Kane Reilly delivered a majestic display of trail running over and around Cape Town’s most famous mountain, winning the 2019 China Construction Bank Table Mountain Challenge in fine style yesterday (Sunday).
The win proved a perfect birthday celebration for Reilly, who turned twenty-seven on Saturday, with the Cape Town athlete racing to victory over the challenging 44 km circuit in 4 hours 30 min 56 sec – a full 25 minutes clear of last year’s champion, Bernard Rukadza, who finished in second position.
Stellenbosch trail star, Landie Greyling, completed another Table Mountain Challenge victory in her first “come-back” run following injury, racing away from fast-improving Julika Pahl after 12 km on the descent at Hout Bay Corner, to clinch the women’s top prize in 5:49:59 Greyling finished nine minutes clear of Pahl, who retained her second position of last year but with a significantly faster time on a course which was by some distance the toughest yet in the TMC series.
Greyling’s husband, Christiaan, ran a solid race, clocking 5:03:11 to complete the podium positions and making it a good day out for the Greylings.
Last year’s heat was replaced with cold, wet and misty conditions, with visibility on the Back Table and at the Saddle to Devil’s Peak reduced to just a few metres. “It was slippery out there on top,” reflected Reilly. “You couldn’t see much and I lost a minute or two, taking a wrong turning down Llandudno Ravine before going back to the correct trail.