Cape Town - With just under a week to go until the 2014 OTTER Trail Run
presented by Salomon and Gu, world trail champion Ricky Lightfoot has been
forced to withdraw due a trapped nerve in his back.
Lightfoot, also the
defending 2013 Otter Trail Run champion, was looking forward to doing the
double at the Otter, as the race runs in alternating directions each year. In
addition, race organisers had put up a bonus of R100 000 for a sub 4-hour
finishing time, something that Lightfoot had his sights set on.
Speaking on his disappointment at missing this year’s race,
Lightfoot did confirm that we would definitely be back in 2015.
“For me the Otter Trail was one of my
highlights from 2013 for a number of reasons, firstly the people are amazing,
the welcome and support I received while I was there was second to none! With
the opportunity to return to this gem this year I'm more than disappointed to
say I will not compete in the Retto. I'll be back for another crack in 2015.”
of Lightfoot almost certainly leaves the contention for the Grail of Trail
men’s section in the hands of local runners. Race favourites AJ Calitz, Ian Don
Wauchope and Kane Reilly now look set to do battle for honours barring only a
Mark Collins was disappointed at Lightfoot’s unavailability, but was just as
excited at the prospect of a battle of the locals.
disappointing, but the thought of Ian, AJ and Kane going
head to head on their home turf, which also happens to be toughest terrain in
trail running on the African continent is something that I’m really looking
The 2014 Otter
Trail run take place on September 21/22.
The race prologue will take place on the 21st, and the main race on