MTB: bundu bash at Baynesfield

2012-08-04 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG — St Johns DSG will host the opening leg of the popular Bundu Bash adventure racing series next Sunday at the Baynesfield Estate, with funds from the accessible, family-orientated day of trail runs and mountain biking going to a number of local organisations.

The St John’s DSG Bundu Bash Series is an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a fun day out, and everyone from the serious athlete to the casual participant is catered for.

The Bundu Bash Series is now in its fifth year. It began with St John’s DSG, but has now been extended to include a leg hosted by Treverton at Mooi River on September 8, followed by another leg on October 20 at Newcastle’s St Dominic’s.

There are a number of options open to competitors, including the addition of trail run only and cycling only events. The Chainsaw, made up of a five kilometre run and 19 kilometre mountain bike ride, is open to individuals and teams. For those not quite up to that sort of challenge, the half-distance event, known as the Dustbuster, will be contested on less demanding terrain, and cover 2,5 kilometres for the run and 10 kilometres on the mountain bike. It is also open to teams.

The younger members of the family are looked after in the Bundu Buddies supervised events for under-6s, under-8s and under-10s.

For those who would rather take part in just one of the disciplines, there is a five kilometre trail run or a 19 kilo­metre mountain bike option. Then, for those who would prefer to take more time to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, there is a five kilometre amble, which ably sums up the athletic requirement of the event.

Last year’s St John’s Bundu Bash drew 500 entrants. This year the organisers say they are expecting from 600 to 650 participants.

Early entries are available through the ROAG website and the first 400 entrants will receive T-shirts. The first 500 people to register will also receive goodie bags.

Registration starts at 6 am and runs through until 9 am, with the first event off at 8 am.

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