Bumper turnout for Mudman

2013-03-09 00:00

MULTISPORT

THE second event in the aQuellé Mudman Series was hosted by Epworth School at Albert Falls Dam last weekend, with a bumper turnout of over 1 600 participants.

Leading home the full-distance swimming event was KZN’s top Xterra athlete, Tyrone White, who claimed the honours in 1:09:50, an impressive time considering the course comprised a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre mountain bike leg and five kilometre trail run. Less than three minutes back was second-placed Mitchell Ginsberg (1:12:05), with well-known multisporter Justin Porteous, who has also performed on the international stage in Xterra racing, taking third in 1:14:28.

Su Don-Wauchope continued to dominate the women’s podium as she claimed victory in 1:20:17, ahead of Landy Puddu 1:30:53, with junior Catherine Pellow-Jarman taking third.

A surprise winner in the full-distance canoe event was junior Damon Stamp, who upset the favourites by taking an impressive win in 1:21:40. Veteran Ewan Cochran claimed second place in 1:24:36, ahead of a strong challenge from Jedson Tooms 1:25:25.

Olympic bronze medallist Bridgette Hartley was seen having fun on the course and would have won the women’s race were it not for missing one lap of the run, which she then went back to complete, giving the win to Penny Meakin in 1:44:37. Hartley was all smiles at the finish in second place (1:51:34) and it was great for Mudman to have one of SA’s sporting icons at the event. Sandra Clark took third place in 1:52:22.

Most entrants participated in the half-distance swim event (375 m swim, 10 km bike and 2,5 km run), which was won by Wade Young in 40:47, ahead of Dean Wortman (45:44) and Liam Dowdall (48:36). Natalie Ferguson was the first woman home in 52:47. In the half-distance paddle, Cana Peek, in the 14-16 girls’ age group, was the first individual home overall, taking the win in a time of 50:06. Dominic Leslie was first home in the men’s race in 51:56.

The event enjoyed near-perfect weather and organisers were delighted with a 16% increase in their overall numbers from last year.

The third event in the series is hosted by Cordwalles at Midmar Dam on March 17. Entries and further information at www.roag.co.za.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The 2013 cross-country (XCO) and downhill (DHI) mountain biking racing season is well under way, and athletes will descend on the Cascades MTB Park for the All African Continental Championships taking place this weekend.

The African Continental Championships is listed as a selection race and provides a greater opportunity for riders who may not make a quota team to display their performance.

The XCO racing takes place today, with the Elite, U23 and junior women starting from 8 am, followed by the elite, U23 and junior men from 9.30 am.

The cross-country eliminator is a new event on the calendar and makes for exciting spectator viewing at 4 pm today.

The downhill racing is always a spectacle and will start with the final runs from 9.30 am tomorrow.

The action ends on the Pump Track with racing starting at 4 pm tomorrow.

MULTISPORT

The Complimed Midlands Ultra Triathlon Series took place at Midmar Dam last weekend. The Ultra distance event covered the same distance as a half-Ironman (1 900 m swim, 90 km cycle and 20 km run) and drew many of the country’s top triathletes preparing for Ironman South Africa next month.

Michael Davidson was the only athlete to break the four-hour barrier, as he took the win in an impressive 3:59:53. KZN veteran Donovan van Gelder took a creditable second place in 4:01:37, ahead of Grant Edmiston in 4:06:45. The first woman home was Dianne McEwan in 4:25:16, with Natasha Gorrie second (4:28:04) and Corinne Berg third (4:45:25).

Glen Gore won the sprint distance race in 1:07:37, and Lauren Dougall the women’s race in 1:10:27, finishing fifth overall. Full results are at www.mid landsultra.com.

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