A full album of the #HMC2018 images now up on our Mountain Challenge Series Facebook page. Like this cracker by @marksampsonct 🔥 #GoAboveAndBeyond They say it takes a village to raise a child. So what does it take to organise a mountain challenge? This crew, and a few. Thanks all runners, crew, suppliers, volunteers and sponsors. Helderberg Mountain Challenge is a wrap for 2018
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@bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza @steenberg_farm @saggystone Sun's out! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Back of the 15km race is a happy place! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond #sweeps Heavy cloud pulling in at the top of the mountain but good warm vibes at the finish line. Beer by @saggystone going down! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond That finish line feeling 😊 #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Our 24km winner today. Robert Rorich takes it in 3h 12min. Can we just highlight that he ran the @whaleoftrail YESTERDAY! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza Defending his 2017 title, Robert Rorich heading towards the finish line now #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza First woman in the 11km is Hanja Bardenhorst! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Jaco Loots wins the 11km! #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Well run @step.hen_mill and @hayleypreen first man and woman across the line in the 15km with Roger Dickson between them. All three came in one after each other. Hayley has smashed the women's record🔥 #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond Full gas to the finish. @hayleypreen is still first woman and third overall #HMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond

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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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Hennops River rages in Race 1 of the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series™

It was a stormy start to the 2014 edition of the Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series™ as an angry Hennops River greeted more than 600 runners to kick start things off in dramatic fashion. As per usual in the Spur Gauteng Trail Series™, the Hennops race hosted the stand alone event of a 20km XL race and this year’s event saw one of the most dominant displays of running as regular podium placer, Tranquil Gumbo blitzed the course in a time of 01:38:12 to win by just under 30 minutes. Johan Ferreira took second over the line in 02:07:37 as well as first master, with another master runner, Mike Biesheuvel hot on his heels in a time of 02:07:43. In the ladies XL race, it was Lerentia Strydom who took top honours and finished a superb eighth overall in a time of 02:12:35. Benita Kritzinger claimed second over the line in a...
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iSithumba delights in final race of the Series

And in the end, the sunshine finally came out to play as more than 100 competitors lined up one final time in the Spur KZN Trail Series™ for 2014. iSithumba, located near Inchanga in the Valley of a 1000 Hills, played host to the final race of four in the Spur KZN Trail Series™ for what was a picture perfect day for trail running. In the men’s 11.3km long course Championship race, it was familiar foes doing battle as the race for the overall Series was still up for grabs. As the runners traversed the final single track along the banks of the Sikelekehleni River, it was Muzi Madikwa who emerged up the final hill of the day and into the finishing straight as the first runner across the line, finishing in a time of 46:50 with Ayanda Mlotshwa settling for second place over the line in a time of 47:53. That...
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