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3Segwati Game Ranch

30 June 2019

Segwati

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3Segwati Game Ranch30 June 2019

Run through the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ world heritage site at race 3, which starts off in an open field, often occupied by the local zebras and wildebeest.The route is mostly jeep track but quite technical due to its rocky nature. Be sure to spot lots of game along the way! 

Online entries are closed, on the day entries available from 06:00 - 08:30.  

Directions to venue: Click here

 

Long Course

Distance | 12.8km
Start Time | 09:00
Cost | R185
Cost (4 race series) | R670
Grading | Orange 5B i

Short Course

Distance | 7.6km
Start Time | 09:21
Cost | R125
Cost (4 race series) | R450
Grading | Orange 4B i

Long Course

This 12.8km trail takes runners through a game ranch out on the R400. The course starts off on a jeep track and takes runners on a gradual downhill onto an open field, often occupied by the local zebras and wildebeest. Runners shouldn’t get too comfortable though, shortly after the 1km mark starts a slow gradual climb for about 3km. Although this is mostly jeep track, certain sections are very eroded, rocky and technical. At the 4.5km runners start winding their way down, with a few short sneaky climbs along some windy, rocky single track. At the 6.5km mark there is a short steep jeep track downhill with lots of loose rocks. At the bottom of this hill is the course split where long course runners then head left. The course then carries on winding down the rocky jeep track with some short technical single track sections and a few short sneaky climbs. Just after the 9km mark runners take a right down the hill for 400m of fun downhill hiking trail single track, through the bush camp and then back up the hill for another 400m. Runners then take another right and start making their way back to the start finish line. The next 2.8 km is a fairly flat jeep track back to the finish line with a short 350m section of smooth sandy single track through a grass field.

As stated at the beginning, this course is set on a game farm, so be sure to keep an eye out for some game sightings such as zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu and eland.

Short Course

This 7.5km trail takes runners through a game ranch out on the R400. The course starts off on a jeep track and takes runners on a gradual downhill onto an open field, often occupied by the local zebras and wildebeest. Runners shouldn’t get too comfortable though, shortly after the 1km mark starts a slow gradual climb for about 3km. Although this is mostly jeep track, certain sections are very eroded, rocky and technical. At the 4.5km runners start winding their way down, with a few short sneaky climbs along some windy, rocky single track. At the 6.5km mark there is a short steep jeep track downhill with lots of loose rocks. At the bottom of this hill is the course split where the short course runners take a right. The last 1.5km back to the finish line is all on very loose, rocky jeep track and much to runners delights is gradual downhill all the way back home.

As stated at the beginning, this course is set on a game farm, so be sure to keep an eye out for some game sightings such as zebra, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu and eland.

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