Cooke, Leicester clinch gold at Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay Lite

Keegan Cooke and Johandri Leicester obliterated the field at the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday, 12 February 2017.  Cooke crossed the finish line in a combined time of 01 hour 06 minutes 23 seconds, while Leicester secured gold in 01 hour 18 minutes 16 seconds.  Seen here:  Keegan Cooke in action on the day.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Keegan Cooke and Johandri Leicester obliterated the field at the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday, 12 February 2017. Cooke crossed the finish line in a combined time of 01 hour 06 minutes 23 seconds, while
Leicester secured gold in 01 hour 18 minutes 16 seconds. Seen here: Keegan Cooke in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

Keegan Cooke and Johandri Leicester obliterated the field at the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday, 12 February 2017.

“I competed in my first XTERRA Full race yesterday and then decided to do the XTERRA Lite today as well,” says Cooke. “I felt better today. I come from a road triathlon background. It’s cool to go off road for a change. The race was tough, but nice. The course included tricky sections. People who have not yet experienced the Baakens Valley are missing out. XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay has an Urban feel to it and a really cool vibe. It’s well organized and just really awesome. ”

Cooke crossed the finish line in a combined time of 01 hour 06 minutes 23 seconds. Cameron Macnair came in second, while Phillipe Van Der Leeuw finished third.

Johandri Leicester claimed her second victory of the weekend after placing first at the Fedhealth XTERRA Full on Saturday. “I felt tired after yesterday,” says Leicester. “Today I decided to just take it easy and enjoy the race. The route was much easier. The swim and mountain bike disciplines are short and the run is really nice. The XTERRA Lite is ideal for newcomers to the sport. I don’t think that my two victories have sunken in yet.”

Leicester crossed the finish line in 01 hour 18 minutes 16 seconds. Tracey Campbell came in second, while Jade Hooke finished third.

Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “Now in its second year, the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay has a very distinct personality. It offers urban energy coupled with the ocean and beachfront, as well as off-road trails. It really is a must-do for the off-road triathlete looking to expand his/her fitness horizons. And since there’s an event for everyone in the family, it’s the ideal sporty weekend away.”

The Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in Nelson Mandela Bay pitted XTERRA Warriors against a 400m swim, followed by a 19km mountain bike discipline before closing off with a 6km trail run.

Next on the Fedhealth XTERRA SA Calendar:

Date: Event:
Friday, 24 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids
  6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run)
  9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run)
  12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run)
Saturday, 25 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 28km MTB, 12.5km trail run
Sunday, 26 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12.5km and 5km
Sunday, 26 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 12.5km MTB, 5km trail run

The Prize Purse for the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw has increased to a whopping R154 000. The top five finishers in the XTERRA Full open men’s and women’s races will receive prize money, with the first place winners each taking home R30 000.

Forming part of the XTERRA World Tour, athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw stand a chance to qualify for the XTERRA World Championship that will take place in Maui later in the year.

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For further information or to enter the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay or Grabouw contact 082 991 0045 or visit www.stillwatersports.com