Just under 600 trail running enthusiasts gathered at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club on Sunday, 21 February 2016 to partake in the splendour of the 2016 PUMA Trail Run. Forming part of the action of South Africa’s largest off road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA, the PUMA Trail Run incorporated the XTERRA trail run routes. Runners could choose between a 6km and 12km route that encapsulated the true beauty of Grabouw.
South African 10km Road Champion, Elroy Galant was unstoppable in the men’s 12km PUMA Trail Run claiming gold in an impressive time of 46 minutes 14 seconds. Galant says: ‘I was in Cape Town this week for a product launch. I heard about the PUMA Trail Run and thought that it would be great cross training for me. The route was really beautiful and a nice change from road running. I would definitely like to come back next year.’ Dominik Wychera of Austria came in second, while Rohan Kennedy finished third.
Austrian, Sandra Koblmuller claimed gold in the 12km PUMA Trail Run in a well-deserved time of 53 minutes 10 seconds. Leilani Scheffer came in second, while Alexia Loizou finished third. Christopher Nortjie secured the top spot on the podium in the men’s 6km PUMA Trail Run in an impressive time of 31 minutes 34 seconds.
Johan Pringley came in second, while Tainn Gordon finished third. Rosemary Jonck was the lady to beat in the 6km PUMA Trail Run, claiming victory in 35 minutes 11 seconds. Marishka Du Plessis came in second, while Franselle Rossouw finished third.
Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg