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Edwin, Givemore take the lead at AfricanX
- Updated: March 11, 2016
Edwin Sesipi and Givemore Mudzinganayama of Team ASICS Elite Men raced to victory in the first stage of the Cell C AfricanX trail run in Grabouw on Friday.
The two completed the 36-kilometre slog in 2hr 31min 42sec with the second-placed team of Johardt van Heerden and Henno Havenga, Team Windhoek Light Pro’s just under a minute back in 2:32:40.
‘Our plan was to relax and stay with the leading men’s teams until the 30km mark, before making our move,’ says Sesipi. ‘The pace was nice and slow, while the route was really nice and runnable. Running with Givemore was amazing. We trained together for the last two weeks and know each other’s weaknesses.
‘We’re so happy to cross the finish line first. We will have the same strategy tomorrow.’
AJ Calitz and Ben Brimble of Team KWay North Face finished third.
Defending women’s team champions Landie Greyling and Megan Mackenzie of Team KPMG Salomon Ladies dropped the hammer to secure an impressive stage victory in 2:59.35.
‘We had a lot of fun,’ said a delighted Greyling. ‘It was so good running with Megan again. The running conditions were perfect and the stage was really beautiful. Both Megan and I had our ups and downs, but that’s where good teamwork is important.”
Dunya Ansems and Taryn King of Team Takkie and Heels came in second in 3:12.28, while Katya Soggot and Chantel Nienaber finished third.
Nic de Beer and Tish Jones of Team Silent Assassins dominated the mixed team category in 2:54.39.
‘I really enjoy introducing strong female runners to AfricanX,’ says de Beer. ‘We ran with the first three mixed teams up until the second water point at Paul Cluver Wine Estate. From there we started to push harder. The camaraderie between the teams was great. We had good fun today.
‘Stage Two is going to be tough as the chasing teams are good climbers.’
Stage two is a 34km trek between Ongegund in Somerset West to the Paul Cluver Amphitheatre in Elgin. It’s tough slog up over the old wagon trail above Sir Lowry’s Pass and features climbing of 1110m.
Picture of Sesipi and Mudzinganayama courtesy of Jetline Photo