Runners take on a new beast

2015-05-26 06:00
Bernard Rukadza won the inaugural 47km Old Mutual Two Oceans Beast trail run on Sunday.

Bernard Rukadza won the inaugural 47km Old Mutual Two Oceans Beast trail run on Sunday.

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Bernard Rukadza and Landie Greyling won the inaugural Old Mutual Two Oceans Beast trail run on Sunday – an event that marked a tough day in the office for everyone that participated in the 47km Ultra Beast and 22km Mini Beast races.

According to a statement by the organisers, Two Oceans Marathon NPC, Rukadza, Christiaan Greyling and Dion Middelkoop ran together for most of the way – even taking time to tweet selfies in a show of trail camaraderie. Middelkoop suffered from cramps before the three leaders started their descent down Table Mountain, taking him out of contention for the win.

“It was such an awesome race but I didn’t even plan on winning,” says Rukadza of his victory.

Trail queen and four-time Old Mutual Two Oceans 22km Trail Run champion Landie Greyling once again made her presence known when she maintained her lead in the women’s race from the start, finishing in a time of 06:37:29. Sylvie Scherzinger reached the finish line about 30 minutes later, coming in second (07:06:53), with Linda Doke in third place (07:15:45).

“The Beast definitely lived up to its name and I will remember this race for a long time,” says Greyling.

In the 22km men’s race, nobody could out pace rising star Craig Burns, who took a comfortable win in a time of 02:03:39.

“This win is a big one for me,” says the 24-year-old runner from Stellenbosch, who also led from the start.Race results

47km men

1: Bernard Rukadza (05:41:25)

2: Christiaan Greyling (05:43:10)

3: Dion Middelkoop (05:54:08)

1st vet: Dion Middelkoop

1st master: Ludwig Lille (06:37:18)

47km women

1: Landie Greyling (06:37:29)

2: Sylvie Scherzinger (07:06:53)

3: Linda Doke (07:15:45)

1st vet: Sylvie Scherzinger

22km men

1: Craig Burns (02:03:39)

2: Victor Gugushe (02:06:59)

3: Mazu Ndandani and Ruan Myburgh (02:14:38)

1st vet: Jaysen Golding (02:20:56)

1st master: Seppie Erasmus (02:59:03)

22km women

1: Takalani Nthulane-Ndandani (02:32:54)

2: Samantha Reilly (02:33:44)

3: Vimbainashe (Vimbai) Mhike (02:37:35)

1st vet: Julie Huckle (02:37:53)

1st master: Allison Ball (03:20:41)

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