How does it work

The Mountain Challenge Series 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
  3. Ran the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 38km or 24km lite and now you want to take on the full Mountain Challenge Series -  book a partial series entry for either the Ultra, Extreme or Lite - and enjoy a discounted entry package. (please note, if you ran the 24km, you only qualify for the Lite series, so do not enter the Ultra or Extreme)

 

  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 Mountain Challenge Series 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
  3. Ran the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 38km or 24km lite and now you want to take on the full Mountain Challenge Series -  book a partial series entry for either the Ultra, Extreme or Lite - and enjoy a discounted entry package. (please note, if you ran the 24km, you only qualify for the Lite series, so do not enter the Ultra or Extreme)

 

  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 2016: (See full series results here)
 
MCS 2016 WINNERS
SERIES NAME TIME
ULTRA    
Male Bernard Rukadza 13:14:58
Female Jonetelle Linnegar 21:02:05
EXTREME    
Male Andrea Biffi 11:24:47
Female -  
LITE    
Male Timothy Chambers 06:16:22
Female Karen Jennings 09:19:20

 

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 

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
  3. Ran the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 38km or 24km lite and now you want to take on the full Mountain Challenge Series - well then book a partial series entry for either the Ultra, Extreme or Lite - and enjoy a discounted entry package. (please note, if you ran the 24km, you only qualify for the Lite series, so do not enter the Ultra or Extreme)

ENTRY INFO

Entries Open February 2018
Entry Fee 2018 fees TBC
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 R35 late entry fee on top of the normal fee.

REGISTRATION

 

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:

  • Substitutions are allowed within the time frames specified on each events entry detail and no upgrades, downgrades or substitutions will be allowed on the day of the race. 
  • Substitution will however result in your MCS result falling away.
  • Wildrunner will not be held liable in the event of any finacial loss that may occur directly or indirectly because of the substitute’s failure to register to register on our online system. 
  • 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.