Riddle, Kruger dominate Fedhealth XTERRA Lite

Seen here:  Susan Kruger claiming gold at the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club on Sunday, 25 February 2018.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

 

“Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw is the biggest XTERRA in the world, and this year has once again thrilled both local and overseas participants.  The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Lite gives beginner off-road triathletes the chance to prove themselves in the dam, on the tough climbs of the mountain bike course, and on the tough trails.  As there is also an event for kids and more serious XTERRA Warriors, the whole family can share in the fun and fitness over the weekend,” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth.

A perfect introduction to the sport of XTERRA, the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Lite saw off- road triathletes having to complete:  a 400m swim in the picturesque Eikenhof Dam, a 14km mountain bike route and a 6.5km trail run.

This year Jamie Riddle and Susan Kruger were the XTERRA Warriors to beat at the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite held at the Elgin-Grabouw Country Club on Sunday, 25 February 2018.

A road triathlete, Riddle professed that the Fedhealth XTERRA is the only off-road triathlon that he participates at.  “XTERRA Grabouw is my only off-road event.  It’s awesome,” says Riddle.  “Mountain biking is a lot harder than road cycling.  So my plan was to get a lead on the swim and then go into survival mode.  I managed to keep my lead though.  The event was a lot of fun.  It was super well organized with a lot of marshals out on route.  Being able to successfully defend my 2017 title was awesome.  It’s great to see hard work paying off.”

 

Seen here:  Jamie Riddle in action during the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club on Sunday, 25 February 2018.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

 

 

Riddle completed the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in an impressive time of 01 hour 06 minutes 20 seconds.  Samuel Courts came in second, while David Sher finished third.

 

Obliterating the women’s race, Kruger travelled all the way from Pretoria to take on the Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in Grabouw.  “I was hoping to do well, but I really didn’t expect to win,” says Kruger.  “I was second out of the water and managed to catch the leader early on the mountain bike leg.  From there I led till the end.  I enjoy XTERRA because it is tough, but fun.  It keeps your mind going.”

 

Kruger completed the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in a deserving time of 01 hour 19 minutes 32 seconds.  Xanri Haak came in second, while Daneil Feldmann finished third.

 

For a complete set of race results visit www.finishtime.co.za

 

Twitter:  @XTERRASA / @Fedhealthmed

Facebook:  XTERRA South Africa / Fedhealth Medical Aid

Instagram:  @xterrasa

 

For further information on the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw please contact 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com

 

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ON BEHALF OF:                       Stillwater Sports

 

For further information contact Jacky McClean via email Jacky@newsportmedia.tv

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Paiter Botha

Paiter’s running career started when he was 8. Since his early teens he’s been running cross coutry and road races and at the age of 12 ran his first full standard (42,2 km) marathon - the Voet of Africa Marathon - in a time of 3 hours and 20 minutes. At 18 he won the Junior section of the same marathon. Paiter was one of the top senior middle distance, cross coutry and road athletes in the Western Province in the 80’s and 90’s during his school and university careers running 4 min for the mile, 30 min for 10km and 66 min for 21km. Paiter stopped running competitively in 1994 to pursue his profession and later also started a family. Paiter started training seriously again and doing trail running after being invited by one of his old friends in January 2013 to team up with him in the 3 day AfricanX trail run that was held in Grabouw. Although his team mate had to pull out during the second leg of the race due to a calve injury, Paiter went on to finish as the third fastest Veteran in the competition in a combined time of 7 hours, 55 minutes for the three stages. On most weekends you will find Paiter in the mountains around his hometown of Paarl.

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