Note: All participants will be transported from the registration point to the start/finish line by buses and that no one is to drive themselves to the start/finish line due to limited parking places.
The Narrowneck Run is both splendidly scenic and refreshingly straightforward. From the main gate runners follow the only fire trail right out to its terminus at Clear Hill, then return. There are no significant junctions or deviations.
There are no biting hills on Narrowneck as there were at, say, Mt Portal or Woodford Dam, but the track does roll with plenty of sharp ups and downs and on the return leg the gradual ascent from Clear Hill to the fire tower does take nearly three kilometres.
The full option is an even 20 kilometres, a shorter option involves turning at the fire tower which makes a 14 kilometre run.
Narrowneck is a long, cliff-bound peninsula which divides the Jamison Valley from the Megalong Valley. As you head out, on your left is near-pristine bush framed by the Warragamba Catchment; on your right is cultivated farmland with Jenolan and Kanangra on the far western horizon. At the turnaround views of Lake Burragorang (Warragamba Dam) are quite clear and the Wild Dog Mountains are arrayed below you.
Aid at the turnaround is still subject to negotiation so be prepared for a 20K unsupported run. If the sky is clear, you may be able to see all upper parts of the Warragamba Dam.
Race start will be 7.00pm. Registration will be open from 5.00pm at the Katoomba Aquatic Centre with buses shuttling runners to the race start with the last bus leaving at 6.20pm. Please also consider bring some warm clothes to get changed into at the end of the race; we will have a bag storage area.
Please remember to bring a 500ml of Water. Can be in fuel belt handheld or backpack, whatever you are comfortable with but you won’t be allowed to race without it!!!
Because conditions can be hard to predict we’ll require all runners to bring the following mandatory gear items with them to the race. Depending on the conditions on the night we will advise you of which items you need to carry (if any). If not needed the items can be stashed in the bag you take to the start line.
1. A waterproof, breathable rain jacket. It must have sealed seams and a hood. It must be in a size that fits you. Acceptable fabrics include Gore-Tex, Entrant, Event, Hy-Vent, Aqua Stop, Omni-Tech, Helly-tech and similar. The following are not acceptable: plastic rain poncho, polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics, non-proofed/treated or non-membrane fabrics.
2. Emergency blanket. Put all your clothes on and wrap yourself tightly in the emergency blanket if injured, ill or delayed.
3. Warm hat, beanie or buff.
4. Thermal top. Long-sleeved. Must be polypropylene, acrylic or similar synthetic or wool. Garments made from cotton, coolmax, lycra or “compression” garments are not considered to be “thermals”for the purpose of this event. You can wear compression garments but they cannot replace the mandatory thermal top.
|Ben St Lawrence – 20k Long Course
Matty Abel – 14k Short Course
|Celia Sullohem – 20k Long Course
Catherine Murphy – 14 k Short Course