The weather gods saved the best for last as the final race in the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ 2014 in Kleinmond took place under incredible skies and ideal running conditions.
More than 950 excited runners turned up one final time to embrace the day and wrap up an unforgettable series.
As is tradition, race 4 included the XL race of 24km and some of the country’s finest trail runners were out to have some competitive fun on some of the Cape’s best trails.
In the XL, Norwegian Ake Fagereng managed to hold on to an early lead and claimed first place in a time of 02:02:34. Liandi van der Westhuyzen from Durbanville continued to impress and claimed victory in a time of 02:34:05, more than 17 minutes ahead of her nearest rival.
In the long course Championship 14,5km race, series champion, Bernard Rukadza was pipped to the line for the first time this series by Duwayne Philander as he crossed the line in 01:00:56. Stellenbosch resident, Matilda Randle claimed her first win of the series in the absence of ladies’ champion, van der Westhuyzen, in a time of 01:19:16.
In the men’s short course Challenge, no time was wasted as runners raced over the 8km course in a little over 33 minutes. André Afrika from Eersteriver sealed his series title by grabbing first place in 33:02 while Mariella Dierks claimed the ladies’ series title with another first place in a time of 43:23.
It was a tremendous way to cap off another amazing Spur Trail Series™ and on behalf of the Wildrunner team, we salute ALL those who took part whether you ran or just supported! We hope to see you all again in the summer.
Next up is the KZN Spur Trail Series™ and we can’t wait to jol in the beautiful surrounds of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Entries will open at the end of the month, get yours early to join in the fun!
A big thanks to our sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, adidas, BOS Ice Tea and Protea Hotels for their continued support. And special thanks must go to the Kleinmond Municipality for their assistance and hospitality.
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For full results click here and for more photos click here.
About the Spur Trail Series™
Presented by Wildrunner, the Spur Trail Series™ has been in existence for seven years and is the only national trail running Series with events in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. It has introduced thousands of runners across the country to trail running.
Whether a novice trail runner, or an experienced campaigner at the top of your game, the Spur Trail Series™ is your ticket to trail running adventure and rejuvenating running! The Spur Trail Series™ is a lifestyle choice - a step away from clock watching in huge crowds on tedious roads; and a step into dynamic running on fun trails in wild and exciting places. With both a well-marked long and short course route at each event, there is something for everyone - from kids as young as 6 years to the grand masters.
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