Our Sunday office. A tough job, but someone has to do it! Race 3 of the #spurgautengsummertrailseries looks all set to be another cracker
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@spursports @raidlightza Good morning Gauteng! No filter needed this morning. Registration is open, see you all soon! #Spurtrailseries #UnleashYourWildStride 
@spursports @raidlightza Route marking for tomorrow is done! Twas a little toasty out there folks. We can't wait for Race 3 to kick off. Entries are available in the morning, but swing in early at B'sorah. A beautiful new route awaits
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@spursports @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Hand stands UP compo in a highly competitive field vying for the @raidlightza spot prize! Some serious talent here
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@spursports Lots of potential game viewing today. Here we see the lesser spotted Wildrunner four times four in its natural habitat... (use David Attenborough voice...)
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#UnleashYourWildStride Perfect running weather this morning, you are all in for a treat at Segwati
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#UnleashYourWildStride Our Gerrie Giraffe has just found his extended family at Segwati! Come and run with these long necked legends tomorrow. Entries available on the morning
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@spursports @raidlightza Who's up for Race 2 next weekend? All info to enter is on our website. The 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series is official on. #Spurtrailseries #UnleashYourWildStride .
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@spursports @raidlightza Another great morning of racing at #hennops today! Full results will be out later today
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@spursports @raidlightza There was some morning #rain but skies are clearing and the good vibes are building. Race 1 of the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series is nearly a GO!
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@spursports @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Route marking for Race 1 of the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series tomorrow! Hennops is looking gorgeously green. If you don't have plans, we have your morning sorted. Late entries available but be in the queue before 6:30am
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@spursports @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Good morning! Rise and shine! It's registration day. Two sleeps until Race 1 of the 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series. 
Gerrie is one of the bespoke trophies that our series category winners will take home. But if you call him a trophy husband, he will lose his spots! Gauteng, we are nearly there
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Runners Ignite Inanda

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Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ off to a muddy start

The Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ kicked off with a bang at the Paul Cluver Estate as more than 1000 runners came out to take on the epic trail of Paul Cluver Estate during the weekend. There were some nervous runners during the week as a cold front hammered the Cape in the week leading up to the races but the weather improved significantly as the weekend arrived. Runners at the GLB46 Ultra on Saturday had to deal with cold and wet conditions but on Sunday we were treated to perfect trail running weather and though conditions were muddy underfoot this only added to the trail fun! Robinson takes the GLB46 Ultra Almost 100 runners took on this magnificent ultra that makes its way up and around the Groenlandberg. Will Robinson showed his intentions from the get-go and made it to checkpoint one first. He hung on to the lead throughout, eventually...
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A perfect day for Philander in sunny Kleinmond

The weather gods decided to save the best for last as the final race in the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ 2014 in Kleinmond took place under incredible skies and ideal running conditions.  More than 950 excited runners turned up one final time to embrace the day and tackle the might of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. As is tradition, race 4 included the XL race of 24km and some of the country’s finest trail runners were out to have some competitive fun on some of the Cape’s best trails. In the XL the pace was frenetic from the outset as the leading group of elites were shadowing each other and stretching the legs before the first big climb of the day at the 13km mark. It was on this climb that Ake Fagereng made his move and broke away from the leading pack that included the likes of Dom Wills, Simon Muller, Noel Ernstzen,...
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Fast and Furious Racing in Paarl

It was another epic trail running day as a packed house lined up at the iconic Taal Monument for Race 3 of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ 2014. Race 3 would see the long course Championship runners tackle a 13.8km loop of the Paarl Mountain Reserve which includes a trip up some 400 steps and between two of the largest granite boulders in the world, second only to Ayers Rock. Despite the tricky conditions under foot, the pace was relentless from the start and once again it was the incredible Bernard Rukadza who broke the finishers tape in an astonishingly quick time of 52:35 (an average of 03:48 minutes per km!). In the process Rukadza sealed his fifth Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ in a row, a remarkable show of consistency, talent and mental strength. Peter Tsawayo and Duwayne Philander traded places on the podium this week as Tsawayo stormed home in...
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Rukadza Reigns Supreme

Wet and testing conditions greeted more than 800 runners who ignored their snooze button and warm beds to embrace a cold day and hit the trails at the second race of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ 2014. You could have bet your mother-in-law on the outcome of the race as Bernard Rukadza powered his way to yet another win, this time at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.  Despite the notorious climb to wake the legs up, the pace was quick and the pack was led up the hill by young Raydon Balie. Rukadza was running well and in the end proved too strong as he cantered home in first place in the 12.7km Long Course Championship race in a time of 55:06, with Duwayne Philander landing his second runner’s up position in a row as he crossed under the arch in 56:01. Peter Tsawayo completed an identical podium to Race 1...
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Did you spot the change?

You may or may not have noticed the subtle change in the prize-giving structure at the Spur Trail Series™?  In a nutshell, we have refocused the prize-giving structure so that we can offer more for the top three overall in the Spur Trail Series™ Championship and Challenge across all categories, as well as build more value into the spot prizes.  What does this mean? Well, from the 2014 Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ onwards, individual race-by-race prizes will only be awarded to the top three men and ladies over the line in both the Championship and Challenge routes, as well as the three junior categories. In the overall Spur Trail Series™ Championship and Challenge (over four races), prizes for the podium places across all of the categories will still apply.  Why, you ask? Well, instead of spreading the available prize pool thinly across all categories at all of the races in a Spur...
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A wet and wild adventure at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Race 2 in the 2014 edition of the Spur KZN Trail Series™ kept to the tradition of a wet affair as the rains came down at the magnificent Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve on Wednesday evening. This race saw the short course Challenge runners traverse a loop of 5.3km with the long course Championship runners having a crack at two loops taking their distance to 10.6km. Adding to this adventure is the fact that this was of course a night run! There is something quite special about running through forests, along the river and in and around wildlife with nothing but your headlamp to guide you. In the men’s long course, the wait was not long as Ayanda Mlotshwa cruised up the finishing straight and across the line in a time of 47:17. Along with his third place finish in race 1, Ayanda now sits pretty in the overall Series results and will no...
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