Local team beats train in duathlon

2015-08-06 06:01

The young running stars from Uitenhage’s Gamble Pharmacy team took the lead from the start in the second addition of the Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race and crossed the finish line in 1 hour 57 minutes.

This year the runners got the better of the train with the top four teams beating the train, as unexpected signal delays along the route slowed down the defending champion (the train).

This was the second addition of the Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race, hosted by NMBT, where athletes took on machine in a race against the Metrorail train between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage stations.

Defending champions IAC Investments arrived some 5 minutes later whilst the club category defending champions Charlo AC crossed the line in third place overall to claim their category honours once again.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race is a unique biathlon relay event which is the only sporting event in the metro which involves the three towns of the Metro as runners started in Port Elizabeth before heading through Swartkops, Redhouse, Despatch and into Uitenhage.

“We were blessed with perfect weather which made for a very festive event,” said race organiser Michael Zoetmulder from non-profit events company Zsports.

“Not only were the competing teams having fun, but the 700 train passengers also had a great time along the route and at the festival finish at Uitenhage Station.

“We anticipate this event to grow substantially in popularity as one of the Provinces leading corporate team building events.”

The race, which was open to teams comprising 5 runners and 1 MTB cyclist, included a corporate, social, club and schools category.

In the social category it was the Uitenhage-based team of Thomas Gamble Eagles that won followed by the Dream Team and Dalrose Red Devils whilst Swartkops Primary claimed the Schools trophy this year.

In the Clubs category, Charlo AC was followed in by Despatch AC team A and the Muirite Striders 1st team. The top four teams in each category were as follows:

Corporate Team

1. Gamble Pharmacy A Team (1:57:08); 2. IAC (2:02:37); 3. Conti 1 (2:10:16); 4. SPAR Eastern Cape 2 (2:12:04). Club Team: 1. Charlo AC - Speedsters (2:02:58); 2. Despatch AC team A (2:16:38); 3. Muirite Striders 1 (2:32:43); 4. Woodridge Prep Team 2 (2:56:16). Social Team: 1. Thomas Gamble Eagles (2:11:38); 2. Dream Team (2:20:27); 3. Dalrose Red Devils (2:21:22); 4. Running Wild (2:21:39). School Team: 1. Swartkops Primary (3:26:12)

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