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Givemore, Edwin take stage two of AfricanX
- Updated: March 19, 2017
Good team work paid off for Givemore Mudzinganyama and Edwin Sesipi of Team ASICS Boys Gauteng on Saturday, as the pair claimed their first stage victory of the weekend at the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS, in a time of 2hr 16min 28sec.
Feeling the aftermath of Stage One’s racing in their legs, teams caught an early morning bus from the Houw Hoek Inn (Grabouw) to Rooisand (Kleinmond) for the start of Stage Two.
Affectionately known as ‘Dress Up Day’, runners had to complete a 33-kilometre route, before crossing the finish line at Wildekrans Wine Estate in Botriver.
‘We had a really good race,’ says an elated Sesipi. ‘We basically led from the start. At the first water point (6km in) we decided to hold back a bit. It was at the first climb that we moved to the front.
‘The back group tried to close the gap, but we just maintained our pace, keeping our lead. The route was really nice. We enjoy the climbs and the downhills. I really enjoy running and claiming a stage victory with my best friend.’
According to Mudzinganyama, they wanted the stage victory. ‘I enjoy AfricanX because it features a really nice mix of terrain. The support that we receive from ASICS is amazing. They make the event even more special. Tomorrow we’ll take it easy and just focus on keeping our lead.’
Ben Matiso and Retsepile Khotle of Team Edunova were the second men’s team home on the day, while Chris Strydom and Rory Scheffer of Team Adidas finished third.
Reigning Champions Landie Greyling and Megan Mackenzie of Team Salomon Blondie secured their second stage victory of the weekend, in 2:48:53.
‘Today was very nice,’ says Greyling. ‘It was hard, but I really enjoyed the first half. My partner was awesome. We had a good Stage Two. It’s awesome to see how the competition in the women’s field has improved. We are psyched for Stage Three.’
Keelyn Van Breda and Claire Horner of Team My Training Day came in second, while Leilani Scheffer and Carla Van Huyssteen of Team ASICS Ladies finished third.
Team Soul Running’s JC Visser and Danette Smith’s goal of a Stage Two victory came to fruition after 2:38:54 of exceptional team work. ‘Today was great,’ says a very happy Smith.
‘My partner was ill during Stage One, luckily he felt much better today. Coming from a road running background, the Stage Two route suited our style of running well.
‘We wanted to win one stage, so today we felt a little more pressure. Our hard work paid off, and we are happy with the reward. AfricanX allows us to do what we love for three days. We’re surrounded by like-minded people at an event that is professionally run. We don’t want to miss out, so we’ll definitely be back each year.’
Team KWAY Nedbank’s AJ Calitz and Nicolette Griffioen came in second, while Ruan Van Der Merwe and Tumelo Matlou of Team Keyhealth Nevarest finished third.
Picture of day two action courtesy of Tobias Ginsberg