Home Lifestyle Pickard wins the 2022 K-Way MaxiRace Cape Winelands 120km in under 14hrs!

Pickard wins the 2022 K-Way MaxiRace Cape Winelands 120km in under 14hrs!

Lodelia Odendaal on her way to victory in the ladies 120km race.

The heat was no match for Douglas Pickard, at yesterday’s 120km 2022 K-Way MaxiRace Cape Winelands presented by Banhoek Chilli Oil in association with On Running and Yenn Health, seeing him set a strong lead from the start and finishing in a blistering time of 13hrs57min31sec. The fight for second place saw Anele Bans and leading lady, Lodelia Odendaal rallying each other for a while with Anele taking the lead and finishing 2nd in a time of 15hrs38min46 , and Lodelia taking 3rd overall and the 1st lady over the line in a time of 15hrs59min07sec.

“Wow what a tough race, that has to be one of the most testing runs I have done this year,” says race winner, Douglas Pickard. “The heat on course was hectic, but the route and the experience was incredible, I thoroughly enjoyed that!”

Lodelia Odendaal proved once again that the ladies are no match in the ultra distances. Second place went to Caro Jordaan in a time of 17hrs36min10sec and 3rd place to Danelle Joubert in a time of 27hrs03min31sec.

“This is my first time running in this area and what a treat! Going up Mont Rochelle and getting to see the sunrise was a highlight,” says Lodelia. “I completely underestimated this race though, but it was such an amazing experience!”

In the 75km route, Gobler Basson took podium position in a time of 8hrs01min35sec, with Roelof Mostert taking 2nd place in 8hrs23min59sec and Brendan Lombard in 3rd in 8hrs52min27sec.

“What a flipping lekker race!” says Basson. “The climbs early on in the morning were really cool and I felt incredibly strong. Roelof Mostert pushed me hard on the downhills, but I was able to pull away strong for the second part of the race.”

Taking first place in the ladies 75km category was Jana Van Houwelingen in a time of 10hrs25min23sec, taking almost one hour off her winning time from last year. Nicky Booyens took 2nd place in a time of 11hrs19min31sec, with Many Banks in 3rd in a time of 12hrs06min55sec.

“What an amazing day out in the mountains,” says van Houwelingen. “It was super-hot, so each of the river crossings were an absolute blessing. I really enjoy this race, the route is spectacular and the aid stations are the best!”

Jacques du Plessis took podium position for the 45km route in a time of 3hrs33min29sec, with Zibele Bala in 2nd place in 3hrs50min15sec and Cornel Smuts in 3rd in 3hrs50min27sec. Christelle Hattingh was the first lady over the line in a time of 4hrs40min03sec, with Natalie van Reenen in 2nd place in 4hrs50min54sec and Sveta Becker in 3rd place in 4hrs54min25sec.