Top 55 photos from Saturday's  Peace Trail now up on our Facebook page! What a magic prelude to the Gold Status @ctmarathon with more than a few big smiles from participants. Happy Heritage day, everyone. South Africa certainly has a running heritage worth celebrating #peacetrail #heritageday 📸 @marksampsonct It takes a full crew to roll out a successful trail event, and more than a few good hearts. Sincere thanks to all the volunteers who brought such spirit and enthusiasm to this morning's Peace Trail. Wishing the 42.2km crew a massive day tomorrow! @ctmarathon #peacetrail @sanlam_group Smiles from the VOC - this is the heart of the logistics behind a trail event ❤ @ctmarathon #peacetrail Suzie the Sweep making sure you all come home safely, and in style! @ctmarathon #peacetrail And your top 4 men in the 22km, with much podium chirping! @ctmarathon #peacetrail Top 4 women in the 22km today! @ctmarathon #peacetrail Top three women in the 12km Peace Trail (link to results will be live later today!) @ctmarathon #peacetrail Second woman in the 22km Marion Lieberach says the gees out there is absolutely fantastic @ctmarathon #peacetrail First woman in the 12km is Leanda De Bruin! @ctmarathon #peacetrail ⚡⚡ First woman in the 22km is @biancat12 she absolutely flew through the course! 🔥⚡ @ctmarathon #peacetrail And Admire Rushika breaks the 12km tape! @ctmarathon #peacetrail How's this! Winner of the 22km Peace Trail @givemorerun chased home by Tranquil Gumbo 0.4 seconds behind him! Doesn't get hotter than this! 🔥@ctmarathon #peacetrail @asics_za

 Less than an hour outside of Johannesburg, the B’Sorah Luxury Tented Camp is hidden in the bushveld of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains. The 2018 Gauteng Winter Trail Series® took flight on 17 June, as the icy morning air at B’Sorah became blue skies, cool weather, and a perfect running morning. From bean bags, heaters and hot coffee, to the varied and flowing trails of B’Sorah. Fast, fun and something for every runner.

This year, runners enjoyed some changes to the long course. They headed out and down past the river and canals, then faced a sneaky little climb back out of the valley. Once up top they joined the jeep track, now shortened to about 600m, followed by 3km of new single track which flowed between loose rocky climbs, fun fast technical descents and winding bush trails. Then it was time for a quick up-down bridge over the fence, a trot through some classic highveld grass fields and then some zig zag mountain bike single track, before joining up with the short course again. They then split away from the short course up a final koppie, comprised of mint single track, with one last kicker up to the top before a really fast tiger line back down to the short course and onto the wetlands and through the forest.

Even the photographer came running back to join runners as they raved about the new course! “Love it, love it, freakin love it. That was so much fun.”

Championship Winners:

Men:

First was Ryno Van Vollenhoven (00:51:12) – Was unbeatable in the short course challenge for a few years, so decided to step it up to some longer distance. This hasn’t seemed to slow him down at all, he flew through this technical course. Phil (Race Director), “Bru, that was fast, well done. How did you find the course?” Ryno, *Heavy Breathing* “it was fun.” Phil, “you like all the added single track?” Ryno, “Ja that’s my favourite, I love the technical stuff, I think it gives me an advantage.”

Second was James Reid (00:53:08) – an ex Olympian cross country mountain biker no less. Third was Allan Ross (00:55:27)

Women:

First was Benita Kritzinger (01:08:57), second Adli Bresler (01:11:18) Both 1 and 2 started in B batch… and third was Chelsea Harrup  (01:11:41)

Challenge Winners:

Men:

First was Dylan Mitchley (27:56), Dylan came in super-fast and to be fair he didn’t seem to break a sweat. Kids, eh? Second was Corne de Fouw (29:37) a Minimee. Third was Craig Marshal (30:38).

Women:

First was a familiar short course podium finisher, Phyllis De Fouw (32:18). Second Shani Van Wyk and third Caryn Phipson (33:32) – all 3 women are regular fasties at the Trail Series® events.

We had a full house for prize giving. The lucky draw loot was a big draw card, with plenty of runners hoping to their hands on one of the pairs of Jaybird Bluetooth headphones worth R2000.

 

The food truck was busy, the coffee was hot, and the tunes were good. Winter in the Magaliesberg is always special, but that was a particularly great day out.

 

Thanks to the partners who add magic to each event; Raidlight South Africa, Jaybird, Steenberg Vineyards, Mountain Dew and WWF.

 

Event images can be found here  and all the results right here.

Next up, Hennops on 24 June. 

Our family is growing and we're offering the next generation of trail running champions a chance to compete for FREE! 

In the last 10 years we’ve seen the Trail Series® grow exponentially, becoming the country’s biggest and only national short course trail series. A series that is fit for all types of runners, whether a racing snake or a leisurely stroller. It has become a fun outing for the whole family and as we’ve watched our family grow over the years at the Spur Trail Series® we’d really like to include them in our celebrations.

So as part of our 10-year anniversary, Wildrunner is offering all kids under the age of 10 the opportunity to run the Spur Trail Series® for free.

Please email info@wildrunner.co.za with your child’s name, age and school and we’ll send you a promo code for them to enter.

Race information:

Please follow the link for more information. 

T’s and C’s (Terms and Conditions)

1. Applicable for any child 10 years or younger on the day of the first race.
2. Applicable to the short course only.
3. Only applicable via pre-registration. (ie. Have to enter online, does not apply to on the day entries).