgeMUT delivered on every level possible … superb scenery, great organisation, lekker T-shirts, excellent #beer sponsor, endless views and a pretty kickass field of athletes.

#DieOom himself got to spend a LOT of time on the #trail, and I have to say that I discovered a few spots in the #Outeniqua Mountains that I had no idea even existed. Of these, #Tonnelbos has got to top the list, with clear mountain streams, ancient deciduous montane #forest, tree ferns up to 5m high, and #singletrack that keeps on going for ever.

The Start

Beyond the forests, runners free-ranged onto grassland mountain plateaus, pine plantation paths, alpine ridge lines, fynbos tracks, rock-hopping descents … One thing is for sure, the #GeorgeMUT is the perfect race to go and lose (and therefore find) yourself in these dramatic ranges.

But one thing is for sure: do not under-estimate the snarl and gnarl of this particular #ScruffyDog. The 25km left many a wounded leg, while a good few of the 60km competitors barely survived this canine face-off. Roelof Mostert caned it home in 6h 21min, with Megan Skowno claiming her win in 8h 23min.

Tonelbos


AJ Calitz blitzed the 25km in 2h 18min, with Melissa van Rensburg clocking in in just over 2h 54min. All the results follow below, or you can check www.georgetrailrun.co.za

WOMEN 60km
1st Megan Skowno 08:23:10
2de Ritza Fouche 08:41:08
3de Annemarie Cronje 09:12:03

MEN 60km
1st Roelof Mostert 06:21:10
2de Andrea Biffi 06:49:37
3de John April 07:03:39

WOMEN 25km
1st Melissa van Rensburg 02:54:07
2de Jennifer Keevey 3:03:41
3de Chane Gricius 03:17:02

MEN 25km
1st AJ Calitz 02:18:46
2de Oliver Kopp 02:22:55
3de Ross Welsh 02:27:57

All in all, this rated as one of the top trailruns I’ve shot in SA, and I can only see the George Mountain Ultra Trailgrowing from strenth to strength. You can expect at least double the field next year, and no doubt the ‘Lumberjack Carnival’ Vibe will be even better!

Ladies winner: Megan Skowno


Shot for the support, PENTAX SOUTH AFRICA Peak Design3 Legged Thing SPOT Africa Front Runner South AfricaDunlop Tyres SA; always, it is a huge privilege to work with such an incredible stable of brands! #TakeItOn#BornToRoam

#georgemountainultra #georgeMUT #ScruffyDog #gardenroute #capenature #guenergy #guenergysa#squirtlube #DarlingBrew #SPOTafrica #SpotGen3#sportsmanswarehouse #polar #spursports

All Jacques Photos are available for download by clicking here

Roelof Mostert takes the win!

The inaugural George Mountain Ultra Trail took place on 16 June 2018, offering 3 distances of pure trail bliss! Roelof Mostert took the crown for the fastest man on the MUT 60km in a time of 06:21:10, much faster than anticipated! 

Roelof Mostert signing is name onto the Wooden Arch, which will later be engraved to the arch! Each year the Male and Female winning runner will sign the arch, becoming the floating trophy of the MUT 60! Photo Credit: Jacques Marais

Here is what Roelof had to say about his experience at the George MUT…

With all really well organised events, especially those of the endurance running variety, you can always expect a certain level of passion, and with that, an immense level of creativity and fore thought when it comes to the actual route. The George Mountain Ultra Trail is no exception.

Endurance Trail Runners take part in the GEORGE Mountain Ultra Trail Run 2018 – presented and organised by ECOBOUND – an off-road 9km/25km/60km mountain trail run in the Outeniqua Mountains, near George on the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa, RSA. Photo Credit: Jacques Marais

Participants can buckle in for a brutal yet breath taking look into what makes the Outeniqua mountains so spellbinding and iconic. Running here will test any novice, even seasoned trail runner to their limit whilst instilling a deep sense of humility and freedom . From the start in the beautiful towering pine forests of the Witfontein reserve to the fiery sunrise that awaits at the crest of the Cradock pass, the feeling of genuine big mountain running will start to take hold and either inspire or poke at the nerves as the clean, cool morning air escorts you down towards Camferskloof and the sleepy-town of Herold.

Roelof on the last single track of the day in the Witfontein Forest. Photo Credit: Dedré Cloete

From there the easy and gradual incline of a wide and flat jeep track allows for some respite before being ushered on to yet another single track at the North station and looking up from the path the task at hand towers into view, sobering and almost unreal as you are stared down by the entire might of Cradock and George peak, luckily you are aiming for Tierkop to the left however, the only way to salvation is up the infamous Dizzy heights, the trail at times scraping your chest as you power hike into the heavens, the gradient is impressive and so are the views as you eventually start the technical rollercoaster ride from the summit of Tierkop backdown towards George.

A super fun but technical single track bombs down towards TheWall and Tonnelbos, green and slippery you’l have to manage the slanted camber of the trail with almost surgical precision with roots, rocks and deep black mud the all star cast, the curtain call looms as the Tower comes into view, reunited with those towering pines the single track pops out onto the lasts stretch which hugs the plantation al the way home to one of the most beautiful finish lines you will ever cross.

Whatever distance you choose on the day, bring a set of climbing legs and leave your ego at home…

Roelof on the start line getting ready to leave his ego right there! #GeorgeMUT. Photo Credit: Jacques Marais

Mens podium for the MUT 60km. Photo Cred: Dedre Cloete

MUT60km Ladies Podium. Photo Credit Dedré Cloete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results available here