|General Info :||You are welcome to download the maps and do it yourself as a training run at any time.|
|Date/Time of next run :||TBA|
approx 14km - Premature Ejaculation Option|
approx 45km - Piker's Option
approx 54km - Flimpyhead's Escape Option
approx 90km - Full Monty Option
|Previous Runnings :||
1st November 2003
1st December 2001
9th December 2000
|Start Location :||Woodford Railway Station, Woodford, Blue Mountains, New South Wales. The meeting point is on the southern side of the station, away from the Great Western Highway.|
|Finish Location :||Same as start. (except the Flimpyhead Escape option which finishes in Katoomba - find your own way home)|
|Start Facilities :||Car park (free), toilets, water tap, railway station.|
|Time Limit:||None - take as long as you like|
|Entry Fee:||Free! (although you may make a donation after the run if you feel the experience warrants payment)|
|Course Description :||A circuit of firetrails (ie easy to find way, not technically hard, although up and down) makes up the standard option, with an optional circuit that goes up, along and down Mount Solitary (ie very difficult). Lots of up and down. Great views but very hard work. For the bush lover.|
|Sketch Map :||A Sketch Map is available here and a larger one here.|
|Full Map & Instructions:||Full map and instructions will be handed out on the day. |
Download the map as a word-97 file (2.75Mb)
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|Course Summary :||
This Fat Ass run starts at Woodford Railway Station. The meeting point is on the southern side of the station, away from the Great Western Highway..
The run starts by going south along Bedford Road which soon becomes a firetrail - Murphy's firetrail. Follow this down to Bedford Creek. Turn around at the creek crossing and return to the start for the 14km Premature Ejaculation Option.
For the other options, go across the ford and veer left continuing on the main trail - this is now Anderson's firetrail. Continuing for approx 20km, it eventually comes out on the King's Tableland Rd (actually still a firetrail). Turn right (northwards) and continue to The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital. This part is naviagble by cars and would make an excellent aid station.
The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital marks the main decision point of the run :
Good Luck in your challenge !
|Altitude Change:||From Woodford to Bedford Creek is approx 200m/ 3km and must be completed as a descent and climb by all runners. From Bedford Creek to Wentworth Falls is approx a 400m climb, done in 15km on the out leg on Andersons Fire Trail and 10km descent on the Ingar Trail return leg. The decent from Wentworth Falls to Kedumba Valley (down Kedumba Walls) is 600m/ 5km and must be done as a return climb on the 65km and 86km options. The climb up the East Face of Mt Solitary on the 86km option in 650m/ 2km and is more severe than Duane Spur or Staircase Spur in the Bogong- Hotham race, although not as long. The trail across Solitary, to Narrowneck, around the Katoomba escarpment and back to Kedumba via the Sydney Water service road is constantly undulating- especially on the service road. By comparison, Pluviometer at Six Foot Track is 500m climb in 6km, and Staircase Spur at Bogong- Hotham is 1410m in 8km (second highest climb from base of peak to summit on the Australian continent).|
|Aid Summary :||As it will be summer (hot), you should carry at least two water bottles. Unfortunately there will be no shops nor water taps passed due to the remoteness of the area, but there are some clean creeks that are suitable for re-filling. Do not drink from Bedford Creek, Jamisons Creek or the Kedumba River (the major crossings on the course) as they are all contaminated. We may put out some water dumps, but expect to be self-sufficient|
|Route Marking Summary :||As there will no track markings for the run whatsoever, you should pick up a FREE! map of the course at the start, or purchase your own. If you come off track, look at your map and work out the best way to get back on route.|
You should also bring along a plastic envelope or something to keep the map dry if it rains or if you sweat heavily.
|Intending Runners :||If you have read the introduction about Fat Ass runs and the waiver that you MUST sign and are still keen to run then email us to let us know you are coming. Please note that to ensure you don't miss any late breaking info, join the email list or at least read the public archive of messages sent! There are often discussions on the Fat-Ass section of CoolRunning also. Don't blame us if you miss something important!|