Trail runners conquer wet conditions

2016-11-30 06:01
PHOTO: Julian Schroeder Jade McPhail enjoys the beautiful trails and panoramic views over Nagle Dam from the top of Table Mountain.

PHOTO: Julian Schroeder Jade McPhail enjoys the beautiful trails and panoramic views over Nagle Dam from the top of Table Mountain.

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THE KZNTR Summer Series Table Mountain event took place recently in crisp, clear conditions.

The seven-kilometre, 12km and 20km routes all ascended the iconic, flat-topped mountain outside Pietermaritzburg, which is steeped in local folklore and afforded participants magnificent views of the Umgeni and Msunduzi valleys, Nagle Dam and Pietermaritzburg in the distance.

“This race is special, it’s the one I make sure I do every time. The climb early on is a challenge when the body hasn’t warmed up, but the views and rare opportunity to experience a place that is sacred to the local community make it so worthwhile,” said local Colin Boyes, who ran the 12km course for the ninth time.

There was a strong showing from local runners in the seven kilometre and 12km events, but regulars put their stamp on the 20km event.

The men’s 20km was won by Nomore Mandivengerei who is putting the final training in before Ultra­ Trail Cape Town in three weeks time. Muzi Madikwa and Innocent Nyawose were second and third respectively.

Kim Westbrook returned to the trails with a bang winning the ladies 20km event. Chasing hard were Jess Kew and Zoe Papadakis who finished in second and third place respectively with only second separating them.

The final KZNTR Summer Series event will take place at Hilton College School on 3 December. Visit www.kzntrailrun for more information.

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