RUNNING SENSATION THABANG TOPS AGAIN AT 4 PEAKS
22 September 2019
Thabang Madiba continued his domination at the 2019 Trappers 4 Peaks Mountain Challenge presented by Bloemfontein Courant by once again claiming top spot for the 3rd year in a row, with another sprint finish.
As the current record holder for both the “forward” and “reverse” routes, Thabang finished in a time of 2hrs55min09sec, followed very closely by previous course winner, Lucky Miya in a time of 2hrs55min10sec and Simon Tshabalala in 3rd place in 2hrs58min48sec.
“4 Peaks has become a tradition for us to do and it was so fantastic to be able to run it all the way to the end with my good friend Lucky. I really don’t like racing him as he is more of a brother to me, but someone has to win it,” says Thabang with a smile.
The ladies race was won by last year’s 2nd place runner, Tara-Lea van Zyl, in a time of 4hrs16min34sec, with Martie Botes in second place in a time of 4hrs19min36sec and Meghan West taking 3rd place in a time of 4hrs32min16sec.
“4 Peaks in my opinion is the toughest mountain races in South Africa, despite it only being 24km, and with it being so dry the last few months it made the going even more brutal this year,” says Tara-Lea. “I had a great race with a bit of tumbling and bundu-bashing and managed to finish with my best result to date of 12th overall and first lady. The heat today definitely played a bit role in the slower times today, but it still is one of the best races South Africa has to offer.”
Dubbed as the toughest 24km trail race in South Africa with a vertical accent of over 1800m, the race takes place on the picturesque Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve. The terrain is definitely not for the faint of heart and good preparation is a must. Four very distinctive peaks make up the race as one circle around the Moolmanshoek valley. The route is not marked but is very easy to traverse with marshals and very clear signage at key places. There are some very steep sections along the route that need to be navigated with the two toughest places being behind Jakobsberg and Visierskerf.
4 Peaks is a completely unsupported race, meaning that all athletes will need to carry everything they will need for the race on their person.
For more information on the race and to find out how you can enter next year’s event, visit http://4peaks.co.za/.
Race organisers confirmed with great sadness that they have had a tragedy at the race and have sadly lost an athlete on the course.
The gentleman collapsed on the route only 1km from the finish line. Medics were immediately dispatched, and treatment was administered, unfortunately they were not able to stabilise him, and he passed away.
“At this stage it is too soon to tell what happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. We are assisting the family with everything that needs to be done and unfortunately cannot release the name of the athlete until all of his family have been properly informed.”
Pic Credit – Craig Kolesky Photography
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