Updated: February 6, 2016

Ryan Sandes is getting back to his best (photo credit: Craig Kolesky / Red Bull Content)

Getting his season underway in style, Ryan Sandes took third place at the Tarawera 100km trail race in New Zealand on Saturday.
The 33-year-old South African athlete completed the race in 8:30:40.
He finished half an hour behind Swedish athlete Jonas Buud, the world 100km champion and three-time Comrades Marathon gold medallist, who won the popular annual race in 8:00:53.
“After a rough and frustrating 2015 it’s great to be back and racing again, and most importantly feeling good again,” said Sandes, who struggled to perform at his best following a battle with illness last year.
“Conditions were very wet out there today but the course was really awesome.
“Thanks to everyone for all your support and encouragement. Onwards and upwards for the rest of the year.”
The Tarawera race had 1 260 participants, including nearly 400 international athletes.