Change a Life Academy students yield good athletic results

2015-11-24 06:00
Computershare Change a Life star Nhlanhla Cele won the first Maqhwe Mfula Challenge last weekend in the Valley of a 1000 Hills. Photo: supplied

Computershare Change a Life star Nhlanhla Cele won the first Maqhwe Mfula Challenge last weekend in the Valley of a 1000 Hills. Photo: supplied

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WHETHER it be on foot, on a bike or in a canoe, the Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy (Cal) branches made their presence felt throughout KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape with fantastic results last weekend.
The inaugural Maqhwe Mfula Challenge took place in Change a Life territory, in the heart of the Valley of a 1000 Hills. This tough multi-disciplined event includes a 25km trail run, 55km mountain biking and a choice between a further eight kilometre trail run or eight kilometre paddle.
Dreyer’s academy displayed its pedigree when RMB Change a Life’s John Ntuli overcame hot and testing conditions to cross the finish line first in the Maqwhe Mfula run, cycle, run Adventure.
“Winning the Adventure was great,” said Ntuli. “It’s awesome having a race like this close to home and although it was really hot, it wasn’t an issue for me as I am training in conditions like that as I prepare for the 1000km Munga MTB race in December.”
Ntuli, an experienced multisport campaigner having raced duathlon for Change a Life before the mountain biking team was formed, had a hiccup on his way to winning however, his strength and a well thought out plan saw him through.
The RMB Cal Zulus continued to shine in the Maqhwe Mfula Adventure as Sizwe Mkhasibe finished second behind Ntuli, his performance highlighted by a gutsy final run after he was battling with cramp during his first 25km effort.
Not to be outdone by Ntuli, Change a Life paddler and 2015 Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon champion, Nhlanhla Cele, dominated throughout the Maqhwe Mfula Challenge – which substituted the final run with an eight kilometre paddle.
The unlikely pair of Cal veteran and coach, Lucas Mthalane and Cal junior, Mpilo Zondi, managed an impressive third place overall.
- Supplied.

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