AJ Calitz and Alana Jane Munnik took the 2017 Tankwa Trail title when the race wrapped up at Kaleo Manor today.
Calitz completed a clean sweep of the stages with victory on the 23km final day, while Munnik finished second, but did more than enough to seal the women’s title.
Jonathan van Wyk, who had been in third place on the solo men’s general classification standings overnight, set the early pace and led the field through the first 5km.
But once Calitz, Endi Angelo Pegado and the leading men’s team of JC Visser and Mauritz Jansen van Rensburg upped their pace and moved to the front of the field van Wyk began to drop back.
Heading into the first climb of the day only Visser and Jansen van Rensburg could maintain Calitz’s pace.
Calitz, as he had done all weekend, kept a steady pace which none of the other trail runners were able to comfortably match and soon established a comfortable lead.
His lead was made more secure by the struggles of Angelo Pegado and van Wyk who were clearly feeling the effects of the previous two days on their legs.
Overall, Endi Angelo Pegado claimed second with Jonathan van Wyk in third.
In the women’s race, Munnik’s consistency across the three days paid off as she claimed the Tankwa Trail title.
“I really tried to push the pace today and keep up with Yolande (De Villiers). It was nice to challenge myself to run faster than I usually would,” said Munnik.
De Villiers took second overall with Erika Fourie in third.