Our Sunday office. A tough job, but someone has to do it! Race 3 of the #spurgautengsummertrailseries looks all set to be another cracker
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@spursports @raidlightza Good morning Gauteng! No filter needed this morning. Registration is open, see you all soon! #Spurtrailseries #UnleashYourWildStride 
@spursports @raidlightza Route marking for tomorrow is done! Twas a little toasty out there folks. We can't wait for Race 3 to kick off. Entries are available in the morning, but swing in early at B'sorah. A beautiful new route awaits
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@spursports @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Hand stands UP compo in a highly competitive field vying for the @raidlightza spot prize! Some serious talent here
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@spursports Lots of potential game viewing today. Here we see the lesser spotted Wildrunner four times four in its natural habitat... (use David Attenborough voice...)
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#UnleashYourWildStride Perfect running weather this morning, you are all in for a treat at Segwati
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#UnleashYourWildStride Our Gerrie Giraffe has just found his extended family at Segwati! Come and run with these long necked legends tomorrow. Entries available on the morning
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@spursports @raidlightza Who's up for Race 2 next weekend? All info to enter is on our website. The 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series is official on. #Spurtrailseries #UnleashYourWildStride .
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@spursports @raidlightza Another great morning of racing at #hennops today! Full results will be out later today
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@spursports @raidlightza There was some morning #rain but skies are clearing and the good vibes are building. Race 1 of the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series is nearly a GO!
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@spursports @raidlightza @steenberg_farm 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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1Lebanon Forest Elgin Valley

21 January 2018

Lebanon Forest

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1Lebanon Forest Elgin Valley21 January 2018

The first of four races in SA's original & only National short course trail running series. Runners get an exclusive morning of running through the Valley Farm orchards and the Lebanon Forestry mountain bike trails. A trail filled with glorious singe track and picturesque views. A superb morning of running through a mixture of pine, Fynbos and orchards for the start of the Cape Summer Trail Series.

Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Or, you can take part in as many as you like (note: medals for finishers of the Spur Trail Series Championship/Challenge only). 

Directions: Click here

 

Long Course

Distance | 13.4km
Start Time | 07:30
Cost | R185
Cost (4 race series) | R665
Grading | Yellow 6A i

Short Course

Distance | 6.3km
Start Time | 08:05
Cost | R125
Cost (4 race series) | R445
Grading | Yellow 4A i

Long Course

From an inspiring setting overlooking a magnificent dam below the forested slopes of Lebanon plantation, we start with a short drop over the dam wall before picking up a steady climb to through the beautiful Valley Farm orchards to the foot of Lebanon Forestry area (1.5km).  A gentle zig-zag trail gets us to the course split at a main forest track (1.9km).
From the course split, we get onto a fast traverse and the base of a steep single track climb (2.5km) along an old fire break which is the start of an undulating 3km climb on mixed terrain to the start of the glorious single track (5.5km). 2.2km of winding fast, smooth single track takes you to a short and runnable uphill (7.7km) to the top of another fast single track descent for 4km to a farm dam.  A fast undulating finish through a mixture of pine, Fynbos and orchard gets you back to the finish line.

Short Course

From an inspiring setting overlooking a magnificent dam below the forested slopes of Lebanon plantation, we start with a short drop over the dam wall before picking up a steady climb to through the beautiful Valley Farm orchards to the foot of Lebanon Forestry area (1.5km).  A gentle zig-zag trail gets us to the course split at a main forest track (1.9km).
From the course split it’s a rampant downhill on open track to join the fun single track again (2.9km).  1.7km of fun and fast single track brings you to another beautiful farm dam (4.6km), A fast undulating finish through a mixture of pine, Fynbos and orchard gets you back to the finish line.

WILDRUNNER TRAIL RUNNING GRADING SYSTEM (WTG)

Download the WTG here.

The Wildrunner Trail Grading system (WTG), was developed in 2009 and designed to help you make informed decisions on trail running events around the country. Unlike road running, trail running routes and races have many more facets to them, making them either harder or longer (in time) than you may expect.

Every race/event should give you the total distance and accumulative ascent, but using road running sense to work out your time based on these factors alone would be a mistake!

The three primary 'trail factors' affecting your overall time and effort on a trail run are as follows:
1. Terrain difficulty (easy or tricky?)
2. % single track/off-road to on-road (how much on difficult terrain?) 
3. Route severity (how steep?)

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The three factors mentioned above have been expanded into an easy three part grading system. Each trail factor is listed below with the descriptions. Look out for races with a WTG and use this guide to make informed decisions.

DEFINITIONS:
'Technical' terrain = trail that is ‘busy’, that requires extensive concentration and trail running technique - for example a rocky hiking path, or a 4x4 track.
'Off-trail'= Describes sections that do not have any obvious or established route, for example a river bed, grass field or a section of beach. 
'Single-track' = Describing a trail that is narrow and typically only wide enough for one runner to run on at a time and in single file. Examples of typical single track would be a hiking trail, mountain bike trail, game trail, livestock trail

FOR EXAMPLE:
Cape Winter Trail Series®  - Tygerberg Nature Reserve: YELLOW 8B
Gauteng Summer Trail Series®  - Leeuwenkloof: ORANGE 7A
Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 36km: GREEN 8B
Skyrun 100km: RED 9B

All Wildrunner events (www.wildrunner.co.za) carry this grading system - look out for the grading on the event listing.

PART 1: TERRAIN DIFFICULTY

YELLOW = Easy, non-technical terrain, all on established trails and tracks
ORANGE= Moderately easy terrain, short sections of ‘technical’ terrain but largely easy running, all on established trails and tracks
GREEN = Moderate challenging terrain, with a mix of ‘technical’ and ‘non technical’ terrain, mostly on established trails and tracks but may or may not have extended sections regarded as being ‘off-trail’
BROWN = Moderately difficult terrain, more ‘technical’ terrain than ‘non-technical’ terrain, challenging but mostly on established trails and tracks although may or may not have extended sections regarded as being ‘off-trail’
RED = Difficult terrain, majority ‘technical’ terrain that is extremely demanding, may or may not have large sections on un-established trails and tracks

PART 2: % SINGLE TRACK/OFF-ROAD 

1 = 1-10%
2 = 11-20%
3= 21-30%
4 = 31-40%
5 = 41-50%
6 = 51-60%
7 = 61-70%
8 = 71-80%
9 = 81-90%
10 = 91-100%

PART 3: ROUTE SEVERITY 

A = Mostly runnable gradient 
B = Mostly runable gradient, but has some steep ascent and descent that may require walking 
C = Lots of steep ascent and descent that may require walking