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Varsity College Multi Series



An incredible spring day dawned on the final event of the Varsity College Multi Series at the beautiful Baynesfield Estate 20 minutes from Pietermaritzburg. Baynesfield Estate is situated in KwaZulu-Natal near Richmond and was founded by the late agricultural pioneer, Joseph Baynes, who left Baynesfield Estate in a trust for the benefit of South Africans when he died in 1925 without heirs.The Estate is over 9000 hectares in extent and is run as a working farm, by a Board of Trustees, farming pigs, timber, maize, avocados, cattle and soya beans. Joseph Baynes started the bacon industry in SA and the Estate still has the largest breeding piggery in the Province.

Just over 450 athletes across the Mountain Bike, Trail Run and Muticross events took part in the event and there was some great support from family and friends as well as the three KZN Varsity College based campuses.

The 5km fun run / walk and the 15km trail run continued to attract the runners and walkers from the serious to the not so serious in the fast growing trail running community.

Solicitor Manduwa took the win in the mens 15km trail run in a time of 52 minutes and 14 seconds and said “I really enjoyed the run, Baynesfield is a fantastic venue with beautiful views, the route was really well marked and fast and technical, I’ll be back for the next one for sure. Daneil Feldmann took the line honors in the womens race with another impressive run.

The 19km intermediate mountain bike was won by Rob Craig in 51 minutes 17 seconds with youngster Beanie Thies winning womens race in 57 minutes and 8 seconds. She had the following to say, “It was a hard course but extremely fun with technical single track, everyone should really get out here and ride more often, the trails are incredible.”

The 40km mountain bike classic was won by Evan van der Spuy in a classy 1 hour 33 minutes and 27 seconds over 3 minutes ahead of second placed Marc Adam, van der Spuy had the following to say, “The hardest part of the route was the 12kms climb to the highest point, but from then on the fun fast single track was incredible – I managed to get a lead off the climb and hold it from there. Baynesfield is an awesome venue and I love the trails here.” Paddling ace, Brittany Petersen, continued to enjoy her time out of the boat and on the mountain bike taking the win in the womens race.

The Multicross long course event provided a fast, fun course for the athletes and was convincingly won by Mitchell Ginsberg across the 5kms trail run, 20kms mountain bike and 2,5kms trail run route in a time of 1 hour 10 minutes and 31 seconds. Experienced multisport athlete Landy Puddu won the womens race.

With the Varsity College Campus challenge once again providing fun and games for the athletes and spectators the Pietermaritzburg Mammoths came away with the victory on the day in the glider challenge with the Westville Cowboys taking the overall win across all three events in the series.





Max Cluer Sports Marketing with title sponsor Varsity College did it again, when they brought the second event of this year’s Multi Series to Virgina Trails, just outside Eston KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday 24 August 2014. The second leg of the Multi Series was hosted by the Varsity College Durban North “Pirates” who welcomed the Varsity College Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses, as well as participants from the first event of the series.

Sunday’s event carried on the fierce competition from the first event, with challenging mountain bike and running trails that sent athletes through the valleys of sugar cane plantations and thorn veld on the Virginia Farm estate. The day kicked off at 08h30 with the 40 km Mountain Bike event, where participants and all those in attendance at the starting line were greeted by chilling early morning winds. The 19 km and 10km Mountain Bike events followed respectively and a few minutes later, the 15km trail run athletes were released to tackle the gruelling course followed by the fun 5km trail run/walk.

Battling with the wind and reaching altitudes of up to 850m above sea level, participants were treated to some of the most spectacular views of nature Multi Series has ever had to offer. “The conditions out there were tough and the wind sometimes made the ride a bit tricky”, said Sthembiso Masango of team Change a Life and subsequent winner of the 40km Mountain Bike event. “The land here is beautiful and the views from the top of the hills are breath-taking” he added.

The main event of the day was the Multicross long and short course races – Zahir Malani, multicross athlete and first time entrant of the Varsity College Multi Series described the trails as “awesome and rideable” and thanked the organisers for putting together the event. Peter Stainbank, owner of Virginia Trails describes the area along the trails as “a magnificent wonder of nature which is a pleasure to have shared with people”.
The day’s events also included the traditional Varsity College inter-campus challenge, between the Westville, Durban North and Pietermaritzburg campuses – where Westville were victorious.

To wrap-up the second event of the Varsity College Multi Series prizes were handed out to the victors of the day’s events. Among the winners was Darryn Purtell in first place in the Multicross Long Course and Campbell van Rooyen in the Multicross Short Course. Sthembiso Masango the first male in the 40km MTB, while Varsity College’s very own Britney Petersen also walked away with the first female. Dylan Howard was the first male in the 19km MTB with Sabine Thies of Jeep Team taking the first female spot with an impressive time of 53:52. Joe Maphumelo and Slindile Tshabalala first male and female respectively in the 15km Trail Run. The winners received prizes courtesy of Reebok, New Era, Varsity College, Funky Pants, Richie Cycles and Virginia Farms. Full results and pictures of the winners can be found on

The final event of the Varsity College Multi Series will take place at Baynesfield Estate in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, 21 September 2014.


Multicross Long Course: Male – Darryn Purtell 1:13:10, Gareth Marquiss 1:20:44 and Darren Marquiss 1:20:48; Female – Landy Puddu 1:33:09, Amanda Hawke 1:38:18 and Karen Thomson 1:47:22. Multicross Short Course: Male – Campbell van Rooyen 51:37, Cameron van Rooyen 58:39 and Jason Botha 1:05:29; Female – Courtney Smith 1:00:20, Bridget Theunissen 1:07:57 and Nikki Jonas 1:13:37. 40k MTB: Male – Sthembiso Masango 1:28:41, Evan van der Spuy 1:29:40 and Blake Gutzeit 1:34:23; Female – Brittany Petersen 2:07:44, Robyn Howard 2:09:05 and Caroline Jones 2:11:13. 19km MTB: Male – Dylan Howard 53:25, Craig Zieseniss 56:30 and Josh Rheeders 59:43; Female – Sabine Thies 53:52, Norma Hooper 1:17:21 and Vyvekah Lumley 1:18:54. 15km Trail Run: Male – Joe Maphumelo 58:51, Siyabonga Ngcongo 59:35 and Mxolisi Zondi 59:58; Female – Slindile Shabalala 1:28:18, Vanessa Skinner 1:31:34 and Tracy Ibbetson 1:33:52.



The second event of the Varsity College Multi Series will be held on Sunday, 24 August 2014 at Virginia Trails in the Eston region approximately 50 minutes from Pietermaritzburg and 60 minutes from Durban.

The venue is predominately a sugar cane farming area and also forms part of one of the oldest conservancies, namely the Beaumont Eston Conservancy.

Also on offer will be a range of catering as well as entertainment for the kids, music and a chill zone making this an awesome day out.


The Varsity College Multi Series 2 will be improved as follows:

1. Jan Abbott of Clearwater Trails is an expert in track and course building and will be managing the route.
2. The venue owner will be involved in the route building with the route expert to get best routes.
3. There will more signage & route markers at closer distances to help riders
4. The MTB and running routes will be separate.

**We sincerely apologise for the oversights at the first Varsity College Multi Series at Giba Gorge and endeavour to make this the best Varsity College Multi Series yet!

First 300 pre-entires get this Sporty Gym/Fitness Shoulder Bag with earphone outlet & adjustable cross-over shoulder strap. Enter now and #BeTheFun. Pre-Entries close on 20 August 2014.

Click here for the directions to Virginia Trails.




Max Cluer Sports Marketing is proud to present the twelfth year of the Multi Series ! This exciting lifestyle series has grown and developed over the past decade and today offers a multitude of options for duathletes and specialist mountain bikers and trail runners. It’s really all about having fun in beautiful environments with your friends and family and like-minded energetic outdoor people.

Varsity College moves into their third year as title sponsor to the series. Varsity College, an educational brand of the IIE, is a dynamic young brand making it perfect partner to the Multi Series with its focus on a healthy and energetic lifestyle.

Carole Adam, National Sports Manager at Varsity College commented , “Varsity College is the proud title sponsor of the Multi Series and has a Sports Life initiative at each campus which encourages students to get involved in healthy outdoor lifestyle-orientated sports such as MTB, Canoeing, Trial Running, Surfing etc. The Multi Series is a great fit to take our Sports Life vision to the next level!”

The Multi Series is designed around the family, it’s all about getting out there and having fun. Mountain Biking and Trail Running make up the two core disciplines. The venues are beautiful and safe and make for a fantastic day out. Participants can compete or take part in various formats, as an individual or as a team. The Full Distance event is geared for the weekend warriors and the racing athletes and a half distance event for the younger generation and less experienced, the perfect platform to learn and get involved before taking it to the next level.

The first event takes place on the 20 July at Giba Gorge MTB Park near Pinetown. With the second race in the series on the 24 August at Virginia Trails near Eston. The third and final race in the series is on the 21 September at Baynesfield Estate near Pietermaritzburg.

Participants may choose between the MULTICROSS (Trail Run, MTB, Trail Run) Series, MTB Series and TRAIL RUN SERIES. The full course MULTICROSS comprises a 5km trail run, 19km MTB and 2.5km trail run while the short course is made up of a 2.5km trail run, 10km MTB and 1.25km trail run. The stand alone Mountain Bike series offers a 40km Classic, 19km and 10km, and the TRAIL RUN options include a proper 15km trail run and 5km fun trail run / walk.

With catering and beverages on offer, ablution facilities with hot showers, medical and safety standards to spec, Max Cluer Sports Marketing strive to offer their participants a value for money package and a ‘feel good’ experience. Bring your mountain bike and helmet, and running shoes for a great day of fun and exercise with family and friends.

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