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Bailey blitzes to third AfricanX title in Grabouw
- Updated: April 21, 2013
Off-road maestro Michael Bailey blitzed his way to a third ProNutro AfricanX trail title at Grabouw on Sunday.
Running with new partner Ben Brimble under the Team ProNutro Asics title, the two covered the challenging 24-kilometre third and final stage in a time of 1hr 44min 45sec.
Day three’s route started at the Paul Cluver Estate in Elgin and headed up towards the Groenland Mountain before plummeting down to the finish at the Houw Hoek Inn.
They ended the three-day event with a combined time of 6:26:05, around eight minutes ahead of the field.
Runners-up were day one victors Kane Reily and Nicholas Rupanga.
Bailey, who has two previous AfricanX titles from when the race was run in Kleinmond, said he didn’t expect the pace to be so fast during the final stage. ÔÇ£Our plan for today was to hang on to Kane and Nicholas.┬áKane set the crazy pace of today.┬áNicholas was however, struggling and adrenalin just kicked in for us.
“The Stage Three route was nice, but my favourite would definitely be stage two.┬áWinning my third AfricanX title was definitely on my mind the entire weekend.┬á It gave me confidence and is a great achievement for me.
“The ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun is a lot of fun.┬á A three day stage race just builds a lot of character and is great for socializing.┬á We would definitely like to come back next year,ÔÇØ says Bailey.
The women’s race was dominated from day one to three by Team Mizuno’s Kathleen Shuttleworth and Ronel Nattrass of Team Mizuno. They clocked 2:09:47 for the stage.
For Shuttleworth Sunday’s route was pretty easy.┬áÔÇ£We were very relaxed today.┬áWe did push harder in the beginning so that we wouldn’t have any pressure at the end.┬áThe route was very nice with rolling hills and a tough bit towards the end.
“The ProNutro AfricanX route is really friendly and ideal for road runners transitioning into trail running.┬á I am very relieved to successfully defend my title. I’m not sure whether I’ll be back next year, I’m getting too old for racing,ÔÇØ laughs Shuttleworth.
Overall women’s runners-up were Team Running Wild’s Chantel Nienaber and Kerry Sillifant who had a storming last day.
They won┬á the mixed team category in a 7:38:59 overall time.