Mudzinganyama, Semmelink crowned FNB Platinum Trail Run Champions

Givemore Mudzinganyama claimed gold in the men’s 24km FNB Platinum Trail Run at the ATKV Buffelspoort on Sunday, 22 May 2016. Mudzinganyama completed the 24km route in an impressive time of 01 hour 25 minutes 19 seconds. Seen here: Givemore Mudzinganyama in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

North West Province, South Africa – Trail running enthusiasts gathered in their masses at the ATKV Buffelspoort on Sunday, 22 May 2016 to experience trail running at its best at the 4th annual FNB Platinum Trail Run.

ASICS athletes Givemore Mudzinganyama and Edwin Sesipi were seen battling it out on route in the men’s 24km FNB Platinum Trail Run. Mudzinganyama proved to be the strongest runner on the day, crossing the finish line first in a lightning fast time of 01 hour 25 minutes 19 seconds. “The first half of the race was really tough,” says Mudzinganyama. “I’m not that strong on the down-hills. So my strategy was to push as hard as possible on the steep up-hills to open a gap. I did that at round about the 10km mark and managed to maintain the gap until the finish. Edwin is really good on the down-hills. I kept looking over my shoulder.”

“My main goal was to beat the 2015 winning time,” continues Mudzinganyama. “The FNB Platinum Trail Run is a really nice race. The rocks on route really make you feel like you are running in Africa. It was awesome.” Mudzinganyama’s winning time was 03 minutes 57 seconds faster than the time set by Lucky Miya in 2015. Edwin Sesipi came in second, while Nico Sterk finished third.

Making her event debut, Marianne Semmelink secured victory in the women’s 24km FNB Platinum Trail Run in an impressive time of 01 hour 54 minutes 46 seconds. “I only recently started taking part in trail run events,” says a delighted Semmelink. “I really enjoy being out in nature. I view it as my quiet time. Crossing the finish line first was unreal. I didn’t expect it. I will definitely be back next year.” Natalie Ross came in second, while Bianca Grotepass finished third.

Altus Badenhorst obliterated the field in the men’s 12km FNB Platinum Trail Run crossing the finish line first in 50 minutes 58 seconds. “The 12km race was very enjoyable, not too technical with amazing views,” says Badenhorst. “Coming from a road running background, I really enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe today.” Shadrack Motswiri came in second, while Phillip Capha finished third.

Leilani Scheffer crossed the finish line first in the women’s 12km FNB Platinum Trail Run in a time of 53 minutes 54 seconds. According to Scheffer she opted for the 12km race as she wanted to enjoy the route. “The route was awesome, easier than last year. It’s a fast run with climbs that are just long enough. It’s definitely the perfect stepping stone into the sport of trail running.” Leanne Trollope came in second, while Lilandi Swanepoel finished third.

Itumeleng Khumalo set the course ablaze in the men’s 8km FNB Platinum Trail Run claiming gold in a time of 28 minutes 34 seconds. Sydney Kadmo came in second, while Marco Botha finished third. Adeline Cronje was the first lady home in the women’s 8km FNB Platinum Trail Run in a time of 40 minutes 38 seconds. Caitlin Thompson came in second, while Petro van der Merwe finished third.

Nico Sterk was crowned King of the Magaliesberg after completing the 70km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic (hosted at the same venue on Saturday, 21 May 2016) and 24km FNB Platinum Trail Run in a combined time of 05 hours 06 minutes 41 seconds. Lynnette Jones claimed the Queen of the Magaliesberg title after completing the 70km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and 24km FNB Platinum Trail Run in a combined time 06 hours 41 minutes 26 seconds.

“We are delighted to see athletes from different walks of life participating in one of the most thrilling running competitions in the North West Province. Congratulations to all the athletes who took part in this year’s event. The route chosen for the FNB Platinum Trail Run makes it an exciting race with great scenery and an equally invigorating terrain.” says Mike Vacy- Lyle, CEO FNB Business.

Route Information: FNB Platinum Trail Run

Defined by its exclusivity and terrain, trail runners were granted the unique opportunity to experience some of the best trails on offer in the area. Featuring a 24km, 12km and 8km route, the FNB Platinum Trail Run catered for athletes of all fitness levels.

• The 24km route was best suited for experienced and well-conditioned runners. Although tough, the views and scenery up on the mountain made all the sweat and effort worthwhile.
• The 12km route was the perfect stepping stone to build up experience and confidence for trail running.
• The 8km route was a good novice level entry distance. Although ideal for participants who have only recently been introduced to trail running, the 8km route was also perfect for those runners looking for a hard, fast workout as part of a specific training program.

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About the Sponsorship

FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth have made a joint commitment to sponsor the annual Platinum Trail Run.

FNB’s ongoing strategy is to support local and community events that show the potential to grow. This sponsorship affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, through sporting disciplines that continue to grow in popularity as two of the key activities in the South African sporting calendar.

The Platinum Trail Run is aligned to our belief that adventure is the heart of innovation and this event is one of many platforms on which we seek to make a lasting connection with new and existing clients.


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