Riverina Endurance Trail Series - all trails are go!!

It is with pleasure the Albury Wodonga Parklands announces the 2017 Riverina Endurance Trail Series. Riverina Endurance Trail series is split into a Long Course and Short course series this year, going back to the original days of the series and offering what we believe will be something for everyone!

The Long Course Series.

This series consists of 3 events.

May 28th - Huon Hill - 13.8km

2nd July - McFarlanes Hill - 18.5km

30th July - Albury Ranges - 30km

As you can see the series increases in distance at each stop - challenging runners to train hard and run hard. The distances are very recoverable from and should fit into any training calendar or be a great stand alone run to test your fitness.

Points are awarded to runners who finish in the top 10 of each male and female and are added together to find a series winner. There are great cash prizes for the overall winners.

 

The short course is a great series for those more suited to speed rather than endurance, or those starting out new to the trails, or those juniors who want to mix it up on the trails. The courses are shorter than the long course but still challenging and a fun run in the bush to be shared with friends or family.

The short course series consists of 3 events:

May 28th - Huon Hill - 6km

2nd July - McFarlanes Hill - 5km

30th July - Albury Ranges - 10-12km(to be confirmed)

This series is focused on running for fun and competing against your age group. Points are awarded to runners who finish in the top 3 of each male and female AGE Group and are added together to find a series winner for each age group! There are great sponsor prizes for the overall age group winners.

Race 3 Albury Ranges | Series Wrap Up

68 Runners covered the gruelling 30km journey across the Albury Ranges yesterday to complete Race 3 of the RIverina Endurance Trail Running Series 

The achievement for many was a new stretch in distance and difficulty given the quad busting climbing and descending. The course opened the eyes of many to visits roads less travelled  on the popular Nail Can Hill site. 

33 of the Runners completed Race 3 to cap the Series which  also included 13.8km Huon Hill and 18.5km at McFarlanes Hill 

The series was well battled between local talent and a strong contingent of Runners from Wagga. 

Quality fields and growth in participant numbers provide some excitement for the Sport of Trail Running in the region. Thanks to sponsors and competitors who's involvement has bought about exciting opportunities for 2017 

A full list of results and series points score can be found on the Results Page

Series Champions

Male

1. Calleum Crowe - Clive Vogel Champions Trophy

2. Luke Preston

3. Mick Donges 

Female

Tara Smith  - Clive Vogel Champions Trophy

Zoe O'Meara

Royleve Stanley 

 

Race 3 Overall Results

Male

1. Calleum Crowe, Luke Preston, Mick Donges 

Female

1. Sarah-Jane Donges 

2. Tara Smith 

3. Roylene Stanley 

 

Gallery

Thanks to Adrenalin Earth we have a Gallery of images from Race 1 Huon Hill

 

 

Trail Runners Vie For Vogel's Honour

1979. Clive had run 2nd place in the historic 11.3km Nail Can Hill race in both its inaugural and 2nd year.

1979. Clive had run 2nd place in the historic 11.3km Nail Can Hill race in both its inaugural and 2nd year.

On Sunday over 60 runners will compete in a 30km Trail Run across Albury's Mountain Range - Nail Can Hill. The Borders longest and toughest running event makes up the 3rd and final race of the Riverina Endurance Trail Running Series. The series is in its second year since being revitalised from its original version run by the AWMA. 

The event is a big jump in endurance from Race 2's 18.5km at McFarlnances Hill Wodonga.

The 30km will have competitors cover the entire Nail Can Hill Range starting from West Albury Running all the way across the northern trail to Jindera Gap before returning on a slightly different route in which they venture out.  

7 climbs feature in the run making it a brutal encounter. 

About 30 of the runners will complete Race 3 to complete the Series trio. Overall Series Champions will be honoured with the Clive Vogel Champions Trophy. Clive Vogel is the godfather of Trail Running in Albury Wodonga having numerous Ultra Marathons to his claim. Most importantly the honour is to Clive's tireless work in Coaching Trail Runners which has cultivated the sport on the border.  Fittingly the Series Finale is held in Clive's backyard - nail Can Hill where Clive has been running almost every day since the 70's. Clive will be running the 30km race on Sunday. 

There are many great tussles expected to take place as competitors challenge for the series wins in their age group categories

In the open standings the field has been stellar with talent coming from local sources as well as Wagga and the alpine regions.  So far we have seen course records fall in both genders at both Race 1 & 2  

Beechworth's Calleum Crowe leads the series with 2 dominating wins. Its a step up in distance for Crowe who says its the lure of a new challenge that has motivated him to compete in the series.. 30km of racing is certainly a test unknown to the 1hr specialist, but his course record in Race 2 was a good sign that the longer distance won't be a problem. Well seasoned ultra runners to Luke Preston (Wodonga) and Mick Donges (Wagga) will be hoping their endurance experience might work in favour against Crowe's speed.

In the womens event we have Tara Smith from Canada who has a win and a 2nd to have her in charge of the series. Tara leads talent from local Zoe O’Meara and Wagga ultra specialist Roylene Stanley. Series honours is looking promising for Tara but she will be challenged for the 30km title by Sara Donges of Wagga who made her first Appearance in the series at Race 2 smashing the Course record. 

Conditions look to be perfect for running Sunday which should see many accomplish the endurance feat and be respected as one of the regions toughest runners 

5 Reasons why you should run the 'Big 30'

Sitting on the fence or jumped off it entirely? 

The offerings of our 30km Series Finale far outweigh the risks. Come on,  you don't want to die with out any scars. 

Heres 5 things that could swing you back onto Sundays start line. 

 

1. Personal Achievement

If your having fears and apprehension then thats a good thing. It means you have a desire to overcome inner fears. That desire comes from the ‘want’ to grow and move into a space that is new territory. 

When challenges are faced and overcome, your self esteem is filled and the enlightenment fuels dreaming of new possibilities. Thats what life is about. 

‘Behind every fear is the person you want to become’ 

 

 2. Running in the bush gets you high. 

After overcoming a few demon climbs and sucking in a weeks supply of oxygen you enter the never never land. You’ll be cascading through paddocks, everything becomes tinged in yellow as if you had the eyes of Lennon looking through retro shades. 

And those snippets of euphoria linger around a good week or so after… Every time you cant get up out of your chair or walk around like a bent nail - your reminded of those moments you were a baddass Trail Runner who knocked down 30 big ones and 1100m of elevation. In fact you simply don't care about any stress - its all subordinate to someone who has smashed up a massive Trail Run. 

 

 

3. Respect

Put simply this event is the longest and toughest running event in Albury Wodonga. Put yourself on the start line and you automatically qualify into a very select group locally. This is the one event that speed does not entirely matter. The respect is gained from the courage to take on the endurance challenge. You will be an inspiration to everyone in your sphere. Imagine the effect that could have on someone?

 Runners. On a side note, on this same day Cyclists will take on the ‘Wagga to Albury ‘ a 135km bike race in its 30th year. Its a brutally tough day out. Our cycling community here is bred tough. It certainly gives us something to look up to. We runners have a way to go yet.  The winners roll around in a similar time frame of suffering.  Check out the race history - Notice anyone in the newspaper clip

 

4. Justify nearly anything. 

Massage - Ran 30km

New running shoes - Ran 30km

New trail running shoes - Ran 30km

Cafe lunch - Ran 30km

Fine dinning experience - Ran 30km

Health food budget increase - Justified - Ran 30km

New compression gear - Ran 30km

Run a longer evert - Ran 30km

New running anything - Ran 30km

Upgrade to the Durif or the craft beer - Ran 30km

Time to watch your favourite movie - Ran 30km

‘Selective hearing/ forgot to do house chores period forgiven by partner - Ran 30km

Im sorry but you will have to wait on me dear, I can’t move - Ran 30km

 

5. Support events in your local area. 

A good showing on the start line means there is a need and want for bigger and better events in our local area. The ‘next year’ attitude is fair for some who maybe new on the scene but if your undecided but capable then make it about your community. Our region needs any excuse to stay motivated and active in winter - So lets keep it alive for yourself in years to come and the others that will follow your lead. If you cant run it then be apart of the day - competitors and volunteers welcome all supporter energy - Im picturing spectator points like the Tour de France!

See you all on Sunday. It’s going to be a cracker.

 

Race 3 Information - Includes briefing, entry, course & presentations

Race 3 | Information for our Series Finale

Race 3 Sunday July 31 10am

In just over a weeks time Race 3 will open the hearts and minds of its competitors. 

Anyone taking on the 30 is a champion. For those who will have conquered all 3 races, a sweet satisfaction awaits. 

Series and Age Group Champions will be crowned 

To prepare you for whats going to be a great day of action and celebration take a read through this version of our latest news

 

 

 

 

 

Course Insight

Last weekend I gave the new course a test run. I've done a report which contains some insights that I hope entice and encourage you to take the start line next Sunday. Check it out here including link to details on Strava 

 

 

 

Race Brief

As always all competitors must read the Race Brief. Please note information regarding mandatory gear, checkpoint time and presentations. 

 

Points Score

An Age Group Series points board has been added to the results. Check out some of the tight tussles on the Overall and AG score board. Simply turning up and conquering could be the difference in taking a win or significantly higher ranking. If you've run it you've earned it. Half the battle is mental - Courage over speed. 

Series Age Group and Overall Score Board

 

 

 

Entries

Online Entry | $55 | Closes Friday July 29 11pm

Entering online is essential as the timing system must be set up prior to race day.

Entering online also helps participants and volunteers have a smooth race morning - Ensuring we provide every runner with the best experience we possibly can.

Entries on the day $70

An additional fee will be incurred.

All race proceeds go to PARKLANDS ALBURY WODONGA for the sustainability of the Riverina Trails Project

 

The Athletes Foot | Mizuno Shoe Giveaway

Thanks to our amazing sponsor The Athletes Foot we once again have a pair of shoes up for grabs for one lucky competitor. 

NB you must be in attendance at the presentations for the opportunity to win. See presentation information above. 

At Race 3 we will see Claire from Mizuno teaming up with The Athletes Foot, giving you the chance to check out Mizuno's range of trail shoes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations

Kinross Woolshed Hotel 

5:30pm onwards - Presentation Ceremony @ 6pm - All competitors, volunteers & supporters from race 1, 2 & 3 are invited to join us for Race 3 & Series Presentations at   Bistro open all day | night. This is a social gathering to toast our winners, share stories and celebrate the Riverina Endurance Trail Running Series in general. 

Spot prizes Including the Mizuno Shoes will be delegated at the presentations held at Kinross Woolshed Hotel

 

Kinross Woolshed Hotel location | 5 Kinross Crt Thurgoona

Race 2 Report | As The Crowe Flies

A mystic haze covered McFarlanes Hill this morning, setting up mild Winter temperatures perfect for some hard trail blazing. 

Race 2 McFarlanes Hill is 18.5km with 800m Elevation. 

Runners took to the course with a full head of courage as they prepared to hit multiple climbs testing the saturation point.

Pain and pleasure crossed paths with long sections of single trail allowing the legs to reload and go. Scenery on this course is enough alone to give you wings. 

The race precinct buzzed as the hardy returned - Skinned, muddy and faces that earned the feeling of reward. 

Calleum Crowe & Sarah Donges hacked the 2015 CR's

Caellum Crowe 1:27:15 (2016)

Sarah Donges 1:50:28 (2016)

The overall podiums are growing in stature as well as a depth through the field. Runners returning after last years event came with more experienced approach and the times showed. 

Overall Podium

Mens 

1st Caellum Crowe 1:27:15 CR

2nd Matt Cooper 1:29:49

3rd Mick Donges 1:35:04

Womens 

1st Sarah Donges 1:50:28 CR

2nd Tara Smith 1:53:05 

3rd Zoe O'Meara 2:00:14

Full Results & Series Standings After Race 2

With 4 weeks until the Series Finale its a perfect test to see who can push on through the winter and claim there name as a 30km & series finisher. Don't forget there is the Clive Vogel Champions Trophy +  cash up for grabs and Age Group Series Champion titles to claim also. 

Ready to go | Online entries close tonight

Enter online tonight by 11pm

Don't miss out on the lower entry fee of $45

Entering online is essential as the timing system must be set up prior to race day.

Entering online also helps participants and volunteers have a smooth race morning - Ensuring we provide every runner with the best experience we possibly can.

Entries on the day $60

All race proceeds go to PARKLANDS ALBURY WODONGA for the sustainability of the Riverina Trails Project

Course ready to go! 

The course marking 'Hike O Rama' is complete and now I'm just excited to see you all fly across it. Its an adrenalin loaded course - You can read the course review here

All competitors are required to read the briefing - Race Brief

A special thanks to Tim @ Drummond Real Estate for restocking me with core flute to make more signs

Also Shane (Parklands) for clearing the numerous tree falls over the course. 

Please take note of :

Arrival on Sunday for Bib Collection

Course check point - Cut off time. 

All other info

See you all Sunday!

Brendan

Race 2 Course Insights

I had a burn across the course yesterday - It was awesome. Such a diverse blend of stimulus and scenery - Its some of the best trail running you'll get anywhere in 18.5km. 

I didn't hold back in the run as I wanted to experience the experience from a competitors perspective - Its nice to be able to relate with you all.  I came across a few thoughts in the midst of pleasure and pain that I thought might be useful for some of you that may be relatively new to the sport of Trail Running. Also if you are new to this wondrous course then there may be a few useful bites. 

Enjoy. 

 

Course review

18.5km … It’s a vast step up on first thought … especially when we only just survived the brutal 13.8 at Huon.

Fear is going to play on your mind.

‘Behind every fear is the person you want to become’

The way to think is to put yourself in the moment – Just get into it. Trust yourself to be ‘entertained’ by the ever changing stimuli’s of tracks or gradients. Just keep going

Nutrition – 200ml hand flask Skratch Labs Hydration (The Full Cycle) @ 30-40 mins, 1 gel @ 55-60 mins, Handful of dates @ Scattered from 55 mins – Finish

The first 2km is slightly downhill along Feltimber Ck rd. Don’t be afraid to feel fast hear but do take a deep breath and let your heart relax enough knowing it’s going to be a sustained effort.

The climb up to the walking track is tester… Then you hit the single track and realise your still climbing -  Legs and head are pressurising. It won't tickle. Don’t drop you noggin. Its hard because you are working hard.

 The beauty about this course is that every pinch is met with an equal reprieve. When you start flowing down again it’s like you’re gassed up again and the single track makes you feel like you’re flying.

Today the track was wet and I suspect the nature of that mountain will keep the conditions similar  for Sunday whether we have rain in between or not. (Forecast is pretty dry)

You’ll want to make the most of the flowing singe tracks and down hills through the paddock so get some grip on your feet (The Athletes Foot). Grip and rip. Think instinctively - looking for the best place to plant and drive from – use the edges/rocks. 

Don’t be afraid of mud.

Summit climb. Sometimes all you can do is breath. Don’t look up, just keep sucking down the good gas. Look behind you though, the view is stellar. Depending on the day you might have climbed above the clouds.

In my opinion once you have reached the summit you have broken its back – You’re on the home run.

There’s 2 hard climbs left after this but they are short in comparison to the work you just put under your belt. Heading back into the paddock and up onto McFarlane’s Hill you get that slow defeating feeling again… its really the last hurdle with 4km of mostly downhill to follow.

The rest is magic – Ill let you tune out to my words and find your own on Sunday.

Battle well.

Fortune favours the brave.

Race Ready | July 3 | Race 2 McFarlanes Hill

It is just over a week until competitors unleash on Race 2. 

For a smooth race morning please check out the details below on

Gear

Registration

Competitor check in

Race Brief

Course Records and Series Points & Prizes

Shoes for Trail Runners

McFarlanes Hill Is full of tracks you'll really want to stomp so make sure you have grip.

The course will have some moisture in it on race day so confidence under foot is essential. 

Get into The Athletes Foot and check out their range of light weight and stable Trail Running Shoes 

Also don't forget the ATHLETES FOOT SHOE GIVE AWAY - RACE 2 - SAUCONY

One lucky competitor will receive a pair

 

Training | Racing longer

Courtesy of The Full Cycle,  runners can fuel and refuel with Skratch Labs Rehydration Formula

It is a great product - Premium taste and certainly assists in helping you go longer - Get it in during your run and get quality from the back end of long sessions

Visit the Full Cycle - Single serve sachets and 500g packs available 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration | Check in

Online Entry | $45 | Closes Friday July 1 11pm

All Competitors must check in for bib collection 9-9:30am on race morning. 

Please read the Race Briefing for all race day information

Entering online is essential as the timing system must be set up prior to race day.

Entering online also helps participants and volunteers have a smooth race morning - Ensuring we provide every runner with the best experience we possibly can.

Entries on the day $60

An additional fee will be incurred.

All race proceeds go to PARKLANDS ALBURY WODONGA for the sustainability of the Riverina Trails Project

 

 

 

Course Records

Aaron Knight 1.29:33  | Roylene Stanley 2.04:51

 

 

Claim the Series - Overall | Age Category

You have to be in it to win it. 

We have a prize packed Podium for overall - Cash & Free 2017 Entry

Age Category Champions will be honoured with medals and bragging rights. 

'Riverina Endurance Trail Running Series Age Champion' 

Here are the current standings after Race 1

Race 2 McFarlanes Hill Wodonga | 5km Training and Exploration Routes

Approaching very fast is Race 2 of the Riverina Endurance Trail Running Series - McFarlanes Hill Wodonga - July 3 - Full course and race details

Whilst the park is best uncovered in the race atmosphere, it is accessible to all with many options to explore short routes. 

Whats unique about this area is its diversity. 

 

Check out these recommended 5km routes - Full maps and navigation can be found here

Walking Track Circuit - 5km - Access via Ingrams Rd Entry

Right on our doorstep is the opportunity to be running in rainforest like surrounds. Single tracks take you over creeks and which cascade into waterfalls at times of peak rainfall. Running this circuit is a true trail running experience all gathered in only 5km. 

 

 

 

Summit Loop - 5km - Access via Coyles Rd North Entry

A truly rewarding climb of McDonalds Hill (aka Klings Hill) that reveals the most stunning vantage point of Albury Wodonga and beyond into the Riverina. Vast open plains reveal panoramic views that give you an epic sense of freedom. 

 

 

 

Go anywhere - Felltimber Ck Rd MTB Park, Coyles Trail South Entry 

From this point you are only less than 1km away from joining any of the tracks to take you to the summit, the walking track or through the middle paddock where you can choose to trek up and across McFarlanes Hill. 

Don't be afraid to just get on a track and see where it takes you. This park is forgivingto the adventurer because every thing iswithin close vicinity of joining tracks or access points (Civilisation). Leave the fear at home and trek spiritedly. 

Wrap up | Race 1 Huon Hill

The morning arrived and after driving through the fog and flocks of kangaroos I reached a clear summit and couldn't help but reach for the camera  to snap the sights from Huon Hill that morning. 

Runners had been eagerly awaiting the Series opener and weather was the first of many happenings that bought smiles to everyones faces. 

We had record numbers and records broken. 

Thanks to all our sponsors and partners,  the race precinct took on its usual carnival atmosphere. 

Well done to all competitors who certainly tackled the Huon Course with courage. Its a tough course and if you conquered it then in my opinion your ready for McFarlanes … It too is tough…. and yes it's longer, but it's no meaner. 

Scroll below, I've loaded some features of the Race 1 race day happenings including a link to the results and series standings. 

Enjoy

Brendan

 

Perfect conditions

 

Sneak peak images from the Adrenalin Earth reel

Stay tuned. Alex from Adrenalin Earth will release some of his work once its been under the artistic eye.

Results

We had course records set by Caellum Crowe & Tara Smith. 

The field was solid in both the men & women. Thanks to a good roll up from the Wagga crew. Set your eyes on the Wagga Trail Running Festival

Full results | Series Standing

Men

1. Caellum Crowe (Beechworth) 58:32 CR

2. Luke Preston (Wodonga) 1:00:43 

3. Luke Baker (Wagga) 1:02:47

 

Women

1. Tara Smith (Canada) 1:19:39 CR

2. Zoe Omera (Wodonga) 1:21:24

3. Roylene Stanley (Wagga) 1:21:36

 

 

Athletes Foot | Hoka One One Winner

Congratulation to Sharon Naldrett who won the Athletes Foot | Hoka One One spot pairs. Looking forward to seeing Sharon clock up some K's in her new pair of Hoka's

Race 2 Will feature another shoe giveaway to one of our competitors courtesy of Saucony and The Athletes Foot Albury  

Race 2 McFarlanes Hill

July 3 | 10am - All the race information here

 

Series prizes

Series Podium | Male & Female - Free entry 2017

1st, 2nd, 3rd to receive free entry into the 2017 series.

Series Podium | Male & Female- Cash

Thanks to our major sponsors Riverina Podiatry, The Athletes Foot Albury, The Full Cycle of Albury and Olive Health Foods.

1st - $300

2nd - $150

3rd - $100 

 

 

 

There's more than meets the eye at Huon Hill

Race 1 of the Riverina Endurance Trail Running Series kicks of this Sunday May 29 10am

You may have heard that Huon Hill is a challenging 13.8 course but its far from a time battle or a simple burden of climb and descend. Huon Hill takes you through  ‘Choose your own adventure’ stories. Starting way a top the summit, the initial charge leads you down the mountain in what feels like a rapid escape. There's a sense of fleeing. This long decent wills you to unleash - Escape to freedom. 

Huon features some single trails that are a runners dream, bringing attention to the task at foot and a feeling of childlike ‘play’ as you sidestep, rock hop and run with flow. 

You’ll emerge from the woods into an open scape that steals your gaze in all directions - Look left to the alpine region, right into the Riverina. Straight ahead look to the aura of where water meets the mountains - Lake Hume in its most stunning aspect. 

The chase begins as adventures hit the 5km of flat section along the Kiewa. A wide and fast jungle floor - Hunt or be hunted - Its your story to choose .. Either way you’ll be carried through on an adrenalin pulse. 

From river to summit is the final haul that need not be rushed but embraced. The summit track will give you a mirage of false peaks and a blur of what might be a sherpa along side you. Every challenged step makes the reward of conquest and adventure find its purist form. 

You could be in the Amazon or Nepal but you’re not ... You are in Albury Wodonga, its right here waiting for you to choose your own adventure.

Race Brief

 

Course completion

We expect that competitors will complete the course within 3 hours. A combination of jogging and hiking ensures this wont be a problem. Previous events have seen our final competitor complete the course in under 2:30 via jogging/hiking combo. 

Please note that Presentations will begin at 12:15 with respect given to participants crossing the finish line during proceedings.

Online $35 Entries close Friday May 27 - 11PM

Entering online is essential as the timing system must be set up prior to race day.

Entering online also helps participants and volunteers have a smooth race morning - Ensuring we provide every runner with the best experience we possibly can.

Entries on the day $50

An additional fee will be incurred.

All race proceeds go to PARKLANDS ALBURY WODONGA for the sustainability of the Riverina Trails Project

More info on Huon Hill

Check out all the race day details via the Race Brief

Huon Hill Countdown | Race Day Agenda | Online Entries Close Date

Race 1 Atmosphere

With just over a week until Race 1 Huon Hill its exciting to think about the experience about to unfold. 

'Huon Hill, yeah I'm going to give that one a crack this year', has been said to me often enough to believe we will be getting a fresh mob of trail runners on the course. I've been meeting a lot of new runners and past competitors that are keen to grow their experience on the trail running field. We should see record numbers for this event - Bring a mate! 

A few confirmed and rumoured front runners sets the stage for an on the edge encounter up front. There are so many variables across this course, playing with our strengths and weakness. Could we see a course record fall? Its highly possible in both the male and female races. 

Read on below for some recapped and refreshed information on race day.. Feed your motivation a little by browsing the website for course info, past results

Online $35 Entries close Friday May 27 - 11PM

Entering online is essential as the timing system must be set up prior to race day.

Entering online also helps participants and volunteers have a smooth race morning - Ensuring we provide every runner with the best experience we possibly can.

Entries on the day $50

An additional fee will be incurred.

All race proceeds go to PARKLANDS ALBURY WODONGA for the sustainability of the Riverina Trails Project

 

 

Spot prizes

Thanks to our Major Sponsor The Athletes Foot Albury we have a shoe giveaway at each event.

Race 1 - Hoka One One

Our sponsors and partners have provided a collection of rewards - Stick around for presentations to be eligible for a spot prize 

Series Podium

Free entry 2017

1st, 2nd, 3rd to receive free entry into the 2017 series.

Series Podium

Cash

Thanks to our major sponsors Riverina Podiatry, The Athletes Foot Albury, The Full Cycle of Albury and Olive Health Foods.

1st - $300

2nd - $150

3rd - $100

 

Race Day Agenda

The Huon Hill trail run will be held on Sunday 29 May 2016 with an outline of timings as follows: 

  • 9:00 - 9:30 Registration/late entry.
  • 9:45 Race briefing.
  • 10:00 Race start.
  • 12:15 Presentations. 

The start/finish (Start/Finish) location will be in vicinity of the large rotunda and toilets near the summit of Huon Hill - See race briefing for a map and more detail. 

 

Course completion

We expect that competitors will complete the course within 3 hours. A combination of jogging and hiking ensures this wont be a problem. Previous events have seen our final competitor complete the course in under 2:30 via jogging/hiking combo. 

Please note that Presentations will begin at 12:15 with respect given to participants crossing the finish line during proceedings.

Media Release - Race 1 Huon Hill May 29

Media Release

Race 1 Huon Hill

Riverina Endurance Trail Running Series

Race 1 Huon Hill kicks off on May 29 as the Trail Series Opener. 

With the start date moved earlier this year and other recent initiatives to build the Trail Running Community we are annicipating a great flock of runners to spread their wings across this awesome course. 

Being only 4 weeks after Nail Can its likely that many NCH participants will be enticed to use their confidence and fitness gained from from the 11.3km. New faces our encouraged to be apart of any single event or the complete series this year.

If you conquered Nail Can Hillthen the 13.8 Huon Hill is in the bag. The scenery alone is a brilliant distraction. The vantage point is amazing, giving you a 360 scope of Albury Wodonga. The view  highlight is a panorama of Lake Hume nested beneath its hill scape and if you know where to look you can catch the peaks of the Alpine region. 

The series has had a great build up this year with the Riverina Trails Community Project inviting more people to the trails -  2 XC races(short course | Cross County racing ) and also for the first time we launched the Riverina Lightning Trail along the Keiwa River. 

“We’ve seen a really strong resonse from the community after last years inaugural series. It seems to be something that people really want more of. Theres a lot of other groups and individuals working hard for it also, Albury had its own screening of a Trail Running Film Festival. 

Our Major Sponsors and Partners from 2015 are right behind the series again - Excited for the notion to grow the Trail Running scene to grow in Albury Wodonga. Thanks to their support we are able to offer great Series Podium Prize Value - In Cash

'Albury Wodonga actually boasts 7 mountain/ trail areas that are some of the best trails in the country - a stones throw from the door step. The series only showcases 3 of these but I can see people getting more confident in exploring our other areas too. It’s a natural experience and gives us that sense of adventure. Good training too! ‘ 

The pointy end of the field will boast a few hot battles.  Last years Series Champion Aaron Knight is a confirmed starter for Huon. This year Aaron runs Race 1 only as he embarks on some Verticle Km races in Europe. 

Last years runner up John Winsbury from Canberra will hope to set out on fresher legs than last year. If local champion Luke Preston arrives at Huon then it could be ferocious at the front.. Luke is rebuilding very nicely after his domination of the Buffalo 26er. 

In the female race we expect to see 2015 Series Champion Kim Van Kalken build throughout the series but she will be fresh and ready for pain at Race 1. Wagga Trail Runner Roylene Stanley will be pressing for a course record. Roylene only featured at Race 2 last year – blasting the field, but this year she has eyes on the Series. Roylene is primed after recovering from the Buffalo 75km ultra. 13.8km will be a slice of cake for her. 

With potential record fields and records broken it will again be a carnival atmosphere on top of the Huon Hill Summit May 29. 

Entry - $35 Huon Hill | Series Pass $100 

On the day entries occur a $15 administration fee. 

Visit Riverinatrails.org for information and entry details

Podium Profiles - Riverina Lightning Trail - Cameron Wood

It was great to see Cameron ripping up the Lightning Trail in fine form. I met Cameron last year at our Riverina Endurance Trail Running Series. Cam worked hard and took 2nd place overall in the series. 

Cameron's success in the series has flowed on and as you'll read below its pretty clear that he has a good head on his shoulders and is getting results because he runs with heart. 

Good luck in Bendigo Cam. 

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1. What are you currently training for - Next big goal?

I'm just starting to wind down my training for the inaugural O'Keefe Marathon in Bendigo on May 1st.  It's my second marathon and I'm aiming/hoping to finish in under three hours. 

2. Biggest / most favourite sporting achievement so far ?

Winning the Marysville Marathon last year is definitely my biggest highlight so far.  It was my first attempt at the marathon distance and I went into it just hoping to finish in one piece. 

3. What does a regular week of training look like for you?

The last few months I've been trying to run 6 days a week, consisting of a tempo run on Tuesday, alternating longish steep hill intervals (500m) or 800s week about on Thursdays, a marathon pace run on Saturday, and a nice slow long run on Sundays with easy runs Mon & Wed.

4. A quick tip/quote for our runners that helps you keeping progressing

Run for enjoyment.  If you love running then it makes training easier.  If you start to dread going for a run then maybe alter your training to make it more enjoyable.  You don't have to 'love' every session, but you should enjoy running more often than not.

5. Favourite session

Love a good long run.  Just forgetting about everything for a couple of hours and enjoying the simplicity of running!

Podium Profiles - Riverina Lightning Trail - Timothy Gibney

I met Tim for the first time at the Riverina Lightning Trail. Hurtling into the finish was this strong looking runner, posting an incredible 36:19.. Who was this guy? I punched in his Bib No. to record the time and the name 'Gibney' popped up sparking a connection. I had run with Tim's father Paul on a few of the Border Bolters runs and sat with him at a Rotary meeting as well (not really making the connection to 'Paul the runner)'. As Tim's name came up the penny dropped and I realised the pedigree and pondered the fact that Paul probably had an amazing history of achievements I must ask him about. 

Anyway - This profile is about a very wise and talented Timothy Gibney. Grab a coffee and enjoy the read!

1. What are you currently training for - Next big goal?

I used to take running a lot more seriously during high school, until I was subject to a bad dose of glandular fever. Nowadays, I do it to keep fit and healthy. It is a lifestyle choice. Nonetheless I still enjoy competitive running and I hope to put in a solid top 20 performance at Nail Can. However, we will see how that goes - I am from an 800m/1500m background on the track!

2. Biggest / most favourite sporting achievement so far ?

Winning the u17 Victorian Title over 1500m would have to be it. It was extra special as my father Paul, my brother Daniel and my other brother Matt had all previously won the same event.

3. What does a regular week of training look like for you?

Ideally I run 5-6 days a week. I like to do one track session during the week, and then either another track session or a race on the weekend. I would usually do a long run on Sunday and in between, easy jogging or other forms of exercise

4. A quick tip/quote for our runners that helps you keeping progression

 Consistency and knowing that you have to do more than just easy jogging to progress. Whilst the easier stuff is essential, you do need to engage in some form of a 'session' during the week so that you can get your body used to running at a faster pace whilst simultaneously conserving as much energy as possible."Fast & relaxed" - that was what was always drilled into me as a kid. Be careful though, I see many people falling for the trap of pushing their body to these kinds of levels every day, and it is a sure way to burn out and get injured!

5. Favourite session

 400s on the track. I love them. 

 

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