Seen here (front to back):  Carla Van Huyssteen and Nicolette Griffioen in action during Stage Two of the AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”


Nicolette Griffioen and Carla Van Huyssteen of Team KeyHealth Neverest / K-Way claimed their second consecutive stage victory at the AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS at Boschendal Wine Estate on Saturday, 28 April 2018 in a time of 03 hours 28 minutes 42 seconds.

“Today’s stage was hotter than yesterday,” says Griffioen.  “The route was also flatter, which isn’t our strong point.  The girls kept with us.  We pulled away on a climb and managed to keep our lead”.

“Every time that I do AfricanX I realise that I am not fit enough for the distance,” laughs Van Huyssteen.  “I’ll have to make a mental note for next year.  Nicolette is super strong and helped me a lot today.  We have a very good partnership.  We used our strengths and pushed on the descents.  We’re happy to open the gap going into Stage Three.  It’ll help a lot.  We’ll run with what we have and try to protect the gap.”

Team R & R’s (Retired & Rewired) Kate Roberts and Mari Rabie came in 2nd, while Team Tailwind Ladies’ Danette Smith and Kate Mapham finished 3rd.

In the mixed team race Team Crumb’s Davide Del Fante and Daneil Feldmann also managed another stage victory in a time of 03 hours 51 minutes 19 seconds.

“I can’t decide which was tougher, Stage One or Stage Two,” says Feldmann.  “This stage had a crazy climb.  We’ve got a pretty good lead.  Tomorrow we’ll just run our own race and keep it consistent.”

“We didn’t lead from the start today, but instead switched places a number of times,” says Del Fante.  “We stuck to our plan which was to keep it steady and run our own race.  Our plan worked.  We’ll just do the same tomorrow.”

Team Gauteng Diesel Engines’ Takalani and Mazu Ndandani came in 2nd, while Team ATS’ Leani Grimes and Jacques Buys finished 3rd.

The AfricanX Trailrun is a three day stage trail run that requires teams of two runners (male/female/mixed) to battle it out on a route that varies in distance between 20km – 36km each day.  Teamwork and endurance is put to the test.

NEXT UP:  Stage Three / AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS

  • Date: Sunday, 29 April 2018
  • Start & Finish Venue: Retreat, Boschendal Wine Estate
  • Distance: 20km -22km

SANET WENTZEL SPIRIT AWARD:  Introduced in memory of a fallen athlete, the ‘Sanet Wentzel Spirit honours AfricanX entrants who persevere irrespective of the adversity that they face.

BEST DRESSED COMPETITIONAlthough all three stages of the AfricanX Trailrun are equally special, Stage Two features ‘that extra flair’ with trail runners allowing their creative sides to get the better of them as they try to outdo their rivals in the AfricanX’s “Best Dressed” competition.  With awesome sponsor prizes up for grabs, “Dress Up Day” is sure to be the source of much excitement.

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