Waiting for a sign to enter the 2018 Gauteng Summer Trail Series®? ☝️Here it is! Online entries close 12 noon on Wednesday 17 October
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#GSTS2018 kicks off this Sunday with what has become known as ONE WEEK until Gauteng Summer Trail Series® online entries close! Are you in for the Hennops Beast on 21 October? Entry link in bio. Coming in hot 🔥 this series will be a celebration of summer like no other! #GSTS2018 #Unleashyourwildstride @raidlightza @steenberg_farm @jaybirdsport The Marloth race report is up! Link in bio 📸 @marksampsonct #goaboveandbeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Monday... huh. We are in the process of editing, sorting and loading your Marloth 2018 images to our MCS website and Facebook page. Hang in there, these shots are a cure for the #mondayblues .
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📸 @alanvangysen That's a wrap for 2018. With sincere thanks to title sponsor @bos_sport and presenting sponsor @jaybirdsport as well as @raidlightza and @steenberg_farm and the brilliant volunteers and crew. See you rock lovers again in 2019. Keep it real #MCS2018 #goaboveandbeyond When you just make cut off #hero #goaboveandbeyond #finishlinetears #MMC2018 11:58:12 You did it Eben 🔥 Hand carved falcons for each finisher in the MMC Ultra Series @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza @steenberg_farm #goaboveandbeyond And the #MMC2018 55km women's champs! #goaboveandbeyond Your #MMC2018 55km men's champs! #goaboveandbeyond We go further together. Team work for this crew. 55km done, 50 minutes until cut off #MMC2018 #goaboveandbeyond The face of an ultra runner tells so many stories. Last of the 55km runners coming in just over 11 hours since they left this line #MMC2018 #goaboveandbeyond Camille Oliante rounds out the women's 55km podium today 🔥 #MMC2018 #goaboveandbeyond

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Cape Summer Trail Series® 2018 Race 2 Report

Two out of two Cape Summer Trail Series® races have brought a little drizzle to our drought – can we go full on down pour for the next two? We’re guessing the entire trail community would be stoked to jump in to a puddle or two. Tuesday 30 January was another magic evening at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Both the short and long course events sold out beforehand, and the Trail Series® Facebook page became a bit like the stock exchange with some mad last minute trading of subs. The crowd poured in from 5pm, and enjoyed a pre-race snack or cup of coffee as the pros went about their warm up routines. The A batch in the long course kicked off with their usual pre-race banter. Jono Black and Dylan Stevenson were off the blocks at high speed. Dylan pulled Jono up the climbs on this rollercoaster of a route, and Jono regained...
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Cape Summer Trail Series® 2018 Race 1 Report

It was a little drizzly on Appleberry Farm above the beautiful trails of the Lebanon Forest when the colourful trail community of the Cape began arriving. With hopeful eyes turned heavenward, we all wished it would just bucket down, as participants practised their queueing techniques ahead of our imminent #DayZero situation.  Coffee and breakfast treats were on sale from early, and the cars poured in, even if the rain did not. In true Cape Style, many left it to the day to enter, but both the short and long course were close to sold-out by the time Cape trail personality, Sean Robson, herded the A batch to the start of the long course race. The fast pack showed up, indicating that there would be some heat on the course, below the misty, low-hanging cloud.  Trail talent Rory Scheffer appeared in fine form alongside Jono Black, Emmanuel Dlamini and a few other...
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The 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® Wrap

Saturday 25 November will be remembered by our crew as the “Day Of Mud”. What is trail running without some weather thrown-down, right? Our trailer got stuck during set up, and had to be towed out by a tractor. Then the tractor got stuck… We debated cancelling the race because runners would not have been unable to access the venue. But cancellation is always the very last, last resort, and we prefer to make a plan. Eventually the tractor got unstuck, the trailer was successfully towed out and Sunday cleared up beautifully. The grand finale was a GO, as was the inaugural Leeuwenkloof XL. Runners taking part in the new XL departed at 06:30am. The course boasts a super variety of trail terrain. The beginning is the same as the Long and Short courses, with a steep climb straight out of the chute. Once up on top, the trail swings between...
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Start your new year with the Trail Series®

The Cape Summer Trail Series® is back! Whether you line up for full on and flat out, or rock up and chill out, the Cape Summer Trail Series® hosted by Wildrunner has something for everyone, even the kids. The Series®, now in its 11th year, was built on the premise that trail running needed a transition zone, and it became just that. Athletes crossing from road running to trail have experienced this transition in a non-intimidating, fun environment that allows them to test some new gear, and learn from more experienced trail gurus. Equally, the Series® has been the springboard of professional trail running careers, and a place where the sharp end got sharper, using the various races as challenging time trials to increase strength and speed. We’ve seen whole families transition from Sunday morning slouches to fit and fabulous, as they take on a healthy dose of sunshine and trail magic...
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Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® Race 4 Preview

Race 4, folks. We’ve kicked summer 2017/18 off in the best possible way, and we have one big one to go, so don’t miss it. What is waiting for you at Leeuwenkloof on 26 November? Life is all about choices, and here you have THREE. Short Course (8.8km), Long course (13.9km) or the brand new XL Course (23km). If you are happy with your current Series® results, then ramp it up to the XL. It’s going to be a great new addition to the Gauteng trail running calendar, with a combination of forest single track, epic views from the koppies above the farm, the potential to run with wild game and the infamous mineshaft “cave” towards the end. The Long and XL routes take runners through the old mineshaft, which is a special experience all on its own. It is high enough for you to stand up straight and wide enough for 3...
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Gauteng Summer Trail Series Race 3

It was Hot… Race 3 at B’Sorah was an absolute scorcher. The heat hit the crew during set up, and did not abate on race day. A sneaky storm hit on Saturday night, and lasted around 30min. Just long enough to do some proper damage to the race village. Spur's gazebos got tossed about and came down in many little bits and pieces. But, with some critical crisis management and the usual amazing crew, we had the race village cleaned up without a trace of the storm before the first runner arrived. The long course runners set out on 1km of foresty jeep track just to spread the field a bit before making their way down into 3km of stunning single track between the river and canals and through some lush forests. After that, they had a tough 1km climb out of the valley, but just before they wanted to give up...
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2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® Race 1

It was Hennops with a difference this year, as the XL Race has been moved to Leeuwenkloof on 26 November. But there was no less buzz, and certainly plenty of beautiful trail for runners to enjoy on both the Short and Long Courses. As an appropriate mark of the onset of summer, a massive thunder storm rolled in the night prior, leaving the Wildrunner team without power and somewhat nervous around what would be waiting at the venue the following morning. But by 5am, a beautiful sunrise welcomed runners, and blue sky peeked through. Michael Farreira came out on top in the Long Course in a time of 1:04:19. He was followed by Sean Fietjie in 1:05:18, and Leon Scholtz was third in 1:10:16. It was great to see Ezra Ferreira, regular short course winner, stepping up to the Long this year. In the women’s race, Marelise Retief, winner of the recent...
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ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE 2017 SPUR GAUTENG SUMMER TRAIL SERIES®

Every season brings with it a new reason to get out and maximise time on the trails. A Gauteng summer is the perfect excuse to put your hand up for either the Short Course Challenge or Long Course Championship at the popular Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series®. The Wildrunner crew is taking you back to the “Hennops Beast” on 22 October, to game spotting paradise at Segwati Game Ranch on 29 October, to the beautiful B’sorah Tented Camp in the heart of majestic Magaliesberg on 5 November, and to a truly memorable finale full of surprises at Leeuwenkloof on 26 November. A few of the well-received route changes applied to the winter Series® will be included, which has enabled an increase in single track and some great trail variety. As part of the celebration of the 10th Spur Trail Series® the PeeWee (10 years or younger) division can enter at no...
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Wildrunner Announces Cancellation of the Spur KZN Trail Series®

In a move that serves to concentrate their focus in other provinces, Wildrunner has announced the cancellation of the 2017 Spur KZN Trail Series®. The KZN Trail Series® launched in October 2011, with 619 participants supporting the inaugural event. In 2016 Wildrunner partnered with KZN Trail Running to grow the Series® through increased participation. Unfortunately, the projected growth has not occurred, and so with great regret Wildrunner has had to cancel what has become an unsustainable Series®. Wildrunner wishes to thank all those that have supported their events in KZN, and will be refunding in full all 2017 online entries that have come in to date. Wildrunner founder and owner, Owen Middleton outlines future plans, “The Spur Trail Series® remains a popular and entirely sustainable concept in both the Cape, and Gauteng over winter and summer. The team will be working on a fresh look for the new season, with some exciting developments...
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Spur Cape Winter Trail Series® Wrap

Kleinmond was our final destination, and what a grand finale it turned out to be. Sunday 12 August promised some much needed rain in the Cape, which came down in buckets in regular intervals. Well over 100 runners took off to run the XL route, and they were the only group with a truly “dry” start. This didn’t last long, and they were treated to a course full of puddles, mud and the stuff that trail runners love the most. All three courses offered runners the best of both worlds; with a mountainous route that boasted beautiful ocean views. A rocky single track next to the shore early on in the race was followed by a steep climb. A technical descent to the finish caught a few by surprise, and those with speed on this kind of terrain finished with big grins. Kleinmond is definitely the most technical of the four...
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