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Varsity College Multisport Series #1

[image] 26 February 2016

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The Varsity College Multisport Series celebrated it's tenth season with the first event taking place at Albert Falls Dam in glorious early autumn weather on Sunday 7th April. Over six hundred and fifty participants arrived to enjoy this beautiful venue with a choice of events to suit everyone.

SA multisport athlete Tyrone White put on a fine performance to take a solid win in the Multi-X Long Course over a 5km trail run, 20km mountain bike and 2.5km trail run. White's finish time of one hour, eight minutes and 6sec saw him take the honours with a 27sec cushion over Team Jeep's Daniel Carleton in second and Gareth Harrington in third. Veteran racer Karen Bargate showed her younger counterparts that age is but a number as she crossed the line victorious in the women's race in a time of one hour, thirty-seven minutes and 45sec. Second place went to Roxanne Dovey with Meggan Mackenzie third.
Change A Life athlete Kwanda Mhlope was the overall winner of the Multisport Long Course (5km trail run, 20km mountain bike, 5km paddle) in a time of one hour, thirty-three minutes and 49sec. Chasing close behind in second place was Damon Stamp (Team Jeep), finishing twenty seconds off the pace while Jedson Tooms claimed third place.
Wade Finch took a fast win in the Multi-X Short Course in little over thirty-six minutes with Tiffany Keep the first women home in forty-three minutes, 3sec.  The paddle version short course was won by Dustin Starr (56:17) and Courtney Smith (1h03.20) respectively.

For those participants who prefer to stay with one sport, there were the trail run options of 5km and 15km and the mountain bike racers of 40km, 20km and 10km. The trail runners enjoy the best of the early morning as they set off first and were able to enjoy abundant sightings of plentiful game in the Albert Falls Reserve. Byron McKie and Xaron Hargreaves were the respective men's and women's winners of the 5km trail run while Mdu Zondi and Xoli Madida were the winners of the 15km trail run.

In the mountain biking, it was Patrick Belton (Team Jeep) who held off a strong chase from team mate Derrin Smith to take the win in a fast time of one hour, nineteen minutes and 6sec for the 40km race. Craig Stone placed third just fourteen seconds behind Belton. Jackie Moore was a clear winner of the women's race ahead of Girtjie Steenkamp and Cindy Theunissen. Phillip Marais won the sprint for the honours in the 20km race just ahead of Merik Sparg with Michael Savage two seconds back. Sprog rider Sabine Thies raced well to take the women's overall win.

The competitions did not end with the winners. For most it was a day of fun and host campus the Maritzburg Mammoths ensured there was no excuse not to get involved with a water slide and foam pit and a whole lot of noise and chaos ! Participants can look forward to the second event in the Varsity College Multisport Series, to be held at Shongweni Dam on Sunday 9th June and hosted by the Westville Cowboys.

MultiX Long, Men overall:
T White 1h08.06, D Carleton 1h10.33, G Harrington 1h11.25 Women overall: K Bargate 1h37.45, R Dovey 1h41.08, M Mackenzie 1h45.32.
Multisport Long, Men overall: K Mhlope 1h33.49, D Stamp 1h34.12, J Tooms 1h39.00.
MultiX Short, Men overall: W Finch 36:06, D Wortmann 38:43, JP Kroll 40:56. Women overall: T Keep 43:03, T Ortlepp 45:13, K Fjellvik 49:56.
Multisport Short, Men overall: D Starr 56:17, C Muldoon 56:38, B Lewin 58:08, 44. Women: C Smith 1h03.20.
MTB 40km, Men: P Belton 1h19.06, D Smith 1h19.30, C Stone 1h20.20. Women: J Moore 1h34.59, G Steenkamp 1h52.07, C Theunissen 1h55.17.
MTB 20km, Men: P Marais 49:03. Women: S Thies 57:34.
Trail Run, 15km - Men overall: M Zondi  53:18, O Bengo 55:02, X Ndaba 55:19. Women overall: X Madida 1h06.38
Trail Run 5km, Men: B Mckie 26:00. Women: X Hargreaves 27:46.

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