Hat-trick for Birkett

2009-10-03 00:00

YOUNG Andrew Birkett paddled home to his third successive victory at the final event of the Jeep Apparel Multisport Series at Albert Falls Dam last weekend after a navigational error on the dam nearly cost him his lead.

With Trevor Hellens close on his tail and a quality field hot on the chase, Birkett dug deep and managed to pull back his lead to take the honours in one hour 35 minutes 56 seconds. Ever-consistent Hellens placed second ahead of a well-calculated race from Justin Porteous in third.

Knocking on the podium door, Erik Zondi of the Change a Life squad did well to take fourth place ahead of Lance Kime.

In the women’s race, a determined Jean Hackland took her first victory in the series in a time of 1hr 53min 48sec. Michelle Eder, winner of the Nagle Dam event, placed second with Retha Shaw in third.

Darren Goddard concluded a successful series in the MultiX Long Course, taking his third win in four starts. Cuan Coetzee and Jean-Pierre ten Napel placed second and third respectively. Among the women, Samantha Serfontein was back and in good form, taking the win in 10th position overall. Melanie Palframan proved her talents go beyond mountain biking as she placed second with Natalie Unstead in third.

Paul Mackenzie won the Multisport Short Course while young Jordan Peek was the first woman home. James Wewege took a blistering win in the MultiX Short Course with Michelle Lofstrand first in the women.


MultiSport, Men Overall: A Birkett (Jeep) 1h35.56, T Hellens 1h36.08, J Porteous 1h38.46, E Zondi 1h40.07, L Kime 1h41.23. Women: J Hackland 1h53.48, M Eder 1h57.01, R Shaw 2h00.01. MultiX, Men overall: D Goddard 1h25.33, C Coetzee 1h27.03, JP ten Napel 1h27.57. Women: S Serfontein 1h43.06, M Palframan 1h45.42, N Unstead 1h49.16.


The second event in the Moffatt Optical Muddy Buddy Series takes place at Giba Gorge from 8 am tomorrow. (Two-person teams; mountain bike ride, a trail run, obstacle course and mud pit. Info: www.muddybuddy.co.za).

* The Energizer Corporate Adventure Night Relay takes place at Hilton College Estate next Friday evening. Participants can run (teams of four, each run one 5 km lap), walk (teams of three, each walk one 5 km lap) or mountain bike (teams of two, each rider does one lap then they do the last lap together). Info and entries: www.nightrelay.co.za or contact Max Cluer Sports Marketing at 033 386 0815.

CRAIG Paul outsprinted Andrew Hill to win the Lake Eland Super Classic on the south coast last weekend. Rourke Croeser took third. Candice Neethling was untouchable in the women’s race, placing 15th overall. Tamryn Taylor was second ahead of Nataschka Mowat.

The intermediate events were won by Norman Hartley and Belinda van der Riet. Alan Hatherly once again dominated the sub-junior series, finishing well clear of second-placed Jaco Pelser and Brandon Venter. Emily Chalmers-Banks was first home in among the girls.

Schafer and Viegas make it two in a row

United States U20 Collegiate Champion Cameron Schafer won the fourth and final leg of the Compendium Winter Multi-sport Triathlon last weekend in 2:01,44.

Henri Schoeman was first out of the water with a three-minute gap and led the bike ride and run until his hamstring packed in. This left the race open for Shafer to win his second title in two events. Hillcrest triathlete Carl Storm moved into second place on the final 5 km run, leaving Dean Moore in third.

Gauteng’s Rianna de Lange won the women’s race in 2:21,25 ahead of a strong challenge from Natalie Beckenstrater and young La Lucia triathlete Tayla Glover.

Top SA duathlete Bryce Viegas once again made short work of the Olympic duathlon race, claiming his deserved first-place spot ahead of a small but star-studded duathlon field. Nick Kingsley took second with Bertus van Zyl third.

THE 80-km Time Freight Midmar Notts Cycle Challenge takes place from Midmar Dam tomorrow morning.

There is also a 30 km fun ride for novices and licensed U14 and younger categories. The event will be timed by Mr Price and timing chips will be provided to all entrants at no extra cost. Entrants can register at Hattons Cycles in Pietermaritzburg today between 10 am and noon. Registration will be open tomorrow morning from 5.15 at Midmar Dam and the racing will start at 6.50 am with the tandems off first. Late entry fee of R140 (80 km) and R70 (30 km) on the day.

* The MTN Mini Shova in Durban will be at the Suncoast Casino on October 10, a week before the MTN Amashova 106 km ride from PMB to Durban on October 18.

For info. go to www.mtncycling.co.za or call 031 312 8896.

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