Compulsory Gear List
The compulsory gear list is here for your protection and safety. The following items MUST be carried.
- Rain jacket – it must be seam-sealed waterproof.
- Merino or thermal long sleeve top
- Warm beanie or Thir Band! (Multifunctional head-ware)
- Own snacks, gels, energy bars etc
- Water bottles/bladders (there will be no cups available at water stations).
- Phone (optional but strongly recommended).
- Gear checks will be carried out at registration.
Clothing can be left at start line at Woodhaugh Gardens, they will be taken to the finsh line at the Leith Harrier Club Rooms at Chingford Park for your collection.
26km – The Three Peaks
This is a 26km endurance event finishing at Chingford Park.
The race starts 8:30 or 9:30am at the Malvern St/Woodhaugh Street intersections by the bridge.
Follow the marshals off Malvern Rd onto the beautiful groomed trails and native bush of the Ross Creek Reserve. Past the reservoir exit the reserve and run up Wakari Rd The route goes via Ross Creek reservoir up into the Pineapple Track, to Flagstaff Summit, back down to Swampy Summit turnoff and then up to Swampy Summit.
Follow a bit of the Leith Saddle track down the hill and then through the flax chute through to the Pylon 4WD, turn left and you can fly down this bit until the end where you enter the Morrisons Burn Track. This has some steep muddy downhill sections – enjoy gravity and the trees to catch hold of. It’s not long then you are on a forestry access road that leads you on to Leith Valley.
Only one more mountain to climb! Run (?) up Leith Valley Rd about 1km then take a right turn at Dryden Rd. This takes you over the bridge across the motorway then turn left along the farm track then up the steep hill through the farm paddocks, into Mt Cargill forest tracks and 4WD roads. Follow the markers and you will come up on to Cowan road. Turn left and carry on up to the summit of Mount Cargill and the last aid station. (Please note this section includes private land and cannot be used in training.)
2020 UPDATE… as we are running in lambing season (thanks Covid!) we are unable to go through the farm paddocks. So, carry on up Leith Valley Rd (instead of turning off at Dryden Rd) for another 800m, then turn right into a beautiful little track that leads into the forest to join up with the old course.
From Mt Cargill summit you get to enjoy gravity once again with a 4km descent down some single track to Bethune’s Gully. There’s only about 2 km on the flat after this so you may as well completely destroy whatever remains of your quads on this descent. Follow the road out onto Norwood Street. Run down Norwood for about 1km then turn right into Tannidice St and left into Dryden St, over the footbridge and into Chingford Park for the sprint finish across the sports ground to the sounds of hearty cheers!
Well done! You deserve a medal!
The course will be well marked with marshals at aid stations and key intersections.
King and Queen of the Mountain
Aid & Water Stations, Toilets
Water and snacks will be available at the following aid stations but there will be no cups. Bring your own cup or bottle.
- Swampy (CP)
- Leith Valley
- Mt. Cargill (CP)
Portaloos will be available at the start and at Leith Valley.
- Registration and gear checks are on Sunday morning from 7:30am.
- While checking-in, every competitor must get their mandatory gear checked. All essential gear must be carried at all times. It can get very cold very quickly on these hills.
- Always listen to the advice of marshals. They are there for your safety. Also be polite and say thanks. They are wonderful people who have volunteered their time for your pain and pleasure.
- If you pull out for any reason you must report to officials at the finish line. Otherwise our wonderful volunteer marshals will be waiting and looking for you all day and night.
- Please don’t drop any rubbish and if you see any that may have been dropped by another runner please pick it up.
- All tracks are open so please be respectful of other track users.
- All roads are open. Please be alert and keep to the sides.
- No headphones/earbuds are to be used during the race. There’s lots of native birdsong to enjoy.
- Race numbers are to be visible at all checkpoints.
- If you come across another competitor in trouble stay with them until you know they are safe.
- No dogs are to accompany runners as part of the course goes through private land.
Course Map and Elevation Profile
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