...ALL THE WAY FROM THE ‘BERG TO TABLE MOUNTAIN, RAISING FUNDS FOR CONSERVATION IN BETWEEN.
What phone do you use to take your Instagrams?
A very old iPhone.
Where’s your favourite place to run?
There’s no one specific place that holds my heart; everywhere I run, I try to appreciate as much as possible. Cape Town has such diversity – one day you can be running Echo Valley, the next you’re in Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve surrounded by big mountains. In Durban, I’ve done very little exploring; but what I have run – Rhino Peak, and around Castleburn in the Underberg – is filled with incredible trails and massive mountains, with views that go on forever. It’s pretty spectacular.
Tell us about your Insta name.
I’m a plain jane. I’ve tried many times to change it to things like ‘TMAC_Runs’, or ‘Bones_on_ the_Move’, but I chicken out. And in retrospect, for good reason! I think I’ll stick with @tonimccann for now.
What’s the story behind your most-liked pics? Where did you take them, and why?
Taken at the Rhino Peak Challenge. This was the charity event I ran to
raise money for rhino and vulture conservation in the Drakensberg. Man oh man, the trails there are spectacular! This day was quite something, with sleet, hail, lightning and heavy rain. We were told that we didn’t have to run if we were scared about it being dangerous. It was inspiring to see that not one person pulled out, despite the conditions; and we ended up raising over R350 000 in total.
Taken on a run I did with some friends at Trail’s End in Grabouw. It was supposed to be my last long run before the Whale Trail, but unfortunately it was cut short due to an inflammatory reaction in my foot. It was an amazing run, though – we blazed our own trails for a bit, and got lost, and turned back again; but wow, what a place to find some smooth trails!
My first overnight stay on a mountain! We hiked up to a cosy spot on our precious mountain, and were treated to the most spectacular sunset. The night was spent around a small gas stove, eating, drinking coffee and playing 30 Seconds. Besides me being completely unprepared (I didn’t have a mattress or sleeping bag – or warm- enough clothes, as I would soon find out), it has inspired many a trip to stay on our other majestic mountains. Truly an unforgettable night!
This was the same run that I did at Trail’s End (Instagram 1). I posted it to help raise awareness about my upcoming charity run/ event called The Rhino Peak Challenge. It’s a super-rad run, where you set a goal time and race yourself to raise money for rhino and vulture conservation.
This was taken at the Theuniskraal Trail 25km – it was a super-speedy race that took you through farm lands in Tulbagh. This was taken by one of the event photographers.
Wow. This photo brings back so many happy and surreal memories, of a race I will never forget for so many reasons: the Otter African Trail Run. This was at the start of a run that takes you along some of the most technical trails, with some of the most breathtaking views. I ran against some of my trailrunning heroes (and even managed to podium – mindblowing!), and got to share it all with amazing friends. As my caption said, this photo sums up what this whole weekend of fun was: dreamy!
A friend of mine was doing a training run, and planned to do 50km solely on Lion’s Head and the Signal Hill loop, in the evening. He invited us to do some laps with him, and share a post-run beer! It was a lot of fun, and really highlights the rad community we have in trail running – people coming out to share in the good vibes. What inspires your running photography? It’s really hard not to be inspired by your surroundings when you’re out there. To be honest, I often choose to rather just be present than to whip out my phone. But sometimes it’s just too good not to share!
Favourite Distance To Run 42km is the furthest I’ve run, and I really enjoyed it. I haven’t done enough races to know yet what I like the most. I’d like to test out these sticks to see how they’d carry me over an ultra; but I think, for now, I’m happy with the ’shorter’, faster stuff.
How long have you been running?
I’ve been running for just over a year now, but I’ve always been a recreational runner. Only recently have I started taking it more seriously, and putting in some quality training.
What’s your favourite time to run?
Any time – just run. Actually, in the rain. It’s so peaceful.
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