They call it “the Grail of Trail”. It’s a marathon, but the conventional wisdom is that you have to take the 42km distance and double it to get a sense of how tough the course is: rocks, sand, rivers and forests, with thousands of stairs to climb and thousands of metres to ascend. This is the terrain of the Otter African Trail Run, a gruelling sports event in an awe-inspiring location.

In less than a week — gulp — your humble correspondent will be tackling the Otter Challenge. I have a few hundred kilometres of training in my legs. I even bought one of those silly-looking hydration vests. And, thanks to Otter presenting partner EasyEquities, I now have some teammates to chivvy me along (though I can’t quite get my head around the paradox of being part of “Team Easy” for the hardest race I’ll ever run)...

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