Rhino Peak Challenge ready to give back
Underberg Ė The 2018 edition of the Rhino Peak Challenge, taking place
on World Rhino Day Ė 22 September, will see 20 elite adventure athletes
and people of influence take on the iconic Rhino Peak in the Southern
Drakensberg to raise funds for endangered species around South Africa.
The event, which is into its fourth year this year, follows a unique
format in that all those participating are responsible for getting
pledges to support their fund raising efforts. From these pledges the
participants set themselves a goal time and however many minutes they
finish inside their goal time, those are multiplied by the initial
Although the RPC is set up as a race for the elite athletes who will be
hoping that they can beat the Fastest Known Time, which currently sits
at two hours and twenty minutes. However with some tough weather
conditions predicted for Saturday the FKT might be a step too far.
Rory Scheffer returns for another edition of the race having taken part
in the last two RPCís. He is also joined by multiple RPC finisher
Johardt van Heerden, former holder of the FKT until Kane Reilly beat his
time last year.
Amongst the newcomers to 2018ís race are Drakensberg residents Philip
Shezi and Mlungisi Mazibuko, Kwenza Ngubane from Greytown, and
Capetonians Robert Rorich and Lucas Adams.
From a ladies perspective the two that will be fighting it out for the
ladies race win will be Naomi Brand from Velddrif on the West Coast and
Durbanís Toni McCann.
The pair both have impressive running credentials and it will be an
exciting race between the two to the top of the Rhino Peak and back
The other half of the event is made up of people of influence. Amongst
them are a number of conservationists, adventurers and event organisers
who have all used their influence to get as many pledges as possible.
Amongst the people of influence are renowned adventurer Sibusiso Vilane,
international rugby referee and event organiser Stu Berry, KAP sani2c
founder Glen Haw and current Mrs South Africa Nicole Capper.
From an environmentalist perspective Nkosinathi Ntoyi, Dr Jacques
Flamand, Nunu Jobe, Dr Clinton Austin and Brent Coverdale will all be
Whitewater kayaking star Shane Raw is also amongst the people of
influence taking part in the event as well as co-founder and Chairman of
Wildlife ACT Johan Maree.
There will also be a team from Rhino Africa Safariís taking part. The
five-person team will be coming from Cape Town to take on a challenge
that none of them have done before.
Anyone interested in making a pledge to support any of these athletes