An adventure racing team made up of pupils from Stanford Lake College has been ranked 10th in the country against other teams made up of adults. Africa joined the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) circuit in 2018 and now, the ARWS Africa Circuit is a collection of the best mid-distance adventure races in the Africa region. Event organisers set unique courses to test athletes over 125-250km of non-stop day and night racing in the disciplines of trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, and navigation.
Team Ubuntu at the Red Ants Rumble. From left to right Reuben Middleton, Casper Venter, Danica Altenroxel and Gunther Katzke.
In the year that Africa joined the World Series, three pupils from Stanford Lake College, Danica Altenroxel, Marthinus Maritz and Jarryd Gosling, joined seasoned adventure racer, Terence Vrugtman, for the Transkei Tuff race to make up the team named “Ubuntu”. Since then, Ubuntu have been taking part in a number of races throughout the country, the members of which have only been Stanford pupils and have competed as a team of four.
According to South Africa’s rankings, team Ubuntu are now positioned 10th overall and are the only team made up of non-adults in the Top 25! The following pupils have contributed to Ubuntu’s success since 2018: Danica Altenroxel, Casper Venter, Reuben Middleton, David Pullinger, Herman Fourie, Jarryd Gosling, Marthinus Maritz and Gunther Katzke.
Well done to all the pupils involved, this is an incredible achievement!
Gunther Katzke paddling on the kayaking leg of the Red Ants Rumble