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Previous Events


Sunday 6 August

The weather could not have been kinder with low cloud keeping the sun at bay and relatively low humidity. The scene was set for a fast run bearing in mind that we had all five previous woman’s winners in the race as well as three of the four previous men’s winners!

The Women’s winner was Zoe Papdakis (also won in 2016) in a time of 2:20:12

The Men’s event was won by Phumlani Mngadi in a record time of 1:40:08. This was a real scrap between Phumlani and Claude Eksteen who battled it out over the entire course.

We were pleased to note that all eight of our “permanent number” runners participated in their sixth 3 Falls – they were:

  • Byron Field – number: BYRON
  • Cara Pechey – number: CARA
  • Dave Mercer – number: DAVE
  • Dawn McKay – number: DAWN
  • Denise Reyneke – number: DENISE
  • Fiona McCarthy – number: FIONA
  • Kevin Williams – number: KEVIN
  • Margie Foord – number: MARGIE

Seven runners completed their fifth 3 Falls and received their permanent number at prize giving. They are:

  • Allister Meaker – Race number: Allister
  • Colin van den Bergh – Race number: Colin
  • Ivan Coetzee – Race number: Ivan
  • Jay Dempsey – Race number: Jay
  • Ruth Hicks – Race number: Ruth
  • Stuart Clark – Race number: Stuart
  • Allison Misselhorn – Race number: Allison


Woman’s Event
1st Zoe Papadakis 2:20:12
2nd Allison Misselhorn 02:21:38
3rd  Lisa Daniel 02:22:33
4th  Trish Bahlmann 02:23:29
5th  Jennifer Coppinger 02:27:06
Men’s Event
1st Phumlani Mngadi 01:40:08
2nd Claude Eksteen 01:44:15
3rd Alasdair Leslie 01:51:45
4th  Sizwe Mkhize 01:55:20
5th  Derek Wasserfall 01:56:06




Sunday 7 August

Another great day for trail running with moderate temperatures and a record field – for the first time the event reached the cut-off limit of 300 runners.

The 2016 Ladies event was won by first time participant Zoe Papadakis in a new record time of 02:15:02. In what was a hotly contested event second place went to 2013 winner and previous record holder, Alison Misselhorn in a personal best time of 02:16:01.

The 2016 Men’s winner was Claude Eksteen who was also our winner in 2014 but on the slightly shorter “clockwise” course. Claude was just outside the record set by Eric Ngubane in 2015 but set a blistering pace and took an early lead which he never relinquished.

This was the 5th running of the 3 Falls Trail Run and 8 runners took part and finished for the 5th consecutive event and were rewarded with a “permanent personalised” race number which they will be able to use for all future events. The eight were: Byron Field, Cara Pechy, Margie Foord, Dave Mercer, Denise Reyneke, Fiona McCarthy, Kevin Williams and Dawn MacKay.

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In total we had 281 finishers and another 76 walkers. Total funds raised R69610 which has been allocated to the upgrading of the Krantzkloof Conference Centre.


Sunday 9 August

Excellent weather and a return to the 2013 route provide for a flawless event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Men’s winner was Eric Ngubane in a record setting time of 01:43:46. The women’s event was won by Gina Treleaven with a time of 02:23:48

Following the unsuccessful attempt in 2014 to introduce a team event it was decided to use the team trophy for a team challange between teams from the two areas where Kloof Conservancy runs outreach projects viz. Molweni and Kwa-Ximba. Each area provided one team of 4 men and the result was based on the cumulative time. The Molweni Mambas easily outperformed the Kwa-Ximba Noguajas to take the floating trophy.

Another innovation was the introduction of a 6,5km Fun Walk – a tester to see the reaction from families and friends –  the event (untimed) attracted 27 walkers.

There were 228 starters for the Trail Run of which 223 finished

Including the fees from the Fun Walk the event raised R53300 which has been reserved for a major upgrade to the Interpretative Centre – the plan is to convert this centre into a Conference / Wedding Centre with all profits being ploughed back into the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.


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Sunday 10 August

The event was not without its surprises with a marshaling error just after the Nkutu Picnic Site (at Route Marker 15) which resulted in the race being run in an unplanned clockwise direction. The organising team made a mad scramble to get all the marshals into the correct positions and most runners were unaware of the error!

Overall winner was Claude Eksteen (01:42:54 ) and the ladies winner was Trish Bahlmann (02:03:30)

The event raised R56 200 which was used to build new entrances to Kloof Falls Road and Nkutu Picnic sites – the total cost of the entrances was R135 000 so the funds raised in 2013 and 2014 were used for this purpose.

There were 248 starters of which 243 finished


Forest View Primary School – facilities
Riversmead Farm – early bird gift
Waterfall SUPERSPAR and Villagemall SUPERSPAR – water tables
Kantey and Templer – finisher’s medals + first aid
Jetline Hillcrest – race numbers


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Sunday 11 August

The event was moved from October to August to reduce the risk of having to cancel the event in case of a flooded Molweni River. In addition and extra section was added to include the Mpithi Falls which increased the total distance to 18,5km.

The 2013 event was run in excellent weather with a slightly revised route on the 2012 event. The route distance was 18km.

The overall winner and winner of the men’s race was Derek Wasserfall (1:47:54) and to the ladies winner Alison Misselhorn (2:20:18) – the times were very fast for a tough course!

We had  for a total income R52 800  – the funds were used to build new entrances at the Kloof Falls Road Picnic Site and at the Nkutu Picnic Site.

224 runners started and there were 220 finishers.

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Forest View Primary School – facilities
Eco Timber Traders and Vimar Timbers – Early Bird Entry t-shirts
Riversmead Farm – Marshals T-shirts
Waterfall SUPERSPAR and Villagemall SUPERSPAR – water tables
Vodacom – goodie bags and t-shirts + prizes for first finishers
Kantey and Templer – finisher’s medals + first aid
Jetline Hillcrest – race numbers



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Sunday 28 October

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The inaugural Kloof Conservancy 3 Falls Trail Run took part on Sunday 28 October 2012 at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

The event was aimed at showcasing this beautiful reserve and at the same time raise much needed funds for projects run by the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Honorary Officers.

116 runners started the tough but very scenic course with 111 managing to complete it. The mens winner was Matt Kretzmann in a time of 01:39:27. The Ladies event was won by Kylie Griffin in 02:04:15. The winners were presented with innovative trophies designed and made by craftsmen from the Hillcrest Aids Centre. The event was sponsorsored by Village Mall SUPERSPAR and Kantey and Templer (Pty) Ltd

The event was a great team effort involving the volunteers from Kloof Conservancy, the Honorary Officers, a team of radio marshals from Hamnet KZN and the Ezemvelo staff at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

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A total of R20 000 was raised and it was used to refurbish the Ntombeni Rangers Outpost in the vicinity of Quentin Smythe Road. The outpost was then manned by rangers Ben Khena and Mandla Ncgobo.

A total of R20 000 was raised.


Ben Khena and Mandla Ncgobo


Mandla + refurbished exterior


Refurbished kitchen


Refurbished accomodation