Race 4 - Anglesea

Race 4 Course Description

Anglesea’s setting provides for a diverse trail running experience that will really set it apart from the other races in the The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face due to the coastal, bush and undulating landscape. All races start on the crisp white sand of the Anglesea Main Beach before runners climb away from the coast along a healthy mixture of single tracks and double tracks that sweep through the coastal bushland like the local King Parrot flying through the forest.

The final descent down the Surf Coast Walk trail provides spectacular views across the clifftops to nearby Point Roadknight and further down the coast to Aireys Inlet, Lorne and beyond and will put a smile on your face for the beautiful places trail running has taken you.

Whilst the three races are the longest of the series, consensus is that they are not the hardest of the series due to smaller hills (compared to Silvan) and the undulating flow they capture through the bushland.

We are also thrilled to include a new KIDS RUN on Sunday as part of the weekend's activities - designed for kids aged up to 12yrs this is a great way to get involved when you're young!

The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face Race 4

 

The courses

Le Bent Long course: 22.7km 440m elevation gain / loss
Medium course: 15.3km. 293m elevation gain / loss (NEW beach section)
Short course: 8km. 163m elevation gain / loss
Kids' run: 1.9km. 5m elevation gain / loss

Cut off times: Le Bent Long course 12:00pm. Short & Medium courses close at 11:15am.

Course map

 

Elevation profiles

Le Bent Long course:

STRS R4 Long Course Elevations

 

Medium course:

Short course:

Course description

Le Bent Long Course - 23km

(Course goes in an anti-clockwise direction on the map.)

What a spectacular course this is! The course is a 23km amalgamation of the first 2 legs of the Surf Coast Century and provides an incredibly scenic and varied trail journey.

All runners will start on the beach, complete a short out and back towards the SLSC and then continue along the beach, below the spectacular Anglesea Cliffs that tower 50m overhead for an incredible 7km stretch along the coast all the way to Point Addis – all at low tide and on hard sand. This is the same stretch of cliffs that the Surf Coast Century passes below and is a real highlight of the event.

From Point Addis runners continue up the ‘Koori Walk Trail’, descend down into ‘Snake Gully’ and then climb back up hill on the nature walk to Ironbark Basin and the first water point at the 11km point.

Crossing over Point Addis Road, runners continue into the network of single track in Eumeralla area and enjoy kilometre after kilometre of terrific running on flowing single track, until you hit the 2nd water point at the 17km point. From here there is a short blast along Hurst Rd and then it’s along the popular Surf Coast Walk trail with its commanding views over Anglesea and the coast and then down to the beach and into the finish line on the Riverbank Park.

Well done folks, you’ve just completed the 23km Le Bent Long Course.

Medium Course - 15.3km

(Course goes in a clockwise direction on the map.)

All runners start on the beach at the Anglesea river-mouth facing west (towards the Surf Life Saving Club) for a short out and back sprint along the beach to get your juices flowing and spread out the field. Coming back past the start area runners leave the beach via a concrete boat ramp and follow a gravel double track through the heathland that soon turns to single track leading to the footy ground at the 3.4km mark.

From here the course climbs up a rather rough double track above the footy ground before turning into more flowing single track that undulates its way through the bushland before a gradual descent to the water point on Hurst Rd at the 8.8km mark.

Turning to follow the gravel Hurst Rd for 1.2km runners then turning LEFT at the Surf Coast Walk trail as it leads you onto the beach where you turn right and follow the spectacular coastline below the Anglesea Cliffs that tower 50m overhead and the finish line in the neighbouring parkland.

Short Course - 7.6km

(Course goes in a clockwise direction on the map.)

The short course is quite similar to the medium course but takes a ‘short cut’ at the top of the hill.

All runners start on the beach at the Anglesea river-mouth facing west (towards the Surf Life Saving Club) for a short out and back sprint along the beach to get your juices flowing and spread out the field. Coming back past the start area runners leave the beach via a concrete boat ramp and follow a gravel double track through the heathland that soon turns to single track leading to the footy ground at the 3.4km mark.

From here the course climbs up a rather rough double track above the footy ground before turning back into single track and crossing a gravel road - where short course runners turn right. From here it’s a gradual descent on winding single track through the bush, past a few buildings in the Eumeralla Scout Camp before turning for home with a flowing descent at the 5km point.

It’s all downhill from here with a long, spectacular descent down the walking track back to the beach and the finish line in the neighbouring parkland.

 

The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face Race 4

 

KIDS RUN - 1.9KM

The kids will love being part of the trail running series with their own event especailly for them on Sunday morning. The course is visible for spectators from the expo area nearly the whole way round! Marshals will be positioned in key places to encourage kids along the way.The course will run in a clockwise loop around the Anglesea River. The course keeps the river on their right the whole way around, with no road crossings, no turn-offs, and a very simple course - although it is likely that kids will get wet shoes as they cross the Anglesea river 200mm from the finish line.

Please note, this run is NOT a race! It is purely participation-based to get the kids involved in this inspiring event weekend. Participants will receive a race plate however the event is NOT timed.

 

Course marking

Trail running events are quite different to road running events in that they require you to look and think about where you are going because, not only will you pass through some lovely wilderness, but you need to KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR COURSE MARKINGS. Trail running courses are not lined with fences or red and white flagging tape and will not have marshals every 10m ready to hand you a drink and direct you where to go every step of the way - you need to keep an eye out for and follow the course markings to make your way around.

Having said that, if you have your head up and are looking where you are going the course will be easy to follow and will be marked as follows:

Le Bent Long course:

  • red and/or orange arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • fluoro pink coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground

Medium course:

  • green arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • green coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground

Short course:

  • blue arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • aqua blue coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground.

All track intersections will be clearly marked and care should be taken to follow the arrows. Surveyor’s tape will be placed immediately following a track junction to confirm you are on the correct track. Track markings on the longer, straighter sections, where there are no other options or intersections will be far more spread out so take your time at the intersections to make sure you are on the right track. Unless otherwise marked or directed, competitors should follow the most major track at all intersections. If there is no arrow at a minor track junction then continue along the major track.

Water points

Water points will have cups of water and sports hydration available. Please take only what you can drink and place your cup in a bin afterwards. We encourage you to bring your own reusable cup.

Short course: There will be no water points on the short course.
Medium course: There will one water point on the long course that will be located at the 8.8km point when you join Hurst Rd.
Le Bent Long course: There will be two water points, located at the 11km point and 17km point.
Finish line: There will be water and sports hydration products available at the finish line. (no cups!) - please BYO cup/bottle or reusable cup (can also be purchased at event).

 

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