Elite runner Tom Evans mugged for wedding ring, watch

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An elite runner was mugged at knifepoint for his wedding ring, iPhone and a $3838 watch in South Africa days after his first wedding anniversary.

Jamie Pyatt and Juliana Cruz Lima – The Sun

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An elite runner has been brutally mugged at knifepoint for his wedding ring and a $3838 watch in South Africa.

Tom Evans, a former British army captain, 31, had a knife held to his throat after two robbers ambushed him while out running alone on Table Mountain in Cape Town.

The former Welsh Guard’s captain was rugby tackled by two men close to the King’s Blockhouse on Devil’s Peak built in 1796 and though outnumbered fought back.

He managed to grab back his snatched mobile phone and sent the larger man packing but the smaller mugger pulled a machete and a kitchen knife from a backpack, The Sun reported.

Tom – sponsored by Red Bull and Adidas – said: “Once the knife was at my throat they made it very clear they would kill me if I carried on fighting so I stopped.

“They got my iPhone 15 and then took my Garmin watch, both worth about $3,838, then went through my back pack pulling everything out asking how much things were worth.

“Then they spotted my wedding ring and said if I didn’t take it off they would cut if off. I have just celebrated my first wedding anniversary and I asked them to not take it.

“The knife was pushed in harder and I thought Sophie would rather have me back in one piece than the ring so I took it off and gave it to them which was so very hard to do.

“They told me not to follow and ran off and I headed back down off the contour path and down towards Rhodes Memorial and the university to report what happened,” he said.

The South African National Park Rangers searched the area along with police but could find no trace of the pair who attacked as Tom was out on a 40km mountain training run.

Tom was one of the star runners who had top celebrity billing for those competing in the RMB Ultra Trail Cape Town 100km race and was hot favourite to win the tough event.

But the mountain ordeal has traumatised the elite athlete so much he no longer feels safe to continue his training program and is flying home on British Airways tonight.

Tom said: “I’ve spoken it over with Sophie and it makes sense that if I can’t get myself in the right frame of mind physically or mentally to fly home.

“I have travelled all over Africa and had great experiences but this is my first time in South Africa and in Cape Town and it is very sad that I have been forced to leave.

“But what happened was very traumatic with two men with a machete and kitchen knife threatening to kill me and that will sadly be my memory of my first visit over here.

“Will I come back? Who knows? I’ve always wanted to do the Cape Town ultra-trail as it is one of the toughest in the world and I hope in the future I will catch a plane back.

“But it is not fair on Sophie to go back up on that mountain to train each day and if I can’t train then I can’t do myself justice in the race so I have no option but to pack my bags.

“I only got here on Tuesday so it has been short but sadly not-so-sweet,” he said.

A fellow runner found traumatised Tom and guided him back down the mountain and reported the attack which is one of a string of muggings on trail runners and hikers.

He had flown into Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday a British doctor was shot dead at a nearby township in August and an American tourist was shot in the mouth.

Tom was running alone on a rugged trail in preparation for the rugged 100km RMB Ultra

Trail in Cape Town next Friday which takes athletes up and down numerous mountains.

On the day Tom was mugged the Minister of Police Bheki Cele revealed the latest crime figures which showed 76 murders and 115 rapes took place everyday in the last three months.

Government officials however insist most crime takes place in the townships and poor areas and involve gang turf wars and drugs and that attacks on tourists are rare.

Most tourists who are victims of crime mistakenly wander alone into known danger spots.

A Table Mountain park ranger said: “This trail runner unfortunately was attacked by opportunist muggers but he broke the golden rule to go on the mountain alone.

“We cannot stress enough that runners and hikers should enjoy the mountain but in groups as if alone you are a target for muggers or helpless if you have a fall”.

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An elite runner was mugged at knifepoint for his wedding ring, iPhone and a $3838 watch in South Africa days after his first wedding anniversary. Jamie Pyatt and Juliana Cruz Lima – The Sun. 3 min read. Teacher ‘had sex with student at Pizza Hut’ ‘Breaking point’: Why Aussies are blowing up. ‘Selfish’: Woman slammed for Xmas leave. An elite runner has been brutally mugged at knifepoint for his wedding ring and a $3838 watch in South Africa. Tom Evans, a former British army captain, 31, had a knife held to his throat after two robbers ambushed him while out running alone on Table Mountain in Cape Town. The former Welsh Guard’s captain was rugby tackled by two men close to the King’s Blockhouse on Devil’s Peak built in 1796 and though outnumbered fought back. He managed to grab back his snatched mobile phone and sent the larger man packing but the smaller mugger pulled a machete and a kitchen knife from a backpack, The Sun reported. Tom – sponsored by Red Bull and Adidas – said: “Once the knife was at my throat they made it very clear they would kill me if I carried on fighting so I stopped. “They got my iPhone 15 and then took my Garmin watch, both worth about $3,838, then went through my back pack pulling everything out asking how much things were worth. “Then they spotted my wedding ring and said if I didn’t take it off they would cut if off. I have just celebrated my first wedding anniversary and I asked them to not take it. “The knife was pushed in harder and I thought Sophie would rather have me back in one piece than the ring so I took it off and gave it to them which was so very hard to do. “They told me not to follow and ran off and I headed back down off the contour path and down towards Rhodes Memorial and the university to report what happened,” he said. The South African National Park Rangers searched the area along with police but could find no trace of the pair who attacked as Tom was out on a 40km mountain training run. Tom was one of the star runners who had top celebrity billing for those competing in the RMB Ultra Trail Cape Town 100km race and was hot favourite to win the tough event. But the mountain ordeal has traumatised the elite athlete so much he no longer feels safe to continue his training program and is flying home on British Airways tonight. Tom said: “I’ve spoken it over with Sophie and it makes sense that if I can’t get myself in the right frame of mind physically or mentally to fly home. “I have travelled all over Africa and had great experiences but this is my first time in South Africa and in Cape Town and it is very sad that I have been forced to leave. “But what happened was very traumatic with two men with a machete and kitchen knife threatening to kill me and that will sadly be my memory of my first visit over here. “Will I come back? Who knows? I’ve always wanted to do the Cape Town ultra-trail as it is one of the toughest in the world and I hope in the future I will catch a plane back. “But it is not fair on Sophie to go back up on that mountain to train each day and if I can’t train then I can’t do myself justice in the race so I have no option but to pack my bags. “I only got here on Tuesday so it has been short but sadly not-so-sweet,” he said. A fellow runner found traumatised Tom and guided him back down the mountain and reported the attack which is one of a string of muggings on trail runners and hikers. He had flown into Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday a British doctor was shot dead at a nearby township in August and an American tourist was shot in the mouth. Tom was running alone on a rugged trail in preparation for the rugged 100km RMB Ultra. Trail in Cape Town next Friday which takes athletes up and down numerous mountains. On the day Tom was mugged the Minister of Police Bheki Cele revealed the latest crime figures which showed 76 murders and 115 rapes took place everyday in the last three months. Government officials however insist most crime takes place in the townships and poor areas and involve gang turf wars and drugs and that attacks on tourists are rare. Most tourists who are victims of crime mistakenly wander alone into known danger spots. A Table Mountain park ranger said: “This trail runner unfortunately was attacked by opportunist muggers but he broke the golden rule to go on the mountain alone. “We cannot stress enough that runners and hikers should enjoy the mountain but in groups as if alone you are a target for muggers or helpless if you have a fall”. More Coverage. ‘Too revealing’: Bartel’s wedding outfit cops it. ‘How?’: Wedding dress pic horrifies everyone. The former soldier married international triathlete Sophie Coldwell, 28, in November last year and they celebrated their first wedding anniversary earlier this month. This story originally appeared on The Sun and reproduced with permission. . News Life. Teacher ‘had sex with student at Pizza Hut’ A Christian teacher and mother of two has been arrested for pressuring a teenage student into having sex and sending him naked pictures. News Life. ‘Breaking point’: Why Aussies are blowing up. A list of some of Australia’s most overpriced items has gone viral online, and a leading economist says it reveals a sad truth about the nation’s economy. News Life. ‘Selfish’: Woman slammed for Xmas leave. A UK woman has been inundated with requests from co-workers to swap her Christmas Day leave because she doesn’t have kids.