Date: Sunday 19th June 2016
The Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon course takes runners on an amazing journey along a course that takes in the best sights of Newnes and the Wolgan Valley. The course is the tale of two halves and runners will encounter creek crossings, sections of long single trail, old mine cuttings, ruins and some long forgotten railway easements. The terrain is exciting, challenging and you may find it hard to keep the smile from your face. The first half of the marathon a steep mountain trail and the second half is a railway grade up trail skirting the cliff line and making its way up through the Glow Worm Tunnel and returning to Newnes. The event starts and finishes in Newnes and from the moment you arrive in “town” you will revel in the serene surroundings.
Leg 1: Newnes -> Pipeline Pass -> Newnes
Description: Starting in front of the old Newnes hotel, runners make their way deeper into the Wolgan Valley crossing the causeway at the end of the Wolgan Valley Rd and taking the Riverside Trail along to the bottom of the Pipeline Pass. Here runners ascend the Pipeline Pass to Pagoda Lookout and then descend the other side toward Glen Davis where they turn around at the log book and return up and over Pipeline Pass, past Pagoda Lookout and back onto the Riverside Trail. Runners return via the Wolgan Valley Rd into the Event hub before starting on the second half of the marathon.
Distance: 0 – 21km (21km)
Leg 2: Newnes -> Glow Worm Tunnel -> Newnes
Description: After hydrating and grabbing some refreshments, runners cross the Wolgan River and make their way onto the Wolgan Valley Rail Trail and start the 10km run following the cliffs around to the opening of the Glow Worm Tunnel. Runners are then required to walk through the tunnel and upon exiting the tunnel make their way onto the Pagoda Trail, Old Coach Rd and down to Penrose Junction and back to the finish line along the same Wolgan Valley Rail Trail.
Distance: 21km – 42.2km (21.2k)