Give­more won’t give an inch

Cape Argus - - SPORT - STEPHEN GRANGER

GIVE­MORE MUDZINGANYAMA and Edwin Se­sipi, have held sway in the San­lam Cape Town Peace Trail 22km race since its in­cep­tion in 2014 and the Jo­han­nes­burg-based pair will be look­ing to keep it that way in to­mor­row’s trail ac­tion.

A pre­lude to Sun­day’s marathon road ac­tion, the 22km and 12km races over the tra­di­tional routes on Lion’s Head and Sig­nal Hill in the off-road dis­ci­pline have again at­tracted top fields. Some­what less tech­ni­cal than some of the Cape’s tougher trail chal­lenges, the Peace Trails have at­tracted sev­eral top road ath­letes over the years. When Mudzinganyama, nar­rowly lost out to ex­pe­ri­enced trail ath­lete, Lucky Miya, in 2014, the 25 year old could boast lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence of trail, but he bounced back to take line hon­ours ahead of fel­low ‘roadie’, Se­sipi, the fol­low­ing year.

By spring of 2016 the Jo­han­nes­burg friends, who had teamed up for trail ac­tion in the three day African X Trail­run at Houwhoek for the pre­vi­ous two years, had learnt the trail ropes and again dom­i­nated last year’s run, with Se­sipi turn­ing the ta­bles on his team­mate, win­ning by 22 sec­onds. Se­sipi will start favourite to de­fend his ti­tle ahead of Mudzinganyama and the ex­pe­ri­enced Gaut­eng trail ath­letes, Miya and Tha­bang Madiba, with the younger An­dre Afrika and Ray­don Balie the most likely Cape run­ners to chal­lenge. Fourth year Stel­len­bosch med­i­cal stu­dent, An­na­mart Laub­scher, sur­prised the more favoured Landie Greyling, Meg Macken­zie and Kerry-Anne Mar­shall to take line hon­ours last year. To­mor­row a Laub­scher vic­tory, even in the ab­sence of these three trail starts, will sur­prise no one.

The Matie has proved her­self one of the most tal­ented trail ath­letes in the coun­try and can be ex­pected to have the edge over triath­letes Vicky van der Merwe and Carla van Huys­teen .

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