How does it work

The Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird consists of three separate races, the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC), the Helderberg Mountain Challenge (HMC) and  the Marloth Mountain Challenge (MMC). 

Your options are:

  1. Book onto one of the Mountain Challenge Series - Ultra, Extreme or Lite - and enjoy a discounted entry package
  2. Book onto any one of the events individually

 

  LITE Series EXTREME Series ULTRA Series
EVENT MONTH DISTANCE ELEVATION DISTANCE ELEVATION DISTANCE ELEVATION
May 24km 1105m 38km 1855m 38km 1805m
Aug 15km 1013m 24km 2150m 24km 2150m
Sep 24,5km 1668m 35km 1675m 55km 3494m
MCS TOTAL   61,5km 3786m 97km 5680m 117km 7499m

Your accumulative time will determine your overall position in the series. The male and female runner with the best overall time in the MCS Ultra will be crowned the MCS Champion

 

The Series

How does it work

How does it work

The Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird consists of three separate races, the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC), the Helderberg Mountain Challenge (HMC) and  the Marloth Mountain Challenge (MMC). 

Your options are:

  1. Book onto one of the Mountain Challenge Series - Ultra, Extreme or Lite - and enjoy a discounted entry package
  2. Book onto any one of the events individually

 

  LITE Series EXTREME Series ULTRA Series
EVENT MONTH DISTANCE ELEVATION DISTANCE ELEVATION DISTANCE ELEVATION
May 24km 1105m 38km 1855m 38km 1805m
Aug 15km 1013m 24km 2150m 24km 2150m
Sep 24,5km 1668m 35km 1675m 55km 3494m
MCS TOTAL   61,5km 3786m 97km 5680m 117km 7499m

Your accumulative time will determine your overall position in the series. The male and female runner with the best overall time in the MCS Ultra will be crowned the MCS Champion

 

Series Info

Series Info

ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE?

Have a look at the promo and be inspired:

 

For race specific information: 

Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 
Helderberg Mountain Challenge 
Marloth Mountain Challenge 

 
  LITE Series EXTREME Series ULTRA Series
EVENT MONTH DISTANCE ELEVATION DISTANCE ELEVATION DISTANCE ELEVATION
May 24km 1105m 38km 1855m 38km 1805m
Aug 15km 1013m 24km 2150m 24km 2150m
Sep 24,5km 1668m 35km 1675m 55km 3494m
MCS TOTAL   61,5km 3786m 97km 5680m 117km 7499m
 
MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE SERIES WINNERS 2017: (See full series results here)
 
MCS 2018 WINNERS
SERIES NAME TIME
ULTRA    
Male David Long 14:44:26
Female Marna van Deventer 18:22:33
EXTREME    
Male Francois Barnard 16:33:29
Female Helen Brynard-Blom 20:59:12
LITE    
Male Roger Dickson 06:59:05
Female Hayley Preen 07:01:36

 

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

  • 2007 Nov: Wildrunner is born
  • 2010 Oct: The first Helderberg Mountain Challenge (HMC) takes place
  • 2011 May: HMC sees the edition of the 24km HMC Extreme
  • 2011 Aug: 736 runners take part in the first Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC)
  • 2012 Aug: Wildrunner presents its 100th event
  • 2013 Mar: The JMC becomes the first SA Long Distance Trail Running Championship.
  • 2014 Apr: The Mountain Challenge Series (MCS) becomes a 3 event series including the the new Marloth Mountain Challenge (MMC) 55km Ultra Skymarathon.
  • 2014 May: Duncan O’Reagan (2:58:56) and Katya Soggot (3:35:56) set new records for the 24km Helderberg Extreme.
  • 2014 Sep: The inaugural Marloth Mountain Challenge takes place in Swellendam in tough conditions. 34 solo runners and 23 teams compete the 55km run.
  • 2015 Mar: A fire breaks out in the Jonkershoek Valley and destroys 80% of the Cape Pine plantations, the 5th edition of the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge continues with minor route changes.
  • 2016 Feb: The MMC Lite is introduced. Runners take on the first leg of the MMC Ultra 24,5km. 
  • 2016 Sep: AJ Calitz and Bernard Rukadza (his own record) smash the 55km record, the new record is set at 7:05:41 
  • 2017 May: Record number of entries at the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge selling out at 1200 entries. 
  • 2017 Sep: AJ Calitz breaks the Sub 07:00:00 mark for the 55km Ultra! Carla Van Huyssteen breaks the womans record and wins the Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series Outright! 
  • 2018 May: Bernard Rukadza breaks the finish tape and the record, new record set at 3:26:21 for the 38km JMC. 
  • 2018 Aug: Hayley Preen breaks the HMC 15km Lite Ladies record and brings the time down to 1:36:00
  • 2018 Oct: MMC 35km Extreme Mens record falls by more than 20 minutes! Jono Black sets new record at 3:46:19

Registration & Entry Info

Registration & Entry Info

Your options are:

  1. Book onto one of the Mountain Challenge Series - Ultra, Extreme or Lite - and enjoy a discounted entry package
  2. Book onto any one of the events individually

ENTRY INFO

Entries Open Entries Closed 15 August. 
Entry Fee Click here
Categories Click here for more information on categories
Compulsory kit Click here for Compulsory kit

 

ENTRY RULES

  • You do not need to be a member of an athletics club to compete in any of the distances.
  • Runners need to adhere to the minimum age limit as indicated in each respective event details.
  • Entries are confirmed when proof of payment is received. 
  • Once all entries have been sold you will be placed on a waiting list and receive an automated email as and when space becomes available because of cancellation.
  • Entries on the day will be accepted ONLY IF the maximum number of entries has not been reached by pre-entries and only runners who pre-entered will receive finishers' medals.
  • If late entries are available they will incur a R40 late entry fee on top of the normal fee.

REGISTRATION

Limited Edition Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series T-shirts Available during pre-entry only!

Up/downgrades, substitutes & refunds

Up/downgrades, substitutes & refunds

UP/DOWNGRADES

  • Upgrades and downgrades are allowed as long as the Series and/or individual race to which you want to move has not sold out yet. For example: if you entered the MCS Ultra and want to downgrade to the MCS Extreme it will depend on the availability of each of the respective races in that Series.  
  • Runners who wish to upgrade or downgrade to a different distance need to email the organisers on info@wildrunner.co.za to request this change

SUBSTITUTES:

  • In the event a confirmed entrant is not able to make the race and they have their own substitute and wish to transfer their entry, they will need to give their race number to the new entrant to enter with on the day at registration (substitution can also be done at pre-registration). 
  • Substitution will however result in your MCS result falling away.
  • The substitute will need to pay a R50 substitution fee at registration.  

WAITING LIST:

  • A waiting list will come into effect once all entries have sold out. If we have not received proof of payment for your entry within the time frame specified your entry will be cancelled and transferred to the next person in line on the waiting list.

REFUNDS:

  • Due to the nature of the industry we are not required to refund entries other than for hospitalisation or death. However, refund requests will be dealt with on their own merits depending on length of notice of written cancellation received before the event and our ability to secure payment from another participant from the waiting list. Please note that we may charge a reasonable cancellation fee if the refund request is approved. 
  • Any refunds made will be paid within 30 calendar days.