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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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Rapid racing at B’Sorah

The Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® came to life this weekend with more than 500 runners turning up to race some of the quickest trails in the north as gentle inclines, switchbacks and inviting descents made for a fun and fast day out. In the men’s 13.5km long course Championship race Clinton Ferreira, race 2’s runner up, went one better as he ran home in a super time of 56:20 to claim top spot. Tim Cable was following not too far behind and claimed second over the line in a time of 56:42 while Michael Joubert also broke the hour mark, coming home in third place overall in 57:09. In the ladies race, veteran Benita Kritzinger showed that age is no barrier and stormed home in first place with a time of 01:07:29. Denise de Souza was over a minute back in second place, recording a time of 01:08:33 while third over...
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Summer 2015/2016 SuperSport broadcast schedule

The Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® and Spur Cape Summer Trail Series® will once again be broadcast on SuperSport this summer. Make sure you run the races and get caught on camera by our paparazzi and then tune in on the following dates to check out the shows. Who knows, this could be your 15 seconds of fame! Please note, these dates and times are subject to change. Please check final broadcast times closer to the time.
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Fidel Ncube dominating Spur Gauteng Trail Series®

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...
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