The first album of images from #HMC2017 has been loaded to our Mountain Challenge Series page on Facebook. Hop on over and relive a massive day! Thank you to @marksampsonct for capturing it all so beautifully
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@bos_sport @raidlightza Can you sum up your #HMC2017 in one word? Oliver Kopp gave us a few 😆
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@bos_sport @raidlightza Female winner of the long course of the #spurpetrailseries 
@spursports @spursteakranches @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Male long course winner of the #spurpetrailseries 
@spursports @spursteakranches @steenberg_farm @raidlightza Short course winner of #spurpetrailseries 
@spursports @spursteakranches @raidlightza @steenberg_farm And they're off!! Race 4 of the #SpurPETrailSeries us underway 
@spursteakranches #raidlightza @steenberg_farm Star of the 24km women's field today, the highly accomplished multi-sporter @carla.vh1 .
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#GoAboveAndBeyond The winner of our 24km is Robert Rorich. We're reporting on all 3 #HMC races via Twitter this morning 
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@bos_sport @raidlightza Fantastic morning for the last race of the #SpurPETrailSeries! Late entries still available 
@spursteakranches @raidlightza @steenberg_farm The 15km crew is out on the course. We'll share leader info on Twitter shortly
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@bos_sport @raidlightza The 15km runners are lining up. A tough but beautiful race lies ahead. Record to the top is 45min. Will it fall today? #GoAboveAndBeyond #HMC2017 @bos_sport @raidlightza One of the many views awaiting our #HMC2017 runners 📸 @marksampsonct
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Spur Cape Winter Trail Series® Wrap

Kleinmond was our final destination, and what a grand finale it turned out to be. Sunday 12 August promised some much needed rain in the Cape, which came down in buckets in regular intervals. Well over 100 runners took off to run the XL route, and they were the only group with a truly “dry” start. This didn’t last long, and they were treated to a course full of puddles, mud and the stuff that trail runners love the most. All three courses offered runners the best of both worlds; with a mountainous route that boasted beautiful ocean views. A rocky single track next to the shore early on in the race was followed by a steep climb. A technical descent to the finish caught a few by surprise, and those with speed on this kind of terrain finished with big grins. Kleinmond is definitely the most technical of the four...
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Race 2 and 3 of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series

With one race left in for the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series, we’ve had no lack of action at the past two events. The weather at Tygerberg and Paarl Mountain Nature Reserves fooled many in to thinking spring had sprung, and there was definitely plenty of springy running out at both races. Tygerberg Nature Reserve covers 388 hectares of land, and is the protected home of 562 different plant species. It is also a deceptively tough trail running venue! While some might have thought they were getting a hill, truth is there is more climbing on that route than at Paul Cluver and over 680m of elevation on the long course. We brought the Duiker loop back for Race 2 this year, which increased the single track and included two culverts which runners ducked below on the way out, and on their return. A steep, fun downhill took the long course...
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Race 1 of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series®

Paul Cluver Wine Estate was the picturesque venue for Race 1 of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series® and it marked the 10th anniversary of the Cape Winter Series® in style. After a chilly start to the morning, the sun rose and winter was temporarily forgotten. The Long Course A Batch flew out of the start at 9am, with some of the Cape’s well known speedsters setting a cracking pace straight up. 3 more batches followed, some to run the 16km route for a personal best, and others just to enjoy a perfect morning on the trails, take a few Instagram-worthy shots and connect with like-minded mountain lovers. Nearly 300m of new single track was added to the route this year, and the infamous ropes and a steep and tricky descent rounded out a challenging course with a little bit of everything for everyone. Raydon Balie set the tone and his intent for...
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Post an image on the run and win with Spur!

We know you have way too much fun out there, and we want to see it...so snap an image out on course and post it during the run and you can stand the chance of winning R1,000 worth of prizes courtesy of our friends at Spur Steak Ranches! What exactly do I have to do you ask?  The Spur Trail Series® is for the joy of trail running.  Show us fun, show us adventure, show us why you are up early and capture it.  It could be a selfie, it could be you and your mates, you and your kid - but it must just reflect fun and adventure! So then you have the image, what now? Most importantly you must post it during the event, and before prize giving... You must post it with the the following hashtag and twitter handles: #MySpurTrailSeries @SpurSports @wildrunnerza Then what happens? Our social media guru on the...
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Children 10 years or younger run for FREE!

Our family is growing and we're offering the next generation of trail running champions a chance to compete for FREE!  In the last 10 years we’ve seen the Trail Series® grow exponentially, becoming the country’s biggest and only national short course trail series. A series that is fit for all types of runners, whether a racing snake or a leisurely stroller. It has become a fun outing for the whole family and as we’ve watched our family grow over the years at the Spur Trail Series® we’d really like to include them in our celebrations. So as part of our 10-year anniversary, Wildrunner is offering all kids under the age of 10 the opportunity to run the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series® for free. Please email info@wildrunner.co.za with your child’s name, age and school and we’ll send you a promo code for them to enter. Race information: Please follow the link for more information.  T’s and C’s (Terms and Conditions) 1. Applicable for any child 10...
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Race 4 of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series®

You know what they say, don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened! And it will happen all over again, soon. Leeuwenkloof was the grand finale of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series®, and what a place for it. The start / finish venue lay within their tented camp area, with our start chute beneath the looming rock face that watches over the field, braai area and lapa. The course offered a great mix of forestry single track, open dry high veld along the koppies, some rocky jeep track and, for the long course runners, a cool mine shaft that leads to a cave which ultimately shoots runners out higher up on the mountain. The Long Course started at 9am, with a sneaky little hill to wake everyone up right near the start. Tranquil Gumbo once again took top honours, in a time of 01:01:50. It was the first time he...
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Race 3 of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series®

Race 3 was hard to beat in terms of venue and views. The Segweti Ranch is located on the picturesque Northern boundary of the “Cradle of Humankind” World Heritage Site, just 45 minutes from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Unspoilt views of the mountains and open plains along with perfect racing weather greeted the runners. For the Long Course, there was a lot of big pre-race talk going down between Michael Ferreira and Tranquil Gumbo. Michael had plans to challenge the course record, but Tranquil stated firmly that the win would be his. Tranquil stuck to his plan, and claimed a 3/3 win in a time of 51:10. Kennedy Sekhute came in second, in a time of 54:09. Michael finished third in a time of 55:27, with some proper battle scars after a taking a tumble on the jeep track just before the course split. Magretha Wang was once again the first female in...
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Race 2 of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series®

This year the Hennops trails were run in reverse, the inafamously known "Hennops Beast" includes the Spur Gauteng Winter XL course for those wanting something a little tougher. It was an icy start, with a layer of frost covering covering the start/finish area at the start of the day. Each course had some new additions, most notably was the first river crossing, which took the form of a bridge and some fun stepping stones. With the course now in reverse, runners took on the Hennops Beast from a whole new angle. Although the elevation gain was on a par and equally brutal as previous years, it was slightly more gradual. However, that respite resulted in a much steeper downhill treat with some technical sections to keep everyone on their toes, or bum sliding. Even well-known Trails Series® Champs like Mike Bailey were tap dancing! Event manager, Philip Olckers enjoyed the reaction of Ezra Ferreira, a...
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The Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series® is Officially on!

Race 1 of the Gauteng Winter Spur Trail Series® Less than an hour outside of Johannesburg, the B’sorah Luxury Tented Camp is hidden in the bushveld of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains. As the venue for the first of the Gauteng Winter Spur Trail Series® events, B’sorah welcomed runners with icy temperatures, but the sun, views and great vibe had warmed everyone up by 9am, when the racing kicked off. It was a fast day out, and with this being a new course, all times have been recorded as the times to beat during the summer series. Challenge set! The Long Course started at 9am with Batch A. Batches left in 2min intervals, and there were 4 batches in total. This course boasted about 1.5km of jeep track before taking runners in to 3km of single track between the canal and the river. There was a sneaky climb out of the river, before runners...
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Children 10 years and younger run for FREE!

Our family is growing and we're offering the next generation of trail running champions a chance to compete for FREE!  In the last 10 years we’ve seen the Trail Series® grow exponentially, becoming the country’s biggest and only national short course trail series. A series that is fit for all types of runners, whether a racing snake or a leisurely stroller. It has become a fun outing for the whole family and as we’ve watched our family grow over the years at the Spur Trail Series® we’d really like to include them in our celebrations. So as part of our 10-year anniversary, Wildrunner is offering all kids under the age of 10 the opportunity to run the Spur Trail Series® for free. Please email info@wildrunner.co.za with your child’s name, age and school and we’ll send you a promo code for them to enter. Race information: Please follow the link for more information.  T’s and C’s (Terms and Conditions) 1. Applicable for any child 10...
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