Palframan fitting Mudman winner

2010-03-06 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S oldest and favourite road cycle race, the Ryan Maullin Memorial Battery Centre Midmar Notts Cycle Challenge, took place last weekend and attracted a field of over 800 cyclists — most of whom were out to test their form ahead of the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour next weekend.

Burg Wheelers rider Clinton Olsen showed impressive form as he powered away from a strong field to clock a winning time of one hour, 55 minutes and six seconds. Robert du Preez placed second in the Elite/ U23 start (1:58:17) with David Leiman third (1:58:20).

Fast times were recorded in the 30 to 34-batch start with Sean Merredew and Rowan Tyler clocking the same time of 1:55:37, followed closely by Mathew Goetsch. Martin Atterbury won the 35-39 category with Iven Scharein and Ivor Jones sharing top spot in the veteran 40-44 category.

In another sprint finish in the veteran 45-49 category Trevor Thompson pipped William Hamilton for the victory. Athol Dand clocked the fastest time in the veteran 50+ start ahead of Derrick Tivers (60+ category) and David Douglas third.

Isabel Moolman and Samantha Serfontein were again dominant in the women’s race, taking it down to the wire with Moolman just edging in ahead of Serfontein. Third place went to veteran Brenda Potts.

The 40 km race was won by Rory Marquiss ahead of U14 riders Kyle Walker and Keagan Matthews. Rochelle van Eck was the first women home in sixth position overall. (Full results:

Redman, Palframan win Epworth Mudman

Ryan Redman and Melanie Palframan were the respective winners of the aQuellé Epworth Mudman that took place at Albert Falls Dam last weekend.

Redman, who has become a full-time athlete and is focused on racing the Xterra Series in Europe later this year, completed a faultless race to win the full distance swim event in 1:15:18. Ever-consistent campaigner Jean-Paul van der Linde was a worthy second-place finisher in 1:16:26, followed by team-mate Darren Goddard in 1:17:52.

Ex-Epworthian Palframan was a fitting winner of the women’s race, leading home a strong field in 1:25:44. Sarah Scott placed second (1:26:18) ahead of Landy Puddu in third (1:27:01).

Trevor Hellens took the honours in the full-distance canoe event ahead of Murray Craib and Ewan Cochran.

Channing Smith led home the biggest field of the day, winning the short-course swim event in 39:29. Daniel Ferreira placed second with James Damant third. First home in the women’s race was Lesley Wilson-Jones.

The third event in the Mudman Series is hosted by Cordwalles Preparatory School and will take place at Midmar Dam on Sunday, March 21.


The Bonitas Midlands Ultra Triathlon takes place at Midmar Dam tomorrow morning. The Midlands Ultra Triathlon is a unique event that places it in-between the traditional “standard” and “ultra” distance course.

There are two events to be staged on the day. The Ultra Distance Triathlon consists of a 1,8 km swim, a 60 km cycle and 15 km trail run. The second event is a sprint distance event and consists of a 600 m swim, 20 km cycle and a five-kilometre run.

The ultra race routes will now consist of a one-lap swim course, followed by three laps of 20 km on the bike and then a one-lap 15 km off-road trail run.

The run route has been made significantly easier, with only 40% off-road and 60% on-road. This unique off-road run course, although feared by some, deliberately passes through a non-urban environment with the objective of raising money for the conservation of our natural heritage. This run course will incorporate some of the beautiful natural heritage that surrounds Midmar Dam.

For more information on the event contact B-Active Sports at 031 564 4062 or visit www.midlandsultra.

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