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Varsity College Multisport Series #2

[image] 26 February 2016

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In contrast to the first event, the second event in the Varsity College Multisport Series was met by grey skies and heavy winter clouds at the stunning Shongweni Dam. However, true to multi-sport spirit, participants were not deterred and relished the adventurous conditions.

Racing was fierce at the front of the field as the Long Course Multisport and Multi-X athletes charged into the hills for the first 5km trail run. The hilly terrain soon separated the field as the leaders devoured the 20km mountain bike course. Onto the final 2.5km trail run for the Multi-X competitors it was Daniel Carleton, an experienced Xterra athlete, who claimed the honours ahead of Matthew Kretzmann in second and Gareth Harrington in third. Kim Westbrook took a commanding lead of the women’s Multi-X recording a well deserved win ahead of racing mom Sarah Gray in second and Jade Redman close behind in third.

For the paddlers in the Multisport race it was a battle against the elements as the wind picked up making for challenging paddling conditions. This was no issue for paddling ace Eric Zondi who powered through the final 5km paddle to claim a convincing win ahead of Michael Hay with Jedson Tooms in third place. Landy Puddu showed her tenacity by crossing the line first in the women’s Multisport with Carmen Donald in second and Brittany Petersen third.

Cape Epic Exarro athlete Siya Njiva took on multisport with success as he took the win in the Multi-X short course, having broken his chain at the start of the mountain bike race and making a quick conversion to the Multi-X to save the day. Dean Wortmann was close behind in second with Andrew Edwards third. Surfski king Barry Lewin showed he can multi too as he claimed first man home in the Short Course Multisport.

The mountain bike and trail run specific races allow individuals to race their preferred discipline  whilst still enjoying the camaraderie of multisport. Varsity College’s Evan van der Spuy (aka Buck Norris) was a fitting winner of the 40km MTB race ahead of Werner Moolman and James Burne while Isabel Moolan claimed the women’s title. Merik Sparg and Sabine Thies were the respective winners of the 20km MTB. Nonsikelelo  Mbamo took an impressive win in the women’s 15km trail run, placing second overall behind winner Mdu Zondi.

Varsity College host campus The Westville Cowboys pulled out all the stops to ensure nobody went home without being touched by the fun factor. The games continued well after the racing was over and fun was had by all.
The third and final event in the series takes place on Sunday 11th August. Participants should note that the organisers have made a decision to move the event from Albert Falls Dam to Eston Country Club. In view of this the canoe option has been removed.  Race Director Max Cluer commented; “We aim to provide safer and better routes for the athletes and in view of this it has been decided to move the third race to the popular Eston Country Club. This venue provides great opportunities for new trails and will allow the 40km mountain bike component to enjoy one big loop. Paddlers, however, will need to swop their canoes for their running shoes and join the Multi-X athletes. We look forward to sharing this new venue with everyone.”

MultiX Long, Men overall:
D Carleton 1h16.38, M Kretzmann 1h18.36, G Harrington 1h19.21. Women overall: K Westbrook 1h35.55, S Gray 1h44.18, J Redman 1h45.22.
Multisport Long, Men overall: E Zondi 1h34.51, M Hay 1h42.33, J Tooms 1h46.59 Women overall: L. Puddu 2h01.31, C. Donald 2h06.29, B Petersen 2h30.28
MultiX Short, Men overall: S Njiva 46:53, D Wortmann 47:17, A Edwards 50:44. Women overall: K Edwards 59:32, B Theunissen 1h12.33, C Mills 1h14.53.
Multisport Short, Men overall: B Lewin 1h09.23, C Muldoon 1h10.01, E Kirk 1h11.33.
MTB 40km, Men: E van der Spuy 1h23.24, W Moolman 1h25.13, J Burne 1h29.08. Women: I Moolman 1h45.19, C Boswell 2h10.20, L Burnett 2h16.59.
MTB 20km, Men: M Sparg 50:45. Women: S Thies 59:32.
Trail Run, 15km – Men overall: M Zondi 49:11, O Bengo 51:29, P Sutherland 1h02.04. Women overall: N Mbamo 49:58, K Sabrino 1h12.03, X Madida 1h13.29
Trail Run 5km, Men: S Carnie 28:49. Women: X Hargreaves 30:51

1 comment(s)

Road markings to the parking was poor for hose of us who arrived early and by following the arrows landed up driving along the race route. At the finish had to ask to be scanned in which affected my overall time and then discovered when checking he results that guys who did not actually finish the whole 40km route have been credited with a finish time, not cool.