Challenge the Pinch 2019

‘Challenge the Pinch’ is part of our Trail Run Series.

The first ‘Pinch’ was held in 2018, with the 2019 event set to be held on Sunday 27th October 2019.

This is a FREE members-only event – if you are not a financial club member, please join online before completing the entry form.

2018 Challenge the Pinch

About the Event

This event sees entrants take on a challenge to complete multiple 8km loops in Yellow Pinch area of South East Forest National Park, West of Merimbula.

The loops are completed solely on hilly fire trails, with approximately 330 metres of elevation gain per loop.

  • Loop 1-2 run anti-clockwise
  • Loop 3-4 run clockwise
  • Loop 5 run anti-clockwise

As entrants pass through the start/finish after each loop they need to check-in, to ensure monitoring of cut-offs and tracking of lap times.

Finisher Categories

  1. Conqueror of the Pinch – 5 loops in Under 5 hours
  2. Finisher of the Pinch – 5 loops in Under 7.5 hours
    Full five laps – 1.5 hours per lap.
    Must be started before:
    Lap 2 – 1.5 hours
    Lap 3 – 3 hours
    Lap 4 – 4.5 hours
    Lap 5 – 6 hours
  3. Feel the Pinch – 3 loops in Under 6 hours
    3 loops – 2 hours per loop.
    Must be started before:
    Lap 2 – 2 hours
    Lap 3 – 4 hours
  4. Participate the Pinch – 1 or 2 loops in under 4 hours

Event Schedule – Sunday 27th October 2019

7:00AM – Park at meet up location – see below*l
7:10AM – 4WD car pool convoy to start area
7:30AM – Compulsory gear check at start area
7:40AM – Compulsory event briefing at start area
8:00AM – Event start
3:30PM – Event cut-off

*Getting to the Start

  • Parking is strictly limited at event start/finish which is accessible by 4WD only
  • Entrants are to park at meet-up location at corner of Mount Darragh Road and Wolumla Peak Forest Road, Lochiel and a 4WD car pooling convoy will drive start
  • To limit vehicles at start/finish all seats in each 4WD vehicle driving to start should  be full
  • Alternatively, entrants may park at Millingandi Road (northern end) and hike into start line (approximately 3km) – Note, this option should only be selected if you have made this hike previously and are familiar with route and track conditions – allow at least 45 minutes

General Event Info

  • This is a members-only event – if you are not a club member, please join online before completing the entry form
  • Entry is via the online entry form only (available on this page)
  • Online entries close at 1:00PM the day before the event – late or on-day entries will not be accepted
  • By entering Sapphire Coast Runners club event entrants agree to the Club Events Terms & Conditions
  • No aid stations on course – However runners will be able to have drop bags at the start/finish that they can access after each loop
  • As you pass through the checkpoint after each loop you will need to check-in, this  ensures monitoring of cut-offs and tracking of entrant lap times
  • Stopwatch will be used for timing, with entrants lap times recorded as come into the checkpoint and then back out again for each lap
  • Mandatory gear will be checked before the race and participants will not be allowed to race without all mandatory gear

Mandatory Gear

All mandatory items MUST be taken to start and depending on conditions you will be advised at gear check which are essential to be carried on course.

  • Hydration pack/water bottles/bladders – minimum 1 litre water to be carried at start of each loop
  • Food/nutrition – at least 1 food portion to be carried at start of each lap
  • Mobile phone – must be fully charged
  • Compression bandage
  • Whistle
  • Emergency blanket
  • Beanie/buff
  • Thermal top
  • Rain jacket
  • Trail shoes recommended
  • Warm clothes for before/after race – may be left in drop bag at start/finish

Event Links

This is a FREE members-only event – if you are not a financial club member, please join online before completing the entry form.

Challenge The Pinch Entry Form - 27/10/19

  • Online entries close at 1:00PM the day before the event – late or on-day entries will not be accepted
 

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