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Talbot Trail Run #2 - Table Mountain

28 January 2015


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Table Mountain Trail Run

Runners took to the top of Pietermartizburg's Table Mountain in The Talbot Trail Run Series this past weekend to experience vista like never before. A thick evening mist the night before lifted off the mountain in the early hours to reveal spectacular views into the uMsunduzi and uMngeni Rivers'. The race was started by local chief Nkosi Mduli at the base of the mountain. Runners and walkers went straight into an incredibly steep climb to the top, but found some reprieve contouring along the cliff tops after summiting. However mountains are never flat on top, even look that way from a distance and some challenging climbs and descents had running muscles burning on the circumnavigation of this epic mountain. A shorter course avoided the tougher sections on top by cutting back through the middle of the mountain across several rolling hills. While competition was hot up front with the first three runners on the longer 12km course coming in within 25 seconds of one another, many of the more social people stopped several times to absorb near and distant views to feed their souls.

Iain Don-Wauchope returned to the series after missing two races and managed to hold off strong challenges from Nhlanhla Cele and Sizwe Mkhamsibe in a time of 50 minutes to remain unbeaten in all 6 of Talbot Series Runs he has participated in. In the ladies event Jeanie Bomford ran 1 hour and 2 minutes to beat Kirsty Scott and repeat her win from the first event two weeks ago at Cumberland. The short course was won by Mvelisi Vella in just over 34 minutes and the first lady was Sue Don-Wauchope in a time of 42 minutes.

Trail running has started to see some growth in KZN, race numbers have doubled from the previous Talbot Series and races like the this one are sure to fuel that growth even more. South Africa's top trail runners are world class and win events around the world, while the depth and experience of fields in events like this really starting to grow. The next event takes place at Hilton College on the 11th of December.

Another opportunity to go up Table Mountain will happen on the 19th of September 2011 when the Amblers host their annual walk.

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