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Spur Cape Winter Trail SeriesTM Race 4 Results

This past Saturday saw the 4th Kleinmond in ideal running conditions.
More than 950 runners turned up to tackle the trails of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.Race 4 also included an XL race of 24km. In the XL the pace was frenetic from the outset as the leading group of elites were shadowing each other and stretching the legs before the first big climb of the day at the 13km mark. It was on this climb that Ake Fagereng made his move and broke away from the leading pack that included the likes of Dom Wills, Simon Muller, Noel Ernstzen, Charl Souma and Derrick Baard. Fagereng kept the hammer down and flew down the technical single track to open up a gap and win in a terrific time of 02:02:34. Dom Wills took 2nd place in 02:04:18 with Simon Muller claiming the coveted last spot on the podium in 02:08:48. & final event in the Spur Cape Winter Trail SeriesTM 2014 held in In the ladies XL race, it was long course Championship Series winner Liandi van der Westhuyzen who continued to impress by claiming victory in a time of 02:34:05, more than 17 minutes ahead of her nearest rival, Marianne Johnson, 02:51:29 with Shaan Corrie rounding out the top three in 02:58:22.

In the long course Championship 14,5km race, Duwayne Philander improved on his three podium placements in the Series to grab his first win, peering under the culvert first on his way to the finish line in a time of 01:00:56. Series winner Rukadza came home second in a time of 01:01:27 (a week after winning the afbSOX trail race with AJ Calitz) to wrap up yet another Spur Cape Winter Trail SeriesTM victory, his fifth in a row!

After 3 consecutive wins & with overall Series winner van der Westhuyzen running the XL, there would be a new face on the top step of the Ladies long course Championship podium. Matilda Randle, who has two second places this Series, claimed victory in a time of 01:19:16. Arlene Potgieter was hot on her heels to take 2nd place in a time of 01:20:57 with Annie Kloppers 3rd01:21:48.

In the men’s short course Challenge race, no time was wasted as runners raced over the 8km course in a little over 33 minutes. André Afrika sealed his Series by grabbing first place in 33:02 to go along with two other first place finishes and one runner up finish this Series. Second over the line was Llewellyn Jacobs in 33:07 to claim second overall in the Series after a consistent showing of two fourth place finishes and two second places. Third over the line went to Nick Rembeyi in 35:52. In the ladies short course it was Mariella Dierks who claimed overall victory with a stunning time of 43:23 to just pip Ellie Courts. She crossed the line in 43:31 to claim first position in the veteran category with Michelle Nel right behind Courts to take third place overall and second open lady with a time of 43:33.

**Update**

Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™, Race 2 Report

Heavy rains on Friday and Saturdayproduced a fun, messy, wet & wild run on Sunday 27 July. At Race 2 of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™,held at Tygerberg Nature Reserve, more than 800 runners decided to brave the cold and enjoy another fun morning out on the trails.

They say there’s no such thing as a sure bet, but Bernard Rukadza seems to defy that statement as he reigned supreme to win yet again. Rukadza was in fine form and proved  strong too, as he cruised home in first place on the 12.7km Long Course Championship route, notorious for its big climbs in a time of 55:06. Duwayne Philander was again second runner up finishing in 56:01, with Peter Tsawayo completing an identical podium to Race 1 by claiming third in 56:11.

In the Ladies Championship race, it was also 2 out of 2 for Liandi van der Westhuyzen who continued her fine form and proved too strong for the rest of the ladies field crossing the line in 01:10:09, more than 4 minutes over 2nd placed Matilda Randle, 01:14:38, with Hanlie Jordaan claiming the last spot on the podium in 01:15:17.

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Liandi van der Westhuizen on her way to victory in the Ladies Championship race. Image by Dylan Haskin

In the men’s  8km Short Course Challenge race, Dawood Goeieman won in a time of 37:43. Andre Afrika crossed the line in 2nd, 38:17, with Llewellyn Jacobs 3rd in 38:22.

In the Ladies Challenge race it was once again 13 year old, Mia Doyle who blitzed her way to another first place finishing with an incredible 49:31 in testing conditions. Veteran Ellie Courts finished 2nd in 50:36, with Tasmyn van Rensburg hot on her heels in 50:56 to take home third over the line and first open lady.

For all the results & images of Race 2, visit www.trailseries.co.za
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This past weekend saw the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ kick off at the Paul Cluver Estate, Elgin. On Saturday about 100 runners set off on the GLB46 Ultra trail up and around Groenlandberg in very cold and wet conditions.

Will Robinson lead from start to finish, winning the 46km race in a time of 3:51:04, followed home by Damian Wills in 3:55:59, and Mark Pikker,  4:26:02.

The ladies race was won comfortably by Mags Haacke , 4:52:29. Marcy Loubser placed 2nd in 5:35:49, with Phillippa Burger 3rd, 5:40:28.

Sunday greeted the nearly 900 runners taking on the long & short courses with overcast, wind still conditions, making for a perfect day out on the wet & muddy trails.

spurBernard Rukadza picked up where he left off in the summer Series and started strong in his bid to win his fifth straight Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ as he blitzed the 16km course in 1:08:59. Duwayne Philander crossed the line 2nd in 1:10:01, followed by Peter Tsawayo in 1:11:03.
Liandi van der Westhuyzen took the top step on the podium in 1:27:47, with veteran Leeann Dawson 2nd in 1:31:29 & Matilda Randle 3rd in 1:33:24.

Riaan Wildskut wrapped up another short course victory charging through the 9.1km course in 34:07, followed closely by Andre Afrika, 34:19, & Dawood Goeieman, 34:55.
One of the most exciting performances of the day came from 13-year-old, Mia Doyle who won the ladies’ short course in 44:19. Rachel Bateman came 2nd in 44:42, with veteran Ellie Courts 3rd in 45:25. Doyle is definitely won to watch for the future!

For full results & images of the day’s action visit www.trailseries.co.za