Local veteran Skhumbuso Dlamini raced away from a strong field to claim another victory in the iconic Sani Stagger on Saturday, mastering the difficult muddy underfoot conditions but falling just shy of his own race record.
Sani Pass is set to play host to hundreds of runners this weekend as the 2016 Sani Stagger full and half marathons get underway in the Southern Drakensberg as the fully subscribed events provides runners with the unique opportunity to take on the daunting Sani Pass on Saturday.
With a reputation as being one of the tougher marathons around the Sani Stagger half marathon is no mean feat either as runners have to negotiate their way down Sani Pass to the Sani Pass hotel and 2013 half marathon winner Derek Wasserfall is returning for another shot at 21km glory this weekend.
As the final entry for the 2016 Sani Stagger was submitted, race organisers and volunteers were well into their preparations for race-day as they embrace the unique challenge that this one-of-a-kind race presents ahead of the start of the ever-popular event on Saturday, 26 November.
Defending ladies Sani Stagger Marathon champion Michelle de Montille never expected to cross the line first in 2015 and goes into the 2016 race with a similar mind-set as she builds up to the gruelling 42km road running outing up and down the famous Sani Pass in the Southern Drakensberg on Saturday 26 November.