The final stage was met with mixed emotions. Excited to finish, but sad to close off the journey, teams of two were bussed to the picturesque Wildekrans Wine Estate for the start of Stage Three. All that stood between teams and the finish line at the majestic Houw Hoek Inn was 23km of sensational trail running.
Reigning women’s team champions, Landie Greyling and Megan Mackenzie of Team Salomon Blondie successfully defended their title in an impressive combined time of 08 hours 11 minutes 54 seconds.
“We had a big lead going into Stage Three so Landie and I just decided to run within ourselves and savour the moment,” says Mackenzie. “The competition was great. It’s amazing how something is so much sweeter if you have to fight for it. Running with Landie is really special. It’s as if our friendship grows with every event.”
According to Greyling, it was a tough Stage Three. “I could feel the two days in my legs. Our approach to Stage Three was a tactical one. We got to enjoy the routes a little more today. There was definitely a sting in the tail the last 3km. We are really happy to successfully defend our title.”
Carla Van Huyssteen and Leilani Scheffer of Team ASICS Ladies secured the second spot on the podium after three days of racing, with Keelyn Van Breda and Claire Horner of Team My Training Day firmly in third place.
Team KWAY Nedbank’s AJ Calitz and Nicolette Griffioen also secured their second stage victory and overall mixed team champion title in 01 hour 52 minutes 07 seconds and 07 hours 38 seconds 04 minutes respectively.
“The first part of the stage was flat, but the middle was technical and fun,” says Griffioen. “We took it easy in the beginning, catching the leading teams in the single track and on the climbs. Running with AJ was a new challenge for me. Placing first in the mixed team category is really rewarding especially after a challenging race.”
Danette Smith and JC Visser of Team Soul Running claimed the second spot on the podium, with Team Keyhealth Nevarest’s Ruan Van Der Merwe and Tumelo Matlou in third place.
“As a relatively big brand in South Africa, Cell C tries to do a lot of different things for different markets. One of those things is sponsorship,” says Doug Mattheus, Cell C Executive Head of Marketing. “With trail running on the up and people really enjoying our beautiful country it’s nice for our brand to be associated with a world class lifestyle event. We are thankful for each and every runner that took off work to participate. We look forward to building on the experience in 2018.”
2017 Event Information: Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS
Friday, 17 March 2017
Trails End, Grabouw
Houw Hoek Inn
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Wildekrans Wine Estate (Botriver)
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Wildekrans Wine Estate
Houw Hoek Inn
Charity Support: The 2017 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS proudly supports the Timothy James Harlow Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by the Harlow family in order to continue the selfless giving legacy of their beloved son Timothy.
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