Distance: approx 8 km
Altitude Range: approx 257 m
Total Climb: approx 358 m
To view the map and elevation profile, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to download the GPX file.
To download a PDF of this map, click here
Due to Forestry SA activity, this year’s Mt. Crawford Challenge is at a new location with 4 completely new courses. This is your chance to check it out and become familiar with the courses before the event in September. You have the choice of running the 8km, 15km, 24km or 35km courses. Race director Steve will lead the 15km course. These courses are relatively flat compared to last year’s courses, so don’t be put off by a few extra km! The 15, 24 and 35 experience great views from the Mt. Pleasant summit.
We will meet at 7:45 for an 8:00 am start.
Directions (the easy way): click here
The meeting point is Ponderosa Campsite, at the end of Starkey rd. Enter Starkey rd from Cricks Mill Rd which is the Williamstown to Mount Pleasant rd 7 km from Mount Pleasant Town Centre and 14 km from Williamstown. Please note there will be no access from Starkey rd on race day (the carpark entrance will be from Cricks Mill rd, 500m north west of Starkey rd).
Stop off in one of the towns beforehand to use the toilets as there is only one toilet and trees at Ponderosa campground.
Coffee/brunch afterwards at Jack Rabbitt’s in Williamstown.
** This social run is on the same weekend as the Melrose Trail Festival. If you were considering going to the Melrose, we recommend you do that instead! It’s a fantastic weekend with amazing country hospitality. The Mt. Crawford Challenge will still be there on September 8 ? **
Guru app (previously known as “Galileo”) strongly recommended: We strongly recommend you download the Guru mapping app for your phone, and load the GPX map into it. The “download gpx” link is just above the map on this page.
You will need to download the full version (roughly $2) rather than the free version.
If you are having trouble, arrive approximately 20 minutes early and ask around for help on how to set it up. If you know how to load a GPX file into Guru please do that before coming.
For iPhone users – the “download gpx” link wont work if you click it from within facebook. You need to open the safari app on your phone, visit trailrunningsa.com, and go from there.
If you would prefer not to use Guru, a printed map is also available by clicking the print map (PDF) button next to the map below.
This race is in beautiful and mountainous country, thickly forested with tall pine plantations and native woodland. There are panoramic views over Gulf St Vincent and over surrounding plains, and a splashing stream along one stretch of the long course. Good scenery usually involves big hills, and the long course is no exception. The hills on the long course are high and steep; but the rewards are great as well. The short course is much flatter, with only 150m of climb.
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We require carpooling (minimum 2 per vehicle, ideally 3 or 4) for this event wherever possible in order to minimise congestion and parking issues around the venue start area. For most people, this means coming to the event with some friends or colleagues. If you can’t find someone to carpool with, we suggest posting to the Trail Running SA Lounge on Facebook to link up with others.
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Head over to the registration page to enter now. Entries close Midday (noon) Friday, 1st September, 2017. There will be no race-day registrations. You must register in advance using the link above.
If you’re interested in helping out on the day, or perhaps you have a family member or friend who might like to volunteer, click here.
Please Do not contact Trail Running SA requesting a cancellation or change until you have read the procedure for cancellations and changes here. Due to the additional workload placed on our volunteers to process each change or cancellation, there will be a $10 fee plus any price difference for changes or cancellations.
Midday (noon) Friday, 1st September 2017
If you want your name printed on your bib then your entry must be received by Midnight, Sunday 27th August 2017. Your name will be automatically included on your bib if you get your entry in by this date.
Your age category is calculated according to your age as at 1st January 2017.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the course maps.
The courses will be marked.
Presentations will be at 11:00am.
All courses close at 11:30am, giving the following cutoff paces:
Our policy and methodology for determining course closure times is here.
Welcome! We permit walkers into the shortest distance only. This is to ensure that everyone is back safely and accounted for in time for presentations. Although we ask during registration whether you are walking or running, we don’t time the walking event separately to the running event. You can run if you like too.
If you are a slower runner doing the longer distances, check the cutoff paces above.
The summit of Mt Hayfield, where there is a clear area inside Forestry gate no 18, and a forestry track inside Gate no 17 for parking your vehicles. Parking space will be restricted; so car pooling is essential. There is a public carpark where you can offer or obtain a lift in the centre of Yankalilla, in the carparks next to Foodland and opposite to Foodland. Both courses are loops, so they start and finish beside Gate no 18.
To avoid long queues at the portaloos when you get there, please use a public toilet on the way. There are public toilets in the centres of Inman Valley, Myponga and Yankalilla.
Bibs will not be mailed out and will be available for pickup on the morning of the event. Please allow sufficient time to pick up your bib with chip attached. We recommend arriving 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to the event start time in order to allow plenty of time to pick up your bib. You may need to park a few minutes walk from the start so please allow sufficient time to walk there.
TRSA is using state of the art electronic timing at its events for safety as well as to provide speedy and accurate results. After you have entered online and checked that all information provided is correct, there are 3 steps that you need to follow on arrival:
Entrants must make sure the data that timers have is correct, so must follow these basic procedures:
Beware of slippery patches on the tracks. Bare, packed, earth covered by green moss may be very slippery. Carry your phone on you in a waterproof bag when running as it could be critical if you get lost.
The signs to look out for:
The red-and-white striped ribbons will be placed at frequent intervals (200-400m) to confirm that you are on the right track. Wherever you need to turn off, there will be an arrow sign. If you stop seeing any signs, turn back. Do not carry on and get yourself even more lost.
There will be a waters station on the long course only, at about 13km.
Bring your own bottle belts or hydration packs (camelbaks), because there will be no cups of water at the drink stations. Soft bottles and bottles of water will be available for sale at the registration table.
Some people like hand-held bottles.
There will be water, fruit, crisps and Maurice’s delicious brownies, as well as a commercial coffee van, at the race start/finish.
Trail Running SA events are organised by a committee of volunteers. The volunteer race director for this event is Jonathan and the volunteer assistant race director is Maurice.
The organiser of the Event, Trail Running SA, has public liability insurance and volunteer’s insurance cover. This does not include personal accident insurance for competitors. We recommend that you arrange your own personal accident insurance, ambulance cover and income protection insurance before participating in the Event to cover any unforeseen personal costs you may incur due to ambulance trips, medical expenses or time off work due to injuries sustained whilst participating in the Event. For information regarding costs of ambulance or helicopter rescue refer to the SA Ambulance Service website.
In order to enter a Trail Running SA event you must agree to the Trail Running SA conditions of Entry.