ABOUT

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Bio

"A lot of us have a perception of what our limits are - running gives me the opportunity to throw those all out the window." 

Matthew Healy is a Professional Ultra Distance Trail Runner. Born and bred in Cape Town, amongst the most beautiful mountainous landscapes in the world, it is quite surprising that Healy only took up trail running in recent years. He has had something of a meteoric rise in the gruelling sport. Over the past three and a half years, the 27-year-old, ex-Sharks Academy rugby player has crafted a leaner, meaner version of himself. In a discipline that traditionally requires years of conditioning, he has managed to taste real success in a relatively short amount of time. Healy first popped up on the elite trail running

scene at the beginning of 2019, as the youngest name on the ultra elite start lists, and has gone on to land himself on the podium at almost every race he has entered since.

 

Prior to running, Matt played rugby at the Sharks in KwaZulu-Natal. Since then he has been working tirelessly to condition his body in order to handle the physical stresses that come with ultra running. As a result he has lost 20kgs, a reflection of the work ethic and determination this youngster possesses. He prides himself on his ability to be extremely focused and disciplined, and believes consistency is the key to great results.

 

During this short time his top results include winning the Addo Elephant Trail Run 100 miler, whilst breaking the South African course record, and he currently holds the second fastest time (behind its creator Ryan Sandes) on the 13 Peaks FKT Challenge, and his most recent achievement being a top 10 finisher at the Mozart100 by UTMB (World Series Event - June 2022).

 

Trail running isn’t just something he does, it is his passion; a passion fuelled by the nature of the sport that tests the limits of the body, the mind and the spirit.

 

Achievements

13 Peaks Challenge FKT

- 2nd Overall

(2nd fastest time behind its creator Ryan Sandes )

(Matt now holds the Second & Third fastest times overall)

Cape Town 2021

Addo Elephant Trail Run 100 Miler (162kms)

AFRICAS WILDEST ULTRA

- 1st Overall 

(South African Course Record)

(Valley of Tears Overall Record)

Addo Elephant National Park - 2021

13 Peaks Challenge FKT

- 2nd Overall 

(2nd fastest time behind Ryan Sandes )


Cape Town - 2020

Addo Elephant Trail Run 76km

- 1st Overall

(Highest ever recorded heat @ +50'C)


Port Elizabeth - 2020

Support a Saffa Charity Run (114km Lockdown Garden Ultra)

- #RunSaffaRun raised R33,000


Cape Town - 2020

Mac Mac Ultra 50miler/80km

- 1st Overall

(New Course Record) 


Mpumalanga - 2019

Bastille Day Trail Run 50km

- 1st Overall


Franschhoek - 2019

Chokka Run 62km

- 2nd Overall

(Faster than previous course record) 


Cape St. Francis - 2019

Maxi Race South Africa 68km

- 2nd Overall


Stellenbosch - 2019

Ultra Trail Cape Town (Ultra Trail World Tour Race) 100km

- 14th Overall

(4th in Africa)


Cape Town - 2019

Addo Elephant Trail Run 76km

- 4th Overall

(1st South African after Ryan Sandes)


Port Elizabeth - 2019

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