Date: Sun, 07 November 2021
The 2021 Cleland Trail Championship is back to finish of the TRSA year! This year we have 3 all new courses (11km, 17km and 24km), with the long course also doubling as the championship event (all runners are welcome – this course will not be any more difficult than the winter trail running series’ long courses).
Participants will enjoy running along the wooded slopes of Mt Lofty, with views down rugged valleys and beyond as far as the sea. This is some of the finest scenery in the Mt Lofty Ranges, yet it is all easily accessible from Adelaide. The courses are predominantly on bush tracks or dirt paths, and almost completely out of sight of roads. There are plenty of koalas and kangaroos to be spotted if you look hard enough (you may even get a glimpse of the shy bandicoot and the famed deer who are known to hang out in parts of the park).
They all start and finish on a wide track on the eastern side of the Cleland Wildlife Park car park.
This event is capped at 800 participants.
- Magnificent scenery, beautiful woodland trails, kangaroos, koalas, birds
- Trophies for 1st 3 male & female runners in each event.
- 3 water stations along the 24km course, 2 water stations along the 17km course and 1 water station along the 11km course.
- Random draw prizes.
- FREE professional photography of entrants.
- Early bird entry before midnight Sunday, 24th October 2021
- 24km run: $28
- 17km run: $24
- 11km run/walk: $20
- Before entries close 5pm Thursday, 4th of November 2021
- 24km run: $35
- 17km run: $30
- 11km run/walk: $25
- Kids under 15 (must be participating with an adult): $12. For Trail Running SA’s policy for under 18’s click here.
- 24 km run: 7:00am
- 17km run: 7:30am
- 11km run/walk: 8:00am
- 1.7km kids’ koalas race: 10:00am (no need to register, just turn up on the day and pick up a custom koalas bib from the registration tent)
Random Draw Prizes
Presentations will be at 10:45 am. Trail Running SA members will be eligible for the following random draw prizes. Joining Trail Running SA is easy and costs only $10. Click here for more info on membership, and click here for more information on the random draw.
- Trail Running SA Supporters: TBC – stay tuned.
- TRSA: 2 x TRSA hoodie, 2 x TRSA tech tee/singlet, 2 x TRSA cotton tee, 4x TRSA Trucker hats, 1 x TRSA tech band, 3 x entries to Five Peaks 2022.
The Trail Running SA team & how to volunteer
Key volunteer roles for this event:
- Race Director: Robyn
- Assistant Race Director: Joel
We rely on a volunteer committee and countless volunteers on the day to put on each event, so please put your hand up to help keep these events going. To volunteer for this event, please click here and complete the form. All assistance is welcome. Thanks!
- Are you a newcomer to Trail Running SA? Our frequently asked questions page has more information about our events and many other items. Contact us if you have any more questions.
- Join the Trail Running SA Lounge on Facebook – a friendly place for our community to keep each other updated, ask for advice, and anything else trail running related.
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.
Trail Running SA has a range of merchandise available via the online store. You can order online for pickup at the event. There will also be limited stock available at the event.
- Your age category is calculated according to your age as at 1st January 2021.
- 5pm Wednesday 27 October 2021: Get your entry in by 5pm to guarantee your name will be printed on your bib.
- 5pm Thursday 4 November 2021: Entries close at 5pm. There will be no race-day registrations.
Cancellations and changes
Please do not contact Trail Running SA requesting a cancellation or change until you have read the procedure for cancellations and changes here. There is a $10 fee plus any price difference for changes or cancellations.
Course Maps & Closures
24km Long Course:
17km Medium Course:
11km Short Course:
1.7km Kids’ Koalas Course:
Presentations will be at 10:45 am.
Our policy and methodology for determining course closure times is here.
All courses close at 11:00 AM, giving the following cutoff paces:
- 24km run: closes at 10:00 min/km.
- 17km run: closes at 12:35 min/km.
- 11km run/walk: closes at 16:36 min/km.
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 start location is along Long Ridge Track, accessed via the Cleland Wildlife Park car park.
The easy way: Click this link for google maps directions.
- Bring your own bottle belt or hydration pack – there are no cups of water at the drink stations.
- Mobile phone. We recommend programming the first aid number 0491 017 636 and backup first aid number 0412 466 972 in. These numbers are also written on the back of your bib.
At the race
There will be a bag drop tent. It will be unsecured and not supervised – bags are left at own risk. Don’t leave valuables at the bag drop tent.
Bib pickup procedure
Electronic timing bibs will not be mailed out and will be available for pickup at the event. Please allow sufficient time to pick up your bib with chip attached. You don’t need to lookup your bib number before the event, but if you want to, see here. 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.
After you have entered online and checked that all information provided is correct, there are 3 steps that you need to follow on arrival:
- On event day go straight to the “ENTRY DETAILS” display boards. All entrants will be listed and sorted by surname. Find your name. Check that your entry details are still correct, especially the race and category you have entered. Remember your race number and start time as you will need it for the next step.
- Go to the “RACE NUMBER BIBS” baskets (all numbers are filed numerically). Find your race number and take it out.
- If any of your entry details are wrong e.g. your name, category or gender, or you are changing races, proceed to the “REGISTRATION MANAGER” area.
Chip timing procedure
Entrants must make sure the data that timers have is correct, so must follow these basic procedures:
- A timing tag linked to you and your race number will be stuck to the back of your race number bib.
- Attach the bib at waist height to the outside front of whatever top you will be wearing at all timing points. Do not bend or fold the tag or tamper with it.
- Your time and number are recorded when you pass through a timing point provided your race number bib is visible. Covering it with clothing or your hands as you operate a watch will prevent it recording.
- If there are several starts for different races, make sure you start at the correct time.
- Run or walk over the start/finish timing mat at your start time. This lets officials know you are on the course.
- When you cross the finish timing point, walk & stay in order in the finish chute until you are past the backup cameras.
- Race number bibs are disposable & do not need to be returned.
- If you cut the course short (for example by skipping a lap, or taking a shortcut), do not cross over the mat as we may inadvertently think you have won the race. If you do not complete your course you must return your bib to the timing van near the end of the finish chute.
- If you lose your race number bib during the race you must go to the timing van near the end of the finish chute as soon as you cross the finish timing mat.
- Officials will phone and search for anyone who has a start time but no finish time, so it is vital you do not use someone else’s number and you go over the timing mat so your start and finish are recorded.
Beware of slippery patches on the tracks. Bare, packed, earth covered by green moss may be very slippery. Carry your phone on you when running as it could be critical if you get lost or injured.
The signs to look out for:
- Red arrows at turnoffs. All turnoffs will be marked with arrows, and ribbons are never used for this purpose.
- Red-and-white ribbons to confirm that you’re on the right track.
- Wrong way signs where needed.
- Course divergence signs where needed.
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. All runners are expected to carry a mobile phone.
Drink station and refreshments
Bring your own bottle belts or hydration packs because there will be no cups of water at the drink stations or at the finish line. There will be aid stations on course, which will have water and lollies and in keeping with TRSA’s COVID-safe plan, volunteers will re-fill all water bottles and hand out lollies using tongs. The same applies at the finish line with fruit and brownies also on offer. Please use the hand sanitizer provided and wait for volunteers to hand you what you’re after.
John from The Coffee Run will be there to with his usual coffee van, offering a 50c discount if you bring your own cup.
Photos, Videos and Results from last year
The Fine Print
In order to enter a Trail Running SA event you must agree to the Trail Running SA conditions of Entry.