BATTLE OF THE SPORTS Challenge
The BrightRock Battle of the Sports event will see 12 of Mzansi’s leading cricket, rugby, running and soccer icons, 3 per team, as well as expedition-leader, Erik Vermeulen, go head- to-head in an all-out 200km endurance race against time – unassisted, unsupported and challenged by an expedition clock that never stops – on the dry salt pans of the Verneukpan in the Northern Cape. The entire event is being staged with these iconic sportsmen and woman to inspire others, through this event to raise funds for “COVID CARE AND CRITICAL TREATMENT”.
We are challenging every sports icon – national, provincial or amateurs from every sport possible, as well as ordinary citizens from all walks of life, sports fans and corporates – whether in South Africa or across the globe – to engage in any form of physical activity and to be part of the BrightRock Battle of the Sports event which our sports icons are participating in, on the Verneukpan.
RACE of a lifetime
UNSUPPORTED and unassisted
Days Per Trek
06 – 09
17 – 20
28 – 02
09 – 12
#TeamRugby: John Smit, Schalk Brits, Hanyani Shimange and Butch James first to take on the 200km challenge around the Verneukpan, Northern Cape and aim to settle a solid defendable time against the three teams to follow
50th captain of the Springboks / Played a record 46 consecutive games for SA / At retirement, most capped South African player/ At retirement, most capped captain
Played in 2015 & 2019 Rugby World Cup squads / 15 Tests for the Springboks between 2008 – 2019 / 216 games for Saracens between 2006 – 2018
Springboks debut in 2004 / 9 tests for the Springboks / Played for the Sharks, Free State Cheetahs and Western Province in the Currie Cup
Andrew David “Butch” James is a former South African union rugby player who represented South Africa 40 times and was a member of the team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
#TeamRunning: Bongmusa Mthembu, Jenna Challenor, David Gatebe and Bruce Fordyce aim to set a record breaking 200km pulling a cart, in order to inspire millions to raise money for Covid care and critical treatment.
Broke down-run record at the 2016 Comrades Marathon/ Won 2016 Comrades Marathon / 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon
3-time Comrades Marathon winner / Two Oceans Marathon winner / 2nd and 3rd at the IAU 100km World Championships
2 x Two Oceans Gold Medalist/ Represented SA in 2014 & 2017 IAAF/ 2019 Comrades Gold Medalist
Bruce Noel Stevenson Fordyce (Born 3 December 1955 in Hong Kong) in a South Africa marathon and ultra-marathon runner athlete.
#TeamSoccer: Siyabonga Nomvethe, Matthew Booth, Teko Modise, Neil Tovey take on the 200km challenge to raise funds for vulnerable populations and defend soccer’s honour in the BrightRock #BattleoftheSports.
Represented SA in 81 games / Played in 2 Soccer World Cups / Highest all-time goal scorer in PSL
Played 28 matched for Bafana Bafana including the 2010 World Cup / Captained the SA U23 Team at the 2000 Olympics / Played for Cape Town Spurs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Ajax Cape Town
66 appearances for South Africa / Represented SA at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations / 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup / 2010 FIFA World Cup tournaments
Neil Robert Tovey (born 2 July 1962) is a South African football coach and former player, and brother of former footballer Mark Tovey.
#TeamCricket: Makhaya Ntini, Lance Klusener, Monde Zondeki and Jonty Rhodes are competing for the BrightRock #BattleoftheSports glory to prove that cricket has what it takes to finish this grueling race and to raise funds in support of Covid relief.
Third South African bowler to take 300 test wickets / Second place in the ICC Test match bowling ratings / First South African to take 10 wickets at Lord’s
1999 World Cup – Man of the Tournament / Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2000 / One of the best & most feared allrounders in world OD
Leading wicket-taker in the 2007–08 South African season / Played five Tests and seven ODI’s for South Africa / Played three One Day Internationals for the African X
Jonathan Neil Rhodes (Jonty) is a South Africa cricket commentator and former Test and One Day International cricketer.
Erik Vermeulen, adventurer, explorer, endurance athlete and BrightRock Battle of the Sports expedition leader, has summited and guided teams to some of the world’s highest mountains, including Aconcagua (6965m), the second highest of the 7 summits.
He pioneered, the Munga Trail, a 400km trail run that is featured by Runners World International as one of the toughest races on the planet.
The Battle of the Sports takes place on the desolate and flat Verneukpan in the
Northern Cape. It is approximately 53km long and 11km wide and found its place in
automotive history in 1926 when Sir Malcolm Campbell attempted to break the land speed record in his dragster named Blue Bird.
Teams will have to battle not only the geography, but also weather conditions that vary
from severe heat to bitter cold – typical desert conditions, amplified by the almost
incessant daytime winds. The pan is completely flat meaning that there will be no respite for tired muscles.
Teams will start at the North Western corner and complete an anti-clockwise trek before finishing where they started. The route zig-zags to avoid fences.
BATTLE OF THE SPORTS CHALLENGE
HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?
Decide what physical activity you want to do in support of the BrightRock Battle of the Sports event on the Verneukpan. Any physical activity of any duration will be accepted.
- Go to www.battleofthesports.co.za to enter and donate.
- Film your event/s – you can do more than one and upload them onto our social pages.
- Use the hashtag #battleofthesportschallenge #lovechange when posting to your social media platforms and tag:
- Challenge as many friends, corporates or schools as possible by tagging the name of those you want to challenge