1B'Sorah Tented Camp17 June 2018
This race takes place at B’Sorah, a venue hidden among the bushveld of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains. The route boasts a variety of tracks and is the flattest in the series. Although it’s only less than an hour from the city, you’ll feel like you’re in an entirely different world.
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B’Sorah farm plays host to a luxury tented camp site as well as this really fun trail that is open to trail runners and hikers all week. This 12.2km route is by far the flattest of the four routes in the championship, with only 194m of elevation. Runners start out on a smooth jeep track out of the start chute and at about 400m make their way into the bushy side of the farm where the jeep track is very eroded and uneven for 2km. At the 2km mark you head into a fun windy section of single track through the forest, before being spat out into a luscious green field of smooth open jeep track. Runners continue along this route for another kilometer or so before they reach the course split where the long course runners keep left. The next 9km is a whole lot of fun, it’s a slow climb that stretches over 5km, so it’s hardly felt and runners wind their way from jeep track on fast flowy single track, back onto jeep track, back onto flowy single track. You get the picture. It’s a really fast and fun course and ends of on fun gradual downhill smooth single trail through the forest back to the finish line.
B’Sorah farm plays host to a luxury tented camp site as well as this really fun trail that is open to trail runners and hikers all week. This 7.2km route is by far the flattest of the four routes in the championship, with only 97m of elevation. Runners start out on a smooth jeep track out of the start chute and at about 400m make their way into the bushy side of the farm where the jeep track is very eroded and uneven for 2km. At the 2km mark you head into a fun windy section of single track through the forest, before being spat out into a luscious green field of smooth open jeep track. Runners continue along this route for another kilometer or so before they reach the course split where the short course runners keep right. After a kilometer there’s a quick short little rocky downhill, through a little river water crossing. From here it’s a gradual climb up to the 5,5km mark with a mixture of jeep track and short little bursts of single track. The last 1.5km home is all downhill and is mostly set in a really fun flowy single track through the forest, back onto the jeep track and then the last 300m of jeep track back to the finish line
WILDRUNNER TRAIL RUNNING GRADING SYSTEM (WTG)
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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