New record set for Drakensberg Grand Traverse

2014-03-26 00:00

ULTRA-ATHLETE Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel, the former holder of the fastest Drakensberg Grand Traverse (DGT), last night crossed the 220 km DGT route in a new record of 41 hours and 49 minutes.

The race against the clock for the two had started at the Sentinel Car Park in the northern Drakensberg through sections of the Free State and hence to the Bushman’s Neck customs post on the Lesotho border via KwaZulu-Natal.

The DGT rules set by the Red Bull challenge only stipulate the start and finish and that the runners have to carry all their gear, but the route they take is up to the runners.

The challenge is described as “the equivalent of running five consecutive marathons while ascending as high as Mount Everest.” Sandes and Griesel said they ran the route with less than an hour of sleep over the two days.

The DGT was first run “officially” in 1999 and the previous record was 60 hours, 29 minutes and 30 seconds.

The website Outside rates the route as one of the 10 most dangerous routes in the world.

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