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JMC 2020 overview & update (25 Sep)

25 September 2020
By now you will know that JMC is the only remaining event on the calendar in the Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, and has settled finally on the weekend of the 7 & 8th November.  Same venue, same routes originally planned - namely 38km, 21.5km and 12km.  Why the whole weekend?  Well current COVID-19 Alert Level 1 restrictions limit the total number of participants in an outdoor sporting...

JMC 2019 Race review

28 May 2019
Race one of the BOS Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird, went down as one of the very best in the proud 9 year history of the JMC. Not just because the racing was fiery; not just because a new 39km champ was crowned,;not just because the weather delivered a sublime running canvass, and not just because the trails of this region are wild and true to big mountain running - but...

JMC 2019 Event Guide

15 May 2019
Click here for the official 2019 Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge event guide

Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 2019

11 March 2019
The JMC is a Cape Classic, and the first in three gruelling races that make up the BOS Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird. Entries are open, and it boils down to a fairly simple choice… 39km, 24km or 12km? The Jonkershoek Valley is a mountain scene to rival any across the world. Massive turrets and cliffs of orange-faced quartzite hold fortress over a collection of rambling...

JMC 2017 - A perfect day out in the mountains

25 May 2017
On Saturday 20th of May 2017 Cape Town’s trail running community made their way to the Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch, as it was finally D-Day for the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 2017. With winter being just around the corner, and the valley being a bit closer to winter than the rest of the city, we were off to a crispy start. Participants started arriving from 5am for number collection...

Information and Inspiration Evening Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge

03 May 2017
An evening of information and inspiration to get you ready for the first race of the BOS Sport Mountain Challenge Series (MCS), the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC). Free entrance to all runners who have entered the JMC and MCS. R50 for all partners or anyone else wishing to attend this evening.   The night will entail a talk from Anthony Rush, Managing Director of Raidlight SA, who will be...

12 Days to go till entries open for JMC and MCS

16 February 2017
Only 12 days to go till entries open for the 7th edition of the infamous Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC), to be held this year on the 20th May. This is the first of three mountain races in the 2017 BOS Sport Mountain Challenge Series (MCS).    "This has to be the most amazing route in the Western Cape - unbelievable! Throw in sublime organisation, vibe, safety, always ready to help...

Rukadza & Soggot claim back to back Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge titles

21 April 2016
The 6th edition of the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge, and the first of three big races in the Mountain Challenge Series, took place this Sunday in the majestic Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, with its alpine like peaks and valleys.  Just over 800 runners steeled themselves for what would be an epic day out in unusually hot conditions. In the men’s 38km race, defending champion Bernard Rukadza was...

Malicious course tampering at JMC raises bigger concerns

19 April 2016
19 April 2016 – Cape Town: A large number of trail runners participating in the 6th Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC), which took place on Sunday 17 April 2016 in the Jonkershoek Valley near Stellenbosch, were misdirected off-course when other users in the area - seemingly irritated with the event - purposefully misdirected the race route markings.  The 38, 24 & 11km JMC routes take place...

JMC 2015: Jonkershoek fire update

15 March 2016
As many of you will know, on 9 March 2015 a fire broke out in the Jonkershoek Valley and went on to destroy 80% of the Cape Pine plantations as well as the Fynbos slopes from Tweede Waterfall West through Assegaaiboschkloof, and over into the Banghoek Valley.  As a result, we have been receiving numerous messages from runners wanting to know if the 2015 Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (JMC) will...