Rhino Peak Challenge out to break more ground in 2018
Underberg – When the world celebrates World Rhino Day on 22 September, a
group of elite athletes and people of influence will raise money for the
conservation of rhino and other endangered species by taking on the
annual run and hike up the iconic Rhino Peak in the Southern
This year ten elite athletes will take on the challenge and will use
their wide reaching influence to attract pledges from the general public
as they try to raise as much money as possible in aid of the rhino and
the Bearded Vulture, which inhabits the Rhino Peak itself as well as
large parts of the Drakensberg.
Amongst the elite athletes are the likes of Rory Scheffer, who is an
athlete with conservation particularly close to his heart, looking to
chase the Fastest Known Time that was set by Kane Reilly in 2017 – a
record that he held in 2016.
There will be a number of newcomers to the 2018 event with the likes of
local Phillip Shezi, who is a multiple Comrades Marathon medallist,
former SA Long Course Trail Champion Johardt van Heerden, UCT student
Robert Rorich and Gijima Trust athlete Mlungisi Mzibuko.
From a ladies perspective, Toni McCann, Noami Brandt and Linda Doke will
be taking on the challenge. All three have impressive records with
McCann winning the Sundowner Run, part of the Ultra-Trail Drakensberg.
Doke’s record includes victories in five of the six 100 Milers that she
has taken part in as well as being the mixed record holder, with Ryno
Griesel, for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse.
Brand’s pedigree is equally impressive with the West Coast star claiming
the women’s titles in both the Karkloof and Addo 100 Miler races in
2017. She also represented South Africa in the Trail World Championships
There is a wide ranging group of influential people that have been
selected for this year’s event. From sports related people to
adventurers, conservationists and celebrities the event will be hoping
to better the 2016 record of R320 000, and aiming at a goal of R500 000.
One of the most high-profile names taking part this year is famous
adventurer Sibusiso Vilane. Vilane has an incredible resumé which
includes, amongst many other things, being the first black person to
scale all seven summits - as well as twice summiting Mount Everest.
Included in the people of influence are international rugby referee and
well know event organiser Stuart Berry, KAP sani2c founder Glen Haw, who
will be back for his third RPC, as well as current Mrs South Africa and
adventure enthusiast Nicole Capper.
There will be a number of influential conservationists taking part
including Operations and Co-Ordinations Manager for Ezemvelo KZN
Wildlife Nkosinathi Ntoyi, Co-Founder and Chairman of Wildlife ACT Johan
Maree, Veterinarian and Head of Clinical Development and Regulatory
Affairs, Bayer Animal Health Dr Clinton Austin and Jacques Flamand from
the World Wildlife Fund.
This year will see the introduction of a team from Rhino Africa. Rhino
Africa provides tailor-made tour packages for people in Africa. They
will field a five-person team to take on the challenge.
Anyone interested in making a pledge to support any of these athletes
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