As another heatwave kept many runners under cover, many could not deny the temptation of a run in the final event of the 2015 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® held at the magnificent Leeuwenkloof this past Sunday – the grand finale to what will always be remembered as the year of unbearable heat.
Fidel Ncube claimed his second win of the Series as he blitzed the 13.8km long course in 55:00 but this was unfortunately not enough to take the Championship title, which went to Tim Cable after three consistent performances in the first three races of the Series.
Maphuti Phaka showed her dominance as she claimed the Championship title by winning her third out of three races with a time of 1:05:08. This talented runner placed top ten overall at each race she took part in and is set to take the trail running world by storm if her performances at the Series are anything to go by.
In the 8.8km short course Challenge Ryan Mathaba (33) beat several younger runners to the line, proving that youth doesn’t always beat experience. Mathaba timed his race perfectly and pulled away from 16-year-old Ezra Ferreira in the final stages of the race to beat him by 30 seconds in a time of 33:15 to wrap up yet another Challenge title.
Anita O’Brien had to settle for second place on the day behind a blistering Jeannie de Beer who came home in 40:43, but her consistent strong performances at the first three races of the Series meant she wrapped up the Series ahead of the young de Beer.
A massive thank you to our sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck Wines, for their amazing support during the year.
See you again in 2016, check out the Wildrunner race calendar here to plan your year ahead.
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