The Molesworth Run – 18 November 2017 – BREAKING NEWS…

URGENT INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2017 MOLESWORTH RUN.

 
A recent storm event has rendered the bridge over the Clarence River, adjacent to the Acheron accommodation house (leg 3) unusable.
Indications are that repairs will not be completed before November 18th – race day.
 
Your race committee has, after consultation with Molesworth management and DOC, decided that, rather than cancel the event, we will conduct the race over an alternate course using the Rainbow Road.
 
As such the event will begin at Sedgemere, cross Island Saddle, run into Lake Tennyson, and from Lake Tennyson rejoin the Rainbow Road continuing past St James Station homestead to Jacks Pass. 
From Jacks pass the race will run the usual route across the pass descend into Hanmer Springs and finish at the Chisholm Reserve.
The total distance will be approximately 61.8 km. This is some 23 km shorter than our usual event.
We will be adhering to the solo, 2 and 4 person format.
Please study the map carefully:
 
 
Distances for the 4 legs are as follows:
 
Leg 1
Sedgemere to Lake Tennyson
18.2km
Leg 2
Lake Tennyson to Fowler Hut
14.0 km
Leg 3
Fowler Hut to St James Station Homestead
16.0 km
Leg 4
St James Homestead to Hanmer Springs
13.6 km
 
At the time of writing,the Rainbow Road beyond Sedgemere has a major fault and will be unusable for the foreseeable future. Hence travel through Rainbow Station from St. Arnaud is not possible. Participants travelling from locations north of our event will have to use the Lewis pass to access Hanmer.
 It is not viable for participants to travel from Blenheim or Nelson to the start area at Sedgemere on the morning of the event!!
 
Participants will be able to access the start area at Sedgemere the day prior to the event. There is a DOC “sleepout” at Sedgemere with water and toilet facilities and camping is permitted.
A small hut several km south of Sedgemere – Island Gully hut is also available at normal DOC hut rates.
Camping is also permitted at Lake Tennyson, toilet facilities on site.
 
As the event is shorter than usual, we will move start times and cut-off periods forward. This will allow participants sufficient time to drive to the start point from Hanmer on race morning. The solo run and the 2 person teams will start at 9 am, while the 4 person teams will start at 10 am. 
 
A full race description, map and timetable will be posted on the Marlborough Harrier Club website as soon as details are finalised.
 
Please circulate this important information amongst your running team mates to facilitate an enjoyable event on the 18th November.
 
Remember our prize giving, buffet and running bard award at the Heritage Hotel on Saturday evening.
 
To book a memorable buffet contact the Heritage Hanmer Springs: free phone 0800 368 888 and quote the Molesworth Run event.
 
Well, to conclude, last year the earthquakes shut us down in our 22nd year, but we are not letting one bridge prevent us from providing you with the unique chance of running through some of NZ’s most dramatic scenery.
So revel in the new course, the terrain is outstanding, the company will be great and the competition hot. Enjoy!!!
 
Cheers
 
Maurice and the team.

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