Run alongside the emus and kangaroos on this non-technical trail run through the Gunbower National Park. The course for the Cohuna Auto Electrical Half Marathon Trail Run is mostly off-road and is an ideal introduction to trail running. If you’ve never done a half marathon before, this is the one for you. It’s flat and takes you along the dirt tracks of this stunning bush setting.
|Pre-race briefing||7:45am at the start line|
|Cut off time||4 hours|
|Start line||Daltons Bridge|
|Finish line||Town Bridge, Cohuna|
|Course description||Non-technical trail|
|Age limit||16 years or older on race day|
- Race entry
- Race bib with timing chip
- Safety pins
- Water stations on course
- Finishers medal
MANDATORY EQUIPMENT: All entrants in the half marathon and 12.5km trail runs MUST carry water. Officials will check you at the start line.
NOTE: Due to environmental watering of the forest, there is a significant amount of water over Chettle Track, making it impassable. The first 12km will use the same route as previous years, but there will now be a turnaround point on Wee Wee Rup Track. Runners will follow the 12.5km course into town from there. See map and details below.
The start line is at the entrance to Nursery Track, off Island Road (300m from the Cohuna Clay Target Club and Daltons Bridge). The course winds through the national park for 20km before emerging onto the Second Oval and exiting onto Island Road from the Second Oval gate (opposite the caravan park gate). This last stage is different to previous years. Island Road is bitumen and this will take you into the finish line at the town bridge.
The track is a dirt vehicular bush track and as such, can be uneven. If it has rained it can be wet, slippery and boggy in places. There will be the odd pot hole, stick, branch and stones, and even kangaroo and emu poo, so runners should be mindful to look at the road surface as they are running, as well as enjoying the surrounds. At no point does our course leave these tracks and go through the bush. You may see what appear to be walking tracks leading off the roads – these are kangaroo tracks, and while the kangaroos know where they are going, we don’t recommend you use this time to explore! See below for a detailed map and names of tracks.
When emerging from the Second Oval gate, a marshal will direct you to cross to the left-hand side of Island Road. Participants still on the Island Road section of the course at 9.30am will need to stick to the very left of the road, as the cycling events begin. Please listen to, and follow, marshal instructions for your safety and that of other participants.
NOTE: If COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from running the event in-person, all events will be run virtually (at your own location within a set time-frame). Medals will be distributed but no trophies will be awarded for place-getters.
Aid stations are located at the 2.6km, 6.5km, 11.4km (toilet), 13.4km (toilet) and 17.5km (toilet) marks.
We will have some marshals on course, but most of the course will be marked using pink surveyors tape hanging and tied to trees. It will be placed periodically along continuous sections of track, as well as at intersecting tracks to indicate which turn to take. Red and white tape will be placed across roads that are out of bounds. Do NOT cross any red and white tape. It is important you follow the pink tape to avoid running the wrong course. From the 13.4km mark, your course is the same as the 12.5km course, so you will see ribbons for both events.
Look for these course markings:
- Pink arrows and pink crosses
- Pink tape strung from trees
- Red and white tape across no access areas
Course directions and map
The start line is at the entrance to Nursery Track, off Island Road (300m from the Cohuna Clay Target Club and Daltons Bridge).
The course enters the Gunbower National Park and runs along the following roads:
Left onto Smith Swamp Track
Left onto Cross Track
Left onto Robertson Rd
Right onto Wire Fence Track
Right onto Robertson Break
Left onto Barton Track
Right onto Wee Wee Rup Track
Altered from here
Turnaround on Wee Wee Rup Track (approximately 1.4km in)
Right onto Mawsons Track Once on Mawsons Track, the course is the same as the 12.5km
Left onto Log Hauler Track
Left onto Half Way Stump Rd
Merge left onto Rifle Butt Rd and into the Gunbower State Forest
Right OFF Rifle Butt Rd and run through the old mill, emerging onto Mill Rd
Right along the creek and onto the Second Oval (this is the name of the oval)
Exit the state forest onto Island Rd at the Second Oval gate (opposite the caravan park entrance). A marshal will ensure you enter and cross to the left side of Island Road safely if the cycling events have begun.
Finish line at town bridge, Cohuna
Thanks to Cohuna Auto Electrical for its generous sponsorship of this event.