In the 4th Merrell Whale of Trail, held this year, the 123 trail runners met southern Right Whales and vultures, while running 53km of single track technical paths and sandy beaches.

Rory Scheffer finishes in record time. Photo: LizaMay Images.

Both the men’s and ladies’ winners set new race records: adidas-sponsored Rory Scheffer set a time of 4:49:46, chopping 49minutes from the previous time, and Nicolette Griffioen finished in 5:37:51 (30minutes faster than the previous fastest time).

Nicolette Griffioen leading the women’s race. Photo: Peter Kirk Media.

“It was great to see the competition up front and the real love of trail the elites exude, and even more incredible to see how it resonated through the whole field,” said Graham Tweet Bird, Whale of Trail race organiser and Merrell Adventure Addict.

Photo: LizaMay Images