This past weekend saw 4 SLC Adventure Racing Teams take part in the Drakensberg Full Moon 120km race. Despite being in the mountains and at altitude, the demanding route and navigation were made more challenging by the high temperatures. The field was made up of 60 teams and the competition was tight as a number of teams were vying for overall winner of both the A1 and Kinetic Adventure Series. Team Red Ants, which both Mr Fullard and Mr Willson, as well as Alumnus Brian Gardner race for, also lined up in the extremely competitive field, as did Llewellyn Rogers along with his dad. Teams are made up of either mixed 4s or pairs.
From the start the pace was insanely fast and many teams battled to stay with the main field, which soon splintered into the first kayak-run-kayak leg. This leg was followed by a quick Stand Up Paddle, and then a 60km mountain bike route and 28km run through the mountains at night, in the light of the full moon. Team Ubuntu had a slow start but managed to make up time during the night with some quality navigation. Team Tshanduko were just as solid with their navigation, and showed some great teamwork throughout the race. Both teams had to dig deep in the heat and challenging terrain, finishing 4 minutes apart in a really impressive time of 14h 30m.
Well done to all Stanfordians – Casper Venter, David Pullinger, Danica Altenroxel, Reuben Middleton, Lara Dando, Jarred Gosling, Herman Fourie, Marthinus Maritz and Llewllyn Rogers for completing this tough race! Team Red Ants took a third place in this race (in 11h 45m) and a fourth spot in the overall series.