Talbot Trail Run: athletes rewarded with breathtaking views

2011-06-29 00:00

THE Talbot Trail Run Series hosted its second race in the winter series on top of Pietermaritzburg’s Table Mountain on Saturday.

Nearly 250 people braved the cold and the steep, one-kilometer climb to the top of Table Mountain, and were rewarded with brilliant views of Pietermaritzburg, the Msunduzi Valley and the Umgeni Valley.

The event is organised twice every year — during winter and summer — but such crisp conditions are unlikely every time around.

The Mcoseleli Secondary School was the start and finish venue.

While the back walkers took advantage of most of the views, the runners up front had little time to stop and enjoy the view as the challenging course that circumnavigates the top of ­Table Mountain kept them on their toes. Several runners taking minor falls.

Cattle paths were followed for about 75% of the run, but the other 25% required runners and walkers to navigate through the open veld.

Lance Chapman was the first man home, taking one hour and 38 seconds to complete the 12 km course.

Sarah Grey was the first woman home, five minutes behind and in seventh place overall.

In the seven-kilometer race, Paul Gcaba made it two in a row after winning the first event in the series at Cumberland Nature Reserve, while Kirsty Glass was the first woman home and second overall, just three minutes behind Gcaba.

The final event of the Talbot Trail Run Series takes place on July 9 on Faulklands Farm, just outside Pietermaritzburg on the Table Mountain Road.

This time the course will take the runners and walkers down to the Umgeni River.

For more information visit www.kzntrailrunning.co.za.

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