Rhino Peak Challenge Media Service

 No: RPC1905

03 Oct 2019

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Written By: Nick Tatham


All set for 2019 Rhino Peak Challenge

Underberg – With the early week’s snow falls melting on the Southern Drakensberg a large group of elite trail runners, everyday heroes and influential people are set to take on the 2019 Rhino Peak Challenge on Saturday to raise money and awareness for endangered species conservation.

This year will be the fifth edition of the 21km trek to the summit of the iconic Rhino Peak, a project that has so far raised over a million Rand for rhino conservation as well for the conservation of the endangered species that live in the Southern Drakensberg like the Bearded Vulture and the various crane species.

This year the stellar list of elite athletes taking part includes Toni McCann, Kane Reilly, Johardt van Heerden and current Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg champion Naomi Brand.

The Fastest Known Times (FKT) up the Rhino Peak is two hours twenty minutes for the men’s record, which is currently held by Kane Reilly and England’s Holly Page holds the women’s FKT of two hours and forty five minutes.

The beauty of the Rhino Peak Challenge is that it is not a race with all participants there to try and raise as much money as possible for conservation; however some of the elite athletes will be eyeing the prestige of resetting the FKT.

Amongst the Everyday Heroes taking part in this year’s race will be the likes of adventure enthusiast Matt Dove, former professional cyclist Altie Clark, cook and owner of Chéz Fong pop-up kitchen Su-yen Thornhill to name a few.

Thornhill has been very involved in gaining pledges for the event and currently has raised over R73 000 on her own.

There are also eleven influential people that will be taking up the challenge this year.

One of the significant people of influence is Managing Director of Millhouse Group Andre Redinger. Redinger has committed that, for every person that pledges for him, he will feed a child for seven years through the nutritional programmes that he runs.

CEO of the Wildlife Trust Yolan Friedmann will also be taking up the challenge along with a number of other influential people.

There will also be six teams amongst the entrants this year. A team from the apparel brand The North Face, The Giant’s Cup, Skylo, Powering Change and Rhino Africa.

Probably the most significant team is the Salomon team. A competition was run in the lead up to the event where people went into a draw to run the Rhino Peak Challenge with internationally renowned runner Ryan Sandes.

Winner, and Underberg local, Andrew van Rensberg will join Sandes for the 21km run this Saturday.

For more information go to www.rhinopeakchallenge.co.za

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Toni McCann, fastest lady at the 2018 Rhino Peak Challenge, will be back in 2019, however due to hectic racing schedule will not be eyeing the fastest known time but will rather be focusing all her efforts in raising as much money as possible at the event on Saturday. Chantelle Melzer
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Naomi Brand will be back for another crack at the 2020 Rhino Peak Challange in the Southern Drakensberg on Saturday. Anthony Grote/
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With the Fastest Known Time to his name, Kane Reilly could be out to try and better than this weekend at the fifth edition of the Rhino Peak Challenge in the Southern Drakensberg on Saturday. Greg Labuschagne/
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