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'Old school' and 4:58's

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A few images from our inaugural run in 1989 and the 'old school' canvas tent at the Mavis Bank 'Top' check-point, providing shelter for crew and runners.

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There was a gas heater inside the tent to help runners thaw after their sub-zero run through the Kloppershoekkloof. 

Mike Forshaw (seen below in 1989 with his winner's trophy) was the first to reach Mavis 'Top' and first home that year winning in 4:58.

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Twelve years later in 2001 at his 7th Rhodes Run Mike, now wearing Snowflake No 30, was back running another 4:58, this time finishing second behind Johan Oosthuizen.

A 4:58 would have given Mike second spot in 2016.

To bookend with another 4:58. That was Johnny Young's time in 2007 running second to Trevor Toerien.

 

Some are easier than others

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We have been told, on numerous occassions, that our route is not flat, apparently littered with a number of bumps/undulations before and after Mavis.

Here is one of the easier 'climbs' of the day. The stile at Hooggenoeg Peak.

It is truely downhill from here. Well, almost!

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Image: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures

 

Why we are not a February run

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The only month during which Rhodes village has not experienced a snowfall is February.

Comes as no surprise that the Rhodes Run is held in July and not in February!

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The Class of '16

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Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures reminds us of our Class of '16

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Tony Kietzman caught up with some of them earlier in the day ...

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Christmas in October?

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For some, yes!

The first tranche from the waiting list fluttered through the ether in the wee hours this morning and landed gently causing a quickening of pulse and goals to be set. 

What lies in store for the Class of '17?

Note for our novices- Craig never uses a dirty lens. Those splodges are snowflakes, adding something of a briskness to the day. 

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Image: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures

 

From first sub-4 to 20th finish

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First sub-4 completes his 20th Rhodes Run

There is always something magical about a 'sub-4' run. It has that special ring to it, more so for a mile but also at the Rhodes Trail Run. 

After carrying out a full reconnaissance of the route in 1990 when he finished 12th, Jannie le Roux shook the race by the roots of its rose-hip bushes the following year when he rampaged to the Finish at the Gideon Naude Bridge over the Tinternspruit with a new best time of 3:56 to become the first person to complete the course in less than 4 hours.

It was not until 1995 that anyone else went sub-4 at Rhodes when fresh from his 2nd place at the Comrades Marathon, Charl Mattheus ran 3:51

Jannie and Charl are the only two runners to run sub-4 at Rhodes. Charl's 3:51 remains the 'best time' on the old route and to date no-one has run sub-4 on the 'Ridge route'.

Jannie is also one of only four runners to go sub-2 to the top of 'Mavis Bank' His 1991 'King of the Kloof' time of 1:57:15 remains the second fastest to the 'Mavis' Check Point. Again only one person has run quicker. Dirkie Moolman with his 1995 record of 1:53:00. Dirkie was 'King of the Kloof' in 1995 when Charl went on to win.

Snowflake Permanent number 47 has been proudly carried by Jannie since 1993.

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   Jannie with winner's trophy 1991  

Roll on to 2016 and Jannie le Roux became the 6th person to complete the Rhodes Trail Run 20 times. 

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  Jannie tackles Mavis (L) & Hooggenoeg (R) on his 20th Rhodes Trail Run 2016

Those who have completed the Rhodes Run on 20 occasions (number of finishes in brackets)

  Sham Singh (28)  #13 
  Danny Holton (28)  #14
  Sakkie Vlok (22)  #214
  Kobus Brand (21)  #181 
  Dave Moody (21)  #223
  Grobbie (Johan) Grobler  (20)  #34
  Jannie le Roux (20)  #47
  Shane Hinchliffe (20)  #210
  Guillaume Nel (20)  #333

Images: 1991 - Rhodes Trail Run archives; 2016 - Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures

 

Everyone looks back on 'Mavis'

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At some stage while going up 'Mavis' everyone has a look back - it is an acceptable reason to pause, vomit gently, let the heart-rate drop below 200, and mutter somewhat ... and there is the view

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Kim and JP look back
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 Is Guillaume on his own on 'Mavis'?    No, not quite...
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Not everyone looks back ... if you have a 'selfie-stick' it's a casual shot over the shoulder, not so Reader!

A photo-essay by Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures

 

Tight competition at Rhodes

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