On a picture perfect summer day, more than 700 runners made their way to Oak Valley in Elgin to be a part of this year’s Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™ one last time. In this, the final race of the 2015 Series, runners were treated to a 7.25km short course, a 15.3km long course and the once-of 24.6km XL.
Nicholas Rupanga made it clear that he is well and truly back from injury and took his second straight win in a Spur Trail Series™ XL race as he beat Julian Atkinson to the line in a superb 1:43:10. Landie Greyling was the first lady across the line and 10th overall in a fantastic time of 1:53:59, less than a minute ahead of Liandi van der Westhuyzen who came home in 1:54:51.
Championship goes to Rukadza and Soggot
While Bernard Rukadza had already tied up his seventh Spur Trail Series™ Championship title by winning races 1, 2 and 3, Katya Soggot had to win the final race to claim the title.
She didn’t disappoint and stormed to victory in the 15.3km course in a time of 1:05:42, more than seven minutes ahead of the second placed lady. After a tough training week, Rukadza claimed third place on the day on tired legs with, Tsungai Mwanengeni and Raydon Balie making the most of the fast course to claim first and second respectively. Mwanengeni crossed the line in 53:39.
Short course blitzes to an end
The short course specialists didn’t disappoint on a fun and fast 7.25km course. Dawood Goeieman gave his all in an attempt to grab the junior Series and was the winner on the day with a time of 27:48 while Jarryd Dunn did just enough to keep his number one Series position and walk away as the junior Challenge champion.
The ladies competition was equally exciting and Hayley Preen carried on where she left off in race 2 to claim another victory in a time of 32:36 and with that, the junior Challenge title.
A massive thanks to each and every runner who took part in this Series and made it another unforgettable few weeks. Of course, we can’t forget our awesome sponsors who help to make the Spur Trail Series™ so special, Spur Steak Ranches, adidas, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck Wines.
We’ll be back in Gauteng for the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ in June so keep training and if you can’t wait that long, check out the Mountain Challenge Series races that kick off in May.