Event Start Time:
6.00 - 6.50 pm Bib Pickup
7.00 pm Race Briefing
7.05 pm Start
~8.45 pm Presentations
Ellis Brook Valley Reserve
Directions to Event:
From the Roe Highway/Tonkin Highway intersection south of Perth, travel south on Tonkin Highway past Kelvin Road and Maddington Road. Turn LEFT onto Gosnells Rd East. Take the first RIGHT onto Pitt Road (signed for Ellis Brook Valley Reserve). At the T-intersection, turn RIGHT onto Hayward Rd. Take the first LEFT onto Quarry Road (continue to follow signs for the reserve). Take your first LEFT again onto Rushton Road and continue straight into the park, where you will be directed to parking and the start line.
Note: Do not try to enter the park via Mills Rd West from the south. This is not possible; it is blocked by the quarry.
Oh, I'm being followed by a moon shadow...
A lovely hill start will let you know you're alive. Let the drugs kick in...endorphins, that is! The first section of trail is wide enough to readily allow passing for the first few k's, then it opens up more along the "top" where you can do a little socialising, or find a bit of speed (only the legal kind - with the legs, kids!). Of course, it might be hard to get speed, considering the sand. But don't despair, it's a short section and then you're onto a very runnable and most groovy descent. Down past the bullrushes, listen out for the frogs, as that's your cue to make a right hand turn! (Frog course marking, you say?!?) Then it's another short, steep(ish) climb on some fun bouldery-rocks as the trail narrows just a wee bit more. Perfect timing, as you hipsters will be spread out by now. Follow the reflective flagging tape, which will guide you down the rabbit hole into Alice's Wonderland. When you pop out at the top, you'll find yourself on an huge open granite plateau, perfect for staging a sit-in. Chill out and be met with amazing views down to the city and towards the ocean. Then pop back down the rabbit hole (there's always another entrance to a rabbit hole, you know!) and descend. Rest a moment on the bench if you wish. If you find you seem a little small for it, it's probably just the wrong mushroom you ate. See if you can get some advice from a caterpillar. Come down from your trip and join us at the finish line for a little Kool-Aid.
Presentations: Weather permitting, we encourage you to stick around at the finish to socialise and cheer others in. It's the trail-running ethos. Bring a change of warm clothes and perhaps a beanie so you're comfortable whilst you wait. We'll have a brief set of presentations, including spot prizes around 8.55pm.
Without the following gear you cannot start. If found without it at ANY point you will be disqualified!
1. You must carry a hydration system that will hold a minimum of 500ml for the duration of the event. This could be a handheld, a pack, or a waist belt. We recommend most runners carry at least 1L.
2. You must also wear your race bib at all times during the event.
3. Headlamp AND Spare batteries as backup OR a spare headlamp – your choice!
There is one aid station shared by all competitors for this race providing water and carbohydrates in the form of ELECTROLYTE and organic fruit.
Note: Disposable cups are NOT provided at our events. All racers are provided with their very own reusable silicone collapsable cup. Be sure to collect your cup with your bib if it's your first event. If you've lost your cup, let us know. 15 ltr water jugs are provided at the finish line, so have your cup handy!