I just wanted to send a quick note to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the team who put on the terrific trail event over the weekend.
It was my first time in the event and my first proper (proper!) trail half marathon. A grueling but bloody spectacular experience that I’m keen to continue. I loved the support from everyone from start to finish and the general acceptance of madness that we all enjoy in this community.
Looking forward to doing the marathon next year!
Sincere thanks again, brilliant job all round.
This classic Alpine run offers 5 challenging distances:
Hells Cauldron—The Anvil, 85 km of some of the toughest Alpine running in Victoria, taking in some amazing trails, notably Machinery Spur, North West Spur to the summit of Mt Feathertop and Golden Spur to Spargos Hut.
It offers breathtaking scenery including: Mt Hotham, Swindlers Spur (descent), Diamantina Spur (ascent), Harrietville, NW Spur (ascent), Mt Feathertop, Diamantina Spur (descent) and Machinery Spur (ascent).
It will pass by a number of historic huts of the high country, including: Derrick Hut, Dibbins Hut, MUMC Hut, Red Robin Battery and Mine and Spargos Hut.
The Anvil run is unique in that it encompasses:
- A Vertical K ascent of NW Spur
- A double D ascent and descent of Diamantina Spur
- An ascent of Machinery Spur
- A descent of Golden Point Spur
- A crossing of Swindlers creek via Spargos Hut
In the event of less than 20 entries in Hells Cauldron, all entrants will be transferred to the 64 km distance and the distance discontinued in future years.
Razorback Ridge/High Plains Run—64 km of pure Alpine pleasure and pain with stunning scenery—or possibly lots of mist and no views at all. This is the most stunning and spectacular run of its kind in Victoria and the culmination of over 10 years route planning—a must for the hardened runner.
Razorback Circuit—40 km, a great run up Bungalow Spur, across the Razorback and across to Diamantina Spur then down Bon Accord Spur.
Razorback Ridge—22 km, an out and back run across the Razorback to Mt Feathertop from Diamantina Hut.
Support: the Razorback Run and Hells Cauldron are self supported runs, it is not a race. Runners are responsible for their own safety and assume full liability for their participation. Participants should offer assistance to other runners in distress and must give way to walkers, especially on the Razorback Track.
Support is available at Pole 333, Diamantina Hut and at the start/finish at Harrietville Caravan Park. The 64 km run covers arduous terrain with 3 major climbs that take a cumulative toll.
Water is available from rivers and springs along the course, and will be provided at Diamantina Hut, it is recommended that all water along the course is treated.
Times will be recorded at Start/Finish. Runners must check in at Diamantina Hut, Pole 333 and the finish line as a safety measure.
Weather Conditions/Experience: The run takes place in an exposed Alpine environment that can be subject to sudden and severe changes in weather. Rain, fog, high winds, sleet and snow as well as hot sunny days can occur during March. Do not take this run lightly, runners have died in this region. Hypothermia, dehydration and heat exhaustion are serious risks and all runners should be prepared for any weather conditions.
The 64 km Razorback Run and 85 km Hells Cauldron should only be attempted by experienced trail runners with good navigation experience. As a minimum, runners attempting these distances must have successfully completed at least one organised trail run over 40 km in the previous 12 months.
Medical Evacuation: Given the nature of the terrain and the distance from the closest hospital, runners should join Ambulance Victoria. Medical evacuations are at participants' cost (https://membership.ambulance.vic.gov.au/ Ph 1300 366 141).
Entry Restrictions: The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to the event if that person is ill equipped, is not carrying the prescribed mandatory equipment or unfit for the event.
Age Limit—the minimum age for an entrant is 18 years old unless agreed in advance with the race director.
Track Etiquette: The Razorback is a major recreational walking and camping area, runners are requested to show consideration to track walkers.
Travel/Camping Arrangements: Harrietville is approximately 3.5 – 4.0 hours drive from Melbourne.
Course Description: Available at the pre-run briefing.
For further information contact: Paul Ashton ph: 0418 136 070 (m)