Shuttleworth and Nattrass Scoop AfricanX Trailrun

Kathleen Shuttleworth (right) and Ronel Nattrass of Team Mizuno claimed victory in the three-stage ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun women’s team category on Sunday, completing the 3-day race in a combined time of 7 hours, 51 minutes and 43 seconds. Photo: Cherie Vale / Newsport Media

Kathleen Shuttleworth and Ronel Nattrass claimed victory at the 2013 ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun, presented by New Balance, the two for Team Mizuno completed the three-stage trail run in a combined time of 7 hours, 51 minutes and 43 seconds in Elgin, Grabouw, on Sunday, 21 April 2013.

Chantel Nienaber and Kerry Sillifant (Team Running Wild) finished in 08:17:21 for silver, narrowly ahead of the Team Columbia duo Theresa Fourie and Belinda Noades in 08:19:49, who completed the winner’s podium well ahead of fourth-placed Jana Trojan and Tracy Forbes for Team Cereal Killers.

Shuttleworth and Nattrass took no chances completing the stage in a well-deserved time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 47 seconds, commenting later that the Stage Three route was very easy. “We were very relaxed today.

“We did push harder in the beginning so that we wouldn’t have any pressure at the end. The route was very nice with rolling hills and a tough bit towards the end. The ProNutro AfricanX route is really friendly and ideal for road runners transitioning into trail running.

“I am very relieved to successfully defend my title. I’m not sure whether I’ll be back next year, I’m getting too old for racing,” laughs Shuttleworth.

Husband and wife duo Landie and Christiaan Greyling (Team iON Salomon) continued their mixed team dominance, winning in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 59 seconds. Photo: Cherie Vale / Newsport MediaHusband and wife duo Landie and Christiaan Greyling of Team iON Salomon embodied the definition of team work, completing Stage Three in an impressive time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 37 seconds, for a combined finishing time of 7 hours, 28 minutes and 59 seconds.

“We are relieved that the race is over, but elated to have won,” says Landie. “We did some real trail running today!”

“Both Christiaan and I felt strong and are pleased with our strong finish. The ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun was perfectly organised and is ideal for every kind of runner whether a novice or a professional.

“It presents you with a nice challenge, while having a great vibe. We’ll definitely be back next year”. Su and Iain Don Wauchope of Team Mountain Splendour came in second, while Guy Morel and Ingrid Peens of Team Fleet Foxes finished third.

 

Leading Women’s GC Results (Stage 1, 2, & 3 combined) of the 2013 ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun, presented by New Balance, at Elgin, Grabouw, on Sunday, 21 April 2013:
1. Kathleen Shuttleworth and Ronel Nattrass (Team Mizuno) 07:51:43
2. Chantel Nienaber and Kerry Sillifant (Running Wild) 08:17:21
3. Theresa Fourie and Belinda Noades (Team Columbia) 08:19:49
4. Jana Trojan and Tracy Forbes (Cereal Killers) 08:58:31
5. Vivienne Williams and Renee Scott (Team Hammer Nutrion) 09:17:07
Leading Mixed GC Results:
1. Christiaan Greyling and Landie Greyling (iON Salomon) 07:28:59
2. Su Don-Wauchope and Iain Don-Wauchope (Mountain Splendour) 07:50:38
3. Gavin Mofsowitz and Jodi Moss (Jo-Ga-Mo) 08:11:02
4. Guy Morel and Ingrid Peens (Fleet foxes) 08:17:46
5. Anita du Plessis and Jaco du Plessis (du plessis) 08:30:52
 
2013 ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun Event Information:
Stage One (Friday, 19 April 2013):
Distance: 31km
Total Ascent: 800m
Start Venue: Houw Hoek Inn
Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Inn
Stage Two (Saturday, 20 April 2013):
Distance: 33km
Total Ascent: 900m
Start Venue: Ongegund
Finish Venue: Oude Molen Brandy Distillery
Stage Three (Sunday, 21 April 2013):
Distance: 24km
Total Ascent: 750m
Start Venue: Paul Cluver Amphitheatre
Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Inn

 

For additional information on the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance visit www.africanx.co.za, contact Stillwater Sport & Entertainment on 086 138 3591 or email [email protected], Stillwater Sport & Entertainment on Facebook and @runtheafricanx on Twitter.

 

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