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Rohan, Dawid tops
- Updated: May 7, 2011
Rohan Kennedy and Dawid Visser of Team Velocity Sports Lab showed their colours on Saturday when they completed Stage Two of the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance in a winning time of 3hr 05min 53sec.
And Team Hi-Tec Infinity Girls continued their winning streak on the day, while Team Puma took gold in the mixed team category. The day’s racing was 40.7km, the longest of the three-day event with more than 1,100 metres of climbing involved on a day that saw the field lashed by icy wind and rain in the exposed Kleinmond mountains.
Kennedy said that stage two’s routes perfectly suited their style of running.┬á ÔÇ£Today’s course was awesome and just the right distance for us.┬áThe last 700m beach stretch was a killer.┬á I think the organisers were trying to teach us a lesson,ÔÇØ laughs Kennedy.
ÔÇ£Dawid and I followed the exact same tactic as in 2010.┬áWe started out conservatively over Stage One, allowing us to study the competition.┬áToday we worked off of each other’s strengths and managed to build a satisfying lead.┬á The AfricanX Trailrun is an awesome event that can also be enjoyed by the general runner,ÔÇØ says Kennedy.┬áTeam Kelfords came in second, while Team Contego finished third.
Sarah Gray and Jeannie Bomford of Team Hi-Tec Infinity Girls were unstoppable on the day, crossing the finish line in 3:33:44. Gray was ecstatic with their lead.┬á ÔÇ£The scenery today was absolutely beautiful.┬áThe race is really well organised and everybody is so friendly, Jeannie and I are having a great time. Our strategy for tomorrow is to take it easy and have fun,ÔÇØ says Gray.┬áTeam Road Runners came in second, while Team Dudley’s Girls finished third.
Leanne Juul and Andreas Krensel of Team Puma caused an upset in the Mixed Team Category, crossing the finish line in 3:26:37, five minutes ahead of Stage One leaders Team ProNutro Mixed.
For Juul winning Stage Two was an awesome experience.┬á ÔÇ£Choosing the correct partner to race with is critical in such a race.┬áAndreas is fantastic, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. Today’s route was great and we really appreciate the support on route.┬á Our strategy for tomorrow is to have fun and give it our best,ÔÇØ says Juul.┬áTeam ProNutro Mixed came in second, while Team Pure Planet Racing presented by Fairbairn finished third.
Sunday’s third and final stage is the shortest at 21.5km with 452m of climb involved.