OTTER African Trail Run : Race Day 2013

Salomon athlete Ricky Lightfoot came to South Africa with a mission. That mission was to race the legendary OTTER African Trail Run, and in the process destroy the record.

This he did, in the most emphatic fashion imaginable, and despite facing off against the cream of SA’s ‘Generation Trail’ heroes. Lightfoot’s new record of 4hrs 15min seems just about impossible on an event which 3 years ago was thought impossible to run in under five hours; in fact, the Top 3 Men all broke the previous record, with the indefatigable Iain Don-Wauchope (4hrs 25min) and AJ Calitz (4hrs 27min) claiming the remaining podium spaces.

‘The Otter’ – presented by SALOMON and GU, and organised by Magnetic South – is however not all about the men. The Women’s Race proved a hotly contested result, with the girls for the first time ever breaking the 5hr barrier. Ruby Muir from New Zealand (4hrs 55min) ran impeccably – and seemingly effortlessly – with our own Landie Greyling (4hrs 58min) hot on her heels, and Nicolette Griffoen in 3rd.

Noteworthy is an amazing performance by Noel Ernstzen, who became the first Ballie … ermm, Veteran … to break the 5hr barrier. No other trail race ever generates this kind of excitement, but after tonight’s big party and prize giving, the Magnetic South Events team gears up to do just that, with the OTTER CHALLENGE RUN on Tuesday.

All I can say is ‘another perfect day in the office’, with a whole bunch of amazing people out in the glorious Garden Route National Park. Huge respect, all of you.

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