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

Trail grading

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