STELLENBOSCH, WESTERN CAPE, 16 APRIL 2018 – This past weekend, 14 and 15 April 2018, Bilton Wine Estate in Stellenbosch attracted thousands of eager athletes as it played host to Race 4 of the 2018 Toyota WARRIOR Series, powered by Reebok.

Participants of all fitness levels were welcome to challenge their athleticism and grit, and had three courses to choose from – Rookie, Commando, and Black Ops. The event challenged the athletes to complete a set course by foot, which involved overcoming carefully chosen obstacles that extend over a specific trail.

The Black Ops Elite race, incorporating 35 obstacles over roughly 16 kilometres of trail, was the main event of the weekend. Combining both Rookie and Commando obstacles with the addition of endurance obstacles that involve carrying and dragging heavy objects for set distances, the Black Ops is the hardest race of every WARRIOR Weekend.

The men’s elite race was close-fought, with Claude Eksteen (Supa Mama), Thomas van Tonder and Armin Botha each showing their strengths in a tousle for first place. Eksteen, 2017 Series Champion, showed his experience, taking the win in 01:34:04, 35 seconds ahead of Race 3 winner, van Tonder in second (2017 Series Runner Up), and Botha in third with a time of 01:34:48.

In the women’s elite race, the lead changed hands throughout the race as 2017 series winner, Trish Eksteen (Supa Mama), and Race #2 winner, Carla van Huyssteen (KeyHealth Team Nevarest) fought for victory. Eksteen showed her strength and racing prowess, taking the win ahead of van Huyssteen in second and Nedene Cahill (Supa Mama) in third.

In addition to the honours and the R10 000 prize purse, Claude and Trish Eksteen each got to drive home in a WARRIOR-branded Toyota RAV4 – theirs to drive until the next event in KwaZulu-Natal on the 14th and 15th of July.

In the 10km, 22 obstacle Commando Elite race, the men’s top three were Bernard van der Schyff, claiming his first race win in a time of 00:47:01, Calen Hastie in 00:48:43, and Nelius Swart with a time of 00:50:21. In the women’s race, gold went to Sam Ryder, silver to Race 2 winner, Tarryn Butler, and bronze went to Gabriella Holmes.
The Rookie Elite athletes completed a 5km course incorporating 15 obstacles. In the men’s elite, Justin Landsberg claimed the top step of the podium ahead of Nick Oberholzer in second and Janus de Klerk in third. The women’s title went to Sam Gilchrist in a time of 00:43:03, while Megan van Tonder and Karen Denny finished in second and third respectively.

Results – Toyota Warrior #4

Black Ops Elite
1. Claude Eksteen             01:34:04
2. Thomas van Tonder       01:34:39
3. Armin Botha                   01:34:48

1. Trish Eksteen                 01:55:15
2. Carla van Huyssteen     02:03:48
3. Nedene Cahill                02:08:10

Commando Elite
1.  Conrad Herbst             00:46:18
2.  Kelvin van Wyk            00:47:01
3.  Calen Hastie                00:48:43

1. Sam Ryder                   01:07:07
2. Tarryn Butler                 01:08:28
3. Gabriella Holmes          01:08:51

Rookie Elite
1. Justin Landsberg        00:35:11
2. Nick Oberholzer          00:37:12
3. Janus de Klerk            00:39:37

1. Samantha Gilchrist     00:43:03
2. Megan van Tonder      00:45:53
3. Karen Denny               01:00:12

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