Winter on the Highveld seems to have magically disappeared, and the summer-like weather brought more than 250 runners out to take advantage of a balmy summer evening at Country Club Johannesburg (CCJ) in Woodmead on 31 August for the fitCal 10km Night Trail Run.
A typical African sunset greeted runners as they arrived at CCJ, giving way a spectacular view of the Sandton skyline by night as the start of the race drew near. While the starting point provides for great views before racing gets under way, it also presents runners with a challenging uphill finish, but the rest of the route is fortunately gently undulating, providing still more stunning views of Sandton at various points on the scenic CCJ property.
Added to that, this run really does provide something for everyone, taking in jeep track, open grass, paved paths and many people’s favourite, the pine forest sections.
The first runner over the line was Edwin Sesipi, making light work of the route – although he probably didn’t see much of the scenery – as he came home in a blistering time of 35:45 to pocket the first prize of R2000. Sipho Ncube and Danisa Moyo rounded off the men’s podium positions. The women’s title went to Estie Steyn in 48:06, also earned her a cool R2000, with Takelani Ndandani and Samantha Summerscales also amongst the prize money.
The atmosphere at these fitCal Night Trail Runs is fantastic and there are few better venues for a run in Johannesburg than CCJ, so the Modern Athlete team invites you to join us there and see for yourself. The next race in the series takes place on Monday 21 September – information and entries at www.fitcal.co.za/ccj.