Windhoek Light Pro’s, were placed second in the grueling 102km AfricanX trail run this past weekend. The team consisting of trail champion Johardt van Heerden and AfricanX debutant, Henno Havenga surprised many as they stepped up to the podium on Sunday.
The dynamic duo presented stamina and stride as they navigated their way through the three day course spanning immaculate mountain passes, grinding gravel trails and skidding declines.
The Windhoek Light Pro’s are proud of their standing in the race and enjoyed the challenging terrain. “It was tough,” said Henno, “I could see that my experience let me down on the third day, but I was glad to have Johardt to push me through. We have been training together for years and we soldiered on through this challenge. It was a huge learning curve”.
The 350 team race started from humble beginnings in 2009 to become a must-do event for trail run enthusiasts across the country. Now based in Houwhoek, after a four year stint in Kleinmont, the route consists of three stages; the first day consists of a fairly easy but lengthy 36km loop starting and ending at Paul Cluver Estate; the second day is a steep and technical 34km trail starting at Ongegund in Somerset West and finishing at the Paul Cluver Amphitheatre in Elgin, Grabouw; and the third and final day stretches a further 22km starting in Wildekrans Wine estate and ending at the iconic Houwhoek Inn.