Plan Your 2018 Trail Running Calendar

They’re coming at you thick and fast! Prep your diary in advance so that you don’t miss out.

Our calendar kicks off with the Cape Summer Trail Series®  this Sunday morning, 21 January. Run 6 or 13km in the Valley Farm orchards and on the Lebanon Forestry mountain bike trails. On Tuesday 30 January we’re hosting Race 2 of the series at Kirstenbosch. You get an exclusive opportunity to do a night run through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Run past the fragrance gardens, up onto the fringes of Cecilia Forest along the contour path. After the beautiful mountain trails, there's a playful technical descent followed by a magnificent indigenous forest. For race 3, on 7 February, we head out into the Durbanville Wine Valley and onto Meerendal Wine Estate. Run off into the sunset and take in the beauty of the iconic Table Mountain in the distance. This course runs predominantly on the perfectly manicured mountain bike single track of Meerendal. A playful, undulating course that offers a solid dose of pure fun. 

The Cape Summer Trail Series® closes off on the magnificent country estate of Oak Valley on 25 February. This is exclusive access to hallowed mountain biking trails through an eclectic mix of landscape from pine forest and open fields to riverine forest and apple orchards.  The ultimate feel good run that in practice is a fast, fun and non-technical course. Race 4 includes the 25.5km XL course, an ideal ‘upgrade’ for those who have either banked the Series (3 out of 4) or want to race something longer. 

Two days after the XL race at Oak Valley, entries for the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge open. You have the choice of a 38km, 25km or 11km route. It is the logical next step up from the Trail Series® and forms part of the Mountain Challenge Series®   which includes the Helderberg Mountain Challenge (19 August) and the Marloth Mountain Challenge (7 October). Spread through the year, these events take you on a tough, scenic tour of some of the Cape’s most beautiful mountain ranges.

In June, we return to the Gauteng Winter Trail Series® but entries for this popular series open in April, so pencil the dates in now. We kick off at B’Sorah on 17 June, a venue hidden in the bushveld of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains. The route boasts a variety of tracks and is the flattest in the series. Although it’s only less than an hour from the city, you’ll feel like you’re in an entirely different world. Race 4, on 24 June, is infamously known as the “Hennops beast”, and rightfully so. It starts off with a series of climbs before descending on technical single track and finishing on a flowy fast track through a valley alongside the roar of the Hennops River, one of the largest rivers in Gauteng. On 1 July you’ll get to run through the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ world heritage site, which starts off in an open field, often occupied by the local zebras and wildebeest. The route is mostly jeep track but quite technical due to its rocky nature. A fairly fast, fun game spotting on foot type of race! We close the Gauteng Winter Trail Series ® 2018 on 8 July at Leeuwenkloof, where you’ll be 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 eerie old mineshaft tunnel; a perfect end to jam packed series of events.