23-24 place, Mary Tsikinyane and Dominic Cullinan at 11.50.30, then the remaining 5 including sweep at 11.50.30 – Samuel van Dyk, Ad Cole, Rob Dijkhuis, Sharon Saylor and Roland van der Merwe. All in safe, long but good day out!!
28km day 2 of the Lesotho Wildrun started in perfect clear fresh weather!
Gerry Beukes & Steve Black set a blistering pace out front on technical mountain single track & crossing the Maletsunyane at 15.8km in 2hrs. They topped out on the big 500m climb out of the Maletsunyane gorge and checked in at CP1 (18.4km) in 02:47. Andrew Lowdres was cooking in third, 4min behind the leading pair at CP2, 23km. Game was on! With 10km to go the 2011 record of 03:47 set by Allan Benn was being chased with guns blazing!! Leander Opperman was 4th runner in at CP2, just in front of Bruce Shepard in 5th, with 6km to go.
Gerry Beukes & Steve Black won 28km day 2 in 3:59! Allan Benn’s record is safe for another year!
Second place was scooped up by Andrew Lowndes in 04.06.35 and third Leander Opperman came in in 04.08.41. Bruce Sheperd came fourth in 04.11.23. Runners 6, 7 and 8 sharedt the 5th spot in 04.30.27 – Stephen Cunliffe, Guy Jennings and Stephen Kriel.
First lady in today was once again Chantel Nienaber, in a time of 05.03.37.
Next two ladies in were Erik Hallendorff and Belinda van der Riet in, at 05.19.28. Deon Vermeulen, Dominic Cullinan, Boeta van Tonder and Rob Peters came in at 06.12.47. 15 runners in! Madelein Barnard and Thys Nel finished in a time of 06.25.16 looking strong and happy!
Jane MacKinnon was the 18th runner in, in 06.36.58. Angus Tanner came in next with 06.50.45 and next up was Japhet Mudau and Bongani Sokudela in 07.08.51. Retha and Theo Janse van Rensburg was in at 07.13.01.
Last Wildrunners crossed the finish in 9hrs21min. Because it’s just so magnificent out there, you just want to stay out! 40km day 3 looms large tomorrow!