DAM final match

2008-02-02 00:00

International Ironman athlete Fraser Cartmell of Scotland put in an impressive performance at the weekend to secure victory in the second Duel Ultra Triathlon held on Sunday at Midmar Dam.

South Africa’s Carl Storm put in a sterling effort to secure second place. He had led on the bike leg and early part of the run. Cartmell chased down his lead after only five kilometres on the run, resulting in his superb victory. Completing the two-kilometre swim, 80-km cycle and 20-km run in an impressive three hours and 54 minutes, Cartmell was quick to praise Storm and third-placed Brand du Plessis. Gauteng North athlete Charl Keet and Durban-based Nick Kinsley rounded off the top five.

Competition was fierce in the women’s race, with Pretoria’s Carla Germishuys taking overall honours after a good start in the swim and solid performances both in the cycle and the run. She took victory less than five minutes ahead of second-placed Claire Kinsley. The closeness of the women’s race was underlined by Wilma Daniels finishing third a mere 11 seconds behind Kinsley. A ding-dong battled ensued for fourth and fifth place, with Helen Buley and Kathryn Cronje completing the top five positions.

Top multisporter Dan Hugo took line honours in the canoe triathlon. Defending champ Jean-Paul van der Linde earned a deserved second place with Noel Stevens coming in third. Hugo took control of the race from the start of the 15-km canoe leg and never seemed under threat.

For the field of over 500 athletes, the midsummer heat added to the challenge of the testing event.

RESULTS

Swim Triathlon — Men Overall: Fraser Cartmell 3:54,31; Carl Storm 3:59,17, Brand du Plessis 4:08,35; Charl Keet 4:11,23; Nick Kinsley 4:14,23.

Women Overall: Carla Germishuys 4:37,11; Claire Kinsley 4:43,06; Wilma Daniel 4:43,17; Helen Buley 4:44,16; Kathryn Cronje 4:50,16.

Canoe Triathlon: Dan Hugo 5:06,08; JP van der Linde 5:40,23; Noel Stevens 6;3022.

Paul and Erdelyi dominate Maverick Classic

Craig Paul and Eszter Erdelyi were impressive in their men’s and women’s wins at the Maverick MTB Classic held at Voigts Park (formerly Garlic Timbers) last weekend.

A new course enticed a good turnout for the first Classic of the season. Riders were sent up and down the hills and valleys of Ferncliffe and Otto’s Bluff while taking in some challenging single track sections. Greg Knox fought hard for second place ahead of David Leiman.

Hungarian Erdelyi is in Pietermaritzburg for the summer to do base training ahead of the European Xterra season. Julia Colvin came second and Melanie Palframan third.

In the Sub-Junior Series, Ryan Stevens and Hayley Smith were the winners. Alan Hatherly finish third overall as the first Sprog home. The Intermediate race over 20 km attracted over 200 finishers. Robert Underwood took the overall honours, comfortably ahead of Fearne Gilson with Norman Hatherly third. Hayley Mingay did well to take the win in the women’s race with Des Potter second and Jessica Kavonic third.

RESULTS

Senior Men: C Paul (Jeep) 1:28,51; G Knox (Spar) 1:31,59; D Leiman 1:32,57. Senior Women: E Erdelyi (Jeep) 1:48,11; J Colvin 1:58,04; M Palframan (Fox) 2:05,48. Junior Men: C Lippert (Greg Minnaar Racing) 1:52,12; E van der Spuy 1;53,23; N Fortman 1:58,37. Junior Women: H de Boer (Jowetts) 2:14,14. Youth Men: T Walker (Maverick) 1:37,12; M Hughes (Maverick) 1:46,36; L Roberts 1:48,42. Sub-Vet Men: D Paul (Jowetts) 1:38,21; M Forster 1,40,22; W Black 1:40,42. Sub-Vet Women: L Puddu (Jeep) 2:07,29; S Erskine (Landrover) 2:10,38; J Hampton 2:11,03. Vet Men: S Poole (Jowetts) 1:40,21; R Grant 1:46,21; C Young 1:53,19. Vet Women: N Mowat 2:10,32; G Pretorius 2:12,14; D Hughes 2:20,58. Master Men: P Lancaster (Burg Wheelers) 1:43,36; B Milne 1:55,28; R Hamlyn 1:57,35. Grand Master Men: J Mowat 2:32,04; J Macready 2:35,01, C Mercer 2:42,54.

Sub-Junior Series

Sub Junior Boys: R Stevens, E van der Spuy, B Gutziet. Sub-Junior Girls: H Smith, S Walker. Sprog Boys: A Hatherley, J Kuhn, K Walker. Sprog Girls: R van Eck, M Smith. Nippers: N Hudson.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Jowetts Cycles hosts the second KZN Cup Series at the Mountain View Bike Park tomorrow. Registration is from 6 am to 7.30 am and the racing will start (as per categories) from 8 am. Details from Gary Flint at 083 659 8605.

Be sure not to miss the Wartburg Spar MTB Classic, which takes place next Saturday and offers a 45-km Classic, 25-km intermediate and 10-km fun ride, plus a one-kilometre pre-schoolers’ ride. Details available at www.wartburg.co.za

MULTISPORT

Best of Multisport action at Hermannsburg today

The four-part aQuellé Mudman Series gets under way with the first event at Hermannsburg School today.

This exciting series includes a 750-metre swim or four-kilometre paddle, a 20-km mountain bike ride and a five-kilometre trail run through beautiful countryside. Athletes can compete as individuals or in teams of three.

The series is mainly intended as a fundraiser for the hosting schools — Hermannsburg, Cordwalles, Epworth and DPHS. Junior and senior schools and families, friends and corporates are encouraged to take up the challenge of the Mudman.

Hermannsburg is a German school near Kranskop that has hosted the Mudman since its inception 10 years ago. The school is situated amid rolling green hills and forests. The swim and the paddle will be held on a small dam in the school grounds.

For local athletes, it is well worth the 80-minute drive from Pietermaritzburg to enjoy an afternoon of fun and exercise with great German fare on offer. The first event, the Mudskippers race, starts at 11 am, followed by the half-distance at 1.30 pm and the full distance at 2 pm. Details from www.mudmansa.co.za

Xterra returns to Shongweni

Shongweni Dam will be the venue for the third leg of the DueSouth Xterra, which returns to picturesque Msinsi Resort next Sunday.

Part of the global tour, the South African DueSouth Xterra events conform to global standards of Xterra. The event is open to individual athletes or teams of three and consists of a 1,5-km swim, 25-km mountain bike ride and 10-km trail run.

Newcomers can compete in the Xterra Lite over a 600 metres swim, 14-km mountain bike ride and five-kilometre trail run. It caters for individual athletes and teams of three.

Individual entry for the DueSouth Xterra costs R100 and team entry R150 per team, while individual entry for the DueSouth Xterra Lite costs R60 and team entry R100. Entries close at 2 pm on Wednesday.

For race rules or online entries visit www.duesouth.co.za. For further information, call 033 345 7075.

X-Fest extreme in Underberg

The seventh running of the Thrombi X-Fest, a multi-disciplined extreme sports festival that caters for anybody from the extreme junkie to the families who just want to get away for a camping weekend in the foothills of the Drakensburg, takes place from February 15 to 17 at Thrombosis Gorge in Underberg.

The Jeep Apparel X-treme multisport event draws some of South Africa’s most X-treme multi-sporters — all with a point to prove over the downriver kayak, mountain run and mountain bike route. The highlight of this event is the 10 metre drop over Thrombosis Falls.

Open to individual athletes and teams of three, professional athletes and weekend warriors, this event is a crowd-pleaser and not to be missed.

This year introduces the new 40-km Thrombi Super Classic and 20-km Intermediate MTB events held on Sunday, February 17.

Visit www.xfest.co.za for details or contact Ross O’Donoghue at 072 151 3907 or Heidi at Max Cluer Sports Marketing at 033 345 7075.

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