Theuniskraal Trail Run 2014

Saturday saw the hosting of the inaugural Theuniskraal Trail Run, on the historic Theuniskraal Wine Estate in the Tulbagh Valley.

After a quick cold front hit the area earlier in the week, runners could not have asked for better conditions on the day as about a 100 runners set off on their run through the estate on a cloudless day with the majestic Winterhoek Mountain range creating a stunning backdrop. Runners had the option of a shorter 7km route, or the more challenging 15km, with both routes sporting loads of single track, technical adventure sections & an icy river crossing or two!

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AJ Calitz blitzed the 15km route setting the course record at 55:30, followed home by Llewellyn Groeneveld in 57:20 & Adriaan Geldenhuys in 57:50.

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Mens 15km Podium: Left -Right: Llewellyn Groeneveld, AJ Calitz & Adriaan Geldenhuys.

The ladies race was won by Frances Ernstzen in 1:20:10, with Amanda Viljoen 2nd in 1:23:10 & Sara Mansfield in 1:24:40.

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Ladies 15km winner Frances Ernstzen welcoming her mom, Meg Moodie-Ernstzen back!

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Amanda Viljoen, 2nd in the ladies 15km.

In the 7km race Ferdi Geldenhuys set a blazing pace covering the route in 30:09, beating Michael Peacock, 37:40 & Andrea Biff, 37:54, for stop spot on the podium.

Tulbagh local Marisha du Plessis won the ladies 7km race in 39:20, followed by Chrisna du Toit in 42:20 & Alison Muller in 47:50.

Thanks so much for all involved in the day making it a very successful event. GU Energy South Africa keeping runners hydrated en route, The Trail Shop & Inov-8 giving runners some great trail gear advice, Theuniskraal Wine Estate & the Jordaan family for the amazing venue & hospitality, race MC Willem van der Merwe bringing all the runners home & entertaining the crowd, and the Columbia/GU TRAIL Team incorporating Roving Summits helping with the organising!

A special thanks to all who came out to support the race! Next year will see even more trail options! Hope to see you all back again!

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Paiter Botha at The Trail Shop stall