As a prelude to the IAAF Gold Standard Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, the annual 22km and 12km Peace Trail events take place on the Saturday prior to the 42.2 extravaganza. Managed by Wildrunner, the Peace Trail is a celebration of the beautiful routes that lie in close proximity to Cape Town’s inner city, and the 2018 edition was a successful show down of grand proportions.
After a slight delay on the start line due to an unexpected change in health and safety requirements further along the route, the stellar 22km field of more than 400 runners took to the trails at impressive pace.
A lead pack of four made up of Givemore Mudzinganyama, Tranquil Gumbo, Siboniso Soldaka and Teboho Noosi dominated from the beginning, with Jonathan Black chasing just a few seconds behind them. Givemore surged ahead some 8km from the finish, unaware of the steady approach of Gauteng runner Tranquil Gumbo in his wake. It was down to the wire in every possible way, with Givemore taking a narrow win after a crowd-thrilling sprint finish to the tape; Gumbo was less than a second behind him. Siboniso Soldaka rounded out the men’s podium.
Givemore Mudzinganyama 1:32:07
Tranquil Gumbo 1:32:08
Siboniso Soldaka 1:38:11
In the women’s race, Bianca Tarboton took an early lead with Marion Lieberich and Cana Peek in hot pursuit. The three top women maintained this formation, dominating the field in style. Bianca has had a superb 2018 of racing, and looks in fine form to make a name for herself as an up and coming trail talent.
Bianca Tarboton 1:46:01
Marion Lieberich 1:50:52
Cana Peek 1:57:39
The 12km race win was scooped by Admire Rushika who was followed by Jeandre September and Andrew Louw. The women’s top spot went to Leanda du Bruyn. Second and third went to Gianna Marais and Kyla Meyerson respectively.
The rest of the field followed these firecrackers home, supported by a full team of local volunteer marshals and sweeps. A spectacular representation of the Cape trail community.