Race 2 Course Descripton & Map

Race #2: Sunday 20th July 2014
Plenty Gorge, Plenty
Race distances: 6.3km (NEW), 11.7km and 17.6km races

 


 

The EVENT PROGRAM for the 2014 Salomon Trail Running Series RACE #2 containing all the final event details such as schedule, competitor services, car parking… can be downloaded from HERE.

 

The Salomon Trail Runnign Series Race # 2 takes place in the beautiful Yellow Gum Park in the awe inspiring Plenty Gorge on the Plenty River in North Eastern Melbourne.

This often forgotten corner of Melbourne is located just past Bundoora and sits just 30km (or 40 minutes drive) from the Melbourne CBD – but step out of the car and you will feel a world away with a beautiful natural setting all around you.

The Plenty Gorge race will see short, medium and long course runners complete a scenic loop deep within local bushland made friendly with plenty of kangaroos, echidnas, galahs and other friendly Aussie wildlife to keep you company.

The courses are also a little tougher than race #1 at Yarra Bend as you will criss-cross the Plenty Gorge a couple of times, climbing up and down the sides of the valley and its steep sided walls. Whilst enjoying the views along the gorge when you are at the valley top, runners will definitely get your feet wet crossing the river at the valley bottom – adding to the adventure aspect of your trail running experience.

The start and finish are located in the Yellow Gum Park picnic area at the end of Goldsworthy Lane beside Blue Lake. The nearby lookout provides panoramic views of Plenty Gorge and the surrounding parkland and should keep families and friends busy whilst runners are off enjoying the trails.

The courses at Race #2 at Plenty Gorge were new to the 2012 Salomon Trail Running Series and maintain the high standard set by other locations with diverse scenery, interesting running and more than the odd hill to keep you interested. We look forward to showing it to you. 


Photo Galleries: photos from the 2012 race at Plenty Gorge can be seen here whilst photos from the 2013 race at Plenty Gorge can be seen here


COURSE MAP


View Race #2 Plenty Gorge - 2012 Salomon Trail Run Series in a larger map

 

Long Course elevation profile


 

Medium Course elevation profile

Short Course elevation profile - new course for 2014.

 

 

Course vision


The EVENT PROGRAM for the 2014 Salomon Trail Running Series RACE #2 containing all the final event details such as schedule, competitor services, car parking… can be downloaded from HERE.

 

Course description

Part of the attraction of trail running is the adventure that it leads you on, the wilderness you pass through and enjoyment you have along the way. Now we don’t want to ruin that by giving you a blow by blow description of the course, so provide the following brief descriptions only.

Long course 17.6km: (course goes in a clockwise direction on above map):

The first half of the long course is largely the same as the medium course and then you add in the short course loop at the end]

All runners start immediately beside the Yellow Gum Picnic Area then set off into the bushland following a wide double track that drops through a small gully and then crosses a cleared plain where you’ll be sure to see a flock of kangaroors enjoying the grass. The course climbs gradually as it winds its way through the bushland to the 2.5km point before a long, enjoyable descent to cross the Plenty River for the first time at the 4.5km mark. The course climbs out of the river and then follows alongside the valley with a sharp climb at the 5.6km mark that leads you to the water point at the 6.3km mark at a distinctive right hand turn beside the clearing.

After the water point there is a gradual downhill before more undulating, scenic running on enjoyable single track through to the second river crossing at the 9.6km mark. Keep following the single track and enjoy the spectacular views up stream as the track is dug into the side of the valley and nearly leads you back to the start finish area. After a very short and steep hill at the 11.3km point, long course runners turn left to head out on the northern loop (the  same course that the short course runners have already enjoyed).

The northern loop continues the superb trail running characteristics as the southern loop with plenty of undulating single track through the bush. Not long after turning left, runners cross the Plenty River for a third time after which there are a couple of short and sharp hills leading a pleasant (flat) section across a plateau that provides views up the Plenty Gorge and your second water point at the 14km point.

Follow the course as it descends down to your final river crossing at the 14.5km point and continue along the undulating trail as it goes past some large rock formations and then the remarkable Blue Lake before a nasty little climb depsits you a the finish line in the Yellow Gum Picnic Area.  Well done!

Medium course 11.7km. (course goes in a clockwise direction on above map):

[The medium course does the first, southern loop of the long course].

All runners start immediately beside the Yellow Gum Picnic Area then set off into the bushland following a wide double track that drops through a small gully and then crosses a cleared plain where you’ll be sure to see a flock of kangaroors enjoying the grass. The course climbs gradually as it winds its way through the bushland to the 2.5km point before a long, enjoyable descent to cross the Plenty River for the first time at the 4.5km mark. The course climbs out of the river and then follows alongside the valley with a sharp climb at the 5.6km mark that leads you to the water point at the 6.3km mark at a distinctive right hand turn beside the clearing.

After the water point there is a gradual downhill before more undulating, scenic running on enjoyable single track through to the second river crossing at the 9.6km mark. Keep following the single track and enjoy the spectacular views upstream as the track is dug into the side of the valley. You drop down through a valley and then conquer a short and very steep hill that basically brings you back to the finish line in Yellow Gum Park – Well done.

 

Short Course – 6.3km - NEW COURSE FOR 2014: (course goes in a clockwise direction on above map):

[The short course basically does the first third of the medium course by completing most of the ‘southern loop’].

All runners start immediately beside the Yellow Gum Picnic Area then set off into the bushland following a wide double track that drops through a small gully and then crosses a cleared plain where you’ll be sure to see a flock of kangaroors enjoying the grass.

The course climbs gradually as it winds its way through the bushland to the 4.5km point where short course runners turn right and DO NOT CROSS THE PLENTY RIVER, cutting through the bushland to pick up a sweet section of single track perched high above the Plenty Gorge with spectacular views across the valley.

Soon after you’ll drop down through a valley and then conquer a short and very steep hill that basically brings you back to the finish line in Yellow Gum Park – Well done.

[The short course is basically the same as the loop course used in 2012 when the river was un-crossable due to rainfall.]


 

River Crossings

The Medium and Long courses cross the Plenty River on several occasions (the long course crosses it 4 times) and will result in you getting wet. Pending the rainfall leading up to the day these river crossings may be up to knee deep but there is a rope to hold onto for support and stability. We advise all runners to TAKE CARE crossing the river, and suggest that you walk across and take your time to avoid potentially falling in (although that would add to the adventure even more!). This is another reason not to wear headphones because if you fall over or drop it your device will soon be water-logged.


Passing etiquette:

With a large number of runners sharing a narrow trail there are a few points of common etiquette when it comes to passing a runner on the trail that we’d like all participants to be aware of.
If you are a faster runner who wants to pass a slower runner on a narrow bit of track:

  • let the slower runner know you are there and want to pass. Say something like, “Can I go past when there’s a chance...” or even “Track please” if you’re short of breath. Then wait for a wider section of track – don’t just barge on through
  •  the slower runner can then say, “OK, go past on the right” or “just up here it’s a bit wider, go there”. But it’s good to acknowledge that you heard them and give direction for when they can go past
  • it’s also nice for the faster runner to say, “thank you, keep going” once you’re past – share the love
  • if you are going to pass then make sure you are actually faster, don’t pass if you are pushing 120% effort to get around them and then slow down afterwards
  • slower runners don’t feel like you need to totally stop and bow down as a faster runner comes through, make space but keep trotting along as well
     

Click here to visit the Parks Victoria webpage for Yellow Gum Park

 

The EVENT PROGRAM for the Salomon Trail Running Series RACE #2 containing all the final event details such as schedule, competitor services, car parking… can be downloaded from HERE.