The De Tweedespruit Conservancy situated just outside Cullinan played host to the sixth edition of the Diamond Dash Trail Run hosted by the trail running team of Christiaan and Landie Greyling.
Now if you have been to any of the previous Diamond Dash excursions, you’ll know that the routes are always beautiful and undoubtedly quite tough… and this time around, 460 odd trail runners could not have been treated to a more spectacular setting at De Tweedespruit Conservancy. Arriving at the venue at around 6am, registration was effortless thanks to the professional team from RaceTime. Organiser Christiaan Greyling handled the race briefing and kept it simple – stay on the trail and follow the trail markings! With this the 20km runners set out onto the trail followed by the 11km and then 6km competitors.
With plenty of rain during the week, conditions were tricky with mud and slippery sections all along the trail but despite the extra challenge this presented, the trail was perfect for running! With a neat mix of steep ascents, technical single track, river crossings and fast descents the route at De Tweedespruit Conservancy provided some adrenalin pumping trail running for all. The views along the trail was something spectacular with several unique rock formations all along the route and also a beautiful waterfall that made many of the runners stop in awe of the beauty within the De Tweedespruit Conservancy. The competitors where truly spoilt with the beauty of a trail that had all the characteristics of the perfect trail run.
In the 20km open men’s race Gauteng trail star Thabang Madiba took the top spot with a time of 01:24:02 followed closely by Tranquil Gumbo (01:25:04) and Lympson Maifo (01:25:22). Dirk Cloete dominated the 20km men’s veteran category with a time of 01:39:06 followed by Herman Mulder and Armand Bosman.
In the women’s 20km race there was some competitive running with the top spot being claimed by Anita O’Brian in a time of 01:50:40 followed by closely Leilani Scheffer (01:50:57) finishing only 15 seconds behind Anita and with third place going to Nicolette Griffioen (01:58:28).
The shorter 11km route also saw plenty of fast running with the men’s open race going to Chris Sturdy in a time of 00:53:06 followed by Justin Opitz (00:54:33) and Ryan Hodierne (00:54:52). Joline Sturdy won the woman’s open category in a fast time of 00:59:32 with Clare Walker (01:02:06) and Herme Visser (01:02:09) coming in second and third place respectively.
For a full recap of the results please visit www.racetime.co.za.
Thanks to all the sponsors involved in the Diamond Dash VI: Run-Away Sport, Ryders Eyewear, 100Plus, Kinetics.co.za, Wiesenhof-on-Wheels, Talisman, New Balance, TradeUniPoint and Future Life. A special thanks to race organisers Christiaan and Landie Greyling, the route was perfectly marked and extremely enjoyable! All the trail runners where truly blessed with the beauty of the trails at De Tweedespruit Conservancy.
Report by Nicky Swanevelder
Photos by Juan Nel