Nyedimane and Beling reign supreme at Happy Valley Trail Run

One, two, three… Tyler Beling, Pauline Njeya and Marika le Roux show the positions they finished in at the main race for women during the first Castle Lite Trail League meeting staged at Happy Valley in Bloemfontein on Saturday. The meeting was presented by Bloemfontein Courant. PHOTO: HANNES NAUDé

Chabeli Nyedimane, the defending champion of the Castle Lite Trail League, presented by Bloemfontein Courant, and the new kid on the block, Tyler Beling, called the shots at the first meeting of the mentioned series at Happy Valley in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Although Nyedimane was given a good run for his money by Anastacius Ontong over the approximately 9 km tough and undulating course in the main race for men, he never looked under real threat and crossed the line first in 30:55. Ontong, who threw down the gauntlet from the onset, had to settle for a decent second place in 31:15. This was an impressive showing by Ontong, seeing that this was also the first trail run of his career.

The strong trail runner, Wilfred Leeuw finished third in 32:43.
Beling, a matriculant at the Fichardt Park High School and national schools 3000 m (19-years) champion, went off like a bullet and was never challenged until she crossed the line in 38:13.

The defending champion in the women’s division, Pauline Njeya, was surely not at her best and had to settle for second behind her training partner (Beling). Njeya clocked 41:12, close to three minutes adrift.

Yet another great talent who put up her hand at a Castle Lite Trail Run, was the Grade 11 learner from the Oranje High School for girls, Marika le Roux. She finished in a neat third place in 42:38.

Beling’s talent was spotted at the last Castle Lite Trail run of the 2016 league when she beat Njeya for the first time. Since then, Beling became a force to be reckoned with in junior middle distance running at national level. – RUFUS BOTHA