Washpool World Heritage Trails – Sun 16 Oct 2016
2016 races start 30 minutes earlier 7am, 8am, 8.30am
Entry link here
The Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks have incredible variety, from world heritage listed rainforests to clear rivers flowing through flowering high country heathlands, dramatic granite outcrops and wild river gorges. The area also features an extensive network of well formed trails to make it ideal trail running and great natural campsites.
View the course here then make your plans for a weekend away in October to fully experience these world class trails.
Whatever your favourite distance, we have a great course on some of the best trails in Australia. Entry cost has been kept low too ($10/$25/$50 for 9/25/50km) to encourage local and regional participants.
There’s a short course of 9km including streams, granite cascades on and a taste of rainforest the Gibraltar side, a 25km course with a mix of flat and hilly sections and a little of everything, and an ultra option of 50km traversing the whole World Heritage Trail loop around both Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks! On Saturday you can check out short trails near the Mulligans start/finish on foot or bike, explore Washpool’s rainforest and riverside trails, or just relax.
We encourage camping at Mulligans Flat, which has kitchen/toilet facilities and a great swimming hole. For those who don’t want to camp out at the start, you can base your weekend at the historic town of Glen Innes, which is on the quickest route from Brisbane to Washpool via Cunningham’s Gap. Or those on a long drive up or down the coast might prefer cabins or camping at Jackadgery (the friendly Mann River Caravan Park), just before the national park starts, and drive the last section up the hill to the start on race morning.
Pre-entry is required due to limited parking. Carpooling is encouraged.
Full 2015 information for runners will be emailed to all entrants
and is also posted here for reference: click here
Download basic course map: click here
Download detailed course map: click here
Download poster to promote the run locally: click here
View 52k course profile: click here
View 25k course profile: click here
Nearest cabins by Mann River: here
Where is Glen Innes map: here
Glen Innes accommodation information: here
Grafton map here
Entries open 5 August click here
and close Sunday 11 October midnight
You can meet other runners at the Mulligans Hut picnic area; allow time for driving in and setting up camp. Options include running or walking great trails which aren’t part of the race eg spot the Warratah on the Needles track; mountain biking is permitted on many trails eg Little Dandahra Creek; canoeing or inner tube floating down Little Dandahra Creek back to Mulligans.
Ultra course: Starts 7.00 in the Gibraltar Range National Park off Gwydir Highway at Mulligans picnic area, proceeding anti-clockwise round the World Heritage Trail to finish back at the start (52km). This is a remote area and entrants should carry their preferred supplements. Water/electrolytes will be available at the three road crossings; drop bags will be taken to the first and second road crossing.
Medium course: Starts 8.00 in the Gibraltar Range National Park off Gwydir Highway at Mulligans picnic area, out-and-back to Dandahra Crags then clockwise round 9km loop to finish at the start (25km).
Short course: Starts 8.30 at the Mulligans picnic area following the 9km loop trail beside streams, across cascades, through fern understory and rainforest back to the start (9km).