Rusty Gate Challenge

50km | 21km | 12km

The Routes:

50km with 2 500m elevation
A pure mountain ultra that winds through pristine fynbos in the upper parts of the Sonderend mountain range and faster flat tracks through fruit orchards at the foot of the mountains with a combination of single track and gravel trails through deep gorges and over rocky crests. Undulating sections offer a welcome rest for the legs and give the racing snakes an opportunity to make up ground. There will be four hydration stations along this route, at 15km, 25km, 35km and 45km, and an eight hour cutoff at the 35km hydration station.

21km TBC
We are still finalising this route, watch this space!

12 km TBC
We are still finalising this route, watch this space!

Compulsory Kit:

  1. Cell Phone 
  2. Hydration – camel back/waist pack
  3. Windbreaker
  4. Space blanket
  5. Whistle
  6. Basic first aid kit

Strongly Recommended:

  1. Hat and sun lotion
  2. Fleece

Where to stay:

The race starts and finishes at Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat. So why not stay for the whole weekend at this piece of heaven in the mountains? Their luxury self-catering accommodation includes 4 and 6 sleeper cottages. Eagle’s Eyrie Lodge, with ‘dorm style’ accommodation is immaculately kitted out and is perfect for a group of friends or a club. 

For more information visit their website To book, please send an e-mail to Direct bookings via their website are unfortunately not possible as the venue is reserved for this event.

If you would like to stay in Greyton, please visit or email


Friday evening from 16h00 – 20h00 at Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat or at Greyton Tourism Bureau, No 2 Main Road
Saturday morning from 06h45 at Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat


The 50km route was tested by four intrepid runners on 23 September 2023, one of the wettest weekends recorded in the area, and this is what they had to say:

“You are all amazing for letting us experience this – the organising and hospitality exceeds anything I’ve ever experienced – a huge thank you!!!! The weather made it even more memorable.  Looking forward to many yearly reunions”
Mags Wright

“Thanks everybody WHAT A DAY!!!!! These are the days we live for and will always remember. Appreciate all the support”
Morne van Greunen

“I do not know how to express my gratitude for everything that was done today. It was the most special run I have done in my life. The hospitality, route marking, pristine trails is something I will always remember. Thank thank thank you that I could be a part of this day. Rusty Gate is one special place.”
Manfred Venter

“What a treat it was to explore the beautiful trails around Rusty Gate, especially in the last quarter with the great decent into and climb out of the spectacular waterfall ravine. The organisation from the local events team and hospitality from the property owners makes this a truly unique and special event.” Andrew King

Greyton Trail Running Society is known for community-led events with big ‘gees’ in big mountains. The Rusty Gate Challenge is a trail running event with loads of both.

Additional Information
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