Date – 6 February 2021
Venue – ANEW Ingeli Forest, Kokstad, KZN
Distances 42km , 21km, 10km, 5km
Ingeli Mountain Marathon - The Story
We were invited by Clinton Armour to visit the Ingeli Forest Lodge to prospect a trail run in October 2012, in what was the infancy of KZN Trail Running. Lauren was pregnant with Ben and we came straight from the MUTTER, another legendary trail event in this southern corner of KZN. It rained for two days as Andrew explored the mountain while Lauren enjoyed the comforts of the Hotel. It was obvious that Ingeli was a great place for a trail run!
The first event took place the following year with a relatively small field and it was only in 2014, when it earned the status as one of RSA’s Skymarathon courses, that its true potential as a mountain course was realised.
Inaugural years are always interesting. The long course, pitched at 42km drew only a core crowd of early adopters, who all ended up running an ultra that day when the course dragged on close to 50km. Regardless of these early errors on course, the Ingeli bug had bitten, the word was out. There was a big mountain surrounded by forest and plantation in southern KZN. The Ingeli Mountain actually forms the border between KZN and the Eastern Cape, and at times the course runs along the boundary. The mountain is dominated by grassland and proteas and has offered up great sighting of wild animals, including caracal!
The race continued as part of the Skymarathon Series until 2017 when the Series came to an end, and unfortunately the 2018 event did not take place in any format. The hotel still gets regular calls from fans of the race asking when it may happen again. So when during lockdown, Kevin Burley (Operations Manager of the ANEW Hotels Group) and Clinton Armour (CEO of the ANEW Hotels Group), opened up discussions with us initially around support for the Garden Trail Series and then about the re-introduction of the Ingeli Mountain Marathon, things came together organically. Corona may have taken a lot from us, but it also brings things back together. A partnership that has previously failed over a few minor disagreements is now reignited and ready to bring you an insane day of running in the mountains.
That’s how Ingeli Mountain Marathon 2021, taking place on 6 February, came to be.
The Venue - ANEW Ingeli Forest
Tel – 039 553 0600
Email – email@example.com
Comfort rooms – R950 per room per night
Deluxe rooms – R1150 per room per night
Food Package – R750.00 for the whole weekend
• Friday dinner
– Italian celebration (pasta and pizza)
– Early breakfast (04h30 – 08h30) Rusks, banana bread muffins, oats, fresh fruit sticks,
– Brunch/lunch (09h00 – 14h00) Egg/bacon rolls, chicken panini’s, cofti curry & rice, kebabs, burgers, rolls
– Dinner (18h00 – 21h00) Braai Time
• Sunday breakfast
– Full English breakfast
Race Programme in brief
Friday 5 February
3pm – 9pm Registration is open
7pm – Race Briefing
Saturday 6 February
4.30am Early continental breakfast
5.30am – 42km Mountain Marathon Start
6.30am – 21km Mountain Marathon Start
7.30am – 10km and 5km Trail Start
8am First runner Expected (5km)
9.30am First Mountain Marathon Runner Expected
All Day Brunch
4.00pm – Last Runner Expected
6.00pm – Prize Giving Celebration and Braai
Sunday 7 February
6.30am – 10am Breakfast
Route Profiles and Descriptions
Ingeli Mountain Marathon, which is the first leg of 8 races in the Mountain Marathon Series for 2021, is a challenging mix of forest single track, climbing mountain paths, dirt jeep track and cut grass paths. The route is designed to pass through the most scenic parts of the area including waterfalls, streams and amazing views! Runners are taken to one of the highest parts of the Ingeli Mountain so make sure you have your climbing legs ‘on’!
The 21km Mountain Challenge follows the same route as the main event for 12kms before splitting off and returning to the finish at the lodge. The 21km is the mini version of the full challenge, but should not be underestimated. It is still a tough, challenging and scenic route itself!
The 10km and 5km forest trail events do not venture onto Ingeli Mountain, but still involve a few steep climbs and descents through the forested area. They have been designed for those looking for something shorter with the 5km well suited to beginner trail runners and children. Walkers are welcome for both of the Forest Trail routes