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#goaboveandbeyond Podium antics. There's always that one crowd... Race 3 is a wrap. See you at Oak Valley on the 25th
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#CapeSummerTrailSeries #Unleashyourwildstride First man in the long course tonight. Flew in so faaaaaaast he was just a blur. Can you guess who? Give it a bash
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#Unleashyourwildstride Super C for Serious the fast pack in the short course getting their race briefing
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#Unleashyourwildstride A Batch in the long course getting their race briefing. In short, jump over the snakes! 🐍
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#Unleashyourwildstride Race director @jamesbosenberg giving our MC his final instructions. Sean has let the crowd know that there are snakes out there on the course, and we don't mean @jonomarcblack and Co. Although they are here too
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#Unleashyourwildstride Slight route changes today but no less beauty
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#Unleashyourwildstride These brothers have their game faces on #proper #singletracksiblings .
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#Unleashyourwildstride A popular pre-race spot, but even more popular post-race! Sports massage on the house courtesy of the pros at @mobility_2017 .
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#Unleashyourwildstride Your comms team for tonight. @sean.l.robson on the mic and @ultramamact trying to keep up with you all on social media
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#Unleashyourwildstride Meerendal showing off tonight! What a view
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#Unleashyourwildstride Your playground tonight. Usually reserved for mountain biking. Time to shine! Race 4 kicks off at 7:30pm. Late entrees are available
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News

Cape Summer Trail Series® 2018 Race 3 Report

A little further out of the Cape, and a little later in the evening, Race 3 at Meerendal Wine Estate had all the ingredients of the perfect date. Pink sky, good tunes, good food, wine and twinkling lights. You could forgive MC Sean Robson for encouraging runners to look around for their singletrack soulmate on the start line… ‘Tis the month of love, after all. Meerendal is usually the hallowed ground of mountain bikers, but was all ours for the evening. A course that includes a couple of rollercoasters and some infamous switchbacks along with smooth tracks designed for speed and fun. Warnings of numerous snake spottings on the course were relayed to the runners as they lined up, but that didn’t seem to slow the fast crew at all. As the Series® leader board takes shape, so the competitive edge sharpens. There was certainly no bromance between Dylan Stevenson, Jono Black...
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Cape Summer Trail Series® 2018 Race 2 Report

Two out of two Cape Summer Trail Series® races have brought a little drizzle to our drought – can we go full on down pour for the next two? We’re guessing the entire trail community would be stoked to jump in to a puddle or two. Tuesday 30 January was another magic evening at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Both the short and long course events sold out beforehand, and the Trail Series® Facebook page became a bit like the stock exchange with some mad last minute trading of subs. The crowd poured in from 5pm, and enjoyed a pre-race snack or cup of coffee as the pros went about their warm up routines. The A batch in the long course kicked off with their usual pre-race banter. Jono Black and Dylan Stevenson were off the blocks at high speed. Dylan pulled Jono up the climbs on this rollercoaster of a route, and Jono regained...
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Cape Summer Trail Series® 2018 Race 1 Report

It was a little drizzly on Appleberry Farm above the beautiful trails of the Lebanon Forest when the colourful trail community of the Cape began arriving. With hopeful eyes turned heavenward, we all wished it would just bucket down, as participants practised their queueing techniques ahead of our imminent #DayZero situation.  Coffee and breakfast treats were on sale from early, and the cars poured in, even if the rain did not. In true Cape Style, many left it to the day to enter, but both the short and long course were close to sold-out by the time Cape trail personality, Sean Robson, herded the A batch to the start of the long course race. The fast pack showed up, indicating that there would be some heat on the course, below the misty, low-hanging cloud.  Trail talent Rory Scheffer appeared in fine form alongside Jono Black, Emmanuel Dlamini and a few other...
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The 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® Wrap

Saturday 25 November will be remembered by our crew as the “Day Of Mud”. What is trail running without some weather thrown-down, right? Our trailer got stuck during set up, and had to be towed out by a tractor. Then the tractor got stuck… We debated cancelling the race because runners would not have been unable to access the venue. But cancellation is always the very last, last resort, and we prefer to make a plan. Eventually the tractor got unstuck, the trailer was successfully towed out and Sunday cleared up beautifully. The grand finale was a GO, as was the inaugural Leeuwenkloof XL. Runners taking part in the new XL departed at 06:30am. The course boasts a super variety of trail terrain. The beginning is the same as the Long and Short courses, with a steep climb straight out of the chute. Once up on top, the trail swings between...
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Start your new year with the Trail Series®

The Cape Summer Trail Series® is back! Whether you line up for full on and flat out, or rock up and chill out, the Cape Summer Trail Series® hosted by Wildrunner has something for everyone, even the kids. The Series®, now in its 11th year, was built on the premise that trail running needed a transition zone, and it became just that. Athletes crossing from road running to trail have experienced this transition in a non-intimidating, fun environment that allows them to test some new gear, and learn from more experienced trail gurus. Equally, the Series® has been the springboard of professional trail running careers, and a place where the sharp end got sharper, using the various races as challenging time trials to increase strength and speed. We’ve seen whole families transition from Sunday morning slouches to fit and fabulous, as they take on a healthy dose of sunshine and trail magic...
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Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® Race 4 Preview

Race 4, folks. We’ve kicked summer 2017/18 off in the best possible way, and we have one big one to go, so don’t miss it. What is waiting for you at Leeuwenkloof on 26 November? Life is all about choices, and here you have THREE. Short Course (8.8km), Long course (13.9km) or the brand new XL Course (23km). If you are happy with your current Series® results, then ramp it up to the XL. It’s going to be a great new addition to the Gauteng trail running calendar, with a combination of forest single track, epic views from the koppies above the farm, the potential to run with wild game and the infamous mineshaft “cave” towards the end. The Long and XL routes take runners through the old mineshaft, which is a special experience all on its own. It is high enough for you to stand up straight and wide enough for 3...
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Gauteng Summer Trail Series Race 3

It was Hot… Race 3 at B’Sorah was an absolute scorcher. The heat hit the crew during set up, and did not abate on race day. A sneaky storm hit on Saturday night, and lasted around 30min. Just long enough to do some proper damage to the race village. Spur's gazebos got tossed about and came down in many little bits and pieces. But, with some critical crisis management and the usual amazing crew, we had the race village cleaned up without a trace of the storm before the first runner arrived. The long course runners set out on 1km of foresty jeep track just to spread the field a bit before making their way down into 3km of stunning single track between the river and canals and through some lush forests. After that, they had a tough 1km climb out of the valley, but just before they wanted to give up...
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2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® Race 1

It was Hennops with a difference this year, as the XL Race has been moved to Leeuwenkloof on 26 November. But there was no less buzz, and certainly plenty of beautiful trail for runners to enjoy on both the Short and Long Courses. As an appropriate mark of the onset of summer, a massive thunder storm rolled in the night prior, leaving the Wildrunner team without power and somewhat nervous around what would be waiting at the venue the following morning. But by 5am, a beautiful sunrise welcomed runners, and blue sky peeked through. Michael Farreira came out on top in the Long Course in a time of 1:04:19. He was followed by Sean Fietjie in 1:05:18, and Leon Scholtz was third in 1:10:16. It was great to see Ezra Ferreira, regular short course winner, stepping up to the Long this year. In the women’s race, Marelise Retief, winner of the recent...
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ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE 2017 SPUR GAUTENG SUMMER TRAIL SERIES®

Every season brings with it a new reason to get out and maximise time on the trails. A Gauteng summer is the perfect excuse to put your hand up for either the Short Course Challenge or Long Course Championship at the popular Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series®. The Wildrunner crew is taking you back to the “Hennops Beast” on 22 October, to game spotting paradise at Segwati Game Ranch on 29 October, to the beautiful B’sorah Tented Camp in the heart of majestic Magaliesberg on 5 November, and to a truly memorable finale full of surprises at Leeuwenkloof on 26 November. A few of the well-received route changes applied to the winter Series® will be included, which has enabled an increase in single track and some great trail variety. As part of the celebration of the 10th Spur Trail Series® the PeeWee (10 years or younger) division can enter at no...
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Wildrunner Announces Cancellation of the Spur KZN Trail Series®

In a move that serves to concentrate their focus in other provinces, Wildrunner has announced the cancellation of the 2017 Spur KZN Trail Series®. The KZN Trail Series® launched in October 2011, with 619 participants supporting the inaugural event. In 2016 Wildrunner partnered with KZN Trail Running to grow the Series® through increased participation. Unfortunately, the projected growth has not occurred, and so with great regret Wildrunner has had to cancel what has become an unsustainable Series®. Wildrunner wishes to thank all those that have supported their events in KZN, and will be refunding in full all 2017 online entries that have come in to date. Wildrunner founder and owner, Owen Middleton outlines future plans, “The Spur Trail Series® remains a popular and entirely sustainable concept in both the Cape, and Gauteng over winter and summer. The team will be working on a fresh look for the new season, with some exciting developments...
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