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Jeep Team’s Van Tonder and Marx hold their own at Jeep Warrior Hazeldean

By in Sport, Leisure on August 24, 2016

PRETORIA EAST, HAZELDEAN VALLEY – This past weekend, the 20th and 21st of August, saw Round 5 of the Jeep Warrior Series kick off on a cold fresh morning, fast becoming a hot and gruelling race for the approximately 4 000 athletes competing at Hazeldean Valley’s Cowhouse Market venue in Pretoria East.

Jeep Team’s fit-and-fast Black Ops Elite athletes, Thomas van Tonder, Carina Marx, JJ Deysel and Joshua Masundi, knew it was going to be brutal when eyeing up the usual suspects on the start line. All of South Africa’s top OCR athletes were present, looking buff and tough. It was going to be war to the end.

The Black Ops Elite course presented 30 obstacles over a 20km trail, each challenging either your mental or physical limits in the longest Warrior Black Ops Elite race to date. The terrain was fairly flat giving hardened runners the edge between obstacles.

After fighting it out for over 90 minutes, Jeep Team OCR star and Jeep Warrior series leader, Thomas van Tonder, succumbed to second place in a time of 01h40, a few minutes behind eventual race winner, 39-year-old Claude Eksteen (Ex-World Triathlete), who returned to the series and claimed top spot in 01h37. Louis Smit came 3rd in 01h43.

Jeep Team’s JJ Deysel and Joshua Masudi took seventh and eleventh places respectively.

The Jeep Warrior brand radiates quality and equality as you are judged only on your mettle to compete and finish. All genders race together over the same course, giving a fresh take on women helping men, and vice versa, over and out of mud pits and the like.

Jeep Team’s top female OCR athlete, Corina Marx, put in an impressive fight against the top women OCR athletes in the country. Marx eventually finished 3rd in 02h33, climbing two positions from Jeep Warrior Race 4 in Ballito, where she placed fifth thanks to a hamstring injury.

The highly efficient Hanneke Dannhauser took top spot in 02h19 with super-strong Trish Bahlmann in second in a time of 02h27.

Jeep Warrior’s Carina Marx, said “It was truly a runner’s race. Our stamina and endurance were really pushed to the limits. This is an incredible series and I’m proud to compete alongside top athletes like Hanneke (Dannhauser) and Trish (Bahlmann). Dannhauser was an absolute machine today. No one was going to catch her.”

Marx is currently lying 4th in the overall series standings behind Bahlmann, Dannhauser and D’Oliveira. Coming into the Jeep Team fold around 6 months ago with lots of potential but short on experience and relevant fitness levels, Marx has shown incredible improvements, and will go much further once she accepts the warrior within, and lets it out, taking no prisoners.

The Jeep Team will be competing in the next Jeep Warrior Race 6, which takes place from 24 – 25 September 2016 at Kwanyoni Lodge in Nelspruit.

RESULTS

BLACK OPS ELITE – MEN

  1. Claude Eksteen                        01:37:18
  2. Thomas van Tonder                        01:40:18
  3. Louis Smit                           01:43:18
  4. Trevor Lagerwey                       01:47:02
  5. Bradley Claase                         01:50:13

 

BLACK OPS ELITE – WOMEN

  1. HANNEKE DANNHAUSER              02:19:25
  2. TRISH BAHLMANN                           02:27:44
  3. CARINA MARX                                  02:33:15
  4. MICHELLE MEYER                             02:46:33

 

COMMANDO ELITE – MEN

  1. ANRICH ZIMMERMANN             00:52:18
  2. BRANDON HULLEY                           00:54:20
  3. GARETH MARQUISS                        00:57:13
  4. DARREN MARQUISS                       01:00:53
  5. ADAM REID                        01:07:44

 

COMMANDO ELITE – WOMEN

  1. SAMANTHA GILCHRIST                  01:20:36
  2. NIKKI CAROMBA                        01:22:44
  3. CINDY WILLS                                      01:29:33
  4. MARISKA UYS                                    01:41:48
  5. ANNEMARIE SCHOLTZ                   01:49:33

 

ROOKIE ELITE – MEN

  1. TORIN TORRENTE                       00:43:20
  2. ZANDER LOUW                           00:43:40
  3. JOSHUA DE JAGER                          00:44:15

 

ROOKIE ELITES – WOMEN

  1. LAUREN DAWS                           00:50:42
  2. KIRSTY VAN DER MERWE              01:03:43
  3. DANIELA WILKIE-WATSON           01:08:40