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Varsity College Multisport Series #2
24 July 2012
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BANG! The Cowboys rounded the troops, a perfect morning at a
stunning setting, a record field of over six hundred athletes and
this was the second event in the Varsity College Multisport Series
presented by Best 4.
Multi-sport was the very essence of this event; entrants could
choose to trail run, or mountain bike or both in the Multi-X or
paddle as in the Multisport events. The biggest growth was seen in
the trail runs where over one hundred participants were recorded in
the 5km trail run while those more daring took on the 12.5km
version. The terrain at Shongweni Dam is unforgiving; surrounded by
hills and defined by it's rocky, sandy tracks adds to the
challenge. Pat Dammann and Michael Cooper were the respective
winners of the 5km while Alexia Loizou and Sizwe Mkhasile claimed
The canoe version returned and with it came the big players. Dusi
champion Andy Birkett may be in his off-season but he was not about
to tarnish his record and notched another win in the long course
over a 5km trail run, 20km mountain bike and 5km paddle. Less than
two minutes back the dice was on for second with Change-A-Life
athlete Eric Zondi just edging out Trevor Hellens. Fresh off
claiming the SA Youth Women's MTB title in Mpumalanga the previous
day, young Bianca Haw gave an indication of her talent as she won
the women's race ahead of Carmen Blakeney and Alyson Scheepers.
Heading up the short course were Bryan le Roux and Jordan Peek, who
placed third overall.
The long course Multi-X was won by Daniel Carleton ahead of two
new names on the podium; Robert Baxter in second and Benjamin
Kilian in third. Sarah Gray continued to dominate the women's
podium with the welcome return of Landy Puddu in second place and
Karen Thomson third. The short course version over a 2.5km trail
run, 10km mountain bike and 1km trail run was won by Gareth
Marquiss and Eleanor Glaum respectively.
Racing was tight at the front of the 40km mountain bike race with
Leeroy Emslie claiming the honours in a sprint finish ahead of
Hilton Frost with Mark Malherbe just a few seconds back in third
place. Kimberley le Court de Billot was a worthy winner of the
women's race. Matthew Ellis and Bronwyn Brigg led home the 20km
Fun and games ended the day with the Varsity College Games
Challenge which involved teams of six competing over various
obstacles and games, including the mechanical bull courtesy of host
campus the Westville Cowboys.
The third and final event takes place at Albert Falls Dam on
Sunday 19th August.
RESULTS IN BRIEF:
MultiX Long, Men overall: D Carleton 1h26.52, R Baxter
1h34.37, B Wayne Kilian 1h34.44 Women overall: S
Gray 1h52.42, L Puddu 2h00.40, K Thomson 2h04.14.
Multisport Long, Men overall: A Birkett 1h36.48,
E Zondi 1h38.40, T Hellens 1h38.41. Women: B Haw
2h10.28, C Blakeney 2h13.14, A Scheepers 2h26.03.
MultiX Short, Men overall: G Marquiss 49.55, D
Marquiss 52.13, S Wilmans 1h01.43. Women overall:
E Glaum 1h14.03, T Meier 1h16.02, H Muir 1h20.03.
Multisport Short, Men overall: B le Roux 1h08.45,
B Sharp 1h12.45, Emmanual 1h14.50. Women: J Peek
MTB 40km, Men: L Emslie 1h42.50, H Frost 1h42.51,
M Malherbe 1h43.07. Women: K le Court de Billot
2h22.08, K Marshall 2h37.24, G Ryan 2h40.35.
MTB 20km, Men: M Ellis 1h03.47.
Women: B Brigg 1h29.25
Trail Run, 12.5km - Men overall: S Mkhasile
47.55, J Ntuli 48.23, D Wassenfall 50.48. Women
overall: A Loizou 1h00.09, N Zaloumis 1h01.47, J Bomford
Trail Run 5km, Men: M Cooper
25.48. Women: P Dammann 30.47.