Wow this is an incredible Drakensberg Gran Traverse record. Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel have crossed crossed through some incredibly difficult terrain on their run starting from the Sentinel Peak Car Park in the Northern Drakensberg and traveling to the Bushman’s Nek Border Post in the Southern Drakensberg. The Drakensberg Mountains are known for their sharp edged peaks, rocky trails, and substantial climbs and falls. Over the course of the run, the two endurance athletes saw nearly as much total elevation gain as the equivalent of summiting Mt. Everest.
When they launched their efforts, Ryan and Ryno hoped to beat the previous record of 60 hours, 29 minutes, 30 seconds set back in 2010. After scouting the route ahead of their attempt, they felt that was an attainable goal, while also believing they could actually complete the route in under 40 hours. While they did manage to crush the old record, they weren’t able to finish quite that quickly. Their official time was 41 hours, 49 minutes, which shaves more than 18 hours off the previous best pace.
The run was not without its share of challenges. In addition to the grueling terrain, which they even ran through at night, both men faced some physical challenges. Sandes twisted an ankle no more than two hours into the attempt, and was worried for a time that he might have to pull the plug on their expedition. Later that day, Griesel said that he became dehydrated, which made for a rough couple of hours that his partner helped him to get through. In the end, they were able to overcome those difficulties and complete the traverse in record time.
So the question now is who will be able to do it in less than 40 hours. Any volunteers?