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Talbot Summer Series / Faulklands Farm

[image] 26 February 2016

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The Talbot Trail Run Series was wrapped up on Saturday 7 December on Faulklands Farm just outside Pietermaritzburg.

This final course is the least well known of the 3 events in the series that take place two weeks apart, but for many of runners participating it was the most exciting with two major river crossings to navigate.

Muzi Madikwa, Owen Bengo and Tent Payton set a blistering pace exchanging positions on a regular basis for the first 10km, it was on the final climb that Madikwa showed his class to make it a hatrick of wins in the series and the crown as the champion of the series.

Trish Bahlman was able to do the same in the ladies field beating Jenny Reynolds to the line by several minutes. While its seriously impressive to watch the front runners use their speed around the course, its equally impressive top watch some of the back markers slog it out and keep going all the way through to the finish.

The spirit at the back of the field in any trail event in undeniable with runners and walkers sucking in air and their surroundings and living life to the maximum.

Huge thanks must go to the sponsors who help to make the event possible, the title sponsors Talbot Laboratories, Brooks (trail shoes), Racefood (nutrition) and Nature Zone (hydration). The Duzi-Umngeni Conservation Trust is the charity beneficiary of the series who also help with the logistics of race day, they benefit to the tune of R20 000 from the series.

Look out for the winter series in 2014 starting in June, for more info visit www.kzntrailrunning.co.za

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