The courses are marked. The crew is on site for the night. Set up is done. Adventure awaits 🤙
@raidlightza @steenberg_farm @jaybirdsport Single track near tomorrow's finish. The kind of track that makes you want to head out right now! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride If you haven't planned tomorrow around Race 1 of the Cape Winter Trail Series® then get on to your family whatsapp group chop chop and line it all up! Today's route recce delivered on every level. See you in the morning at Paul Cluver! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride #livetrail #livesteenberg There will be entries for both the long and short course on Sunday at Paul Cluver. Or, enter without the late entry fee before 5pm today at the Wildrunner offices in Westlake. We are counting the hours until it's time to press play! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride That happy vibe in the air around Cape Town? That's because this weekend is Cape Winter Trail Series® 2018 Race 1 at Paul Cluver. 
Online entries have closed, but you can still enter and collect your numbers at pre-reg today, at Fire and Ice, from 12 to 6pm. Or at the Wildrunner Offices in Westlake on Friday from 12 to 5pm. 
Late entries, which carry a late entry fee, will be available on the day, Sunday 22 July. Come nice and early, the coffee will be hot! 
The hottest news of all? Almost an entirely NEW short course route, and some great revisions on the long course. 
Let's dance!

@raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm Introducing... Ollie the Ostrich! Who dis? The 2018 Cape Winter Trail Series® Trophy! One for each of the overall winners in each major category. Did you know? Ostriches are the fastest runners of any birds or other two legged animals. They can sprint at over 70km an hour. Ollie is lank proud of this fact. 2 days to get your online entries in. You could be racing to take an Ollie home! Get in
#Unleashyourwildstride On course in Paul Cluver yesterday checking the route  and having some fun in the forest section, see you next weekend at race 1 in the 2018 CWTS! #unleashyourwildstride  #trailseries2018 From out on the course today, some speedy, single track stoke. Leeuwenkloof is a rare gem
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@raidlightza @steenberg_farm @jaybirdsport A huge thank you to our sponsors and partners for the winter trail series. All the smiles we see on race days wouldn’t be possible without your help🙏🏼 #wwf #raidlight #steenberg #jaybird #mountaindew It’s been a great series 🌳☀️ now come join us for the finale 🕺🏻 #unleashyourwildstride #memorable #adventure #ourvillage #vitality #steenberg #raidlight #puretrailrunning The crew is busy marking the XL course at Leeuwenkloof this morning. Amped for tomorrow's finale! Late entries available for all three races
#UnleashYourWildStride Decisions, Decisions... Gauteng!
If you are happy with your 3-out-of-4 race results, why not upgrade to the XL at Leeuwenkloof on 8 July?
22km of absolute trail stoke. Get your trail running weekend fix on this classic high veld trail with a healthy combo of winding forest single track, rocky bushveld trails, technical mountainous terrain, some river crossings and a dash through a cave as a great way to finish off what has been a truly excellent Gauteng Winter Trail Series® so far
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1Hennops River

21 October 2018


Entries Open 29 August 2018

1Hennops River21 October 2018

The first race of SA's original & only National short course trail running series is infamously known as the “Hennops beast”, and rightfully so. It starts off with a series of climbs before descending on technical single track and finishing on a flowy fast track through a valley alongside the roar of the Hennops river, one of the largest rivers in Gauteng. The short course is perfect for a family adventure in the bush!

Entries are limited and pre-entry online is advisable! 

Pre-Race Information: Click here
Pre-Race Registration: Will be updated a week before the event.
Directions: Click here

Long Course

Distance | 12.2km
Start Time | 07:00
Cost | R170
Cost (4 race series) | R600
Grading | Orange 8A i

Short Course

Distance | 6.8km
Start Time | 07:21
Cost | R110
Cost (4 race series) | R400
Grading | Yellow 6A i

Long Course

“The Hennops Beast,” is what this course has become infamously known as. The long course (12,06km) starts out on a flat jeep track for about a kilometer along the farm roads, runners then link up to some flowy high veld single track with a few ups and downs to warm up the legs till the 4,5km mark. A sneaky surprise hill, that’s been the cause of plenty a curse words, awaits everyone around this mark, a rocky 100m ascent, followed by some technical, very rocky but super fun flat trails. And to make up for all the hard work and climbing at the beginning of the course you’re met at the top with stunning views, a technical downhill, finishing off with some fun flowy trails along the Hennops River.

Short Course

The short course (6,83km) at Hennops River is not to be out classed by its longer older brother. This feisty course gets straight into business. Runners head out on a flat jeep track along the farm roads until the 1km mark, after which the climbing starts for 2,5km up a dry rocky mix of jeep and single track. Once at the top you’re basically half way home. A technical downhill awaits runners until the 6km mark, where runners then have a fun flowy flat single track along the Hennops river through the forest all the way home.


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