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AJ Calitz setting his record 12 laps in 2013. photo Trevor Wilkins

Defying gravity and fatigue at Platteklip Charity Challenge

This Saturday, Table Mountain’s Platteklip Gorge will see trains of runners attempting multiple ascents of the 800 double-size steps at the annual K-Way Platteklip Charity Challenge. The participants have around 11 hours, from sunrise to sunset, to get in as many laps as possible; a thigh-busting challenge that has been dominated in recent years by K-Way athlete AJ Calitz.   Calitz first took on the Challenge in 2012. He won and set a new course […]

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Shortened Cycle Tour with Cape Town ablaze

For the last four days the beautiful Southern Peninsula, that the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour traditionally passes through, has been on fire. It’s been devastating. Fire fighters have worked day and night battling the flames in sweltering heat as experienced pilots fly choppers to drop buckets of water on the flames.  Emergency teams, paramedics, health officials and disaster experts have gone the extra mile, saving lives and preventing homes from burning down. It’s been […]

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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 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. 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 […]

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Records set to fall at 2014 Otter Trail Run

Local and international trail legends tackle the Grail of Trail The evening of Thursday 4 September was the launch of the 2014 edition of the Otter Trail Run, the most prestigious one-day trail running event on the African continent. The launch, hosted at the Two Oceans aquarium in Cape Town, set the stage for what is widely referred to as “The Grail of Trail” taking place later this month. The Otter takes place backdrop of […]

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Stellenbosch trails benefit from fundraising

Tale behind the trail Venue to challenging events such as the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge, Stellenbosch’s extensive mountain trail network is a result of the passion of a few, yet is enjoyed by thousands. When the 2011 fires devastated the existing trails in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, a small group of Stellenbosch individuals initiated a project to restore, maintain and extend the trails across these magnificent mountains.  To do so, they needed an expert trail builder and […]

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Life lessons from inspired 81-year-old Stewart Banner

The only time some of us get to see our grandparents is at some boring old Christmas party down at the coast when the whole family is forced to be together. However, this is not the case with the Banner family. You see, the Banner family had a get-together this weekend, not just any garden variety family gathering but rather a triathlon relay gathering. What made it remarkable was that the grandparent was leading the […]

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Gomez wins second ITU World Triathlon in Cape Town

Javier Gomez Noya’s quest to become the second man to win four ITU World Championships gained strength in Cape Town, as he comfortably beat Jonathan Brownlee for his second consecutive ITU World Triathlon Series win in 2014. It was another auspicious moment in triathlon history, as the Series made its debut in Africa. If that was impressive, it was only slightly more so than South Africa’s Richard Murray performance, who ran the fastest run split […]

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Stimpson wins Africa debut, Sanders fourteenth

Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson asserted her status as the female triathlete to beat in 2014, collecting her second consecutive World Triathlon Series win as the series made its debut in Africa on Saturday. Stimpson and Jenkins, Jenkins and Stimpson. The two Brits prepare to open the throttles to full taps. photo Chris Hitchcock After being part of a 12-strong lead group on the bike that left T2 just over two minutes up on the chase, […]

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Dark horse Richard Murray eyes Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town apple cart

The big question in triathlon this weekend is: Will it be another 1-2 for Javier Gomez (ESP) and Jonathan Brownlee (UK) or will the South African favourite Richard Murray upset the apple cart at Sunday’s Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town? Sunday’s action over the 1 500m harbour swim, 40km beach side bike and 10km run starts and finishes at the V&A Waterfront. The Cape Town race is the second event in the ITU World Triathlon […]

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Eksteen and van Huyssteen win Impi Challenge Cape Town

The air was electric at Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park (Stellenbosch) on Saturday 5 April 2014 when the best of the best gathered to take on the much anticipated IMPI Elite Race.  IMPI Gauteng winners, Claude Eksteen (North Beach, KZN) and Carla Van Huyssteen (Pietermaritsburg) claimed victory in the men’s and women’s IMPI Elite Race in impressive times of 01hour47minutes50seconds and 02hours05minutes25seconds respectively. “Today was awesome,” said a very happy Eksteen.  “IMPI Cape […]

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