30KM TRAIL RUN
- September 7, 2024
- ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, NSW
- COURSE RECORDS:
- 2:10:51 (MALE) 2:29:43 (FEMALE)
- COURSE CLOSES:
- RACE REGO:
- RACE START:
Please note: The course for 2023 was slightly different to avoid the closure of the Coast Track at Garie. 2024 course details will be updated closer to the event.
The race starts outside Otford Primary School, just a short walk from Otford Railway Station.
The route follows the tarmac road for about 200m before following a footpath and fire trail which heads uphill towards Otford Lookout. This will allow the field to spread out before crossing Lady Wakehurst Drive and starting along the Coast Track.
Initially it’s a single-width trail with magnificent views from the cliffs out to sea and south towards Wollongong, with the track thenopening up so you can up the pace early and the field can spread out. In 2023, instead of dropping down the narrow trail to Burning Palms the runners will stay along the Ridge Track and out to Garrawarra Farm, a historic homestead.
Views of the ocean will begin as you head along Garrawarra Ridge Trail to the junction with Garie Rd (currently closed) and the first Aid Station. After the Aid Station you will run along Sir Bertram Stevens Dr for a short stretch before turning off onto the Curra Moors Track which runs you down to the Coast Track just north of Garie Beach.
Turn left and wind your way across the heath land and boardwalks that go past the famous ‘Eagle Rock’ and the Curracurrong and Curracurrang water crossings. Traverse the small rocky cliff section before reaching the downhill trail to the Wattamolla aid station by the superb lagoon.
Leaving Wattamolla on a beautiful sand and rock trail, the run hits the coast as you stride along stunning cliffs. Please watch your footing whilst looking at the great views! As you look north you can see that the route follows the coastline all the way to Bundeena.
Traverse the sands of the deserted Little Marley Beach and then the longer Big Marley. As you wind uphill you will come to the 3rd aid station north of Marley.
The trail then follows the coastline northwards, going down and up a steep gorge and following the cliffline almost to the outskirts of Bundeena township. But you’re not finished yet – you first need to veer right for what could be a death march along 3km of the Sandy Track. Don’t worry, when you arrive at Jibbon beach the views will make all the sand feel worthwhile, with the a spectacular sight of the crystal clear waters and (most importantly) the finish line just a few shorts streets away.
The finish is right by the Bundeena Community Services Club in a cosy little park.
There are four marshalled aid stations on the 30km course:
- AID STATION 1 (GARIE ROAD)
- AID STATION 2 (WATTAMOLLA BEACH)
- AID STATION 3 (NORTH OF BIG MARLEY)
- AID STATION 4 (SOUTH BUNDEENA, SANDY TRACK TURNOFF)