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Big 5 Series Zini Estate Super Classic

28 January 2015


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The Zini Estate Super Classic was a tremendous success now that the dust has settled and the cleanup is being finalised. Organisers fears of miserable weather (and the associate poor turnout) falling to the wayside, the event got off to a fantastic start with combined numbers for the 50, 25 and 10km races exceeding 550. Numbers were expected to drop with fierce competition for athletic ability and the weekend warriors from the Comrades Marathon and Shongweni Mountain Bike race. Despite this as dawn broke the crowds began to roll in en masse and the event kicked up a gear. The collaboration between Mtunzini Round Table(250), Mtunzini Athletics Club and Mtunzini Primary School proved to be highly efficient with the event running smoothly from beginning to end.

The event showed off the good, the better and the best of Mtunzini with tracks winding through the Umlalazi Nature Reserve, Zini River estates, Local sugar cane fields, Mondi forestry and indigenous thickets and grasslands with a good smattering of sea-views thrown in for good measure.

The Zini estate super classic has set precedence for the remaining 4 races of the Big 5 Series (Heatonville Classic - 27 June 2010, Hluhluwe Challenge - 25 July 2010, Monzi Challenge - 5 September 2010, Kwambo Challenge - 10 October 2010) with no serious complications or hiccups rendering the event problematic.

 Impressive Pre and On-day registration had all and sundry waiting at the start with time to spare. Despite some interesting technical sections, some heart-racing climbs and some breathtaking scenery all and sundry finished their respective races with little more than some scratches, bruises and a medal to remind them, ' Mtunzini, I came, I saw, I survived.'

4 comment(s)

Tanya Luttig
Hi there. There were photos taken on that race (25km). Where can we view these photos. Regards, Tanya

Pieter lamont
Hi, i would too like to know where we could view the photos taken of the 25km race.
thank you

Mike Browne
You may contact Charlene Goss on email address gossling13@gmail.com . Charlene is the official photographer for the Zululand Big 5 Series.

Pieter Lamont
Thx Mike ..