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10 Years of Buff®

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Last year saw ten years of the Rhodes Run Buff®. Thank you Adventure Inc and Buff® for your support.

This year was the 11th year Buff® has been involved with the UTi Rhodes Run. There are 19 versions of Rhodes Run Buff® are out there.

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Morne Strydom of Adventure Inc/Buff® receives 10 year Event Partner award

Image : Craig Muller - Backyard Adventures

 

By far the most accomplished 'up top'

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They were the most accomplished, and the most comfortable 'up top' when the snow storm arrived.

Shuttling cold and exhausted runners off the mountain in the early afternoon the Ford Ranger 4x4 support vehicles proved their class.

Built Ford Tough, the Rangers were brilliant.

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Image: Greg Raubenheimer | Rhodes Run

 

You want MORE ice in your drink?

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Frozen bananas, chewy drinks and a hospitable warm welcome.

Standard fare at the UTi Rhodes Run feed stations. 

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Images : Rhodes Run | Greg Raubenheimer

 

A taste of the memories...

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Some feedback ...

• Rhodes ticks all the boxes: its remote, is tough and absolutely beautiful.  
   
• Rhodes is great for the total lack of crowds. People are there when you need them with good cheer and humour. I enjoyed the lack of hype and fuss, the tight organization and the apparent simplicity of it for us as runners (for you as the organizers its a HUGE logistical undertaking).  
   
• I wish to say a big and heart-felt thank you to you, your family and all the special people who have helped to make this an unforgettable experience.    
   
• You and your team's attention to detail has helped to make it an awesome journey for each one of us in such a beautiful part of our country.  

 

For more Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures images 

 

The faces of two multiple winners

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  Jannie le Roux - Took line honours in 1991, 1992 & 1994  
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  Jannie returns to Rhodes in 2014, completing his 18th UTi Rhodes Run  
     
  Johnny Young - Took line honours in 2008 and again in 2014  
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  Johnny on Mavis this year, on his way to complete his 9th Rhodes  

Images : Craig Muller - Backyard Adventures

 

Headline Results 2014

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A balmy minus 8° start after a week of minus 17° and it appeared another year of best times was on the cards.

Dark clouds loomed and then shared their contents...sleet, then snow.

Careful what you wish for! Some found that running in snow is best in other peoples photographs. The fleet of foot missed the fun as the snow fell, thicker and deeper.  A perfect UTi Rhodes Run day.

There were 288 starters, 239 finishers and 30 Snowflake permanent numbers awarded. 'Headline' results are:

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1st Johnny Young  Karoline Hanks
2nd Hylton Dunn Helen Buley
3rd Sydney Speelman Ronel van Graan
     
King of the Kloof Sydney Speelman   
Queen of the Kloof   Karoline Hanks
     
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 1st Johnny Young Karoline Hanks 
2nd  Andrew MacKenzie Ronel van Graan 
3rd  Dean Rosin Nicolette Brouwer 
     
 50+    
 1st Fernando Santos  Miema Murray 
2nd  Charles Naude  Erika Niewoudt 
3rd  Guillaume Nel  Heila Smith 
     
 60+    
 1st Phillip van Niekerk  Dianne Duggan
2nd Iain Toomey Robin Sherry
3rd Johan Hibbert Rina Bloem
     
 

Don't expect hot water

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Here is a useful tip for those of you who are going to blitz the route on the 12th.
 
Don't expect hot water, or even running water for that matter, if you finish before midday. Water freezes when it's cold, you would have noticed that when you crossed the rivers and at the feeding stations, and frozen water just does not flow through pipes. So, no hot showers, and maybe no showers or baths until the afternoon.
 
Of course those of you who have been to Rhodes before know this...but please tell your family who will be in Rhodes while you have fun scrambling over the hills - they will probably not be able to go 'home' to a hot bath after the start.  Help them  to have an enjoyable morning without worrying about a morning bath - suggest they visit the Farmer's Hall or are well stocked with steaming hot coffee and/or sherry while you are away!
 

Driving on snow & ice

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It's what everyone coming to the UTi Rhodes Run hopes for, snow!

Fun, if a bit tricky, for running, but potentially nerve wracking for driving.

Arrive Alive prepared a very useful note on guidelines for winter driving, and driving on snow and ice.

Recommended reading if you are visiting Rhodes this winter. Read article here.

 


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