Three athletes complete SOX3 Trail run


Pain is temporary, finishing last forever!
This is the motto to which three of Secunda’s most adventurous women runners held on while testing their stamina and skill in the Southern Cross or known as the SOX 3 Day Trail run.
Jolene Carstens, Christa Crous and Wilna Jordaan of the Secunda Marathon Club braved this diverse run in the Eastern Cape on 5 August.
Jolene, a professional photographer, signed up for the full race of 30km in the mountains on the first day, 30 km through the Knysna forest on the second day and 20 km along the coast line on the last day.
The last day’s route was quite spectacular as the runners were rushed over various terrain, including a railway track and a floating bridge across a river to the finish line.
Although Wilna and Christa opted for the light race 20km on the mountain terrain, 10 km in the forest and 20km along the coast, they soon asked to extend their second day route from 10km to 30 km.
“The scenery is so beautiful and we did not want to spend more time at the tent than in the outdoors,” Wilna said.
Jolene and Wilna took on the gruelling Rhodes Trail Run in July which is considered the toughest race to crack. Jolene said recently that, although very beautiful and diverse, she considers the Sox race more strenuous.
“The mountain route escalated to 3265 feet in a short distance taking us higher than Table Mountain,” said Jolene.
The women are in agreement the things that stood out in this race are the extreme quietness in the forest and the diversity of terrain.
Their next major race will be the Oystercatcher in Mosselbaai at the end of September.

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