McGrath wins first winter series

2016-06-08 06:00

THE first round of the inaugural Endurade Winter Series Triathlon took place on Sunday morning in absolutely perfect conditions at Port Elizabeth’s Pollok Beach.

With 7 events taking place at the same time and the Something Good beach cleanup, the beachfront was abuzz with activity.

Twenty-two-year-old Travis McGrath took full advantage of the flat sea and windless conditions to power to a commanding 2-minute 43 second lead to win the inaugural Winter Triathlon in a time of 1 minute 1 second from 2015 About IT Triathlon Summer Series champion, Keegan Cooke, with Jared Jordan in third place.

In the ladies’ race it was an extremely close race between Robyn Furstenburg and Lindie Steyn with Furstenburg winning by just 3 seconds and Candice Steyn being placed third on the morning.

Racing in the sprint distance duathlon was equally tight with Ross Helliwell claiming the win in just 1 hour ahead of Louis Dupper and Warren Pavis whilst Neylese Donaldson took the ladies’ duathlon title ahead of Liesel Kilian.

Young 13-year-old Andrew Bosch won the Mini Duathlon ahead of Gordon Swans and Marcelle Meyer, whilst Josh Hufkie, Neal Marais and Reghardt Klinkenburg took the top 3 podium positions in the Boys’ Triathlon with Ania van der Merwe, Jayden Swans and Anabella van Wyk filling the top 3 positions of the podium in the Girls’ Triathlon.

Jarryd Cooke won the 750m Ocean Swim from Josh McGrath and Graeme Renard with Mary-Anne Stott winning the ladies’ Ocean Swim from Jill McLellan whilst 9- year-old Tristan Marais won the 5km Fun Run.

Ryder Swans was second in the 5km Run with Hunter Swans in third place whilst Bella Archibald won the ladies’ 5km Fun Run from Ursula Momberg and Liezel Wait.

In the Kids’ 1.25km fun run it was Jayson Archibald who crossed the line first ahead of Daniel Richter and Vaclav Horak whilst Kaitlyn Richter won the little girls’ run from Kayleigh Marais.

The Endurade Winter Series takes place on the first Sunday of the month with the next round taking place on Sunday, July 3, with pre-registration necessary on www.zsports.co.za.

Entries now open for upcoming fun events

Online entries were recently opened for the Nelson Mandela Bay Urban Run charity event hosted by the Mandela Bay Development Agency.

South Africa’s premier charity Urban Run event takes place on the 10th and 11th September in the PE CBD to highlight recent urban renewal and raise funds and awareness for the Northern areas Cleary Park Cheshire Estate and Reach for a Dream.

If you wish to tackle the city for charity, then check-out www.urbanrun.co.za and take advantage of their Early Bird discounted entries for the Kids’ Urban Run, Urban MTB and Urban Run events.

Another well supported and growing event in Port Elizabeth, the Refreshhh Sugar Free Global Diabetes Walk, will be taking place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, July 23, with online entries now open on www.zsports.co.za/GlobalWalk.

The first 500 registrations will each receive an awesome goody bag and event t-shirt plus medals for all finishers.

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