Hundreds enter fourth Bundu Bash
23 October 2012 | Bruce Douglas
Between 600 and 700 entries were received for this year’s St Dominic’s Academy Bundu Bash.
Hosted on October 20, the annual event was a success, with athletes taking on the various courses around and through the dam at Balele Resort in Utrecht.
Parent and organising committee member, Kim Hoatson said some entries may have been put off by inclement weather. However, she expressed pride at the support shown by residents of Northern KwaZulu-Natal in the fourth year of the Bundu Bash.
"It has really become a wider community event and not just a Newcastle event."
In the Brushcutter 40 kilometre mountain bike ride, AC Swanepoel was the first man over the finish line. He was followed by Jody Mitchell and Robert Scott.
In the women’s event, Heather Dawn Watson finished first, with Brydey Weber and Tessa Scholtz rounding off the podium spots.
Gert van Wyk was the overall fastest man in the Chainsaw triathlon event. Chad Taggart and Daniel Scholtz were the second and third-placed athletes respectively.
Terry Pellow-Jarman was the women’s winner. She was followed by Ilande Vorster and Lizanie Laas. In the 16 to 18 years category, Richard Wood was the quickest male to finish, while Fathima Kader was the top female.
Douglas Wood was the fastest male in the 14 to 15 years division. Catherine Pellow-Jarman took the same position, on the female side of things.
In the under-13 category, Brett Pedrelli was tops, with Aqueelah Kader taking the top female spot in the division. The fastest team was that of the Rockets.
In the Dustbuster half-distance triathlon, Morné Stoop had the best time of the men in the open category. Lesley Van Der Vaart scooped the top women’s spot.
In the 16 to 18 years division, Johan Schoeman was the quickest male, while Bianca Marais ended the top female. David Jacobs and Jordan Lecler were fastest in the 14 to 15 years division.
In the category 12 to 13 years, Driaan de Clercq was the best male athlete, with Marike Roos the best female. Graham Whitehead and Gabby Carter wrapped up the under-11 division. The first team to complete the event was the Benchwarmers.
In the 10km trail run, David Reyneke finished as the quickest male athlete, with Janet van Veijerin the fastest female.