The first album of images from #HMC2017 has been loaded to our Mountain Challenge Series page on Facebook. Hop on over and relive a massive day! Thank you to @marksampsonct for capturing it all so beautifully
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#MountainChallengeSeries 
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@bos_sport @raidlightza Can you sum up your #HMC2017 in one word? Oliver Kopp gave us a few 😆
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@bos_sport @raidlightza Female winner of the long course of the #spurpetrailseries 
@spursports @spursteakranches @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Male long course winner of the #spurpetrailseries 
@spursports @spursteakranches @steenberg_farm @raidlightza Short course winner of #spurpetrailseries 
@spursports @spursteakranches @raidlightza @steenberg_farm And they're off!! Race 4 of the #SpurPETrailSeries us underway 
@spursteakranches #raidlightza @steenberg_farm Star of the 24km women's field today, the highly accomplished multi-sporter @carla.vh1 .
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#GoAboveAndBeyond The winner of our 24km is Robert Rorich. We're reporting on all 3 #HMC races via Twitter this morning 
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@bos_sport @raidlightza Fantastic morning for the last race of the #SpurPETrailSeries! Late entries still available 
@spursteakranches @raidlightza @steenberg_farm The 15km crew is out on the course. We'll share leader info on Twitter shortly
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@bos_sport @raidlightza The 15km runners are lining up. A tough but beautiful race lies ahead. Record to the top is 45min. Will it fall today? #GoAboveAndBeyond #HMC2017 @bos_sport @raidlightza One of the many views awaiting our #HMC2017 runners 📸 @marksampsonct
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Batching

As trail running keeps growing in South Africa and numbers at Spur Trail Series® events keep increasing we have introduced batching at the events in an attempt to spread out the field out while maintaining the integrity of the event.

Batches start 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 are 200 runners and you usually finish in the top 50, you would choose batch A.

Batch B: 
26 – 50% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 26% and 50% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you usually finish between 51st place and 100th place, you would choose batch B.

Batch C: 
51 – 75% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 51% and 75% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 100th place and 150th place, you would choose batch C.

Batch D: 
Higher than 76% Overall – If you are regularly placing in the bottom 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 150th place and 200th place, you would choose batch D.

Challenge (Short Course):

Batch E (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 are 200 runners and you finish in the top 50, you would choose batch E.

Batch F: 
26 – 50% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 26% and 50% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 51st place and 100th place, you would choose batch F.

Batch G: 
51 – 75% Overall –
 If you are regularly placing between 51% and 75% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 100th place and 150th place, you would choose batch G.

Batch H: 
Higher than 76% Overall – If you are regularly placing in the bottom 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 150th place and 200th place, you would choose batch H.

Terms and Conditions

  • Your race time is taken from the time of the start of your batch to the time that you cross the finish line. I.e. if you run the long course in batch C your start time will be at 09h04, not 09h00. Your race result will indicate this as such.
  • Your batch will be printed on your race number. 
  • Batches will start 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).
  • There will only be one entrance to the starting pen and this entrance will be regulated by one or two marshals. They will only let you in if the batch number on your race number coincides with the batch that is about to start. Listen to announcements on the morning to make sure you start in the correct batch.
  • You cannot change your batch during the Series. The batch you choose in the first race that you enter is the one that you will stay in for the rest of the Series. 
  • If you enter on the day, you will have the opportunity to choose a batch, but batches are limited and if the batch you wanted to choose is full you will need to pick a different batch.
  • If you want to run with a friend who runs in a slower batch, you are allowed to start in the later batch. However, your time will not be adapted and your start time will remain as it is on the system.
  • If you start in an earlier batch from the one that you are allocated to, you will be disqualified. Please make sure you're on time for your start batch, we will not adapt your time if you start in a later batch than the one you were supposed to start in.
  • Any exceptions to this will be at the discretion of the Race Director.