SA trail star Ryan Sandes wins Cape Winelands race

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In his first and only race for 2020 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Ryan Sandes took a convincing win at Saturday’s Maxirace Cape Winelands 75km race.

Sandes won in a time of 7:32:43, with Grobler Basson in second place in 7:58:18.

‘MOUNTAINS ARE INSANE’

“This morning was really epic, those Mont Rochelle mountains are insane,” said Sandes.

“I had a very comfortable day and am super stoked to take this win today! Running 160km around my house during lockdown clearly helped with my training!”

Just one month after winning the ladies race and taking third place overall at the 2020 K-Way Skyrun Mountain Race in Lady Grey, international Skyrunning champion Ragna Debats was once again the first woman across the line and again took third place overall .

Spain-born Dutch runner, Debats’ time of 8:03:40 was only 31 minutes behind Sandes and a little over five minutes adrift of second place.

“What a beautiful race, I loved the first climb and ascent,” said Debats.

“Such beautiful hilly mountains for the rest of the race, and the views, wow. I loved this race!”

Second place in the ladies race went to Jana van Houwelingen in 9:36:45, with Amri Williamson in third in 10:04:54.

40KM AND 20KM RACES AS WELL

Meanwhile, Bruce Arnott took first place in the 40km route in a time of 3:44:05, with Matthew Burke in second (3:56:51) and Anele Bans in third (4:01:28).

Rose Baily was the first lady over the line in a time of 4:28:13 with Marna van Deventer in second (4:45:36) and Elmi Middlemost in third (4:51:31).

In the 20km race, Llewellyn Groeneveld set a new record time of 1:22:21. George runner, Anderson Ncube took second in 1:25:58 with Zola Ngxakeni in third in 1:34:53.

The ladies race was won by Christelle Hattingh in 1:46:26, with Rochelle Green in second in 1:53:22 and Ash Graham in third in 1:55:41.

For more info and all results visit http://maxirace.co.za/

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