900 runners tame the Tyger

Beautiful views on a spectacular day at race 2 of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve. Image by Ewald Sadie

Beautiful views on a spectacular day at race 2 of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve. Image by Ewald Sadie

Over 900 trail runners took on the Tygerberg hills on a picture perfect Cape winter day this Sunday to bring the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ to its halfway mark.

In the 12km long course Championship race, newcomer Timothy Chambers surprised most as he beat both the seasoned Tsungai Mwanengeni and Raydon Balie to the line in a superb time of 56:11. There was a tight battle for first place in the women’s race as two previous Spur Trail Series™ champions, Liandi van der Westhuyzen and South African long distance trail champion, Danette Smith lined up at the start. Smith beat van der Westhuyzen to the line by just over a minute as she came home in a time of 01:09:43.

In the 8km short course Challenge Llewelyn Jacobs improved his second place at race 1 to take the win while Mariella Dierks carried on where she left off a week ago to take control of the Series. Jacobs came home in a time of 36:56, and Dierks put in a stunning performance to claim first place in a time of 44:45.

With the Spur Trail Series™ now halfway, we’re looking forward to the fastest course in the Series this Sunday at the Taal Monument in Paarl. Weather conditions have been perfect at the first two races and this Sunday’s prediction seems like we’ll continue with sunny skies so if you’re still wondering if you want to run or not, now is the time to get your entry in.

A big thank you to our amazing sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck for their continued support and to all the runners who make these events so much fun!

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