Farmer Glen returns to the Rhino

Photo - Kevin Sawyer / Gameplan Media

Ixopo farmer and founder of the world famous KAP sani2c MTB race Glen Haw is eager to take on the Rhino Peak Challenge on Thursday 22 September, pooling his passion for adventure sports with his desire to contribute to Rhino and Bearded Vulture conservation.

Haw, whose KAP sani2c three day MTB race starts at Glen Cairn farm close to the Southern Drakensberg start of the Rhino ascent, will not be heading into unchartered water like many of the other elite trail runners and influential people, as he runs the Rhino Route as part of his and his sport-crazy family’s annual Dusi training programme.

“We normally pick a good weather day and run, climb and walk the Rhino with my daughters Bianca and Tamika and their training partners,” said Haw.

“It is a tough route and you tend to get quite spread out, but it is fantastic when you get to the top,” he added.

Haw has been enjoying time in his mountain bike saddle tacking part in, and organising events around the country, but has now shifted his exercise routine to take in more trail running.

“It is a great concept to combine a fundraising initiative for the Rhino, on World Rhino Day, and the Bearded Vulture, so I was in from the moment they asked me,” said Haw.

Haw will join trail running magazine editor Deon Braun, conservationists Cobus Theron and Sonja Kruger, Michael de Haast, Ryno Griesel, Alexander Babich, Mbulelo Thinta, Andrew Booth, Melissa and Hykie Berg, Ian Don-Wauchope and the Gameplan Media team in the group of influential people to tackle the ascent and descent of the 3051 metre high peak and back.

Each of the participants has been tasked with securing pledges based on their time to complete the round trip.

Haw was full of praise for the concept, saying sport can be a vehicle for change and to make a meaningful contribution.

“That’s one of the main reasons I agreed to get involved,” said Haw. “Making sport a vehicle to contribute to conservation is a brilliant idea, and they have my full support,” he added.

Haw will be hosting the inaugural Glen Cairn Trail Run from his Himeville farm from 28 to 30 October.

The 2016 Rhino Peak Challenge takes place on World Rhino Day on Thursday 22 September. To submit a pledge for Robyn Owen, or any of the elite competitors or influential people, and for more information, visit www.rhinopeakchallenge.co.za.