Ingeli hosts marathon and trail run

2015-05-01 06:00
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Athletes take off at the start of the Ingeli SkyMarathon and Trail Run.

PHOTOS: supplied Athletes take off at the start of the Ingeli SkyMarathon and Trail Run.

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A CRISP, clear blue sky set the tone for the second edition of the Ingeli SkyMarathon® and Trail Run, held at Ingeli Forest Resort in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday

“The challenging route is a combination of mountainous, rocky track, as well as Jeep track and some beautiful single track through our indigenous forest and pits the athlete against themselves and the elements,” race director, Katherine Thorneycroft said.

A mixed bag of 40 “weathered” and “newbie” SkyMarathon® runners gathered at the start at 6am for the 42km test of skill, technique and endurance, while more than 80 half-marathon athletes set off a little later for 21km mountain challenge (half the SkyMarathon®). In addition, the 10km and five kilometre forest trail runs drew an impressive number of runners, with ages ranging from five to 65.

News from the mountain came in quickly with the expected athletes - Jock Green and Nceba Mahlawe - leading the men’s race and Driekie Black leading the ladies. Local runner, Simon Armour­, received the biggest cheer from supporters, when it was announced he had run the mountain as the third male. These results remained unchanged for the duration of the race however, with only four kilometres to go to the finish, Mahlawe “put the hammer down” and overtook Green which saw him crowned Men’s Ingeli SkyMarathon® winner for 2015, in a time of 4:12. Black ran a phenomenal solo race, and claimed the ladies Ingeli SkyMarathon® title, in a time of 5:17.

Philani Shalata, another local athlete, won the 21km mountain challenge in a time of 1:44 minutes and Adel Terblanche took the ladies honours in a time of 2:11.

“The race was a huge success and tested the tenacity and will of many runners, it also left them with great memories of one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of the province and the amazing Ingeli mountain range and beautiful indigenous forests,” Thorneycroft added.

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A mixed bag of 40 “weathered” and “newbie” SkyMarathon® runners gathered at the start at 6am for the 42km test of skill, technique and endurance

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