PUMA Trail Run debuts in Nelson Mandela Bay

Kings Beach was host to Nelson Mandela Bay’s very first PUMA Trail Run on Sunday, 31 January 2016.

Alexia Loizou photographed by Jetline Action Photo
Alexia Loizou photographed by Jetline Action Photo

Forming part of the action of South Africa’s largest off road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA, the PUMA Trail Run incorporates the XTERRA trail run routes.  Runners could choose between a 6km and 10.2km route that encapsulated the true beauty of Port Elizabeth.

Myuyisi Gcogco was the trail runner to beat in the men’s race, completing the 10.2km PUMA Trail Run in an impressive time of 38 minutes 27 seconds.  “Trail running is marvellous, it keeps your muscles healthy and challenges you mentally,” says Gcogco.  “Today’s route was tough.  The sand was soft forcing me to use more force.  When I first started taking part in trail run events I always finished last.  Crossing the finish line in first place today was wonderful”.  Jade Muller came in second, while Andrew MacKenzie finished third.

Alexia Loizou gave the ladies a run for their money completing the 10.2km PUMA Trail Run in a well-deserved time of 45 minutes 44 seconds.  “I’ve taken part in XTERRA in Grabouw, Buffelspoort and even in Durban many years ago,” says Loizou.  “I haven’t taken part lately due to injury.  It’s great that XTERRA has now come to Port Elizabeth.  I decided to enter the PUMA Trail Run as my road back to XTERRA.  The race was lovely and very well marked.  Next year I’m hoping to take part in the XTERRA Full.”  Jane Barnard came in second, while Odessa Perelson finished third.

Siyabonga Kahla conquered the men’s 6km PUMA Trail Run in a lightning fast time of 24 minutes 51 seconds.  According to Kahla, he and Myuyisi Gcogco decided to share the events on the day.  “Myuyisi  and I run for Free Spirit Adventures.  My sponsor, Shena told me about the trail run.  The route was well marked and really nice.”  Trust Obey Mtetwa came in second, while Bryan Allott finished third.

Sonia Dupper was the lady to beat in the women’s 6km PUMA Trail Run, completing the route in 38 minutes 56 seconds.  “We made a family weekend of it,” says Dupper.  “My daughter took part in the XTERRA Kids race on Friday, while my husband took part in the XTERRA Full yesterday.  The 6km PUMA Trail Run was lovely.  As a woman it was nice to be able to run in places where we cannot run on our own.”  Gail Willmott came in second, while Angie Sampson finished third.

Next on the PUMA Trail Run calendar: 

Grabouw (Western Cape)

Date: Sunday, 21 February 2016
Venue: Grabouw Country Club
Distance & Entry Fee: 6km / R120
12km / R180

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For further information or to enter the PUMA Trail Run contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com

RESULTS:  PUMA Trail Run Nelson Mandela Bay 

Men’s / 10.2km PUMA Trail Run 

1 Myuyisi Gcogco 00:38:27, 2 Jade Muller 00:39:38, 3 Andrew MacKenzie 00:42:51, 4 Leo Sorenson 00:43:12,

5 Matthew Daneel 00:44:07, 6 Mbulelo Thinta 00:45:12, 7 Warren Dickson 00:46:26, 8 Johan Britz 00:51:06,

9 Nathan Hofart 00:51:44, 10 Johan Mckay 00:53:43

Women’s / 10.2km PUMA Trail Run 

1 Alexia Loizou 00:45:44, 2 Jane Barnard 00:47:40, 3 Odessa Perelson 00:53:08, 4 Sian O’Keefe 00:58:50,

5 Johannette Oosthuizen 01:01:14, 6 Frances Solomon 01:01:14, 7 Adri Engelbrecht 01:01:14, 8 Julia Stewart 01:03:08, 9 Vicki Laing 01:05:01, 10 Heather Mason 01:06:04 

Men’s / 6km PUMA Trail Run 

1 Siyabonga Kahla 00:24:51, 2 Trust Obey Mtetwa 00:29:37, 3 Bryan Allott 00:32:30, 4 Lonwabo Mtshaw 00:33:16, 5 Vaughan Casling 00:34:25, 6 Errol Black 00:34:48, 7 Marius Muller 00:38:59, 8 Gary Harrison 00:43:18, 9 Gary Nortjie 00:43:23, 10 Hendrik Venter 00:44:03

Women’s / 6km PUMA Trail Run 

1 Sonia Dupper 00:38:56, 2 Gail Willmott 00:40:11, 3 Angie Sampson 00:40:47, 4 Clarissa-Mari Rabie 00:43:49, 5 Simone Wright 00:44:13, 6 Cindy-Lee Augustyn 00:44:18, 7 Karen Milligan 00:47:08, 8 Cindy Miller 00:48:09, 9 Melanie Brewis 00:49:24, 10 Cayli Landman 00:49:51

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