NEW RACE ANNOUNCEMENT
2014 Bilpin Bush Run
will take place on
Saturday 23rd August 2014
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
The Bilpin Rural Fire Service are very pleased to announce that the Bilpin Bush Run will take place this year, on Saturday 23rd August, incorporating a new route. The course will wind its way through Bilpin, around Mount Tootie and into the Wollemi National Park and will include both challenging terrain and stunning vistas.
History of the Willy2Billy
The Mt Wilson to Bilpin Bush Run or 'Willy2Billy', was the idea of a former Mt Wilson resident and bush runner Ross Bill. Ross, in his training runs, mapped the course and after 12 months of persistence, in mid 1995, convinced the Bilpin Rural Fire Brigade to organise the event in conjunction with the Mt Wilson Rural Fire Brigade. The first run was organised in just 3 months with 66 starters, with Andrew Lloyd the winner.
The original course extended over 34.4k through fire trails, bush tracks, down a dirt road to the valley floor at Bowens Creek then a graded assent for 7 km's up to Bilpin then to the race finish at the Bilpin Community Hall. The race record was set by Glen Guzzo in 2004 at 2:07:31
Sadly, in 2012 the race had to be cancelled. A landslip on Bowen's Creek Road in 2013 permanently closed the route forcing the Bilpin RFS to cancel the race indefinitely.
2014 will see the inaugural Bilpin Bush Run take place and we are hoping to see many familiar faces testing the new course.
Our thanks again go to our major sponsor, the North Richmond Community Bank® Branch of the Bendigo Bank.