STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure Media Release

 No. sharks1607

4 Dec 2016

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 Written by: Kyle Gilham


Cyclists & runners unwind at serene, summery STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure

Shongweni – Idyllic weather, a spectacular setting, pristine views and a magical festive season atmosphere complimented the red-hot action that the record field enjoyed out on the trails as the 2016 STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate in Shongweni made for a memorable day for all in attendance.

Up front, Andrew Hill and Debrah Thomas together with Nomore Mandivengerei and Zoe Papadakis claimed the men’s and women’s titles in the event’s feature races, the 40km mountain bike race and 18km trail run, respectively while further back in the field it was smiles aplenty.

Having won the event’s first three MTB titles from 2012-2014, TIB Insurance’s Hill of Hillcrest overcame the off-season challenges to make clinch his fourth crown in five years in his own back yard.

“Today was one of those days where everything was just perfect!” enthused Hill afterwards. “I think going from base training to high intensity race mode meant the body experienced a bit of shock but otherwise it was just such a wonderful ride and a great event!”

“Conditions were just perfect regardless of whether you where cycling or running, STIHL were great sponsors, the farmers market and live music made for such a special atmosphere and it was great to be able to ride some local trails.

“It’s no wonder that many guys – and girls for that matter – are seen enjoying a couple of beers in the shade of the beautiful trees after their races, because that what this time of year is all about – embracing the chilled, relaxed environment that is created here at the Sharks Trail Adventure where everyone is able to start enjoying some December down time!”

Hill charged home ahead of Computershare Change a Life Academy’s ecstatic Mboneni Ngcobo while fittingly former Sharks rugby player, Jeremy Thomson (Thule/PYGA Industries) raced home to finish on the bottom step of the podium.

The women’s race – void of many of the province’s top elite racers – saw some of KZN’s hardy annuals enjoy their share of the limelight as Debrah Thomas finished nearly five minutes ahead of Linda Maphanga and Linda Potts.

In the 20km MTB clash, emerging talents Nkululeko Pewa raced home ahead of Mntomuhle Mgeyane and Nicholas de Bruin in the men’s contest while young stars Sarah Ryan, Hannah Elliott and Riley Smith made it a one-two-three for ROAG Racing.

The day’s proceedings got underway in a cloud of trail running action as the 18km and 9km competitors took to the Shongweni region’s spectacular trails and soaked up the magnificent views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

In the men’s encounter, Old Mutual running team member Nomore Mandivengerei of Zimbabwe made a late charge to edge out Maxed Elite athlete, Kwenza Ngubane while Jonathan Edwards finished third.

Pietermaritzburg based Mandivengerei started slowly but worked his way to the front of the field by the halfway stage and then put in a late charge with just 500m to go to clinch the honours, his second victory of the weekend.

“Yesterday I ran the KZN Trail Running 22km race at Hilton College where I came first and now today I came first as well, so I’m very happy!” said Mandivengerei who used the weekend’s clashes to prepare for his upcoming trip to the Western Cape for the 65km event of the 2016 Ultra-Trail Cape Town.

“Last year I was leading this race when myself and two others took a wrong turn, so this year I made sure I ran with my eyes wide open and followed all the markers very carefully,” he laughed.

“This race is not too technical and it’s quite fast but we’re also able to enjoy the nice views while we’re running so I really like this race.”

The women’s 18km contest was a richly competitive one that saw former STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure winners and several podium finishers of recent KZN events all looking to make the title their own.

In the end though it was Papadakis who showed a clean pair of heals to her fellow title hopefuls, charging home to make amends for her disappointment at the same event last year.

“Last year we arrived late for the start and so I tried my hardest but only managed to finish fourth, so there was a lot of unfinished business for me coming into this year’s race,” chuckled Papadakis.

“I’m not the fastest runner and the hills here are a bit tough but I went well today and it was great to get the win,” she added as she now looks to start her preparations for next year’s SkyRun.

Madida is a familiar surname to the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure with Xoli Madida having won the women’s 18km trail run title in 2013 and 2014 and finished second last year.

This time around it was Madida’s fellow Newcastle based sister, Hlobisile, who claimed the runner’s up spoils, edging out event newcomers Robyn Mare and Kirsty Allen while Xoli had to settle for fifth place.

“Yoh, (Zoe) was so strong today; she ran very well!” explained Hlobisile Madida. “I really enjoyed this race though and I’m happy with second place!”

The day’s busy programme also included a 10km and 2km Kiddies Ride while local artist Cheryl Engel’s acoustic melodies had spectators and race finishers foot-tapping and head-bopping throughout the morning and the Cell C Sharks’ squad manned the water tables, handed out finishers’ medals and posed for photographs with adoring fans.

More information can be found at www.sharkstrailadventure.co.za.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS
2016 STIHL SHARKS TRAIL ADVENTURE

MOUNTAIN BIKE
40km
Overall
1.Andrew Hill 1:37.03
2.Mboneni Ngcobo 1:39.31
3.Jeremy Thomson 1:43.32
4.Carl Adendorff 1:46.01
5.Grant Underwood 1:46.57
6.Dillon Holm 1:50.35
7.Colin Young 1:52.22
8.Carel le Roux 1:52.32
9.Grant Guerin 1:52.39
10.Dallen Roos 1:53.32

Women
1.Debrah Thomas 2:09.49
2.Linda Maphanga 2:14.21
3.Linda Potts 2:14.45
4.Tracy Ibbetson 2:15.27
5.Bridget Theunissen 2:19.51

20km
1.Nkululeko Pewa 1:02.12
2.Mntomuhle Mgeyane 1:09.26
3.Nicholas de Bruin 1:10.44

1.Sarah Ryan 1:22.52
2.Hannah Elliott 1:23.27
3.Riley Smith 1:23.31

TRAIL RUN
18km
1.Nomore Mandivengerei 1:09.54
2.Kwenza Ngubane 1:10.00
3.Jonathan Edwards 1:11.46
4.Al Leslie 1:16.07
5.Donovan van Gelder 1:16.53
6.Nhlanhla Nzama 1:18.23
7.Craig Buchanan 1:22.47
8.Blair Thompson 1:23.20
9.John Macartan 1:26.26
10.Clive Edwards 1:30.08

Women
1.Zoe Papadakis 1:30.40
2.Hlobisile Madida 1:33.53
3.Robyn Mare 1:35.14
4.Kirsty Allen 1:37.49
5.Xoli Madida 1:37.53
6.Sarah Wilson 1:39.52
7.Wendy Morgan 1:40.46
8.Patricia Dammann 1:43.34
9.Tamryn Worsnip 1:45.05
10.Jayde Constable 1:47.55

9km
Overall
1.Dumisane Hlongwane 40.55
2.Owen Bengo 40.59
3.Lucas Kruger 42.15
4.Deon Pretorius 43.53
5.Schalk van der Merwe 44.11

Women
1.Janene Carey 42.19
2.Robyn Cooper 48.26
3.Robyn Greyling 48.40

ENDS

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TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill surged to his fourth victory in five years in the 40km MTB race of the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Computershare Change a Life Academy's Mboneni Ngcobo climbed his way to second place in the 40km MTB race of the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Former Sharks rugby player, Jeremy Thomson (Thule/PYGA Industries) rounded out the podium in the men's 40km MTB race of the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Debrah Thomas claimed the women's title of the 40km MTB race at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Old Mutual's Nomore Mandivengerei righted his wrong's of last year but charging to victory in the 18km trail run event of the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Maxed Elite's Kwenza Ngubane raced to second place in the 18km trail run at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Jonathan Edwards rounded out the men's podium of the 18km trail run event at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Zoe Papadakis was in a league of her own as she raced to victory in the women's race of the 18km trail run at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Newcastle's Hlobisile Madida ran her way to second place in the 18km trail run of the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Young and old had a ball at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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Participants of the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni enjoyed spectacular scenery. Anthony Grote/
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Perfect weather and great conditions under foot - or wheel - meant for an enjoyable day for all at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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An exclusive Sunday staging of the Shongweni Farmers Market created a distinct Christmas atmosphere at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/
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