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

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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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The Heavens open up at Giba Gorge

It seems that whenever Wildrunner is in town, the rains come down in KZN! Despite the wet and tricky underfoot conditions, the third race of the 2014 Spur KZN Trail Series™ saw more than 130 runners embrace it and tackle the magnificent Giba Gorge Trails.  In the men’s long course 10km race, it was Ayanda Mlotshwa who made it two wins from two as he crossed under the Spur Trail Series™ arch in a superb time of 42:28 with Muzi Madikwa hot on his heels a mere 7 seconds adrift as these two young men battle for Series supremacy. Third place over the line went to a new name in this Series, Mlondi Zuma, who came home in a time of 45:16 to round off the top three men over the line.  In the ladies long course race, the hard work and determination of Yolande Visser paid off as she claimed top...
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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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