Rhino Peak Challenge ready to give back

Photo - Anthony Grote / Gameplan Media

The 2018 edition of the Rhino Peak Challenge, taking place on World Rhino Day – 22 September, will see 20 elite adventure athletes and people of influence take on the iconic Rhino Peak in the Southern Drakensberg to raise funds for endangered species around South Africa.

The event, which is into its fourth year this year, follows a unique format in that all those participating are responsible for getting pledges to support their fund raising efforts. From these pledges the participants set themselves a goal time and however many minutes they finish inside their goal time, those are multiplied by the initial pledge.

Although the RPC is set up as a race for the elite athletes who will be hoping that they can beat the Fastest Known Time (FKT), which currently sits at two hours and twenty minutes. However with some tough weather conditions predicted for Saturday the FKT might be a step too far.

Rory Scheffer returns for another edition of the race having taken part in the last two RPC’s. He is also joined by multiple RPC finisher Johardt van Heerden, former holder of the FKT until Kane Reilly beat his time last year.

Amongst the newcomers to 2018’s race are Drakensberg residents Philip Shezi and Mlungisi Mazibuko, Kwenza Ngubane from Greytown, and Capetonians Robert Rorich and Lucas Adams.

From a ladies perspective the two that will be fighting it out for the ladies race win will be Naomi Brand from Velddrif on the West Coast and Durban’s Toni McCann.

The pair both have impressive running credentials and it will be an exciting race between the two to the top of the Rhino Peak and back down.

The other half of the event is made up of people of influence. Amongst them are a number of conservationists, adventurers and event organisers who have all used their influence to get as many pledges as possible.

Amongst the people of influence are renowned adventurer Sibusiso Vilane, international rugby referee and event organiser Stu Berry, KAP sani2c founder Glen Haw and current Mrs South Africa Nicole Capper.

From an environmentalist perspective Nkosinathi Ntoyi, Dr Jacques Flamand, Nunu Jobe, Dr Clinton Austin and Brent Coverdale will all be taking part.

Whitewater kayaking star Shane Raw is also amongst the people of influence taking part in the event as well as co-founder and Chairman of Wildlife ACT Johan Maree.

There will also be a team from Rhino Africa Safari’s taking part. The five-person team will be coming from Cape Town to take on a challenge that none of them have done before.