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Over 2,000 experience TROT

The Lilyfontein Tomato Trot & Cycle (TROT) saw 2,278 children and their parents experiencing the beautiful countryside through the tomato fields and farmlands of the Brakfontein area on Saturday, February 1.

Founded in 1995 this fun run now attracts a field of over 2,200 runners, walkers, and cyclists.

The entire family event incorporates six different events; 15km run/walk and a 5km fun run/walk, 55km and 35km MTB cycle and a 15km and 8km cycle.

Jason Peach predictably won the 55km mountain bike event but was chased by Eddie Hoole. Their respective times were 2:30:04 and 2:30:26. The first woman was Michelle Schlebusche in 3:05:58.

The shorter 35km cycle had double the number of cyclists and was won by Clarence Randall in 1:38:39 and Annine Koch was second in 1:48:05. In the 15km cycle, Colby Watson was the first male in 39:00 while Tamzin Kent won the girls in 50:47. The 8km cycle offered the most cyclists out of an approximate total of 400 across the events.

In the shortest event, Tomas Warren was the first male in 24:35, while Summer Gaylard took the girls race in 37:24. In the men’s race, Malixole Kalideni finished first in 52:18 and Kirsten Forsythe took the women’s in 71:39.

By far the biggest participation event on the day was the 5km run where well over 1,200 runners and walkers took part.

Pictured are some of the excited participants at this years event.


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