Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series #5 Mabalingwe

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve gracefully greeted runners with a beautiful sunrise over the Highveld bushveld. For the first time in history, this route was opened exclusively to the Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series, which kicked-off this year.

If we could describe a beautiful day and atmosphere for trail running, today would’ve been it. Temperatures rised to 34-degrees in Bela-Bela, wildlife could be spotted along the routes, fun vibes were all around and runners were keen to hit the one-of-a-kind trail.

Tranquil Gumbo and Willem Mapachnga were quick out of the blocks, and continued their lead, to take the win for the fifth round of the Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series.

“The climbs were tough in the heat, but the long road section gave me the edge as I am a road runner.”- Poppy Mlembo, overall ladies half marathon winner.

The half-marathon runners made their way up the gruelling Vodacom hill, which was no easy task. The downhill proved to be even tougher but was masked with scenic views of the valley below.

Tranquil Gumbo took another win for this year’s series with an exceptional time of 01:26:50 in the Mabalingwe heat.

Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series | Mabalingwe

Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series | Mabalingwe

The Lionman leg of the Nissan Trailseeker Series will continue to grow amongst fitness fanatics and we look forward to hosting yet another amazing event next year.

2018 Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series #5 Mabalingwe
Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Limpopo

 Leading results:

Half Marathon Men Podium

Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series | Mabalingwe Men's Podium

Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series | Mabalingwe Men’s Podium

Tranquil Gumbo winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series #5 Mabalingwe

  1. Tranquil Gumbo – 01:26:50
  2. Willem Mapachnga – 01:29:02
  3. Sifiso Buthelezi – 01:36:24

Half Marathon Women Podium

Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series | Mabalingwe Women's Podium

Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series | Mabalingwe Women’s Podium

Poppy Mlembo winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series #5 Mabalingwe

  1. Poppy Mlembo – 01:45:35
  2. Sandra Mansvelder – 01:49:42
  3. Marcelle Coetzee – 01:59:54

The final round of the 2018 Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Series takes place at Cullinan on 04 November 2018. Information and online entries available at www.trailseekerseries.co.za