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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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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The Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® Sizzles at Hennops

The Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® kicked off at Hennops River this past weekend as more than 600 runners were reunited with trail running friends on a scorching Highveld summer day. In the 18.5km XL race Thabang Madiba, one of South Africa’s favourite and finest trail runners, lived up to his reputation as he blitzed the course in 01:43:34 over some technical terrain and steep inclines to hold off the charge of Daniel Jenner. He pushed Madiba all the way and came home in 01:44:22 with Egor Oussov running a super race to claim third place overall with a time of 01:48:39. In the ladies XL race Adel Terblanche ran a great race to claim the overall ladies win comfortably in 02:11:56. Sally Fenwick took second place a few minutes in a time of 02:19:22 while Angela Kavalliertos completed the ladies overall podium with her time of 02:26:06. In the men’s 12.5km long...
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What do you want to know #AboutTrail?

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...
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iSithumba delights in Series Finale

The Spur KZN Trail Series® headed down deep into the Valley of 1000 Hills to the tranquil and beautiful setting of iSithumba for the final race of the Series. In the men’s 11.3km long course Championship race, it was the athletic figure of Eric Ngubane who made it three wins out of three as he wrapped up another first place in a time of 48:59 to take the overall Series win before jetting off to France to represent South Africa in the 75km Grand Trail des Templiers. We wish him and the team all the best! Second over the line at race 4 went to regular podium placer Juan Botsis who cruised home in 56:29 with Luke Muller claiming third over the line with a time of 01:01:19. In the ladies race, all was set for an epic battle between Puseletso Dladla and Zoe Papadakis with Dladla leading the overall standings with only...
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Ngubane makes it two from two at the Magical Kenneth Stainbank

Race 3 in the Spur KZN Trail Series® saw Eric Ngubane make it two wins from two as he clocked the fastest time around the 11.2km Championship course at the beautiful Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, the only a two lap race in the Series. Ngubane ran home in 48:59 to win by more than 3 minutes as Thierry Pletinckx came home in second overall in 53:33 with Juan Botsis claiming the final spot on the overall podium in a time of 54:32. In the ladies Championship race, the ding dong battle for the overall Series title continued as Puseletso Dladla won this round, finishing first overall with a time of 01:00:17 with Zoe Papadakis not too far behind, coming home in 01:02:53. Leilah Saville claimed her first podium of the Series by coming home in 3rd with a time of 01:22:13. Dladla is now only 29 seconds ahead of Papadakis in the overall...
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Ngubane shows his class at Giba

The Spur KZN Trail Series® headed to the wonderful Giba Gorge on Wednesday night for race 2 as close to 100 runners were treated to a spectacular evening with conditions ideal for running. In the long course 10km Championship race, the presence of national trail runner Eric Ngubane went almost unnoticed as the quiet, unassuming ultra runner (who will be representing South Africa at the Ultra Trail World Champs in France later this year) lined up in the corner of the start line, only to be singled out by the race MC and his cover was blown. For the next 47 minutes, everyone knew whose light they were chasing. Ngubane certainly didn’t disappoint and, despite the course being 90km too short for him, he came home first over the line in a time of 47:18, showing you just how tough it can be to run over the dark trails of Giba Gorge. Next...
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