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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
#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
#Unleashyourwildstride Super C for Serious the fast pack in the short course getting their race briefing
#Unleashyourwildstride A Batch in the long course getting their race briefing. In short, jump over the snakes! 🐍
#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
#Unleashyourwildstride Slight route changes today but no less beauty
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#Unleashyourwildstride Meerendal showing off tonight! What a view
#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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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

Please email 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


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


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


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

Click here for full results and here for photos

Race 3 of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ took place at Segwati Game Ranch on a cool and crisp Highveld morning as nearly 1,000 runners finished the penultimate race of the Series.

In the long course 10.5km Championship race, Edwin Sesipi stamped his authority on the Series and claimed his third win out of three to seal his position as king of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ for 2015. He held off the challenge from Michael Bailey as the two went head to head for the second time this winter. Sesipi eventually came out on top in an exceptional 40:27 with Bailey coming home in 41:53. Third over the line went to Jacov Lalou in 44:26 to round off an impressive overall podium.

In the ladies Championship race, there was a change of order as young Robyn Claire Kaltenbrunn swapped her second and third places from races one and two with top spot this week, winning in a time of 50:04. The winner of the previous two races, Lerentia Strydom claimed second over the line in a time of 50:55 and Nerissa van der Walt crossed under the arch in third overall in a time of 52:37 to set up a cracking finale this coming Sunday at Leeuwenkloof.

Mathaba rules the roost 
In the men’s short course 5.5km Challenge race, Ryan Mathaba used his experience to take the outright win for the first time this Series as he came home in a time of 22:10 with Ezra Ferreira and Daniel Rademan sprinting down the home straight to settle second overall. Rademan pipped Ferreira by a mere 2 seconds as they came home in 22:26 and 22:28 respectively.

In the ladies race, Adel Terblance yet again proved to be the strongest female out on the course as she sprinted home in 25:02 to take her third win on the bounce. Zoe Brentano pushed her all the way to finish in second place overall in 26:26, while young Kayla Visagie proved to all she has a bright future on the trails by claiming third over the line in a superb 27:49.

It was another great day on the trails and we look forward to welcoming you all to the Series finale at Leeuwenkloof, a brand new venue for the Spur Trail Series™. 

A big thanks to our sponsors, Spur Restaurant, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck.

Click here for full results and here for photos.


Hennops River was the scene of the second instalment of The Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ for 2015 as more than 1100 participants enjoyed a superb morning along the banks of the Hennops River.

As is customary, race 2 sees the addition of the XL course, an 18,7km route that offers a great variety of trail.

In the men’s race, it was the familiar face of Tranquil Gumbo who stormed his way to the title by winning in a time of 01:34:48 and by a phenomenal margin of nearly 10 minutes. Jaco Lalou claimed second over the line with a time of 01:43:17 with Rob Stewart taking last spot on the overall podium taking home 3rd place in a time of 01:43:47.

In the ladies race Estie Brits and Georgina Ayres went head to head and were running strong together before Brits pulled away around the 10km mark and opened up a comfortable gap to win in a time of 02:03:12. Georgina hung on to second place over the line with a still terrific time of 02:09:27, a mere two weeks after the four day, 150km Richtersveld Wildrun™! Sally Fenwick rounded out the top three by coming home in 02:15:19.

In the men’s long course Championship race, runners had to negotiate a 12,5km undulating trail and it was no surprise to see Edwin Sesipi out in front but this week he had newcomer, Fidel Ncube for company as they went hammer and tongs. In the end it was Sesipi who took top honours for the second week in a row with a time of 57:23 and was the only person to break the coveted hour barrier. Ncube, who is fast becoming a name to look out for, took home second place overall with a super time of 01:00:45 with Adriaan Cronje claiming 3rd overall by crossing under the arch in 01:03:57.

In the ladies race it was two from two for Lerentia Strydom as she ran an awesome race to claim top spot in a time of 01:08:55 with Nerissa van der Walt coming home in second place in 01:10:14. Last week’s runner up, Robyn Kaltenbrunn took home 3rd place overall in the ladies race with a time of 01:11:57.

Short course sprinting
The short course Challenge race was a super quick 4.65km and we didn’t have to wait long before the winners roared up the finishing straight.

This week, Janco Erasmus took the win in an incredible 21:08 with Ezra Ferreira hot on his heels, one second later in a time of 21:09 and young Keegan Dally a further second back to claim 3rd place and one of the most competitive podiums yet!

In the ladies race, Adél Terblanche claimed her second win of the Series as she came home in 22:58 with last week’s 3rd placed lady, Zoe Brentano, going one better this week as the second lady overall with a time of 24:33. Rounding out the top 3 was up and coming star, Caryn Phipson who at 14 years old has a bright future.

We hope all the fathers enjoyed their special day and we look forward to welcoming you at Segwati for race 3 this Sunday!

A big thank you to our sponsors Spur Steak Ranches, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck Wines.

Click here for full results and here for photos.