Cell C AfricanX Trailrun attracts a star-studded field

Kicking off at the picturesque Houw Hoek Inn on Friday, 11 March 2016, South Africa’s most exciting three day stage trail run the Cell AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS has attracted the attention of a star studded field of trail runners including the likes of Ben Brimble and AJ Calitz, Johnny Young and Nicholas Rupanga, Edwin Sesipi and Givemore Mudzinganyama and Landie Greyling running with Megan Mackenzie.  Seen here (from left to right):  Chantel Nienaber and Katya Soggot in action at the 2014 AfricanX Trailrun.  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Kicking off at the picturesque Houw Hoek Inn on Friday, 11 March 2016, South Africa’s most exciting three day stage trail run the Cell AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS has attracted the attention of a star studded field of trail runners including the likes of Ben Brimble and AJ Calitz, Johnny Young and Nicholas Rupanga, Edwin Sesipi and Givemore Mudzinganyama and Landie Greyling running with Megan Mackenzie. Seen here (from left to right): Chantel Nienaber and Katya Soggot in action at the 2014 AfricanX Trailrun. Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Kicking off at the picturesque Houw Hoek Inn on Friday, 11 March 2016, South Africa’s most exciting three day stage trail run the Cell AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS has attracted the attention of a star studded field of trail runners including the likes of Ben Brimble and AJ Calitz, Johnny Young and Nicholas Rupanga, Edwin Sesipi and Givemore Mudzinganyama, Chantel Nienaber and Katya Soggot and Landie Greyling running with Megan Mackenzie.

“AfricanX is the best multi stage race in South Africa,” says Brimble. “This year I will team up with AJ Calitz. He’s a very experienced and strong campaigner. Our trail running strengths definitely complement each other. I might be quicker on the flats, while AJ is super strong on the climbs. I am looking forward to racing hard for three days, with the goal of making it onto the podium.”

Running in the ASICS colours, Givemore Mudzinganyama and Edwin Sesipi have set high goals for the 2016 AfricanX Trailrun. “Our main goal is to win all the stages, while chasing the race record and having fun of course,” says Mudzinganyama. “AfricanX is going to be one of the most challenging trail races that I have yet competed at. In order to achieve our goals, Edwin and I need to understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Our partnership will definitely be put to the test.”

According to Megan Mackenzie the AfricanX Trailrun has the best vibe. “Landie and I love AfricanX because it is fun, but also competitive. Our team strength is by far our friendship and support of each other. On the trail side, however, our technical running and climbing ability will also be our strength. The toughest part of the AfricanX is leaving the race village and your partner after Stage Three. The post-race blues are the pits.”

“I can’t wait to run with Katya Soggot again,” says 2014 women’s team champion Chantel Nienaber. “We have a great team dynamic. We draw from each other’s strengths and most importantly always try to have fun out on route. AfricanX is one of the most professionally hosted events. One of the highlights is watching the photograph slide show and video highlights that are played during dinner after each stage.”

Event Information: Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS

Teams of two (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distance between 22 – 36km each day. The three routes have been planned in such a way that the participants will have the opportunity to tackle a different breath-taking scenic route each day, allowing them to enjoy the full beauty of the Overberg.

Stage One: Friday, 11 March 2016

Start Time: 08:00
Start Venue: Houw Hoek Inn
Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Inn
Distance: 36km
Ascent: 900m 

Stage Two: Saturday, 12 March 2016

Start Time: 08:00
Start Venue: Ongegund (Somerset West)
Finish Venue: Paul Cluver Amphitheatre (Elgin, Grabouw)
Distance: 34km
Ascent: 1100m

Stage Three: Sunday, 13 March 2016

Start Time: 08:00
Start Venue: Wildekrans Wine Estate
Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Inn
Distance: 22km
Ascent: 800m

Entries are limited to 350 teams.

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For additional information on the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS visit www.stillwatersports.com, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com.