Three Peaks Challenge

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The Three Peaks Challenge is a mountain running trail of some 50km first done by Carl Wilhelm Schneeberger in March 1897. The challenge comprises ascending the three major peaks above Cape Town, namely Devil's Peak, Table Mountain and Lion's Head. Schneeberger completed the course in 9h5m, not counting his rest stops at the old Johannesburg Hotel in Long Street after each peak. On the centenary of Schneeberger's feat, Don Hartley and a group of 13 runners took on the challenge on 13 September 1997. In 2001 Chad Ulansky set a new record at 5h27m29s, a record which stood until 2010 when Andrew Hagen posted a time of 5h23m20sec. One year later, newcomer Andre Calitz beat Hagen, bettering the record by nearly 16 minutes, and set an astonishing new mark in 2012 with a winning time of 4h50m21s.

The course starts at 108 Long Street and runners scramble up Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain (Maclear's Beacon, via Platteklip Gorge) and Lion’s Head, returning to Greenmarket Square after each peak. [1]


Three Peaks Records: 1897 to 2014

Year Men Time Year Women Time
1897 Carl Schneeberger * 10:50:00 Pioneer
1927 Sandy Trimble * 07:17:00
1977 Geoff Pitter * 06:51:00
* solo efforts
1997 Don Hartley 07:18:00 1997 Catherine Schorr 09:27:00
1998 Danny Biggs 06:07:42 1998 Tanya Katzchner 08:23:07
1999 Glenn Castle 06:41:56 1999 Helen Davies 08:43:15
2000 Arvind Varsani 06:18:20 2000 Tanya Katzchner 07:38:27
2001 Chad Ulansky 05:27:29 2001 Caroline Brawner 07:43:49
2002 Danny Biggs 05:33:51 2002 Sylvie Harris 07:31:19
2003 Danny Biggs 05:44:24 2003 Nicola Le Marquand 07:07:21
2004 Ake Fagereng 06:36:13 2004 Sylvie Harris 06:42:32
2005 Ake Fagereng 05:46:53 2005 Janette Terblanche 07:52:54
2006 Roger Steel 05:56:42 2006 Sylvie Harris 06:17:26
2007 Andrew Hagen 06:11:38 2007 Karen De Kock 07:48:12
2008 Bruce Arnett 05:28:08 2008 Caroline Balkwill 07:40:34
2009 Andrew Hagen 05:34:27 2009 Cherilyn Vossberg 07:09:23
2010 Andrew Hagen 05:23:20 2010 Janette Terblanche 07:28:13
2011 Andre Calitz 05:07:39 2011 Caroline Balkwill 07:14:09
2012 Andre Calitz 04:50:21 2012 Katya Soggott 06:15:27
2013 Charl Souma 05:46:57 2013 Katya Soggott 06:15:02
2014 Martin Kleynhans 05:24:59 2014 Katya Soggott 06:15:44

Record Times:

Name Date Devil's Peak Table Mountain Lion's Head Total Time
Men Andre Calitz 03-11-2012 01:42:52 01:51:20 01:16:09 04:50:21
Women Katya Soggott 02-11-2013 02:02:38 02:32:17 01:40:07 06:15:02


Ten or more Three Peaks Challenges completed:

Name Times completed Year first completed
Gavin Snell 18 1997
Rolf Aebischer 15 1999
Roger Steel 13 1998
Brian Key 13 2001
Barry Washkansky 13 2002
Stephen Hector 12 2000
Mark Lemmon 11 2002
Annie Lemmon 11 2002
Roz Menne 11 2003
Glenn Castle 10 1997
Sonia Beard 10 2001
Guy Meredith 10 2004
Mark Spengler 10
David Foyn 10
Alan Green 10
Sibylla Eickhoff 10


External links[edit]

http://www.threepeakschallenge.co.za/

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