Date: Saturday 18th June AND/OR Sunday 19th June 2016
The Glow Worm Tunnel Half Marathon course takes runners along the Wolgan Valley rail Trail up to and through the Glow Worm Tunnel – a 600m tunnel filled with Glow Worms. The journey begins at Newnes, right in front of the old Newnes Hotel and runners encounter creek crossings, sections of long single trail, old mine cuttings, ruins and some long forgotten railway easements along the way. The course is in the shape of a lollypop with the final 10km being a gentle but well deserved downhill run into the finish line.
The terrain is exciting, and scenic and you may find it hard to keep the smile from your face. The township of Newnes is now just the old Newnes hotel and some holiday cabins at the end of the Wolgan Valley in the serene shadows of Mystery Mountain.
Leg 1: Newnes – Penrose Gully 4 Ways
Description: Starting in front of the old Newnes hotel, runners make their to the Wolgan River Causeway and cross it just 300m from the start line. Runners then turn right and follow the river as they make their way onto the Wolgan Valley Rail Trail and begin the gentle ascent to Penrose Gully and the 4 ways junction. This is where the first aid station is.
Distance: 0 – 7km (21km)
Leg 2: Penrose Gully 4 Ways to Penrose Gully 4 Ways
Description: After leaving Penrose Gully – runners continue around the rail trail, hugging the cliffs and making their way into the Glow Worm Tunnel. The tunnel is 600m long and runners must walk through the tunnel. Its a great chance to turn your light off and check out the Glow Worms. They are truely amazing. After exiting the tunnel at the other end – runners turn left onto the Pagoda Track and left again onto the Old Coach Rd and the downhill begins as runners approach Penrose 4 Ways again at 15km.
Distance: 7km – 14.1km (14.1km)
Leg 3: Penrose Gully 4 ways to Newnes
Description: After hydrating and grabbing some refreshments, runners leave the Penrose Gully 4 ways junction and head back along the Wolgan Valley Rail Trail, cross the Wolgan River and run up to the finish line in Newnes.
Distance: 14.1. – 21.1km