Arnett secures convincing win at Uitsoek SkyMarathon®

Bruce Arnett proved mountain running experience beats the speed of youth when he secured a convincing win at the Uitsoek SkyMarathon® near Nelpruit last weekend.

As the fifth of the six events in the 2016 South African Skyrunner® Series, the race was hotly contested at the sharp end of both the men’s and the women’s field, with many of the top contenders in the points standings of the series vying for podium positions.

The front group set a fast pace from the start, with Stewart Chaperon and Herman Mulder reaching the first checkpoint together at 6km, followed closely by Werner Bosman and Tranquil Gumbo. Strategically holding back on his pace so early in the game, Arnett was the fifth runner at the checkpoint.

Fast-forward to the highest point of the race (2 008m) at 22.8km, Arnett and Bosman were leading the race, both looking comfortable despite the lung-busting ascent to get there. Chaperon and Mulder followed just two minutes behind.

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After the third checkpoint Arnett (pictured above) pulled ahead, opening a good lead on Bosman, while behind them Chaperon widened his gap on Mulder. Arnett took line honours in 4:34:50, Bosman came in 2nd (4:39:15) and Chaperon followed 10 minutes later (4:49:41), a full 25 minutes ahead of Mulder.

The ladies race was equally gripping. A last minute decision saw Wolkberg SkyMarathon® winner Holly Page decide not to run because of injury, leaving the competition thinner but just as tight between Marzelle van der Merwe and Maria van der Merwe. First woman to the 6km checkpoint was Marzelle, followed by Maria two minutes behind. Soon afterwards, it was Maria who took the lead for the rest of the race, finishing in 6th place overall in 5:37:53. Marzelle crossed the line in 2nd place 13 minutes later in 5:50:51, securing her 8th position overall. In third place was Lawrette McFarlane (6:44:50).

The course record of 4:03:41 set by Lucky Miya in 2015 remained untouched, as did the ladies record (Nicky Booyens, 5:20:17, also set in 2015).

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High early-summer temperatures saw most athletes struggling with the heat, and many took advantage of the numerous streams along the route to cool off during their race.

Constantly looking for ways to improve his already smooth race operation, race director Sven Musica deployed the local off-road rescue unit to various strategic points along the route, which made communication possible across the entire course.

“Once again, the popular skyrunning format proved itself as an incredibly tough challenge for both the entire field, from front end to the back runners. The average altitude of the course varies between 1 800m and 2 000m above sea level, together with a fair amount of technical ground thrown into the mix, puts the Uitsoek SkyMarathon® up there with the most testing must-do skyrunning events in the Series,” said Musica. “I look forward to seeing and being a part of South African Skyrunning growing from strength to strength.”

The final race in the 2016 South African Skyrunner® Series is on 26 November with the Lesotho Ultra Trail, the only Ultra SkyMarathon® outside of SA borders.

Full results of the Uitsoek SkyMarathon® can be found here.

Current point standings in the 2016 South African Skyrunner® Series:

MEN RACES POINTS
Stewart Chaperon DNT (58) + Wolkberg (78) + Uitsoek (78) 214
Ruan van der Merwe DNT (56) + Wolkberg (52) + Uitsoek (68) 176
Herman Mulder Wolkberg (68) + Uitsoek (72) 140
Mazu Ndandani Ingeli (72) + Wolkberg (58) 130
Willie Brink DNT (46) + Ingeli (68) 114
Bruce Arnett Uitsoek (100) 100
Johardt van Heerden DNT (100) 100
Lucky Miya Ingeli (100) 100
Bernard Rukadza Marloth (100) 100
AJ Calitz Marloth (100) 100
Corne Boshoff DNT (24) + Wolkberg (28) + Uitsoek (38) 90
Iain Don Wauchope DNT 88
Nceba Mahlawe Ingeli 88
Edson Kumwamba Marloth 88
Werner Bosman Uitsoek 88
Frikkie Pienaar DNT (32) + Uitsoek (50) 82
Pieter Pienaar DNT (30) + Uitsoek (52) 82
Christiaan Greyling DNT 78
Sbusiso Nxele Ingeli 78
Brian Gardner Wolkberg 78
Lucas Adams Marloth 78
Colin van den Bergh DNT (12) + Ingeli (64) 76
Mlungici Mazibuko DNT 72
Mark Winter Marloth 72
Rory Scheffer DNT 68
Darryn Patterson Marloth 68
Chris Strydom DNT 66
Neil Hermann Ingeli 66
Bennie Roux Wolkberg 66
Andre-Hugo van Zyl Marloth 66
Bruce D’Hotman Uitshoek 66
Pedro Calderon DNT 64
Leon Roode Wolkberg 64
Abrie Delport Marloth 64
Mike Nash Uitshoek 64
Mapepane Mahlangu DNT 62
Mark Rudling Ingeli 62
Richard McCafferty Wolkberg 62
Kevin Harris Marloth 62
Craig Hammer Uitshoek 62
Kane Reilly DNT 60
Michael Baker Ingeli 60
James Whitaker Wolkberg 60
David Leith Marloth 60
Conrad van den Berg Uitshoek 60
Wynand Bezuidenhout Ingeli 58
Jonathan Niemann Marloth 58
Jaco van Staden Uitshoek 58
Fritz van Zyl Ingeli 56
Martin Crous Wolkberg 56
Quintin van Heerden Marloth 56
Nicholas Berry Uitshoek 56
Nicholas Berry Uitshoek 56
Steven Roberts Uitshoek 54
Rob Enslin DNT 54
Melvyn Quan Wolkberg (1) + Uitsoek (44) 54
Carl Elkington Ingeli 54
Koot Steenkamp Wolkberg 54
Dirk Immelman Marloth 54
Matthew Langton Ingeli 52
Brian Dugovich DNT 52
Shaun Starck Marloth 52
Peter Pienaar Uitsoek 52
Ordonez Manu DNT 50
Sean Macfarlane Ingeli 50
Tiaan Fullard Wolkberg 50
FS Marincowitz Marloth 50
Frikkie Pienaar Uitsoek 50
Rob Donkin DNT 48
Michael Lenhoff Ingeli 48
Michael Canavan Wolkberg 48
Willem Moolman Marloth 48
Oscar Carshagen Uitsoek 48
Alexander Pope Wolkberg 46
Andrew Hagen Marloth 46
Kobus Maree Uitsoek 46
Melvyn Quan Uitsoek 44
Nicholas Lykiardopulos DNT 44
Fernando Santos Wolkberg 44
Derick Coetzee Marloth 44
Dirk van den Heever DNT 42
Piers Pirrow Wolkberg 42
Ryan Cloete Marloth 42
Martin van Gass Uitsoek 42
Vusi Mseleku DNT 40
David Barkhuisen Wolkberg 40
Irénée Heyns Marloth 40
Selwyn Roon Uitsoek 40
Rudi Nel DNT 38
Willem Swanepoel Wolkberg 38
Anton Franchi Marloth 38
Corné Boshoff Uitsoek 38
Steven Gossman DNT 36
Nicholas Mulder Wolkberg 36
Yan-Eric Douvier Marloth 36
Leon Gouws Uitsoek 36
Paul Olivier Wolkberg (4) + Uitsoek (32) 36
Werner Coetzee Uitsoek 34
Stijn Laenen DNT 34
Albert Heyns Wolkberg 34
Craig Sherman Marloth 34
Paul Olivier Uitsoek 32
Michael Snyman Wolkberg 32
Mubeen September Marloth 32
Warren Manson Wolkberg 30
Jos Uitsoek 30
Michael Brouckaert DNT 28
Paul Norman Uitsoek 28
Rolf Meyer Uitsoek 26
Wouter Huizinger DNT 26
Gary Cooper Wolkberg 26
Johann Olivier Wolkberg 24
Stolla Stoltz Uitsoek 24
Neels Malan Uitsoek 22
Hendrik Kotze DNT 22
Jeandre Theunisson Wolkberg 22
Jan-Louis du Toit Uitsoek 20
Bevan Carr DNT 20
Leslie Attwell Wolkberg 20
Dustyn Lightfoot DNT 18
Jason Gradwell Wolkberg 18
Jan Slabber Uitsoek 18
Rick Dufourq DNT 16
Naas Janse van Rensburg Wolkberg 16
Schalk Grobbelaar Uitsoek 16
Rowan Albertyn Uitsoek 14
Grant Wade DNT 14
Emile Annandale Wolkberg 14
Neil Lategan Uitsoek 12
Colin van den Bergh DNT 12
Karel Kapp Wolkberg 12
Mitch Dufourq DNT 10
Cecil van Niekerk Uitsoek 10
Aaron Engelbrecht DNT 8
Andrew Booth Wolkberg 8
Theo Bohen Uitsoek 8
Zane Peters DNT 6
Franco Olivier Wolkberg 6
Jurgens Hanekom Uitsoek 6
Le Roi Naude DNT 4
Sybrand Mostert Uitsoek 4
Gregg Cheetham DNT 2
Frederik Wolfaardt Uitsoek 2
Craig Carolan Wolkberg 2
WOMEN RACES POINTS
Marzelle van der Merwe Ingeli (78) + Wolkberg (78) + Uitsoek (88) 244
Lawrette McFarlane DNT (62) + Wolkberg (66) + Uitsoek (78) 206
Lorraine Boshoff DNT (66) + Wolkberg (68) + Uitsoek (60) 194
Rachel Manyathi DNT (60) + Ingeli (68) + Wolkberg (62) 190
Maria van der Merwe Wolkberg (60) + Uitsoek (100) 160
Nicky Booyens DNT (68) + Ingeli (72) 140
Neelke Stadler Wolkberg (64) + Uitsoek (66) 130
Nicolette Griffieon DNT 100
Tracy Zunckel Ingeli 100
Holly Page Wolkberg 100
Jenny Janisch Marloth 100
Su Don Wauchope DNT 88
Katya Soggot Ingeli 88
Marcelle Coetzee Wolkberg 88
Sabina Kondelis Marloth 88
Linda Doke Marloth 78
Naomi Brand Wolkberg 72
Jontelle Linnegar Marloth 72
Deidre Watson Uitsoek 72
Danielle Harcourt Marloth 68
Max Visagie Wolkberg (12) + Uitsoek (56) 68
Laetitia Botha Uitsoek 68
Wendy Arnott Ingeli 66
Willemien van Zyl Marloth 66
Mareli Boman DNT (34) + Wolkberg (32) 66
Zisandele Mzhize DNT 64
Chantelle Fourie Uitsoek 64
Catriona Clunas Uitsoek 62
Mignon Smit Wolkberg 58
Mariette Slabber Uitsoek 58
Marilize Raath DNT 58
Caren Ziady DNT 56
Isel Barnard Wolkberg 56
Annelien Basson Uitsoek 54
Daphne Peters DNT 54
Rae Clerihew Wolkberg 54
Christel Hanekom Uitsoek 52
Lee Olivier DNT 52
Belinda Mosdell Wolkberg 52
Anke Brink DNT 50
Anri Visser Wolkberg 50
Lisa Main Uitsoek 50
Adele Smit Uitsoek 48
Michelle Davis DNT 48
Stephanie Hurry Wolkberg 48
Celimpilo Zwane Uitsoek 46
Ariena Shepherd DNT 46
Julie Cornelius Wolkberg 46
Machelle Bremer DNT 44
Cornia Broere Wolkberg 44
Lisa Karantonis Uitsoek 44
Lisa Howe-Dreyer Uitsoek 42
Elmari Erxleben DNT 42
Tarrin van Niekerk Wolkberg 42
Marike Meyer DNT 40
Monica Roode Wolkberg 40
Morne Vos Uitsoek 40
Vicky Stott DNT 38
Ruth Manson Wolkberg 38
Lidell Botha Uitsoek 38
Maretha Hoffman Uitsoek 36
Samantha Nightingale DNT 36
Marike Meyer Wolkberg 36
Shelly Plumb Wolkberg 34
Tanya Zaayman Uitsoek 34
Zelda Coetzee DNT 32
Mareli Boman Wolkberg 32
Natasha van Wyngaardt Uitsoek 32
Stefa Etsebeth Uitsoek 30
Julia Lyle DNT 30
Candice Eb Wolkberg 30
Leanne Mills Wolkberg 28
Gracia de Jager Uitsoek 28
Janine Boshoff Wolkberg 26
Hendrina Coetzer Uitsoek 26
Anja Steinberg Uitsoek 24
Mientjie Els Wolkberg 24
Michelle Renen Wolkberg 22
Rosemary Brink Wolkberg 20
Christine Steyn Wolkberg 18
Hannelie Mare Wolkberg 16
Elouise van der Merwe Wolkberg 14
Gracia de Jager Wolkberg 10
Karin Armstrong Wolkberg 8
Wilma Barendze Wolkberg 6
Mimi Smit Wolkberg 4
Antoinette Neethling Wolkberg 2
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