South African trail runners attempt to break world record on Table Mountain

CAPE TOWN, MAY 10, 2021 – South African trail running rivals turned team mates, Christiaan Greyling and AJ Calitz, are today attempting to break the Guinness World Records vertical distance on foot in 20 hours on Table Mountain’s Platteklip Gorge. The current record, held by 11 members of The Reek Challenge at Croagh Patrick in Murrisk, Ireland, stands at 18 086m, or 13 ascents. They must ascend 692m and descend 692m by foot between each attempt.  Calitz is no stranger to Guinness World Records, previously holding the record for The Most Vertical Height Gained in 12 hours (10,257m), set on the same mountain in 2014. This time Calitz is attempting to break a new record with Greyling. “When AJ asked me to attempt breaking a world record with him, I said yes without hesitation. Since we are limited with the Covid-19 curfew we only have 20 hours to complete our goal of14 ascents of Platteklip Gorge,” said Greyling of the team’s endeavour.  “I’ve been up Platteklip Gorge plenty of times, but nothing can really prepare you for 20 hours of brutal mountain assault. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ve planned everything meticulously and are well prepared,” said Calitz.  Greyling and Calitz are raising awareness for Edunova, a Non-Profit Company focused on the effective use of technology in disadvantaged schools throughout South Africa.  The pair started at 4am and will continue until midnight.