Race Report #18 for 2016

24 September saw Greg and Michelle compete in the IMPI GP#2 Elite challenge held at Van Gaalen’s farm in Hartbeespoort. Greg achieved another great result by coming 3rd in the male elite race, only being 1 minute behind his rival Thomas van Tonder who came in 2nd.

Claud built a lead on the run and maintained it to the finish. Greg and Thomas just behind, then a bit of a gap to the rest of the field. Greg got overtaken by Thomas when he failed his first attempt at  a large 45/90 degree wall climb. Thomas held his lead over Greg and claimed second. At this level of racing there is no margin for error you must make every obstacle on your first attempt.

Well done to Michelle in getting a top 10 with her 6th place in the women’s elite race.

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This past weekend was the Kinetic Adventure #4 race held at Bobbejaanskloof Caravan Park at Pelindaba. Awesome venue with some excellent technical MTB and Trail running and a short canoe leg. There were navigational choices which ensured that the racing was down to the wire with the final positions on the Podium being decided on the obstacle course 100m from the finish line.

PJ and Jaco piped Malcolm and Andre for the win. Martin and Albert were doing an excellent job until a side wall cut almost ended their race. They were racing without any spares !! Thankfully in AR your competitors are allowed to assist and they could avoid having to finish the MTB leg on foot. Ruth an Leanne had a solid race and this pairing holds potential for the future. Kobus and Janneke were superb 3rd overall, a solid performance. The teams all performed exceptionally well as you will see from the podium.

As for me I was a spectator for a change and will be having a hernia operation next week so will have to spectate for a little longer!

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Results

On the 3rd & 4th October Marzelle van der Merwe, a new addition to the Nevarest Team, took on the 2 stage Run the Berg trail run held at All Out Adventures in the Northern Drankensberg. She performed extremely well and achieved a 3rd place on the woman’s podium, and finished 1st in her age group with a total time of 5h49m.

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While in the USA Greg is participating in the following events.

SPARTAN RACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (last weekend)
WARRIOR DASH (this weekend)
OCR WARRIOR: THE BEST OF THE BEST (following Friday)
OCR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Main event Saturday)
OCR WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (SA Team event Sunday)

So as you can see he will be busy. Michelle will be joining him to participate in the OCR World Championships. Please send them your wishes and encouragement via Facebook.

Thanks to all of you for the roles you play in our success.