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Raoul, Katya tackle AfricanX
- Updated: March 28, 2011
Although only in its third year, the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun has already become renowned for its ability to encourage the teaming up of remarkable athletes from all spheres of life.
One of the most noteworthy teams to look out for the weekend of 6ÔÇô8 May will be that of multisport athlete Raoul de Jongh and well known Western Cape trail runner Katya Soggot.
According to De Jongh, he does not take the partnership lightly.┬á ÔÇ£As Katya’s partner I have a number of responsibilities towards her.┬áThe most important responsibility is to ensure that open communication is kept at all times in order to maintain the fastest possible pace with the three-day outlook at heart.┬á I’ve been told that the AfricanX Trailrun is tough, rough and fun with the scenery far outweighing the pain.┬áThe best aspect of a team event is that you have someone to motivate you when you are tired. I think this is going to be a fun learning experience for both Katya and I,ÔÇØ says De Jongh.
Soggot is looking forward to an absorbing and rewarding race.┬á ÔÇ£I heard about the AfricanX Trailrun from fellow trail runners, all of whom said that it was a beautiful three-day stage race.┬áI was searching for something different and challenging.┬áAs luck would have it I received a mail from Raoul asking if I’d like to team up with him for the AfricanX Trailrun, serendipity at its best.┬áThis will be the first time that we compete together. My strengths lie on the single track and climbs, while Raoul’s ability, experience and enthusiasm are sure to make him a valuable partner,ÔÇØ says Soggot.
Other mixed teams that┬á Jongh and Soggot will face tough competition from reigning champions Mark Collins and Michelle Lombardi.┬á Another team to keep a watchful eye over will be that of husband and wife duo Iain and Su Don-Wauchope.
Distances and elevation involved in the three-day event are: Stage One (23.7km/599m elevation), Stage Two (43.3km/952m elevation), Stage Three (21.5km/452 elevation).
Following a cloverleaf format, runners will finish in Kleinmond on each of the three days.┬á Their accommodation, meals and entertainment will remain in the same place for the duration of the race.
The ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance only has room for 250 teams.┬á A limited number of entries are still available however, slots are filling up fast. To be part of the action contact Stillwater Sport & Entertainment on 086┬á138 3591, email [email protected] or visit www.stillwatersports.com.