Route marking for Race 1 of the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series tomorrow! Hennops is looking gorgeously green. If you don't have plans, we have your morning sorted. Late entries available but be in the queue before 6:30am
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@spursports @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Good morning! Rise and shine! It's registration day. Two sleeps until Race 1 of the 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series. 
Gerrie is one of the bespoke trophies that our series category winners will take home. But if you call him a trophy husband, he will lose his spots! Gauteng, we are nearly there
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@spursports @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Today was Gerrie's first time over the Orange River. He felt something vaguely familiar in the wide open space and big blue sky... he thinks perhaps he is a trail runner? Heading to the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series, Gerrie is amped to meet you all on Sunday. Who will be taking a Gerrie home at the end of the series?
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@spursports @raidlightza Our team, and that includes Gerrie Giraffe over here, is on their way to YOU Gauteng! Are you ready to #UnleashYourWildStride at the 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series? Registration is tomorrow at Protea Hotel Midrand from 12 to 6pm. Late entries will be available, or enter on race day. See you at Hennops on Sunday! Woohoo! #Spurtrailseries @raidlightza @spursports Online entries for the 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® have closed, but we are accepting late entries as follows:

Enter this Friday at Registration - no late entry fee will apply (individual short course, long course or Series®). Enter on event day - LIMITED Race 1 entries will be available, no Series® entries will be available. 
An additional R30 late entry fee will be applicable for all entries on event-day. Cash or Snapscan accepted.  
On-the-day entries will only be available from 05h00 to 06h45. If you aren't in the queue by 06h30 you won't be on the start line - so swing through early and enjoy a great pre-race vibe!

Race 1 is at Hennops this Sunday, see you there!

#UnleashYourWildStride
#SpurTrailSeries Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® online entries close at 10am TODAY! Remember, kids 10 and under run free but only if pre registered
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@raidlightza @spursports @steenberg_farm Entries for the 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® are open, and it's time to take some life lessons from a Giraffe:
- Aim High
- Stand Tall
- Celebrate Your Spots!

Live like a Giraffe, enter the Series® now! 
#Spurtrailseries #UnleashYourWildStride .
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@spursports @raidlightza There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going! Shot on trail deep in the Swellendam mountains on the #marlothmountainchallenge #GoAboveandBeyond To run is to have freedom to explore unimaginable wild mountain spaces like this, deep in the Marloth Nature Reserve #marlothmountainchallenge #GoAboveandBeyond We didn't say it would be easy, we said it would be worth it
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@bos_sport @raidlightza Wrapping up an exceptional day of racing. Records smashed, and not one person cut off at CP4. Waiting for the rest of the 55km pack to filter in. Well run everyone
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@bos_sport @raidlightza This race... we've seen some of the best broken today
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Batching

As trail running keeps growing in South Africa and numbers at Spur Trail Series® events keep increasing we have introduced batching at the events in an attempt to spread out the field out while maintaining the integrity of the event.

Batches start in 2 minute intervals with the first short course starting 15-20 minutes after the last long course batch (as per usual Spur Trail Series® starting times).

We will leave it up to you to choose which batch you’d like to start in but please be considerate when making your choice as it will have an impact on others.

We have set up some guidelines to help you make a decision. Please see these guidelines below:

Championship Race (Long Course):

Batch A (Elite): 
Top 25% Overall – If you are regularly finishing in the top 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 400 runners and you usually finish in the top 100, you would choose batch A.

Batch B (Fast): 
26 – 50% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 26% and 50% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 400 runners and you usually finish between 101st place and 200th place, you would choose batch B.

Batch C (Average): 
51 – 75% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 51% and 75% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 400 runners and you finish between 201st place and 300th place, you would choose batch C.

Batch D (Jogging): 
Higher than 76% Overall – If you are regularly placing in the bottom 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 400 runners and you finish between 301st place and 400th place, you would choose batch D.

Challenge (Short Course):

Batch E (Elite): 
Top 25% Overall –
 If you are regularly finishing in the top 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 400 runners and you finish in the top 100, you would choose batch E.

Batch F (Fast): 
26 – 50% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 26% and 50% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 400 runners and you finish between 101st place and 200th place, you would choose batch F.

Batch G (Average): 
51 – 75% Overall –
 If you are regularly placing between 51% and 75% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 400 runners and you finish between 201st place and 300th place, you would choose batch G.

Batch H (Jogging): 
Higher than 76% Overall – If you are regularly placing in the bottom 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 400 runners and you finish between 301st place and 400th place, you would choose batch H.

Terms and Conditions

  • Your race time is taken from the time of the start of your batch to the time that you cross the finish line. I.e. if you run the long course in batch C your start time will be at 09h04, not 09h00. Your race result will indicate this as such.
  • Your batch will be printed on your race number. 
  • Batches will start in 2 minute intervals with the first short course starting 15-20 minutes after the last long course batch (as per usual Spur Trail Series® starting times).
  • There will only be one entrance to the starting pen and this entrance will be regulated by one or two marshals. They will only let you in if the batch number on your race number coincides with the batch that is about to start. Listen to announcements on the morning to make sure you start in the correct batch.
  • You cannot change your batch during the Series. The batch you choose in the first race that you enter is the one that you will stay in for the rest of the Series. 
  • If you enter on the day, you will have the opportunity to choose a batch, but batches are limited and if the batch you wanted to choose is full you will need to pick a different batch.
  • If you want to run with a friend who runs in a slower batch, you are allowed to start in the later batch. However, your time will not be adapted and your start time will remain as it is on the system.
  • If you start in an earlier batch from the one that you are allocated to, you will be disqualified. Please make sure you're on time for your start batch, we will not adapt your time if you start in a later batch than the one you were supposed to start in.
  • Any exceptions to this will be at the discretion of the Race Director.