Top trail star

2016-07-13 06:00
Rory Scheffer in action in the challenging Kilian Classic.

Rory Scheffer in action in the challenging Kilian Classic.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Rory Scheffer on fulfilling one of his dreams in great style.
Rory took up trail running four years ago while at the University of Port Elizabeth. Having done exceptionally well on the South African scene, Rory set his sights on the international scene

Taking part in the prestigious Kilian Classic in the French Pyrenees, he came third in a field of 350 made up mainly of professional athletes and top runners in Europe.
Rory was just two minutes behind the winner. The top Salomon team leader, an Olympic tri-athlete came second, and Rory third. He said he had to push himself really hard to achieve this outstanding result.

The trail took the runners up and down 45kms of rough mountain tracks, rocky trails and snow covered peaks. The race starts in the village of Font Remeu, known as the trail running mecca of Europe and features some of the world’s best trails.
The philosophy of the famous Kilian Classic is that of the ultimate trail race for trail and nature lovers. There is also a slightly less challenging 25km trail the following day.

A determined Rory covered his own costs and flew over a week before the race to acclimatise himself to the terrain and environment.

Rory is also well known in the South African trail running world. He is the defending champion of the Giants Cup trail, which he has won two years in a row. This three-day trail starts at Sani Pass and finishes at Bushmans Neck. He has taken part in a number of trail events in the Cape and regularly finishes in the top three.

Son of Amanda and Roger Scheffer (Roger heads Buffalo Security in Umvoti), Rory did his early schooling at Hermannsburg and Wartburg prior to completing his schooling in Port Elizabeth.

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