The Don-Wauchopes dominate Trail Run Series

2009-10-17 00:00

THE first event in the Talbot & Talbot DUCT Trail Run Series took place from Bishopstowe Hall last weekend. Seventy-four runners lined up to take on the challenging 8,5 km and 16,5 km courses. The quality field included Ian and Sue Don-Wauchope.

The former is a previous duathlon World Champion.

The runners and walkers disappeared into the mist across the Bishopstowe Hall polo field and soon found themselves on some spectacular single track following the Msunduzi River. The short course peeled off after about 4,5 km and a tricky river crossing had to be negotiated before the runners could head homeward. The long course followed the river for a further 3 km before crossing at a shallow drift in the Guineafowl Portage area. Here the trails started to test the field with two steep climbs on the way home.

Ian Don-Wauchope led the field back to the hall, finishing in a very fast time of 1hr10min. The rest of the podium was filled by athletes from Martin Dreyer’s Change a Life Academy. Nhlanhla Cele came second and Zonele Nzuza third place, some five minutes behind the winner.

Sue Don-Wauchope breezed home to win in the women’s race in a time of 1hr22min, followed by Jean Hackland in second place and Rentia Denissen in third.

Robert Levinson and Emma de la Hey were the first man and woman home on the short course.

The next run takes place in the spectacular Cumberland Nature Reserve on October 31 with the final event on November 7 in the uMpushini Valley. Online entries are now open through ROAG —

Note that numbers may be limited, and that only ROAG-registered runners will be timed. For details, call Andrew at 033 345 7571.

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