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Hounslow Classic

Sat 28th Sep 2019
417 Hat Hill Rd, Blackheath NSW 2785, Australia

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The Hounslow Classic starts and finishes in the township of Blackheath in New South Wales world famous the Blue Mountains. The course is spectacular and once run will never be forgotten.

The event is held at the Northern Grose Valley location which is one of the most spectacular and amazing valleys in Australia. Annually over a million visitors travel to see this part of the world. Its amazing, spectacular and now home to New South Wales only SkyRunning event!

Distances in this event

  1. Ultra SkyMarathon

    Run 68km
    Sat 28th Sep 2019
    AUD $340
    Tickets available
  2. Skyrun

    Run 21km
    Sat 28th Sep 2019
    AUD $149
    Tickets available

Where could you finish?

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

Course Maps
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Course Details

Ultra Course

Leg 1: Allview Escape to Govett’s Leap

Runners leave the Allview Escape directly into Twin Falls Road. Then they connect into the Western Rim Trail which takes them to Govett’s Leap. From Govett’s Leap runners take the Cliff Top Track along to Evans Lookout (Marshall), then head out to Neates Glen (Marshall) and start descending into the Grose Valley. Grand Canyon awaits runners and being an international destination for photographers – both amateur and professional – the rainforest you enter will definitely leave a footprint on your soul. This rainforest is some of the oldest on the continent. It is amazing. Past Beauchamp Falls and along to Junction Rock and that’s pretty much the end of the downhill. At Junction, Rock runners take a left and take Rodriguez Pass up up up and up to Govett’s Leap. From there runners return to Allview Escape via the western rim trail. (Aid Station).

Leg 2: Allview Escape to Perry’s Lookdown

When leaving the Allview Escape, runners descend onto the Western Rim Trail and then take the Clifftop track in a clockwise direction around the rim of the valley reaching Pulpit Rock (Marshall) and then emerge onto Hat Hill Road and making their way to Perry’s Lookdown (Aid Station).

Leg 3: Perry’s Lookdown to Pinnacles

The Grose Valley awaits and runners plunge once again into its depths on the steepest descent on the course down Perry’s Track and into the mystical and sacred Blue Gum Forest. The climb out is via Lockley Track and is as challenging and rough underfoot when runners are finally rewarded with amazing views from Lockley Pylon. Runners take the Pinnacles Trail to a fully stocked aid station at Pinnacle Turnaround.

Leg 4: Pinnacle Turnaround to Perry’s Lookdown

Running Leg 4 in reverse and experiencing the ever-present Blue Gum Forest, runners make their way along Pinnacles Trail – Lockley Track – Perry’s Track to Perry’s Lookdown.

Leg 5: Perry’s Lookdown to Allview Escape

Running Leg 2 in reverse

Leg 6: Allview Escape to Allview Escape

Running Leg 1 in reverse

SkyRun

Leg 1: Allview Escape to Neates Glen via Govetts Leap

Description: from spectacular Allview Escape, runners take the Western Rim trail around the edge of the Grose Valley, through Govetts Leap, running along the spectacular clifftop to Evans Lookout and from which Neates Glen Aid Station is only 1 kilometre away.

Leg 2: Neates Glen to Allview Escape via Junction Rock

From Neates Glen runners descend into the Grand Canyon. As runners proceed they find themselves in some of the oldest rainforest settings on the continent. Runners descend into the Grose Valley – past Beauchamp Falls and on to Junction Rock.

From Junction Rock, runners begin the ascent of Rodriguez Pass. At first, they keep to the left of Govetts Leap Brook, but as they climb higher, they cross back and forth across the water until reaching the base of Govetts Leap waterfall, where the spray from the falls keeps the track permanently wet (and often people on the track, too!). A steep ascent up the bush track and steps under hanging mosses, ferns and frowning cliffs bring runners back out to Govetts Leap and from there back around the Western Rim Trail to Allview Escape and the finish!

Raceday Logistics

Schedule of Events

Friday 21nd September 2018

4:00 pm – Registration & Check-In opens (Ultra SkyMarathon Only)
8:30 pm – Registration & Check-In closes. Venue closes.

Saturday 22nd September 2018
6:10 am – Check In Starts (Ultra SkyMarathon Only)
6:50 am – Check in Finishes
6:55 am – Mandatory Race Briefing
7 am – 68km Ultramarathon Begins
12:00 pm – Check in starts – SkyRun 21k
5 pm – Check in ends – SkyRun 21k
5:30 pm – BBQ Starts
7:30 pm – BBQ Finishes. Soup Kitchen Starts (Our hot soups are legendary!)
Midnight – Event cut off. Hub Closes.

Sunday 23rd September 2018
5:30 am – Check In Starts
6:20 am – Check in Finishes
6:20 am – Mandatory Race Briefing
6:25 am – Race Marshalling
6:30 am – 21km Skyrun Begins
10 am – Prize presentation – Ultra SkyMarathon – 68k
11:30 am – BBQ Starts
1 pm – Prize presentation – SkyRun – 21k
1:30 pm – BBQ Lunch Finishes
3 pm – Event cut off. Hub Closes.

Kit List

Mandatory Gear

The Hounslow Classic events cover some truly isolated and hard to access terrain. Conditions in the Grose Valley can change in an instant. Whilst usually the weather is good in September, conditions can change at any time so runners need to be prepared. It has snowed in Blackheath several times in recent Septembers, but it could also be 30 degrees.

Requirements will vary depending upon the weather forecast, and will be advised 1 hour before the scheduled race start time. All runners should travel to the start line with all items of compulsory gear available, it is hoped that runners will be able to participate with as little gear as possible however we will not compromise safety and the kit decision on the day is final and not for discussion. Please come prepared with all Mandatory items.

Ultra (Good Weather)

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Thermal long shirt (not a compression shirt- please do not come to us on race day with a compression shirt!)
  • 1.5 litres of fluid minimum
  • Mobile phone (preferably Telstra Next G), this should be the phone attached to the number supplied when entering the event
  • Whistle
  • Space Blanket
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Back up light (torch or headlamp)
  • Snake Bite Bandage
  • Personal medications (including painkillers)

Ultra (Bad Weather)

These items must be added to the Good Weather Gear list if bad weather is called.

  • Full-length warm tights (not compression!)
  • Beanie, buff or similar warm headwear
  • Full fingered gloves

SkyRun (Good Weather)

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • 1 litre of fluid minimum
  • Mobile phone (preferably Telstra Next G), this should be the phone attached to the number supplied when entering the event
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
  • Snake Bite Bandage
  • Personal medications (including painkillers)

SkyRun (Bad Weather)

These items must be added in the event of bad weather.

  • Thermal long shirt (not a compression shirt- please do not come to us on race day with a compression shirt!)
  • Full length warm tights (not compression!)
  • Beanie, buff or similar warm headwear
  • Full fingered gloves
FAQs

Check Points and Aid Stations

The Hounslow Classic Ultra has 6 aid stations.

Neates Glen 1

  • Where: Neates Glen Carpark
  • Distance: 7km
  • Crew: Yes.
  • Aid: BASIC (see key below)*
  • Time Open: 7:30 am
  • Time Closed: 9:30 am

Allview Escape 1

  • Where: Allview Escape
  • Distance: 21km
  • Crew: Yes.
  • Aid: FULL (see key below)*
  • Time Open: 9 am
  • Time Closed: 11 am

Perry’s Lookdown #1

  • Where: Perry’s Lookdown Campground
  • Distance: 25.6km
  • Crew:  NO
  • Aid: FULL (see key below)*
  • Drop Bags: YES
  • Time Open: 9.30am
  • Time Closed: 6 pm

Pinnacles Turnaround

  • Where: Pinnacles carpark, Mt.Hay Road, Leura
  • Distance: 34.5km
  • Crew:  NO – No Crew or Spectators. No exceptions.
  • Aid: FULL (see key below)*
  • Drop Bags: YES
  • Time Open: 10 am
  • Time Closed: 3 pm

Perry’s Lookdown #2

  • Where: Perry’s Lookdown campground
  • Distance: 43.3km
  • Crew:  NO – No Crew or Spectators. No exceptions.
  • Aid: FULL (see key below)*
  • Drop Bags: YES
  • Time Open: 9 am
  • Time Closed:6 pm

Allview Escape 2

  • Where: Allview Escape 2
  • Distance: 51.9km
  • Cut Off Time: 8 pm
  • Crew:  YES
  • Aid: FULL (see key below)*
  • Drop Bags: YES
  • Time Open: noon
  • Time Closed: 8 pm (cutoff)

Neates Glen 2

  • Where: Neates Glen Carpark
  • Distance: 60km
  • Cut Off Time: 10 pm
  • Crew:  YES
  • Aid: FULL (see key below)*
  • Time Open: 1:00pm
  • Time Closed: 10:00pm (cutoff)

Allview Escape – The finish

  • Where: Allview Escape – Finish Line!
  • Distance: 68km
  • Crew:  YES
  • Aid: FULL (see key below)*
  • Drop Bags: YES
  • Time Closed: Midnight Close

Aid Station Key*

Basic

  • Water
  • Hammer Heed

Full

  • Water
  • Hammer Heed
  • Hammer Gel or lollies
  • Coke
  • Fruit

Plus

  • Water
  • Hammer Heed
  • Hammer Gel or lollies
  • Coke
  • Fruit
  • Fruit Cake
  • Hot Food ( mixture from Hot Potato, Zucchini Slice, Soup, Pasta)

Hounslow Classic 68km Ultra Prizes

An amazing prize pool, The Hounslow Classic Ultra sports cash prizes for first overall, equal value for men and women as well as 2nd and 3rd and Age group prizes of sponsors product.

Male and Female Prizes:

First: $500.00 cash prize
2nd: Sponsors Products
3rd: Sponsors Products

Age Group Prizes
Male and Female
First place in each of the following categories will be awarded sponsored product prizes.

  • Junior: 21 years and under
  • Open: 22 years to 39 years
  • Veteran 1: 40 years to 49 years
  • Veteran 2: 50 to 59 years
  • Veteran 3: 60 years +

Hounslow Classic 21.1k Prizes

The Hounslow Classic sports sponsors prizes for the overall podium (female and male) as well as first in each age group (male and female).

Male and Female Prizes:

First: Sponsors Products
2nd: Sponsors Products
3rd: Sponsors Products

Age Group Prizes
Male and Female
First place in each of the following categories will be awarded sponsored product prizes.

  • Junior: 21 years and under
  • Open: 22 years to 39 years
  • Veteran 1: 40 years to 49 years
  • Veteran 2: 50 to 59 years
  • Veteran 3: 60 years +
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