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After competing and racing for a number of sponsors, Iain soon realised the marketing value of branding himself. An accomplished trail runner and multi-sport athlete, Iain is able to promote Mountain Splendour Eco-Resort as a wonderful training ground. And, so in 2009 Team Mountain Splendour was formed and on their first outing, Iain and wife Su were second in the Imana Wild Ride. Since then Iain, Su, Abigael and Joshua have competed in numerous events as “Mountain Splendour”.

In 2011 two of Mountain Splendour’s staff members showed an interest in competing and training. Sanele Shabalala and Nkosi (Lucky) Dladla joined the team and with support in the form of MTB bikes, kit and running shoes and the covering of race related expenses Sanele and Lucky were able to attend a number of events. This was just the start of the development team and since then Mountain Splendour Eco-Resort has provided support to a number of employees to participate in mountain biking, road running and trail running events.

In 2015 the Mountain Splendour Team was expanded to include athletes who were not part of the resort staff. The members of the team train hard and are competitive at events but being the “best” is not the criteria for selection.

 

Race Reports and Results

The Northern Drakensberg Trail 2016 ~ doubled up as the SA Long Distance Trail Champs and both Su and Iain secured spots in the SA Trail Team to compete in Slovenia.

Three Cranes Challenge 2016 ~ Su took 3 days off from being a mum and headed to the Natal Midlands for the 3 days of trail running bliss.

The Coastal Challenge 2016 ~ being the defending champion always adds to the pressure. Iain successfully defended his title and his lead after 5 days meant that he was able to experience the race with a GoPro on day 6.

Les Templiers 2015 ~ Iain and Su traveled to France as part of a South African invitational team to tackle a 75km trail run in the French Pyrennes.

Mont-aux-Sources 2015 ~ Iain, Su, Sanele Xaba and Petros Hlongwane headed to the snowy northern berg for the 50km Wild Series Challenge.

Rhodes Run 2015 ~ there is definitely something special about the little dorpie Rhodes! The North Face South Africa invited Petros Hlongwane to join Iain and Su for the breathtaking Rhodes Trail Run.  Petros received a generous box of goodies from the North Face to ensure that he was well equipped for race.

The Coastsal Challenge 2015 ~ Iain was invited to participate in a 6 day stage trail run in Costa Rica.  Not sure of what to expect he was able to start 2015 with a major win in the bag and some awesome sight seeing.

Sky Run 2014 ~ Iain took 30 minutes of the existing record (held by Ryan Sandes) and narrowly missed breaking the 12 hour mark. An epic win!

Mweni Trail Run 2014 ~ Up Mweni – jump over the source of the Orange River – down Rockeries. A trail run with the most amazing scenery in the Drakensberg.  Iain won the men’s race, smashing the existing course record. Su was second in the ladies race and also well inside the previous race record.

Molweni Trail Run 2014 ~ What an amazing trail. Who would have thought that such wonderful trails and large mountains were to be found in Durban.  Su won the inaugural event while Iain stayed home to ensure happy guests and happy children over the busy long weekend.

Ingeli Forest Run 2014 ~ An awesome day out for the Don-Wauchope family. Su won the 38km ladies race, Iain (back racing after injury) easily won the 20km race, Abigael completed the 5km fun trail and Josh jumped up a storm on the jumping castle in the kiddies zone.

African X 2014 ~ Su joined up with The North Face Team mate Robin Kime for 3 days of running around the glorious Cape.  The ladies pair finished up 2nd overall.

Sky Run 2013 ~ The Sky Run is one of the Don-Wauchope’s favourite events on the calendar.  Both Iain and Su love the Sky Run for the beauty of the scenery, the tough course and the community who host it.  This year was an epic adventure with adverse weather conditions resulting in the race being stopped.  The race positions at the time the race organisers called the race off were the official finishing positions and Iain secured yet another Sky Run title and his first encounter with hyperthermia. Su finished second (again)!

Rhodes Run 2013 ~ Su and Iain had an awesome run at the 2013 Rhodes Run.  The milder weather in the little Hamlet of Rhodes resulted in fast racing times!  Iain won the men’s event and broke the record. Su scampered up Mavis Bank shattering the ladies Queen of the Mountain record by 8 minutes and finished in second place (still inside the race record).  No snowman building for Abigael and Joshua this year!

Southern Cross Trail Run (SOX) 2013 ~ a race with beautiful trails, km’s of single track and spectacular single track.  Su joined up with Landie Greyling and together the two of them dominated the ladies race from start to finish.

African X 2013 ~ the pressure was on Iain and Su as two-time defending mixed champions of the African X 3 day stage trail run. They were unable to make it three in a row and were beaten by another husband and wife team into second place.

Hermansberg Mudman ~ 4 February 2012 The Mudman events are a series of off-road triathlons that can be tacked by teams or individuals. The events consist of a 750m open water swim, a 20km mountain bike and a 5km trail run. At the first event of the series, Iain and Su both entered as individuals with Sanele and Lucky teaming up with a swimmer at the event to enter the team event.

Unfortunately, the female swimmer for the team event left the Mountain Splendour team someway behind their main rivals (a development team from the Russell White Academy). Sanele rode well to minimise the deficit and after a hard run by Lucky, Team Mountain Splendour finished only a minute behind the first team. Su managed to secure victory in the ladies event.

A good start for the Mountain Splendour athletes for 2012.

Sky Run ~ 12 November 2011 The 100km athletes traverse across the escarpment between Lady Grey and Wartrail Country Club is best described as a journey, not a race. After two victories by Iain, Su was keen to finish on the podium in her first event. Iain, battling with an Achilles injury, was unable to compete and took responsibility for Abigael and Joshua for the 21 odd hours it took mum to complete the event. Su finished the event in 2 place and with the 3rd group of finishes (in joint 5th place overall).

Berg ‘n Bush ~ November 2011 Racing in the colours of title sponsor FedGroup, Team Mountain Splendour’s Iain and Su finished a close second in the mixed category. Three days of hard racing in “our back yard”…..