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RCS SOX 2017 Day 3

RCS SOX 2017 Day 3

The Southern Cross Trail run claims to be the most diverse trail run in South Africa. Seeing that the terrain ranges from fynbos mountains to indigenous forests to stunning garden route coastal scenery, they might have a point :-)

This year I was only able to do the final day (day 3) :-( but luckily the organisers saved the best for last :-)

I got to start earlier that the rest of the runners. Which meant that I had the beach entirely to myself for a couple of serene minutes...

Only leave footprints!

It didn't take long for the rest of runners to appear in the distance...

And soon the leaders (and eventual team winners) RCS Gugs 1 (Imran Paya and Peter Tsawayo) came steaming past...

Closely followed by Franz-Erich Streicher who went on to win the individual race.

The women's race was won by Dunya Ansems who also came third overall in the individual classification.

Meanwhile, Robert Schaff and Linda Detering demonstrated their steeplechase skills 

Soon we had to leave the comforts of the beach. Some were better prepared than others for the transition #justsaying :-)

The aid station provided welcome relief...

Just in time for the major climb of the day.

Previously, the climb was a steep forested single track, which was walked by most runners. This year we went up a much gentler gravel road, which in my opinion was a major improvement. Firstly, most runners could actually run the full climb and secondly, the views were magnificent...

Some runners even had excess energy to burn at the top...

The new descent was down the original climb, which turned out to be an exhilarating downhill single track... The third advantage of the new route :-)

After the descent, we reached the Touwsriver.

One of the standouts features of the day's run is the self propelled pontoon across the river...

OK, not entirely self propelled... 

Some runners selected a more "refreshing" river crossing option...

But eventually everyone made it safely across, just in time for the second and final aid station... yay :-)

After the aid station we crossed the river yet again, although in a more conventional fashion...

Into Eb & Flow rest camp.

After a scenic run through the camp...

We reached our final river crossing... The infamous floating bridge...

After the bridge, there was just a short stretch of forest to negotiate...

And a stunning meander along the boardwalks...

Before we reached the finish line, the end of an amazing 20km trail run! 

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