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Varsity College Multisport Series #3

[image] 28 January 2015

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Be the fun! was certainly the name of the game for the third and final round of the Varsity College Multisport Series at Albert Falls Dam on Sunday 19th August.

With so many events to choose from, winners were plentiful. Leading home the original Long Course Multisport (5km trail run, 20km mountain bike and 5km paddle) was Change A Life athlete Erik Zondi who claimed the honours just seconds ahead of team mates Thulani Mbanjwa and Kwanda Mhlope; a clearly successful podium domination for coach and mentor Martin Dreyer. Michelle Burn claimed the women's title ahead of young Jordan Peek in second and the ever consistent Marion Young in third. Racing was tight amongst the leading men in the short course equivalent (2.5km trail run, 10km mountain bike and 2.5km paddle) with Brendan Sharp taking a narrow win just four seconds ahead of Byron McKie and Codey McKittrick in third. Jenna Ward was first women home.

In the Long Course MultiX Derrin Smith took the win ahead of team mates Daniel Carlton and Patrick Belton. A classy women's field saw Jeannie Dreyer home first with Melanie Palframan second and Helena Muir third. Rising junior stars Cameron Wright and Tiffany Keep were the respective men's and women's winners in the short course MultiX.

Mark Malherbe just pipped fellow Varsity College colleague Hilton Frost to win the 40km Mountain Bike race with Buck Norris himself (aka Evan van der Spuy) avoiding the red hartebeest this year to finish third. Daimon Wright and Gina Ryan were the respective winners of the 20km MTB race.

The 5km Trail Run proved to be the most popular choice of events for the day with over a hundred participants. Bryn Tyrer took the win in twenty-six minutes and 43 seconds with Carla Johnson first women home in 31.34. Top multisporter Gareth Harrington used the 15km Trail Run as preparation ahead of the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas next month, winning comfortably in one hour, three minutes and forty seconds. Rising young Winterton athlete Thobeka Zondo was the first women home in one hour, twenty-four minutes and 49 seconds.

Host Campus the Maritzburg Mammoths  were extreme in their orange theme and concluded a successful inter-campus challenge, taking the final victory in the three part series amidst much skulduggery, chirps and fun rivalry between the campuses.

Next up on the Max Cluer Sports Marketing calendar is the Triple Challenge on Sunday 4th November. This event also includes the stand alone Challenge Trail Run (either 10km or 21km) between Pietermaritzburg and Camperdown and the Challenge Mountain Bike race between Camperdown and Inanda Dam, along the beautiful and challenging route through the Valley of a Thousand Hills same as that used for participants in the Triple Challenge.

MultiX Long, Men overall:
D Smith 1h15.32, D Carleton 1h23.32, P Belton 1h26.02 Women overall: J Dreyer 1h38.47, M Palframan 1h46.31, H Muir 1h55.20.
Multisport Long, Men overall: E Zondi 1h42.05, T Mbanjwa 1h42.12, K Mhlope 1h46.02. Women: M Burn 2h03.59, J Peek 2h09.56, M Young 2h26.43.
MultiX Short, Men overall: C Wright 48.34, C Leveridge 50.14, S Jonsson 51.33. Women overall: T Keep 52.49, C Marquiss 59.23, I Hougaard 1h02.49.
Multisport Short, Men overall: B Sharp 1h00.14, B McKie 1h00.18, C McKittrick 1h00.44. Women: J Ward 1h08.00.
MTB 40km, Men: M Malherbe 1h32.43, H Frost 1h32.43, E van der Spuy 1h34.28 . Women: A Scheepers 2h11.19, N Nairn 2h11.21, L Everson 2h20.30.
MTB 20km, Men: D Wright 57.35. Women: G Ryan 1h09.40.
Trail Run, 15km - Men overall: G Harrington 1h03.40, K Rainier 1h12.07, E West 1h18.59. Women overall: T Zondo 1h24.49, K English, L Jordaan 1h46.16.
Trail Run 5km, Men: B Tyrer 26.43. Women: C Johnson

2 comment(s)

amanda mulder
i had a gr8 race but did not get a keyring which is my medal that is put with all my other one's.

Was a fantastic day, very well organized. The course markings where the best I've seen yet.