Sparkling Finish to Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ - 16 August 2014
The weather gods saved the best for last as the final race in the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ 2014 in Kleinmond took place under incredible skies and ideal running conditions. More than 950 excited runners turned up one final time to embrace the day and wrap up an unforgettable series.
As is tradition, race 4 included the XL race of 24km and some of the country’s finest trail runners were out to have some competitive fun on some of the Cape’s best trails.
In the XL, Norwegian Ake Fagereng managed to hold on to an early lead and claimed first place in a time of 02:02:34. Liandi van der Westhuyzen from Durbanville continued to impress and claimed victory in a time of 02:34:05, more than 17 minutes ahead of her nearest rival.
In the long course Championship 14.5km race, series champion, Bernard Rukadza was pipped to the line for the first time this series by Duwayne Philander as he crossed the line in 01:00:56. Stellenbosch resident, Matilda Randle claimed her first win of the series in the absence of ladies’ champion, van der Westhuyzen, in a time of 01:19:16.
In the men’s short course Challenge, no time was wasted as runners raced over the 8km course in a little over 33 minutes. André Afrika from Eersteriver sealed his series title by grabbing first place in 33:02 while Mariella Dierks claimed the ladies’ series title with another first place in a time of 43:23.
It was a tremendous way to cap off another amazing Spur Trail Series™ and on behalf of the Wildrunner team, we salute ALL those who took part whether you ran or just supported! We hope to see you all again in the summer.
Next up is the KZN Spur Trail Series™ and we can’t wait to jol in the beautiful surrounds of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Entries will open at the end of the month; get yours early to join in the fun!
A big thanks to our sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, adidas, BOS Ice Tea and Protea Hotels for their continued support. And special thanks must go to the Kleinmond Municipality for their assistance and hospitality.
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RE/MAX Jowic Wierie Road Race – 23 August 2014
More than 3,000 participants were part of the RE/MAX Jowic Wierie Road race. It was a crisp windy morning filled with excited school children working at our water points. Celebrating our sixth year with Centurion Mall as our host and grand sponsor, we are proud to say that sponsorship and support has grown tremendously with RE/MAX Jowic becoming the main sponsor with naming rights. Laërskool Wierdapark being the event co-ordinator in conjunction with the Alpha Centurion Runners/Walkers club, again boasted support from parents, teachers and surrounding schools. (Thanks to the organisers for the write up and the photo.)
Lebogang Phalula Wins Amazing Race – SPAR Women’s 10km – Durban - 24 August 2014
Durban, South Africa - Transnet runner Lebogang Phalula registered her first SPAR Women’s 10km victory since 2008 when she beat a very strong field to win the 25th Durban Challenge in 00:33.06 minutes on Sunday 24 August 2014.
Rutendo Nyahora (Nedbank) was second in 00:33.41, followed closely by Rene Kalmer (Modern Athlete) in 00:33.49.
The race started at a very fast pace, with Irvette van Zyl, who recently ran the third fastest time by a South African woman, taking the early lead. She was in a pack that included Phalula, her twin sister, Diana-Lebo, and the defending champion, Mapaseka Makhanya.
They ran in a group for the first three kilometres, when the Phalula sisters broke away. By five kilometres, they were well ahead of the pack, with Lebogang taking the lead over Diana-Lebo, who is the front-runner in the SPAR Grand Prix series.
“I could see my sister was struggling. She has a bit of a hamstring injury and eventually she told me to go and win the race for her,” said Lebogang, who broke down in tears after crossing the finish line.
“I needed to win this race to prove myself,” she said.
“I’ve had problems after I tested positive for a banned stimulant in Pretoria, but I’m now running clean and proud.”
Nyahora and Kalmer started slower than the leading pack, but gradually began to reel them in. Van Zyl dropped back, as did Makhanya.
“I had a good race,” said Nyahora.
“Rene (Kalmer) and I ran together from about three kilometres. She was pushing me, and I felt stronger as the race went on. The others started too fast for me, but Rene and I worked well together. We caught Irvette (Van Zyl) first, then Mapaseka (Makhanya) and then we passed Lebo.
“I passed Rene with about 800 metres to go.”
Kalmer said she was very happy with her podium finish.
“It was a very strong field, and I knew it was going to be a very fast start. I just stuck to my own game plan, and it worked.
“I knew there would be a lot of pressure on Irvette because of her very fast time two weeks ago, and the Phalula sisters were also under pressure. But there was no pressure on me.”
Diana-Lebo finished fourth, Van Zyl fifth and Makhanya sixth.
The top runners will all be in action again in a week’s time, when they run the Pretoria leg of the SPAR Challenge series, which will be run at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday afternoon.
More than 14,000 women took part in the 10km Challenge and the 5km Fun Run. (Thanks to the organisers for the write up and Reg Caldecott for the photos.)