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 ground on the flats and downhill sections as the two friends fought it out. The course took runners through a section of the hallowed gardens, and then straight up towards the contour path with plenty of single track and mountain stair action to keep all on their toes. In the end, Stevenson finished just 20 seconds ahead of Black in a time of 41:46. Stephen Millard wasn’t far behind as he closed the men’s podium in a time of 43:19. Katja Soggot enjoyed a huge win in a time of 48:14, followed by Megan Skowno in 54:02 and Julie Huckle in 55:52. The last of the runners in the long course came off the mountain an hour later, well after dark, and for many their first taste of night running.

In the short course, youth dominated in a big way as Tom Byron (16 years) took the win ahead of Jethro Dunn (14), followed by Clayton Booysen (35). The top three times were 28:53, 29:03 and 29:49 respectively. On a course that delivers very little “flat” these finish times indicate a lot of budding talent in SA trail. Even the Peewee division (10 years and under) chewed this course up post-bedtime. They aren’t as cute as they look on the start line folks, the kids are MEAN out there! Cullen Clarke (10 years) finished in 32:17 with 8 year old Nicholas Etherton chasing him in a time of 32:30. In the women’s race, Rosslee Guess finished in 33:05 with Jada Linstroom in 34:04 and Tanya Posthumus just 2 seconds after her.

The magic of night running held the full field of runners in its usual grip, and the crowed eventually filtered out full of smiles and trail stoke after prize giving and lucky draws were done.  

Next up is the picturesque sunset run at Meerendal on 7 February. For all those who missed the Kirstenbosch experience, and those wishing for more night running adventure, please enter online before the day to guarantee your spot. This course runs predominantly on the perfectly manicured mountain bike single track of Meerendal. A playful, undulating course that offers a solid dose of pure fun. Remember that headlamps are compulsory.

With thanks to the great brands and businesses that add so much to each event; Raidlight, Peak Performance Fitness, Steenberg, Mountain Dew and WWF.

A selection of images is on our website, with many more on the Trail Series® Facebook page. So like, tag, share and update your profile pic or wow the family whatsapp group! Full results are here.  

This past Sunday the grand finale of Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® 2017 (CSTS) took place on the beautiful mountain bike trails of Oak-Valley wine estate. The Elgin Valley dished out some of its best weather it had to offer, making for a perfect morning of running.

Oak-Valley’s epic mountain bike trails are normally closed off to runners, but once a year we get exclusive access for the Spur Trail Series® runners to head out and enjoy these fast, flowy and fun trails.

With this being more of a mountain bike trail as well and slightly less technical mountain running, it meant we were also in for an extremely fast morning of running. Especially after having a look at the start line up for the XL. Race 4 see’s the addition of the Elgin Valley Summer XL. And on Sunday we had some big names line up, the likes of  Nicholas Rupanga, Edson Kumwamba, Jarryd Dunn, Ben Brimble, Noel Ernstzen, Katya Soggot, Annamart Laubscher (Marloth 24,5km winner as well CTM Peace Trail Winner), Ashleigh Simonis, Tish Jones and wildcard Ben Matiso all lining up to take on the XL. Making for one extremely exciting morning of racing.

The XL set off at 6:30 and the heat was immediately turned right up with the front runners setting a silly pace of 3:05 for the first km. It wasn’t long before road running top dog Ben Matiso (top 20 at Comrades) decided to really put the gas down, and came sprinting across the finish line in incredible time of 1:42:50. Nicholas Rupanga came in nearly a minute after Ben to take 2nd place, and 3rd place male was Edson Kumwamba.

In The ladies race top duo Tish Jones and Ashleigh Simonis crossed the line together, with Tish Jones taking the top step in an impressive time of 1:55:22 and Ashleigh Simonis a mere 2 seconds behind her. Final spot on the ladies podium, Annamart Laubscher who crossed the line in a time of 1:58:36, this girl is making some serious noise out on the trail running scene with her impressive CV so far.

Even though the long course missed out on a few of the top runners due to them taking part in the XL it didn’t seem to slow this bunch down at all. Racing kicked off at 7:30 for the A-Batch. With Series favourite Raydon Balie still away on his training camp, Emmanuel Dlamini seized the moment by whipping around this 15,7km course in a time of 1:02:05. Coming in second and 3rd place respectively was Ricardo Jaftha and Enok Jimani.

Svenja Gliem took a clear win in the ladies race, in a time of 1:15:24. Second place, Julie Huckle, came in a good 4min behind Svenja, and claiming the last step in the ladies race was Devon Basson coming in 3rd.

The short course racing snakes came sprinting across the finish line as fast as they set out. First place went to Evan Fortuin in a time of 28:21, second Gershon Aziza and third Llewlyn Jacobs. First to fly over the finish line in the ladies race, after a strategic call to downgrade from the long course, was Chantel Berowsky, claiming her first Trail Series podium. Second place went to Jade Bremner and wrapping up the ladies podium for the day was Josie McCann.

A seriously fast paced and impressive morning of running was had by all and we couldn’t have asked for a more exciting way to finish off this excitement that was Cape Summer Trail Series® 2017.

A big congratulations to our overall series champs (see below) as well as to all who completed the series.

Championship Results:

Open Men

  1. Emmanuel Dlamini

  2. Jarryd Dunn

  3. Ricardo Jaftha

Open Ladies

  1. Sophie Cope

  2. Emily Yeo

  3. Lize Cornellius

Veteran Men

  1. Shaun Gregory

  2. Mogale Piloso

  3. Mark Jacobson

Veteran Ladies

  1. Julie Huckle

  2. Bianca Daniels

  3. Jane Fisher

Master Men

  1. Neil Hermann

  2. Arno Lawrenz

  3. Hans Woermann

Master Ladies

  1. Maxine Reilly

  2. Paola Vignani

  3. Elvera Schwan

Challenge Results:

Open Men

  1. Dino Adams

  2. Evan Fortuin

  3. Llwelyn Jacobs

Open Ladies

  1. Josie McCann

  2. Caro Jordaan

  3. Elmarie Meyer

Veteran Men

  1. Rudi Bezuidenhout

  2. Arno Rossouw

  3. Bill Dunn

Veteran Ladies

  1. Nicolette Herring

  2. Frances Fuchs

  3. Anneke Von Maltitz

Master Men

  1. Leslie Chivell

  2. Richard Rossiter

  3. Gary Green

Master Ladies

  1. Lollos Rodseth

  2. Tania Morkel

  3. Michelle Groenewaldt

Junior Male

  1. Gershon Aziza

  2. Daniel Arendse

  3. Stephen Millard

Minimee

  1. Jethro Dunn

  2. Christiaan Engelbrecht

  3. Jade Bremner

Thank you all for coming out to play on the dirty trails with us this summer. We had an absolute blast with everyone. We look forward to seeing you all at the winter series kicking off on the 23rd of July at Paul Cluver. Until then keep on choosing adventure and enjoy exploring all the wonderful trails this country of ours has to offer.

Shout out to all our sponsors and partners who help make the events just that much more awesome. Spur Steak Ranches, Raidlight, BOS Sport, Steenberg Vineyards and WWF.

For more race results click here, for series results click here and to check out the awesome race day photos click here.

Receive your medal!

Despite all our careful preparations, human error prevailed on Friday before the final race in the CSTS17!  Whilst packing all the necessary equipment your wonderfully hard earned Spur Summer Trail Series® medal was left on the shelves at the Wildrunner offices.  
This is our blunder and to make good on this we will ensure we get them to you, so please if you did not receive your medal already at race 3, please tell us where your medal can be delivered and we will ensure you receive it. For delivery we just need a physical address emailed to info@wildrunner.co.za.  Alternatively  - and only if this is not any inconvenience to you - you are welcome to pop in at the Wildrunner offices and collect in person.

Another spectacular evening of running for the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® 2017 as runners chased down the sunset through the howling winds, otherwise considered a gentle breeze by all local Cape Tonians, on Wednesday night at Meerendal Wine Estate.

It was a first for the Spur Trail Series® at this new venue and proved to be hit for all who crossed the finish line. The view from the start/finish was a sight to remember as the runners wound their way up the beautifully cut switchback mountain bike trails, with Table Mountain and Lions Head lit up in the backdrop.

Racing kicked off at 19:30 for the long course, with all the racing snakes and serious faces lined up, up front. Current series leader and the hot favourite for podium step number one, was missing from the starting line, meaning there was a first place up for grabs.

Michael Davidson saw the gap and seized the opportunity for his first race of the series, flying through this fast paced course in a time of 45:48. After just missing the podium having to settle for 4th for two races in a row, Jarryd Dunn finally got his moment in the lime light claiming 2nd place for the evening, and coming in hot on his heels, finishing in 3rd place was Emmanuel Dlamini.

In the ladies race Sophie Cope kicked it up a gear, after two 3rd places in a row, she was hungry to move up in the ranks and sped across the line in first place in a time of 56:39. Another series favourite, Emily Yeo, came flying over in second place and taking the final spot on the ladies overall podium was Julie Huckle.

In the mens short course challenge, it was almost an identical podium as the first two races, as Dino Adams kept his winning streak going claiming his hat-trick win in an impressive time of 28:21. Making sure Dino had to run hard for his win, coming in right behind him to take his third 2nd place was Evan Fortuin. And wrapping up the men’s podium and newbie to this series’ podium was Gershon Aziza a mere 8 seconds behind Evan.

An all new line up for the woman’s short course Challenge overall podium. First to cross the finish line was Natalie Smit, who whipped around this course in a time of 37:33. Second place went to Jade Bremmer, a junior, she finished in a time of 39:31. And winning the final sprint off across the finish line to claim the 3rd spot on the podium was Lollos Rodseth.

Watching all the headlights floating in the sky around the damn at the finish was such a great sight to see, even better seeing all the lit up grins crossing the finish line. Impressive running from all runners who took part. This surely was a night run to remember, and one to diarize for next year.

Click here to relive the moment and view some of the awesome photos from race night. (Or to suffer from a small case of FOMO)

For the rest of the results click here.

A big thank you and shout out to all Sponsors and Partners who help make these races that much more exciting; Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Sport, Raidlight, Steenberg Vineyards and WWF run for nature.