A full album of the #HMC2018 images now up on our Mountain Challenge Series Facebook page. Like this cracker by @marksampsonct 🔥 #GoAboveAndBeyond They say it takes a village to raise a child. So what does it take to organise a mountain challenge? This crew, and a few. Thanks all runners, crew, suppliers, volunteers and sponsors. Helderberg Mountain Challenge is a wrap for 2018
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@bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza @steenberg_farm @saggystone Sun's out! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Back of the 15km race is a happy place! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond #sweeps Heavy cloud pulling in at the top of the mountain but good warm vibes at the finish line. Beer by @saggystone going down! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond That finish line feeling 😊 #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Our 24km winner today. Robert Rorich takes it in 3h 12min. Can we just highlight that he ran the @whaleoftrail YESTERDAY! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza Defending his 2017 title, Robert Rorich heading towards the finish line now #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza First woman in the 11km is Hanja Bardenhorst! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Jaco Loots wins the 11km! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Well run @step.hen_mill and @hayleypreen first man and woman across the line in the 15km with Roger Dickson between them. All three came in one after each other. Hayley has smashed the women's record🔥 #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Full gas to the finish. @hayleypreen is still first woman and third overall #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond

trail running

Now in its 11th consecutive year, Wildrunner’s popular Trail Series® continues to deliver a top quality, accessible and thoroughly enjoyable trail running experience for every level of runner. This year, the series final on the picturesque trails of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve was a fitting end to one of the best series yet.

On Saturday 11 August, the sleepy town of Kleinmond was bustling by 7 am. With the mountains of the biosphere looking down, the start/finish area above the beach filled up with families, friends, arch rivals and their supporters. At 8:30 am, the XL Course runners set off. A field of more than double the 2017 intake enjoyed 23km of rolling single track, boulder hopping, boardwalks, big climbs and one of the best Protea displays in this event’s history.

At 9:15 am the long course went off in 4 separate batches. The diverse route covered 14km, with coastal pathways, forests and mountain trails complete with spectacular ocean views. The short course crew followed at 9:36 am, to take on their 8km version of the event. No less beautiful, and a fair challenge for many.

It was only 32 minutes and 5 seconds before junior runner Stephen Millard came flying down the finish chute. Stephen, who has battled some niggles in both knees throughout the event, placed 2nd behind Ryan Ball in each of the previous three events, but put it all out there in Kleinmond to take top spot. In the women’s race, the crowd was on their feet cheering a sprint finish between Nicola Wills and Tanya Posthumus-Fox. Nicola finished in 38min 26 seconds with Tanya just behind her. There was impressive racing in the PeeWee and MiniMee categories, right through to the Grand Masters for the both men and women.

In the long course, Emmanuel Dlamini stormed home in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 51 seconds, securing his outright win of the Championship Series. First woman home was Katya Soggot, 8th overall in a time of 1 hour, 16 minutes and 34 seconds.

The XL course was won by Italian Stalian, Andrea Biffi in 1 hour 58 minutes and 51 seconds. First woman, and 5th overall, was 21 year old Bianca Tarboton in a time of 2 hours 21 minutes and 18 seconds.

As the runners poured in off the mountain and the festivities on the finish line leapt up a notch, there was much banter about who had placed were in the final series results. For many, however, their positions were not as important as the experiences that each event had brought. Some took home trophies, others scooped big prizes in the lucky draws. Some just came for the Instagram shots – and they certainly got those!

From the rollercoaster ride at Paul Cluver Estate to the daunting climb at Tygerberg; the granite boulders of Paarl to the ocean views of Kleinmond, the Cape Winter Trail Series® unearthed new talent, created new friendships, reignited the pure joy of running and brought young and old in to some of the Cape’s most beautiful outdoor spaces.

With thanks to partners Raidlight South Africa, Jaybird, Steenberg, and Pepsi for another grand adventure. We only part to meet again!

Full Series Results here.

11 years in, and the magic just keeps building. Every year a combination of familiar faces and brand new recruits arrive at the Trail Series® venues, each with their own objectives. Some come to test their legs at their very first trail race, others come to enjoy the social aspect of a short of medium distance trail with friends. The fast pack get out there to kick up the dust, and every year a few new trail stars are born.

With Race 1 and 2 already in the bag, the 2018 Cape Winter Trail Series® has been no different. On Sunday 22 July a capacity crowd streamed in to Paul Cluver for either the 15.5km long course, or the 8.6km short course. With some exciting route changes since 2017, both distances proved a balanced combination of challenge, reward and fun. 

Over hot pancakes and breakfast burgers, the post-race stories emerged. Who is Cana Peek? The young Stellenbosch student who was first spotted winning the JMC 24km earlier this year, took top spot on the long course and has reportedly won every trail race she has entered between the two events. Ryan Ball, in the junior category, cruised ever so easily to victory in the short course. Both Cana and Ryan are runners to watch. The Mini Mees and Pee Wees chatted and laughed over cups of Pepsi before prize giving; far cry from the fierce competition they throw down on the short course. The youngsters marvelled at the Grand Masters.

The amphitheatre was packed for prize giving. Raidlight gear, Steenberg Wine and the highly coveted Jaybird Bluetooth earphones in the lucky draw mix. You don’t have to be a podium runner to leave feeling triumphant. “See you next week!” as cars streamed out, taking sweaty, satisfied runners and their crew home. Not a sniff of the Monday blues about.

On Sunday 29 July a similar crew climbed the grassy bank to line up for Race 2, at Tygerberg Nature Reserve. This hidden gem of a space is not widely known to many, and it holds plenty of well-kept secrets. As the sun rose, the full moon hung low and heavy next to Table Mountain on the horizon. Runners peeled off their layers, sipped hot coffee and prepared to do battle. And a battle it was, with a tougher course than Race 1, and far, far more climbing on the menu, but no less fun.

The fast pack had to fight a little harder for their positions, but Cana Peek did not disappoint her new fan club, coming in second overall in the long course, and first woman. Marion Leiberich was hot on her heels, only a minute separating the two woman who were 2nd and 3rd across the line, behind Emmanual Dlamini. Ryan Ball also had to fight for first spot in the short course, with fellow junior runner Stephen Millard only 31 seconds behind him. Some cat and mouse racing up on the trails of Tygerberg.

(Above) Cana Peek

 

(Above) Ryan Ball

 

A festive atmosphere above the finish chute rounded out another day of winter trail magic. Good food, great tunes and endless laughter as the crowd hung around to bring the very last runners over the line.

Next up is the Taal Monument on Sunday 5 August. Race 3, and the fastest course of the lot.

Results for Race 1 and 2  

Ah man! We hate it when a good thing comes to an end. After a super exciting day of racing at Leeuwenkloof on Sunday 8 July, that’s a wrap as we wave Gauteng farewell, and get prepped and pumped for the Cape Winter Trail Series®.

The weather played out perfectly for Race 4. The cold front travelled up from Cape Town, but only brought just enough to leave a fresh bite in the air. Warm enough to start without a long sleeves, but cool enough for runners not to overheat.

Race 4 included the all new 23km XL course at Leeuwenkloof. Arguably one of the best medium distance trail routes in the high veld. The course took runners through forests, streams, technical rocky single tracks, some tough climbs, a cave and some typical bush veld trails with views of Hartbeespoortdam and the Magalies Mountain Range. The XL set out at 8am, the unknown course causing a surprisingly serious undertone in the chute, but they were all smiles and stoke when they came in.

Men’s XL Results:

1st: Bradly Claase - 01-51:58

2nd: Dillom Mc Evoy - 01:52:00

3rd: Grant Johnson - 01:52:10

They all finished within seconds of each other. The heat was on out on course, but apparently this was the order they ran in for the bulk of the race. They also took a collective wrong turn towards the end, adding 1km to their run and still managed to hold on to the 3 podium positions.

Women’s XL Results:

1st: Sandra Mansvelder 02:05:56

Sandra was also 5th overall, and won the ladies race by 20mins. She said at the finish line that the course was super tough. She rocked the long course last year and came back for the XL this year, was expecting a tough run, but "sjoe" was her finish line statement!

2nd: Marjoelein Mansvelder 02:25:46

3rd: Veronica Warmington 02:39:28

In the long course, Ryno van Vollenhoven made his mark as the current Gauteng Trail Series® King, having won both the Challenge and now the Championship titles.

Men’s Long Course Results:

1st: Ryno Van Vollenhoven 00:57:02

2nd: James Reid 00:59:22 "Race went as usual, Ryno shot out the start at a stupid pace, impossible to hold on to." "Rad course, super technical and fun"

3rd: Allan Ross 00:59:59

Women’s Long Course Results:

 

1st: Chelsea Harrup 01:13:59

2nd: Fiona Butler 01:14:02 (a neck on neck battle out on course for first place, Chelsea came out on top)

3rd: Jaime Davidson: 01:16:45

Men’s Short Course Results: 

1st: Dylan Mitchley 00:40:13 - taking the win and also cementing his mark as overall winner in the junior category for the challenge.

2nd: Rob Donkin 00:42:38

3rd: Ian Fourie 00:45:03

These three became solid besties on the podium over the series.

Women’s Short Course Results:

1st: Shani Van Wyk 00:49:10. Whether she's on the podium, crossing the finish line, out running, you won’t ever catch Shani without a smile on her face. MC made note of this during prize giving, she just smiled and laughed some more.

2nd: Anri Celliers 00:51:02 

3rd: Robyn Dykes 00:55:04

It was a truly fun and festive end to the series on the longest route of all 4. Runners all had much to say about how technical, tough and beautiful the trail was. Every complaint about how tough it was, was delivered with a smile. That’s what we line up for.

Prize giving was long and festive with 3 race prize giving taking place, championship and challenge overall prize giving and loads of awesome spot prizes from our generous partners. Overall a fun series, with some serious racing at the sharp end, some festive running at the Instagram end.

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

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

Cape Town, we’re coming in HOT for the 2018 Cape Winter Trail Series®. Get those entries in! 

 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. 

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.