Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running Media Service

 No: utd1812

 29 Apr 2018

Embargo: None

Written by: Nick Tatham

Convincing Green claims inaugural UTD160 title

Bushman's Neck Hotel - In the first edition of the UTD160, pre-race favourite Jock Green lived up to expectations as he dominated the field to win the flagship race of the Ultra-Trail DrakensbergŪ at Bushman's Nek hotel on Saturday.

Having set off from the Highest Pub in Africa at 12pm on Friday, runners were set to be on the course for well over 30 hours, Green managed to take the race by the scruff of the neck to open up a significant lead that he never relinquished to take the win.

Despite being out in the mountains for nearly 27 hours, Green's form throughout meant that it was going to be his race to lose.

"I got ahead at about the 2km mark and was on my own for the rest of the way," the Salomon athlete said. "You have probably one good day out of 10 and this was my day.

"I didn't have any issues with cramping, nausea, headaches or anything."

Green's UTD debut came in 2017 where he had to pull out of the UTD100 due to an unrealistically fast start that put his body under too much strain.

He was not going to make that mistake again in 2018 and his consistent pace meant that he never had to push himself too hard throughout his 26 hour and 45 minute ordeal.

"Sleeping never crossed my mind and at the two compulsory medical stops I sat down for about 10 minutes and then I was good to go again.

"Don't get me wrong this course was incredibly difficult and I was lucky enough to have one of those solid races.

"I battled a bit going up Thabana Nthlenyana, because I don't do well in the cold, but besides from that I felt really good and just maintained a solid pace."

Conrad du Toit was the second athlete home in the UTD160, some two hours and 19 minutes behind Green, just showing how dominant he was throughout the race.

Rounding out the podium was Andrew Erasmus who spent a gruelling 30 hours and 50 minutes on the course.

Unfortunately Robyn Owen had to withdraw from the race before they started which meant that Debbie Densham was the only women in the field. It was incredibly tough going and unfortunately she had to withdraw after 27 hours of running.

The UTD100 runners set off early bells on Saturday morning and it was going to be a long slog for the title hopefuls and the 12 and-a-half hour winning time from 2017 was a distant goal as the clock ticked over the 16 hour mark.

Stuart McConnachie was the first runner home in 16 hours and 21 minutes; a dominant display when compared to the other times. Second across the line and first lady home was Julia Hackland, just over an hour behind the race winner.

The men's podium was rounded out by Yutaka Negishi and Eryk Losik while the ladies podium was completed by Mmamapudi Kubjane in second and Wendy Morgan in third.

The GCU62 also got underway in the wee hours of Saturday morning and the event was a tight tussle throughout with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions.

Towards the end of the race Iain Peterkin took control and managed to open up a good lead in the second half of the race and take control over the rest of the field.

Peterkin reached the finish at the Bushman's Nek Hotel in just over six-and-half hours, a new record time, just under 12 minutes ahead of second place Thuso Mosiea while Ben Brimble rounded out the top three.

The fight for the ladies honours in the GCU62 was never quite a contest as Samantha Reilly obliterated the rest of the field to finish ninth overall in a time of 08:37:21, nearly one-and-a-half hours ahead of Corrine Thompson in second.

Coming home third in the ladies race was Rachel Manyathi, who was just under 45 minutes further back from Thompson.

The SDR30 began in the afternoon on Saturday and the logic behind that was that runners would be able to experience night running for the first time.

Starting at 14:30 in the afternoon, the race was dominated by Toni McCann. The race winner finished the tough 30km course in 02:55:35; she finished just under 35 minutes ahead of second place Craig Carter-Brown.

In the process she smashed the 2017 time set by Skippy Claassens by just over 15 minutes.

Rory Pelser was the third runner home in what was an exciting jostle for podium spots with just five minutes separating him from fourth place Lance Wynne.

Despite McCann's dominance, Gina Treleaven was still very quick, finishing fifth overall and second lady while Callan Paul was seventh overall and the third lady across the line.

It was a second DRJ title in as many years for Ross Treleaven. He once again dominated the 15km day two course to win the overall title in the DRJ21/15.

He was followed home by Ryan Ebedes in second and Naomi Potgieter in third place.

Potgieter took home her second stage win and with it the women's title ahead of Heather Phipson and Susan Mackenzie in second and third respectively.

Delphius Sauer from the Roseway Waldorf School claimed his second stage win out of two to win the DRJ15/12 comfortably over Martizburg College's Scott Little with Simon D'Aubrey rounding out the podium in a mirror image of stage one.

Epworth dominated the women's race with podium looking exactly the same as it did after stage one. Katja Vonkeman took home the gold ahead of Under 16 runner Juliette Gloebel in second and Lauren Gloebel just behind her in third.

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1.Jock Green 26:45:45
2.Conrad du Toit 29:05:18
3.Andrew Erasmus 30:50:28
4.Matt Dove 30:50:28
5.Willie Brink 32:39:14

1.Stuart McConnachie 16:21:52
2.Julia Hackland 17:23:07
3.Yutaka Negishi 17:39:39
4.Eryk Losik 18:08:55
5.Ben Samwell 18:16:28

1.Julia Hackland 17:23:07
2.Mmamapudi Kubjane 21:53:33
3.Wendy Morgan 22:26:32
4.Meintjie Els 22:42:02
5.Max Visagie 22:55:20

1.Iain Peterkin 6:38:58
2.Thuso Mosiea 6:50:37
3.Ben Brimble 6:52:42
4.Leo Sorensen 7:55:57
5.Grant Marcus 8:12:08

1.Samantha Reilly 8:17:21
2.Corrine Thompson 10:05:26
3.Rachel Manyathi 10:45:17
4.Michelle Theron 11:38:42
5.Amanda Samwell 12:12:55

1.Toni McCann 02:55:35
2.Craig Carter-Brown 03:30:45
3.Rory Pelser 03:36:15
4.Lance Wynne 03:41:50
5.Gina Treleaven 03:57:13

1.Toni McCann 02:55:35
2.Gina Treleaven 03:57:13
3.Callan Paul 04:13:55
4.Nadia van der Schyff 04:21:13
5.Yolande Boschoff 04:27:00

DRJ21/15 - Stage Two
1.Ross Treleaven 1:32:51 3:56:03
2.Ryan Ebedes 1:30:27 3:57:07
3.Naomi Potgieter 1:43:41 4:44:22
4.Heather Phipson 1:56:32 4:55:32
5.Susan Mackenzie 2:00:17 4:57:21

1.Naomi Potgieter 1:43:41 4:44:22
2.Heather Phipson 1:56:32 4:55:32
3.Susan Mackenzie 2:00:17 4:57:21
4.Lisa Watts 2:09:26 5:18:16
5.Magdelie Wilken 2:12:75 5:30:33

DRJ15/12 - Stage Two
1.Delphinus Sauer (U18) 1:19:16 2:41:51
2.Scott Little (U18) 1:23:24 2:53:06
3.Simon D'Aubery 1:23:23 2:54:13
4.Mark Phipson 1:28:46 3:01:37
5.Katja Vonkeman (U18) 1:33:55 3:05:32

1.Katja Vonkeman (U18) 1:33:55 3:05:32
2.Juliette Goebel (U16) 1:33:59 3:12:39
3.Lauren Goebel (U18) 1:33:59 3:12:41
4.Caryn Phipson (U18) 1:36:37 3:21:50
5.Paige Mackenzie (U18) 1:47:17 3:42:19


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Salomon's Jock Green celebrates coming across the line to win the first edition of the UTD160, part of the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of trail running on Saturday at Bushman's Nek Hotel. Greg Labuscagne/
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It was a solid, consistant race from Salomon's Jock Green as he won the UTD160, part of the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of trail running. Anthony Grote/
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It was a strong second half display from Iain Peterkin as he took the GCU62 by the scruff of the neck to win the title in a new record time at Bushman's Nek Hotel on Saturday. Greg Labuscagne/
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In a race that ebbed and flowed it was Stuart McConnachie who proved to be the toughest as he took home the honours in the UTD100, part the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of trail running that finished at Bushamn's Nek hotel on Saturday. Quick Pix/
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The inconic Rhino Peak in the background as runners tackled the various distances of the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of trail running from 27-29 April. Quick Pix/
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Julia Hackland ran consitantly well throughout as she won the women's title in the UTD100 but also finished second overall in the contest, part the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of trail running that finished at the Bushman's Nek Hotel on Saturday. Quick Pix/
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The lonely road... Many runners would have found themselves alone for long periods of time amongst some incredible views during the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of trail running that finished at the Bushman's Nek Hotel on Saturday. Quick Pix/
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Toni McCann was the dominant force in the SDR30 as she won the race outright, during the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of trail running that finished at the Bushman's Nek Hotel on Saturday. Kirsten Oliver/
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Runners were once again treated to brilliant views during the second stage of the Drakensberg Rockjumper, part of the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of trail running on Saturday, Kirsten Oliver/
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Exciting river crossings and tough terrain highlighted the successful Drakensberg Rockjumper two-day trail run, part of the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg Festival of trail running which finished on Saturday. Kirsten Oliver/
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