2Titan's Forest Broederstroom 28 October 2018
You've seen the pictures, but the route was just too long. Now the Long and Short course runners get to enjoy a taste of the Leeuwenkloof XL course! For the 2018 edition of the Gauteng Summer Trail Series® we've added this excting new venue next door to the infamous Leeuwenkloof trail. Runners will get to wind through the lush forest and tackle the technical rocky hills of this predominantly motorcross trail, exlcusively open to runners for one day!
Titans Forest long course starts on out in an old Kraal. Runners will take off on a easy flat trail for 800m before hitting the first steep climb of the day, Mother Hill. This is a steep jeep track with lots of loose rocks. A nice little wake up for the legs. Once at the top you’ll hit a fun and flowy single track downhill through some open high veld fields till the 3km. Then a second little climb where you’ll be met with a stunning view of Hartebeespoortdam and the Magalies Mountains. Once at the 3.5km mark the long course splits off from the short course. This section is about 1,5km of jeep track to get your legs back before you hit another section of single track through some more classic highveld scenery. At the 6km you’re back on a short section of jeep track till the 7km where the real fun begins. Here you duck down into the luscious green forest that follows the cleanest natural spring water stream in town. The next 5km you’ll spend winding through super fun, muddy, technical forest single track normally only open for Motorscross riders. Be sure to keep your eyes open here and pay close attention to your course marking. The last 500m will take you past the parking lot a back to the finish line where all the fun began.
Titans Forest short course starts on out in an old Kraal. Runners will take off on a easy flat trail for 800m before hitting the first steep climb of the day, Mother Hill. This is a steep jeep track with lots of loose rocks. A nice little wake up for the legs. Once at the top you’ll hit a fun and flowy single track downhill through some open high veld fields till the 3km. Then a second little climb where you’ll be met with a stunning view of Hartebeespoortdam and the Magalies Mountains. Once at the 3.5km mark the short course splits off to the right.
Here runners will duck into the valley slowly going dipping down into a gorge like scenery before it turns into a magical forest of fast and flowy single track. At the 5km you’ll join up with the long course again for a short section of muddy running along the spring water forest. At 5,7km you’ll bang a u-turn and make your way back to the finish line with some easy jeep track running for the last 1km.
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.
'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
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%
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