The Jabulani Challenge is a spectacular 43km (or 23km) run/walk on fire trails and bush tracks in the heart of Sydney’s northern suburbs. The long course starts in Lindfield winding through the beautiful Garigal National Park then to Bobbin Head before ending at Cliff Oval in Wahroonga.

After taking part in the 2010 event, and collecting shoes at the finish line of last year’s challenge the Shoes For Planet Earth team will once again set up a collection point for the 2012 Jabulani Challenge, the eighth so far, which takes place on Sunday 9 September.

For the serious bush runner, the 43km event offers a challenging course similar to the Oxfam Trailwalker or 6FT Track. For more casual runners, families or school groups the 24km course is a fun event that caters for all levels, much like the Great Nosh Footrace. Both courses are more than long enough to keep you honest and it is a great community event.

Register at their website and be sure to bring along any clean old shoes you have for the SFPE collection, which will be sent to the South African charity Love2give2children.