MY RUNNING EVENTS IN 2021
What a year for athletes with no runs, feels like life had stopped for some and for others it gave time to set new personal records on the back end.
This was the only event I was able to participate in the year 2021.
This course is interesting as it winds through Western Sydney Zoo with spectacular views, was not able to stand for photos.
COSTAL CLASSIC 30K TRAIL RUN
My first proper trail run
Since covid lockdown had changed events to uncertainty, I was last to make it to the coastal classic 30k run under the waiting list. December in Sydney is a superb climate for running, and a beautiful part of it was on race day on 4th December 2021. It was rainy and cool, which boosted energy for runners, but on the other hand, it made the trail very slippery. I can’t believe the first runner reaching the finish line made it at 2hr 17min.
SO WHAT WAS TRACK LOOKS LIKE?
This trail was held at Royal National Park, from Otford station to the Bundeena RSL club, full of beautiful sceneries. The full course is 820m elevation for 30k distance includes running from start to 200m reaching Fire Trails, then running through Palm Jungle passing Burning Palms Beach, South Era Beach and Little Garie Beach reaching 9.5kms and through the stiff climbs around the beaches and climbing a very steep hill and wind our way across the heath land and boardwalks that go past the famous ‘Eagle Rock’ and the Curracurrong and Curracurrang water crossings, then through the small rocky cliff reaching downhill trail to the Wattamolla finishes 16kms with the view stretch of salt water separated from the sea by a low sandbank included sand and rock trail. Running through the deserted Little Marley Beach followed by the longer Big Marley winding uphill reaches a 22km hurdle. Then going down and up a steep narrow valley between hills or mountains and following the cliff line to the outskirts of Bundeena township with a death march of 3km of the Sandy Track at Jibbon beach with the crystal clear waters reaches the finish at Bundeena RSL club in a cosy little park.
At race started point @ Otford Station St was a bit crowded and all runners were keen on the run, would see nicely dressed up with gears to support trail run.
Where course itself starts from 110m elevations then heading uphill towards Otford Lookout, this view shows uphill travel through a footpath to fire trail.
Leaving the Palm Jungle behind, the track opens out to a rutted heathland along grassy cliffs as head towards Burning Palms and the first of over 200 shacks that spread over the headlands.
After having successfully passed Burning Palms Beach, South Era Beach and Little Garie Beach – with stiff climbs separating all these and beautiful views an added bonus – will eventually arrive at the sand at Garie Beach (9.5km)
Continue along the sand and clamber up and over the very steep hill at the north end. Winding way across the heath land and boardwalks that go past the famous ‘Eagle Rock’ and the Curracurrong and Curracurrang water crossings. Traverse the small rocky cliff section before reaching the downhill trail to the Wattamolla aid station (16.5km) by the superb lagoon.
Running from Wattamolla on a beautiful sand and rock trail, the run hits the coast along stunning cliffs. This route follows the coastline all the way to Bundeena. Traverse the sands of the deserted Little Marley Beach and then the longer Big Marley. As you wind uphill you will come to the 3rd and final aid station at 22km.
The trail then follows the coastline northwards, going down and up a steep gorge and following the cliffline almost to the outskirts of Bundeena township with a death march along 3km of the Sandy Track to Jibbon beach with a spectacular sight of the crystal clear waters.
After all the cramps and limping legs, the finish is right by the Bundeena RSL club in a cosy little park.