Western Cape – Just under 600 trail running enthusiasts gathered at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club on Sunday, 21 February 2016 to partake in the splendour of the 2016 PUMA Trail Run.
Forming part of the action of South Africa’s largest off road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA, the PUMA Trail Run incorporated the XTERRA trail run routes. Runners could choose between a 6km and 12km route that encapsulated the true beauty of Grabouw.
South African 10km Road Champion, Elroy Galant was unstoppable in the men’s 12km PUMA Trail Run claiming gold in an impressive time of 46 minutes 14 seconds. “I was in Cape Town this week for a product launch. I heard about the PUMA Trail Run and thought that it would be great cross training for me. The route was really beautiful and a nice change from road running. I would definitely like to come back next year,” says Galant. Dominik Wychera of Austria came in second, while Rohan Kennedy finished third.
Celeste Renaud completed the 12km PUMA Trail Run in a lighting fast time of 52 minutes 39 seconds. “I supported the XTERRA Full race on Saturday, but felt that I was missing out,” said Renaud. “I am a road triathlete, but would really like to take part in XTERRA, so I thought that I’d start by taking part in the PUMA Trail Run. The course was beautiful. The race started at a fast pace. I really like hills. At one point I was running together with two other women. With them being experienced trail runners, I knew that they’d be fast on the down-hills. I had to run as fast as possible. The last section along the dam was fast and flat, but the loose sand made it really tough. I wasn’t expecting such a cool vibe at the finish, especially not at that time of the morning. The event was awesome. I’ll definitely be back next year.” Austrian Sandra Koblmuller came in second, while Leilani Scheffer finished third.
Christopher Nortjie secured the top spot on the podium in the men’s 6km PUMA Trail Run in an impressive time of 31 minutes 34 seconds. Johan Pringley came in second, while Tainn Gordon finished third.
Rosemary Jonck was the lady to beat in the 6km PUMA Trail Run, claiming victory in 35 minutes 11 seconds. Marishka Du Plessis came in second, while Franselle Rossouw finished third.
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12km open men
1 Elroy Galant 00:46:14, 2 Dominik Wychera 00:47:12, 3 Rohan Kennedy 00:47:46, 4 Chad Gordon 00:47:56, 5 Aiden Duster 00:48:17, 6 Dawid Visser 00:51:57, 7 Tristan Kelly 00:52:41, 8 Tyrone Ingle 00:53:29, 9 Mark Van Zyl 00:55:39, 10 James Montgomery 00:55:46
12km open women
1 Celeste Renaud 00:52:39, 2 Sandra Koblmuller 00:53:10, 3 Leilani Scheffer 00:54:16, 4 Alexia Loizou 00:55:48, 5 Uta Lehmann 00:57:19, 6 Matilda Randle 00:57:47, 7 Sterna Botha 00:59:35, 8
6km open men
1 Christopher Nortjie 00:31:34, 2 Johan Pringley 00:31:47, 3 Tainn Gordon 00:32:23, 4 Josh Messina 00:32:31, 5 Matteo Bidoli 00:32:52, 6 Chris Brand 00:33:46, 7 Engela Minnie 00:35:41, 8 John Lombard 00:36:00, 9 Wouter Hanekom 00:36:04, 10 Richter Rust 00:36:00
6km open women
1 Rosemary Jonck 00:35:11, 2 Marishka Du Plessis 00:35:24, 3 Franselle Rossouw 00:35:36, 4 Venette Rust 00:36:10, 5 Anushka Wohlberg 00:36:38, 6 Nadea Victor 00:37:37, 7 Fiona Steyl 00:38:19, 8 Lurika Van Dyk 00:38:32, 9 Mariska Baumeister 00:38:47, 10 Bonnie Senekal 00:39:34