Madiba and Terblanche show their class at Spur Trail Series®

Thabang Madiba on his way to first place at the Spur Hennops XL. Image by Pat Black

The Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® kicked off at Hennops River this past weekend as more than 600 runners were reunited with trail running friends on a scorching Highveld summer day.

In the 18.5km XL race Thabang Madiba, one of South Africa’s favourite and finest trail runners, lived up to his reputation as he blitzed the course in 01:43:34 over some technical terrain and steep inclines to hold off the charge of Daniel Jenner. Adel Terblanche also ran a great race to claim the overall ladies XL win comfortably in 02:11:56.

In the men’s 12.5km long course Championship race, Altus Badenhorst powered his way to first place to open his Series account in style in a time of 58:13 while Maphuti Phaka impressed with her time of 01:03:54 to win the first race of the Series.

The familiar face of Ryan Mathaba was once again the first one bounding down the finishing straight in the men’s 6.8km short course Challenge race. He came home in 35:00 to see off the challenge of a number of younger runners. In the ladies short course, Anita O’Brien laid down the marker as she kicked off the Series in fine fashion running home in 37:32 to claim first lady overall.

Next week we do it all again as we take on the second instalment of the 2015 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® at Segwati Game Ranch. A big thank you to our sponsors who make this all possible; Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck.

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