Cape Town had its fair share of trail races lately, but the CDF Dudley Trail Run, in aid of CANSA, carries a strong message. The race happens in honor of Dudley Hulbert, a well know coach and all round running personality, who succumbed to cancer. True to the fact, quite a few runners who lost a loved one to cancer lined up for the race. Sean Falconer welcomed the spirited runners at D’Aria wine estate in the Durbanville hills for the 12 Km race. Runners who prefered an easier race had the option of a 5 km course. A slight drizzle made the countryside look an oil painting, perfect for trail running.
The racers were set off, straight up the hill towards Majik Forrest. Denzil Paulse, Thembelani Zola and Tsungai Mwanengeni, the main contenders, were off like bullets. From the Majik Forrest gate it was all the way down towards the bottom of the eastern side of the forrest. Marie Wessels lead the ladies race, but Ané Kloppers, excelling on the downhills, was putting noticable pressure on Marie.
From the bottom of Majik Forrest the trail went all the way back up to the top of Majik, right past the electric fence, to complete the total elevation of 404 metres. From there it was an extremely fast downhill, all the way to the finish at D’Aria. Denzil Paulse had a clear lead, finishing the 12 km in 44:43. Zola and Mwangeni fought for 2nd and 3rd place with a sprint, finishing 45:32 and 45:35.
Marie just got faster, while Ané started to lose valuable time on the ascents. Marie won in 57:29 with Ané 2nd in 1:00:19. Cathy Weedal, Ex-Triathlon SA athlete validated the free race entry she won, by taking 3rd spot on the podium.
Put the CDF Dudley Trail Run on your calendar for next year. It is fun, friendly and in support of CANSA, a leader in the fight against cancer.