In this week’s Road Running News the Golden Gate challenge was challenging indeed. The fifth Golden Gate Challenge (Part of the seriously challenging “Wild Series”) was recently met by 280 tough, adventurous men and women.
Three legtorturing legs of trail running over mountainous terrain, in the Gol-den Gate National Park, was tackled, negotiated and conquered: 27 km on 23 October, 29 km on 24 October and a final 17 km on 25 October. Jan van Vreden is one of only five athletes who have thus far completed all five Golden Gate Challenges.
Roeale Strijdom has completed the last three, while it was the turn of Vis Pretorius and Laiken Smith (bound to become Mrs Pretorius soon) to be introduced to the “Golden Gate”. The team stuck together in true camaraderie and finished the 73 km in a total time of 10:58. Laiken was the fourth lady to finish and could in fact easily have been third, had she not put the team first. Leana Aslett joined the team for the final leg as a test sample to determine whether she will tackle all three legs next year.
The final decision is still pending. Part of the entry fees goes to nature conservation with the bearded vulture (Jan excluded) being targeted this year. Reminder. Please spare yourselves the trauma of missing out on our last evening fun run for 2015: Wednesday, 4 November 2015 at the rugby club at 18:00. For R10 a medal and tons of fun are, weather permitting, guaranteed. Keza, or any other form of light rain, does not count as bad weather. See you there.
Laat waai Assegaai