The 2016 Featherbed Trail Run was held yesterday in near perfect weather and under foot conditions but these factors were not enough to knock Kane Reilly’s record out of the record books as Featherbed legend Stuart Marais failed by a mere 14 seconds to break it.
Marais’s performance was superb and thoroughly dominant and amazingly he has now ran and won the race on four occasions with his time variance between fastest and slowest winning times being only 48 seconds.This was the first time he has dipped below the 55 minute mark for the 14 km event.
In the women’s race, last years winner Andrea Steyn was pushed into second place after a phenomenal performance by newcomer Letitia Jones who ran a very fast time of 1 hr 03 min 51 sec.
Few athletes will argue that the Coelacanth 14 km trail and the Seahorse 11 km trail in the Featherbed Nature Reserve can be matched for its beauty. Nearly 900 runners took part in the events which included a fun five km Blue Duiker trail run for the first time aimed at younger runners
The two courses of different distances are run three times during the day and the overall winners are determined by their respective times.
One of the novel features of the Featherbed Trail Run is that all runners are ferried to the start on board one of three ferries which cross the Knysna lagoon to the Nature reserve. Running along the coast, through indigenous forest and finally over the railway bridge back to the waterfront, the run is totally unique and continues to be the firm favourite event at the Knysna Oyster Festival.
Full results can be found at www.oyster.events
picture by Glenn Murray