Online entries for the 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® have closed, but we are accepting late entries as follows:

Enter this Friday at Registration - no late entry fee will apply (individual short course, long course or Series®). Enter on event day - LIMITED Race 1 entries will be available, no Series® entries will be available. 
An additional R30 late entry fee will be applicable for all entries on event-day. Cash or Snapscan accepted.  
On-the-day entries will only be available from 05h00 to 06h45. If you aren't in the queue by 06h30 you won't be on the start line - so swing through early and enjoy a great pre-race vibe!

Race 1 is at Hennops this Sunday, see you there!

#UnleashYourWildStride
#SpurTrailSeries Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® online entries close at 10am TODAY! Remember, kids 10 and under run free but only if pre registered
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@raidlightza @spursports @steenberg_farm Entries for the 2017 Spur Gauteng Summer Trail Series® are open, and it's time to take some life lessons from a Giraffe:
- Aim High
- Stand Tall
- Celebrate Your Spots!

Live like a Giraffe, enter the Series® now! 
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@spursports @raidlightza There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going! Shot on trail deep in the Swellendam mountains on the #marlothmountainchallenge #GoAboveandBeyond To run is to have freedom to explore unimaginable wild mountain spaces like this, deep in the Marloth Nature Reserve #marlothmountainchallenge #GoAboveandBeyond We didn't say it would be easy, we said it would be worth it
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@bos_sport @raidlightza Wrapping up an exceptional day of racing. Records smashed, and not one person cut off at CP4. Waiting for the rest of the 55km pack to filter in. Well run everyone
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@bos_sport @raidlightza This race... we've seen some of the best broken today
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@bos_sport @raidlightza Also within the women's record a shaky but stoked Dunya Ansems in 2nd place
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#GoAboveAndBeyond First woman in the 55km Carla van Huysteen takes 21 minutes off the record! Bad news for AJ the record money will be divided between these two heroes. What a great day of racing
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@bos_sport @raidlightza 3rd man in the 55km and it's his 30th birthday today. Lekker Andre-Hugo van Zyl
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#MCS2017 #GoAboveAndBeyond Owner and founder of Wildrunner Mr Owen Middleton completed the 35km course today. Respect! Well done boss
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ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE 2017 SPUR GAUTENG SUMMER TRAIL SERIES®

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Wildrunner Announces Cancellation of the Spur KZN Trail Series®

In a move that serves to concentrate their focus in other provinces, Wildrunner has announced the cancellation of the 2017 Spur KZN Trail Series®. The KZN Trail Series® launched in October 2011, with 619 participants supporting the inaugural event. In 2016 Wildrunner partnered with KZN Trail Running to grow the Series® through increased participation. Unfortunately, the projected growth has not occurred, and so with great regret Wildrunner has had to cancel what has become an unsustainable Series®. Wildrunner wishes to thank all those that have supported their events in KZN, and will be refunding in full all 2017 online entries that have come in to date. Wildrunner founder and owner, Owen Middleton outlines future plans, “The Spur Trail Series® remains a popular and entirely sustainable concept in both the Cape, and Gauteng over winter and summer. The team will be working on a fresh look for the new season, with some exciting developments...
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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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