Mercury rises at monumental run

Running toward the finish of race 3 of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ at the Taal Monument. Image by Ewald Sadie

You would have been forgiven if you thought the third race of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ took place on a summer’s day as the sun shone down on over 900 trail runners at the Taal Monument in Paarl.

Traditionally known as the fastest course of the Series, this year was no different with the winners of both the long and short courses putting in scintillating performances as they blitzed their way around the Paarl Mountain Reserve before finishing at the inspiring Taal Monument.

In the 13.5km long course Championship, Tsungai Mwanengeni and Liandi can der Westhuyzen took control of the Series as they both claimed their second victories of the current Series in 55:58 and 1:09:52 respectively. They now only need to put in another consistent performance at the final race of the Series to secure the title.

Short course battle shapes up
The racing has been exhilarating in the short course Challenge and this weekend was no different as Dawood Goeieman, Llewelyn Jacobs, Eugene Poss, Andre Afrika, Daniel Arendse and Bruzano Britz continued their fast-paced battle at the front of the short course field.

This week Goeieman managed to cross the line in the front as he blitzed the 7.5km course in 31:04. Liezl du Plooy took full advantage of the perfect conditions and secured her first win of the Series as she romped home in 42:50.

It was a spectacular day on the trails for all involved and we can’t wait to take on the fourth race of the Series in two weeks’ time at Kleinmond.

A big thank you to all the runners for the support and for making our events super special and also to our sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck, who play a big part in the Spur Trail Series™ success.

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