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Tom Evans mugged at knifepoint throughout coaching session in South Africa


British ultra-runner misplaced his marriage ceremony ring, £2500 watch and iPhone after being threatened with a machete

Tom Evans, winner of the Western States 100 earlier this yr and a GB worldwide in cross-country and on the paths, has withdrawn from subsequent weekend’s Extremely-Path Cape City 100km race after being brutally mugged throughout a coaching run in South Africa.

The previous British soldier needed to hand over his marriage ceremony ring, hi-tech wristwatch and cellphone after two males ambushed him as he ran alone on Desk Mountain in Cape City.

The 31-year-old was rugby-tackled by two males however he fought again earlier than one of many males pulled out a machete from his backpack.

At this level Evans stopped preventing and had to surrender his marriage ceremony ring, which he solely started carrying in November final yr after marrying worldwide triathlete Sophie Coldwell.

“I used to be mugged, overwhelmed up, attacked and held at knifepoint and all the things I had with me was taken,” he mentioned. “So I’ve determined to not race subsequent weekend.

“Bodily my physique is okay. I’ve fairly overwhelmed up and extremely sore at present and I’ll be okay, however mentally it will likely be onerous to recover from one thing like this. It was so sudden and occurred so rapidly.”

On the assault itself, he added: “As soon as the knife was at my throat they made it very clear they might kill me if I carried on preventing so I finished.

“They acquired my iPhone 15 after which took my Garmin watch – each value about £2500 – then went by way of my backpack pulling all the things out, asking how a lot issues have been value.

“Then they noticed my marriage ceremony ring and mentioned if I didn’t take it off they might lower if off. I’ve simply celebrated my first marriage ceremony anniversary and I requested them to not take it.

Tom Evans (Purple Bull)

“The knife was pushed in tougher and I assumed Sophie would reasonably have me again in a single piece than the ring, so I took it off and gave it to them – which was so very onerous to do.

“They advised me to not observe and ran off and I headed again down off the contour path and down in direction of Rhodes Memorial and the college to report what occurred.”

READ MORE: Tom Evans wins Western States

A fellow runner discovered Evans and helped him again down the trail the place they then reported the incident.

“For these in Cape City, take care of your self and people round you and please keep protected,” he added. “It’s been an superior yr and I wont let two criminals spoil my yr on the paths.”

Stuart McConnachie, race director of the Extremely-Path Cape City occasion, mentioned: “We’re extraordinarily saddened and anxious by what occurred to Tom Evans and have reached out to him to supply our assist and entry to counselling. We have been excited to have him race at this yr’s RMB Extremely-trail Cape City however respect his resolution to return to the UK.

“The pure great thing about Cape City and Desk Mountain is our best asset and maybe this incident is the catalyst wanted for everybody to drag collectively to seek out workable options to guard this asset that brings so many guests to our shores.

“We’re welcoming over 400 worldwide runners to Cape City this week and over 2000 runners will take to the paths subsequent Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To make sure everybody’s security on our trails and handle our concern for runners, we now have elevated our safety deployments across the whole route. This consists of group police, non-public safety, Metro Police and horseback patrols in sure areas.

“We now have the peace of mind of SANParks, the Metropolis of Cape City, SAPS and Metro Police that sturdy measures are in place for security on the paths. We proceed to work with them to speak issues for runners and hikers, so we will all benefit from the unbelievable pure magnificence we now have on our doorstep.”

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