Who is

Matthew Healy?

Who is

Matthew Healy?

Matthew Healy is a Professional Ultra Distance Trail Runner.

Born and bred in Cape Town, amongst some of 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 four and a half years, the 28-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.

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.

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 currently holds the second fastest time (behind its creator Ryan Sandes) on the 13 Peaks FKT Challenge. In 2022, Matt was a top 10 finisher at the Mozart100 by UTMB (World Series Event – June 2022) and a top 5 finisher at Nice Côte d’Azur by UTMB (111km World Series Event – September 2022). So far in 2023, he placed 2nd overall at the Trail Alsace Grand Est by UTMB (109km World Series Event – May 2023) and 5th overall at Julian Alps Trail Run By UTMB (100km World Series Event – September 2023).

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Achievements To Date

Tarawera Ultra-trail New Zealand By UTMB

New Zealand
102 kilometres
3rd overall and 2nd in category
2024

Julian Alps Trail Run By UTMB

Slovenia
100 kilometres
5th overall and 3rd in category
2023

Trail Alsace grand est by utmb

Obernai, France
109 kilometres
2nd overall and 2nd in category
2023

Ultra trail cape town

Cape Town, South Africa
100 kilometres
6th overall and 2nd in Africa
2022

nice côte d'azur by utmb
Nice & French Riviera, France
111 kilometres
5th overall and 3rd in category
2022
Mozart 100 by utmb

Salzburg, Austria
106 kilometres
10th overall and 5th in category
2022

13 Peaks
Cape Town, South Africa
+/- 102 kilometres
Completed in: 14:11:58
2nd fastest time overall behind creator Ryan Sandes
Matt currently holds the 2nd & 3rd  fastest times
2021 & 2020
Addo 100 miler

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
162 kilometres
1st overall
South African Course Record & Valley Of Tears Overall Course Record
2021

Addo elephant 50 Miler

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
76 kilometres
1st overall
Highest ever recorded heat @ +50’C
2020

Support A Saffa Charity run

Back Garden, Cape Town
114 kilometres
Lockdown Garden Ultra – #RunSaffaRun raised R33,000
2020

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Mac Mac 50 Miler Ultra

Mpumalanga, South Africa
80 kilometres
1st overall & new course record
2019

Bastille day trail run

Franschhoek, South Africa
50 kilometres
1st overall
2019

Chokka Run
St. Francis , South Africa
62 kilometres
2nd overall (faster than previous course record)
2019
Maxi Race south africa

Stellenbosch & Franschhoek
68 kilometres
2nd overall (faster than previous course record)
2019

Ultra trail cape town

Stellenbosch, South Africa
100 kilometres
14th overall & 4th in Africa
2019

Addo elephant 50 Miler

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
76 kilometres
4th overall & 2nd South African after Ryan Sandes
2019

Trail Alsace grand est by utmb

Obernai, France
109 kilometres
2nd overall and 2nd in category
2023

Ultra trail cape town

Cape Town, South Africa
100 kilometres
6th overall and 2nd in Africa
2022

nice côte d'azur by utmb
Nice & French Riviera, France
111 kilometres
5th overall and 3rd in category
2022
Mozart 100 by utmb

Salzburg, Austria
106 kilometres
10th overall and 5th in category
2022

13 Peaks
Cape Town, South Africa
+/- 102 kilometres
Completed in: 14:11:58
2nd fastest time overall behind creator Ryan Sandes
Matt currently holds the 2nd & 3rd  fastest times
2021 & 2020
Addo 100 miler

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
162 kilometres
1st overall
South African Course Record & Valley Of Tears Overall Course Record
2021

Addo elephant 50 Miler

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
76 kilometres
1st overall
Highest ever recorded heat @ +50’C
2020

Support A Saffa Charity run

Back Garden, Cape Town
114 kilometres
Lockdown Garden Ultra – #RunSaffaRun raised R33,000
2020

Your Content Goes Here
Mac Mac 50 Miler Ultra

Mpumalanga, South Africa
80 kilometres
1st overall & new course record
2019

Bastille day trail run

Franschhoek, South Africa
50 kilometres
1st overall
2019

Chokka Run
St. Francis , South Africa
62 kilometres
2nd overall (faster than previous course record)
2019
Maxi Race south africa

Stellenbosch & Franschhoek
68 kilometres
2nd overall (faster than previous course record)
2019

Ultra trail cape town

Stellenbosch, South Africa
100 kilometres
14th overall & 4th in Africa
2019

Addo elephant 50 Miler

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
76 kilometres
4th overall & 2nd South African after Ryan Sandes
2019

Trail Alsace grand est by utmb

Obernai, France
109 kilometres
2nd overall and 2nd in category
2023

Ultra trail cape town

Cape Town, South Africa
100 kilometres
6th overall and 2nd in Africa
2022

nice côte d'azur by utmb
Nice & French Riviera, France
111 kilometres
5th overall and 3rd in category
2022
Mozart 100 by utmb

Salzburg, Austria
106 kilometres
10th overall and 5th in category
2022

13 Peaks
Cape Town, South Africa
+/- 102 kilometres
Completed in: 14:11:58
2nd fastest time overall behind creator Ryan Sandes
Matt currently holds the 2nd & 3rd  fastest times
2021 & 2020
Addo 100 miler

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
162 kilometres
1st overall
South African Course Record & Valley Of Tears Overall Course Record
2021

Addo elephant 50 Miler

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
76 kilometres
1st overall
Highest ever recorded heat @ +50’C
2020

Support A Saffa Charity run

Back Garden, Cape Town
114 kilometres
Lockdown Garden Ultra – #RunSaffaRun raised R33,000
2020

Your Content Goes Here
Mac Mac 50 Miler Ultra

Mpumalanga, South Africa
80 kilometres
1st overall & new course record
2019

Bastille day trail run

Franschhoek, South Africa
50 kilometres
1st overall
2019

Chokka Run
St. Francis , South Africa
62 kilometres
2nd overall (faster than previous course record)
2019
Maxi Race south africa

Stellenbosch & Franschhoek
68 kilometres
2nd overall (faster than previous course record)
2019

Ultra trail cape town

Stellenbosch, South Africa
100 kilometres
14th overall & 4th in Africa
2019

Addo elephant 50 Miler

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
76 kilometres
4th overall & 2nd South African after Ryan Sandes
2019