Step up! Online entries for Race 2 of the Gauteng Winter Trail Series® close tomorrow, 21 June,  at 10am. See you at Hennops this weekend! #GWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride Do you love trail, and really good wine?
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@steenberg_farm is offering a superb prize per winter series (Gauteng and the Cape). You could be taking home a mixed case of some of Steenberg's very best. To win, post an image that depicts your training or preparation for an upcoming Trail  Series® event, using the tags #LiveTrail and #LiveSteenberg
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Winners must have entered one or more of a current series to be considered. The winning pic will be one that captures the fun side of trail running - whatever that is to you!
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So start now, and standby to see who has won at the end of the current Gauteng Winter Trail Series®, followed by the Cape Winter Trail Series® (one prize per series, per province
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#Unleashyourwildstride Fun Fact! The question we get asked most frequently after an event is... Full results from Race 1 are up on the Trail Series® website. While you are there, enter for Race 2. Remember you need 3 of 4 races for an overall series result
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#gauteng The whole family can get involved⛰ #GWTS2018 good start of the series 🏃🏼🏃🏼‍♀️ Happy Fathers Day to our fathers who came to spend the day with their family’s at B’sorah🏃🏻‍♂️ #unleashyourwildstride #realtrail #getoutside #memorable #lifestyle #health #vitality #familyday #fun A view from out on the course today. Picture perfect! B'Sorah showing off
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@raidlightza @steenberg_farm @jaybirdsport And the A batch is off for the long course #gwts2018 who will claim the gold 🏆 #coffee #fun #adventuretime #vitality #health ☕️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️ We’re ready for you 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️ #unleashyourwildstride #trail #lifestyle #family #getoutside We know you are ready and amped for tomorrow. But, can you run like a Kudo?! Out on course today at B'Sorah. The Magaliesberg is showing off. Late entries available in the morning for both short and long routes
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@raidlightza @steenberg_farm @jaybirdsport Hey Hey! Registration for Race 1 of #gwts2018 is open. Swing by the Protea Hotel Midrand before 6pm to collect your number or grab a late entry. B'Sorah is calling and the crew is ready to roll
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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