KZNTR The Bushmans Trail Apr19 - Bushveld Beauty

Bushman’s Trail Run 2019 Post Event Wrap-up

The third edition of the Bushmen’s Trail Run started off with the skies pouring down. This did not deter the enthusiasm of participants who slowly made their way to the stunning Wagendrift Dam in Estcourt. The event has steadily grown over its three year history with a record number of entrants this year.

The first day saw runners traverse through breath-taking trails of the bushveld, the courses were not going to be easy as muddy paths were sure to be found. The three distances on offer – 20km, 10km and 5km were tackled by an array of runners. Day 2 brought pleasant conditions to runners, with the earliest start by the 30km participants. Again, the journey was not going to be without its challenges and runners returned with muddied selves – proof of the rains that passed.

The top three males and females of the various distances for day 1 and day 2 at Bushmen’s Trail Run 2019:

Day 1

5 km

10 km

Men

Ladies

Men

Ladies

  1. Lindokuhle Gcwensa        24:20  
  2. Sfundo Mthethwa               24:22
  3. Mxolisi Mdladla                    26:07
  1. Sisanda Sikhakhane        27:11   
  2. Lusanda Luthuli                 27:47
  3. Lusanda Gumede            29:55
  1. Qiniso Nala                           37:28
  2. Tray Wade                            39:40
  3. Bheki Mkhize                       39:52
  1. Steph Wortmann           51:59 
  2. Lauren Day                       53:34
  3. Cindy Marquiss               56:14 

20 km

Men

Ladies

  1. Lonwabo Magwa            1:32:34
  2. Travers Pellew                  1:33:12
  3. Shane Jacklin                   1:38:07
  1. Shea Karssing                    2:04:20
  2. Paula Heuff                          2:09:26
  3. Kirsty Allen                           2:11:18

Day 2

5 km

10 km

Men

Ladies

Men

Ladies

  1. Kyle Voights                   30:02
  2. Gavin Payne                  32:12
  3. Aiden Oliver                   37:13
  1. Steph Wortmann           28:02
  2. Erika Barnes                    39:15
  3. Marike van Niekerk       40:01
  1. Shuan Griffin                 52:23
  2. Michael Lumb               56:13
  3. Grant Waters                57:38
  1. Victoria Coetzee           1:03:25
  2. Lindsay Du Plessis       1:04:53
  3. Natacha Smith              1:09:10

20 km

30 km

Men

Ladies

Men

Ladies

  1. Warrick Mac Nicol     1:35:33
  2. Lester Day                    2:01:53
  3. Jaco Strachan           2:03:03
  1. Bibi Bassa                       2:00:51
  2. Lauren Day                     2:03:38
  3. Julia Coppinger            2:24:06
  1. Werner Claasen         2:35:59
  2. Joshua Chambers    2:41:22
  3. James Kelly                  2:43:28
  1. Meryl Cooper                    2:47:21
  2. Melanie van Rooyan      3:08:45
  3. Shea Karssing                  3:32:45

The Bushman's Trail

50 km

Men

Ladies

  1. James Kelly                  4:23:22
  2. Steven Yates                4:27:47
  3. David Wilson                4:34:09
  1. Shea Karssing                    5:37:06
  2. Paula Heuff                          5:42:54
  3. Kirsty Allen                           5:58:37

Live music by Alex Licen and Matt Gardiner kept the crowd entertained, while dam-side pilates by Christine helped runners stretch out before tackling day 2. With plenty of hearty food options and craft beverages, the race village continued to fill up through to the evening.

The Bushman’s Trail Run is a proud Collaboration between KZN Trail Running and Estcourt Athletics Club, whose combined efforts together with the support of local companies such as Eskort – Life’s Delicious, have made this event a success year on year. The magic of these trails and the relaxed atmosphere continues to draw participants and spectators to Estcourt for a weekend of authentic trails and family fun.

Full results of this weekend’s events are available here: https://kzntrailrunning.co.za/results-page-2019/

Photograph Credits: Gareth Roberts Photography, 369 Communications.

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