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Trail Series Phantom Rally Special Stage 3

Curious to run the myriad of Newlands Forest tracks, but unsure of exact routes? We take you to the heart of this magical playground, and beyond. Special Stage 3 features Newlands Forest, resplendent in its Spring attire, with extensions into Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and some lesser known trails on Table Mountain back-table for the XL. If you’re heading to The Forest for the first time, you’ll be entering a piece of Cape history that is as layered as the dense canopies of the forest’s ravines. Newlands is a natural transition zone between endangered Granite Fynbos and Peninsula Shale Fynbos, in an area that also originally supported large indigenous forests. In the late 1800s, most of the indigenous forests were felled and the fynbos cleared, to make way for commercial pine plantations, which still remain.   The original inhabitants of the area were the Khoi-khoi, who migrated and herded their cattle over much of what is now the city of Cape...
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Paul Cluver will have to wait...

‘Ya, nee’ as the expression goes in Afrikaans.  That’s what we have all become used to in this new era of a viral pandemic. And so it comes to be that Paul Cluver which was on, is now off.  Switched off by the powers that be that cannot ultimately wrap their heads around the concept on its own, COVID-19 compliant, merits.  There is an event department in most municipalities, programmed for events and events only.  There is one script and don’t by any means attempt to reskin it in a way that makes it a non-event and therefore ‘Rona’ compliant.  So we conclude: You can go to a mall with thousands of people.  You can go to a casino with hundreds of others.  You can go to an airport and fly.  You can get crammed in a taxi. But don’t for a second think you can book a time slot to run on...
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Phantom Rally monthly lucky draw!

So by now you should know how the Phantom Rally works and that every special stage lasts a month.  Once the special stage closes we throw all the names in the electronic lucky draw hat and pull out the lucky 10 winning names.  Every month (at the time of writing!) we have 10 lucky draws prizes collectively worth R5,000. We have the following brands to thank for supporting the Phantom Rally: Please support these brands who have gone out of their way to support this initiative during this crazy Covid-19 time! Steenberg Vineyards - THE best sparkling wine on the market!  Boldgear - proudly South African apparel! North Ridge - proudly South African backpacks that last forever, guaranteed. Black Diamond - Internationally acclaimed mountain gear. Jaybird - the best wireless headphones for running out there. Bos Sport - Rooibos rehydration!    
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TSSL#5 Paul Cluver is ON!

Yes the fifth race in the TSSL that was due to be hosted on the magnificent Paul Cluver Estate on Sunday 19th July is still on, albeit presented in a different, COVID-19 compliant, way.   But mass gatherings are not allowed? Correct, which is why this is not an event, or a mass gathering of any kind, but simply a temporary offering of the three marked trails (the same we had originally planned for) made available for a limited period of time.   Will the three routes be marked? Yes, properly marked in the tried and proven manner that all our 350+ events that we have run have been ;-)  The marked trails will be managed and someone is on standby should you go wrong en route. When will this be available?  Well the three race distances will be available for you to race on between 8am - 3pm on Sat 18th and Sun 19th July 2020.  You will however need to book...
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TSSL2020 Covid-19 update

COVID-19 has been no picnic for anyone and as event organisers, this won't be letting up any time soon. The gathering ban, announced back in March by the President, will be maintained until we are out of all lockdown levels, and when this will happen is anyones guess. Unfortunately, this means that we are having to re-imagine the way we do things to stay alive, and that means exploring ways of offering racing without gathering.  We want to maintain the backbone of competition - that being a comparison of your time versus another over the same race course. What this means for the TSSL is that we are working on putting all the details together to allow you to race this on your own time.  To do this, we are arranging permissions from the event venues to open the trails to you, so that you can run the race course, tracking yourself...
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Trail Series® Phantom Rally

Virtual races are the new norm as a result of COVID-19, and probably will be for some time.  Unlike most of the plethora of general distance virtual races on offer, we want to get back to the core of competition which is a comparison of your time versus another over the same race course.  Introducing the Trail Series® Phantom Rally (TSPR):  One race course per month One virtual race course set per month (called a special stage) with three distances on offer and 30 days to set your best time (run as many times as you can).  There will be 12 race courses over the entire TSPR and all within the greater Cape Town area (we plan to roll this out in Gauteng as well, when possible). Monthly launch The next months stage detail will be launched on the 25th of each month giving you a few days to get prepared.  All entrants will be emailed...
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COVID-19 impact on Wildrunner events

Late last night most of us witnessed our President declaring a state of emergency in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic that is spreading like a wildfire throughout the world.  With this state of emergency came a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people, which has in effect put the events industry on its knees for the foreseeable future. The big question in many people's minds right now is for how long this state of emergency will be in place.  The reality is we are in uncharted territory here and hence we have no idea how long it’s going to take to get on top of this outbreak.  We do know that 14 days is the stated incubation period of the COVID-19 virus, and we also know that schools will be closed at least until the end of the easter weekend.   So with this in mind we are postponing the two...
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TSSL #3 Staring down the Tyger!

Trail heroes of the Trail Series Super League gathered at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve on Sunday 23 February to tackle the rolling ups and downs of this lessor-known gem of a Nature Reserve and it's perfectly manicured hiking trails. But this reserve has a reputation for having claws, and so the battle to Tame the Tyger commenced. A cool morning on the grassy banks of Olienhout Park below the reserve welcomed the runners. A clear view across the valley to Table Mountain and the Greenpoint Stadium set the scene. First up was the inaugural 16km XL race, where one strong batch of runners set off to find out what all the tyger talk was about. Advice to save some fight for the end is accurate, in that the front of the course is loaded with climb. But the long, flowing downhill to the finish line allows for an exciting finish, particularly at the sharp end. Word...
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TSSL #2 Lebanon Forest delivers the heat

When we said that Race 2 would “bring the heat” we were, in fact, referring to the trail talent that would be lining up. Well, we got the racing snakes, and we got scorching temperatures, as well as hot prizes and all the warmth and fun that defines the Trail Series® experience. The combination of diverse agriculture of Appleberry Farm and the flowing Lebanon Forest mountain bike single track provided the basis for this exclusive rollercoaster of exciting running. The new 20km XL course attracted a fresh crowd and saw some long course runners moving up to the biggie of the day.  The XL battle lines were drawn at Kirstenbosch in race one, and a similar storyline ensued. Top spot was hard fought between Jono Black and Michael Davidson, with former triathlete, Davidson, claiming victory in 1.20.16. Black followed 30seconds later, with Kyle Herring in third. Meg MacKenzie (pictured here), a very well-known trail talent from the...
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Trail Series Super League 2020 Race 1 - Kirstenbosch

New, fresh and a slam dunk hit with the Cape trail community, the brand new Trail Series Super League kicked off on Tuesday 14 January with a Kirstenbosch classic, that delivered on all levels. A balmy, humid evening welcomed nearly 900 runners across the three new courses. A choice between 5.2.km, 9.5km and 14.2km offered everyone an option. The staggered start between the three races and various batches spread the field over pristine Kirstenbosch Gardens trails. The event offered an exclusive sunset run through the gardens, with a spectacular summer display of flora for any runner not smashing it out at the sharp end to appreciate. The 14.2km XL was a new addition, attracting a premium crew of medium distance trail specialists. A lead pack made up of Michael Davidson, Jono Black, Robert Schaff, Drew Romans, Gimo Mattusa, Will Battersby and Damian Will lead the charge, with Leanda Du Bruyn in hot pursuit....
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