Fruitways wins the ninth Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge.
Grabouw-based Fruitways won the ninth Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge for the first time on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Fruitways members ran/walked 7269.5 combined kilometres. In another first, the race was held at De Rust Futura Primary school in Grabouw and the route included the beautiful orchards of neighbouring apple and pear farms. Seven packhouses competed for the Tru-Cape Trophy and 3084 athletes ran/walked a combed 19775.1Km.
The Tru-Cape Challenge 2018 was also the largest field ever with thousands of people linked to the deciduous fruit industry of the Western Cape competing in the 5km final race leg.
Champion trail runner Akhona Mdaka completed the 21.1Km route first in a time of 1.17.03. He described the new route at De Rust School in Grabouw as “very challenging”. This is the third consecutive 21.1km Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge Mdaka has won. Second place, in 1.17.41, was taken up Thomas Struis while P Moletsane came third in 1.18.06.
Fruitways CEO, Hein Keulder says that this was the first year that Fruitways officially participated in the Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge. “Apart from it being a major event on the calendar for the Elgin Athletics Club it is also an important social event, bringing together a large part of the Elgin community. The friendly competition and rivalry of competing against other fruit businesses in the valley added to the excitement of the day. The highlight for me was undoubtedly the “gees” or spirit of the people and the buzz of competing against friends. It was a bonus that the Fruitways bees won the overall Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge at our first attempt. I am proud of every team member that came out to run, walk and support. A big thank you to De Rust School, Elgin Athletics Club and Tru-Cape for hosting, organising and sponsoring this great event. We can’t wait for 2019 and know that Kromco, Two-a-Day and others will be out to take our trophy in 2019. The challenge is on!”
Tru-Cape managing director Roelf Pienaar congratulated Fruitways on their win and added: “With so many pressures currently facing agriculture it is wonderful to be able to celebrate and compete in such a friendly way in this event. It is especially good to note so many in grower and packhouse community were behind this event.” he ends.
Photos from the event will be posted on Tru-Cape.com.