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Bailey aiming at third AfricanX trail running title

Top South African trail runner Michael Bailey will be aiming for his third victory at the fifth annual ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance in Grabouw this weekend.

Bailey will team up with training partner Ben Brimble for the three-day off-road event.

Bailey reckons there are so many good memories of the 2012 ProNutro AfrianX Trailrun.┬áÔÇ£I have loads of memories.┬áCrossing the finish line and being crowned overall winner was a definite highlight, but there are so many more aspects that make it such a special and unique event, the awesome vibe being one of them.

“I really enjoyed the Kleinmond venue, but I think the new venue will be just as exciting and challenging.┬áAlthough this is the first time that Ben and I will team up for an event, we will definitely complement each other as a team.┬áI often train with Ben, so we know each other well.

“He has a lot of determination, runs well and can be hard to beat.┬áRunning together at the AfricanX will be very familiar to both of us.┬áDefending my title doesn’t make me nervous, as I always seem to be confident on the trails.

“I’m looking forward to it more than anything,ÔÇØ says Bailey, who took gold in 2010 with Warren Petterson and in 2012 with Antoine Van Heerden.

Brimble, right, makes his debut on the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun circuit this year.┬áÔÇ£It’s a very exciting concept to be able to compete over three days.┬áEven if you have a bad day you have a chance to come back.┬á I think the most important aspect of a team event is to get on well with your partner.

“Beetle and I have been jogging together for a few years now so I know when he’s struggling or feeling strong and vice-versa.┬á He’s won a couple of times, so my strategy will be just to do what he says.

“The AfricanX Trailrun is generally won or lost on the second day though so we will have to keep that in mind,ÔÇØ says Brimble.

Friday’s first day is 31km with 800m of climb in total, the second day is 33km with 900m of climbing and the third and final day is 24km with 750m of climbing.

A record field of 250 teams have entered the 2013 event.