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Cox, Rupanga big in Kleinmond

Patrick Cox and Nicholas Rupanga of Team Mountain Hyenas were crowned champions in the men’s open category of the inaugural ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance at the weekend in Kleinmond.

Lisa Baumann and Moyra Sheard of Team Nature Conservation Corporation were victorious in the women’s open category.

Although Team Mountain Hyenas finished fifth on the last day of the three-day stage race, Cox and Rupanga’s lead built up during Saturday’s second stage, was sufficient to secure them the championship title for 2009.

According to Cox, they ran as hard as they could to keep up with the leading teams. ‘We managed to complete the longer route of Stage Two with a substantial time gap between us and the second team.

‘I don’t, however, have the speed that the other guys do and knew that today we would have to run as hard as possible to prevent the other teams from making up the time difference.┬á The event was absolutely phenomenal and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

‘Nicholas was most definitely the strongest link in our team and he’s the reason why we managed to win,’ says Cox.
Team Mountain Hyenas completed the gruelling distance of more than 80km over three days in an impressive six hours 49min 10sec.

Team ProNutro came in second, while Team Nativa finished third.

Team Nature Conservation Corporation continued their winning streak on the last day to cross the finish line in first place after having won both previous stages.

According to Baumann, the route was really tough.┬á “I am really thankful to Moyra for pushing and motivating me throughout the race.┬á The route was really tough today with a serious up hill followed by a really technical descent.

‘Both Moyra and I come from a road running background, so we really didn’t expect to win.┬á The ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun is a fantastic concept as the distances and the routes are manageable and the scenery is absolutely awesome,’ says Baumann.

Team Nature Conservation Corporation completed the three-day stage race in a mind-blowing 8:52:10.┬á Team Jelly Babes came in second, while Team Hell’s Angels finished third.

Team Whiley-X Suunto placed first in the mixed open team category, while Team Jeep finished second and Team Love/Hate finished third.

Day one on Friday event saw athletes having to complete a 21km route consisting of jeep and single tracks that were running friendly and included magnificent views of the ocean and mountains, waterfalls and the pristine beauty of the Kogelberg biosphere.

Stage Two the next day saw athletes take on a longer 41km route, while the third and final stage saw athletes once again take on a faster 22km route.

For more information on the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance contact (021) 883-2413 or visit