Updated 22 April 2013

Du Plessis opens account at Momentum Health Meg-3 National Duathlon Series

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One day after placing on the podium in an obstacle racing event, Brand du Plessis showed a clean pair of heels to the likes of Terence Lowe in 2nd and Dirk Coetzee in 3rd, winning the first Momentum Health Meg-3 Duathlon event of 2013 in a time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.

Capitalising on the absence of Erhard Wolfaardt, Wian Sulwald and Claude Eksteen, Du Plessis’ winning time is only a minute slower than last year’s Kameelfontein event, where he placed second to Wolfaardt. Former Springbok and television presenter Warren Brosnihan also put in an appearance, commenting on the finish line that he is likely to appear in future races – watch this space!

Among the ladies, Andrea Steyn also picked up where she left off in 2012, beating Lise Olivier and Riana Robertson (nee de Lange) in a time of 1 hour 46 minutes, which was also her exact winning time for the same event last year. “For me the result of the race came in the form of Brandon and Luke Schlebusch, who at ages 15 and 17 came second in the open team’s category,” remarks race commentator, Carel Bosman. “We might have seen our usual world-class athletes winning this time around, but the young talent is coming through strongly and that’s what Momentum Health’s sport sponsorship is all about!”

With 244 athletes finishing the event, the undulating hills around Kameelfontein Primary once again left its mark on the non-finisher’s list, reminding participants that it was early in the season and that fitness levels in many cases would have to increase in order to prepare for the 2013 duathlon calendar. 

But for the less competitive, the first ever Fun Event offering half the normal race distance, drew huge support and brought a host of first time participants to the day. Riders and runners of up to 69 years old completed the well-organised road event on anything from mountain bikes to state-of-the-art carbon racing machines.

“That was tougher than I thought, but I was stronger than I thought,” commented a first timer competitor at the finish line. “I am definitely coming back for the next one!”

The Series now heads down to Lourensford in Cape Town for an off-road event on May 12th. Entry details and more can be found at