Sanlam Cape Town Marathon weekend off to a great start

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Sanlam Peace Trail Run winners setting the pace for a record-breaking weekend

Cape Town, 16 September 2017 –Lesotho’s Tebogo Noosi had too much in the tank for defending Champion, Edwin Sesipi in the 22km SANLAM Peace Trail in Cape Town today. Noosi and Sesipi were running together until they hit the bottom of the Glen, roughly 8km into the race. By the time they hit the top of Kloof Nek, approximately 13km into the race, Noosi had broken away from the Sesipi and controlled the race from there.

The Maseru based athlete only recently moved to the trails, but judging by today’s performance, Noosi seems to have found his niche.

“I was strong on the hills. That is where I was able to break away from (Edwin) Sesipi”, said the winner who crossed the line in 1:28.30 – bettering the previous course record by a whopping 30seconds.  The previous record of 1:29.00 run in 2015 by Givemore Mudzinganyama. (Edwin) Sesipi was second just under a minute later (1:29.24) with the previous record holder, Givemore Mudzinganyama topping out the podium (1:32.00).

The ladies run was dominated by defending champion Annemart Loubser who cruised home in 1:48.57. Triathlete Vicky van der Merwe, who will be looking to race the Xterra’s more, was second (1:59.28) and SA Marathon Champion, Dannette Smith rounding out the top three (2:02.48).

Loubser broke away within the first 2km and by 8km had a 3 minute lead. Van Der Merwe was able to claw some of that gap back, however Loubser’s lead was too great and she was never headed.

“It was a good run. We went out very fast, faster than last year, in the opening kilometres because Dannette (Smith), Vicky (van der Merwe), Carla (van Huysteen) and Dannette (Smith) were all running hard. Once I got away though, the pace dropped down a bit”, said winner Loubser.

The 12km Peace Trail run was won by Admire Rushika (48:27) with Tanya Posthumus-Fox taking the women’s race (1:11.50). The Peace Trail races are proving to be ever more popular with (amount) athletes taking part in both races, compared to the (amount) in 2016.

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“It is hardly surprising that the two trail runs have increased in entries since 2016” says Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Brand Ambassador, Elana Meyer. “The Western Cape offers so many routes to run and every weekend you can see plenty of people enjoying the mountains. The sport is growing and we are privileged to be able to include the Trail Races at our festival of running.”

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