THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCE / Paul Cluver Wines, Grabouw (Western Cape)

Renowned for its world class wines that reflect the uniqueness of the Elgin Valley, Paul Cluver Wines will host the Race Village of the exciting THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCE.

Situated less than an hour’s drive from the Cape Town International Airport, not only is Paul Cluver Wines easily accessible and perfect for Capetonians that would like to enjoy a day out on the trails, it’s also convenient for trail runners that will be travelling from outside of Cape Town.

The 1-Day XPERIENCE is the perfect introduction to THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN. Taking the format of an “individual entry” event (not teams of two), runners can look forward to the experiencing some of the Western Cape’s most iconic trails combined with spectacular views, mouth-watering food, a relaxed atmosphere and great vibe!


 Date: 17 September 2022
Venue: Paul Cluver Estate Wines, N2, Kromco Turn off, De Rust Estate, Grabouw, 7160
Start Times & Venues: 42km: 08h00

24km: 08h30

12km: 09h00

6km: 09h30

Entries Open: 05 May 2022
Entries Close: 13 September 2022

**All entries received by Friday 09 September will receive a personalised race number! **

 Entry Includes:
  • Finisher medal
  • Race village
  • Chill area
  • Live music 
  • THIRSTI refreshment zone
  • Fully stocked waterpoints
  • Awesome goody bag
  • Exclusive access to trails
  • Trail fees
  • Full medical support
  • Well marked trails 
  • True AFRICANX experience
  • Discount voucher from Paul Cluver to redeem at the Tasting Centre or online
  • 15% voucher from First Ascent to shop their Trail Running range


Should the 2022 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCE taking place on the 17th of September be cancelled or postponed as a result of any events beyond the event organizer’s control (i.e. due to force majeure, COVID-19 restrictions, or legislation introduced by the South African government, etc.), then the following refund policy will apply to entrants:

  • Runners will be refunded 80% of their paid for entry, should the event be cancelled or postponed by Wednesday, 31 August 2022. Alternatively, runners will be able to roll their event entry to the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCE in 2023.
  • Runners will be refunded 70% of their paid for entry, should the event be cancelled or postponed between Thursday, 1 September 2022 and Monday, 12 September 2022. Alternatively, runners will be able to roll their event entry to the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCE taking place in 2022.
  • Should the event be cancelled within four (4) days of the event (i.e. from Tuesday, 13 September 2022 to Friday, 16 September 2022), or on any day of the day of the event, runners will not be refunded any of their paid entry fees (0%).

It must also be noted that runners who pay and enter automatically qualify for their event tee, and will receive their garment should any of the above scenarios apply.


Refunds are permissible, based on medical grounds only, until 30 July 2022. An administration fee of 10% will be applicable

Roll-Overs are permissible, based on medical grounds only, up to 1 month prior to the event (17 August 2022). An administration fee of R250 per person is applicable. Please note the following conditions regarding Roll-Overs apply:

Participants will be liable for any change in entry fee from one year to the next
Roll-Overs are valid for ONE year only. If the participant does not, for any reason, participate in the event in the year they have entered for or the year there after their entry fee will NOT be refunded
The event organisers are entitled to make venue and/or date changes and will not be held liable for roll-over entries that cannot be used as a result.

Substitutions are permissible however, an administration fee of R250 per person. Substitutions are only available online, please use your ID number and login to complete the process.


2022 Route Profiles will be uploaded closer to the event.

2021 ROUTES:

 6km: Total Elevation Gain: +-120m

A great family friendly route mainly on farm roads, including some smooth single track.

12km: Total Elevation Gain: +-400m

An entry level route on farm roads and non technical single track. Approximately 250m total elevation gain.

24km:  Total Elevation Gain: +-800m

A good mix of smooth runnable sections, challenging climbs and more technical single track.

42km: Total Elevation Gain: +-1200m

A more challenging, mountainous route with bigger climbs and technical sections, with smoother, flowing sections inbetween. Aimed at the more experienced trail runner, this route will be challenging yet rewarding!