Wessa trails deliver smiles all around for fitness lovers

2019-04-24 06:00
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A CRISP, clear autumn morning greeted some 430 trail enthusiasts at the Wessa uMngeni Valley Nature Reserve on April 14.

As the sun pulled itself away from the horizon, the day warmed up and mother nature smiled on everyone who had come out to enjoy her bountiful offerings. There is no better venue than uMngeni Valley to appreciate the beauty and variety of this wilderness haven, and no better way to explore it than on foot on the immaculate, well-marked trails.

Three distances were on offer on the morning — the 5km was enjoyed by a wide range of outdoor lovers, being especially well received by families and youngsters. The 12km posed more of a challenge to both walkers and runners, whilst the 22km event was taken on by the more intrepid trail warriors who had both their lungs and legs tested.

All distances were hotly contested at the sharp end of the course, with some blistering times set by the podium achievers. The top three male finishers broke old records by finishing in less than 20 minutes!

RESULTS 5KM

Males: First — Calum Steer (17:37); Second — Innocent Shangase (18:15); Third — Mholi Cibane­ (18:52)

Females: First — Nkanyezi Guliwe (24:06); Second — Lindokuhle Mkhize (26:14); Third — Yolanda Ngcobo (26:21)

RESULTS 12KM

Males: First — Donsumhlaba Xulu (50:12); Second — Thulani Skhakhane (50:42); Third —Sinovuyo Ngcobo (51:10)

Females: First — Nadia Reuter (1:08:29); Second — Louize Mccabe (1:10:01); Third — Lindsay Hayward (1:10:26)

RESULTS 22KM

Males: First — Mbhasobhi Gumede (1:41:57);

Second — Skhumbuzo Bhengu (1:42:09); Third — Sanele Maphumulo (1:45:42)

Females: First — Jeannie Dreyer (2:00:40); Second — Sue Chapman (2:19:42); Third — Kirsty Bonford (2:37:55)

Participants were rewarded with a unique wooden finishers badge as they crossed the line; a reminder of their experience and accomplishment. Many hung around following their efforts out on the trails and took advantage of the superb gourmet food and drink, including top class coffee on offer, soaking up the awesome chilled vibe and atmosphere — always a much enjoyed aspect of KZN Trail Running events.

For full results and to see what events are upcoming visit the KZN Trail Running website www.kzntrailrunning.co.za. —Supplied.

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