Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival Media Release

 No: kc2110

9 Oct 2021

Embargo : None

Written by : Dave Macleod


Marais wins maiden Karkloof title

Karkloof - In a win for the locals, Howick’s own Stuart Marais won his maiden Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival 45km marathon title while Rouxda Grobler took home the women’s honours on Sunday.

With overnight rain in the Karkloof conditions were slick but the pace of the racing at the front was hot as defending champion Brendan van Eeden set the early pace.

Karkloof is set as one of the most prestigious one day marathon races in the country and with its rich history and long list of prominent winners; the Team TypeDev NanoTime rider was over the moon to have won the title.

“I’ve been trying to win this race ever since I started racing competitively,” Marais said. “To finally win after ten years of trying is awesome especially after finishing in every other spot on the podium.

“I’ve finished from fourth to second, I’ve fractured my shoulder here, there’ve been a lot of memories and to finally get this win – I’m so stoked.”

Marais expected conditions to be more difficult given the overnight rain; however things didn’t pan out like that in a race that was full gas from the gun.

“When I lay in bed last night and heard the rain I thought we were going to have a serious day today.

“It wasn’t as muddy as I thought but it was slick! And the pace was quick from the start with Brendan (Van Eeden) at the front setting a fast pace.

“I managed to get to the front on one of the first climbs and I got a slight gap.

“I also knew that with the trails as slick as what they are you were going to make time on the climbs and not on the down hills so I hit the climbs as hard as I could and just made sure I didn’t have any issues on the down hills.”

Van Eeden couldn’t defend his title from last year but finished just under a minute behind Marais in second while it was Michael Foster who rounded out the podium in the overall race.

In the women’s race it was Rouxda Grobler who was the strongest rider on the day as she dominated the field to win by two minutes over Hayley Smith with Karyn Southgate finishing in third.

Grobler got herself in the lead early on in the piece and didn’t look back from there as she powered her way to victory.

“I didn’t have a very good start but I managed to get away on the first climb and stuck with the leaders in B Batch,” Grobler said.

“Unfortunately I lost touch with them when I had a slight problem but it was fine and I really enjoyed myself out there today.

“The single track was pretty slippery but it was a lot of fun!”

The highly competitive 20km half marathon produced some exciting racing with sub junior Seth Aszalos taking the overall honours ahead of the first sub junior girl in Errin Mackridge who finished in second place.

Joshua Johnson was third while Madison Bateson was the second girl across the line with Jodi Mackinnon third.

Earlier in the morning it was the chance for the trail runners to take on the famous Karkloof trails and Ayanda Ngcobo was the strongest runner in the 21km race finishing just ahead of his Merchants Change a Life Academy team mate Thobani Nzuza

Nomore Mandivengerei was the third fastest over the 21km, finishing thirty seconds behind second placed Nzuza.

Nokhukhanya Memela was the fastest women runner when she coasted home in eighth place overall and nearly four minutes ahead of Sarah Gray who finished in second while Sarah Dancer rounded out the podium.

In the 9km trail run it was Bongani Hlongwane who just pipped Thulano Shakhane to first place while Kai Broom ended in third place.

Jolene Els was the winner of the women’s 9km trail run ahead of Diane Hope in second and young Hana Newlands in third.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS - Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival

45km Marathon
Overall
1. Stuart Marais 1:53:23
2. Brendan van Eeden 1:54:05
3. Michael Foster 1:54:28
4. Matthew Scott 1:54:35
5. Tyronne White 1:58:30
6. Justin Swanepoel 2:00:04
7. Unathi Nxumalo 2:01:23
8. Andries Nigrini 2:02:34
9. Travis Walker 2:05:08
10. Jason Miller 2:05:29

Women
1. Rouxda Grobler 2:21:28
2. Hayley Smith 2:23:29
3. Karyn Southgate 2:40:47
4. Emily van Heerden 2:41:38
5. Sanchia Malan 2:45:45

20km Half Marathon
Overall
1. Seth Aszalos 47:54
2. Errin Mackridge 48:31
3. Joshua Johnson 51:51
4. Mitchell Bryan Boik 52:55
5. Joshua Paul 53:02

Women
1. Errin Mackridge 48:31
2. Madison Bateson 53:41
3. Jodi Mackinnon 53:44
4. Sophie Bircher 1:07:48
5. Debbie Smith 1:12:36

9km Trail Run
Overall
1. Bongani Hlongwane 37:39
2. Thulani Skhakhane 37:43
3. Kai Broom 38:52
4. Charli Mlotshwa 38:57
5. Khanyisani nzimande 43:46

Women
1. Jolene Els 53:35
2. Diane Hope 55:11
3. Hana Newlands 57:17
4. Danielle McCormick 57:29
5. Khany Singh 58:17

21km Trail Run
Overall
1. Ayanda Ngcobo 1:29:51
2. Thobani Nzuza 1:29:57
3. Nomore Mandivengerei 1:30:24
4. Mthokozisi Xulu 1:36:24
5. Hlelani Radebe 1:41:00

Women
1. Nokukhanya Memela 1:56:50
2. Sarah Gray 2:00:29
3. Sarah Dancer 2:08:54
4. Alison Wasserfall 2:13:06
5. Lauren Keenan 2:15:47

More info can be found at https://www.karkloofclub.co.za/events/sappi-karkloof-classic-trail-festival-2021/

Sunday, 10 October
07h30 - 21km Trail Run
07h50 - 9km Trail Run
08h00 - 45km MTB
08h30 - 20km MTB

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Following a decade of trying, Team TypeDev NanoTime rider Stuart Marais finally won the 45km marathon at the 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on Sunday.

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It was a dominant performance from Drive Train Academy's Rouxda Grobler who won the women's 45km marathon race at the 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on Sunday.

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Young Jason Miller negotiates the exciting single track during the 45km marathon at the 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on Sunday.

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There were smiles all around as riders enjoyed pristine conditions at the 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on Sunday.

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Katherine Meyer sets off on her 21km trail run at the 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on Sunday.

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Young Kai Broom (front) leads Raymond Radebe (back) through the single track during the 9km trail run at the 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on Sunday.

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