The third round of the biggest obstacle course race on the continent, the Jeep Warrior Race, took place in the protea-studded hills in Krugersdorp at Hero Adventure Hobby Park over the weekend of 23 and 24 April.
Michael Joubert, the first winner of the Jeep Warrior Race R100,000 grand prize, proved that his recent results were not a flash in the pan by taking the win. Pre-race favourite and multiple previous winner Claude Eksteen made light work of the challenging running sections and early obstacles and built a demanding lead. Breaking Point, an infamously tough obstacle that requires strength, technique and endurance to complete, has been the downfall of many and was no different on the day. Eksteen lost his massive lead after failing on his first attempts to complete the obstacle, eventually seeing the first five men in the Black Ops elite discipline in deadlock. It was Joubert who managed to clear the obstacle first and sailed through the remainder of the 30 obstacles the athletes covered over the 16 km course. Bradley Claase put in an impressive performance to capture second after he managed to pull himself through Breaking Point, and was followed home by Joubert’s KeyHealth teammate Greg Avierinos who rounded off the podium in third. As the winner, Joubert walked off with R10,000 in prize money and drove home in a Jeep Renegade, which he gets to keep until the next event in Ballito.
For more info on the race series visit www.warrior.co.za.