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Following the global trail running initiative started in 2011 in the USA, and continuing the trend of trail running organizers undeniable responsibility to tune into as many ways of being environmentally friendly as possible, all Wildrunner Events from the 1st February 2017 will be “cup-less” events. 

“Basically any aid station providing hydration to participants will no longer be providing disposable cups, hence this will require each participant to provide his/her own cup,” says Owen Middleton, Wildrunner founder and MD.  “This will not only reduce our waste footprint in a huge way, but will enhance an environmental consciousness that together we can make a difference”.

In parallel to taking this cup-less stance, Wildrunner has taken the initiative to import one of the leading, BPA free, collapsible cup designs.  This durable cup weighs only 15g, and unlike it’s competition can take both hot and cold liquid.  These will be available for only R80 at the Trail Store on event day, as well as during the entry process.

Wildrunner and the Spur Trail Series® turn 10 years young this year and for this we want to celebrate 10 amazing years of fun & adventure for the whole family, by offering a FREE entry* to race 1 of the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® to any and all adventurous trail kids aged 10 years old or younger!

With no experience necessary, just a pair of running shoes and a sense of adventure, the Spur Trail Series® is the perfect place to try this amazing sport. There are fantastic prizes to be won from sponsors Raidlight and Spur Steak Ranches!

So pile those kids in the car and unleash that outdoor adventurous running spirit on the fantastic trails of Lebanon Forest in Grabouw, at race 1 of 4 in the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series®! For more info check out trailseries.co.za

Please email info@wildrunner.co.za with your child’s NAME, SURNAME & ID NUMBER  and we’ll send you a promo code.  This offer is subject to the following terms and condition..


  1. Applicable for any child 10 years or younger on the day of the first race.

  2. Applicable to the Cape Summer Trail Series® race 1 only (Lebanon Forest)

  3. Only applicable to  pre-registered runners.

  4. Registration indemnity must be signed by a parent or guardian


Gorgeous, hot conditions greeted more than 130 runners as the Spur KZN Trail Series® kicked off at Inanda Dam this past Sunday. Both courses experienced some magnificent flowing single track along the banks of the Inanda Dam with nature and views making the searing heat all worthwhile.

In the men’s 8.9km long course Championship race, it was a bare-footed local Inanda Dam runner who proved local knowledge is king. Mbhasobhle Gumede blitzed his way to first place in a time of 34:01 with Spur Trail Series® stalwart, Muzi Madikwa coming home just over a minute later in 35:06. Third over the line went to Mduduzi Khumalo in 37:06.  

In the ladies long course race, Zee Mkhize showed her prowess for the trails by claiming the overall ladies prize in a time of 44:14 with Zoe Papadakis hot on her heels in second place, crossing under the arch in a time of 44:42. Robyn Greyling claimed the final spot on the podium with an excellent time of 45:00.

Youngsters show promise
The 4.5km short course Challenge race highlighted the great future potential in the KZN trail running community as six out of the top ten were under the age of 17 years old, with the times posted simply outrageous.

In the men’s race, Savages running club member, Sakhiwo Manguzela took top honours as he whipped his way around the course in a time of 15:42 with Siyabonga Malungo, also of Savages running club, coming home 43 seconds later in a time 16:25. 43 seconds over 4.5km is quite some time showing you just how fast Sakhiwo is! Third home in the short course went to Edmund Mthethwa in 16:45 to round off a very impressive podium.

In the ladies short course Challenge race, Silindilo Buhle crossed the line in first place in a super time of 20:19 to register ninth place overall, with 14-year-old Naomi Maujean showing her undoubted potential by crossing the finish line second lady overall in 21:09. The third lady home was Caitlyn Schlehmeyer who capped off a good day’s work by coming home in 21:15.
It was an electric start to what promises to be a fantastic Series. 

Thanks to our amazing sponsors who make this all possible, Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck. 

We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday for the second instalment, an exciting night race at Giba Gorge. Join us for the run and watch the rugby afterwards! 

Click here for the full results and here for all photos.