Ngubane shows his class at Giba

Eric Ngubane on his way to first place at the Spur KZN Trail Series® Race 2. Image by Greg Labuscagne

Eric Ngubane on his way to first place at the Spur KZN Trail Series® Race 2. Image by Greg Labuscagne

The Spur KZN Trail Series® headed to Giba Gorge last Wednesday night for race 2 as close to 100 runners were treated to a spectacular evening with conditions ideal for running.

In the long course 10km Championship race, Eric Ngubane lined up at the start line quietly but soon showed his class as he raced home first in a time of 47:18, showing you just how tough it can be to run on the dark trails of Giba Gorge. Next home was Juan Botsis who clocked a time of 47:54 with David Ogg claiming the final overall spot on the podium in 54:30.

In the ladies Championship race, Zoe Papadakis went one better than Sunday’s race 1 as she edged Puseletso Dladla to finish in first place. She clocked a time of 57:16 with Dladla coming home in 59:23. Jean Hackland also snuck under the hour mark to claim third lady overall with a time of 59:33.

Mthetwa moves up
After Sunday’s third place finish in the short course Challenge Edmund Mthetwa was determined to perform better in the 5km race but he was up against Spur Trail Series® regular, Owen Bengo. It was a ding dong battle for the entire 5km with the end result coming down to a sprint finish as Mthetwa put the hammer down to win race 2 in a time of 21:43, one second ahead of Bengo. Steven Gossman led the rest of the field home as he claimed third male overall with a time of 24:25.

In the ladies short course Challenge, the juniors made their presence felt as Caitlyn Schlemeyer just pipped Tate Stewart to the line with a time of 27:21. The 13-year-old Stewart was only 5 seconds behinds while another 13-year-old, Jenna O’Brien claimed third position in a time of 28:12.

The Series is shaping up nicely for the third race next Wednesday and we look forward to seeing you all at Kenneth Stainbank.

Once again, a big thank you to our sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels, Graham Beck and Outward Ventures for their amazing support.

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