4Leeuwenkloof 07 July 2019
For the final race of the series runners are treated to a unique mix of grassy savannah bushveld, green valleys, indigenous forest, cliffs and rocky mountainous terrain, on what is the longest of the 4 races. Don’t miss running through the eery old mineshaft tunnel be, a perfect end to jam packed series of events.
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Leeuwenkloof starts off under a beautiful rock face in the tented camp. The long course (13,9km) starts off on a jeep track inbetween the bushes out of the camp site. Runners not to be deceived by the words “jeep track” though. It’s a slight uphill with a number of loose rocks. The trail eventually opens up till the 2km mark where the field can be nicely spread out. At the 2km mark you head into some fast flowing single track through the forest. This carries on for about 2km. Shortly before the 4km runners take a sharp right continuing with a small section of single track before finding their way onto the jeep track. At the 8km mark the long course runners split off from the short course. Long course then head out for another 5km of playing on the trails, where they’ll find themselves making their way through an eery old mine shaft tunnel, followed by a steep but quick climb. After that the course jumps between single and jeep track all the way home, with the same rocky finish to keep the mountain goats smiling all the way across the finish line.
Leeuwenkloof starts off under a beautiful rock face in the tented camp. The short course (8,7km) starts off on a jeep track in-between the bushes out of the camp site. Runners not to be deceived by the words “jeep track” though. It’s a slight uphill with a number of loose rocks. The trail eventually opens up till the 2km mark where the field can be nicely spread out. At the 2km mark you head into some fast flowing single track through the forest. This carries on for about 2km. Shortly before the 4km runners take a sharp right continuing with a small section of single track before finding their way onto the jeep track.. At the 8km mark short course runners split off from the long course and make their way home on a super fun rocky 700m.
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.
'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