Steamy but good running conditions greeted the large fields of runners spread over races of 5, 10 and 17,5km at the 2020 Discovery Surfers Challenge. For the paddlers, the lack of wind made conditions somewhat tougher although the ocean looked pristine.
Hanlie Botha, for many years the leading woman in running circles over the middle distances chalked up a 4th win in the race from Kwelera to Nahoon. She is the first runner to achieve this. Second was her Easy Equities Born 2 Run team mate Andrea Ranger herself a previous winner. Vusumzi Zondo won the men's race from the 2019 winner Bulelani Mgubo of BRAC.
The shorter 10 km race from Gonubie saw both of last year's winners repeat the feat. Luthando Hejana of Old Mutual won the men's race from Sipamandla Goduka, while sisters Caryn Lategan and Lauren Ranger were first and second in the women's version, with junior Sascha Mortimer a close third.
In the newly bumped up 5km open to all, it was still the juniors (12 years and younger) who stole the show. Adam Brown won the boys from Sam Norris and Noah Davis, while Kesha Louw was first girl in followed by Rachel Troskie and Keelyanne van Heerden. The first runner across the line was a slightly older Ben Arnoco.
Bevan Manson and Nicole Birkett were the pick of the single ski paddlers while Andrew Carter and Brendon Thompson took the double ski title.
Photos by Peter Taylor