Defending champion of the Kenton Xtreme triathlon again showed why he is so highly rated in the arena of xtreme sports.
On Saturday Dan Howitz from Port Elizabeth showed his prowess in the Sunshine Coast Spar Triathlon when he came home in a time of 1:37:12.8 to take the gold medal. Despite this being two minutes slower than in 2011 Howitz was still ten minutes clear of second placed Trevor Jordan from East London. Willie Kruger from Uitenhage was in third place.
Howitz made it a double when he took gold in the Mega Build-it 55km MTB in a time of 2.41.00.2, a staggering 16 minutes improvement on his finishing time last year when he was placed second.
Conrad Viljoen from Port Elizabeth and Adam Smith from Grahamstown came second and third respectively.
Kerry Longhurts won the ladies section of the Sunshine Coast Spar Triathlon at the Kenton Xtreme. Kerry Longhurst from Grahamstown was a surprise entry in the Sunshine Coast Spar Triathlon after having just completed her first attempt of Adventure Racing in The 500km Expedition Africa Race lest than a week ago.
But nothing could keep Longhurst from winning the event in a time of 2:14:46.4 ahead of Vanessa Lessing from Port Elizabeth and Diana Schramm from Johannesburg.
Overall team placing in the Sunshine Coast Spar Triathlon were Quest Africa from Alexandria, followed by Team Build-It and Kenton Sports Trust, both from Kenton-on-Sea.
Don Cech from Kenton-on-Sea was victorious in the Mega Build-it 20km MTB when he crossed the line in a time 1:02:42.5, ten minutes ahead of the pack, on Sunday.
The ladies section of the tug-o-war challenge at the Kenton Xtreme was won by Stenden South Africa
Andrico Blignaut from Grahamstown and Gareth Smith from Alexandria came second and third.
Theresa Tunstead from Port Elizabeth won the ladies section in a time of 1:19:09.2 from Tegan van der Merwe and Caley Chaplin, both from Grahamstown.
Sally Waterworth from Jeffrey’s Bay was the first lady home in the Mega Build-it 55km MTB with a time of 3.46.05.1 and was followed by Misty Weyer from Alexandria and Tia Egglestone from Grahamstown.
Ninety athletes entered the popular Hi-Tec Security 10km Beach Run on Sunday which was won by Izandi Dzudzudzu from Port Alfred in a time of 38:15.7 minutes followed by Basie Bonaparte from Grahamstown and Carriot Galela.
The first lady home in the beach run was Alex Cech from Grahamstown and she was followed by Capetonian Pianka Schoeman and fellow Grahamstonian Taryn-Maie Wille.
A new addition to the Kenton Xtreme, the Tug-o-War challenge, is set to become a certainty in events to follow.
Twelve teams pulled the rope in search of top honours and ultimately the Sunshine Coast Spar defeated 42 Airschool to take the title. 43 Airschool reached the final after beating Stenden South Africa in what was a highly competitive and spirited attempt by the losers. The ladies team from Stenden made up to take their section after defeating Beyond Adventure in the finals.
Various other activities took place during the weekend with the Pam Golding Kenton-on-Sea Beach Soccer once again attracted a good following on Saturday.
The Sunshine Coast SPAR Beach Touch Rugby also attracted good support with games being played till late in the afternoon when the PE based Bull Dogs team proved too strong wining the event from the local SPAR Super Kings and the Bulls teams.
Crafters, for the first time also formed part of the festivities. Saturday the NSRI gave a superb display of their abilities and the lover of vintage cars also had a chance to admire some golden oldies.
Even the little kiddies had a good time at the Time out Play Centre, another first at the Kenton Xtreme.