Posted 22 August 2007 - 03:31 PM
I have organised a 45km (with shorter and longer options) on Sunday Sept 9, at Wingello. Make it a 7.00am start.
Wingello is 95 minutes from Sydney CBD along the Hume Hwy in the Southern Highlands. It is about halfway between Sydney and Canberra, close to Bundanoon, so it would be nice if some Canberra and Sydney runners could make it!
To make it simple, we will start/finish in the village of Wingello. Wingello has a general store which has plenty of supplies such as food and drinks.
The run will start with a 17km out and back (8.5km each way). This section is mainly flat with some rolling hills. Mainly dirt road- short section of bitumen. This will go south-west along the Sydney Rd to the village of Tallong, which also has a general store, and back to Wingello, where we leave food/drinks in our cars, or buy at the store. All of this section follows the Main Southern Railway.
The run then continues with a 28km out and back (14km each way). The second section goes from Wingello and heads along Sydney Rd in the other direction (north-east) towards the village of Penrose. It is dirt road until you reach Penrose, then bitumen for around 3km. This section also follows the Main Southern Railway and is dead flat. Once in Penrose you will see a sawmill, then a fork in the road. Take the road to the left, which turns into a dirt road (it is basically a natural continuation of the road you had been running on), which is Old Argle Rd. It descends gently for about 1km. This road takes you to the Penrose State Forest. The road continues on as the Penrose Forest Way, gradually rising after a creek crossing (usually dry) and goes all the way to the Hume Hwy as a dirt road (the turn-around point and the 31km mark on the run). There is a camp ground/picnic spot here, with water and toilets. You could drop off food/drinks at this camp ground on your way to the start (eg hide in tree). *as you are driving to Wingello fom Sydney, this camp-ground has signs PENROSE STATE FOREST. It is around 1km past a service station. (or 1km before the service station if you are coming from Canberra)
You then simply return the way you came, gradually descending back down to the creek and along the flat road back to Wingello.
If anyone wants to run shorter than 45km, they could shorten one of the out-and-back sections. If you want to run 28km, for example, you may want to wait for some of the 45km runners to finish their first out and back section and start running with them for the second 28km section. You would therefore start your run between 8.15am and 9.15am. If anyone wants to run longer than 45km, I will probably add on 5-10km at the end of the run along another country road in Wingello.