Ultra Trail Running update

South African Championship The Ultra Trail Mount Moodie (UTMM) on 31 January is the official national championships in the Ultra Trail category for 2015 and the overall winners, as well as winners in the Veterans (40-49) and Masters (50+) categories will be crowned as South African Champions. The 2013 SA Ultra Trail Champs at Addo was our first ever national championships in trail running in South Africa and since there was no championship this year, the winners on that occasion, Nic de Beer and Tracy Zunckel, are the reigning national champions. The necessary information about the event is available on www.utmm.co.za with Clive Smart of Ilanga Trails (ilangatrails.co.za) as the event organiser.  Please note that the event also offer other races on the day but that only the ultra (80km) will be a national championship.  It is the policy of Trail Running South Africa not to be involved in the direct organization of any national championship event and runners must adhere to the race rules as set out by the local organisers. World Championship The IAU World Ultra Trail Champs takes place on 31 May 2015 near Lake Annecy, France, presenting a course that is a real tester but one that could suit our runners.  Details are available on www.maxi-race.org.  To assist the selection process, the course at UTMM has also been designed to be as close to the one near Annecy as much as practically possible. Team Selection The objective is to send a team of 8 runners (4 men & 4 women) to the World Championship.  This team will be selected using the best performances from 2 races: 1. Ultra-trail Cape Town (UTCT) on 25 October 2014 – this was the only qualifying race apart from the national championships.  See www.ultratrailcapetown.com for more info. 2. Ultra Trail Mount Moodie (SA Champs) on 31 January. The criteria for both men and women are as follows: 1. The first 2 runners at the SA Champs (overall winner and runner-up) will be automatically in the team. 2. The next 2 runners in the team will be decided by using the best 2 performances from the 3rd and 4th overall positions at the SA Champs and the first 4 finishers overall from UTCT. There are obviously various possible permutations that may decide the final team but as it currently stands the first 4 runners at UTCT are automatically on the provisional qualifying list.  They are: MEN  1. Eric Ngubane;  2. Andrew Hagen;  3. Jock Green;  4. Raynard Tissink. WOMEN 1. Nicolette Griffioen;  2. Chantel Nienaber;  3. Tracy Zunckel;  4. Danielle Harcourt. The system that will be used to decide the best performances is a software program managed by Peter Visser from RaceTime and was specifically designed for these purposes.  It takes into account factors such as time, position, distance, gradient, gain, technicality, etc. Financial Support Despite the fact that trail running does not get any financial assistance from ASA, it is the intent of Trail Running SA to offer at least some financial support to the team although the remainder of the costs will have to be carried by the runners themselves.  Also note that due to the high profile of the national championship, the SA champion and runner-up at UTMM may receive additional financial assistance for their travelling costs to France.  Trail Running SA will announce the team as soon as possible after UTMM and will handle all logistics and registration for the World Champs. Please feel free to forward any queries you may have. Altus Schreuder Trail Running South Africa Chairman: ASA Trail & Mountain Running Committee altus@trailrunsa.co.za 082 601 3533