The Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series™ is certainly picking up speed as almost 600 trail runners took on the third race out of four at B’Sorah Tented Camp this Sunday. After a rainy race 1 and a cool race 2, this was the first time that runners had to contend with real summer temperatures and the racing was as hot as the temperatures.
In the men’s 13,4km long course Championship race, the top two men opened up a big gap on the rest of the field. The battle lasted right up to the finish line where Sowetan runner, Edwin Sesipi managed to just pip Tranquil Gumbo by seven seconds in a time of 50:40. In the ladies long course, it was the familiar figure of Lerentia Strydom from Middelburg who came down the finishing straight in first place to take the win in 01:04:25 and keep the battle for the Series between herself and Takalani Ndandani alive.
For the second week in a row, the youngster Luke Schlebusch from Bryanston High School took the overall win in the 6.7km short course, beating senior runners in a time of 25:17. In the ladies short course race it was Pretorian, Adel Terblanche who took home her second win on the trot in a time of 31:03 to boost her chance of an overall Series win.
The final race of the Series on 30 November is sure to provide more excellent running as the battle for the Series is still wide open in most categories. In the men’s open Championship Sesipi, Gumbo and Ruan Meintjies will be fighting it out for top honours while Ndandani will have to keep Strydom at bay to take the ladies’ title.
There will be a fierce battle for the junior title in the short course Challenge between Luke Schlebusch and Anrich Zimmerman and the ladies will also give it their all to secure the open title as Vimbainashe Mhike and Adel Terblanche will take each other on for top honours.
We look forward to another exciting day’s racing on 30 November.
Thanks to our brilliant sponsors; Spur Restaurants, adidas, BOS and Protea Hotels for making this Series possible.
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