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Meintjies and Scheffer win Buffelspoort AfricanX

Ruan Meintjies

Ruan Meintjies

Just over 300 eager trail runners were seen in action at Buffelspoort Dam (North West Province) on Sunday, 27 January 2013 at the New Balance Trail Run presented by ISUZU.  Runners could choose between a challenging 12km route or a less daunting 6km route.  Ruan Meintjies and Leilani Scheffer claimed victory crossing the finish line first in the 12km event in an impressive times of 52minutes58seconds and 01hour03minutes11seconds respectively.

Meintjies, currently training for school’s athletics, is aiming to make it to the SA Champs and then World’s later this year.  “Today’s trail run was hard, with hills that eat your legs, and even tougher down hills.  The route was very nice though as it featured more nature, where other races are just open.  The participants of yesterday’s Totalsports XTERRA Full must be really strong in their legs to be able to finish a swim, followed by a mountain bike and then this trail run route.  I will definitely be back next year”, says Meintjies.  Francois Pretorius came in second, while Petrus Oosthuizen  finished third.

EXCITING NEWS:  As Ruan Meintjies was the first 12km athlete to cross the finish line on the day he has also won himself an entry into South Africa’s most exciting three day stage trail run, the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance.

Scheffer, who happens to be Meintjies’ physio, had a great time on route.  “I’m currently training for my first Two Oceans 21km race.  Today’s route was really nice, and not as bad as I expected.  It was really well marked, with well manned water points.  It’s definitely one of the best organised trail run events that I’ve participated at”, says Scheffer.   Anita Obrien came in second, while Takalani Nthulane-Ndandani finished third.

In the 6km New Balance Trail Run presented by ISUZU the first spot on the men’s podium was claimed by youngster JP van der Merwe, followed by Juan Von Willigh and Andre Hattingh.  Carmen Schoeman was the first female runner home on the day, followed by Susan Alkema and Kory Shukrani.

Photo Credit ~ Jetline Action Photo


New Balance Trail Run presented by ISUZU

Date:                 Sunday, 27 January 2013
Venue:                        Buffelspoort Dam, North West Province
Distance:                    6km and 12km
Start Time:                 07:00


6km New Balance Trail Run presented by ISUZU


P_Sex Time Surname Name Sex Dist Cat1
1 00:36:18 Schoeman Carmen F 6 Vet F
2 00:37:29 Alkema Susan F 6 Open F
3 00:39:11 Shukrani Kory F 6 Open F
4 00:40:10 Gerard Hayley F 6 Open F
5 00:41:35 Odendaal Sankia F 6 Open F
6 00:42:17 Oelofse Tanya F 6 Open F
7 00:42:23 Fourie Lynnette F 6 Open F
8 00:43:52 No Data No Data F 6 No Cat
9 00:45:09 May Kate F 6 Open F
10 00:45:22 Murray Annelle F 6 Open F


P_Sex Time Surname Name Sex Dist Cat1
1 00:27:08 vd Merwe JP M 6 Open M
2 00:28:52 Von Willigh Juan M 6 Open M
3 00:34:03 Hattingh Andre M 6 Open M
4 00:34:41 Warren Bruce M 6 Vet M
5 00:35:03 Alberts Riaan M 6 Open M
6 00:35:03 Scheepers Coenraad M 6 Open M
7 00:35:14 Schoeman Vicci M 6 Open M
8 00:35:19 V d Merwe Nico M 6 Vet M
9 00:36:34 Laubscher Andre M 6 Open M
10 00:37:31 Smit Burt M 6 Open M
11 00:37:31 Letele David M 6 Open M

12km New Balance Trail Run presented by ISUZU


P_Sex Time Surname Name Sex Dist Cat1
1 01:03:11 Scheffer Leilani F 12 Open F
2 01:06:17 Obrien Anita F 12 Open F
3 01:12:40 Nthulane-ndandani Takalani F 12 Open F
4 01:13:28 Moller Teresa F 12 Open F
5 01:14:39 Visser Herme F 12 Open F
6 01:19:19 Oddy Keaton F 12 Open F
7 01:21:06 Fourie Marc F 12 Vet F
8 01:21:06 Pennekan Millicent F 12 Open F
9 01:21:35 Bezuidenhout Joanne F 12 Open F
10 01:22:15 Rautenbach Ona F 12 Open F


P_Sex Time Surname Name Sex Dist Cat1
1 00:52:58 Meintjies Ruan M 12 Open M
2 00:54:33 Pretorius Francois M 12 Open M
3 00:56:45 Oosthuizen Petrus M 12 Open M
4 01:01:33 Ndandani Mazu M 12 Open M
5 01:01:42 Jansen Martin M 12 Open M
6 01:02:02 Kjenstad Ole Christian M 12 Open M
7 01:02:50 Porteous Justin M 12 Open M
8 01:05:58 Du Plessis Muler M 12 Open M
9 01:09:03 Steynberg Willmar M 12 Open M
10 01:09:20 Du Plessis David M 12 Open M




  1. Good day
    I am looking for the full results of the trial run at Buffelspoort xterra 2013. Where can I find it?

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