JOHANNESBURG, 04 August 2016 – This weekend saw the Jeep Team Obstacle Course super stars, Thomas Van Tonder and Carina Marx  take 1st place in their categories respectively in the Battlerush Winter Charge at the Jozi X Adventure Centre on 31 July 2016. Jeep Team’s Joshua Masudi took 7th place.

The Battlerush Winter Charge is considered to be the ultimate obstacle course race, as it is designed by athletes for athletes. It took place over 10km consisting of 36 obstacles built in and around the Jozi X Adventure Centre, the PWC Bike Park and around St. Peter’s College.

The obstacles were given names such as the Sternum checker, Irish table, Blades of walls, Traverse walls, Big walls, Peg board, Rope climb, Up container and Down container.

With just 25 seconds between 1st and 3rd place in the Elite Men’s category, Thomas Van Tonder’s race was brutish and tight as he fought hard against well-known OCR athletes, Bradley Claase, Louis Smit and Greg Avierinos.

Van Tonder, having upped his training regime over the past couple of months, eventually took top podium in 50m13s with Claase in 2nd in 50m25s, and 3rd going to Louis Smit in 53m38s. Fourth place went to Greg Avierinos in 58m05.

Jeep Team’s OCR women’s superstar, Carina Marx, has slowly climbed the ladder of success over the past year whilst being under the Jeep Team OCR banner. Her progress has been remarkable – a true test of a champion is to take defeat in hand and work it over until it is victorious.

From the start of the Battlerush, Marx made her presence known and dug deep to the end against the toughest of OCR elite competitors, even creating minutes between her and Hanneke Dannhauser and Sabrina Daolio.

Carina won the battle to 1st place in the Elite Women’s category in a time of 01h07m30s, with Sabrina Daolio 2nd in 01h10m48s, and Hanneke Dannhauser in 3rd place with 01h12m35s.

Jeep Team’s Joshua Masudi, came in the top 10 at a solid 7th place, in a time of 59m49s.



  1. Thomas Van Tonder 00:50:13
  2. Bradley Claase 00:50:25
  3. Louis Smit 00:53:38
  4. Greg Avierinos 00:58:05
  5. Willem Erasmus 00:58:44


  1. Carina Marx 01:07:30
  2. Sabrina Daolio 01:10:48
  3. Hanneke Dannhauser 01:12:35
  4. Michelle Meyer               01:18:20
  5. Natasha Deley 01:21:32



DURBAN, KWAZULU-NATAL:  The KZN Duathlon Championship took place on Sunday, 31 July 2016 at the Dube Trade Port near King Shaka International Airport, with top athletes from all over KwaZulu-Natal competing for the Championship medals.

The KZN Duathlon Champs consisted of run, cycle, run legs with a first running leg of 5km, a cycle of 20km, and a second running leg of 2.5km.

Mikaela completed her opening 5km run in an impressive 20m19s with an equally solid 20km cycle in 44m46s, and final 2.5km run in 09m54s, with a total time of 01h16m03. This was good enough for Jonsson to win her age category 18-19yrs women, with Daniela Arrigo in 2nd in 1hr21m16, and Mikaela Sclanders in 3rd in 1hr28m50.



1 Mikaela Jonsson           01:16:03               (18-19)

2 Daniella Arrigo               01:21:16               (16-17)

3 Micaela Sclanders         01:28:50               (18-19)


1 Gareth Marquiss           01:02:19               (18-19)

2 Ben De La Porte            01:02:23               (16-17)

3 Darren Marquiss           01:03:14               (18-19)

4 Raymond Radebe         01:06:34               (18-19)

5 Dean Packham               01:06:48               (18-19)

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