Spur KZN Trail Series wraps up

2015-10-28 06:00
Photo: Greg Labuscagne Eric Ngubane on his way to victory at the Spur KZN Trail Series®.

Photo: Greg Labuscagne Eric Ngubane on his way to victory at the Spur KZN Trail Series®.

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THE Spur KZN Trail Series® headed down deep into the Valley of 1000 Hills to the tranquil and beautiful setting of iSithumba for the final race of the Series.

In the men’s 11.3km long course Championship race, it was the athletic figure of Eric Ngubane who made it three wins out of three as he wrapped up another first place in a time of 48:59 to take the overall Series win before jetting off to France to represent South Africa in the 75km Grand Trail des Templiers.

Second over the line at race 4 went to regular podium placer Juan Botsis who cruised home in 56:29 with Luke Muller claiming third over the line with a time of 01:01:19.

In the ladies race, all was set for an epic battle between Puseletso Dladla and Zoe Papadakis with Dladla leading the overall standings with only 29 seconds. In the end, it was Dladla who put the hammer down and claimed the overall win in a time of 58:06, with Papadakis coming home second in a time of 01:04:07. Leilah Saville claimed third place overall, as she crossed under the arch in 01:18:55.

*Brilliant Bengo is king* Owen Bengo powered his way to yet another win in the men’s 5.3km short course Challenge race as he whipped his way around the course in a mere 19:59, three minutes ahead of Edmund Mthetwa, his perennial Series rival, who claimed second overall in a time of 22:18. Siyanda Mkhize pushed Mthetwa all the way as he came home third overall, only three second later, in a time of 22:21.

Xoliswa Mngadi took off from the gun in the ladies short course race and never looked back as she ran home in 23:38 to place first lady. Minimee, Abbey-Lynn Haswell’s 26:46 was good enough for second lady overall with another minimee, Naomi Maujean showing us just how strong the KZN junior trail running fraternity is, taking third place in 27:41.

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