Multi-X: Athletes make most of hot weather

2011-08-27 00:00

THE seasons skipped spring and launched into summer for the second event in the Time Freight Multisport Series at Shongweni Dam last weekend, as temperatures slipped into the 30s, adding to the challenge the athletes faced in this beautiful valley.

Multi-X athlete Tyrone White broke the tape just seconds ahead of Derrin Smith, with John Ntuli claiming third place.

Dusi Canoe Marathon icon Eric Zondi took a worthy win in the multisport race of a five-kilometre trail run, 20 km mountain bike and five-kilometre paddle, crossing the finish line less than three minutes ahead of rising junior talent Murray Starr. Justin Porteous placed third in a close finish.

Jeannie Bomford was back at the front of the women’s multisport event, but was kept under pressure by young Bianca Haw, who claimed second ahead of Nicky Irvine.

Sarah Gray continued to hold her title in the multi-X women’s race, with Natalie Bergstrom second and newcomer Angela Egeland claiming third place.

Competition was fierce in the multi-X short course over a 2,5 km trail run, 10 km cycle and 1,25 km trail run. Change A Life athlete Siswe Mkhasibe held off a strong challenge from young Gareth Marquiss with U12 athlete Cameron Wright taking third place.

Mikaela Jonsson made light work of the women’s multi-X short course, taking a comfortable win ahead of Jade Hattingh and Linda Gathmann. The canoe version short course was won by Jordan Pilkington, while Jenna Starr claimed the women’s title.

While participants may have dug a little deeper than expected due to the heat and hilly terrain, the beauty of Msinsi’s Shongweni Dam provided ample distraction from the job at hand.

With abundant animal and bird life on hand, the cooling waters of the dam and the cheers of supporters, this is the essence of the multisport lifestyle — getting out there and having fun.

The final event in the series comprises a full weekend of multisport madness from October 7 to October 9. Further info at www.maxcluer.com

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At the aQuelle Tour de Krantz at Harburg last weekend Brandon Stewart secured his third victory in as many weeks.

Racing against a strong field, Stewart broke the tape in 1:45:49. Brendon Davids, who leaves to compete in the Junior MTB World Championships next weekend, used the race as a final speed session, but had to settle for second just under two minutes back (1:47:53) while the ever-consistent Andrew Hill placed third in 1:51:16.

Julia Colvin also continued her winning form as she took the honours in the women’s race (2:12:30), well clear of second-placed Nedene Cahill (2:20:44) with Bridgette Stewart placing third (2:31:02).

The 25 km race was won by sub-junior Julian Jessop (1:04:34). The big race for second went to Bradley Stevens (1:06:08) and Mark Walker came third (1:06:26). Robyn Blackbeard was first woman home, while Kayla Edwards was first among the sub-junior girls.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

TOMORROW’S Sappi Howick Highlander offers a 35 km ride at 8.30 am (R80), 25 km at 8.45 (R60), 10 km at 9 (R30) and a two kilometre kiddies’ ride at 9.15 (R10). Visit www.howickhighlander.co.za.

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