Name: Hayley Preen
Occupation: Scholar (Grade 12)
Date of birth: 28 May 1998
Hometown: Cape Town
Latest achievements: 2nd in the Youth World Skyrunning Championship
Twitter handle: @HayleyPreen
Firstly, thank you for taking the time out to share a bit of yourself with us, we really appreciate it, and congratulations on your 2nd place at the Youth World Skyrunning Championship
Karoo Running (KR) - What is it that you love about trail running?
I love the beautiful places and views that you get to experience on the trails.
KR - How did you become a trail runner?
My dad, Mark Preen, has always been a very competitive trail runner, so I have just followed in his footsteps.
KR - What is your favorite trail?
I don't have a favourite, but my favourite place to run is Table Mountain.
KR - What are your recommendations for trail running beginners?
Join a group of trail runners for safety. They will also be able to help you with technique and show you new trails.
KR - What is your favorite trail running gear? (ex: Shoes, Hydration pack, headlamp,socks)
The Salomon hydration packs and a good BUFF.
KR - What is an average day of trail running for you?
About 15km on the contour path above Kirstenbosch on Table Mountain or just exploring new paths on any of the surrounding mountains.
KR - What is your longest distance you have done on a trail?
KR - How much do you eat when you are training?
I don't usually eat anything during my training runs but I always stay well hydrated.
KR - What do you take with you on your long runs? (ex: gels,fruits, snacks, salt tabs)
I normally will just take a bar (Futurelife) or one of the Joobies. I also sometimes take a Rehydrate to add to my water - depending on how hot it is.
KR- Do you have a favourite running app? If so, which one and why?
Strava. I like to see the routes that other runners do, and its also cool to compete for a CR on some segments.
KR- Have you ever been to the Karoo?
KR - When you hear the word "Karoo", what is the first thing that come to mind, other than wide open arid space?
Very dry with plenty windmills.
Thank you very much for sharing your time, experience and knowledge with us, we truly appreciate it, and hope to see you on some Karoo trails soon.