Rusty Gate Challenge - 50, 21 & 12km Trail Run (Greyton)
Sat 12 Oct 2024 @ Helderstroom, Western Cape

Greyton Trail Running Society

We have 50 Early Bird tickets available until 15 December for each distance

The 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!

50 km Route Details:

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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected].


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

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

Should you have an queries please email:[email protected]

Team information
This event supports team entries for certain classes, but teams must consist of 2 participants per team.
Rusty Gate Challenge - 50, 21 & 12km Trail Run (Greyton)

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Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Price (pp)
Rusty Gate 12km Trail Run 12 km R 525.00
Rusty Gate 21km Trail Run 21 km R 600.00
Rusty Gate 50km Trail Run 50 km R 1,400.00

Event location
Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat, Helderstroom

Route information

A special place to relax and enjoy nature, where you can see the stars
at night with no city lights in sight!

If you are looking for a serene and picturesque place to rejuvenate body and soul, Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat is perfect for you.

Rusty Gate is truly a Mountain Retreat, nestled in the Riviersonderend Mountains, with unsurpassed vistas over the Helderstroom valley and Overberg area.  The property, spanning 290 hectares, lies adjacent to the Riviersonderend Nature Reserve, abound with mountain fynbos and proteas and offers ample for nature lovers to enjoy.

Cellular (3G and voice) coverage and guest Wi-Fi is available at limited areas of the guest facilities.

Regretfully we do not allow any guests’ pets at Rusty Gate.

Coordinates -34.0347083, 19.3795365
Address Farm 826 Helderstroom Road, 7230, Western Cape
City Helderstroom
Province Western Cape

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