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...

South Africa’s Premier Mountain Challenge partners with First Ascent

25 February 2019
The Bos Spot Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird, (MCS) has signed a two-year partnership with South Africa’s leading specialist outdoor gear manufacturer, First Ascent. As the exclusive technical product sponsor, First Ascent will enhance the MCS offering with an exciting value such as podium prizes, unique finishers’ garments, co-branded merchandise, crew kit and event activations...

Marloth Mountain Challenge 2018

09 October 2018
Words by Kim Stephens The last in the 2018 Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird, and Wildrunner is not underplaying the “we saved the beast for last” line. Sunday 7 October saw the culmination of intense preparation and training roll out in to a two-day mountain festival in the beautiful, sleepy town of Swellendam. Runners joined the crew from 12 noon on Saturday, going...

Marloth Mountain Challenge 2018

27 August 2018
With little more than a month until we hit the road to Swellendam for the grand finale of the Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, Amplified by Jaybird, it is time to cast our collective gaze towards the brutally beautiful event that lies ahead. The Marloth Mountain Challenge takes place on 7 October 2018, on the hallowed wilderness trails of the former Swellendam Hiking Trail.  If you like an...

A Quad Busting Climb | Helderberg Mountain Challenge 2018

23 August 2018
Helderberg Mountain Challenge 2018 Sunday 19 August 2018 welcomed the 9th edition of the Helderberg Mountain Challenge; a mountain running race that is as tough as they get and well known to punish even the strongest of athletes. On offer were 24km, 15km and 11km routes - but don’t let the seemingly short distances fool you.  The 24km has a whopping 2150m of vertical height gain over some of the...

Helderberg Mountain Challenge Your Gear Guide.

13 August 2018
The third race in the prestigious Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, Amplified by Jaybird is around the corner. It’s time to unpack your gear, double check the compulsory kit lists and make a few critical decisions. What to pack, what to chuck, and what to prioritise. Here is the gear overview, and it applies to all the MCS races. PERSONAL TRAIL GEAR MATRIX C = Compulsory H = Highly...

Welcome to the Helderberg Mountain Challenge 2018

30 July 2018
The second event in the 2018 Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird. The Helderberg Mountain Challenge has everything to offer, and it always carries a few plot twists. Forest, incredible fynbos, boulder hopping near the summit, narrow ridge line running, incredible views, tricky slopes and traverses below huge rock faces.  Participants can choose between the 24km 15km and...

Vert, Bru

09 July 2018
Have you noticed the shift that has occurred in recent years? You can be a trail runner, sure, but are you a mountain runner? Trail running is pretty much anything that ventures off structured, tarred roads. Beaches, grassy banks, rocky paths, jeep track and mountain trails all qualify as trail running. But mountain running is a specialised arena of trail. Mountain runners talk vert, bag peaks...

JONKERSHOEK MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE 2018

22 May 2018
Saturday 19 May 2018 was picture-perfect from the moment the sun rose. Both JMC runners and crew turned off their headlamps and looked up at the mountains that beckoned. Adventure for the 38km, 24km and 11km runners lay ahead, as they prepared for the first of three races that make up the Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird. It was a windless, chilly morning as the 38km ‘A’...

Bernie Is Back

07 May 2018
With less than a week to secure one of the last JMC 2018 entries, things are hotting up. News of Bernard Rukadza’s return to trail, and in particular this year’s Jonkerkshoek Mountain Challenge, has certainly taken things up a notch. Bernie has had a predominantly road-running focus over the past while, and we have missed him in the trail arena. With marathon times in the 2h20min region, and a...