Brad Venter claims his third win

2012-12-08 00:00

MULTISPORT

THE final event of the 2012 Durban Multisport Series drew a record crowd to Durban’s beachfront last weekend, with over 450 athletes entering the various events. Athletes travelled from all over South Africa to take part in this prestigious event, which uses Durban’s Golden Mile as the racecourse.

Athletes were met with warm but windy conditions and a choppy and unsettled sea.

In the Olympic Triathlon, team swimmer Henri Schoeman came out the water first, with Sean King trailing by two minutes. But the excitement came when Donovan van Gelder, who recently won the Midlands Ultra Triathlon, exited the water one second ahead of Brad Venter, who has already claimed two first place spots in the 2012 series.

Venter and Van Gelder rode the tough 42 km bike course closely, battling a 35km/h south-easter wind. Venter was first off the bike with a slim, five second lead on Van Gelder, and the tussle over the last 10 km began. Venter proved to have the legs and went on to claim his third win in the series ahead of Van Gelder in a time of one hour, 48 minutes and 37 seconds. Van Gelder finished one minute back with Michael Cannon taking third place in 1:50:49.

In the women’s Olympic distance race, Gauteng athlete Carol Reeves came out the water just ahead of local athlete Lauren Dougall. However, Dougall managed to put two minutes into Reeves over the 42 km bike route and managed to hold her lead through the 10 km run to take the win in two hours, three minutes and 50 seconds. Reeves clocked 2:06:33 with Sue Chapman placing third in 2:14:05.

In the Sprint distance triathlon, Tyler O’Conner managed to just hold off Don Kruger and Guy Watchurst to win the men’s race in 1:01:14. In the women’s race Nicole Brits took a strong lead and won by three minutes in a time of 1:06.29, ahead of young Mikaela Jonson in second and Rhode Snyman in third. In the Sprint Duathlon race, Johan Pretorius claimed his second win in a row, with Daniel Feldmann claiming the woman’s duathlon.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

THE Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure takes place at the Summerveld Estate tomorrow morning. The usual MTB (45 km, 19 km and 10 km options) and trail run (18 km and nine kilometre options) experiences are set to impress, but this event targets so much more than just the riding or running.

There will be a special staging of the Shongweni Farmers’ Market, with over 30 stalls and home product offerings, as well as a stage and live music. Add to that the attendance of many of your favourite Sharks players, Sharkie himself and a full kids zone. For more info, visit www.sharkstrailadventure.co.za

The Dube Dirt Challenge is the last MTB and trail running event for the year (in KZN) and takes place on December 16.

MTB races on offer are the 20 km MTB and 45 km MTB. There will be a free Kiddies Village and a free Toddler 1,5 km tour around Dube City.The routes are fast and will consist of jeep track, district roads and sugar cane paths.

The 45km MTB race starts at 7.30 am, with the 20 km race starting at 7.50 am. Trail running races on offer are the seven kilometre Trail Run and 15 km Trail run. The 15 km Trail Run starts at 6 am, with the seven kilometre race starting at 6.20 am. Enter through www.roag.co.za and the first 200 entries (for both the MTB and Trail Runs) get a limited edition race T-shirt.

For more information, go to www.dirtchallenge.com

The second annual Toti Enduro X sponsored by Employ Africa will be held at Kingsway High School in Amanzimtoti on December 15-16. This year it is getting bigger and better with the support of media partner The Fever, constructing partner Liviero & energy drink partner Red Bull. Over and above the EnduroX MotorX race, the organisers have included mountain biking, skateboarding and BMX, so this will be an action-packed weekend for all.

The Burry Stander XC Elimination Race will be on December 15. The MTB race will be the first of its kind in South Africa and the track will be designed by Burry Stander, SA’s number one mountain biker. The MTBikers will race around and on the MotorX track, testing their skills over the obstacles.

The prize money is R20 000 and Burry Stander himself will be there on the day.

For more information, visit www.totiendurox.co.za , call the organisers at 031 904 1578 or e-mail marketing@bigevents365.co.za.

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