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North Range Trio

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This is a special trial walk or run through the northern Tararua ranges. You will experience challenging but rewarding undulating hills while taking in the breath taking views of wind turbines!

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Tickets available until Thu Aug 29 2019

What's included:

Early bird gift

As a token of our appreciation, every participant entering the Catchment Ultra, North Range Traverse or Hall Block Humdinger before midnight, Sunday 21 July 2019 will receive a free eye-catching custom design event headband! 2019 headband design to be announced.

Entering by the above date will also ensure that you get your name printed on your race bib.

Catchment Ultra and North Range Traverse Participants

Participants entering the Catchment Ultra or North Range Traverse will receive complimentary bus transport to the start of their respective events. Please indicate whether you intend making use of the free transport option when you enter.

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The Catchment Ultra

The 50km Catchment Ultra starts at 6:30am. Participants in the Ultra will be transported by bus from Race HQ (Ferry Reserve, Ballance) to the start of your event at the top of Turitea Road.

The brand new route for for 2018 edition of the Catchment Ultra starts at the top of Turitea Road, traversing the popular Dam Block route to Greens Road from where it heads up to South Range Road via a private farm road. While it is less rough and technical than previously, the new course will test runners with a series of long, challenging hills. As reward for your efforts, there will be breathtaking views over the Manawatu and Tararua regions. The Catchment Ultra offers a unique opportunity to run along a private farm road as well as South Range Road – roads not accessible to the public at any other time of the year.

Running on top of the Tararuas next to the water catchment area on the undulating South Range Road and then through the windfarm on North Range Road (following the same route as the North Range Traverse for the last 25km), makes for a beautifully scenic run. The stunning vistas and easy terrain underfoot for most of the way, combine to offer a very enjoyable ultramarathon experience. Once you reach the woolshed on Hall Block Road, it is only another 5.5km of steep descent to the bottom of Hall Block Road, from where a short stretch along Gorge Road takes you back to the finish at the Ferry Reserve. Relax and grab some sustenance while you wait for the afternoon prize giving.

Tilt Renewables North Range Traverse

The 25km North Range Traverse starts at 9am at the top end of North Range Road on the Pahiatua Track. Participants in the Traverse will be transported by bus from Race HQ (Ferry Reserve, Ballance) to the start of their event.

The 25km course is off-road on a well-formed road. The section between 3.5 and 11km is on a 4wd track and is likely to include muddy sections which may be slippery, so trail shoes will be an advantage. Starting at the top of Pahiatua Track, participants follow North Range Road through the Te Rere Hau and Tararua Windfarms. The first 3.5km is on a gradual incline until you reach the Te Rere Hau Windfarm offices. From there the course is mainly undulating over the Tararuas with stunning views over Manawatu and the Tararua District. Along the way, participants pass a fascinating range of different wind turbine designs. Once you reach the woolshed on Hall Block Road, it is only another 5.5km of steep descent to the bottom of Hall Block Road, from where a short stretch along Gorge Road takes you back to the finish at the Ferry Reserve. Relax and grab some sustenance while you wait for the afternoon prize giving.

Hall Block Humdinger

The 12.5km Hall Block Humdinger starts at 11:00am at Race HQ, which is the Ferry Reserve, off SH3 on the Woodville side of the Manawatu Gorge. This is a challenging out-and-back course on a shingles road. Starting at the bottom of Hall Block Road, participants face a steady climb up to the woolshed, where you will be rewarded with a welcome aid station and some delicious home baking, with lovely views across the Tararua Wind farm, as well as distant views across the Tararua District. The turn-around is at the woolshed, from where the Humdinger transforms into a mad dash, as participants speed down a steep descent back to the bottom of Hall Block Road. From here a short final flat stretch along Gorge Road and across the Ballance Bridge takes you back to the finish at the Ferry Reserve, where you can relax and enjoy some food while awaiting the afternoon prize giving. The relentless uphill and a knee jarring downhill will test even the toughest of runners and walkers.

Logistics and schedule

Event schedule

30 August

5:00-8:00pm - Registration - Rendezvous Restaurant, Summerhill Shopping Centre, 194 Ruapehu Drive, Fitzherbert

31 August

5:30am - Buses depart to the start of the Catchment Ultra - Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance

6:20am - Catchment Ultra compulsory race briefing- Turitea Rd, 2km past the Gun Club

6:30am - Start of the Catchment Ultra - Turitea Rd, 2km past the Gun Club

6:30-8:00am - Late registration – Traverse and Humdinger - Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance

8:15am - Buses depart to the start of the North Range Traverse Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance

8:50am - North Range Traverse compulsory race briefing - C/o Pahiatua Track and North Range Road

9:00am - Start of the North Range Traverse - C/o Pahiatua Track and North Range Road

9:00-10:30am - Late registration – Humdinger Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance

10:50am - Hall Block Humdinger compulsory race briefing - Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance

11:00am - Start of the Hall Block Humdinger Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance

11:30am - Catchment Ultra 25km cut-off - C/o Pahiatua Track and North Range Road

2:30pm - Prize giving and spot prize draw - Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance

How to get there

Woodville Ferry Reserve (freedom camping site), 31 Gorge Rd, Ballance 4983, New Zealand

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Event Location

Race HQ is the Ferry Reserve, off SH3 on the Woodville side of the Manawatu Gorge. Ferry Reserve is located directly adjacent to the Ballance Bridge. Race HQ at Ferry Reserve will be the location for event parking, late registrations on race day, and prize giving after the event.

The Hall Block Humdinger starts at the bottom of Hall Block Road, within easy walking distance from the Ferry Reserve, while participants in the North Range Traverse and Catchment Ultra will be transported by bus from Race HQ to the start venues of their respective events. (Bus transport is included in entry fee for Traverse and Ultra pre-entrants.)

All races finishes at the Ferry Reserve.

Parking

Parking space is at Race HQ (Ferry Reserve). Please park here and NOT on Gorge Road or at the Bridge Cafe. While ample parking is available, we request that you consider the environment and carpool to the event as far as possible.

Buses

Catchment Ultra

Buses will be available at Race HQ to transport all eligible pre-entrants to the start of the event. These buses leave at 5:30am sharp, so please be there in time to make your way to the bus.

Alternatively, the bus will also do a pick-up from the Summerhill Shopping Centre en route (please be there by 6:00am if you want to make use of this option). Please note that you still need to make your own way back into town from the finish after the event.

Participants making use of late entry into the Catchment Ultra need to arrange their own transport to the start of the event. Drop-offs only, as there is no parking available at the start of the event.

North Range Traverse

Buses will be available at Race HQ to transport all pre-entrants to the start of the event. Buses leave at 8:15am sharp, so please be there in time to make your way to the bus. Participants making use of late entry into the North Range Traverse need to arrange their own transport to the start of the event. Drop-offs only, as there is no parking available at the start of the North Range Traverse.

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Catchment Ultra
6:30am Sat 31st Aug 2019
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Hall Block Humdinger
11:00am Sat 31st Aug 2019
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