High in the blocky ridge of Sneeuberg, Cederberg @arush74 @babs_cole Change of season is the perfect time to make some healthy life changes. Way better than an app that counts your calories, more fun than a watch that counts your daily steps... count your series points instead! Entries for the 2018 Gauteng Winter Trail Series are open, and entries for the Cape  Winter Trail Series open on 24 April. This is where your trail running journey begins
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@raidlightza Great new stories on our website, including a piece on how to expertly pack your pack. With the @bos_sport Mountain Challenge Series Amplified By Jaybird around the corner, now is the time to check compulsory kit lists and train with race day weight in your pack. ☝️link in bio
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@raidlightza Entries for the 2018 Gauteng Winter Trail Series open at midday on Wednesday 4 April!
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The single track stoke will be high, the chill zone will be buzzing, and we have additional podium and lucky draw prize sponsors lined up so get in there!
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All info via link in bio
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#Unleashyourwildstride Were you there for the @wwfsouthafrica #earthhour2018 magic in Kirstenbosch on Saturday? We think we found South Africans next big #adventureracing sensation! Look at this little warrior
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#earthlings This was first That's a wrap, folks. The 2018 #CapeSummerTrailSeries has been a blast, start to end. Well done, well run. Keep an eye on our FB feed for a maaaaaaasive album of stoke pics. Full results will be up on our website within 48hours. Brag, you earned the right
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#Unleashyourwildstride That's a 1h43min win for @roryscheffer on the XL! Super 🔥and his feedback is all 🤘 on the new course
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#oakvalley Almost time to pop the @steenberg and hand out a few leopards! #CapeSummerTrailSeries #Unleashyourwildstride Winning woman in the 25km XL race was Toni McCann - on her birthday! Nice work Toni
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#Unleashyourwildstride Full results will be confirmed soon. Runners from all 3 races pouring in now. The youngsters have, once again, put on a great show in the short course. Some great trail talent lurking in the Peewee, Minime and Junior divisions
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@oakvalleywines Some of the shorties lining up for the short course. They throw down like pros
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Trail grading

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