MTO prepares to welcome AfricanX runners to paradise

Seen here (front to back):  Theresa Fourie and Belinda Noades in action at the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS. 

Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / Newsport Media

“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”

Stillwater Sports is proud to welcome MTO as an official partner to the Western Cape’s premier three day stage trail run, the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS.

According to Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports, a large portion of the trails that are enjoyed by runners are on MTO grounds.  “With MTO as an AfricanX partner we are able to improve the route experience of all entrants, thus uplifting the overall experience of the event.  We are proud to have MTO in our corner and look forward to hosting a trail running experience like no other.”

“Forestry started in the Western Cape in the late 1870’s and has formed an integral part of the landscape and economy of towns like Grabouw,” says Lawrence Polkinghorne, MTO Group CEO.  “MTO is a fully integrated timber products and solutions provider.  We are proud to be the largest wood company in Africa.  By partnering with the AfricanX Trailrun we will be able to showcase the beauty of our forests and the land that we manage, including the natural fynbos areas.”

“It’s a privilege to offer what we have to so many like-minded people who love the outdoors, love sport and have a passion for adventure,” continues Polkinghorne.  “Trail running is about diversity and different surfaces and surroundings.  It’s never boring and is always breathtaking.  Every view is truly spectacular.  We are proud to share the experience with each and every AfricanX entrant.”

MTO will be hosting a ‘Chill Zone’ on route.  Trail runners are invited to take a breather, enjoy a glass of cold water and a snack before taking on the rest of the stage.  AfricanX runners can also enter an exciting MTO competition that will be running at the Chill Zone.  Prizes will include annual MTO passes and custom made running shirts.

Interesting FactThe MTO Group offers 7300km of forest roads and 250km of purposely built trails, built and maintained in MTO’s working plantations.

2017 Event Information:   Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS

Taking place the weekend of 17 – 19 March 2017, teams of two trail running enthusiasts (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distance between 23km – 35km each day.  Participants will have the opportunity to tackle a different breath-taking scenic route each day, allowing them to enjoy the full beauty of the Overberg.

Stage One: Friday, 17 March 2017
Distance: 35km
Start Venue: Trails End, Grabouw
Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Inn
Stage Two: Saturday, 18 March 2017
Distance: 33km
Start Venue: Rooisand (Kleinmond)
Finish Venue: Wildekrans Wine Estate (Botriver)
Stage Three: Sunday, 19 March 2017
Distance: 23km
Start Venue: Wildekrans Wine Estate
Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Inn

Entries are LIMITED to 350 teams

‘Sanet Wentzel Spirit Award’:  Introduced in 2010, one year after the AfricanX’s inception, the award was founded in memory of Sanet Wentzel (Oudtshoorn), an AfricanX participant who passed away tragically at the end of 2009 after being knocked down by a car during a morning training run.

Trail runners taking part in the 2017 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS are encouraged to send their ‘Sanet Wentzel Spirit Award’ nominations (with a short motivation) to

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For more information on Trails End visit  For additional information or to enter the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email


Issued by:                        NEWSPORT MEDIA

On behalf of:                  STILLWATER SPORTS

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