Published by Raoul on May 6th, 2011, No Comments
Pure Planet Racing lined up at the start on a overcast, still morning today as they readied themselves to take on the 3-day AfricanX Trail Run. AfricanX is South Africa’s premier trail running stage event, hosted by Stillwater Sports. The event involves teams of two tackling some demanding technical and fast trail running in and around Kleinmond in the Western Cape. The terrain varies from beach running to spectacular hidden single track, interlinked with a variety of running surfaces including jeep tracks and even the odd stretch of hard pack roads. The route traverses the incredibly beautiful Kogelberg Biosphere, a real example of Mother Nature’s diversity and “awesomeness”.
The distances for each of the days is 24, 41 and 22kms respectively, with a total vertical ascent of 2,188 metres. Pure Planet Racing has two teams in the event this year. Pure Planet Racing 1 consists of our permanent team member Raoul de Jongh, who is partnered with Katya Soggot, one of SA’s best female trail runners. Today, Raoul and Katya showed they were serious contenders for the overall win in the mixed category. They fought a close tussle with the legendary multisport pairing of Ian and Sue Don-Wauchope and narrowly took 2nd by 2 minutes. Tomorrow’s marathon distance will, however, surely be the decisive day. Pure Planet Racing 2 consists of regular multisport athlete and Fairbairn Private Bank staff member Guy Veysey, who is running with top SA Ironman athlete Robyn Woodward. A slightly injured Guy chased an incredibly powerful Robyn today to claim a 5th place finish, with the total gap between 3rd and 5th placed teams being less than 5 minutes.
Exciting racing lies ahead for the next 2 days - you can follow the action on Twittter @teampureplanet. We feel privleged to be involved in this event that really epitomises what Pure PLanet is all about – loving the planet on which we compete.