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MCS revamped


The Mountain Challenge Series – or MCS.  The ultimate collection of three big mountain adventures into classic western cape mountain wilderness environments.  Starting with the all-time favorite Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC) on 17 April, exploring middle earth at Helderberg (HMC) on the 30th April and finishing with the exclusive trails deep in the Swellendam mountains in September with the Marloth Mountain Challenge (MMC).  While each individual event is open to stand alone entries, the MCS is a collective challenge combining all three in either the Ultra, Extreme or Lite Series.  

For the last two years, the 55km MMC has been the final battle field to achieving the magical ‘triple’ in the extreme Series.  The 7 hours 13 minutes’ record time set by Dom Wills in 2014 shows what a tenacious beast this one really is - you think seriously about taking this on.  You train and you prepare, but nothing can really prepare you for 55km of unrelentingly technical trail with over 3400m of vertical height gain - and of course the same in quad-crippling descents.  Pound for pound it doesn’t get any harder.

It’s so perceptibly intimidating that we have been forced to re-evaluate the overall MCS offering. So starting in 2016, the 55km MMC will form part of the MCS Ultra Series and a new 35km MMC distance will be introduced to complete the MCS Extreme Series.  

Likewise, there are changes to the Lite Series structure.  You will no longer need two other team members to complete legs one & two at Marloth, but instead leg one will become your final challenge – the toughest of the three legs at 24.5km and 1668m of vertical height gain.

To clarify, the MCS battle field will now comprise of the following options:

Ultra      38km / 1855m 24km / 2150m 55km / 3494m 
Extreme 38km / 1855m 24km / 2150m 34km / 1675m
Lite  24km / 1105m 15km / 1013m 24.5km / 1668m


So have a chat with your mojo and set your sights on bagging the MCS.  It’s a quarry that will guarantee to give you a fight like no other and leave you a step higher on the trail.  

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The MCS is a Wildrunner event.