Sandes wins elite trail run

2017-06-27 06:01
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Hout Bay trail runner Ryan Sandes has triumphed in one of the most sought-after races when he won the Western States 100-miler in California on Sunday.

The gruelling race is the world’s oldest 100-mile (160km) trail race.

The endurance race was first run in 1974.

“This is a dream come true for me as Western States is the one race I have always dreamed of winning. To share my experience with my family and good friends was even more special.

“It was a brutal day out, with thick snow in the early stages and then extremely high temperatures later. I don’t think I have ever been so shattered, but at the same time so elated,” Sandes said after his win.

Sandes, one of only two South Africans taking part in the race, won in a time of 16:19:39.

He was able to outrun race favourite Jim Walmsley from the United States who had started off at a blistering speed.

Hout Bay trail runner Ryan Sandes has triumphed in one of the most sought-after races when he won the Western States 100-miler in California on Sunday.

The gruelling race is the world’s oldest 100-mile (160km) trail race.

The endurance race was first run in 1974.

“This is a dream come true for me as Western States is the one race I have always dreamed of winning. To share my experience with my family and good friends was even more special.

“It was a brutal day out, with thick snow in the early stages and then extremely high temperatures later. I don’t think I have ever been so shattered, but at the same time so elated,” Sandes said after his win.

Sandes, one of only two South Africans taking part in the race, won in a time of 16:19:39.

He was able to outrun race favourite Jim Walmsley from the United States who had started off at a blistering speed.

Hout Bay trail runner Ryan Sandes has triumphed in one of the most sought-after races when he won the Western States 100-miler in California on Sunday.

The gruelling race is the world’s oldest 100-mile (160km) trail race.

The endurance race was first run in 1974.

“This is a dream come true for me as Western States is the one race I have always dreamed of winning. To share my experience with my family and good friends was even more special.

“It was a brutal day out, with thick snow in the early stages and then extremely high temperatures later. I don’t think I have ever been so shattered, but at the same time so elated,” Sandes said after his win.

Sandes, one of only two South Africans taking part in the race, won in a time of 16:19:39.

He was able to outrun race favourite Jim Walmsley from the United States who had started off at a blistering speed.

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