A full album of the #HMC2018 images now up on our Mountain Challenge Series Facebook page. Like this cracker by @marksampsonct 🔥 #GoAboveAndBeyond They say it takes a village to raise a child. So what does it take to organise a mountain challenge? This crew, and a few. Thanks all runners, crew, suppliers, volunteers and sponsors. Helderberg Mountain Challenge is a wrap for 2018
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@bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza @steenberg_farm @saggystone Sun's out! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Back of the 15km race is a happy place! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond #sweeps Heavy cloud pulling in at the top of the mountain but good warm vibes at the finish line. Beer by @saggystone going down! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond That finish line feeling 😊 #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Our 24km winner today. Robert Rorich takes it in 3h 12min. Can we just highlight that he ran the @whaleoftrail YESTERDAY! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza Defending his 2017 title, Robert Rorich heading towards the finish line now #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza First woman in the 11km is Hanja Bardenhorst! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Jaco Loots wins the 11km! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Well run @step.hen_mill and @hayleypreen first man and woman across the line in the 15km with Roger Dickson between them. All three came in one after each other. Hayley has smashed the women's record🔥 #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Full gas to the finish. @hayleypreen is still first woman and third overall #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond

Batching

As trail running keeps growing in South Africa and numbers at 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 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 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.