The Molesworth Run
Saturday the 18th November 2017
Mountains – Scree Slopes – Tussock – Rivers – History
Please read all the information before you enter. Link to entry form is at end of this page.
The gravelled road climbs Ward Pass 1145m and descends into Isolated Flat – 250 hectares of expansive grass and tussock lands, bounded by rolling mountains and massive scree slopes. Once at Red Gate the road loosely follows the Acheron River through to the historic Acheron Accommodation house and the confluence of the Acheron and Clarence rivers, from here we follow the Clarence to Jack’s Pass – and there into the North Canterbury town of Hanmer Springs – finishing outside the famous Hanmer thermal spa. – A total distance of 84km.
Altitude: This event is run in the ‘High Country’, approx 1000 metres above sea level. As such weather patterns are EXTREME. Severe heat, little shade and limited water, can be countered with snow and severe frost at any time of the year. Competitors and support vehicles must be equipped to handle these conditions!
Vehicles: As this event is being held inside the “open” period for Molesworth the road may be rough in places – vehicles with low ground clearance may have problems. Station management have stipulated ONE VEHICLE PER TEAM OR SOLO EVENTER – this will be strictly adhered to. Supporters may view the last section from public road i.e. from Hanmer to Acheron Accommodation house. Vehicles should have adequate spares i.e. fan belts, hoses, fuel and be in reliable condition. There are no fuel supplies available between Blenheim & Hanmer. Road not suitable for buses.
Rubbish: In short – NONE. Take it in, Take it out – It is pristine country keep it that way!!
Competitors – Must supply their own support. Your team mates are your support – your vehicle is both transport and haven if weather is inclement. Organisers insist that an adequate supply of water and or replacement drinks to be carried. Carry a first-aid kit.
Solo: Eventers begin at 8am at Molesworth Cob Cottage. Solo runners must be proven ultra distance competitors. Solo runners must have reached the last Transition Point by 4 pm. Runners who have not done so will be encouraged to withdraw. Previous ultra events and times must be supplied with race entry – time limit 10 hours.
Teams of 2:
Teams of 2 x approx 42km legs. Teams of 2 must run Legs 1&2 or Legs 3&4 (Running alternate Legs is not allowed). Start at 8 am with the solo eventers.
Teams of 4:
Teams of 4 x approx 21km legs. Teams of 4 start at 9 am. A runner from a 4 Person Team may run for Two Teams (i.e.: another 4 Person Team that through injury has only 3 runners) BUT this can only be done on Leg 1. The runner involved must wear the Team Numbers for both Teams.
Field limited to 75 teams and 20 solo eventers.
Grades will comprise of Open Men, Open Women, Vet. Men, Vet Women & Mixed.
The teams events will be run under a normal relay format i.e. runners tag next team member. However each leg will have a 2 hour period in which a runner has to tag his team mate. If the leg is uncompleted after 2 hrs the next runner must start. If uncompleted after 3 hrs the runner will be withdrawn.
Mixed teams must have at least 1 member of the opposite sex per team.
Race order sheets are provided with race pack and must list runners full names in race order.
Take note: SOLO runners and Two Person Teams start at 8am.
Four persons’ teams start at 9am:
|2||on arrival of runner or||11am||2pm|
|3||on arrival of runner or||1pm||4pm|
|4||on arrival of runner or||3pm||6pm|
Runners should be experienced ½ marathon or marathon competitors willing and able to cope with extremes in temperature and altitude.
The Race Start is at the Molesworth Cob Cottage. To drive there, take SHW 1 and travel 22 km south from Blenheim. Then turn west (i.e. right) at the Awatere Road intersection. Drive 87 km up to the race start at the Cottage. A large part of this is a metal road and total travel time from Blenheim is 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Camping at the DOC camping area Cob Cottage will be permitted on the night prior to this event. Tent /Campervan site toilets only.
N.B.: Competitors wishing to drive through Molesworth Station from Hanmer on the evening of Friday 18th November or the morning of Saturday 19th November (Race Day) can do so provided that DOC opens the road to the public in early November (as they did the last two years).
Should DOC decide to keep the road closed this year, then Maurice will open the gate at the Hanmer end between 6pm & 7pm on Friday and between 5am & 5:30am on Saturday. Please note that if you do not reach the Locked Gate location at the bridge over the Clarence River adjacent to the Old Acheron Accommodation House within these specified Time Windows you will be locked out and unable to drive through Molesworth Station to the Start Point. Allow 45 minutes to drive from Hanmer to the Locked Gate.
Old Renwick Road
R D 1
Tel: (03) 57 84661
Race Distances and Course Description
In an effort to reduce traffic congestion at race start – no vehicle will be permitted to stop until the Acheron river bridge at 10.9km. 1 drink station (water only) will be provided before the ascent of Ward Pass. Also please note no vehicle is to ‘back track’ over the course during the event.
Printable PDF overview map of the full route here
|Leg One:||Download Leg 1 Detail Map|
|km from start|
|Start||Molesworth Gate. Short sharp undulating run, sharp corners and steep pulls leading up to Wards Pass, then steady zig zag up to summit.|
|9.0km||Summit Ward Pass. 1145m. Steep descent into isolated flat and the|
|10.9km||Acheron River Bridge, – flat open country excellent running to|
|13.8km||Saxon River Bridge, similar country through to|
|20.0km||End of Leg One, Sign post west end of Isolated Flat.|
|Leg Two:||Download Leg 2 Detail Map|
|km from start||km from start of stage|
|Start||300m of flat before a steady climb to summit of Isolated Saddle.|
|21.2km||1.2km||Isolated Saddle, easy down hill to|
|22.2km||2.2km||Red Gate turn off. Undulating easy run to|
|24.4km||4.4km||Severn River Bridge. Short, sharp sections through to|
|35.9km||15.9km||Yarra River Bridge. Similar country through to end of Leg 2 at a point|
|42.0km||22.0km||being 2.5km passed pylon no. 1078. Leg Two Ends. Clearly signed.
MARATHON CHANGE OVER POINT.
|Leg Three:||Download Leg 3 Detail Map|
|km from start||km from start of stage|
|Start||road closely follows Acheron river with several steep pulls around bluffs to|
|50.5km||8.5km||Five Mile stream. Road gradually eases, and the valley widens as the confluence of the Acheron and Clarence Rivers become visible at -|
|58.5km||16.5km||Historic Acheron Accommodation House. Road descends gently to the Molesworth boundary on the Clarence River Bridge.|
|58.9km||16.9km||Clarence River Bridge. Public road from here to Hanmer. Crossing the bridge the road follows the Clarence upstream to a gate and|
|63.4km||21.4km||End Leg Three.|
|Leg Four:||Download Leg 4 Detail Map|
|km from start||km from start of stage|
|Start||road continues adjacent Clarence River gently climbing towards Jollies Pass and Jack’s Pass roads.|
|70.1.km||6.7km||Jollies Pass Road, continue past this intersection to|
|75.4km||12.0km||Jack’s Pass Road and the final mountain. One final effort up a steep 2.9km to the top and|
|78.3km||14.9km||Jack’s Pass Summit. Road then descends steeply into the outskirts of Hanmer township, turn left at end of Jack’s Pass road. Turn left again into Chisholm Place. There you find the finish line! And a beer.|
|84.7km||21.3km||The Race is Over!!! You’ve done it!|
This year we have booked the Heritage Hanmer Springs’ Ballroom for the Prize Giving Function on Saturday evening starting at 8 pm. This venue is in the centre of the town at 1 Conical Hill Road.
The Heritage will offer a buffet dinner on Saturday evening from 5:30 pm @ $35 pp. If pre-booked before October 31st, a $5 discount pp applies.
Heritage Hanmer also has accommodation available at reduced rates:
Hotel/Garden rooms – Twin share or Double – $195.00. This includes a full cooked and continental breakfast buffet for 2 people.
3 Bedroom Villas – $320.00 room only (up to 4 people) – buffet breakfast can be added for an additional $20.00 per person.
For reservations, please ring 0800 368 888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ￼
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