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Australian Cross Triathlon Championships 2014
Tre-X 2013/14 Cross Triathlon Series
Series Entries Open Tuesday 23rd July
“When ‘On Road’ Just isn’t Tough Enough!”
The Australian Cross Triathlon Championships and Dirt Fest MultiSport Festival will take place at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in the Snowy Mountains on 22nd & 23rd of February, 2014 in what promises to be the Ultimate Off Road Action Weekend.
Events include the Australian Cross Triathlon Championships, Sprint, Junior and Dirt Kids Cross Triathlon on Saturday. Sunday starts with the 75km XC MTB Marathon, 45km & 15km XC MTB races and then culminates on Sunday afternoon with a Half Marathon Trail Run and 10km & 5km Trail Runs. And for our littlest off road champions the free Mud Rats Dirt Bike & Mud Run will wrap up the weekend.
With discounted, 4.5 star resort accommodation which will see competitors based in the heart of all the action, Saturday Night Australian Champs Presentation Dinner, Event Expo and events for the entire family, this is the ‘not to be missed’ weekend on the Australian Events Calendar.
Entries Open Tuesday 23rd July with a very special 2 week ‘Super Early Bird’ Special for National Series Entries. So now’s the time to indulge your passion for dirt, mud, hardcore action, amazing trails and spectacular scenery.
Olympic Medallist Erin Densham to contest the Victorian Cross
& NSW Dirt Mistress Championships
23rd & 24th March
Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick
In 2 Adventure are extremely proud to welcome Erin Densham to the Victorian Cross Triathlon Championships being hosted at Novotel Forest Resort on the 23rd of March.
As well as competing for the Victorian Championships Erin has also chosen to push her body to the limits in the Victorian Dirt Mistress Championships where compeitors will push themselves to the limit in three hardcore long course events across two days including:
- Sat AM: Victorian Cross Triathlon Championships: 500 - 23 - 8
- Sat PM: 8km Trail Run
- Sun AM: 45km XC MTB
We are so pleased to be able to welcome one of Australia's true ON ROAD triathlon champions to the 'OFF ROAD' version of the sport.
Join Erin Densham for a Q&A on Saturday Evening
Erin will also be doing a Q & A at our Celebration Dinner on Saturday evening, so don't forget your bookings for that one and get your questions ready. The Novotel Forest Resort is almost to capacity, so get in now to book your accommodation to join us for what will be a fantastic weekend of off road adventure!
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Australian Cross Triathlon Championships Race Report
The very best of Australia’s Off Road Champions line up for A Weekend of ‘Hurt in the Dirt’
9th & 10th March, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, Snowy Mountains
Last weekend saw the very best of Australia’s Off Road Athletes lining up for the inaugural Australian Cross Triathlon Championships in the hope of being crowned as Australia’s official Cross Triathlon Champion and to qualify for the World ITU Championships in the Hague in July.
Hosted in one of Australia’s most iconic locations, the Snowy Mountains provided the backdrop and playground for over 250 off road athletes. Athletes were also treated to the 4.5 star luxury of the Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa which provided a huge helping of luxury amongst all the hardcore action.
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa General Manager Scott O'Neile said he was pleased to see so many athletes test the trails at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.
"We made a considerable investment in developing our mountain bike park and will continue to fine-tune our facilities so they are attractive to professional as well as age-group competitors. When the word gets out about how good this event was, I expect that we'll be receiving nominations from all over Australia," said Scott.
The Snowy Mountains turned on some of the best weather in Australia as blue skies and a spectacular sunrise welcomed Australian Championship contenders on Saturday morning.
The Swim: 1000m
With a wetsuit swim confirmed, first to line up were the open male and female contenders. Lake Crackenback looks incredibly beautiful from the shore, but it was soon to be a story of ‘Pleasure and Pain’ as swimmers pushed themselves through the gruelling 1000m swim around the circumference of the lake.
Dan Neilson took an early lead exiting the water and making the 150m run to transition in 11:20 with almost 40s over Adam Rudgley in second and a minute over Brayden Tucker in third.
It was a beautiful day in the Snowy’s but with a wetsuit swim the usual problems came further down the field with a bit of cursing as people struggled to escape from the hold of tight fitting wetsuits.
In 9th out of the swim overall Katrina Skellern lead the female open category out of the water in 15:34 with Sophie Bos 25s behind and Wendy Walker third just 15s later.
Mountain Bike: 1 x 24km Lap
The mountain bike was a one lap course which included 24km of some of the best single track riding in the country. The Australian Champs course encompassed two alpine lakes, Thredbo River, Kosciuszko National Park and spectacular views of the Thredbo Valley and Ram’s Head Range. The resort’s mountain bike facilities rate with the very best in the nation, highlighted with sculpted flowing single track and the Caroline Buchannan Mountain Bike Park.
No open roads or cruisy trails here, the course challenged riders with undulating fast sections of flowing single track which meant that legs were pumping all the way. Riders who were both technically skilled and able to carry speed through the tight terrain definitely held an advantage.
Dan Neilson rode a solid 58:35 on the bike to maintain a slender lead as they hit T2 but Jarad Kohlar had smashed out an amazing 56:23 to put himself into second with Tim Boote riding a similar time coming into T2 hot on Jarad’s rear wheel. Brayden Tucker was just 35s behind as they hit the trails on foot.
Meanwhile the female open race had seen similar changes in position as the tough bike course made riders work hard, Connie Silvestri put in a 1:03:00 24km ride to take the lead with Wendy Walker racing into T2 right on her back wheel, Sophie Bos and Katrina Skellern came in third and fourth respectively having dropped a little time on the bike and hit the trails at the same time.
Trail Run: 2 x 4km laps
The last leg of the event proved the most challenging with two laps of a highly technical 4km trail run course. It was not going to be a walk in the park to take out the Australian Championships. With legs throbbing off the mountain bike contenders were then faced with challenges which included a Suspension Bridge, technical trails, Rocky Scrambles, Boggy Marshes, Plank Bridges, mud and the most popular section the river run and creek crossing.
There would be no cruising to the end of this event, runners would have to draw on every last ounce of strength, stamina, agility and sheer grit and determination to make it to the finish.
Dan Neilson dropped a little time on the run as Jared and Tim chased hard but at the end of the second lap Dan crossed the line first to take the honours in the inaugural Australian Cross Triathlon Championships in 1:44:10 with just 30s lead from Jared Kohlar and Tim Boote only 20s behind him. Brayden Tucker crossed 4th in 1:48:15 with Adam Rudgley 5th in 1:51:45.
Connie Silvestri with a consistently strong run leg managed to pull away from Wendy Walker over the technical course and crossed the line first to take the honours in 1:19:50 with Wendy Walker second in 1:20:45. Sophie Bos and Katrina Skellern chased hard but in the end crossed 3rd and 4th respectively in 2:02:54 and 2:04:59
Connie Silvestri is truly an amazing athlete, she is the reigning Tre-X Cross Triathlon Series Champion and she also holds all three state titles in NSW, Victoria and Queensland in the Australian Dirt Mistress Championship. Connie has a great passion for the sport and inspires her athletes as head coach of the Queensland Off Road Triathlon Squad (QORTS). We were lucky enough to have a few words with Connie after the event.“I was pleasantly surprised by how technical the run course was. A guy I was running next to said “I wasn’t expecting tough mudder”. I’ve raced a lot of courses both across Australia and overseas at X-Terra and this course was up there as my favourite.”
This was Dan’s first Tre-X event. His background in Surf Life Saving winning numerous national medals before moving to adventure racing and the Xterra Series, winning his age group at the Philippines to secure a spot in the world championships, as well as Ironman competition stood him in good stead for the Australian Championships.
After the event Dan told us, “I congratulate you on such a wonderful course. It had everything. I really enjoyed the fast flowing single trail, the scenic location, the varied and challenging terrain on the run course. Not to mention the wildlife that was spectating along the way. The course was well marked and didn't feel at any time I was going to get lost at any time. As for the race my strong leg is the swim. My goal was to get out in front and see how long I could last. I knew Jared from a few adventure races and knew how strong he was on the run and bike.
On the bike I tried to stay relaxed and get into a good rhythm and not make any mistakes. On the run I was a little cautious on the first lap keeping a little in reserve if anyone was to catch me. At times it felt like they were breathing down my neck. I was very happy to come away with the win. I am defiantly looking forward to coming back and trying to defend my title next year.”
NSW Dirt Master & Dirt Mistress Championship
As well as this being the Australian Cross Triathlon Championship, a select few chose to put their bodies on the line in the hope of securing the title of Dirt Master or Dirt Mistress.
Dirt Master Contenders pushed themselves to the limit by taking on three hardcore off road events across two days of competition including:
- Saturday: Australian Cross Triathlon Championships 1000 – 24 – 8
- Sunday AM: Sprint Distance Cross Triathlon 500 – 12 – 4
- Sunday PM: 12km Trail Run
At the end of the 12km Trail Run on Sunday afternoon, the Finish Line was truly a welcome site for these select few who completed the challenge to take home a Dirt Master title. Welcoming the following athletes to the Dirt Master Hall of Fame.
The State title went to the male and female with the fastest cumulative time across all three events. The weekend wound up with the crowning of Jarad Kohler from Melbourne Tri Club as NSW Dirt Master Champion in a time of 3:12:02. And Connie Silvestri from QORTS (for the second consecutive year) as NSW Dirt Mistress Champion in a time of 3:40:15.
Jarad Kohlar is a professional multisport adventure racing athlete and founder of Peak Adventure - a Melbourne-based company specialising in multisport and adventure racing training programs.
When asked about the event Jarad told us, “Tre-X NSW at Lake Crackenback Resort provided the perfect location, perfect weather and perfect course for a world-class weekend of off-road racing. This event is truly worthy of the Australian Cross Championship title.”
A Community Weekend for the Entire Family
The Australian Championships and NSW Dirt Fest weren’t just about our elite athletes. Competitors from the local community and right across Australia including mums, dads, kids and those trying their first triathlon event lined up for a wide range of events and distances throughout the weekend including:
- The Sprint, Junior & Dirt Kids Cross Triathlon;
- 12km Trail Run and 4km Fun Run; and
- The free Mud Rats fun run for our littlest off road champions.
It was fantastic to see such a strong turn out from the local community and schools with some of the notable performances including:
Our Up & Coming off Road Champions
- Michelle McFarlane from Crackenback: Winning her age group in the Australian Champs and taking home the title as Dirt Mistress.
- Cynthia Trevallyn from Jindabyne: Placing 3rd in her age group at the Australian Champs and taking home Dirt Mistress Title.
- The Crackenback Old Boys including Graham Windeatt, Brent Johnson and Scott O’Neile from Crackenback winning the Teams event at the Australian Champs
- Scott O’Neille from Crackenback: placing 2nd in his age group at the 12km Trail Run
- LCR Activate including Georgia Lynch, Matt Tripet and Matt Caldwell from Crackenback winning the Sprint Distance Teams Event.
The best part of the weekend was to see our up and coming champions of tomorrow tackling the Dirt Kids Cross Triathlon course. This was a fun, non-competitive event for 7 to 10 year olds who showed the professionals how it was done with a 50m Swim, 3km Mountain Bike and 500m trail run. The enthusiasm and energy these young ones showed was inspiring for everyone who had the privilege to watch.
The weekend rounded out with, what for the entire crowd, was the stand out event of the weekend. Our littlest Mud Rats of all ages, some just finding their feet in the world took on a fun run at Race HQ which included a beach run and slip and slide obstacle before the big sprint to the finish. What can we say… the pictures speak for themselves.
2014… Lock It In
2013 was such a wonderful success the team are proud to announce that Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will be hosting the event on the 22nd & 23rd February in 2014.
So, if you’re an off road champion, mountain bike enthusiast, love trail running, prefer your action in the dirt, or just want to try something completely new and exciting, we look forward to seeing you in 2014. At the close of the event 2013 competitors were already booking accommodation for next year, so get in early and don’t miss out.
Find out more at www.tre-x.com.au
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Australian Cross Triathlon Championships
9th & 10th March
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Congratulations to Connie Silvestri and Dan Neilson taking out the 2013 Australian Cross Triathlon Championships. More news from the weekend coming soon.
Reigning Tre-X Cross Triathlon Champion Connie Silvestri and Male Open Series Championship Leader Brayden Tucker to contend the Australian Cross Triathlon Championships
Snowy Mountains 9th/10th March, 2013
Along with a swag of Queensland competitors who will be heading south in 2 weeks to contend the Australian Cross Triathlon Championships will be Connie Silvestri & Brayden Tucker.
Connie will definitely be a force to be reconned with in the Female Open Category. Currently Connie holds the following titles:
- NSW, Victorian and Qld Dirt Mistress Champion.
- She has also claimed the title as the first contender male or female to be named as Australian Dirt Mistress.
- She is the reigning Series Open Champion in the national Tre- X Cross Triathlon Series and has won all 3 lead in races to the Australain Champs.
Connie Silvestri is a true Off-Road Champion and she is going to be a tough competitor to beat on the day.
Brayden Tucker re-joined the Cross Triathlon scene in 2013 and very quickly stamped his dominance on the Male Open event, with two second places and then at the Qld Back 2 Back, after 2 days of racing, claimed the top podium which had previously eluded him. He will be out to take the win at the Australian Champs and based on current form is right on track to do so.
It's going to be a top weekend of racing with and you can find out more on the website. Entries Close 5pm Sunday 3rd March, 2013.
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Qld Cross Tri Champs & Dirt Fest Weekend
20th & 21st April, 2013
Accommodation, Camping & Dinner Bookings Open Now
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Back 2 Back on Track - Course Update
30th January, 2013
We've been out on the course today and all is looking good for the weekend. The chain saw is raring to go and we'll be clearing a few fallen branches tomorrow. Other than that, the new trails have hardened and the tracks are looking good and ready for an awesome weekend of off road racing with a bit of resort luxury thrown in..
Entries close 5pm Thursday and there are currently about 35 places remaining. Also don't forget to book in for the party on Saturday night and enjoy the dinner and entertainment.
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Press Release: Sunday 27th January, 2013
Tre-X Back 2 Back ON TRACK for 2nd & 3rd February
With the current flooding that is happening in Brisbane we would like to send our thoughts to all those in areas that have been impacted by the floods. During this time we have had a number of enquiries regarding upcoming events and many of those enquiries have expressed a hope that the events would go ahead, as it would be something positive to look forward to.
The Weather Forecast
The curernt weather forecast is expecting rain on the Sunshine Coast to ease tomorrow with a positive forecast moving forward to the weekend. Current forecast is Fine and mostly sunny for Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd February.
There are some sections of the MTB course (approx 300m) currently under water, however the good news is that because the course at Twin Waters is based on sand, from last years experience we know that the track hardens in wet weather and it drains very quickly. Who knew there would be some advantage in building a MTB course on sand? :-)
The Contingency Plan
Currently there are some sections under water and we have an alternate course route in the unlikely circumstance that these sections do not dry out by next Saturday. Based on the information we have, we fully expect these areas to dry out. The contingency plan means that we may lose some of the track that was developed for the event (approx 300m) and there could be a small section (approx 300m) on tarmac, which will allow us to avoid the wet areas. All possible environmental impacts have been taken into consideration and plans made to manage these if they occur.
The Decision to Move Forward
So with a contingency plan in place, and because of the wishes expressed to us by most, we have made the decision to move forward with the event on the original dates, 2nd & 3rd February, 2013
As always the future and the weather are unpredictable. We have made this announcement based on the best information we have available to us at this time; however, we will be monitoring the weather conditions, the course and other aspects over the next few days and will keep you updated if anything changes.
ALL SYSTEMS GO!
But for now, thanks to your support and feedback, it’s ALL SYSTEMS GO!
We can't predict the weather but we can promise a fantastic weekend with great company, a spectacular race location and an awesome chance to race, relax and enjoy yourself in the company of some fantastic people! And after all… we know that Tre-X competitors are HARDCORE when it comes to triathlon
If you would like to discuss anything in relation to this information, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the details below.
Robyn & Simon & the In 2 Adventure Team
Simon Lazenby Robyn Lazenby
Tel: 0414 320585 Tel: 0414 282084
Email: Simon@in2adventure.com.au Email: Robyn@in2adventure.com.au
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Back 2 Back Famil Morning on Sun 27th January CANCELLED
Due to the extreme weather conditions being forecast for SE Qld over the weekend Connie has made the decision to cancel the Back 2 Back course famil morning due to be held at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Sunday 27th January, however Connie is still holding a Trail Run Session at 7am at Bardon. See details on the link below.
The decision has been made in the interest of safety and to ensure we look after the new trails on the property. The good news is the rain is currently forecast to ease on Tuesday and the sand base of the MTB course means the trails harden up with wet weather and drain within a day or two, so all is looking good for next weekend's event.
Thank you all for your understanding.
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Join Pete Jacobs & Michael Milton
& Get Ready for the Australian
Triathlon Swim and Run Clinic
with Pete Jacobs Iron Man World Champion
When: Saturday 1st December 9:30 am – 10:30 am
On the back of an amazing year for our nation Pete Jacobs, winner of the world’s toughest race The Hawaiian Iron Man will be hosting a Triathlon clinic for all the followers of this increasingly popular sport.
Where: Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s Village Green
What to bring: Run clothing, swimmers and a gold coin to donate to Movember
Mountain Bike Ride Clinic
with Sporting Champion Michael Milton
Michael Milton has proven to be one of Australia’s most successful and inspiring athletes. Michael is pleased to offer his time hosting a Mountain bike ride and skills clinic on Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s mountain bike trail linking into Kosciuszko National Park.
If you don’t own a bike, that is ok you can borrow one of Activate’s Giant cross country bikes and join the fun!
When: Saturday 1st December 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Where: Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, Rocky Road Car Park (opposite Village Green)
What to bring: Riding clothes, Mountain Bike, helmet and a gold coin to donate to Movember
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
1650 Alpine Way
T: 1800 020 524
E: Send an Online Enquiry
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Enduro Famil Day Cancelled
Due to the extreme weather conditions being experienced in Brisbane and a bleak forecast for Sunday morning, the Enduro course famil day due to be held at Murrenbong Scout Camp on Sunday 18th November has been cancelled.
The decision has been made in the interest of safety and to ensure we look after the trails on the property. The good news is weather is looking good for next Sunday's event with mostly sunny days forecast throughout the week and mild temperatures on the weekend. We are sorry that this decision has had to be made and thank you for your understanding.
Tre-X is Coming to TV!... Be a Part of it.
The Tre-X Series is set to feature on the Great South East and our Tre-X fanatics have the opportunity to feature on the program.
So, if you’re a Tre-X Nut and fancy hitting the water, carving up a few trails on your mountain bike and hitting the trails for the TV Cameras… And you have an entry for Tre-X Race 1 and are available on Friday 12th October, then drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 10th October with the following info:
- Your Name
- Contact Phone number
- Tre-X Race 1 Entry Invoice Number
- A short sentence as to why you would like to be a part of the filming
We’re looking for about 30 people so, if you’re one of the lucky ones, we’ll let you know and send details via return email.
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Buy any of their unique cycling, running and sports tees at www.cycologygear.com using the promo code DIRT in the shopping cart and receive 25% off the price. With free shipping on all online orders, it’s a great opportunity to stock up on some very cool tees at bargain prices.
Offer available till 28 October 2012
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2013 Australian Cross-Triathlon
Snowy Mountains, NSW
9th & 10th March, 2013
The iconic Thredbo Valley in the Snowy Mountains is set to play host to the newly announced 2013 Australian Cross Triathlon Championships.
The Evolution of Cross Triathlon
Cross Triathlon has been simmering on the fringe of Australian sport for some time now, and with Triathlon Australia’s announcement of the 2013 Australian Cross Triathlon Championships, OFF-ROAD is rapidly becoming the ONLY ROAD for many triathletes.
The National Cross Triathlon Championships is part of the national Tre-X Off Road Triathlon Series and will be one of Australia’s most uniquely challenging off-road events. It takes triathlon and mixes it with a huge helping of grit, dirt and hardcore action as competitors tackle a combination of Swim, Mountain Bike and Trail Run.
Race Director, Simon Lazenby told us that, “Taking triathlon off road adds an all new element of excitement to the sport. Unlike road triathlons, a mountain bike course is very different every time you ride it. It requires a combination of skill, speed, strength and strategy to stay at the pointy end of the field. The weather, track conditions and terrain make the riding very different every time. The trail run incorporates diverse terrain including trails, tracks, creeks, steep craggy ascents and rocky scrambles which means that competitors must stay focussed every step of the way. It will take a true champion to take home the title as Australia’s Cross-Triathlon Champion”
Lake Crackenback Resort: An Adventure Playground
Lake Crackenback resort nestled in the Thredbo Valley will provide an iconic backdrop for Australia’s Cross Triathlon Championships. Beautiful Lake Crackenback will host the swim leg. The mountain bike leg will be staged on the diverse combination of mountain bike trails that surround the resort. And the trail run will include some of Australia’s most unique and spectacular scenery which will make it a real treat for international visitors.
With Race HQ based at Lake Crackenback Resort competitors and spectators can combine a weekend of hardcore off-road racing with all the luxury of this fabulous 4.5-star resort.
The championships are sanctioned by Triathlon Australia and will be the qualifying round for the ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships held in The Hague, Netherlands in July 2013. Winners will take home the title as Australia’s National Champion. Sprint distance, Junior and Trail Run events will also be staged throughout the weekend.
It’s set to be an adrenalin packed weekend of ‘not to be missed’ off-road action as we search for Australia’s Cross-Triathlon Champion.
Entries & Information
Tre-X Duathlon Champs: Who are the TRUE & TOUGHEST Off Road Champions?
The Tre-X Duathlon Champs is shaping up to be one of the toughest courses to date. The long course MTB includes 4 laps of the 7.5km track and this will be no walk in the park. No long fire trails or cruisy tracks on this course. To take out the championships riders are going to have to push themselves every inch of the way as they tackle technical single track, pinchy climbs, creek crossingsm, obstacles and some of the best mountain biking in the country.
New 4km Run Course
The new 4km Run course takes what was already a challenging 2k course and adds some new climbs and over 500m of true off road trail running. Competitors will have to dig deep to initially attack 2 laps of this course and then after 30k on the bike, get back out there and do it all again. Legs.. get ready to BURN!
So we look forward to seeing you at theTre-X Duathlon Champs as we uncover those who are the TRUE & TOUGHEST Off Road Champions
Tre-X Duathlon Series Points
In the lead up to the Championship event on Sunday, it's going to be a close run race for the 2012 Tre-X Duathlon Series Championships in many categories, and especially in the Male Open Category where Shane Wharton and George Tamblyn sit on an equal 18 points.
The check out your standings on the Series Points Table click on the links below.
28/6/12: Tre-X Duathlon Race 2 Course Update
After the recent rain we have been out doing a course inspection today and the good news is that the MTB Tracks are holding up well after cutting additional drainage channels this week. With the weather looking to ease on Friday with sunny periods and full sunshine on Saturday the course should be in good condition for Sunday's event.
We will do a further course inspection on Saturday to confirm the condition of the trails. We have a wet weather contingency in place and depending how the weather is on Friday and Saturday we may make the decision to adjust the course to suit the trail conditions on the day and will advise accordingly.
We've had an awesome time fine tuning the new Run Course and it promises to be a real adventure. So, get ready for water, mud, creek crossings and a whole load of hardcore action on this TRUE Off Road Trail Run Course.
On another positive note, the weather forecast for Sunday is looking awesome with sunny skies & a top of 20 Degrees!
Entries are open until 6am on Friday morning, so still a chance to get your last minute entries in. Providing the event is not full 'On the Day Entries' will be open from 8am to 8:30am on Sunday