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Gold Rush Trail Run

Sat 15th Dec 2018
Lake House, 4 King St, Daylesford VIC 3460, Australia
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Race across the beautiful mining hills between Bendigo and Ballarat. Great for all runners who appreciate some cheeky hills and great sights. Come along for the finisher's medal and you might even find some gold (if you're running very slowly).
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  • Finisher’s medal

Review summary

4.5
2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Corey E
"A very well organized event highly recommended it for elites right through to..."

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Susan N
"The course was hard, made harder by he thunderstorm, very steep in places and..."
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WELCOME TO THE GOLDRUSH - an epic Trail run linking two of the states most famous spa retreat villages in quintessential gold mining territory - A perfect weekend running getaway.

The event features a highlight middle section of the Goldfields Track, a trail linking Bendigo and Ballarat. And the main seam runs from Hepburn Springs in the north following Sailors Creek via Lake Daylesford and on to spectacular Sailors Falls in the south of Victorias restful Spa country.

Its a perfect place to mine for trail running riches.

Distances in this event

  1. 24k

    Run 24km
    8:30am Sat 15th Dec 2018
    AUD $70–AUD $100
    Event passed
  2. 13k

    Run 13km
    10:00am Sat 15th Dec 2018
    AUD $33–AUD $55
    Event passed
  3. 6k

    Run 6km
    8:30am Sat 15th Dec 2018
    AUD $20–AUD $30
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Where could you finish?

We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.

Route info

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What’s Included
  • participation medal (all distances)
  • professional timing and race bib
  • aid stations
  • first aid
  • course marking
  • Parks Victoria p/p fees
  • awesome vibe
  • finish area with food vans & live music
  • Course Details

    24Km Course Descriptor

    The half marathon distance course tracks from the north, beginning at the Hepburn Springs Recreation Oval (access via Twentieth Street, off Main Road, Hepburn Springs). We’ll run you a lap of the oval to spread things out, before darting you off to the north, along an open grassy peninsula. Watch your footing – we drop you down a steep rocky patch and on to the Goldfields Track proper, which runs as a benched track high over Sailors Creek below. This is your navigational aid. Keeping the riverbed to your right shoulder, you will trace the river upstream, weaving and winding around rocky outcrops, and through dry box, peppermint and stringybark eucalypt forests. The running is at times sweeping and smooth underfoot and at other times more technical with rocks and roots to dance over. Be mindful when on narrow stretches, as there are some steep drop-offs.

    Approximately 3.5km along, you will pass by The Blowhole, a tunnel diversion dug by miners so the river would be redirected and they could sluice for gold on the dry creek bed. We don’t run down to it, but when open (the track has been closed for a while for trail maintenance), it’s worth a visit.

    On southward, the trail crosses Bald Hill Road at Bryce’s Flat picnic area at 5km.

    At 8km Gold Rushers will come to Tipperary Springs, where an old (not operational) mineral spring fountain sits. This will mark the first aid station. There is also a toilet here should you need one, and this is also accessible by car for spectators.

    Not long past Tipperary, at the 10km mark, you will reach Twin Bridges. Here you will come out into a car park; follow it towards the main road until course signage directs you to go UNDER the bridge, through a concrete tunnel. You will come out again into another car park – look for the stairs leading up at the far end of the car park. Do NOT try to cross the foot bridge to the right.

    Twin Bridges is where you will leave the main GoldFields Track turning east to follow the high bank (left/north) of Wombat Creek. Follow this weaving path which will spit you out at the tail end of Lake Daylesford. Follow the trail on the northern bank, which will loop you around the lake in a clockwise direction. You’ll run past the famous Lakehouse accommodation and spa (maybe you’re staying there!?), sticking to the smooth graded trail alongside the lake. Eventually you will come to a pedestrian crossing – cross with care (cars must give way). Loop around the back end of the lake returning to another pedestrian crossing further up the road. You will run on past the famous Boathouse Restaurant before crossing a weir wall bridge. Signs will direct you over a small stone bridge to your left, and on to the trail that follows the opposite side of Wombat Creek to that which you ran in on. (do not go up the stairs opposite the small stone bridge – turn right straight after the bridge and follow the creek).

    The trail will lead you back to the high side over the Twin Bridges car park. There will be another small aid station here before you hook to the left following the Goldfield Track/ Three Lost Children walking track signs.

    You will pop out near a house and a small dirt road leading you up to Old Ballarat Road. Stay to your right and, mindful of cars, run down (to your right) the road about 100 or so metres. Looking for the GoldFields Track signpost on your left across the road. When you see it, cross with care and pick the trail up again.

    You will be on a fire road/ 4WD access track called Wallaby Track soon enough, following it south. Follow the Goldfields Track signs and you will pick up Black Jack Track briefly before veering to the east to continue on the Wallaby / Goldfields Track. There are a few dirt roads in this area so keep an eye out for event signs and Goldfields Track signs.

    Eventually, you will come to a junction where we will have an aid station (20km) and you will again hop on to singletrack for a loop down to the impressive Sailors Falls. Nearly there. On the far side of the falls, look for the trail and signage directing you to veer off to the left. A short climb along ‘double track’ will have you sweeping further around left onto Old Tom Track which eventually hits Telegraph Road. Yep a bit of bitumen (sorry). Turn left and enjoy the downhill back to the front of Sailors Falls Estate. Look for the run course entrance to your left through a gate and a front paddock (entered well before you get to the main Sailors Falls Estate gateway). A little trot down across the paddock and on to a final gravel path past the machinery shed and to the finish!

    13Km Course Descriptor

    Starting at Lake Daylesford, runners will complete a full loop of the lake clockwise, before picking up the trail on the south/west side of Wombat Creek. The trail will lead you back to the high side over Twin Bridges car park before you hook to the left following the Goldfield Track/ Three Lost Children walking track signs.

    You will pop out near a house and a small dirt road leading you up to Old Ballarat Road where there will be an AID STATION. Stay to your right and, mindful of cars, run down (to your right) the road about 100 or so metres. Looking for the GoldFields Track signpost on your left across the road. When you see it, cross with care and pick the trail up again.

    You will be on a fire road/ 4WD access track called Wallaby Track soon enough, following it south. Follow the Goldfields Track signs and you will pick up Black Jack Track briefly before veering to the east to continue on the Wallaby / Goldfields Track. There are a few dirt roads in this area so keep an eye out for event signs and Goldfields Track signs.

    Eventually you will come to a junction where we will have an aid station (20km) and you will again hop on to singletrack for a loop down to the impressive Sailors Falls. Nearly there. On the far side of the falls, look for the trail and signage directing you to veer off to the left. A short climb along ‘double track’ will have you sweeping further around left onto Old Tom Track which eventually hits Telegraph Road. Yep a bit of bitumen (sorry). Turn left and enjoy the downhill back to the front of Sailors Falls Estate. Look for the run course entrance to your left through a gate and a front paddock (entered well before you get to the main Sailors Falls Estate gateway). A little trot down across the paddock and on to a final gravel path past the machinery shed and to the finish!

    6Km Course Descriptor

    This one’s for those just wanting a prospectors’ sniff of single track riches. The start (and finish) will be at event HQ, at the rear paddock of Sailors Falls Estate. The course is an out and back for the first and last sections of the route, with a good loop that passes Sailors Falls waterfall on the way.

    Participants will begin by running out past the machinery shed (nearby the start/finish arch), down through the car park across a paddock and then turn right onto the verge of Telegraph Road.  We will maintain the course on the nearside (eastern side) of the road (i.e. don’t cross the road) so you will on the way out be running toward oncoming traffic. We will have plenty of marshals lining up to ensure your safety but please do take extra care here. 800 metres on you will be directed to turn right down Old Toms Track, a pretty double track section that eventually swings to the south, joining some single track. Here you will turn left, and soon after right to cross over Sailors Creek. After crossing you will join the same route as the other two longer distance courses, taking a clockwise loop past the impressive Sailors Falls.

    On the far side of the falls, look for the trail and signage directing you to veer off to the left. A short climb along ‘double track’ will have you sweeping further around left onto Old Tom Track which eventually hits Telegraph Road. Yep a bit of bitumen (sorry). Turn left and enjoy the downhill back to the front of Sailors Falls Estate. Look for the run course entrance to your left through a gate and a front paddock (entered well before you get to the main Sailors Falls Estate gateway). A little trot down across the paddock and on to a final gravel path past the machinery shed and to the finish!

    Raceday Logistics

    Saturday 15th //24Km Runners

    7am – Registration @Hepburn Springs (24km entrants)
    Laurie Sullivan Reserve, (Hepburn Recreation Reserve)
    Twentieth Street (off Main Road), Hepburn Springs

    7am – 24km Competitor Bus departs finish line @ Sailors Falls Winery
    (prior booking for bus via entry system only. No on the day walk-ups for the bus, sorry)

    7.20am Competitor bus arrives Hepburn Recreation Reserve. Hopefully, the coffee van is there this year (in-joke – had to be there last year!)

    8.15am – Registration closes @ Hepburn Recreation Reserve

    8.15am – Race briefing 24km @ Hepburn Recreation Reserve

    8.30am START – 24km @ Hepburn Recreation Reserve

    **There will be a coffee van operating at the Recreation Reserve. Yesssss**

    **We apologise for the long wait between bus drop off and race start – ah logistics. We suggest you bring warm gear to hang around in, and we will take a drop bag collection back to the finish line for you. The football clubrooms will be open for shelter should weather be inclement.**

    Saturday 15th // 13Km Runners

    8.30am – Registration Opens 13km @ Daylesford Lake
    (exact location: Book Barn cafe to one side of the main carpark at Lake Daylesford.)

    8.30am – 13km Competitor Bus departs finish line @ Sailors Falls Winery
    (prior booking for bus via entry system only. No on the day walk-ups for the bus, sorry)

    8.40am Competitor bus arrives mean car park, Lake Daylesford.

    9.45am – Registration Closes @ Daylesford Lake

    10 am – START 13km

    **There will be a coffee available in the Bookshop Cafe. Yesssss**

    **We apologise for the long wait between bus drop off and race start – ah logistics. It is so all those people yet to collect their bibs can do so. We suggest you bring warm gear to hang around in, go get a coffee at the Book Barn, and we will take a drop bag collection back to the finish line for you.**

    Saturday 15th // 6Km Runners

    7 am – Registration Opens 6km @ Sailors Falls Estate (location of event HQ / finish line for all races)

    8.15am – Registration closes 6km

    8.20am – Race Briefing 6km @ Sailors Falls Estate

    8.30am – Race START 6km @ Sailors Falls Estate

    **There will be a coffee available at event HQ from early. Yesssss**

     First 6km finisher expected @ 8.50am

    First 22km finisher expected @ 10am

    Final 6km finisher expected @10am

    First 11km finisher expected @ 10.30am

    Last 22km finisher expected @ 1pm

    Last 11km finisher expected @ 12pm

    Travel

    For the Point to Point Distances (24km and 13km) Can I Leave My Car at the Finish and Get to the Start?

    Yes. Both 24km and 13km runners can pre-book a seat on the event bus(es) online when you enter. But it must be pre-booked (and paid for) online PRIOR to the event. There are no walk-ups to bus as we need to pre-book the bus and account for numbers.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  there are NO buses from the finish back to the start, so if you leave your car at the start (of either distance) you will have to arrange your own transport back to it!

    Event Transport

    Buses will transport runners from the finish line location to the start line locations. This is to limit traffic on the roads and congestion at the start line. There is plenty of parking at Sailors Falls Estate (finish line) to leave your car during the run. YOU MUST HAVE PRE-BOOKED YOUR BUS TICKET WHEN ENTERING ONLINE. NO WALK UP BUS SEATS ON THE DAY.

    If you have already entered but need to book a bus seat, simply find the registration confirmation email that was sent to you when you entered online. At the top of the email, there will be a link for you to ‘edit registration’. Follow that link and you will be able to edit your own details including adding a bus seat to your add on merchandise.

    FAQs

    Aid Stations – 24KM

  • Tipperary Springs (8km)
  • Old Ballarat Road crossing 16km
  • Access track off C141, near Ridge Road 20km
  • Finish 24km
  • Aid Stations – 13KM

  • Old Ballarat Road crossing 5km
  • Access track off C141, near Ridge Road 8.8km
  • Finish 13km
  • Aid Stations – 6KM

  • Start & Finish only
  • Are There Cups at Aid Stations?

    NO! This one’s important … WE WILL NOT BE SUPPLYING CUPS at aid stations! You will need to bring your own hydration carrying solution.  Please carry your own equipment/device for water. This could be a collapsible cup, soft flask, fuel belt, handheld bottle, or hydration vest. This is to comply with waste-wise protocols and the council’s determination to limit the use of thaw-away items, limit littering and preserve the pristine environment e’re all running through and enjoying.

    What Type of Shoes Should I Wear?

    If you’ve got trails shoes, wear them. If you don’t then, yes your road shoes will get you through. You might slip and slide a bit more and they might get some wear and tear through them, but you can certainly run this race in them.

    Music?

    NO! In the interests of trail safety and courtesy, we discourage the use of music. Some sections are quite tight and you’ll need to be aware of what’s going on around you. So please, no headphones! Jive to the sound of nature, eh?

    Prizes & Presentations

    Trophies and sponsor product will be awarded for Overall winners of the 24km and 13km events. Sponsors product (only) will be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place getters in both the events.

    A perpetual trophy will be engraved with the names and times of the Men’s and Women’s winners of the 24km.

    Age group results will be available ASAP via the website

    Dogs?

    NO! Sorry, we love dogs too, but in the interests of trail safety and courtesy, we have a ‘no dogs on course’ rule. Ever tried to run technical single track while a jubilant dog tried to overtake under your feet?  And while dogs are allowed at the start / finish zones we do require that you keep them on a leash and under control at all times, in the interests of the comfort of all patrons. Yes, we had an instance of a dog urinating on our sponsors’ fleet of test shoes. No, they weren’t happy.

    Course Markings

    The course will be very well marked with a mixture of signage, ribbons, and marshals BUT this is trail running, a sport / pursuit that at its core includes ‘thinking’ as part of the skill set. And ‘noticing things’. Things like you have been running for half an hour now and have not seen anyone, nor a marking you have crossed four roads and you are heading west when the course is meant to be north-south. It is your responsibility to analyse these things and make good decision based on the briefing given to you in the event program and verbally at the beginning.

    A key indicator – is there single track below your feet? Have you been following it WITHOUT hitting any ‘decision points’ (road crossings, trail junctions, veer offs)? Yes. And you’ve been paying attention? No earphones? Well, likely you are on the right trail then! Trust yourself if so!

    What Will Be at the Finish Line?

    We have arranged for a mini-festival type set up at Sailors Falls Estate.

    We will have food and drink (alcoholic & non-alcohloic) options to suit everyone – so bring some cash along to refuel after your efforts. We will also have music/entertainment to help you relax on the lawn – Feel free to bring a picnic blanket to chill out and enjoy the vibe!

    How Difficult Is the Running / Trail?

    It’s not that bad. Seriously! It is, however, different to running a road fun run. There will be ups and there will be downs (geographically, but maybe also mentally and physically!). Your feet might get wet and you may stub your toe. But the magic of the trail will outweigh all these little difficulties and you’ll totally forget that your watch tells you that you’re going much slower than on the ashphalt.

    No, Seriously, How Difficult Is the Running / Trail?

    Okay, so the trail undulates but there are NO big mountains or even anything remotely like a hill! The trail, for the most part, follows a river, so it undulates along the bank, but mostly features flattish and sweeping trails that are just super fun! The section out to Lake Daylesford and return is dead flat!

    Most of the course is single track, especially the first 2/3 (for the 23km). There is a little bit of fire trail in the last 1/3, but that includes some creek crossings! Then there is some sublime single track to finish off with as you pass Sailors Falls and into the Estate finish.

    Notable underfoot varies in technicality. For a lot of it, it’s just dirt. But some has bits and bobs of rocks, there can be bark and sticks on the trail, and there are a few sections where there is a drop-off down to the river. So as with all trail runs, it pays to be mindful the entire way, watch your footing, and take it easy on the rougher sections.

     

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    Reviews (2)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    • Course
    • Organisation
    • Atmosphere
    • Did the 13k in 2018

      A very well organized event highly recommended it for elites right through to first time trailrunners. The course follows sections of the Great Dividing (Gold Diggings trail) nice flowing single undulating trails with the highlight Sailors falls and finishing in the Sailors falls estate with great atmosphere.If you wish to race it you would need to get up near the front like most races to avoid some early congestion.Or just enjoy the awesome scenery that Daylesford / sailors falls region has to offer.
    • Did the 6k in 2018

      The course was hard, made harder by he thunderstorm, very steep in places and slippery from the rain but it was a great experience

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