Drakensberg FKTs - Record of Times

26 Aug 2018 19:22 #73867 by Smurfatefrog

AndrewP wrote: Page 180 of the revised edition of Barrier of Spears (the wide format) gives a time if 2:20 to Hardy Ballington in 1952 from hotel to summit and back.

Got to run a bit faster to claim an FKT !


Cathedral Peak
Johardt van Heerden did 2h19 yesterday
www.strava.com/activities/1795678586
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27 Aug 2018 08:21 #73871 by WarrenM
Thanks Smurf - He was absolutely flying when he came past us.

Below the results that we got from the organizers just to confirm the time on Stava

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29 Aug 2018 09:46 #73902 by tonymarshall
Well done Johardt.

As someone who has a Comrades Green Number, and spent many of my youthful years living in Pietermaritzburg doing road running, I would just like to give some info on Hardy Ballington, mentioned in the posts above and in Reg Pearse's book.

Hardy Ballington is a Comrades Marathon legend, and is one of only 5 men to have won the Comrades Marathon 5 times or more. Most of his 5 wins were in the 1930's. (No woman has ever won the Comrades, but there is only one woman who has won the ladies section 5 or more times.) 

So when Hardy posted the Cathedral Peak fkt in 1952, he was probably just doing it for fun, and way past his running prime, something that makes this achievement all the more remarkable.
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11 Sep 2018 20:07 #73964 by Stijn
Northern Berg Traverse FKT: Starting at Sentinel Car Park, tagging Mont-aux-Sources summit along the way and finishing at the Cathedral Peak Hotel reception entrance.

Previous FKT: Justin Baker, Colin van den Bergh & Simon de Jong (Oct 2017) - 14h45m
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/drakensberg-trips/55941-mini-hike-reports.html?start=170#72296

New FKT: Warren Manson & Stijn Laenen (Sept 2018) - 10h16m
www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum/drakensberg-trips/55941-mini-hike-reports.html?start=290#73951

Who's next!? :-)
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25 Sep 2018 08:48 - 25 Sep 2018 08:48 #74031 by Stijn
Johardt van Heerden just took his own Sterkhorn FKT down from 2h18m to sub-2h.

1h59m53s to be exact!

That's for the return trip from Monk's Cowl office btw... mind-blowing.

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25 Sep 2018 09:22 #74032 by Mountain Goat 007
Flip that is just incredible. 

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25 Sep 2018 11:24 #74033 by Viking

Smurfatefrog wrote:

AndrewP wrote: Page 180 of the revised edition of Barrier of Spears (the wide format) gives a time if 2:20 to Hardy Ballington in 1952 from hotel to summit and back.

Got to run a bit faster to claim an FKT !


Cathedral Peak
Johardt van Heerden did 2h19 yesterday
www.strava.com/activities/1795678586


Apparently there has been some mention of fixed ropes used over the Cathedral Scrambles in this record attempt.... so...... do we accept it?

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25 Sep 2018 12:09 - 25 Sep 2018 12:10 #74035 by WarrenM
The CPC does use fixed ropes for their event. I can confirm that as we were there for that event. 

On the comment about accepting it or not Johardt's time got smashed over the weekend for Cathedral peak . 2.11. So..... 

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26 Sep 2018 12:30 #74039 by tiska
The times achieved on the CP round trip are astonishing. Hats off to these athletes.

If fixed ropes are used on these recent records, then the situation is clear to me. Hardy Ballington's record still stands as the fastest unaided ascent and descent of CP. 

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06 Oct 2019 10:59 #75365 by Smurfatefrog
Rhino FKT from the Rhino Peak Challenge yesterday
Kane Reilly did it in 2h15
Johardt van Heerden just behind him:  https://www.strava.com/activities/2763924336
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