Massive turn-out of new athletes at Biathle Race

2016-11-23 06:00

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Modern Pentathlon Association (NMBMPA) held its second Biathle League race on Sunday, November 20, at Theodor Herzl with the beautiful weather resulting in a good turnout of athletes.

The hard work that has been put in by the NMBMPA committee seems to be bearing fruits as again there was a massive turnout of new athletes, 64% of all athletes being new to the sport.

Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run event with age applicable distances which is great fun but really challenging. In October the NMBMPA had 14 athletes represent South Africa at the prestigious World Biathle Champs in Sarasota, America.

Results of Sunday, November 20:

The u/8 division, young Alexander Serfontein, took the honours from Daniel Jacobs and Daniel Baxter.

In the girls’ race Elah Duru beat Rebeccah Pappas with Salome Louw rounding up the top 3. These young and enthusiastic athletes run 200m, swim 50m and run another 200m. Athletes as young as 6-years-old competed in these races.

In the u/10 division, Keira van Heerden, fresh from World Champs, was able to fend off the challenge of last season’s u/8 SA Champion Jenna Coetzee. Kaitlyn Baxter put in a good second run to fight her way to third place.

The boys’ race was won by Tristan Marais after a great swim. Daniel Richter came second and Ludgen le Roux third.

The u/12 boys’ race was dominated by Johan Coetzee, who was followed by Corban Olivier and Aidan Ackermann. In the girls’ race Jodi Wilson also dominated her opposition with a big victory. Eden Snyman and Lara Kleinhans rounded off the top 3 in this age group. Both the u/10 and u/12 age groups run 400m, swim 50m and run 400m’s again.

Anke Serfontein, also back from a good performance in America, ran a solid first race in the u/14 division. Anke was followed by Kerri-Lee Barnard and Rebeccah Parker.

In the boys’ race two new athletes, Kyle White and Bryn Dugmore, came in first and second ahead of Christian Appels. These athletes compete in a challenging race of 800m run, 100m swim and 800m run.

Mark Stuart was the only athlete in the u/16 division this week, but that did not prevent him from putting in a strong effort in his 1200m run, 200m swim and 1200m run.

In the u/18 division Dylan Finlay and Stephan Neethling battled it out over the 1600m run, 200m swim and 1600m run. Both Dylan and Stephan are new athletes, with Dylan coming out on top this week.

In the Junior male division the top Modern Pentathlete, Gareth Vorster, removed some of the cobwebs in his first race of the season having not trained since returning from America we he took part in the Biathle World Champs.

In the senior male division, Damien Catherine, who is a former Biathle world champ showed his sons how to do it by taking 10 seconds off from his previous race.

Taking part in the Masters division, the eldest competitor of the day, Margie Saunders, showed the young athletes that age is but a number beating many of the younger athletes.

Biathle league race number 3 takes place Sunday, November 27 at Theodor Herzl. Registration starts at 1pm and anyone is welcome to join. Athlete’s first two races are free of charge and everyone is encouraged to compete and enjoy the race.

For more info on Biathle visit the Facebook page (Pentathlon&Biathle_NMB) or email nmbmpa@gmail.com. They look forward to welcome all new athletes. Shaun Richter, the NMBMPA chairman can also be contacted at 082 521 7175 or shaun.richter@gmail.com.

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