Cape Summer Trail Series™

By race 2 in this 4-race series, things always start to get interesting. Individuals committed to achieving particular outcomes rock up with a keen eye for their competitors. Tactical decisions are made according to working the point system, and the finish line becomes an exciting place to watch it all unfold.

On Sunday 20 January, the usual mix of every level of trail runner came through to play on the beautiful Lebanon Forest mountain bike trails.​

The route offers a classic mix of exciting single track, forest paths and fynbos studded trail through orchards and playful switch backs. The race village area looks over an inviting dam, and as temperatures rose during the morning, more than a few runners had a splash before heading home.

The 13.4km long course was once again stacked with speedy potential. Siviwe Nkombi, winner from Race 1 at Kirstenbosch the Tuesday prior, took an early lead. Hot on his heels were Peter Tsawayo and Emmanuel Dlamini. Word from the course was that these three, as well as Lucas Adams, left absolutely everything out there as no one gave an inch. It was only in the last 3km that Nkombi shook his rivals, taking the win in a time of 52min42sec. Tsawayo followed in 55min32sec, with Dlamini taking third in 57min17sec. Adams came in some 2 minutes later in fourth position, with high praise for the three men ahead of him.

In the women’s race, globe trotter Meg Mackenzie came through in sixth position overall, and first woman in 59min55sec. Friend, fellow Salomon runner and friendly rival Daneil Feldman was second woman in 1h56min53sec, and talk of the day was master (50+) runner Suzette McIvor, who scooped third in 1h09min36sec.

The finish line was a hive of activity with the winners tape switched swiftly to the short course chute in the midst of the racing action. Rob Tweddle took the 6.3km course in just 25min47sec, with first woman and second overall, Bianca Tarboton 2 seconds behind him. The couple raced the small hill to the finish in an entertaining, all-out effort which could have gone either way. Jaco Loots was second man across the line in 26min31sec, with 14 year old Deon Bochnig rounding out the podium in 27min07sec.

Second woman in the short course was Tyra Buncombe in 31min13sec, and third spot was taken by Carey Pike in 32min29sec.

The food and coffee trucks did a roaring trade as the crew settled in for prize giving and the highly anticipated lucky draw loot. There was much chat about Race 3, the next sunset run at Meerendal on 30 January.

Prizes courtesy of Jaybird, Boldgear, North Ridge, Hydro Flask & Petzl as well as unique Wildrunner branded kit were well received by those who made a morning of it. Superb race images by Mark Sampson and Franz-Erich Streicher have been loaded to the Trail Series® Facebook page.

Online entries for Race 3 and 4 are open! www.trailseries.co.za for more info - and remember that kids 10 and under, if pre-registered, will run at no cost. Apply for their discount code by emailing info@wildrunner.co.za.

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On a picture perfect summer day, more than 700 runners made their way to Oak Valley in Elgin to be a part of this year’s Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™ one last time.

In this, the final race of the 2015 Series, runners were treated to a 7.25km short course, a 15.3km long course and the once-of 24.6km XL. Good times were expected as Oak Valley is a fast course traditionally, but the quality of runners that took part certainly contributed to the blistering pace that was set at the front of the field.

Nicholas Rupanga made it clear that he is well and truly back from injury and took his second straight win in a Spur Trail Series™ XL race as he beat Julian Atkinson to the line in a superb 1:43:10. Atkinson wasn’t far behind and finished in 1:44:23 as Ryan Winter secured third position and the final step on the podium in 1:45:35.

Landie Greyling was the first lady across the line and 10th overall in a fantastic time of 1:53:59, less than a minute ahead of Liandi van der Westhuyzen who came home in 1:54:51. Third lady home was Marié Wessels in a time of 2:00:23. 

Championship goes to Rukadza and Soggot
While Bernard Rukadza had already tied up his seventh Spur Trail Series™ Championship title by winning race 1, 2 and 3, Katya Soggot had to win the final race to claim the title as she did not finish race 3 after taking a wrong turn and not completing the correct course.

She didn’t disappoint and stormed to victory in the 15.3km course in a time of 1:05:42, more than seven minutes ahead of the second placed lady, Christine de Kock in 1:12:52. The third lady home was Annei Kloppers in a time of 1:16:33 to complete both the race and the Championship podium positions.

After a tough training week, Rukadza could only manage to claim third place on the day on tired legs with his regular competition, Tsungai Mwanengeni and Raydon Balie making the most of the fast course to claim first and second respectively. Mwanengeni crossed the line in 53:39 with Balie just managing to pip Rukadza to second place in a time of 53:20. Rukadza took third place in a time of 55:31. Rukadza also claimed the Series first place with Mwanengeni taking the veteran’s Series win.

Short course blitzes to an end
We’ve become accustomed to fast short course times and the short course specialists certainly didn’t disappoint on this fun and fast 7.25km course. 
 

Dawood Goeieman gave his all in an attempt to grab the junior Series title but in the end Jarryd Dunn did just enough to keep his number one Series position and walk away as the junior Challenge champion. Goeieman sprinted to first on the day in a time of 27:48, only two seconds ahead of Llewelyn Jacobs in 27:50. Third across the line, and close enough to claim the junior Challenge title was Dunn, in a time of 28:21. 


The ladies competition was equally exciting and Hayley Preen carried on where she left off at race 2 to claim another victory and with that, the junior Challenge title. She crossed the line in 32:36 with Mariella Dierks coming home second overall in a time of 34:22 to claim the senior Challenge title. Linda Detering was the third lady home in 34:25 to cap off what has been an epic battle at the front of the short course ladies field.

There were also many battles being fought lower down in the field, and though these don’t always receive as much publicity as the competition at the front of the field, they are equally important and the Spur Trail Series™ would not be the same without them. A massive thanks to each and every runner who took part in this Series and made it another unforgettable few weeks.

Of course, we can’t forget our awesome sponsors who help to make the Spur Trail Series™ so special, Spur Steak Ranches, adidas, BOS Ice Tea, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck Wines.

We’ll be back in Gauteng for the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ in June so keep training and if you can’t wait that long, check out the Mountain Challenge Series races that kick off in May.

For full race and Series results click here and for more photos click here.

If you took part in the recently finished Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™, or even if you didn't, make sure you tune into SuperSport 8 on the dates in the table below to see all the action from this super fun Series. Who knows, you might have been caught on camera and be famous!

See you on TV!

 

Almost 700 trail runners braved a chilly morning this Sunday to make their way to the scenic Lebanon Forest in the Elgin Valley and frolic on some spectacular Overberg trails. It was a picture perfect morning and the early wake-up call was well worth it as the race stood up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful and most enjoyable ones of the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™.

It might have been a cold start but things started heating up as soon as the races took off. Bernard Rukadza continued his epic form in the 13.4km long course Championship and once again led the pack for most of the race before bounding down the finishing straight to yet another victory in a time of 53:43. The only two runners who have been able to keep up with Rukadza in the Series have been Raydon Balie and Tsungai Mwanengeni and they followed across the finish line shortly after; Balie in 54:17 and Mwanengeni in 56:04.

In the ladies long course race the leading bunch took a wrong turn and ended up about a km off course before realising their mistake. They did not complete the race but mountain biking legend, Hanlie Booyens put in a strong performance to claim her first victory of the Series in a time of 1:14:44. Esther Lategan followed her home shortly in a time of 1:15:17 with Carla Beyers taking third across the line in 1:15:36.

Sprint finishes galore
The 6.5km short course Challenge route made for some exciting racing as most of the top contenders were made to work for their podium positions. It is worth mentioning that the course finishes on a slight uphill and sprinting down the finishing straight is a tough ask, but that’s what was necessary to claim a podium spot in the short course race.
Llewelyn Jacobs narrowly beat Jarryd Dunn as they sprinted to the finish line clocking 23:22 and 23:26 respectively. Dawood Goeieman followed shortly after in 25:56 and could also not afford to stop pushing until the very end after being chased by Jakob Volmoer all the way.

In the ladies race, Mariella Dierks managed to pull away from her closest competitors in the final stages of the race and claimed first place with a time of 28:41. It was only a matter of seconds before Linda Detering and Katie Leslie took their turn to sprint for the line and it was almost a photo finish with Detering just claiming second place ahead of Leslie in a time of 28:52.

Both Dierks and Jacobs have secured the Challenge title but this will not influence the quality of racing and you can be sure the competition will be just as fierce at the front of the field in race 4 as it has been for the rest of the Series. And while Rukadza has also claimed the Championship title already, Soggot will have to return to race 4 to complete the Series and take the title.

It has been a fantastic Series thus far and we can’t thank all the runners enough for their fantastic support along the way. We can’t wait for the final race on 22 February at Oak Valley and hope to see another record field at this race. This weekend we move to the Silvermine Nature Reserve for the Spur Silvermine Mountain XL 34km and it promises to be another stunner of a day!

A big thank you to our sponsors Spur Steak Ranches, adidas, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck Wines for their loyal support. See you at race 4!

For full results click here and for more photos click here.

At one of the biggest Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™ races yet, almost 1000 runners took on the shady paths of the Constantia Greenbelt in what has become one of the most popular midweek races in the city.

Bernard Rukadza continued his winning streak in the long course Championship, moving one race closer to yet another Spur Trail Series™ title, while Katya Soggot carried on where she left off at race 1 two weeks ago by claiming her second victory on the trot.

Rukadza had his work cut out for him and was chased across the finish line by Contego teammate, Tsungai Mwanengeni in the 10km long course Championship race. He set a blistering pace from the outset and finished the hilly course in 34:13, only 12 seconds ahead of Mwanengeni. Raydon Balie and Riaan Wildskut also gave it their all, Balie taking third position 3 seconds behind Mwanengeni and Wildskut crossing the line in 34:42. An indication of these four runners’ class, is the gap between them and the fifth placed runner – almost five minutes later. Astounding!

In the ladies long course race, Soggot proved her class and finished almost four minutes ahead of her closest competitor. She crossed the line in a time of 46:15, ahead of Sarah Golding in 50:07. Taking third position and completing the podium was Annei Kloppers who clocked a time of 51:34.

Young blood takes first place
In the 6km short course Challenge race, it was a 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl who claimed top spot, but they were made to work for it!

13-year-old, Oliver Stewart almost caught the announcer unawares as he snuck up on the finish line unexpectedly. This young man put in a sterling performance and beat race 1 winner, Llewellyn Jacobs, narrowly in a time of 24:37. Jacobs crossed the line in 24:52 and was followed shortly after by Jarryd Dunn who came in at 25:18.
In the ladies short course, 16-year-old Hayley Preen made a strong comeback from her second place at race 1 and took top spot in 27:20. In a sprint finish for second place, Mariella Dierks narrowly beat another youngster and winner of race 1, Megan Leslie to the line in a time of 29:16 – four seconds ahead of Leslie. Both Leslie and Preen now have one victory each and the race between these two is sure to just get hotter and hotter as the Series progresses.

With the third race of the Series taking place this Sunday, the competition is set to just get fiercer and we can’t wait to see what the provisional Series standings will look like after race 3.

A big thanks to everyone who joined us in Constantia and was a part of the awesome vibe – our sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, adidas, BOS Ice Tea and Graham Beck Wines and of course to all the fantastic runners who just love running on beautiful trails.

See you this Sunday!

For full results click here and for more photos click here.

As has become tradition, the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™ kicked off yesterday with the toughest race of the Series as more than 900 runners descended on the Tygerberg Nature Reserve on a scorching summer day.

The heat was intense but not as intense as the racing and Bernard Rukadza picked up where he left off in last year’s Spur Trail Series™, taking yet another first place to cement his reputation as the man to beat. He blitzed the 12.2km long course Championship race in 57:29, followed over the line by John Rocke in 58:04 and Tsungai Mwanengeni in third place with a time of 59:15.

The ladies race also resulted in some top notch running as Katya Soggot made a late appearance on the day and surged to the front of the field from the get-go. She won the ladies’ race in a time of 1:09:09. Almost five minutes ahead of Sandy Russel who put in a strong showing with her time of 1:14:07. Dominique d’Oliveira was third lady home in a quality time of 1:18:17 on a very tough course.

This was the first time that the Spur Trail Series™ implemented batching in order to alleviate congestion on the trails and this made a big difference to everyone one course. Each batch of runners started two minutes apart and traffic on the trails was considerably improved.


Jacobs and Leslie seize early initiative
The short course runners took off at a blistering pace to gain the early advantage in the 8.4km short course Challenge race. Llewelyn Jacobs made it count and came down the home straight less than a minute ahead of Dawood Goeieman in an excellent time of 38:04. Goeieman crossed the line in 38:58 and third place went to Jarryd Dunn in 39:30.

The ladies race started out equally exciting and it was the young Megan Leslie who showed her class, crossing the line first with a first-rate time of 44:38. Second lady over the line and an equally exciting young talent, was Hayley Preen in a time of 46:25 with Mariella Dierks crossing the line in third position in 48:48.

Though the heat made it an extremely tough outing for everyone the incredible sunset that decorated the skies made all the effort worth it and it was the perfect way to get the new year kicked off.

Click here for full results and click here to see more photos.

A huge thank you to sponsors, Spur Steak Ranches, adidas, BOS Ice Tea and Graham Beck for their awesome support and to all runners who joined us for a super fun day out!

Entries for the second race of the Series are still open, but almost full, make sure you get your entry here now.
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The Spur Cape Summer Trail Series™ 2015 will see batching reintroduced to Wildrunner events in an attempt to spread the field out while maintaining the integrity of the event as we grow the Spur Trail Series™ and introduce more people to our wonderful sport.

Batches will be starting in 2 minute intervals with the first short course starting 15-20 minutes after the last long course batch (as per usual Spur Trail Series™ starting times).

We will leave it up to you to choose which batch you’d like to start in but please be considerate when making your choice as it will have an impact on others.

We have set up some guidelines to help you make a decision. Please see these guidelines below:

Championship Race (Long Course):

Batch A (Elite): 
Top 25% Overall – If you are regularly finishing in the top 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you usually finish in the top 50, you would choose batch A.

Batch B: 
26 – 50% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 26% and 50% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you usually finish between 51st place and 100th place, you would choose batch B.

Batch C: 
51 – 75% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 51% and 75% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 100th place and 150th place, you would choose batch C.

Batch D: 
Higher than 76% Overall – If you are regularly placing in the bottom 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 150th place and 200th place, you would choose batch D.


Challenge (Short Course):

Batch E (Elite): 
Top 25% Overall –
 If you are regularly finishing in the top 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish in the top 50, you would choose batch E.

Batch F: 
26 – 50% Overall – If you are regularly placing between 26% and 50% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 51st place and 100th place, you would choose batch F.

Batch G: 
51 – 75% Overall –
 If you are regularly placing between 51% and 75% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 100th place and 150th place, you would choose batch G.

Batch H: 
Higher than 76% Overall – If you are regularly placing in the bottom 25% of the overall field (NOT category), then you qualify to run in this batch. For example, if there are 200 runners and you finish between 150th place and 200th place, you would choose batch H.

 

Terms and Conditions:
1. Batches are limited. Those who enter the Series in one go will get preference, then it is on a first come first serve basis.
2. When you choose your batch, you will stay in that batch for the remainder of the Series.
3. If you enter on the day at RACE 1, you will automatically be put in the last batch start.
4. If you enter on the day for RACES 2, 3 or 4 and you ran in a previous race in the Series, you will run in the batch you first chose.
5. Any exceptions to this will be at the discretion of the Race Director.
6. If you want to run with a friend who runs in a slower batch, you will need to choose the slower batch.
7. If you start in a batch different from the one that you are allocated to, you will be disqualified. Please make sure you're on time for your start batch.