Marais and Steyn victorious in BIG5 Sport Challenge

The BIG5 SPORT CHALLENGE is a sporting highlight of the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 3-12 July. It’s an adventure race with a multi-sport twist, not for the faint-hearted!

Stuart Marais and Andrea Steyn have emerged victorious in the 2015 BIG5 Sport Challenge following today’s Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon Half Marathon. Race Director Gary Marescia said that after five gruelling challenges in the last eight days, with just three rest days between events, the BIG5 wrapped up with two very deserving winners. Overall, Marais beat Theo Blignaut ...

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Marais and Blignaut currently tied in BIG5 Sport Challenge

BIG5 Dragons Lagoon Mile Swim, Theo Blignaut and Carla van Huysteen with Ryk Neethling in Knysna  - Photo Supplied

Following today’s Knysna Dragons Lagoon Mile Swim (1,65 km), Stuart Marais and Theo Blignaut are neck and neck in the BIG5 Sport Challenge with 167 points each. Dean Hopf is lying third with 162 points. Not surprisingly, Theo, the young ex-sprint triathlete uber swimmer, who is seen as the likely threat to defending champion Stuart, had a great swim today, ...

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Multisport sensation Stuart Marais to defend BIG5 title

Stuart Marais wins XTERRA

Reigning champion Stuart Marais has confirmed that he will defend his BIG5 SPORT CHALLENGE title at the 2015 event in Knysna in July. The BIG5 multi-sport challenge is a highlight on the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival programme, which takes place 3-12 July this year. Stuart was this week given the go-ahead to race after illness and injuries ...

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HOLD UP Knysna, The Cannon’s are in town!

With the annual BIG5 Sport Challenge around the corner, we are super excited to introduce two of our big “ Cannons” in this years’ race for podium!  Formidable husband and wife triathlon duo, Michael and Lauren Cannon will be in town for the annual BIG5 Sport Challenge as part of the 2015 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival taking place from 4 – 12 July.

Husband and wife duo, Lauren and Michael Cannon, take on the BIG5 SPORT CHALLENGE Western Cape, Knysna – Formidable husband and wife triathlon duo, Michael and Lauren Cannon will be in town for the annual BIG5 Sport Challenge as part of the 2015 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival taking place from 4 – 12 July. The couple, who married ...

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SA swimmers tops in open water globally


Eleven South African men and three women have been ranked by a leading global swimming association as among the top 50 most adventurous male and female open water swimmers in the world. The US-based World Open Water Swimming Association named the following SA men (alphabetically) as among the world’s top 50 “daring, courageous and audacious” open water swimmers: Peter Bales: ...

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Not drowning according to Robyn

Straight pull and rotating hips in the TYR Torque swim skin - photo credit Joshua Hodge

I love swimming. I was born to swim and I’ve spent 18 of my 25 years doing it. I also blame the fact that I am a bit socially inept on the fact that my head was always under water during my school years. My mom took me to my first coach, Brian Button, at the age of 7. I ...

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About the Walkerbay Xtreme weekend


Hermanus lies along Walker Bay on the south coast of the Western Cape. It is located about 115 km southeast of Cape Town and is connected to the Mother City by the R43 highway (or coastal R44 scenic route) and N2 motorway. The R43 continues to Cape Agulhas, the most southerly point of Africa. Hermanus is 40 km from Gansbaai, ...

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Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, 3-12 July 2015


South Africa’s premium sport and lifestyle festival, the 32nd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, takes place during the school holidays from 3 to 12 July 2015. From cycling and running to swimming and paddling, the festival boasts some of South Africa’s most scenic multi-disciplinary competitions, such as the Big5 Sport Challenge, the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour ...

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Entries to the new-format Big 5 sport challenge opened on Monday, 23 March 2015

2014 Big 5 Challenge winner, Stuart Marais

One of South Africa’s top multi-sport events, the BIG 5 SPORT CHALLENGE offers some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery – from mountain biking and running in and around Knysna’s famed forests and hills, to swimming its estuary with a view of Heads. This year the organizers at WorldSport have streamlined the well-received BIG 5 SPORT CHALLENGE, building on ...

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