Woman Running Wild
An adventurer who knows how to have a good time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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