Overview – Race 1

The final EVENT PROGRAM for Race 1 at Plenty Gorge is now available and is essential reading for all runners with race schedule, course descriptions, parking details and more… Read it here.

Returning to the beautiful Plenty Gorge for a magnificent trail run with the kangaroos.

Race 1 of the 2019 Trail Running Series heads back to one of our favorite venues of all-time, the beautiful Yellow Gum Park which encompasses the Plenty River in North Eastern Melbourne.

Last held in 2016, this often forgotten corner of Melbourne is located just past Bundoora and sits only 30km from the Melbourne CBD – but step out of the car and you will feel a world away with a beautiful natural setting all around you.

When: Sunday 16 June 2019
Where: Yellow Gum Park, Plenty Gorge (at the end of Goldsworthy Rd, Plenty)
What:

  • Long Course: 17.1km
  • Medium Course: 11km
  • Short Course: 6.1km

Plenty Gorge offers three course distances that sees runners complete a scenic loop deep within local bushland made friendly with plenty of kangaroos, echidnas, galahs and other friendly Aussie wildlife to keep you company. What a perfect way to kick off the 2019 Series!

Each course allows competitors to enjoy the views from the valley top, but also sees Medium and Long course runners getting your feet wet whilst crossing the ankle-deep Plenty River at the valley bottom – this added adventure component is an often talked about feature, which is why we wanted to bring it back… after-all #BitumenIsBoring.

The start and finish are located in the Yellow Gum Park picnic area at the end of Goldsworthy Lane beside Blue Lake. The nearby lookout provides panoramic views of Plenty Gorge and the surrounding parkland and should keep families and friends busy whilst runners are off enjoying the trails.

SEE WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

Previous years’ photo albums:

Competitors comments from previous years:

 “It’s the first time I’ve done river crossings and it was really invigorating. Everyone was really supportive out on course and it was a good atmosphere,” said Rebecca Rosel, (Medium Course)

“It was my first trail run so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a hard course, lots of ups and downs and river crossings but I made it! And it was great fun,” said Dennis van Helmond, (Short Course)

SPECTATOR INFO

The Plenty Gorge Bushland Reserve is an often overlooked wilderness area on the outskirts of Melbourne. Located just past Bundoora, this Reserve provides a breath of fresh air to the inner north east of the city and will surprise and delight you with its natural features.
Watching the runners

Unfortunately (for spectators) the runners do not come past the start / finish area during their races as they do a complete loop to the south of the Yellow Gum picnic area, so unless you walk along the trails yourself (which is pretty easy to do) spectators will not see the runners until they finish.

But watching the finish will be quite worthwhile, particularly 500m back from the finish line as they will be struggling up quite a steep uphill pinch in the trail that will really sap the last of the powers. I’m sure any encouragement spectators can provide will be most welcome.

Otherwise, the Yellow Gum picnic area, adjacent Blue Lake and greater Plenty Gorge Bushland Reserve has plenty of things to see and do as the footage and details below illustrates. We are sure you will enjoy it.

About Plenty Gorge

The Plenty River originates near Kinglake and the Great Dividing Range near Wallan, then flows across the flatter areas near Whittlesea but carves a deep channel as it approaches the city outskirts at Plenty. The Plenty Gorge cuts a twisting path through the earth with a steep sided valley walls, lush eucalypt forest and natural rock formations to create a serene Australian landscape.

The start and finish of Race 2 at Yellow Gum park is located immediately adjacent the remarkable Blue Lake, named so because of the beautiful colours of the water owing to the mineral contents. The lake is also a popular swimming spot on hot days so if the temperatures are up then bring your swimmers for a terrific post-race cool off. Or if you’d rather keep your feet dry then you can throw a line in to the lake for a spot of fishing – another popular activity in the Reserve.

The parkland is a home to all your most popular Australian fauna with kangaroos being the most prevalent, almost always seen nibbling on the grass in the clearings dotted throughout the park. Add to that plenty of echidnas, koalas, frogs, possums, skinks and a whole range of birds like ranging from cockies, galahs, wood ducks, grebes, swans to the huge Wedge-tailed Eagles and you’ll enjoy seeing the wild life almost as much as they will enjoy seeing you.

So bring a picnic or a BBQ pack with you and spend the afternoon enjoying a local regional park you’ve probably never been to before that’s on your very own doorstep

Video on Plenty Gorge Park

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