Toughest short-course race glory

2015-07-28 15:41
Craig Turton mastering the rocky   terrain.

Craig Turton mastering the rocky terrain. Photo: supplied

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LAST weekend saw another running of the Phezulu Trail Run by organisers, KZN Trail Running. It started on the beautiful Saturday morning giving runners magnificent views of the Valley of 1000 Hills. After a short debrief by KZNTR race director Andrew Booth, the runners took off en mass on the downhill start.

Phezulu is a spectacular run for a number of reasons and runners experience close encounters with zebra and giraffe, all under the guide of Phezulu guides.

Touted as “the toughest short course trail in KZN” by runners (five kilometre, nine kilometre and 14km options - all hilly), times were slower than at other events. However, considering the mixed terrain that included single track, rock, dirt road, and a number of technical areas, the times were impressive.

The five kilometre course saw Ant Stott take the menand#039;s honours while Veronique Rossouw, part of a touring junior school cross-country team from Pretoria, came in as first lady. In the nine kilometre course Bheki Nhlengethwa and Patricia Dammann were first male and female, respectively. The 14km course saw long-time regular winner Owen Bengo again dominating the race while the ladies’ 14km race saw a shared win by Ashton Botes and Kate Lambie.

Free breakfast, prepared by Phezulu staff, was given to all athletes.

The next run will be on 14 November and should not be missed as it’s a great morning out for the family, and great training for those with a more competitive edge. More information is available on - Supplied

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