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Section 1 Map
Section 2 Map
The 34.4 kilometre course borders on, and passes through, the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park.
Starting Silva Plana Reserve, at 1100 metres, runners pass through a diversity of vegetation, from magnificent rainforest on the rich basalt soils of Mt Wilson & Mt Irvine winding down into the dramatic sandstone Bowens Creek gorge. Runners cross Bowens Creek Bridge at 380 metres, then contiune uphill along the road which follows the cliff line, to Bells Line of Road to finish at Bilpin Community Hall at 650 metres elevation.
Along the course runners are exposed to sweeping expansive views over the Wollemi National Park, across the mountains to the Sydney skyline.
Silva Plana to Drink Station 1
1 km of flat bitumen and 3.5 kms of fire trail through eucalypt forest, slippery when wet with 2 small climbs.
Run distance 4.5 kilometres
Drink Station 1 to Drinks Station 2
Short steep climb and descent on fire trail then a short, steep, hard climb on dirt road, a short section of bitumen then down through rainforest and farmland with small climb up to Drink Station 2.
Run distance 9.8 kilometres.
Drink Station 2 to Drinks Station 3
Rough bush track for about 1 km, then a short steep climb onto fire trail, graded climb through forest, a short steep descent and a short hard climb to “Danes Way” then about 1 km of flat dirt rd to DS 3.
Run distance 15.45 kilometres
Drink Station 3 to Drinks Station 4
Described as a joy to run, this section is flat or down hill across paddocks, through tall eucalypts and rainforest for the first 3 kms then 2 kms of sealed road to DS 4 at Mt Irvine Community Hall.
Run distance 19.15 Kilometres
Drink Station 4 to Drinks Station 5
Sealed flat road for about 2 kms then down hill on gravel road to DS 5.
Run distance 21.55 kilometres
Drink Station 5 to Drinks Station 6
Dirt road, down hill for 6 kms on easy grades to the rain forested valley floor at Bowens Creek.
Run distance 27.25 kilometres
Drink Station 6 to Drink Station 9
Dirt, after crossing the bridge, it is a gradual and continuous uphill, with a few short steeper sections for 6 kilometres with 2 drink stations about 2.5 kms apart ( DS7 & DS8 ) and DS 9.
Run distance 33.45 kilometres
Drink Station 9 to Finish
The final 1.6 kms is gradual down hill, off Bells line of Road along a power line easement and wide road verge.
Run distance 34.4 kilometres