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WP Duathlon Champs: 19th April 2015

21 Apr 2015

Bright and early Sunday morning an excited but also slightly anxious songo.info team climbed into our trusty Reeds Opel Vivaro and headed off towards Rawsonville for the WP Duathlon Champs. The perfect weather and beautiful surroundings set the scene for a fun-filled day out for all who attended.

We had 4 young men, Azukile, Sive, Luyada & Luyolo competing in the Age groupers race which consisted of a 10km run, a 40km bike and a final 5km run.

 Azu 1st run leg of WP Duathlon Champs

Azu - not only a talent on the bike but a natural born runner!

With Azu's sights set firmly on winning his 20-24yo category and gaining a spot to represent WP at SA Duathlon champs he started strongly coming into the bike transition in the joint overall lead. After a strong 1st lap on the bike he unfortunately started suffering from cramps, which resulted in him losing time and dropping 7 places. Regardless of a difficult bike leg, he looked strong on the final 5km run finishing overall in a very respectable 9th position overall and winning his age group. The rest of the team competing also had a great race with the exception of Luyolo who unfortunately pulled out on the bike, as he was feeling unwell. Both Luyanda and Sive raced well coming in 17th & 26th overall.

Azu on the podium

 Azu proudly on the top step of the podium for mens 20-24yo WP Duathlon Champs.

Our young ladies Nomphiwe, Nosimpiwe & Lilethu also had a great day out. Competing their first duathlon racing in the 16-19yo category race, which consisted of a 5km run, 20km bike and a final 2.5km run. 

 Girls on the start line

The girls looking relaxed on the start line.

Phiwe had a cracker race, keeping a consistent pace throughout the race, which allowed her to finish looking relaxed & as fresh as a daisy. Unfortunately Nosimpiwe undercounted her bike laps which resulted in her result being disqualified but she finished the race never the less with a huge smile on her face. Lilethu also didn't have a great race but even though she pulled out on the bike leg she enjoyed the experience. 

Nosimphiwe on the run

All smiles from Nosimphiwe on the run.

Phiwe in transition

Nophiwe on her way out of transition for the bike leg of the duathlon. 

After a post race burger & coke and the prize giving had finished, we all loaded back into the van to head home, happy & satisfied.

Huge thanks to Tony Bradford and his team WP Triathlon for organising a great event and to UniWines for hosting us at their fantastic venue.

Also huge thanks go to all that continually support us and make it possible for us to provide opportunities for our songo team to benefit from the many positive aspects of sport and to attend the events. Specialized South Africa, Investec Asset Management, Meerendal, Reeds, Biogen & Julius Baer Foundation