Cool weather and fierce racing

2013-03-23 00:00

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MULTISPORT

THE Cordwalles aQuelle Mudman took place at Orient Park, Midmar Dam last weekend with a fantastic turnout of over fifteen hundred participants across the various events. The cool and cloudy start gave way to a perfect day, and the racing at the front of the field was fierce. The big players in the Full Distance Swim event battled it out for line honours with top SA multisporter Justin Porteous (BMC) claiming the title in a time of one hour, 23 minutes and 28 seconds. Respected Xterra athlete Daniel Carleton (Team Jeep) placed second less than a minute back (1:24:11) with Mitchell Ginsberg (Russell White Academy) taking third place (1:24:31).

The withdrawal of early race leader and current series leader Su Don-Wauchope saw young Catherine Pellow-Jarman take a deserving win in the women’s race (1:39:40) ahead of veteran racer Landy Puddu (1:42:14) in second and junior Brydey Weber claiming third (1:44:16). The Full Distance Canoe event ended in a sprint finish between rivals Jedson Tooms and veteran Ewan Cochran, with Tooms just pipping Cochran to the line to take the win in a time of one hour, 36 minutes and 18 seconds. Cochran finished six seconds back with Paul Berriman placing third (1:43:08). Kelly Howe was the first women home.

Nearly 400 participants took on the half-distance swim event, which was won by Dean Wortmann in the 14 to 16 age group in a time of 48 minutes and 15 seconds. Second place went to veteran Deon Pretorius (51:00) with sub-junior Brian Sclanders placing third (51:32). Kelly-Ann Fjellvik was the first women home (57:00), followed by Natalie Ferguson (58:24) and Jamie-Lee Robertson (1:01:20). The Half-distance Canoe was won by veteran Gavin Dundas-Starr (58:02), followed by young Cayde Aaron-Muldoon (59:18) and U11 athlete Matthew Millward (1:06:29). There was just 30 seconds between the top three women home. Holly Edmonds took the win in one hour, 13 minutes and 21 seconds, with Amy Peckett second (1:13:45) and Robyn Leslie third (1:13:50).

Cordwalles once again presented a professional show for the Mudskippers events, with participants as young as four years old taking part in the fun and introducing them to multisport. The fourth and final event in the aQuelle Mudman Series is Richmond Mudman, which takes place at Beaulieu Dam, Richmond on April 14.

The tenth edition of the Varsity College Multisport Series starts on April 7, with the first event taking place at Albert Falls Dam. This exciting lifestyle series has grown and developed over the past decade, and today offers a multitude of options for not only multisporters, but specialist trail runners and mountain bikers alike. It’s really all about having fun in beautiful environments with your friends and family and like-minded, energetic outdoor people. Participants may choose between the Multisport and the MultiX events. The full course Multisport comprises a five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and five-kilometre paddle, while the short course is made up of a 2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB and 2,5 km paddle. The MultiX caters for the non-paddlers and comprises a five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run, and also offers a half-distance event. The stand-alone trail run options (five kilometres and 15 km) and Mountain Bike races (40 km, 20 km and 10 km) are again on offer for those individuals who prefer to concentrate on one discipline.

Successive dates are June 9 and August 11. Entries and further details on www.roag.co.za

Durban’s Henri Schoeman became the Elite Men’s Africa Triathlon Champion when he took the overall victory in East London last weekend. A coming of age for Schoeman, who hails from a triathlon heritage, to win this title while still in the U23 category is a notable achievement and sign of bigger things to come. Schoeman’s time of one hour, 57 minutes and three seconds for the Olympic distance event (1 500 m swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run) placed him 29 seconds ahead of Gauteng athlete Wian Sullwald (1:57:32), with international athlete Andreas Giglmayr, the first elite category athlete, placing third (1:57:47).

Fellow KZN Triathletes to take podium positions were: Nicole Brits Second Junior Women, Danell Feldman first (25 to 29 women), Erin Bargate third (25 to 29 women), Michael-John Cannon first (25 to 29 men), Bradley Venter second (30 to 34 men), Morgan Morrison second (50 to 54 women), Lawrence Herron third (50 to 54 men), Mervyn Bosworth-Smith (55 to 59 men) and Kenneth Curr second (60 to 64 men).

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Nedbank Intaba Ridge Classic takes place tomorrow morning at the beautiful Intaba Ridge Estate in Bisley Nature Reserve. Just five minutes outside Pietermaritzburg, the event last year revealed a new destination to both trail runners and mountain bikers.

According to event organisers Max Cluer Sports Marketing, the race is two months earlier this year, while the bushveld and savannah — and the trails — are still in prime condition at the end of summer.

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