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Talbot Summer Trail Run Series / Maweni

[image] 26 February 2016

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Talbot Trail Run Series Race 1 at Maweni, Pietermaritzburg

The Talbot Trail Run Series got underway this past weekend at Maweni Trail Centre just outside Pietermaritzburg in slightly cool and damp conditions considered ideal for running and walking. Maweni is positioned in a beautiful spot on the cliff tops of the Umngeni Valley, from time to time the cloud opened enough to afford those who were not focused entirely on running hard the occasional brilliant view. It’s unlikely that winner of the tough 15km, Muzi Madikwe, got to see too many of these views as he stormed home in 1 hour and 03 minutes, 4 minutes ahead of Mdu Zondi in second place. In the ladies Trish Bahlman (1hr18mins) came in an impressive 7th position overall to win followed by Anna Admaova from the Czech Republic (1hr20mins) in 11th overall.

In the shorter 7km the most impressive result came from 7 year old CJ Coetzee who came in 20th position overall in 48 minutes, watch this talent! For many of those on the trail it was about having a great morning out running or walking with their friends in a beautiful place right on Pietermaritzburg’s doorstep. Just by taking part all runners were giving back to nature and the Duzi Umngeni Conservation Trust who do tireless work trying to improve the river health of the Duzi and Umngeni. These rivers are the lifeblood of many people living in KZN but are severely threatened by pollution and heavy usage.

To take part in the next Talbot Series event on Table Mountain (PMB) on 23 November 2013 visit www.kzntrailrunning.co.za for info and www.roag.co.za to enter.

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