Epic Spur Gauteng Trail Series™ finale

Edwin Sesipi on his way to the Championship title at the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™. Image by Pat Black

Edwin Sesipi on his way to the Championship title at the Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series™. Image by Pat Black

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 and the Championship title as he stormed home in the 13.9km course in 57:34. In the ladies long course, Lerentia Strydom was all business as she took her third win of the Series to be crowned female Championship winner in a time of 01:16:17.

The short course Challenge made for some exciting racing and Ezra Ferreira had to put in a strong performance to take the win on the challenging 7.7km course in a time of 38:18. With this, Ferreira was crowned as junior Challenge champion, while second-placed Ryan Mathaba took the open title.

Adel Terblanche grabbed her fourth win on the trot in the ladies short course as she romped home in a time of 44:47 to be crowned the female champion of this year’s overall Challenge.

It was an incredible four weeks in Gauteng and the growth of trail running in this area continues to astound us. A big thanks to all the runners who made this our biggest Series yet and to our amazing sponsors, Spur, BOS Sport, Protea Hotels and Graham Beck, who play a major part in the continued success of the Spur Trail Series™.

The Spur Cape Winter Trail Series™ will kick off on 19 July at the Paul Cluver Estate.

Click here for the full report and results.