Amazing sportsmanship at Ingeli Forest race

When some mist and cold air started to roll in towards the late afternoon on the previous day, race organisers thought the weather on Sunday was going to be a chiller, but boy were they wrong.

Race day was the most beautiful day at the perfect location — the Ingeli Forest Lodge, situated in an indigenous forest at the foothills of the Ingeli Mountains.

As the sun rose, the cars and bikes started making their way to the venue for registration for this year’s third leg of the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series 2018. It couldn’t have been scripted any better, with many of the top MTB male and female riders all getting themselves ready for the forest part of the series.

Just under 250 bikers registered for the 40 km, 25 km and 10 km fun run/walk. That’s without all the families and supporters that came along to enjoy a beautiful day out in the country!

The race started and finished at the Ingeli Forest Lodge.

The route carves through the beautiful indigenous forests that surrounds the lodge. There was a few punctures and slashed tires due to guys going way to fast over rocks and stones. There were long fast down hills and about one kilometre of hard-ups to contend with. The finish was an uphill sprint in the line. Like you can see from the times, it was very competitive.

All finishers got an ice-cold Powerade and medal when they crossed the finish line. Hibiscus Insurance Brokers were also there to hand out ice cold water and Hollard drinking bottles to the parched riders. Twenty-seven degrees in the forest with all those hills to contend with wasn’t an easy task!

There was a mother who did the 10-km run together with her son by pushing him all the way in his pram. There was also a lady who’s bike broke at the jockey on her back wheel and luckily for her, Dr Freek Coetzee and his wife, with their tandem bike, came along and he “operated” on her bike with a screwdriver and cable tie, and she was able to finish the race. There were also many first-timers who took on the challenge as couples and friends and finished together, showing the amazing sportsmanship at these MTB events!

Prize giving was for 40- and 25-km distances only, with Tiago’s sponsoring the fun prizes for the top 3 x 10 km finishers.

10 KM FUN RUN/WALK/RIDE (FIRST 3 ACROSS THE LINE)

3rd: Place: Nkululeko Mpisane from Port Shepstone (Rehoboth)

2nd Place: Mbongeni Ngeleka from Kwanzimakwe

1st Place: Goodwill Nhlumayo from Margate

THE RESULTS FOR THE 25 KM MTB WERE AS FOLLOWS:

25 km Female Overall

3rd Place: Debbie Malcolm 01:51:06

2nd Place: Kristin Thornton-Smith 01:41:44

1st Place: Sally Neave 01:39:04

25 km Male Overall

3’rd Place Kiera Booker 01:30:12

2’nd Place Xolile Mhlekude 01:28:25

1’st Place Brent Richter 01:10:03

THE RESULTS FOR THE 40 KM MTB WERE AS FOLLOWS:

40 km Female Overall

3rd Place: Bebrah Thomas 01:45:47

2nd Place: Nataschka Mowat 01:45:03

1st Place: Bianca Haw 01:32:05

40 Km Male Overall

3rd Place: Jedson Tooms 01:24:37

2nd Place: Andrew Hill 01:19:43

1st Place: Reinhard Zellhuber 01:19:29

There was a delicious food court that had some amazing country home cooking thing going which was run by Westbury Prep school as a fundraising opportunity and was well supported by people at the race. There were raffle tickets for sale for some half lambs and weekends away at Ingeli Lodge and Spa up for grabs as well as a beautiful kids zone. Hibiscus Coast Insurance Brokers brought free water and Hollard water bottles along and every race-goer was lucky enough to get one.

The music was festive and created an amazing atmosphere. “All in all it was a very successful day and another special race in a very special area, organized by Westbury Prep School. All the teachers, parents and headmaster were involved in some way with this event,” said organiser Michael Bester.

— Supplied