Perfect conditions at Fairtree Simonsberg Contour stage race
The Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Trail Run Stage Race joined the Mountain Bike Stage Race in 2017. Through the partnership of Fairtree Capital, the Simonsberg Conservancy, local landowners and event organizers Dirtopia the trail network has enjoyed significant growth the last four years and now plays host to some of the most spectacular views and pieces of single track any outdoor enthusiast could wish for. The Fairtree Simonsberg Contour stage race has also partnered with the Jan Kriel Institute as the official 2018 charity. This non-profit organization is responsible for raisings friends and funds for the children of Jan Kriel School – recently announced as the best “Special Needs School” in South Africa.
With a total purse of R10 000 up for grabs for the overall winners with equal prize money for the ladies and men runners got their 2019 running season off to a good start. Day one saw the 25km runners make their way from the Dirtopia Trail Centre all the way to the top of Klapmuts Kop for a total elevation gain of 607m. With clear skies and fairly warm conditions it was a tough climb to the top, but with several waterpoints making sure runners stayed hydrated and full of energy it was a worthwhile run to the top.
Stage 1 of the 2 day event was won by Landie Greyling (Ladies 25km, 2:05:57), Chris Strydom (Men 25km, 1:44:25), Daniel Mannweiler (Men 15km, 1:03:14) and Rona Laubser (Ladies 15km, 1:12:22). Ladie Greyling and Chris Strydom also took the QOM and KOM honors.
Runners and their families were treated to brunch and some ice-cold refreshments at the Dirtopia Trail Centre. Those who wanted, or needed it, could lie down for a welcome massage to help their body recover.
On Sunday participants made their way towards Uitkyk Wine Estate with the long route runners treated to the 10km Never Say Neverending Again single track trail winding up the Simonsberg Mountain. The day started under some cloud cover and light mist, but nothing like the downpour on day two of the mountain bike event. Climbing to 630m above sea level for a total elevation gain of 596m, the route offered panoramic views of False Bay all the way to Table Bay and north up the West Coast.
Day two was once again dominated by the winners from day one, with all the category wins going to the previous day’s winners, down to the King and Queen of the Mountains trophies that again went to Chris Strydom and Landie Greyling.
This sealed the overall victories, but behind them there was still some places that could be made up. Leonie Schoeman (25km ladies), Nelius Swart (15km men) and Tanya Posthumus Fox (15km Ladies) were all new faces to the podium to stake their claim on the overall result podium finish.
The two longer distances were joined by a 7km fun run as it allows more runners to enjoy the beautiful trail network and introduce a next generation to the beautiful sport of trail running. This distance also saw several learners from the Anna Foundation join in the fun.
Sunday is also known as Family Day with better-halves and children joining to capitalize on the chill area and brunch served by the event caterers. This adds to the atmosphere and gives runners the opportunity to relax with their loved ones after the race while waiting for the final results to be announced and the winner’s podium proceedings.