Event 4 Sacred Hill August 30th 2020
The start is at the Sacred Hill Rifleman’s Vineyard off Dartmoor Road which is 6.8km up the road from the intersection of Apley Rd & Dartmoor Rd. Go up Dartmoor Rd, over the one lane bridge, up the hill and past the old Sacred Hill Cellar Door building on the left. Drive on for a few more kilometres. Turn left at 1227 Dartmoor Road look out for the HB Trail Run and Hammer Flags at the gate. Follow the metal road down to Rifleman’s Vineyard Note: 20kmh speed limit on the shingle access road!
Park in the big paddock on the left as indicated, being mindful of others walking about.
This is all private land and not accessible for training beforehand or after the run. We are very fortunate to have access to this land so please do not jeopardise that privilege.
This is a working farm and we have to abide by the rules which means that you leave your dogs/cats/parrots etc at home as we don’t want the sheep & cattle scared! NO DOGS ALLOWED!
Briefing and Start Times
Registration will be open from 8:00am. Collect your timing number from the registration area. This is where you return your timing chip to after your race also.
Half Marathon: Briefing 9:15am, start time is 9:30 am.
Medium Course: Briefing 9:45am, start time is 10:00am.
Short Course: Briefing 10:15am, start time is 10:30am.
The half marathon course will have a cut off time at the Start/Finish area. If you are unable to make this point by 12:30pm you will be not be permitted to continue on the course. If you can’t make this point in 3 hours you won’t be able to make the finish by the cut off time at 1:30pm.
Latest finish time for individual runners is 1:30 pm. Finishers after that time will be shown as DNF in the results.
All distances are approximate and within 5% +/- of the stated figure, give or take a bit. These are trail runs and the wrong place to look for precision. The courses are exacting, but not exact. That being said, the ½ marathons will be pretty close to being a half marathon.
Now this is a tricky one… As you are running across farm land, farmers don’t tend to have readily available name tags for their paddocks so it’s way too complicated to give you detailed instructions (for example run through the paddock go over the gate and um then run through the paddock and so on…) for this one so you’ll have to rely on the markers being in place. It’s not been a problem in the past, so all should be good. There will be arrows to turn you and pickets with tape on them so you can see where to go.
Half Marathon – 21.4ish
This will be a 2 lap course. There’s a lot of variety on this trail and it has always been a firm favourite. We’ll mark the course so that you will know where you have to go. All you have to do is follow the arrows and coloured tape to keep you on track.
Medium Course ~ 13.5 km
We have added in a start lap of the top vineyard section of this course. So on your first lap you will do a loop of the vineyard and then head out onto a full lap of the rest of the course.
We will put some extra signage out so you will know which way to go on each lap.
This is a very pleasant run with lots of variety. Gently undulating most of the time with some little pinches to stop you getting bored, but some good flat stretches to allow you to stretch out. Follow the arrows and tape and make sure you concentrate on where you have to go, especially on the course splits!
Short Course ~ 7 km
You will see the other distance runners coming and going onto the same course as you don’t panic we know exactly where to send them. This is a lovely run though some great trails. You get to run around vineyards, across open land and through woods. An amazing amount of variety for such a short course. Make sure you concentrate on where you have to go, especially at the course split which will be marked with signs and a flag! Make sure you follow the arrows and coloured tape and you’ll be fine.
Please do make sure you have read the general event information before you enter.
Online entries incur an administration fee that will be added when you checkout. Only online entries and definitely no entry on the day.
Late entry fees apply from Monday 24th Aug.
Entries close at midnight on Friday 28th August. You cannot enter on the day!
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