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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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What's 20 minutes?

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What is 20 minutes over 21km?

At a cursory glance 20 minutes may seem to be a walloping gap, a thumping lead. After all, at the sharp end of most 21km runs 20 minutes translates to about 4km to 5km. 

Our 2016 'King of the Kloof', Hylton Dunn, was some 20 minutes off the best time to the 21km Check Point at the top of 'Mavis Bank' set by Dirkie Moolman back in 1995. However, distance wise those 20 minutes probably put Hylton at the base of Mavis Bank, only 800m behind Dirkie's time. Only 800m ! 

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Hylton Dunn on 'Mavis Bank' 2016 

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 Leilani Scheffer 'Queen of the Kloof' for 2016 on 'Mavis Bank'

Fourth overall to 'Mavis Top', Leilani Scheffer was about 10 minutes behind the Ladies best time to crest 'die slegte vrou' as Mavis was once unkindly referred to as. That could have placed Leilani halfway up 'Mavis', probably near the KISCH IP Krew banner.

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 Perspective, but still 20 minutes.

 

Images: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures 

 

The 'Conversation Stopper'!

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The 5 best times to the 'Mavis Top' Check Point over the 28 years, although 'Mavis' has only been run 26 times - if anyone has ever run 'Mavis' from the river to the Check Point!

1:53:00 Dirkie Moolman 1995  
1:57:15 Jannie le Roux 1991  
1:58:02 Rodwell Sims 1996  
1:58:30 Uys Grundling 1993  
1:59:30 Dirkie Moolman 1994  

Dirkie's 'Best Time' from 1995 stands for yet another year.

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Jannie le Roux, three time overall winner and one of only 4 runners to achieve sub-2 hours to the 'Mavis Top' Check Point
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