Trail runners throw down the gauntlet at Stage One of the AfricanX Trailrun

Trail runners throw down the gauntlet at Stage One of the AfricanX Trailrun

Seen here (front to back):  Nicolette Griffioen and Carla Van Huyssteen of Team KeyHealth Neverest / K-Way crossed the finish line first in the women’s race in a time of 03 hours 25 minutes 31 seconds.  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 crossed the Stage One finish line first in the women’s race at the 10th annual AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS on Friday, 27 April 2018.

Team KeyHealth Neverest / K-Way completed the stage in 03 hours 25 minutes 31 seconds.

“I thoroughly enjoyed today’s stage,” says Griffioen.  “There was more single track than in previous years.  I commend the event organisers on the venue change.   Unfortunately Carla didn’t feel well today.  We just kept pushing and hoped that we could hold onto the lead.  We’ll see what tomorrow holds.”

According to Van Huyssteen, the trails were amazing. “Stage One was a nice, technical trail run.  I battled today though, feeling nauseas from the start.  As a result I just didn’t have the climbing legs.  I am ready to fight another day though.”

Team Rehidrat’s Chantel Nienaber and Katya Soggot came in 2nd, while Team Tailwind Ladies’ Kate Mapham and Danette Smith finished 3rd.

The mixed team race was won by Team Crumb’s Daneil Feldmann and Davide del Fante in a time of 03 hours 40 minutes 40 seconds.

“This is my first AfricanX,” admits a very happy Feldmann.  “We met last year when Davide was looking for a running partner to take on AfricanX.  We didn’t take part that year though. We are now partners.  Being able to take part together is really special.”

“The views were amazing today and the weather was perfect,” says del Fante.  “We wanted to do well at AfricanX.  Today everything went according to plan.  We ran our own race and kept it steady.  We’ll 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 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.

EVENT INFORMATION:  2018 AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS

STAGE TWO / DRESS UP DAYSaturday, 28 April 2018

  • Start & Finish Venue: Retreat, Boschendal Wine Estate
  • Distance: 33km -35km

STAGE THREESunday, 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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For additional information on the AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com.

ENDS

Issued by:                        NEWSPORT MEDIA

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