Running Guide: Linda is an ultra trail runner by passion and a journalist by profession. She has been running for nearly 20 years with a preference for long distance and ultra marathons, and for the past 8 years has specialised in trail running. To-date, Linda has countless road marathons, both local and international, under her belt. As a Salomon, PeptoPro®, @Life-Garmin, Black Diamond Equipment-sponsored athlete she has achieved a number of podium finishes in trail races in South Africa, Europe and Namibia.
Linda's career highlights include: 10 Comrades Marathon's; 16 Two Oceans 56km; 2 Tuffer Puffers 150km (2006, 2007 - 1st woman, 2nd overall in both); 2 Cape Odysseys (2007, 2008 - won women's team category in both); Mont Blanc trail marathon, France (2008 - 6th woman); 8 Hout Bay Trail Challenges (2009 - 1st woman); 3 Sky Runs 110km (2009 & 2010 - 2nd woman in both; 1st woman in 2011, 3rd overall); Midnight Hell 50km (2009 - 1st overall, overall record); Midnight Hell 80km (2010 - 1st overall, women's record); AfricanX (2010 - won open women's team category); Trans-Alpine Run, Germany/Austria/Italy (2010 - 3rd in mixed with Ryan Sandes); Namib Desert Challenge 2011(220km 5-day self-sufficient) - 1st woman (new record), 4th overall; Addo Elephant 82km Trail Run 2012 - 1st woman (new record), 3rd overall; Aussenkehr Desert Extreme 2012 - 1st woman; 2 Triple Troubles (2009 & 2012 - 1st woman + women's record in both); 3 Puffers (1st woman 2009; 1st woman 2012); Grand Raid de la Reunion 100 miler 2012 - 9th woman; and the Lesotho Wildrun 2013 - 1st woman.
Follow Linda's inspirational journey on her blog Rockhoppin' Trail.