84km running race from the Molesworth to Hanmer Springs.
The gravelled road climbs Ward Pass 1145m and descends into Isolated Flat – 250 hectares of expansive grass and tussock lands, bounded by rolling mountains and massive scree slopes. Once at Red Gate the road loosely follows the Acheron River through to the historic Acheron Accommodation house and the confluence of the Acheron and Clarence rivers, from here we follow the Clarence to Jack's Pass – and there into the North Canterbury town of Hanmer Springs – finishing outside the famous Hanmer thermal pools.
Solo: Eventers begin at 8am at Molesworth Cob Cottage. Solo runners must be proven ultra distance competitors. Previous ultra events and times must be supplied with race entry – time limit 10 hours.
Teams of 4 x approx 21km legs. Start at 9 am Teams of 2 x approx 42km legs. Start at 8 am with the solo eventers.
Field limited to 75 teams and 20 solo eventers.
Grades will comprise of Open Men, Open Women, Vet. Men, Vet Women & Mixed.
State Highway No.1 – 22kms south of Blenheim, turn west at the Awatere turnoff – heading west up the Awatere Valley for 87km – race start at Molesworth Cob Cottage approx 109 km from Blenheim – travel time 2 ½ – 3 hrs metal road.
Camping at the DOC camping area Cob Cottage will be permitted on the night prior to this event. Tent /Campervan site toilets only.
N.B.: Competitors wishing to drive through Molesworth Station from Hanmer on the evening of Friday 18th Nov or the morning of Saturday 17th Nov (Race Day) can do so between 6pm & 7pm on Friday and between 5am & 5:30am on Saturday. Please note that if you do not reach the Locked Gate location at the bridge over the Clarence River adjacent to the Old Acheron Accommodation House within these specified Time Windows you will be locked out and unable to drive through Molesworth Station to the Start Point. Allow 45 minutes to drive from Hanmer to the Locked Gate.