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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Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™ on SuperSport

If you took part in the recently finished Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™, or even if you didn't, make sure you tune into SuperSport 8 on the dates in the table below to see all the action from this super fun Series. Who knows, you might have been caught on camera and be famous! See you on TV!  
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Rupanga’s back and Soggot takes hat trick at Silvermine

It was picture perfect day as a packed field lined up to take on the third 34km Spur Silvermine Mountain XL trail race at the beautiful Silvermine Nature Reserve.  With names such as Nicholas Rupanga, Dion Middelkoop, Chad Gordon and Katya Soggot at the start line, it was sure that the racing would be as hot as the temperatures and we were not disappointed. While Rupanga returned to the Silvermine trails in the hope of securing his first victory in this race, Soggot was lining up with plans of claiming a hat trick of victories and improving her current record.  The race was tight from the outset, with Rupanga, Middelkoop, Gordon and Morné van Greunen staying together almost all of the way. Going through checkpoint 1 the leading bunch looked strong, pushing each other as they vied for positions. Rupanga and Gordon pulled away after this and increased their lead as they...
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Cape Summer Series heads to a conclusion

Almost 700 trail runners braved a chilly morning this Sunday to make their way to the scenic Lebanon Forest in the Elgin Valley and frolic on some spectacular Overberg trails. It was a picture perfect morning and the early wake-up call was well worth it as the race stood up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful and most enjoyable ones of the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™. It might have been a cold start but things started heating up as soon as the races took off. Bernard Rukadza continued his epic form in the 13.4km long course Championship and once again led the pack for most of the race before bounding down the finishing straight to yet another victory in a time of 53:43. The only two runners who have been able to keep up with Rukadza in the Series have been Raydon Balie and Tsungai Mwanengeni and...
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Cooking racing at Constantia

At one of the biggest Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™ races yet, almost 1000 runners took on the shady paths of the Constantia Greenbelt in what has become one of the most popular midweek races in the city. Bernard Rukadza continued his winning streak in the long course Championship, moving one race closer to yet another Spur Trail Series™ title, while Katya Soggot carried on where she left off at race 1 two weeks ago by claiming her second victory on the trot. Rukadza had his work cut out for him and was chased across the finish line by Contego teammate, Tsungai Mwanengeni in the 10km long course Championship race. He set a blistering pace from the outset and finished the hilly course in 34:13, only 12 seconds ahead of Mwanengeni. Raydon Balie and Riaan Wildskut also gave it their all, Balie taking third position 3 seconds behind Mwanengeni and Wildskut crossing...
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Tough running as Tygerberg temperatures soar

As has become tradition, the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™ kicked off yesterday with the toughest race of the Series as more than 900 runners descended on the Tygerberg Nature Reserve on a scorching summer day. The heat was intense but not as intense as the racing and Bernard Rukadza picked up where he left off in last year’s Spur Trail Series™, taking yet another first place to cement his reputation as the man to beat. He blitzed the 12.2km long course Championship race in 57:29, followed over the line by John Rocke in 58:04 and Tsungai Mwanengeni in third place with a time of 59:15. The ladies race also resulted in some top notch running as Katya Soggot made a late appearance on the day and surged to the front of the field from the get-go. She won the ladies’ race in a time of 1:09:09. Almost five minutes ahead of...
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Find him some girlfriends

 Wildrunner has donated over R550,000 during the last eight years to various local conservation initiatives, ensuring we give back to the areas where we run.  We’ve been hosting races at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve for the last couple of years and love to spend time there. If you’re a regular there then you’ll probably know there are three grey rhebok that live in the reserve, an old couple and their son. The young male is approximately three years old and of breeding age. He holds his own territory on the south eastern slope of the reserve and can be seen most early mornings in the main picnic area. He does not venture to the north as this is his father’s territory.  Grey rhebok are generally found in herds of three to 12 animals in the wild, which are dominated by the male. The Tygerberg Nature Reserve has a carrying capacity for approximately...
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2014 ends on a high at Pelindaba

Almost 700 trail runners made their way to the Pelindaba Nature Reserve on Sunday to take on the final race of the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series™ and one of the last trail races of 2014. They weren’t disappointed as the Highveld weather played along, delivering a perfect morning to kick off a typical summer Sunday. The racing on course was as hot as the temperatures and it was a fantastic way to finish what was another unforgettable Spur Trail Series™. Sesipi steals the show Some of the biggest names in South African trail running showed up to join in the fun but it was Edwin Sesipi, a regular on the Spur Trail Series™ circuit, who came out on top and claimed the overall long course Championship. Sesipi had to fight off strong competition in the form of the national long distance trail running champion, Thabang Madiba, Drakensberg Grand Traverse record holder, Ryno...
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Batching at the Spur Trail Series™

The Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™ 2015 will see batching reintroduced to Wildrunner events in an attempt to spread the field out while maintaining the integrity of the event as we grow the Spur Trail Series™ and introduce more people to our wonderful sport. Batches will be starting in 2 minute intervals with the first short course starting 15-20 minutes after the last long course batch (as per usual Spur Trail Series™ starting times). We will leave it up to you to choose which batch you’d like to start in but please be considerate when making your choice as it will have an impact on others. We have set up some guidelines to help you make a decision. Please see these guidelines below: Championship Race (Long Course): Batch A (Elite):  Top 25% Overall – If you are regularly finishing in the top 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there...
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Series sizzles at boiling B'Sorah

It was a scorcher of a day as approximately 600 runners lined up for the start of Race 3 in the 2014 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series™ that took place on the magnificent trails of B’sorah.  In the men’s 13,4km long course Championship race, it was a titanic duel between the top two men as they opened up a big gap on the rest of the field. Neither could shake the other and the battle lasted up to the finish line as they hurtled down the last few km’s. Finally as they hit the last few bends, Edwin Sesipi opened up a small gap that he would not relinquish as he came home to win by seven seconds in front of a hard chasing Tranquil Gumbo. Sesipi’s time was a superb 50:40 with Gumbo coming home in 50:47. Third over the line went to Daniel Jenner who crossed under the arch...
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Sensational Segwati delivers superb scenes in Race 2

The magnificent Segwati Game Ranch played host to race 2 of the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series™ under grey but dry skies to make for perfect conditions to be out on the trails. The 13.2km long course Championship race saw one of the country’s top trail runners and indeed the 2013 and 2014 South African Long Distance Trail Running Champion Thabang Madiba, who came out to race in the Series where it all began. Madiba didn’t have it all his own way however, as there was fierce competition from the young pretenders with up and coming star, Ruan Meintjies taking home the win in a sensational time of 48:08. Not only did he beat Madiba but he also improved the time set by legend, Luck Miya in last year’s race by more than 90 seconds! Trailing Meintjies by a shade under one minute was last week’s XL winner, Tranquil Gumbo who ran home...
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