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SarahCrunning - 29/11/2017 16:04:14
   
Ultra-Trail Cape Town
Salomon's Ultra-Trail Cape Town is the final race of the 2017 Ultra-Trail World Tour and it takes place on Saturday 2nd December. The route traverses the mountains of Cape Peninsula including sections of Table Mountain, the Constantia Winelands, Kirstenbosch Nature Reserve and Devil's Peak. The 100km course includes 4200 metres of ascent. There are also 65km and 35km race options.

This race includes technical terrain and the temperatures can vary from sub-zero in the early morning to 30+ degrees at the top of Table Mountain. Despite acknowledging its toughness, all 7 of our runner reviewers gave it 5 stars. The finish line under Table Mountain and overlooking Cape Town sounds magical and is lined with supporters. Each runner is announced separately and rung in by cowbell. Do we have any members taking part this year?
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SarahCrunning - 02/12/2017 20:36:50
   
RE:Ultra-Trail Cape Town
The runners set off at 4am local time and the race is now finished. It was an interesting battle for the 100km titles in both the men's and women's fields. Lucy Bartholomew (Australia) took an early lead in the women's field, whereas the top 4 men seemed to be running together for much of the first half - South Africa's Ryan Sandes, Prodigal Khumalo and Bongmusa Mthembu and New Zealand's Scotty Hawker.

By aid station 2, Lucy Bartholomew was 11 minutes ahead of second female Rebecca Owen with Naomi Brand in third. However, Owen was only 100 metres behind after the Karbonkelberg climb and had taken the lead by the Hout Bay aid station. Bartholomew was not behind for long. By 64km, she was back in the lead and gradually widened the gap to finish in a new female course record of 11 hours 21 minutes. Rebecca Owens was 2nd in 12:06 and Naomi Brand third in 12:37.

In the men's race, the top 4 men checked into the aid station at Karbonkelberg together. At the half way point, they were all within 5 minutes of each other with Prodigal Khumalo in the lead, followed by Scotty Hawker, Mthembu and Sandes. By the next aid station, Italian Daniel Jung had moved into third as Bongmusa Mthembu began to struggle. Comrades winner Mthembu then dropped at Hout Bay with a hip injury. After the 60km mark, Scotty Hawker overtook Jung in the battle for third place.

By 80km, Khumalo had a 10 minute lead. Western States winner Ryan Sandes gave him a run for his money and began to close the gap, but in the end it was Khumalo who triumphed with a new course record of 9 hours 51 minutes. Sandes finished second in 9:56, and Scotty Hawker was third in 10:04.
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