Race favourite Stuart Marais won the Featherbed Trail Run at the Knysna Oyster Festival on Tuesday.
The defending BIG5 champion and undisputed King of Knysna notched a fourth consecutive title after winning the Knysna Cycle Tour MTB race and coming third in the Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile swim.
Marais won in a time of 54:48, which is the second fastest time in the race’s history for the 15km route.
He was followed home eight minutes later by Theo Blignaut, with Dylan Pivo third.
Marais said he went out hard to try to create a gap and then maintained a solid effort until the top of the climb, which allowed him to relax until he hit the railway line.
“I knew that running under four minutes a kilometre would win and that is what I did. I stuck to my plan and took in the beautiful scenery and enjoyed my run,” he said.
World duathlon championship runner-up and defending BIG5 women’s champion Andrea Steyn maintained her overall lead after winning the Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Race.
She finished in a time of 1:04:58, ahead of Vicky van der Merwe and Fienie Barnard.
“Last year I went out too quickly and struggled. I ended up being really stiff the following day so this year I started off more conservatively and it paid off,” said Steyn.
The BIG5 multi-sport challenge is a highlight on the Knysna Oyster Festival programme and also includes the DualX and the Knysna Forest Marathon.
The DualX is the second last challenge and will take place on Thursday.