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Ngubane shows his class at Giba

The Spur KZN Trail Series® headed to the wonderful Giba Gorge on Wednesday night for race 2 as close to 100 runners were treated to a spectacular evening with conditions ideal for running. In the long course 10km Championship race, the presence of national trail runner Eric Ngubane went almost unnoticed as the quiet, unassuming ultra runner (who will be representing South Africa at the Ultra Trail World Champs in France later this year) lined up in the corner of the start line, only to be singled out by the race MC and his cover was blown. For the next 47 minutes, everyone knew whose light they were chasing. Ngubane certainly didn’t disappoint and, despite the course being 90km too short for him, he came home first over the line in a time of 47:18, showing you just how tough it can be to run over the dark trails of Giba Gorge. Next...
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Inanda locals kick off the 2015 Spur KZN Trail Series® in fine style

Gorgeous, hot conditions greeted more than 130 runners as the Spur KZN Trail Series® kicked off at Inanda Dam this past Sunday. Both courses experienced some magnificent flowing single track along the banks of the Inanda Dam with nature and views making the searing heat all worthwhile. In the men’s 8.9km long course Championship race, it was a bare-footed local Inanda Dam runner who proved local knowledge is king. Mbhasobhle Gumede blitzed his way to first place in a time of 34:01 with Spur Trail Series® stalwart, Muzi Madikwa coming home just over a minute later in 35:06. Third over the line went to Mduduzi Khumalo in 37:06.   In the ladies long course race, Zee Mkhize showed her prowess for the trails by claiming the overall ladies prize in a time of 44:14 with Zoe Papadakis hot on her heels in second place, crossing under the arch in a time of 44:42....
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Runners blown away by Spur Trail Series™ finale

The final race of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ was a dramatic affair as approximately 800 runners were challenged with gale force winds as they took on the beautiful trails surrounding Kleinmond. With tents blown over and jumping castles travelling toward the ocean, there wasn’t a dull moment at the race village, but this was not a patch to the exciting racing going on at the same time. The once-off 23.3km XL course is known as one of the most scenic in the Western Cape but the winners clearly didn’t stop the admire the view as Rory Scheffer covered the distance in a blistering time of 2:00:48. He was followed by Ben Brimble in 2:02:49 and Simon Muller in 2:09:27. It is a shame that race favourite, Bernard Rukadza took a wrong turn and ended up doing 3km less – he would have certainly been in the running for a...
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Mercury rises at monumental run

You would have been forgiven if you thought the third race of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ took place on a summer’s day as the sun shone down on over 900 trail runners at the Taal Monument in Paarl. Traditionally known as the fastest course of the Series, this year was no different with the winners of both the long and short courses putting in scintillating performances as they blitzed their way around the Paarl Mountain Reserve before finishing at the inspiring Taal Monument. In the 13.5km long course Championship, Tsungai Mwanengeni and Liandi van der Westhuyzen took control of the Series as they both claimed their second victories of the current Series. They now only need to put in another consistent performance of the final race of the Series to secure the title. Mwanengeni showed the value of his experience as he beat the young gun, Raydon Balie to the line...
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900 runners tame the Tyger

Over 900 trail runners took on the Tygerberg hills on a picture perfect Cape winter's day this Sunday to bring the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ to its halfway mark. With conditions pretty much perfect, all runners were treated to immaculate views of Table Bay as they made their way over and around the Tygerberg Nature Reserve. However, they were made to work for it as getting to the top of Tygerberg is no easy matter.  In the 12km long course Championship race, newcomer Timothy Chambers surprised most as he beat both the seasoned Tsungai Mwanengeni and Raydon Balie to the line in a superb time of 56:11. Mwanengeni ran a great time, after running approximately 10km to get to the race and claimed second spot in a time of 58:47. Balie was the only other runner to break the one hour mark in 59:23 to take third place. There was a tight...
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Glorious winter morning kicks off Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™

Approximately 1 000 runners were met with a perfect Cape winter day as they made their way to the Paul Cluver Estate in the Overberg for the first race of the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ and the Spur GLB46 Ultra. The early wake-up call was definitely worth it as the cold front that hit the Western Cape in the preceding week left behind crystal clear skies, bubbling brooks and views that went on forever. The Spur GLB46 Ultra started off first with almost 100 runners taking on the ultra distance across the Groenlandberg. There was an epic battle at the front of the field with Dylan Solms, Damian Will, Eddie Lambert and Chad Gordon chasing each other all the way. Solms led the way for most of the race but Will made his move in the final kilometre of the race and eventually took the win in 3:50:38, only two minutes...
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One week before Cape winter fun!

After four weeks of trail running fun in Gauteng, the popular Spur Trail Series™ moves to the Western Cape as the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ kicks off next weekend at the Paul Cluver Estate in Grabouw. The Series will kick off with a bang as runners can choose to take part in either the short 9km Challenge, the long 16km Championship or for those looking for an extreme challenge, the Spur GLB46 Ultra will take place on the same day. With most of the entries gone, time is running out for runners to secure their spot on the start line of one of the most popular trail running series around. We can look forward to some fast times at the Spur GLB46 Ultra as winner of the Helderberg Mountain Challenge, Dylan Solms is set to go for gold in the men’s race, while Ryan Winter will also be in the...
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Epic finale at Leeuwenkloof

The Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ came to a conclusion this weekend when more than 900 runners took on the final race of the Series at Leeuwenkloof on another picture perfect day. This brand new venue certainly charmed everyone present with challenging climbs, flowing single track, beautiful bushveld views and a surprise section through an old mine tunnel. Edwin Sesipi continued his dominance in the long course Championship, claiming his fourth straight victory as he stormed home in the 13.9km course – several minutes ahead of his closest competition, Fidel Ncube, in 57:34. Ncube claimed second place in a time of 01:01:46 to also take second position in the overall Championship at his first ever appearance in the Spur Trail Series™. Third across the line was Frank Kienhofer in a time of 01:06:57 to complete the men’s podium. In the ladies long course, Lerentia Strydom was all business as she took her...
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Segwati sets up epic Series finale

Race 3 of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ took place at Segwati Game Ranch on a cool and crisp Highveld morning as nearly 1,000 runners finished the penultimate race of the Series. In the long course 10.5km Championship race, Edwin Sesipi stamped his authority on the Series and claimed his third win out of three to seal his position as king of the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ for 2015. He held off the challenge from Michael Bailey as the two went head to head for the second time this winter. Sesipi eventually came out on top in an exceptional 40:27 with Bailey coming home in 41:53. Third over the line went to Jacov Lalou in 44:26 to round off an impressive overall podium. In the ladies Championship race, there was a change of order as young Robyn Claire Kaltenbrunn swapped her second and third places from races one and two...
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Hennops turns up the heat with another humdinger

Hennops River was the scene of the second instalment of The Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™ for 2015 as more than 1100 participants enjoyed a superb morning along the banks of the Hennops River. As is customary, race 2 sees the addition of the XL course, an 18,7km route that offers a great variety of trail. In the men’s race, it was the familiar face of Tranquil Gumbo who stormed his way to the title by winning in a time of 01:34:48 and by a phenomenal margin of nearly 10 minutes. Jaco Lalou claimed second over the line with a time of 01:43:17 with Rob Stewart taking last spot on the overall podium taking home 3rd place in a time of 01:43:47. In the ladies race Estie Brits and Georgina Ayres went head to head and were running strong together before Brits pulled away around the 10km mark and opened up a comfortable...
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