South African Athletics
Spur Trail Series in full swing
Cape Town - The seventh
Spur Cape Summer Trail Series started with a bang as almost 800 runners
descended on the Tygerberg Nature Reserve on January 15 to take part in the
first of four races.
The second race of the Series, at the Constantia
Greenbelt, on January 29, sold out more than a week before the race and is set to be
run of the series made for electric racing, with Bernard Rukadza picking up
where he left off in the winter series and comfortably taking top honours in
the Long Course Championship.
In the women’s Championship we can expect an epic
battle up front between Danette Smith and Chantel Nienaber who pushed each
other all the way and finished only 13 seconds apart.
exciting was the short course Challenge as Raydon Balie crossed the line only
38 seconds ahead of Chris Walsh before junior runner, Hayley Preen from
Herschel Girls High won the women’s race and claimed third position overall.
race at the Constantia Greenbelt promises to be another cracker with all the
top runners continuing their campaign for the series and a capacity field
expected once again. The fast Constantia route is completely different from
Tygerberg and runners will have to adapt their racing strategies accordingly.
will be picking up speed from Constantia as it moves on to Lebanon Forest,
close to Elgin only four days later on Sunday, February 2. This will be the
first opportunity for the leaders to wrap up the series and be crowned as Spur
Trail Series champions.
One of the
reasons the Spur Trail Series has become so popular countrywide is because it
is a lifestyle choice. Runners who enter take a step away from clock watching
in huge crowds on the road into dynamic running on fun trails in wild and
exciting places. The Spur Trail Series has proven itself as the perfect place
to be introduced to the trail running experience. Every race consists of a long
10-15km course and a shorter 5-8km course. Twice during the Series, an XL of
between 21 and 28km is also thrown into the mix.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
• January 15: Race 1 – Tygerberg Nature Reserve (SUNSET)
• January 29: Race 2 – Constantia Greenbelt (SUNSET)
• February 2: Race 3 – Lebanon Forest
• February 8: Mountain XL – Silvermine Nature Reserve
• February 23: Race 4 (Including XL) – Oak Valley, Elgin
information or to enter visit www.trailseries.co.za
or like the Spur Trail Series Facebook page at www.facebook.com/trailseries for