Comeback kid and Dannhauser destroy the field and drive off with the win

Hanneke Dannhauser overjoyed as she crosses the finish line Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting

Hanneke Dannhauser overjoyed as she crosses the finish line
Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting

The third round of the biggest obstacle course race on the continent the Jeep Warrior Race took place in the protea studded hills in Krugersdorp this weekend at Hero Adventure Hobby Park. Michael Joubert the first ever winner of the Jeep Warrior Race R100 000 grand prize proved his recent results creeping ever closer to the podium was not a flash in the pan by taking the win. Pre race favourite and multiple previous winner Claude Eksteen made light work of the challenging running sections and early obstacles and built a demanding lead.

Breaking Point an infamously tough obstacle requires strength, technique and endurance to complete has been the downfall of many and today was no different. Eksteen lost his massive lead after failing on his first attempts to complete the obstacle eventually seeing the first five men in the Black Ops elite discipline in deadlock. It was Joubert who managed to clear the obstacle first and sailed through the remainder of the 30 obstacles the athletes covered over the 16 kilometer course. Bradley Claase put in an impressive performance to capture second after he managed to pull himself through Breaking Point followed home by Joubert’s KeyHealth team mate Greg Avierinos who rounded off the podium in third.
“It was really a great race, I started a bit slower and saved my energy for breaking point and luckily I had enough energy to make the obstacle in one go and that made my race” an elated Joubert said. Claase said it was the perfect balance between running and obstacles and commented that he is looking forward to the race in Ballito already “it is hard to have fun when you are pushing that hard but I enjoyed today” he added.
The women’s race stole the show on the day with the first three women on the day finishing in the top10 overall. The first half of the race was hotly contested with all the big names in the sport making their presence felt including OCR regulars Dominique D’Oliviera, Hanneke Dannhauser, Jetaime Ribbink and Carina Marx. It was Dannhauser’s signature “Look Up Get Up Never Give Up” ethos that rang true once more as she defeated the demeaning Breaking Point incredibly as only the fifth person to do so at that stage of the race.
Dannhauser went on to make history finishing in the top5 overall. Astonishingly both the second and third ladies home finished inside the top10 overall on the day with Jeep Team’s Carina Marx taking home second place and Dominique D’Oliveira wrapping up third place. “I don’t know how I did it today, it is just grace I am really so tired. The girls really made it hard out there and chased me most of the way, it was really tough but not too tough” Dannhauser said after her emphatic win. Joubert and Dannhauser did not only walk off with R10 000 each prize money but each drove home in a Jeep Renegade which they get to keep till the next event in Ballito.
Proof of the behemoth challenge the breaking point poses lies in the fact that only 26 athletes managed to complete the obstacle and go on to finish as Black Ops Elite. The elite component of the event requires athletes to complete every one of the 32 obstacles completely unassisted.
The three distances offered namely Black Ops, Commando and Rookie all feature elite races for the highly competitive. Over the weekend close to 6500 athletes athletes who didn’t opt for the elite challenges revelled in the challenge of completing the obstacles with friends and family. Peter Turk said that this was his first Jeep Warrior Race and that he does a lot of cross-fitting and similar sports and thought the event would be a great fit to challenge me, “it is tough and it is hard much like the Jeep vehicles, I love it you challenge yourself, you overcome obstacles and you achieve something I can seriously recommend this event to anyone”
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