Sunday 9th June 2019

Mt Vernon Grand Traverse, an 18km hill run up Mt Vernon following the boundaries of the Wither Hills Farm park. With 950 meters of climbing and ascent to 422 meters this is a challenging run!
Age limit 14 plus.

Mt Vernon Fun Run/Walk, a shorter 11k route, with a quick climb up to Mt Vernon then follow the traverse route around down to the finish. About 650meters of climbing, open to walkers and runners.
Age limit 12 plus.

Kid’s Challenge, a 2km out and back run along the Mapp Track, plenty of smaller hills for smaller legs.
Age limit up to 12.

9 weeks to event.
Need a training programme specific to this event. Thanks to Ed Massey of our Club we have the right tool for you to use. This tool is spread over 3 categories and it will be up to you to choose:
BRONZE (2hrs30mins finish time), SILVER (1hr45mins finish time) and GOLD (1hr30mins finish time).
This is a 9 week training programme commencing Sunday 8th April 2018 and finishing on race day.
If you want one specific to you contact Ed Massey 0211924924 or
Gold programme see here

Silver programme see here

Bronze programme see here

On the day from 9:00am Redwood Street Gateway Car Park at the top of Redwood St.
Race briefing immediately before the start of each event.

$20 entry fee for the Mt Vernon Grand Traverse 18k, open to all runners.
$15 entry for the Mt Vernon Fun Run/Walk 11k, open to runners and walkers.
$5 for the Kid’s Challenge, under 12yrs.

Beat the lines by entering online. See below.



Online entries are now closed.

All online entrants to pick up their race numbers from the online registration desk from 9am.


Start Times
10:00am Mt Vernon Grand Traverse 18k
10:15am Mt Vernon Fun Run/Walk 11k
10:30am Kid’s Challenge 2k

Course Description
The Mt Vernon Grand Traverse starts at the Redwood gateway carpark, a few hundred meters down Redwood Street and then the course turns left along the Forest Hills Track which follows the base of the Wither Hills along until just before the Rifle Range Car Park where another left turn heads up the twisting Gentle Annie route onto the ridge, along past the twin tanks and up to the Taylor view track. The route then follows the Split Apple Track round and down before a steady climb up to intercept the Mt Vernon Track just before the trig. A right turn and a short run up and around the trig before heading down the Mt Vernon track and bearing right onto the Cobb Cottage Track. At the bottom of the ridge a sharp left joins the Mapp Track which undulates all the way back to the Redwood gateway carpark and the finish.

The Mt Vernon Fun Run/Walk starts on the Sutherland Stream Track just after the Redwood St Gateway Car Park. The route heads up the Sutherland Stream track and takes a left turn just after the picnic area onto the Covenant track which climbs steeply before joining the Mt Vernon Track. A right turn follows the Mt Vernon Track up to the trig, then down to the Cobb Cottage track on the right and finally up and down on the Mapp Track to the finish.

The Kid’s Challenge runs along the Mapp Track east from the Redwood Gateway Car Park, there are three small undulating hills and after 1km there is a turn around and back down to the finish.

View Map   A4 Printable Map   A3 Printable Map    Printable Promotion Flyer 2017

Event Sponsors

  • Subway Stadium 2000
  • SBS Bank
  • Farmlands Co-operative
  • Morgans Road Nursery
  • Mitchell Sportspower in conjunction with Asics
  • R-Line in conjunction with Avantiplus Blenheim
  • Crossfit Blenheim Limited
  • Seddon School Tussock Run
  • New World Blenheim

Event Supporters

  • TT Coffee Cart
  • Muscle Matters

More Information

Race Records:
18k Male – Jeremy McKenzie 1:13:24 (2012)
18k Female – Megan Craig 1:23:04 (2016)
11k Male – Jeremy McKenzie 47:31 (2016)
11k Female – Emily Marfell 0:59:43) (2018)
2k Boy- Connor Pugh 0:8:16 (2018)
2k Girl - Jorja Bacchus 9:35 (2016)

Results: 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Photos: 2017 2015-2 2015-1 2014-2 2014-1 2013-1 2013-2 2012

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