Our hero's perform in Annecy, France

Yesterday saw the running of the IAu World Ultra Trail Championships at the stunning Annecy in France (http://www.lac-annecy-evenements.org/MaXiRaceMondiaux2015/index.html) The Championships had teams from 39 countries competing for top honours and South Africa had a team of 8 athletes representing their country: Men:

  1. AJ Calitz
  2. Eric Ngubane
  3. Jock Green
  4. Graeme McCallum
  5. Iain Don-Wauchope

Women:

  1. Nicolette Griffieon
  2. Sue Don-Wauchope
  3. Chantel Nienaber

The team prepared well and knew that what lay ahead would be a tough and challenged task. Race Information: · Venue: Annecy, France · Start time: 03h30 (France is currently GMT +2, same as South Africa) · Distance: 85 kilometres · Vertical gain: 5,300 metres · Number of participants: 178 men and 109 women (287 total) · Number of countries represented: 39 for the World Champs · Course Records: Men: Sebastien Spehler (FRA), 8:45; Women: Caroline Chaverot (FRA), 10:15 K-Way athletes AJ Calitz and Nicolette Griffioen ran strong from the gun to hold onto their positions and maintain consistent splits as they passed through the checkpoints on the course. At 28th and 24th positions respectively, Calitz and Griffioen were the highest placed male and female athletes in the South African team. Remembering that Nicolette was almost the youngest competitor (watch this space). It seemed that Nicolette got stronger and stronger as the day progressed. We are yet to speak to the team members as yet but we know that each and every one of them ran for their country, they gave it absolutely everything. We are extremely proud of them for this and we cannot wait to see what our team will do in Zermatt on the 4th July 2015. Team-SA-pre-race

TEAM SOUTH AFRICA RESULTS

MEN

28. Andre ‘AJ’ CALITZ  9:42:00 56. Iain DON-WAUCHOPE 10:15:43 59. Jock GREEN 10:16:36 71. Eric NGUBANE 10:37:24 82. Graeme MCCALLUM 10:54:15

WOMEN

24. Nicolette GRIFFIOEN 11:28:57 63. Chantel NIENABER 13:39:51 DNF. Su DON-WAUCHOPE