Skyrun 2017 Raceday Moods. Trying to describe the experience we had at Skyrun 2017 is almost an impossible task. We were on assignment for the Pure Adventures team and we had to put together a Skyrun race edit and documentary (coming soon!). This enabled us to spend about 8 days in the picturesque surroundings of Lady Grey and the Wartrail Country Club. Lady Grey is situated just beneath the Lesotho border in the Eastern Cape. The Witteberg mountain range forms this border and these are also the mountains that is home to the iconic Skyrun. Runners traverse 100 kilometres over terrain that is inaccessible by car or any other means of transport for most of the way. With temperatures dropping to -10 degrees celsius this is not a race for the faint hearted. Over the years Skyrun has become a has-to-do race on any real trail runners list. It is running in it's purest form , no markers , no trail , no directions, just you the map and the mountain. We were absolutely blown away by the beauty of the landscape and the generosity of the people calling this area their home. Everywhere we went we were greeted with open arms and big smiles. Not to even mention the "skaaptjoppies" and "boeretroos" at oom Aubrey's beautiful home. During our stay we came to realise that Skyrun is more than just a race, it is a journey for many. Weather landscape and distance strips runners to their core, and a lot of people walk away looking at life completely different. For us it definitely had a deeper feeling and meaning than just shooting a video. It was about getting to know the people and how they make a living. It is about the generations of farmers battling the elements in this incredible landscape.
The inspiration to capture content was high and we are very excited to go back to Skyrun in the future!