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Addo 100 mile trail run – A Dream Race

20 April 2016 No Comment

It is difficult to imagine running non-stop for 100 miles (161km) and very few athletes take-on these ultra events.
Training for such an extreme event takes a lot of determination but ever since local lad Bennie Roux read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and Ultra marathon man by Dean Karnazes, his dream was to run a 100 mile trail.
The 100 mile runs in South Africa didn’t exist since 2009 and his dream was postponed or alternative he could spend his life savings and travel to the US or UK where the 100 miler is very popular.
Bennie used the Cape Town Ultra Trail 100km, Skyrun 100km and the ELB 500km relay as training runs and was one of 37 runners taking on the Addo Elephant Trial Run – 100 miler!
The first part of the Addo race was easy running on dirt roads and Bennie and Ryno Giessel pulled away from the pack and soon had a comfy lead.
Just after CP6 it got dark but Ryno had some stomach issues and Bennie had to run alone for a couple of miles.
Tom Adams from the UK caught up with Bennie at CP8 and with his first attempt nearly got away but Bennie stuck to his own pace and without pushing hard he slowly closed the gap.
Tom completed two out of three attempts at the100 mile races (UTMB and Mt Fiji) he has two silver Comrades and two silver Oceans medals.
At CP9 (81km) they were crossing the Sunday River, the most dangerous river crossing of the entire race where hippos love the spot but this crossing was manned by honoury rangers.
At CP13 they had to stop for a medical check-up and then tackle the long stretch of 20km on a 30year old trail and made it to CP 14 as the sun started to rise.
Eventually Tom and Bennie got to the top of the last hill and they could see the finish arch.
Bennie and Tom decided to finished the gruelling Addo 100 miler together and (officially ended first and second respectively) in a time of 21:45:08.
Only 26 of the runners including two ladies finished the race.
For more information please visit the Addo official website at www.trailadventures.co.za

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