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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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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You know what they say about a Gauteng winter…

 

It’s dry, but you can run it!

 

Actually, SA weather patterns are all over the place at the moment so who really knows what the new season will bring. What we DO know, with 100% certainty, is that it will bring another fun-filled Trail Series® courtesy of Wildrunner!

 

From the Bushveld of B’Sorah on 17 June, to the majestic Leeuwenkloof on 8 July, runners of every age and ability will be spotted doing what they love most, rain or shine. The single track stoke will be high, the post-run chill zone will be buzzing.

 

 

What to expect…

 

The Trail Series® concept was designed as a safe, fun opportunity to transition in to trail running. At every race, you will find a combination of competitive runners, beginners, kids and social weekend warriors. You can select your seeding to optimise your race experience (this seeding cannot be changed during the series). You can race hard, or party hard, but you should be fit enough to get through the short course by running the flats and downs, and walking the climbs. Slow is fine, and there is no specific gear requirement other than a smile for the cameras. There is always hot coffee on arrival, and a mix of food vendors before and after your race. There are prizes for category winners, and plenty of exciting lucky draws so don’t leave too hastily.

 

Kids 10 and under run free – but must be pre-registered (email info@wildrunner.co.za for your promo code).

 

There is a Short and Long course races at each of the 4 special venues, with an XL added at Leeuwenkloof.

 

Entries are open!

 

See you all soon.

 

#GWTS2018

#UnleashYourWildStride

In email to TrailWP Chairperson Ellie Courts on the 29 January 2018, Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) Hospitality Services, Film and Events Manager Ms Saskia Marlow stated the following in respect of our pending request to revive the Silvermine XL as a provisional championships event in March this year: “In light of the recent attacks in Silvermine, all pending requests for events in Silvermine are on hold".

Given that we are so close to the provisional date, Wildrunner will not be persuing the request submitted to TMNP for running the Silvermine XL in 2018, but will begin the process of application for 2019.  

It would be remiss of us not to us this opportunity to remind our loyal trail running community to make safety a priority, and to work with authorities to bring a sense of security back to Table Mountain and surrounds.

The more eyes and ears there are on the trails, the safer they become. So do not let this drive you indoors. Instead, join trail groups and regular crews in your areas. If you do not have one, create one. Carry a fully charged phone with emergency numbers saved to it, and carry first aid basics to assist fellow trail users in need. Never head out without telling friends or family where you are running, and what time you are likely to return.

The Wildrunner team wishes to offer sincere condolences to the family who lost a loved one on the trails recently. Along with the full Cape trail community, we look forward to a day when our trails are free from crime and violence. 

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 and Oriole Bolus as they headed out on the long course. Although Dylan let Jono get ahead of him for a while (to clear snakes off the path, he says) he caught him around half way to take the win in 52:30. Jono followed in 55:20, with Oriole of the infamous Muizenberg Trail Dawgs (we know this because they wear t-shirts that say so) rounding out the men’s podium in 57 minutes. Katja Soggot was untouchable in the women’s race, finishing in 1:01:40, with Julie Huckle second in 1:10:16 and Zoe Homel third in 1:13:08.

In the short course, we once again had some exceptional performances from our PeeWee and Minimee categories and we look forward to watching these names as the youngsters mature in to their trail running careers. Bronwyn George (19) flew in to the finish chute at a blistering pace, taking the win in a time of 24:26. 15 year old Cole Adams was 30 seconds behind him, followed by Cobus Hugo in 25:14. Tanya Posthumus-Fox secured her overall Series® win in a time of 28:12, followed by Bianca Tait, also first vet, in a time of 30:04. Rosslee Guess, who has performed consistently well throughout the series finished third in 30:15.

Other notable performances from the evening included 14 year old Jethro Dunn who topped the Minimee podium in a time of 25:53, as well as 10 year old Cullen Clark who scooped the PeeWee win in a time of 28:35.

Prize giving became its usual performance made up of trail banter, great prizes and the Muizenberg Trail Dawgs cracking open a Tafel Lager or two as the last of the twinkling lights came down to the finish line.

What comes next, is an exciting decision making process. If you are happy with your 3-out-of-4 race results, why not upgrade to the XL at Oak Valley on 25 February? 25km of absolute trail stoke in a breath taking venue, and a great way to finish off what has been a truly excellent Series® so far.

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! Full results are here.  

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..

*T&C’s

  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

 

The Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® entered its second week and we were treated to a superb race at the magnificent Segwati Game Ranch as just over 500 runners laced up their shoes at the start line for race 2 of 4.

The men’s 12.8km long course Championship race saw a dominant display of trail running by the humble Fidel Ncube as he flew into the home straight in a time of 54:25 to win by more than three minutes. In the ladies long course Championship race, there was no doubting who was the strongest as Maphuti Phaka led from start to finish and cruised home in 01:00:51 to take her second win of the Series. 

In the ladies long course Championship race, there was no doubting who the strongest was as Maphuti Phaka led from start to finish, stamping her authority on the race and indeed the Series as she cruised home in 01:00:51. Not only did she claim the overall ladies win but she also came home ninth overall. Second overall went to Magretha Wang who showed she is no slouch as she came home in 01:07:47 with veteran Benita Kritzinger claiming third position overall and the win in her category in a time of 01:09:46.

Mathaba and O’Brien show their class
The 7.6km short course Challenge race also saw impressive running displays as Ryan Mathaba showed remarkable consistency to place first overall with a time of 31:18 to make it two wins from two in his category. Juniors, Daniel Rademan and Ezra Ferreira followed not too far behind in 2nd and 3rd overall respectively in times of 32:46 and 32:54.

In the ladies Challenge race, Anita O’Brien held off the charge of Phyllis de Fouw and Jeannie de Beer to come home first overall with a time of 38:30. De Fouw secured second overall with a time of 40:26 with de Beer right behind her in a time of 40:44 to claim the last spot on the overall ladies podium.

With two races now completed, the competition for overall category prizes is heating up and we are looking forward to another special day out next week at B’Sorah for race 3.

A big thank you to our sponsors who make this all possible; Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck.

Click here to see the full results and here for more photos.

To be a part of the fun, click here to enter race 3 now!

 

In partnership with Spur Steak Ranches, we’re launching a series of short clips where we will try and answer any trail running questions you have… and if we don’t know the answer we’ll get in the experts!

The first episode will be launched in November so watch this space!

We’ve identified this list of initial topics that we’d like to cover and want to know your questions on these topics.

  • November 2015: Technique & training: downhill & technical
  • December 2015: Trail shoes
  • January 2016: Kit
  • February 2016: From road to trail
  • March 2016: Technique & training: uphill & strength
  • April 2016: Recovery & stretching
  • May 2016: Nutrition
  • June 2016: Technique & training: Speed
  • July 2016: Mountain Safety
  • August 2016: Weather & environment
  • September 2016: About the Spur Trail Series®
  • October 2016: Upgrading from short to long distances

If you have other (trail running) topics please let us know. We’d love to find the answer to help you run with a taste for life!

So what do you want to know #AboutTrail?

#AboutTrail is brought to you by Spur Steak Ranches.

The final race of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ was a dramatic affair as approximately 800 runners were challenged with gale force winds as they took on the beautiful trails surrounding Kleinmond. With tents blown over and jumping castles travelling toward the ocean, there wasn’t a dull moment at the race village, but this was not a patch to the exciting racing going on at the same time.

The once-off 23.3km XL course is known as one of the most scenic in the Western Cape but the winners clearly didn’t stop the admire the view as Rory Scheffer covered the distance in a blistering time of 2:00:48. He was followed by Ben Brimble in 2:02:49 and Simon Muller in 2:09:27. It is a shame that race favourite, Bernard Rukadza took a wrong turn and ended up doing 3km less – he would have certainly been in the running for a podium position.

The ladies XL race was dominated from the start by Nikki-Leigh Piper who finished the race almost 15 minutes ahead of all her challengers in a time of 2:27:18. Second over the line was Marilize Raath in a time of 2:43:48 while Willemien van Zyl came home third in 2:56:12.

Balie joins van der Westhuyzen in champions’ circle
The long course Championship title was successfully defended by the Durbanville physiotherapist, Liandi van der Westhuyzen as she completed her third win of the Series by taking the 13.8km long course in 1:21:07. Leslee Salzmann and Christine de Kock were wrapped in an epic battle for second place but it was Salzmann who managed to take the honours in a time of 1:23:13, just 9 seconds ahead of de Kock.

Raydon Balie put in a sterling performance to beat his nemesis this Series, Tsungai Mwanengeni in a time of 1:02:44. Mwanengeni crossed the line in second in 1:07:19 while third place went to Mr Consistent, Michael Gombart in 1:07:28. These results meant both Balie and Mwanengeni took top honours in their respective Series categories as Balie won the open category and Mwanengeni took the veteran category.

Jacobs, Dierks take Challenge
The short course Challenge had been a tight affair throughout the Series with Llewellyn Jacobs, Andre Afrika and Eugene Poss never giving each other a chance to lose concentration. However, while Afrika managed to pip Jacobs to the line in the 8km course at race 4, this was not good enough to give him the Series Challenge title. Afrika took the win in 33:00 with Jacobs nipping at his heels in 33:03. 20 seconds later saw Gilbert Koriv take third place in 33:23.

In the ladies short course Mariella Dierks was back to claim her third victory of the Series and take the overall title as she romped home in a time of 41:09. Anneri Booysen took second place in a time of 43:29 while the third spot on the podium went to Claire Hodgson in 44:34. 

While the wind made things interesting on race day, it was another epic day on the trails and the atmosphere at the race village was true testimony to the spirit and camaraderie of trail runners.

A big thank you to all the runners who took on the challenge this Saturday and who completed the Series to make this winter a special one. We look forward to doing it all again next summer.

Another super shout-out to our sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea and Protea Hotels, who make the Spur Trail Series™ so much fun! 

Click here for full results and here for photos.

Over 900 trail runners took on the Tygerberg hills on a picture perfect Cape winter's day this Sunday to bring the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ to its halfway mark.

With conditions pretty much perfect, all runners were treated to immaculate views of Table Bay as they made their way over and around the Tygerberg Nature Reserve. However, they were made to work for it as getting to the top of Tygerberg is no easy matter. 

In the 12km long course Championship race, newcomer Timothy Chambers surprised most as he beat both the seasoned Tsungai Mwanengeni and Raydon Balie to the line in a superb time of 56:11. Mwanengeni ran a great time, after running approximately 10km to get to the race and claimed second spot in a time of 58:47. Balie was the only other runner to break the one hour mark in 59:23 to take third place.

There was a tight battle for first place in the women’s race as two previous Spur Trail Series™ champions, Liandi van der Westhuyzen and Danette Smith lined up at the start. Smith beat van der Westhuyzen to the line by just over a minute as she came home in a time of 01:09:43, ahead of van der Westhuyzen’s 01:11:00. Third across the line, was master runner, Ester Brink in a time of 01:16:02.

Dierks, Jacobs dominate short course
In the 8km short course Challenge Llewelyn Jacobs went one better from race 1 while Mariella Dierks picked up where she left off a week ago to take control of the Series. Jacobs came home in a time of 36:56, just a few seconds ahead of Eugene Poss who crossed the line in 37:11. Third over the line was Andre Afrika in 39:28.

Dierks put in a stunning performance to claim first place in the ladies race in a time of 44:45. She finished four minutes ahead of her closest competition, Liezl du Plooy, who was home in 48:46, followed by Tannis Thorlakson in 50:41.

Tygerberg is well-known to be the toughest race of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ and though the route was completed in the opposite direction than it has been done the past few years the new variations didn’t make things much easier and there were plenty of tired, but happy faces at the finish line.

With the Spur Trail Series™ now halfway, we’re looking forward to the fastest course in the Series this Sunday at the Taal Monument in Paarl. Weather conditions have been perfect at the first two races and this Sunday’s prediction seems like we’ll continue with sunny skies so if you’re still wondering if you want to run or not, now is the time to get your entry in.

A big thank you to our amazing sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck for their continued support and to all the runners who make these events so much fun!

Click here for results and here for photos.

 

Approximately 1 000 runners were met with a perfect Cape winter day as they made their way to the Paul Cluver Estate in the Overberg for the first race of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ and the Spur GLB46 Ultra.

The early wake-up call was definitely worth it as the cold front that hit the Western Cape in the preceding week left behind crystal clear skies, bubbling brooks and views that went on forever.
The Spur GLB46 Ultra started off first with almost 100 runners taking on the ultra distance across the Groenlandberg. There was an epic battle at the front of the field with Dylan Solms, Damian Will, Eddie Lambert and Chad Gordon chasing each other all the way. Solms led the way for most of the race but Will made his move in the final kilometre of the race and eventually took the win in 3:50:38, only two minutes ahead of Solms. Third across the line was Lambert as he broke the 4 hour mark with a time of 3:58:01.

The ladies order stayed the same from the first checkpoint on course, with Ronel Nattrass coming home in a time of 4:34:15, followed a few minutes later by Alana Doyle in 4:40:26 and Ursula Turck in 4:42:01.

The long course Championship followed a route of 15.6km along the foot of the Groenlandberg and included a hill that took most runners by surprise. Raydon Balie made the most of the conditions and stormed home in a time of 1:18:15, more than five minutes ahead of his closest competitor, Pieter Calitz who crossed the line in 1:24:45. Jonpaul Bolus completed the podium as he claimed third place in 1:25:42.

Defending champion in the ladies long course Championship, Liandi van der Westhuyzen continued where she left off in 2014 and finished almost ten minutes ahead of second placed, Carla Beyers. Her winning time of 1:34:56 showed her dominance while Beyers’ time of 1:44:32 was also class. Yvonne Mouton took third position for the ladies in 1:45:37.

Short course battle shapes up
It didn’t take long for the form of Dawood Goeieman to make his way down the final hill to claim the 8.8m short course Challenge in a superb time of 33:16. He was followed shortly by Llewellyn Jacobs in 33:27 and Oliver Stewart in 33:46 who breathed down his neck all the way.

Mariella Dierks took control of the race from the get-go and was the only lady to break the 40-minute mark as she took first place in 39:55. Second went to Liezel du Plooy in a time of 44:09 while the familiar face of Katie Leslie crossed the line third in a time of 44:28.

It was a glorious morning in the Cape countryside and everyone who made their way to Paul Cluver had a super fun day in the mud.

A big thanks to our amazing sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels, Graham Beck and Runner’s World for the support and to all the amazing runners who make the Spur Trail Series™ one of our favourite events on the calendar.

Click here for photos and here for full results.

Entries for the second race of the Series are available here until Thursday, 23 July at 10h00am.

 

The Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ came to a conclusion this weekend when more than 900 runners took on the final race of the Series at Leeuwenkloof on another picture perfect day. This brand new venue certainly charmed everyone present with challenging climbs, flowing single track, beautiful bushveld views and a surprise section through an old mine tunnel.

Edwin Sesipi continued his dominance in the long course Championship, claiming his fourth straight victory as he stormed home in the 13.9km course – several minutes ahead of his closest competition, Fidel Ncube, in 57:34. Ncube claimed second place in a time of 01:01:46 to also take second position in the overall Championship at his first ever appearance in the Spur Trail Series™. Third across the line was Frank Kienhofer in a time of 01:06:57 to complete the men’s podium.

In the ladies long course, Lerentia Strydom was all business as she took her third win of the Series to be crowned female Championship winner in a time of 01:16:17. Kaltenbrunn could not repeat her first place from race 3 and had to settle for second position with her time of 01:20:32. Benita Kritzinger was the third woman home in 01:22:36, which means Strydom was crowned as the Championship ladies’ winner for the second time running, while Kritzinger claimed the veteran’s title.

Mathaba and Terblanche take the title
The short course Challenge made for some exciting racing as usual and the front runners were separated only by seconds. First runner home was Ezra Ferreira as he completed the challenging 7.7km course in a time of 38:18. Shortly after, Ryan Mathaba crossed the line in 39 minutes flat while Daniel Rademan grabbed the final spot on the podium in a time of 40:17. With this Mathaba claimed the overall Challenge title while Ferreira was crowned as the junior champion.

Adel Terblanche grabbed her fourth win on the trot in the ladies short course as she romped home in a time of 44:47 to be crowned the female champion of this year’s overall Challenge. Second across the line was Jeannie de Beer in a time of 49:32 with Elzani Smith taking third in 51:06.

It was an incredible four weeks in Gauteng and the growth of trail running in this area continues to astound us. A big thanks to all the runners who made this our biggest Series yet and to our amazing sponsors, Spur, BOS Sport, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck, who play a major part in the continued success of the Spur Trail Series™. 

We’ll be back in Gauteng in the summer, but for now it’s time to hit the Cape winter!
 

Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ 2015 results

Long Course Championship
Open Men

  1. Edwin Sesipi
  2. Fidel Ncube
  3. Paul Davies 

Open Women

  1. Lerentia Strydom
  2. Robyn Claire Kaltenbrunn
  3. Nerissa van der Walt

Veteran Men 

  1. Frank Keinhofer
  2. Chris Dorfling
  3. Mark Phipson

Veteran Women

  1. Benita Kritzinger
  2. Ronel van Graan
  3. Heather Phipson

Master Men

  1. Deon Ollewagen
  2. Keith Hooper
  3. Hannes van Wyk

Master Women 

  1. Angie Dawson
  2. Lynda McCurrie
  3. Santie Kelsey

Short Course Challenge
Open Men

  1. Ryan Mathaba
  2. Werner Du Preez
  3. Mazu Ndandani 

Open Women

  1. Adel Terblanche
  2. Zoe Brentano 
  3. Jeannie De Beer

Veteran Men

  1. Craig Marshall
  2. Trevor Locker
  3. Patrick Mynhardt

Veteran Women

  1. Tanya Gibbs
  2. Marisa Marais
  3. Christel Fairlie

Master Men

  1. David Schlebusch
  2. Johnie Jonker
  3. Derek Brentano

Master Women

  1. Diane Schlebusch
  2. Helin Kuhn
  3. Karen Stander

Junior Boys

  1. Ezra Ferreira
  2. Daniel Rademan
  3. Connor Davies

Junior Girls

  1. Kayla Visagie
  2. Saskia Howie
  3. Abbygayle Janse van Vuuren

Minimee

  1. Keegan Dally
  2. Caleb Rademan
  3. Daniel Ellis

Peewee

  1. Stuart Phipson
  2. Tiaan Dorfling 
  3. Tenielle Swanepoel

Click here for full results and here for photos