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Hi, I’m Tarrin

I’m a trail coach, physiotherapist, and ultra trail runner. My mission is to help people become healthier and happier runners.

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Endurance Athlete

Ultra Trail Runner. Mountain Addict.

I fell in love with running when I was six years old. Twenty years later, and I’m still running my heart out. In 2010 I discovered trail running, and in 2016, I entered and won my first mountain ultra race (SkyRun65). Since then, ultra-running has been an incredible adventure, and the sport continues to take me places I never imagined I would go.

Nothing makes me happier than spending time on the trails, tagging peaks and exploring new trails. It gives me a sense of freedom and reconnects me with nature. But more importantly, trail running has taught me that life never goes according to plan; just keep moving, and the trail will take you where you need to go.

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When I’m not running, I work as a Physiotherapist. I’m a passionate advocate for physical activity. I believe exercise can prevent and cure many health-related conditions, and it’s my mission to help people become healthier and happier through movement.

In 2019 I also started coaching to help more people achieve their running goals. We want to show people that it’s possible to keep the joy alive during training.

Endurance Athlete | Tarrin van Niekerk | Trailphysio

Race Highlights:

Year Race
2024 2nd at Pass2Pass 60km
2024 2nd at UTD 100km
2023 1st lady (8th overall) at George Mountain Ultra Trail 100km by UTMB.
2023 1st at BatRun
2023 1st at Pass2Pass
2022 1st at George Mountain Ultra Trail 100km (5th overall)
2022 3rd at Ultra-Trail Drakensberg GCU 62km
2021 1st at SkyRun 100km (8th overall)
2021 3rd at MaxiRace 45km
2021 2nd at MacMac Ultra 50 miler
2021 3rd at Ultra-Trail Drakensberg GCU 62km
2019 2nd at SkyRun 100km
2019 3rd at Maxirace 68km
2019 2nd at Ultra-Trail Drakensberg 100km
2018 1st at SkyRun 100km
2016 1st at SkyRun 65km


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Tarrin van Niekerk Running Coach | Trailphysio

Tarrin graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2007. She completed her certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) in 2010 and her Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Dip MDT) in 2019. She has been working in private practice since 2009, focusing on orthopaedic, sports and chronic pain conditions.

A passionate advocate for physical activity, she enjoys helping people become healthier and happier through movement. She offers a thorough assessment and treatment plan to get to the root of why the patient is hurting, how to relieve it, how to recover their normal function and prevent future episodes. She encourages patients to become active participants in their rehabilitation so they can return to normal activities and sport a lot sooner.

When she’s not working, you’ll find her out running on the trails. Tarrin is a competitive ultra trail runner and has raced and adventured across South Africa and abroad. She is also a running coach and owns Vert & Dirt Coaching, where she works with road and trail runners of all levels.

Disclaimer: This website is not designed to replace medical assessment and advice. With any injury, if in doubt, get it checked out.  

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Practice address

Adringa Medical Centre
76 Andringa Street

Practice contact details

TEL: (021) 886 9899