Winner of the short course today Ryan Ball! #CWTS2018 #Unleashyourwildstride Thank you all for coming out to dance on some of the most beautiful trails around. Race 1 done and dusted. Some snaps going up on Facebook now, and the official @marksampsonct images as well as full results will be out early in the week. See you next Sunday! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride A mother and son podium moment. This is what the Trail Series® is all about. Time with your crew, time out of city life, a chance to press reset before the Monday blues sneak in
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#UnleashYourWildStride First woman in the long, Cana Peek! New to trail running and winner of JMC 24km earlier this year, Cana says she is hooked. We are stoked! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride The long and winding road home! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride Leader in the short course is Ryan Ball. NOT wearing a gorilla suit 😉 #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride Marietjie Ciliers all of 14 years old wins the short course with second and third woman in hot pursuit #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride Short course is off! #unleashyourwildstride Definately or youngest competitor, but check the focus! #unleashyourwildstride A Batch, 15.8km course with a few fun changes this year. @owensafricandream giving a race briefing before the fasties head out .
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#UnleashYourWildStride Short course crew lining up! These kids are amped, and they will smash it out there today. Do not be fooled by the cuteness, in it to win it! 🔥#CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride Batch C in the long course are off #unleashyourwildstride

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