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
@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
@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?
@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!

#SpurTrailSeries Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® online entries close at 10am TODAY! Remember, kids 10 and under run free but only if pre registered
@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 .
@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
#MCS2017 #MarlothMountainChallenge 
@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
@bos_sport @raidlightza This race... we've seen some of the best broken today
@bos_sport @raidlightza

Cape Summer Trail Series® Elgin Valley XL

25 February 2018

Elgin Valley XL Summer 25.5km


For those looking for a bigger challenge than the usual long route, take on this longer XL version of the Oak Valley route. This is a stand-alone race and these race results do not form part of the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® results.

Cape Summer Trail Series®

Entries Open 25 October 2017

Cape Summer Trail Series® Elgin Valley XL 25 February 2018

Entries are limited and pre-entry online is advisable, as we may not take on the day entries if our capacity is reached.

Pre-race Information: Click here
Directions: Click here

Medals for all XL finishers
Prizes for category winners and spot prizes up for grabs
Click here for more information on categories

Distance | 25.5km
Cut-off | N/A
Start Time | 06:30
Cost | R300
Grading | Orange 8A i

XL race

The magnificent country estate of Oak Valley is a fitting scene for the final race in the Cape Summer Trail Series®.  This is exclusive access to hallowed mountain biking trails through an eclectic mix of landscape from pine forest and open fields to riverine forest and apple orchards.  This is the ultimate feel good run that in practice is a fast, fun and non-technical course.  The XL is an ideal ‘upgrade’ for those who have either banked the Series (3 out of 4) or want to just race something longer.  It’s a real test of leg speed!

Out of the blocks the XL is on a stand alone course.  The initial trot takes us back out towards the main gate before turning into the orchards. At 2.1km we turn off open farm tracks onto the MTB trails. A gently undulating course through open fields takes us to a small plantation grove (6km) and a fun zig-zag downhill section. A climb up through a dark thicket follows before dropping us down to join in with the Championship (Long) course at 8.7km.  At 9.5km we turn into a magnificent pine forest section that is the start of the climb to the first high point of the route at 12.8km.  Another fun fast descent follows before a sharp uphill gets you to the Bos Sport aid station at 14.3km.  It’s a descent to 17km through a really fun combination of open fields, indigenous kloof with ferns and the lower vineyards.  A short 500m uphill gets you to a traverse across to yet another fun downhill through some thick valley scrub (19.6km).  At 20.8km you have the unenviable task of running right past the start-finish on your way out to your final 4km.  The good news is it’s in the shade and a really intense jumble of forest hills and downhill’s!  Before you know it the finish is once again in sight, and a bridge spills you onto the lawns of Oak Valley and your well earned ice cold Bos Sport.


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?)


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.

'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

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 ( carry this grading system - look out for the grading on the event listing.


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


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%


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