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Records fall in Garden Route

Two running records have fallen within the space of a week in the Garden Route region.

First Hi-Tec sponsored Iain Don Wauchope managed to crack the magic five-hour barrier by seconds in last Saturday’s inaugural Otter Run and then local runner Victor Gugushe managed to break the record around Robberg Peninsula in a blistering time of 45min 46sec, winning the Trail Run sprint category for the second time in a row.

The Bitou Tourism sponsored Robberg Express Multi Sport Race was hosted at the weekend for the third time by Cape Nature on the beautiful Robberg Peninsula. Billed as one of the most spectacular multisport courses on the planet, the route linking the Bitou’s indigenous forests with the ÔÇ£beautiful bayÔÇØ was at its finest.

The race started in mountain biking hotspot; SAN Park’s Harkerville Forest with a 35km MTB leg including technical single tracks and fast forest routes on MTO Plantations, finishing on Robberg Nature Reserve.

Here athletes swapped their biking gear for running kit and had to run around Robberg Peninsula, a very ÔÇ£technical,ÔÇØ 8km trail run, leading to Robberg Beach where the 10km surfski paddle started. The sea was perfectly flat ÔÇô with the surface only being disturbed by at least 10 breaching whales and hundreds of dolphins.

Huge seas in the 2008 race forced many paddlers to have an unplanned surf swim and many were unable to penetrate the big waves withdrawing from the final paddling leg.

There was a call from a few athletes to eliminate the paddling leg from this year’s race, but the Plettenberg Bay Paddling Club and volunteer life savers stepped in and the Robberg Express could be held in its original format ÔÇô MTB, Run, Paddle.

All athletes ÔÇô male and female ÔÇô are ranked according to a Gender Based Adjusted Timing System (G-BAT) and shared R 10┬á000 in prize money. Knysna’s Martin FraserMackenzie managed to finish the entire course in 3hr 52min 57sec and won the Robberg Express ahead of Jeannette Walder with an adjusted time of 3:55:25 and Dominic Strano in third place (4:16:10).

Robberg Express’s little brother, the Robberg Raggie was changed this year into a Duathlon Event ÔÇô leaving out the paddle leg ÔÇô and proved to be very popular with more than 50 athletes competing. MTB Pro Marthinus Esmeyer finished in 2:26:44 ahead of Tatum Prins (G-Bat adjusted time 2:30:54) and Craig Woods in third place (2:31:45).

The Robberg Express and Robberg Raggie could not only be entered by individuals, but also as relay teams of two or three athletes or each discipline on its own. All top three athletes were presented with great prizes from product sponsors Hi-Tec and Helly Hansen.

Winning Relay Team of the Robberg Express was Team Mar-Ry-Lex who finished the Express in a blistering time of 3:28:39 and the Tanner’s Couple won the Robberg Raggie Realy in 3:08:57.

Each of the three disciplines could also be entered as stand-alone sprint races.

MTB Male:
1  Cameron Taylor    1:27:04
2  Malcolm Taylor     1:31:29

3 Jan Minnie             1:38:57
MTB Female:
1  Matty Boshoff        1:46:11
2  Diana Bronkhorst  1:59:33
3  Elbie Pama           2:06:53

Trail Run Male:
1  Victor Gugushe       45:46
2 Wendell McCallum   49:07
3 David Bruiners         49:46

Trail Run Female:
1 Rhona Zonnestein    1:02:27
2 Meyer Lindi               1:05:53
3 Shelley De Villiers     1:09:43

Surf Ski Male:
1 Kyle Harris                 55:44
2 Andrew Beveridge      56:52
3 Cameron WardAble     59:54


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