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THIS YOUNG GRAD­U­ATE FINDS THE FUN WHER­EVER SHE GOES – ALL OVER SA, AND ABROAD.

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What phone do you use to take your In­sta­grams?

A com­bi­na­tion of my iPhone 8, GoPro hero 5 and Canon SLR.

Where’s your favourite place to run?

Any­where in the Drak­ens­berg.

Tell us about your In­sta name.

My friends call me ‘Marz’... but Marz was taken, so I opted for ‘marz_merwe’.

What’s the story be­hind your most-liked pics? Where did you take them, and why? In­sta­gram 1: I trav­elled to Nor­way to com­pete in the Tromsø Ex­treme SkyRace. Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing DNF, I still man­aged to fall in love with the coun­try. My par­ents and I hired a camper van and trav­elled to var­i­ous ar­eas. This was in the Lo­foten Is­lands, a beau­ti­ful clus­ter of fjords and is­lands in western Nor­way.

In­sta­gram 2: Noth­ing more to say – other than, I fell in love with Nor­way on this run!

In­sta­gram 3: The best cof­fee in Nor­way. My dad asked a lo­cal at a bar where we could find the most beau­ti­ful moun­tain in the coun­try. The guy con­vinced us to go to Møysalen Na­tional Park, and this was taken on top of that moun­tain. I car­ried my Jet­boil, cof­fee and a rusk to the top. I stayed up there look­ing out onto the glaciers, lakes, forests and cliffs for as long as the weather al­lowed.

In­sta­gram 4:

In April this year I rolled my an­kle in Jonker­shoek – I tore a cou­ple of lig­a­ments run­ning on the out­side of my foot. I had just won Drak­ens­berg North­ern Trail and I felt like I was shap­ing up for the year ahead, but my physio booked me off run­ning for eight weeks. I picked my­self up and told ev­ery­one I would fo­cus on road run­ning for the first few months af­ter my re­cov­ery, and that it would in­ject some speed into my trail legs. Need­less to say, af­ter a few runs on the road I was back on the trails. This photo was taken on a rather tech­ni­cal trail in Mon­tagu.

In­sta­gram 5: This was taken at Rob­berg, one of the stops on a trip across South Africa. From rock climb­ing in Water­val Boven, to run­ning in the Drak­ens­berg, across to Golden Gate, to Hogs­back to run some more, down to Ken­ton on Sea, along the coast to Plet­ten­berg Bay, back up to Oudt­shoorn to climb, across to Mon­tagu to climb and run, fi­nally fin­ish­ing back in Stel­len­bosch – to live!

In­sta­gram 6: My boyfriend and I went on a trip to the Ceder­berg to rock climb, run and cy­cle. That par­tic­u­lar photo was on top of the high­est point in the Ceder­berg: the Sneeu­berg. We cy­cled up a moun­tain pass, hid our bikes in a clus­ter of shrubs, and ran up to the sum­mit.

In­sta­gram 7: On that same run in Møysalen Na­tional Park. I ran the hik­ing trail to the top of the peak and back down, but I got a bit lost and found my­self on a glacier, in a bit of a panic state, con­vinced I would fall into a crevasse... slight over­re­ac­tion!

What in­spires your run­ning photography? I’m in­ter­ested in all forms of photography, es­pe­cially out­door photography – I sup­pose my run­ning takes me to spe­cial places that give me a num­ber of rea­sons to stop and snap a pic. In pri­mary school my dream was to be­come a Na­tional Ge­o­graphic ex­plorer and pho­tog­ra­pher; I sup­pose In­sta­gram is my own por­tal for post­ing photos, even if they’re of slightly lower qual­ity than in Na­tional Ge­o­graphic!

Favourite Dis­tance To Run

My favourite dis­tance is 50km-plus, but I en­joy a faster burn on a 30km from time to time!

How long have you been run­ning?

I ran in high school, but have only re­ally been run­ning con­sis­tently for the last two and a half years.

What’s your favourite time to run?

Once I’m awake and run­ning, prob­a­bly the early morn­ing; but if I don’t have time con­straints, I tend to run later in the morn­ing – out of pure lazi­ness, and a dire need for cof­fee and oats.

BY PENNY TREVENA

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