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1Lebanon Forest Elgin Valley

14 January 2018

Lebanon Forest

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1Lebanon Forest Elgin Valley14 January 2018

The first of four races in SA's original & only National short course trail running series! Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Or, you can take part in as many as you like (note: medals for finishers of the Spur Trail Series Championship/Challenge only). 

Pre Race Information: Click Here

Directions: Click here

 

Long Course

Distance | 13.4km
Start Time | 07:30
Cost | R170
Cost (4 race series) | R600
Grading | Yellow 6A i

Short Course

Distance | 6.3km
Start Time | 08:05
Cost | R110
Cost (4 race series) | R400
Grading | Yellow 4A i

Long Course

From an inspiring setting overlooking a magnificent dam below the forested slopes of Lebanon plantation, we start with a short drop over the dam wall before picking up a steady climb to through the beautiful Valley Farm orchards to the foot of Lebanon Forestry area (1.5km).  A gentle zig-zag trail gets us to the course split at a main forest track (1.9km).
From the course split, we get onto a fast traverse and the base of a steep single track climb (2.5km) along an old fire break which is the start of an undulating 3km climb on mixed terrain to the start of the glorious single track (5.5km). 2.2km of winding fast, smooth single track takes you to a short and runnable uphill (7.7km) to the top of another fast single track descent for 4km to a farm dam.  A fast undulating finish through a mixture of pine, Fynbos and orchard gets you back to the finish line.

Short Course

From an inspiring setting overlooking a magnificent dam below the forested slopes of Lebanon plantation, we start with a short drop over the dam wall before picking up a steady climb to through the beautiful Valley Farm orchards to the foot of Lebanon Forestry area (1.5km).  A gentle zig-zag trail gets us to the course split at a main forest track (1.9km).
From the course split it’s a rampant downhill on open track to join the fun single track again (2.9km).  1.7km of fun and fast single track brings you to another beautiful farm dam (4.6km), A fast undulating finish through a mixture of pine, Fynbos and orchard gets you back to the finish line.

WILDRUNNER TRAIL RUNNING GRADING SYSTEM (WTG)

Download the WTG here.

The Wildrunner Trail Grading system (WTG), was developed in 2009 and designed to help you make informed decisions on trail running events around the country. Unlike road running, trail running routes and races have many more facets to them, making them either harder or longer (in time) than you may expect.

Every race/event should give you the total distance and accumulative ascent, but using road running sense to work out your time based on these factors alone would be a mistake!

The three primary 'trail factors' affecting your overall time and effort on a trail run are as follows:
1. Terrain difficulty (easy or tricky?)
2. % single track/off-road to on-road (how much on difficult terrain?) 
3. Route severity (how steep?)

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The three factors mentioned above have been expanded into an easy three part grading system. Each trail factor is listed below with the descriptions. Look out for races with a WTG and use this guide to make informed decisions.

DEFINITIONS:
'Technical' terrain = trail that is ‘busy’, that requires extensive concentration and trail running technique - for example a rocky hiking path, or a 4x4 track.
'Off-trail'= Describes sections that do not have any obvious or established route, for example a river bed, grass field or a section of beach. 
'Single-track' = Describing a trail that is narrow and typically only wide enough for one runner to run on at a time and in single file. Examples of typical single track would be a hiking trail, mountain bike trail, game trail, livestock trail

FOR EXAMPLE:
Cape Winter Trail Series®  - Tygerberg Nature Reserve: YELLOW 8B
Gauteng Summer Trail Series®  - Leeuwenkloof: ORANGE 7A
Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 36km: GREEN 8B
Skyrun 100km: RED 9B

All Wildrunner events (www.wildrunner.co.za) carry this grading system - look out for the grading on the event listing.

PART 1: TERRAIN DIFFICULTY

YELLOW = Easy, non-technical terrain, all on established trails and tracks
ORANGE= Moderately easy terrain, short sections of ‘technical’ terrain but largely easy running, all on established trails and tracks
GREEN = Moderate challenging terrain, with a mix of ‘technical’ and ‘non technical’ terrain, mostly on established trails and tracks but may or may not have extended sections regarded as being ‘off-trail’
BROWN = Moderately difficult terrain, more ‘technical’ terrain than ‘non-technical’ terrain, challenging but mostly on established trails and tracks although may or may not have extended sections regarded as being ‘off-trail’
RED = Difficult terrain, majority ‘technical’ terrain that is extremely demanding, may or may not have large sections on un-established trails and tracks

PART 2: % SINGLE TRACK/OFF-ROAD 

1 = 1-10%
2 = 11-20%
3= 21-30%
4 = 31-40%
5 = 41-50%
6 = 51-60%
7 = 61-70%
8 = 71-80%
9 = 81-90%
10 = 91-100%

PART 3: ROUTE SEVERITY 

A = Mostly runnable gradient 
B = Mostly runable gradient, but has some steep ascent and descent that may require walking 
C = Lots of steep ascent and descent that may require walking