15 Jun, 2016

Eric Tollner to Tackle Namibia-2-Knysna Challenge


On Saturday, 18 June 2016 Eric Tollner - a sculptor from Noordhoek – will start his thousand-mile journey from Namibia to Knysna. He will begin this solo and somewhat supported event by running the 100km Fish River Canyon Ultra Trail Race.


Following this casual 100km Trail Race, Eric will climb onto his mountain bike the very next day and begin a 1500km cycle from the Fish River Canyon to Knysna where he will eventually conclude his adventure by running the Knysna Forest Marathon on Saturday, 9July 2016.

This solo and largely unsupported adventure will take him approximately 21 days! Eric has taken part in many solo adventures around the country, usually in aid of “The Cows”, who raise funds for CHOC, the cancer charity providing support for South Africa’s children.

Eric is a formidable human being and athlete having also won the Tuffer Puffer 160km trail run along the spine of Table Mountain. Not once, but twice! As part of his training for this expedition, Eric has completed the gruelling Ironman South Africa and the 4-6-day Expedition Africa Adventure Race.

It has come to our attention that Eric Tollner tends to achieve anything and everything to which he sets his mind!


The dates for Eric’s adventure are as follows:

·         Saturday, 18 June 2016 - Fish River Canyon 100km Ultra Trail Race.

·         Sunday, 19 June 2016 - Leave Ais-Ais.

·         Wednesday, 22 June 2016 – Springbok.

·         Saturday, 25 June 2016 – Niewoudtville.

·         Saturday, 2 July 2016 – Sutherland.

·         Tuesday, 5 July 2016 – Prince Albert.

·         Thursday, 7 July 2016 – Arrive in Knysna.

·         Friday, 8 July 2016 – Eric gets a day off to register for the Knysna Forest Marathon.

·         Saturday, 9 July 2016 - Knysna Forest Marathon.


Due to the unknown nature of the terrain and weather conditions he my face in various parts of the country, Eric has set the main towns of Springbok, Niewoudtville, Sutherland and Prince Albert as “checkpoints” that he needs to pass through by certain dates in order to get to Knysna on time.

The gaps in between will be spent in his tent on the roadside. Eric has cached several resupply boxes (2 litre ice cream tubs) in various towns, so that he can pick up as he passes through. In addition to this, Eric will be up against South Africa’s chilly winter conditions.

Eric faces several gruelling challenges including a 16km hike carrying all his gear including his mountain bike. The crossing of the Cederberg Valley and over the Doring River to get into the Tankwa Karoo is still a big unknown – especially if the river is in flood.

Although this may severely disrupt his timeline, Eric has built in a contingency to ensure he gets to Knysna in time for the marathon. Follow Eric’s progress by liking his Facebook Page. Any donations towards CHOC can be done through Eric’s Fundraising Page.

Communication with Eric is not great as he is normally out of communication range. He does however have a tracking unti that remains the best way to keep tabs on him. To track Eric via the SpotGen3 device that he is using, simply click here!

Kyle Deeley

Kyle Deeley

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