Stewart Chaperon and Olivia Read are the new champions of the Wildcoast Wildrun™ – the popular three day 112km stage race from Kei Mouth to Hole-in-the-Wall on the Wild Coast.
Chaperon was made to work hard for his title and chased throughout by Jacques Mouton from George and twin brothers, Andrew and Steven Erasmus from KwaZulu-Natal. These four runners pushed each other from the get-go, never letting up the pressure. Chaperon lead the pack through the checkpoint on day 1 but was overtaken by Mouton in the final stretch to win the stage by two minutes with the Erasmus brothers about 20 minutes behind after a few navigational errors. The brothers ran together on day 2 and won by 12 minutes to set up a tight race on the final day. Chaperon started day 3 with a meagre four minute overall lead and had to work hard to keep up with second-placed Andrew Erasmus but he managed to stick it out and crossed the finish line with Andrew to claim the overall title of Wildrun™ champion.
In the ladies’ race Olivia Read, a local from Port Elizabeth, never gave any other lady a sniff of victory. Read ran with the defending ladies champion, Sylvie Scherzinger in the first half of day 1 but pulled away later in the day to win the stage by a little more than 20 minutes. Scherzinger, who was struggling with a knee injury this year, could not make up this gap and Read increased her lead on days 2 and 3 to finish as champion, more than an hour in front of Scherzinger.
All in all, it was yet another truly successful Wildrun™ and all runners enjoyed the three day challenge in this majestic part of the world. This week the second departure will take off from Kei Mouth on Thursday for the more social Journey and another unforgettable experience for all participants.
1. Stewart Chaperon 10:53:43
2. Andrew Erasmus 10:58:04
3. Steven Erasmus 11:05:35
1. Olivia Read 11:59:34
2. Sylvie Scherzinger 13:05:19
3. Harriett Cullinan 14:34:14
For the full results click here.