Christy’s Catch Crab Walk & MTB Ride a windy affair!
Wednesday morning, March 21, was the perfect morning to tackle the 15km Christy’s Catch Crab Walk or even the 30km or 50km MTB option… till about 09:00! Good thing none of the 157 competitors knew that, however, when an event turns into a challenge, the fact that “I have done it” becomes so much more rewarding.
Groups of friends and families started the 15km stretch of beach from the Walskipper at 08:00, and was assisted through the Seekoei River by members of the Jeffreys Bay NSRI Station, while members of Station 21 from St Francis Bay kept an eye on the Kromme River crossing. The first mountainbikers, who left Christy’s at 07:30 caught up with them just after the Seekoei River, and the last cyclists of the 50km ride crossed the Kromme River with the last group of walkers. Robin Brown was sweeping on the NSRI’s quad bike while the Paramedics 24/7 ambulance stayed on the scene through the entire event – a big thank you to all of them.
In conditions like this, every participant is a winner, especially the group of children (and their mothers!) who finished after more than three hours in the wind. However, the star of the day is ten year old local Kai Allen, who won the 15km mtb ride in just over an hour! Right behind Kai was Sarah Louw, a veterinary surgeon from Jeffreys Bay and Candice Peltenburg in third place. First man in the open category was Marinus Peltenburg in his first race. Joint third ladies were Kerry Claire and Marlene Meyer, also her first race. First girl in the under 12 category was Rosie Loots. Joint second boys were Edmund Koen and Ruben Miller.
The first walker home was pro and defending champion of many years, Lettie Rachman, who finished in 1:47. Second lady home was Jennifer Masterson and third Welma Wiehahn, and the first man was Deon Dreyer, followed by Charles Wiehahn and Ben Joubert. The winner of the under 12 category (boys) was Woody Dillan, with the youngest competitor of the day, Jordon Allen (7), in a well deserved second place. Third was Dean Brooker and Toby Brown. First girl home was Sian Crofts. First under 17 boy finishing was Reece Peacock and first girl was Marielouise Ferreira, followed by Donne Taute.
The 30km MTB ride was won by Grant Marais in 1:26, followed by two under 17’s, Johan Viljoen (1:36) and his brother Regard Vijoen (1:37). Well done! First lady home was Charne Vernout on her brand new bike from Custom!
The 50km MTB ride had a close finish, with Grant MacGeogheghan finishing in 1:57 and Bruce Campbell right behind him in 1:58. They were followed by Bernard Lawrence (2:03), G Szabo (2:37), Carol Bernard (2:38), and Luke Bester (first under 17) in 2:39 as well as next lady Rochelle Kindness in 3:00 and second under 17 Jamie Loots in 3:30.
Christy’s Catch Crab Walk & MTB 2012 results (click to view results)
For the first time the Kromme river was crossed with two barges and not jetskis to make provision for the bicycles – a big thank you to Brian from BriSands B&B for a very professional service rendered as well as Tim Christy from St Francis Safari’s. Tim’s barge got stuck in the sand and some very tired walkers had to push it, adding some more flavour to the morning! Hope the barge is fine now, Tim!
Another big thank you two our voluntary crew members of Sea Rescue – both Jeffreys Bay and St Francis Bay – thank you for keeping us safe, as well as Robin Brown from Paramedics 24/7 who had his ambulance and professionals on the scene free of charge. Robin also acted as sweeper on the NSRI quad bike.
Thank you to Mickey from Absolutely Water for the water points, the St Francis Tennis and Squash players, our very efficient marshals, as well as Kouga Traffic for constantly guarding and guiding the cyclists.
No event is possible without a sponsor – so a big thank you to Mark and Denise Christy from Christy’s Catch for sponsoring the event as well as Glaceau Vitamin Water for the product and prizes. Last but not least, the volunteers (and friends) who helped with registration and time keeping – Cornel and Rina Viljoen, Heather Ryder, Jo Brown and Jenny Stark.
The next running event is the Village Centre Halfmarathon on 1 May, and the Enid Pretorius Trail Run and Walk on 8 August.