3 runners targeted in Cape Town Trail race as security concerns mount

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26th November 2023 – (Cape Town) Three participants of the Ultra-trail Cape Town race, a renowned 100-mile trail running event, were reportedly mugged in Cape Town on Saturday. The incident has raised further questions about the safety and security of athletes in the city.

The organisers of the race acknowledged the incident through an official statement on their Facebook page, stating that they are aware of the incident involving participants in the 100-mile race. Fortunately, the three runners involved did not sustain any physical injuries and have made the decision to continue with the race, displaying tremendous resilience in the face of adversity.

To address the incident, the matter has been handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for further investigation and action. The local authorities are now tasked with ensuring the safety of the participants and apprehending those responsible for the mugging.

This incident follows a similar attack on a British elite cross-country runner, Tom Evans, just a week prior. Evans, a 31-year-old former British Army captain, was the victim of a mugging, held at knifepoint, and subjected to physical assault while training on Table Mountain. As a result, he made the difficult decision to withdraw from the race and return home.

Dmitry Mityaev of Russia and Ruth Croft of New Zealand emerged as the champions of the 2023 Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100k race after a grueling competition. Mityaev showcased his strength and dominance throughout the event, leading the pack from the beginning and maintaining his lead until the finish line, crossing it in an impressive time of 10 hours, 43 minutes, and 6 seconds. Meanwhile, Croft exhibited exceptional performance, steadily widening the gap between her and the other competitors, ultimately winning the women’s race with a time of 12 hours, 12 minutes, and 20 seconds. Marianne Hogan of Canada secured the second position, followed closely by Ekaterina Mityaeva of Russia in third place. The event witnessed intense competition among the runners, highlighting their remarkable endurance and determination.