Winner of the short course today Ryan Ball! #CWTS2018 #Unleashyourwildstride Thank you all for coming out to dance on some of the most beautiful trails around. Race 1 done and dusted. Some snaps going up on Facebook now, and the official @marksampsonct images as well as full results will be out early in the week. See you next Sunday! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride A mother and son podium moment. This is what the Trail Series® is all about. Time with your crew, time out of city life, a chance to press reset before the Monday blues sneak in
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#UnleashYourWildStride First woman in the long, Cana Peek! New to trail running and winner of JMC 24km earlier this year, Cana says she is hooked. We are stoked! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride The long and winding road home! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride Leader in the short course is Ryan Ball. NOT wearing a gorilla suit 😉 #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride Marietjie Ciliers all of 14 years old wins the short course with second and third woman in hot pursuit #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride Short course is off! #unleashyourwildstride Definately or youngest competitor, but check the focus! #unleashyourwildstride A Batch, 15.8km course with a few fun changes this year. @owensafricandream giving a race briefing before the fasties head out .
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#UnleashYourWildStride Short course crew lining up! These kids are amped, and they will smash it out there today. Do not be fooled by the cuteness, in it to win it! 🔥#CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride Batch C in the long course are off #unleashyourwildstride

Batching

As trail running keeps growing in South Africa and numbers at 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 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 400 runners and you usually finish in the top 100, you would choose batch A.

Batch B (Fast): 
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 400 runners and you usually finish between 101st place and 200th place, you would choose batch B.

Batch C (Average): 
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 400 runners and you finish between 201st place and 300th place, you would choose batch C.

Batch D (Jogging): 
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 400 runners and you finish between 301st place and 400th 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 400 runners and you finish in the top 100, you would choose batch E.

Batch F (Fast): 
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 400 runners and you finish between 101st place and 200th place, you would choose batch F.

Batch G (Average): 
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 400 runners and you finish between 201st place and 300th place, you would choose batch G.

Batch H (Jogging): 
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 400 runners and you finish between 301st place and 400th 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 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.