Race 4 of the Gauteng Summer Trail Series® is on 4 November! B'Sorah is your host of the grand finale, which features a brand new XL course. Get your entries in, and prepare to #unleashyourwildstride
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@raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm For race number 3 of the refreshed Gauteng Summer Trail Series® we welcome the first sunset run, on 7 November! The beautiful gardens of Walter Sisulu will be our host, and you will need to switch on a headlamp as the sun sets. We have partnered with @petzl_official so order your headlamp during the entry process or buy one from the team on the evening. 5 or 10.5km routes, and a truly magical experience awaits
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@raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm @eigerequipment Race 2 of the #GSTS2018 is at a brand new venue - Titan's Forest! 28 October. 14 or 7.4km routes. Wind your way through lush forests and tackle the technical, rocky hills on trails that are exclusively ours for the day! Online entries are open. Special rates for families of 4 with kids between 11 and 17. Kids 10 and under run FREE! #UnleashYourWildStride @raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm Race 1 of the 2018 Gauteng Summer Trail Series® is on 21 October - Hennops Beast! Choose between 12 or 7km. The course begins with a series of climbs before descending on technical single track through a valley alongside the roar of Hennops River #UnleashYourWildStride @raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm Marloth Mountain Challenge is on 7 October. Have you set your goals? Route info all up on the MCS website. Race day is coming in hot #MCS2018 #MMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Have you heard? Gauteng Summer Trail Series is comin BACK with new venues, new routes, bigger prizes and the best vibe. Entries are open - get in there! #GSTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride 
@raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm Marloth Mountain Challenge is on 7 October 2018. Are you joining us for one of the toughest, most rewarding mountain days of your life? Online entries are still available
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@bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Out and about behind Franschhoek, great to see the rivers pumping again finally after the last few years of drought! #westerncapemountains #mountainrunning UTMB start, what a sight! Good luck to all our SAFAS running... #utmb2018 Out and about in the Cape Mountain wilderness yesterday, stocking up of food for the soul #mountainrunning #notkak Brave hearts, fierce minds, free spirits. These are the folk that go to the mountains. This is your tribe
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Marloth Mountain Challenge 7 October 2018
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#GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm @raidlightza @saggystone How can you not want to run this right? So many amazing trails in the Western Cape, get out and explore! #notkak

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.