Barefoot Gilboa athletes prevail

2019-01-30 06:01
Ruth Cozien wins the women’s 15 km of the Gilboa Challenge in Bushwillow Park outside Howick, running barefoot on a muddy track.photo: kzntrailrunning

Ruth Cozien wins the women’s 15 km of the Gilboa Challenge in Bushwillow Park outside Howick, running barefoot on a muddy track.photo: kzntrailrunning

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THE scenic Gilboa Challenge Trail Run took place at Bushwillow Park in the Karkloof Valley outside Howick over the weekend and barefoot runner Ruth Cozien claimed victory in the women’s 15 km event while David van der Veen took the men’s honours.

Cozien’s nimble feet brought her home in one hour, 42 minutes and five seconds. Van der Veen finished in 1:32:08.

According to KZN Trail Running, the trails were technical and slippery after recent rains. But the fears of some runners turned into giggles as the wet trails and descent from the hill concluded in muddy slip-and-slides and mud-spattered runners.

Van der Veen was ahead of Julius de Klerk (1:38:15) and Luke Muller (1:38:33).

Cozien was followed in by Carla Van Huyssteen and Tarryn Botha in second and third place respectively.

The Durban Green Corridors Development Team brought tough competition to the field with several of their runners finishing in the top three positions of the 4 km course, also barefoot. Musawenkosi Zungu (21) finished in first place, followed by Lindokuhle Ngcwensa (14) and Bhekisgcino Mkhize (18) coming seconds behind in second and third place respectively. — WR.

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