Gauteng Summer Trail Series®
Gauteng Summer Trail Series® Leeuwenkloof XL26 November 2017
Get your trail running weekend fix on this classic high veld trail with a healthy mixture of winding forest single track, rocky bushveld trails, technical mountainous terrain, some river crossings and even running through a cave, all at this year's Trail Series Summer XL at Leeuwenkloof.
Entries are limited and pre-entry online is advisable, as we may not take on the day entries if our capacity is reached. Late entry fee will be added to the normal entry fee for on-the-day entries. Online entries close two business days before the race.
Directions: Click here
Medals for all XL finishers
Prizes for category winners and spot prizes up for grabs
Please note, all venues, routes, distances and start times are subject to change. Any changes will be communicated on this website, via email and on social media.
For the first 5km participants will run the same route as the long course. Runners start out with a steep climb straight out of the start chute. You then make your way through some undulating single track through open bushveld for a kilometre or so. At the 2km mark you head into some fun forsest single track till about the 4km mark. At 4km you then head back out into open bush veld trails. XL runners then split off from the long course onto the new XL route at 4.8km. From 4-7km it's mostly downhill on some rocky trails and a bit of jeep track. Then at 7km head into the second forest onto super playful motorcross trails all the way down this beautiful crystal clear stream. You will have wet feet/shoes by the time you've finished this loop. (Natural water point for about 3.5km). At 12km there is sneaky little climb up and over the quarry, with some technical loose rock scrambling for just a few metres. Once at the bottom of the quarry runners make their way back onto some more fun motorcross trails through a narrow forest valley until the 14km mark. At the 14km mark it's a mixture of animal trails and man made trails for 2km. If you keep your eyes open you may spot some wild game running around here. From the 17km mark it's a gradual rocky climb to the top of the valley, once at the top runners get a stunning view of the Leeuwenkloof farm and beyond. You then carry along a beautiful single track traversing over the valley, a quick little hop over the koppie, then down a quick, rather technical rocky descent. At the 18km mark you're back on the long course route just in time to head through the infamous cave. After the cave it's another 4+ km of classic bushveld trails back to the festive finish line of Leeuwenkloof. 22.9km of pure fun trail running goodness. #UnleashYourWildStride
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.
'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