Presented by the New Balance Multisport Club, the 2014 Dudley’s Trail Run, held at Diemersdal Wine Estate, was once again a highlight on the trail running calendar in the Western Cape.
A total of 642 trail runners had the privilege to enjoy breath taking views on the Stellenbosch Mountains on the one side and Table Mountain on the other side of Diemersdal in perfect weather conditions.
Although some of the big names in trail running participated, the two distances over 15 km and 8 km catered for all levels of fitness.
The winners in the 15km race were Peter Tswayo (1st), Bernard Rukadza (2nd) and club member Christo van Rooyen (3rd). Another member of the club, Liandi van der Westhuizen, won the women’s category. She was followed by Marie Wessels in second place and Chantel Nienaber who finished in third place.
The event is named after the late Dudley Hulbert, well known athletic coach who died in 2011. When the New Balance Multisport Club was formed in 2008, Dudley was appointed as coach. His coaching had an immediate impact. Dudley had a keen eye for talent and potential in athletes, and a gift for fostering novices, helping them get started, improving their performances, and even guiding them to provincial colours. Not only did his commitment and loyalty to runners make a huge impact on their lives, his expertise and experience as one of the top coaches put the New Balance Multisport Club in a position that was often envied by others.
The club has donated R10 000 of the proceeds to the SA Cancer Association.
The event was sponsored by the Thebe Tourism Group, Diemersdal Wine Estate, New Balance, Cape Road Assist, Protea Hotel Durbanville, Steri Stumpie, Nativa, Realclean Services and Tiscali Property Management.
The lucky draw included prizes to the value of R30 000.