Knysna Trail Clinic is a fun, powerful, and practical one-day trail running clinic at beautiful Simola Estate, with six dynamic speakers to improve your training, nutrition, gear, technique, and strength.

Quick info

  • Date: Thursday 13 July 2017
  • Duration: 9am to 5pm (with a short lunch break)
  • Cost: R1,100. Save R100 per person with the Two Seats booking when you bring a friend along. Book now
  • Bring: Trail shoes, trail apparel, track suit, fleece jacket, comfortable social clothing, toiletries, towel. There are shower facilities below the lecture room. A wind or rain jacket and cap/beanie is recommended as it could well be cold, windy, or rainy.

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Learn fast from top trail runners and lifestyle experts, and take your running, technique, fitness, strength, and health to new levels.

Receive great products from world-class brands like Brooks and Trailnuggets.

Mark Collins (Team Sanlam Painted Wolf captain and Otter Trail Run co-founder) will share his kit tips and tweaks, Coach Mauritz Janse van Rensburg (winner of the Odyssey stage trail run and other races) will lead the practical running sessions, biokineticist Walter Lutsch (George-based) will develop your strength through practical daily drills, nutritionist Melody Fourie (Doctors Across Borders) will speak on maximising your nutrition, mind coach Kevin Light (finisher of the toughest Marathon des Sables to date in 2016 and ran the New York City Marathon 2014 barefoot) will talk about mental strength, and TRAIL magazine founder Deon Braun (winner of the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race 2011 and Otter African Trail Run veteran category winner 2015) is your host, and will talk about how to combine all the good stuff above in practical ways.

Read on for more detail on each speaker. Book now

One lucky attendee will win a pair of Brooks Cascadia 12 trail running shoes, valued at R2,399!

Knysna Trail Clinic will be held on Thursday 13 July 2017, starting at 9am.

Venue is the beautiful Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa just outside Knysna.


One Knysna Trail Clinic attendee will win a pair of Brooks Cascadia 12 trail shoes worth R2,399 (or another Brooks shoe model available in South Africa, to the same value*).


Cascadia 12. Brooks’ most versatile and beloved trail shoe is now even better. Brooks refined the stability system to be more flexible, allowing you to feel more agile on the trail without sacrificing the cushioning and protection you’ve come to love from the Cascadia. See MenWomen models.

What you get at Knysna Trail Clinic 2017:

  • Expert coaching and presentations that will change your life
  • Healthy and tasty lunchtime meal at Simola
  • Tea/coffee
  • Dirty Boots booklet
  • Trailnuggets raw food bars
  • StaminoGro multi-vitamin pack (value R300)
  • x3 TRAIL magazine back issues (value R120)
  • Draw to win Stance performance socks
  • Draw to win Brooks Cascadia 12 trail shoes worth R2,399 (you must have attended the whole day, and be present at the graduation ceremony that afternoon).

Book today! Seats are limited to 25 by the size of the venue.


Among others, hear life-changing insights from:

  • Team Sanlam Painted Wolf captain Mark Collins is one of SA’s most experienced trail running and adventure racing athletes. He will talk about the importance of gear selection, proper gear usage, and highlight with personal examples how easy it is to get into serious trouble when exposed to the force of nature.
  • George-based coach Mauritz Jansen van Rensburg is a competitive runner, and the founder and coach of Soul Running. ‘Coach Mo’ will help athletes in his presentation to plan and build their training programme. Important aspects of running that are often overlooked and considered as basics might be the game changers you need to improve on your performance. As a veteran runner and winner of trail stage events, Mo will also touch on the importance of training smart, not hard. Trail highlights from coach Mo’s career include wins of the Cape Odyssey, multiple Dryland traverse titles, and current Tankwa Trail champion.
  • Biokineticist Walter Lutsch (strength session to safeguard against injury, and run stronger). Walter grew up from a pre-school age in the early 80’s with a love for running and nature; trying to keep up to his parents and their friends, with their myriad stories, on their summer holiday morning 6km run at Herold’s Bay. Fast forward a few decades and his love for running is still deeply ingrained into his rhythm of life. Biokinetics was his field of study at the turn of the millennium and ever since then he’s performed various roles around human movement rehabilitation, correction, development and improvement. From a private biokinetics practice, to the University of Johannesburg Sport department- Performance Excellence unit (heading up the Unit for Sport Science); to Sport Conditioning Coach at Hoërskool Outeniqua for the past seven years. From the track, to the judo mat, to the rugby field, to the bicycle, to CrossFit, to the swimming pool and lately leaning more towards endurance sport. Walter represented his country internationally and achieved accolades in various sports down the years, even with a broken back (injured in 1990). It is no surprise that he is a staunch advocate for quality movement patterns with a fit for life perspective. Be sure to tap into his insight, deepen your approach, and be ready to receive valuable tools and building blocks en-route to a better trail running experience. He agrees with Charles Darwin that “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”
  • Lifestyle coach Kevin Light (Kevin works with people to become better leaders of self and others. A professional motivational speaker and business motivator, Kevin asks Knysna Trail Clinic attendees the crucial question: “What motivates you?” He says that being connected to what matters most to you, and organising yourself around that, makes life meaningful even when it’s tough. If you’ve read Kevin Light’s Something Light column on page 98 of each issue of TRAIL, you’ll know that he runs trails to think and get closer to the meaning of life. And he has run some trails: a couple of Puffers and one Tuffer duct-taped together; you might have heard the story of his cheeky tattoo to get an entry to the Rhodes Run; his running of the New York City Marathon barefoot, and his solo run of the Thames River from source to mouth… So he’s had time to do some thinking! In this session Kevin will share his own experience of preparing (twice) for the Marathon des Sables, which he ran in April 2016. You will hear what motivated him through serious injury and over harsh terrain, and how he organised himself and his kit to have a thoroughly enjoyable run on the longest and toughest course in the race’s 31-year history. Drawing on Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment© system, Kevin will invite you to reconnect with what motivates you too. “Be your own hero”, he says.)
  • TRAIL magazine founder Deon Braun (your host, with a keen interest in nutrition, wellness, longevity, slow food, permaculture home food production, and thriving through every stage of life. He won the 2011 Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race, as well as being on the podium at Otter African Trail Run in his age category several times. He won the 2015 veteran category).

Learn from the experts during a 90 minute run (split into groups to cater for all abilities).
Your day of fun and learning will end at 5pm, when a pair of Brooks Cascadia 12 shoes worth R2,399 (or your choice of Brooks shoes to the same value*) will be won by one lucky attendee. A light lunch and refreshments during the day are included in the price.
For those keen to do a 5-8km night run, we’ll do an optional session in the plantations around Simola, starting at 5:30pm.

*Balance between this value and a lower value shoe is not redeemable in cash.

  • Itinerary for Knysna Trail Clinic at Simola

    Thursday 13 July 2017

    8:45am. Register. Meet and greet. The team welcomes you (15min).

    9am. Deon Braun opens the Clinic, and gives a short overview (5min).

    9:05am. Brief introductions – everyone says hi to everyone else (10min).

    9:15am. Overview of Brooks trail running shoes with Michelle Chowles (20min).

    9:35am. Brooks shoe range viewing and opportunity (25min).

    10am Short break (10min).

    9:30am. Coach Mo and Walter Lutsch guide you to simplify and focus your training rhythm. Their aim: to improve the way you look at your preparation and planning, and make the most of your training time (40min).

    10:10am. Short tea break (20min).

    10:30am. Indoor strength session with Walter Lutsch and Coach Mo, including a Q&A session in the closing 10 minutes (60min).

    11:30am. Lunch snack at Simola (40min).

    12:10pm. Warm-up drills with Walter Lutsch, then outdoors into the Simola plantations for a Coach Mo session of 90 minutes, including technique training in power hiking, climbing, and downhill running tips (90min).

    1:40pm. Return to Simola, towel down, shower, and a change of clothing (20min).

    2pm Mark Collins on the small things that make a big difference. Gear, navigation, safety, race tips (40min).

    2:40pm. Short break (5min).

    2:45pm. Melody Fourie on nutrition, including Q&A (40min).

    3:05pm. Kevin Light on his lessons learned at the 2016 Marathon des Sables in the Sahara (60min).

    4:05pm. Short break (5min).

    4:10pm. Deon Braun shares his time-proven methods to prepare for events, increase mileage, and improve nutrition, with open floor for questions. (30min).

    4:40pm. Short break (5min).

    4:45pm. Presentation of certificates (3min).

    4:48pm. Draw of winner of Brooks Cascadia 12 shoes, value R2,399 (2min).

    4:50pm. Thank sponsors and speakers. Group photo (5min).

    4:55pm. Close. Socialise. Hugs. Crying. Laughing. Be inspired. Happy trails!

    5:20pm. Prepare for 5:30pm night run (optional bonus). Rainjacket, fleece, beanie, backpack, and headlamp with spare batteries are all compulsory.


Book today! Seats are limited to 25 by the size of the lounge area at Simola.


Q: How much practical running we will be doing and how technical will it be? Will it be OK if we use our road running shoes?

A: You won’t run too far. Count on 7km max – at a pace that you can manage, with regular stop-starts to stretch, discuss the training being done, and to regroup. Road shoes will be adequate in most sections, even if it rains.

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No matter what your skill or fitness level, this is an ideal opportunity to learn valuable lifestyle and training tweaks, which might save you days, weeks or months of trial and error or injuries. You will gain from it whether you’re a newcomer to the offroad lifestyle from the road, or have been running trails for several years, but feel you have reached a plateau.

Contact us

  • SMS Deon Braun 082 377 4669
  • Email
  • Online We’ll let you know as the trail clinic itinerary grows, including more experts, activities, lessons, topics, and the venue. Be sure to follow TRAIL mag’s social media persona TRAILza on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date.