2Hennops River23 June 2019
The second race 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.
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The "Hennops Beast" is what this course has infamously become known as. For those who have run this long course before, there won't be too many surprises other than the course being run in reverse this year. The long course (12,06km) starts out on a flat jeep track for about a kilometer along the farm roads. You will then head down into the forest jeep track along the river for the next 1.5km. After that it's onto the magnificent mountain hiking trails of Hennops where you start a 170m climb over the next 2.5km taking you to the 5km mark. The next 2km is a fun flat section of technical single track through the bushveld until the 7km mark. You then hit fast 0.5km fast decent of about 170m, followed by one last little 50m kicker before getting onto fast gradual downhill jeep track heading back home. Then at 11.2km you will head back into the forest for a last bit of fast flowing single track through the forest.
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 and then through a short stretch of forest single track along the Hennops River until the 1km mark. You then climb a short 0.5km koppie, followed by a short downhill after which the real climbing starts for 1,5km up a dry rocky single track. Once at the top you’re basically half way home. A fun 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.
WILDRUNNER TRAIL RUNNING GRADING SYSTEM (WTG)
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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.
'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 (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%
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