Riverhead Forest - Sunday 28 May 2017


Important Event Information

There is an endless and ever changing network of trails in this pine plantation forest. Once again, like last winter, we can expect Riverhead to have a sufficient amount of glorious mud and clay! For the most part, this course is on a clay surface except for the metalled road sections.  We recommend wearing shoes with sufficient tread or pairing up with a buddy at the start or out on course for some of the slippery and steeper parts.  It's not by any means scary but it sometimes helps runners and walkers, especially those new to the trails to have someone close by to lend a hand.

The mid and short courses are relatively friendly (elevation wise), once you head deeper into the wilderness (from the event base) there are some real lung busters and some pretty cool views to be had at these heights. Long and Super long participants - be prepared :)

Event Options

We've made it easy for you to gather the entire gang, irrespective of varying fitness and age levels, and head out of the city for an action-packed family outing. The Mid and Short courses are available as walks too, so you may get to stretch out in the long or super long while your partner takes a wee whipper snapper or two around the mid or short course.

  • Short course, 5-8km (walk or run)
  • Mid course, 10-14km (walk or run)
  • Long course, 16-20km (run only)
  • Super long course, 20km+ (run only)

MAPs

start Times

Compulsory event briefings will be held 15 minutes before the start of each event - please be at these!

Event Time
Superlong 9:00am
Long 9:00am
Mid 9:45am
Short 10:30am
 

Course Information

Short course

Distance: 6.7km

Course Elevation: 172m

Course Overview:  Starting off, up Barlow road in just one kilometre you're into the single track for a bush climb. Back out onto the metal you'll charge up to the first and only aid station on course and immediately turn right. This is a wicked descent through steep single track, take your time, be careful and those passing, please do so politely and signal your intention to the runner/walker ahead of you. Leaving this section, you'll rejoin with the mid, long and super courses so don't be alarmed to see runners coming from the other direction. The home stretch is approximately 3km of fast, twisty single track.

Drink Stations: 2.5km

Toughness Factor: 7/10

Mid course

Distance: 13.2km

Course Elevation: 344m

Course Overview: Starting off, up Barlow road in just one kilometre you're into the single track for a bush climb. Back out onto the metal you'll charge up to the first aid station on course and continue straight. At this point the long and super courses will leave you. The next section involves 5km of metal road, all of which is a slight downhill, this will be an epically quick section and could be the crux point of the course, sure to be tough on the quads! Turning right from Browns road you will head back into some sweet single track and rejoin some of the super long competitors. The way home is a mixture of 4WD tracks and single tracks, the most technical sections of the course are on the second half, so don't get too complacent early on. The last aid station is 4k from the finish so re hydrate and head for the finish. Along the way you'll rejoin with the short course so don't be alarmed to see runners coming from the other direction. The home stretch is approximately 3km of fast, twisty single track.

Drink Stations: 2.5km,9km

Toughness Factor: 7/10

Long course

Distance: 17.9km

Course Elevation: 470m

Course Overview: Starting off, up Barlow road in just one kilometre you're into the single track for a bush climb. Back out onto the metal you'll charge up to the first aid station on course and continue straight before making a left turn, where you leave the mid course. The next section involves 2.5-3km of Riverhead's finest, this you'll recognise from other editions! On this section there is a technical and steep descent early on, run with caution. A three kilometre metal section takes you through to first the super and long split point, when you rejoin, you'll reach the second aid station in approximately 300m where the mid course will rejoin. The way home is a mixture of 4WD tracks and single tracks with a little metal, the most technical sections of the course are on the second half, so don't get too complacent early on. Shortly after the third aid station the long and mid split from the super course. Along the way you'll rejoin with the short course so don't be alarmed to see runners coming from the other direction. The home stretch is approximately 3km of fast, twisty single track.

Drink Stations: 2.5km, 9km, 14.7km

Toughness Factor: 7/10

Super Long course

Distance: 20.7km

Course Elevation: 502m

Course Overview: Starting off, up Barlow road in just one kilometre you're into the single track for a bush climb. Back out onto the metal you'll charge up to the first aid station on course and continue straight before making a left turn, where you leave the mid course. The next section involves 2.5-3km of Riverhead's finest, this you'll recognise from other editions! On this section there is a technical and steep descent early on, run with caution. A three kilometre metal section takes you through to first the super and long split point, when you rejoin, you'll reach the second aid station in approximately 300m where the mid course will rejoin. The way home is a mixture of 4WD tracks and single tracks with a little metal, the most technical sections of the course are on the second half, so don't get too complacent early on. Shortly after the third aid station the long and mid split from the super course. Along the way you'll rejoin with the short course so don't be alarmed to see runners coming from the other direction. The home stretch is approximately 3km of fast, twisty single track.

Drink Stations: 2.5km, 10km, 16.1km

Toughness Factor: 7/10

Course SAFETY

We recommend running with a Hydration back pack loaded with 1 - 2 litres of liquid, and other nutritional nibbles. You can expect to be away from base for a decent period of time at these events, and we can't always get aid stations to the points where you may expect them to be. While event medics will be at each event (they will be stationed at the event base, start / finish point) and participants may encounter on course marshals with first aid on them, it also pays to be safety conscious and carry items like:

  • a basic first aid kit
  • a cell phone
  • a whistle
  • additional warm clothing

It's all about personal responsibility!

Driving Directions

VERY IMPORTANT!! PLEASE DO NOT USE GOOGLE MAPS FOR THIS EVENT! Follow the driving directions below: