Woman Run­ning Wild

An ad­ven­turer who knows how to have a good time.

Runner's World South Africa - - CONTENTS - BY PENNY TREVENA

Bry­ony McCormick

In­sta Name: @bry_bry_za Age: 35 Home­town: Cape Town Oc­cu­pa­tion: Owner of Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing Co, (very re­cently qual­i­fied) yoga teacher, and founder of Chicks Who Trail. What phone do you use to take your In­sta­grams? iPhone all the way!

Where’s your favourite place to run?

In Cape Town, I love the trails on and around Devil’s Peak, es­pe­cially the up­per con­tours. Though I guess the real an­swer to that would be ‘any new place or trail’. I love the con­cept of ex­plor­ing an area on foot.

Tell us about your In­sta name.

Trag­i­cally, there’s noth­ing much to write about on this one. Bry­ony was taken, and some­one at the time had started call­ing me Bry Bry, so I just used it and haven’t both­ered to change it.

What’s the story be­hind your most-liked pics? Where did you take them, and why? In­sta­gram 1:

Ev­ery now and again the uni­verse works in my and my part­ner’s favour, and puts us on a job to­gether in a cool place. This par­tic­u­lar job found us cov­er­ing the Mont Blanc Marathon from Cha­monix in France. We were both pretty busy; but we had one day off to play in the moun­tains, and play we did. We were such kids out there – eat­ing snow, scram­bling up and down dodgy paths… This pic was taken soon after we had to find an al­ter­na­tive path down the moun­tain, as our planned route was cov­ered in ice and snow and was too dan­ger­ous. We were in our el­e­ment, and ended up ski­ing down an awe­some rocky scree to join a lower route.

In­sta­gram 2:

I love this shot, be­cause it’s pretty much the op­po­site of what it looks like. We’d just caught a ski lift up the moun­tain and then climbed an­other kay or so to this ridicu­lous view of Mont Blanc. I asked some­one to take this shot of us, and at the last minute I grabbed An­drew’s hand. He hates PDA, and was mak­ing fake mock-charge noises while I was grin­ning glee­fully at the prospect of the lovey-dovey pic­ture I was go­ing to get. It’s a to­tal banger – much to An­drew’s dis­may.

In­sta­gram 3:

Ah, the jump­ing-over-the-sun shot… So An­drew King took this one, on a re­search trip we took ear­lier this year for a travel guide I’m writ­ing. The sun­set was spe­cial, and we bug­gered around with a few of these pic­tures be­fore crack­ing our drinks and toast­ing a great day.

In­sta­gram 4:

This is a pic­ture of Lag­gies, a very spe­cial friend of mine. We were away for the week­end, again do­ing some re­search for my travel guide, and she was show­ing me around Fran­skraal (where her fam­ily has a hol­i­day home). We ran a beau­ti­ful coastal trail to this cave and a stun­ning se­cret beach.

In­sta­gram 5:

Ah. Kloof Cor­ner Ridge. The first time I did this route with the MATES run­ning club, I cried for 45 min­utes straight. I re­ally thought they were try­ing to kill me. If you’re not fa­mil­iar with it, it in­volves some de­cent ex­po­sure, a bit of scram­bling, and clam­ber­ing up some long chains (rather unglam­orously, I might add). I’ve done it sev­eral times since, and I don’t cry any more. But it’s still a hel­luva route!

In­sta­gram 6:

I recce’d the Hob­bit route with the or­gan­is­ers in 2017. Well; we were sup­posed to be help­ing with route mark­ing, but as you can tell I was dis­tracted by the fo­liage. Truth be told I’ve al­ways had a thing for mous­taches, long be­fore they were trendy. Any­way, recce’ing the route last year is the rea­son my part­ner and I en­tered this year, and ran the full two-day 90km event. It was ab­so­lutely spec­tac­u­lar, although I didn’t get a good mous­tache pic­ture.

In­sta­gram 7:

Last year I broke my an­kle re­ally badly, and dur­ing re­cov­ery I de­vel­oped a blood clot. So my re­cov­ery was su­per-long, and re­ally chal­lenged ev­ery fi­bre of my be­ing. And the week be­fore I broke my an­kle – which ren­dered me use­less – we’d adopted a dog. This pic­ture was taken post-re­cov­ery, when I was fi­nally start­ing to feel like my­self again, and was al­lowed back on the moun­tain.

What in­spires your run­ning pho­tog­ra­phy?

To be bru­tally hon­est, my posts used to be mo­ti­vated by a com­bi­na­tion of shar­ing and brag­ging, some­thing I’m not nec­es­sar­ily proud of. Now though, be­fore I post a pic­ture I gen­er­ally think about how it will make my au­di­ence feel. My aim is to in­spire pos­i­tive change through pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences, and to en­cour­age peo­ple to get out­doors into na­ture and re­ally con­nect with them­selves and the earth.

Favourite Dis­tance To Run Faster, shorter runs leave me en­er­gised and ex­citable, plus you can squeeze one in al­most any­where in your day. And while I sel­dom feel en­er­gised after an ul­tra dis­tance, the feel­ing of ac­com­plish­ment, men­tally and phys­i­cally, makes me eu­phoric. So I think there’s time and space for short, fun, sum­mer runs as well as longer, more gru­elling ul­tra dis­tances.

How long have you been run­ning?

I’ve been trail run­ning for about six years now – about the same amount of time I’ve been dat­ing my plus one!

What’s your favourite time to run?

My favourite times of day are sun­rise and sun­set, so to time a run that catches ei­ther… that’s golden. Chicks Who Trail meet ev­ery Thurs­day. The group’s free, safe, fun, and open to any woman who runs trail. Plus they have beers in the park­ing lot af­ter­wards. Con­tact Bry­ony @bry_bry_za

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