With just eight hours left to run, fifty year old Hout Bay ultra-athlete Linda Doke was on track to become the first person to complete the thirteen peaks challenge running solo within 24 hours.
The thirteen peaks challenge has become the ultimate in trail running challenges in the Cape, following trail star Ryan Sandes’ throwing down the gauntlet earlier this year, and takes in thirteen of the toughest, most iconic peaks in the Peninsula over a route in excess of 100km.
“The idea came about when I jotted down some peaks which I thought would make a nice logical route," explained Sandes. "I just wanted to do a good, chilled day out on foot.
“The route made a lot of logical sense with some really key peaks in there," says Ryan. "Peaks I’ve spent a lot of time on. Also the route follows lets you experience a lot of the best of the Cape peninsula on foot."
Sandes jotted down Signal Hill first, then Lions Head, followed by MacLears Beacon, Grootkop, Judas Peak, Klein Leeukop, Suther Peak, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Peak, Muizenberg Peak, Constantiaberg, Klassenkop and Devils Peak. And with the requirement to close the circuit by finishing at Signal Hill, the challenge was born!