AJ Calitz and Landie Greyling retain LionHeart titles

It took gargantuan efforts from defending 2013 champions AJ Calitz and Landie Greyling to retain their Red Bull LionHeart titles but they did it, in Cape Town’s infamously temperamental weather. This time, competitors had to battle 30km/h winds although they could enjoy sunshine at the same time.

AJ Calitz took his third Red Bull LionHeart title with a new record of under 26 minutes. photo Craig Kolesky / Nikon / Red Bull Content Pool

AJ Calitz took his third Red Bull LionHeart title with a new record of under 26 minutes. photo Craig Kolesky / Nikon / Red Bull Content Pool

Some of the country’s top trail running talent gathered on Cape Town’s Lion’s Head to compete in the third edition of Red Bull LionHeart. After making their way 4.4km in total on their way up and down the course on the mountain multiple times, it was AJ Calitz and Landie Greyling who tamed the Lion and once again took top honours.

It was a close race in the men’s Elite category with AJ Calitz fighting off Thabang Madiba in the final and winning in a time of 25:54 – breaking his own record from last year.  Thabang completed the race just 20 seconds behind him in 26:15.

Calitz, three-time winner and record holder, remarked: “Red Bull LionHeart is one of my favourite races of the year and I really wanted to defend my title. I went up really strong on the climb. Running up against the wind, I knew I didn’t want Thabang in my shadow so I decided to break away against the wind and it paid off. You’ve got to back yourself on the climb.”

Female winner Landie Greyling also retained her title.

Landie Greyling looked comfortable over the rocky sections, to retain her Red Bull LionHeart title.

Landie Greyling looked comfortable over the rocky sections, on her way to retaining her Red Bull LionHeart title. photo Craig Kolesky / Nikon / Red Bull Content Pool

“I just love running on Lion’s Head and Red Bull LionHeart is such a fun race to be part of. I’ve got a big race next week but decided I still wanted to give it a go so I just made sure I went hard on the ups and took it easy on the downs. Although it was super windy out there, it turned out to be a nice day and a really super run for me.”

2014 saw the introduction of the Red Bull LionHeart segment on Strava – a free-for-download app available on iTunes for iPhone and Playstore for Android users. Keen trail runners were encourage to test themselves on the 3,7km segment route around the base of Lion’s Head in order to qualify for the main event.

The top 22 men and top 11 women on the Red Bull LionHeart segment leaderboard on Strava received entry into the Elite Category. Also new in 2014 was the introduction of an intermediate category consisted of men placing in positions 23-54 and women placing in positions 12-27 on the Strava leaderboard.

The Red Bull LionHeart segment remains on Strava for all trail running aficionados to test their prowess on Lion’s Head.

Red Bull LionHeart is proudly partnered with SANParks and Salomon.

Results

For full results visit trailtag.co.za

Men’s Elite

  1. AJ Calitz 25:54
  2. Thabang Madiba 26:15
  3. Martin Kleynhans 29:39
  4. Ben Brimble 30:37

Women’s Elite

  1. Landie Greyling 33:58 2
  2. Megan Leslie 34:27
  3. Amy Burton 36:20
  4. Allie Townsend 37:22

Men’s Intermediate

  1. Damien Shumann 32:00
  2. Matthew Henshall 32:52
  3. Anthony Cave 32:59
  4. Maghiel Van Dorssen 33:22

Women’s Intermediate

  1. Lindsay Sullivan 44:07
  2. Nicole Van Wyk 45:05
  3. Kylie Janse Van Vuuren 46:00
  4. Mikhayla Bader 47:00

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