More than 100 photos from yesterday's race up and waiting for you to view, tag, share, download, send to the family Whatsapp group. All on the #trailseries Facebook page 📸 @marksampsonct
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#Unleashyourwildstride That's a wrap, heroes. Something for everyone here at the #CapeSummerTrailSeries Top three women on the long course here at Lebanon Forest. Grit and grace out there
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#Unleashyourwildstride Your top three men on the long course. Sjooooeeeeee we saw some speed out there today
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#Unleashyourwildstride Top three men in the short course. Boom. Shake the room (watch Facebook for plenty more images from tomorrow folks)
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#CapeSummerTrailSeries Top three women in the short course 💪 nicely done! .
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#CapeSummerTrailSeries Pete-The-Heat finished first vet on the long course and was heard chirping Winners of the long course, colleagues at @run_storeza and friends. Cracking race out there this morning
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#CapeSummerTrailSeries The A batch moving towards their start line. Long course is out on the trails now with some super fast names kicking it out there 🤙
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#Unleashyourwildstride In true Cape style the queue for late entries is looooong and full of vibe. Can we be this awesome when we queue for our 25L of water 🤔. Welcome to Race 1 of the #CapeSummerTrailSeries folks. We do have late entries available for those still keen to kick the year off on a high note! An hour until the long course heads out. The crew has started gathering for coffee, snacks and trail chat. @sean.l.robson on the mic .
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#Unleashyourwildstride Grey skies, light breeze, perfect running weather for Race 1 of the 2018 #CapeSummerTrailSeries at Lebanon Forest
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GWTS16 Race 2 - Hennops 'The BEAST'

This weekend saw the second instalment of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series® take place at Hennops. What a day it was. A few bumps, a couple of bruises, and a whole lot of smiles. As per usual Race 2 at Hennops includes the addition of the XL course, an 18,77km trail, which offers great scenery, and great diversity of fun trails. In the men’s XL race Lawrence Mogano came speeding over the line in a phenomenal time of 01:36:13, creating almost a 10min gap between himself and second place runner Tarquin Meszaros. Closing off the top 3 for the men’s race was Richard Lawson in a time of 01:50:54. In the female XL race Yolande Maclean brought it home for the ladies in a superb time of 01:57:47, with a similar close on 10min lead over runner up Vicky van der Merwe, who claimed second place in a time of 02:06:04. Finishing...
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AND WE'RE OFF!

Same Same, But Different. This weekend saw us a kick off 2016’s edition of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series® at B’Sorah, and what a great start it was. Once again we started the series off at B’Sorah tented camp, our resident Race 1 venue for the last 2 years. For our annual winter series runners, they were met with a familiar sight when rocking up at the start venue, but before they got too comfortable we informed them of a few changes out on the route. Due to some recent veld fires at the venue we had to adjust the course a little bit, and although mostly the same course, the regulars would have noticed that some of the trails that they had run on in the past were now being done in reverse. Thanks to our awesome team of course markers, no confusion was had on the course and all runners...
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Entries opening for Gauteng & Cape 20th April!

Yes it's that time of year again to get your entries in for the Spur Winter Trail Series!  Entries open on the 20th of April at midday for the 9th edition of both the Gauteng and Cape Winter Trail Series.    
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Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® 2016 airs on Supersport

The Spur Cape Summer Series® is being broadcast on Supersport in March! Please see the below table for all broadcast dates, times and channels. Schedule Date Schedule Time Duration Channel Name Monday, 21 March, 2016 18:00 00:30:00 SS8 Tuesday, 22 March, 2016 01:00 00:30:00 SS8 Tuesday, 22 March, 2016 06:30 00:30:00 SS8 Tuesday, 22 March, 2016 16:30 00:30:00 SS8 / CSN Friday, 25 March, 2016 03:30 00:30:00 Sel2 / Sel2-Go Friday, 25 March, 2016 05:00 00:30:00 SelSA / SelSA-Go Friday, 25 March, 2016 14:30 00:30:00 SelSA / SelSA-Go Saturday, 26 March, 2016 11:00 00:30:00 SelSA-Go Sunday, 27 March, 2016 04:00 00:30:00 SelSA / SelSA-Go  
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Spectacular Oak Valley caps off Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® 2016

The Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® for 2016 came to an end on the spectacular trails of Oak Valley as 700 runners braved the early morning chill of 8 degrees to enjoy what turned out to be a beautiful morning in the Elgin Valley. Race 4 in the Summer Series sees the addition of the 25km XL course and with a few familiar faces on the start line; we knew it was going to be a fast one! In the Men’s XL race it was always going to be hotly contested with the likes of Chad Gordon, Peter Calitz, Micheal Gombart, Will Robinson and Damian Will on the start line.  After what seemed like no time at all, it was a fist-pumping Damian Will who powered his way across the line in first place with a new record time of 01:42:05 (beating Nicholas Rupanga’s time from a year ago of 01:43:10). Second over the...
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Back to back wins for Rupanga as Silvermine delights once more

The 2016 edition of the 32km Spur Silvermine Mountain XL began under grey skies as some of the Cape’s top trail runners came out to enjoy the magnificent Silvermine Nature Reserve. This race sees runners traverse both Silvermine East and Silvermine West and really is a race of two halves. In the men’s solo event, it was tight at the top as the top 5 were all within 30 seconds of each other at the first check point, 13km in, with up-and-coming Raydon Balie all smiles as he led veteran and defending champion Nicholas Rupanga, Ben Brimble, Rory Scheffer and Chad Gordon through the check-point in 01:15:20. The second half of the race saw solo runners tackle 14km of Silvermine West trails and it was soon evident that this race was to become a game of cat and mouse, with the leaders marking each other until the final 5km to the finish. At the...
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Magical Kirstenbosch delights at Spur Trail Series®

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens created the perfect backdrop to host just over 1,000 runners on Tuesday, at race 3 of the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series®. With an electric atmosphere in the air, the first of the races set off at 19h00, with several top South African trail runners storming out of the blocks as the sun set behind Table Mountain. In the 10km long course Championship, a new face to the Spur Trail Series® scene, Justin Fritz, took everyone by surprise as he blitzed the course and sprinted across the finish line almost four minutes ahead of the competition. He managed to break the 40 minute barrier and crossed the line in 39:56, looking fresh and ready for more. A few minutes later, a cluster of runners rushed home in short stride with Raydon Balie, Rory Scheffer, Nicholas Rupanga and Jarryd Dunn all crossing the line with less than 20...
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Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® Race 2 Cancellation

On Saturday evening, 16th January 2016, the Wildrunner team watched helplessly from the start/finish location for race 2 of the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series®, as the forested hills and farms of Lebanon in the Elgin Valley were torn apart by vicious wildfires.  At 9:49pm we were left with no choice but to cancel the event.  The CSIR centre just to the east  (upwind) of our routes, had at this stage been surrounded by the fire.  On consultation with local disaster management and the owner of the farm it was clear that the fire was continuing unabated into the heart of the Lebanon plantation and onto the Spur Trail Series® routes.  To continue with the event as planned would have been irresponsible and negligent. Since making this announcement on all the channels available to us at the time, we have received a number of queries regarding refunds, postponements and ticket transfer as...
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Young guns breathe new life into Spur Trail Series®

The Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® kicked off with a bang and a bluster as almost 800 runners took on the howling south-easter at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.   There was excitement in the air as runners started trickling in at the start venue and, with the Tygerberg hills looming over them, the reality of the challenge that lay ahead started to set in. Uncomfortable as the wind was, it brought welcome respite against the usual summer heat.   The familiar faces of Bernard Rukadza, Raydon Balie, Franz-Eric Streicher, Michael Gombart and Katya Soggot were joined at the start line of the 12.1km long course Championship by up-and-coming youngsters Jarryd Dunn, Hayley Preen and Megan Leslie and it was clear from the outset that the racing at the front of the field was going to be fierce.   We were not disappointed and Balie put in a strong performance, showing his intentions for the Series, and...
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Sweltering Series comes to a sizzling end

On another incredibly hot summer day in Gauteng more than 500 runners showed up at the final race of the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® at Leeuwenkloof to cap off a fantastic Series of trail running.  There was to be no respite from the incredibly hot Gauteng summer and by 7am the thermometer was already close to 30 degrees Celsius. Some runners succumbed to the heat and had to pull out of the race to find comfort and an ice cold drink in the shady finish area, but the majority showed their grit and determination and pushed through to finish what has been a tough Series because of the sweltering weather conditions throughout. Fidel Ncube showed his strength in the 13.8km long course Championship race and beat his closest competition by almost five minutes, making it two out of two wins for this Series, as he crossed the line in 55:00. Unfortunately,...
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