22 August 2017

Van Tonder Wins Silver at Warrior #5

Submitted by Viv Quann
Van Tonder Wins Silver at Warrior #5

The 19th and 20th of August 2017 saw Jeep Team OCR Athletes, Thomas van Tonder and Jay Jay Deysel, take on Race 5 of the Toyota Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, at Blythedale Coastal Estate on the KZN North Coast.Over the weekend, the Toyota Warrior Series Race 5 attracted just shy of 2000 competitors eager to tackle the world-class obstacles in the seaside race For van Tonder, the racing started on Saturday with the Reebok Individual Sprint race – a short, fast and high-intensity race covering 400m and featuring 10 obstacles. With a strong field present at the race, van Tonder was knocked out in the semi-finals.Sunday saw van Tonder and Deysel compete in the Black Ops Elite race, designed to challenge endurance, strength and agility, the most challenging race of the weekend featured 30 obstacles over a 15km trail. 

Thomas “BeastMode” van Tonder, finished the tough race in second place in a time of 01:44:06. First place went to Claude Eksteen in a time of 01:40:24, and rounding off the top three was Hlelani Radebe in 01:45:48. Van Tonder’s fellow Jeep Team athlete, Jay Jay Deysel, crossed the line in 21st place in a time of 02:20:39. Says van Tonder, “It was a crazy day of solid OCR racing. I took 2nd place behind ‘The Flash’, Claude Eksteen. Thank you to the Warrior Race for an awesome event. It was so much fun running on the beach.” The Jeep Team SA teammates then partnered with Dominique D'Oliveira to take on the Reebok Team Sprint race. The experienced trio finished in second place behind race-winners, Team Nevarest. Third place in the sprint went to the team BattleRush. 

 Results – Warrior #5 Black Ops Elite


  1. Claude Eksteen - 01:40:24
  2. Thomas van Tonder - 01:44:06
  3. Hlelani Radebe - 01:45:48 


  1. Trish Bahlmann - 02:16:30
  2. Nedene Cahill - 02:26:37
  3. Dominique D'Oliveira - 02:27:56 


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