This course consists of two laps (2.5 km each) around the main Arboretum area. These cover varying terrain and vegetation. This should make for very scenic run for both competitors and spectators. Due to the nature of the course, there will be lots of viewing opportunities for spectators.
The race starts near the crossroads of the main gravel tracks of the area. Runners will exit the gravel travel and cross an open grass area followed by a short bridge. The course then winds over the western hill, following the marked tracks. After approx. 600 m, runners will start descending off the hill using the track network down to the main gravel track. The course then returns almost to the track crossroads before reaching a turnaround. At this point the course follows the main Sylvan Circuit track (~1.5 km) in a clockwise direction. Once the full circuit has been completed, runners will have returned to the track crossroads. This is the end of the first lap. The second lap follows exactly the same route from this point. The finish chute will be next to the Rotunda in the open grassed area to the west of the crossroads.
The PCCCT has taken out membership of the Arboretum, so club members do not need to pay for entry on the day. However, any members who wish to donate to the Arboretum are encouraged to do so. They are supporting us by allowing access to the site, so any support we can provide back will be welcomed.
- There is smallish carpark at Arboretum. However, as the site will be open to the general public, we ask members to consider carpooling to the race where possible. Also, could all members avoid parking in areas other than the car park; this includes not parking along the entrance avenue (starting at the site gates and leading up to the car park).
- The first 800m of each lap is predominantly single-track grass paths. These are well marked but there will be limited opportunities for passing. Please pick your moment and pass safely. Once the course leaves the western hill the track opens up leaving plenty of space to passing on the back 2/3 of each lap.
- There are sections of slightly uneven ground and exposed roots on course (first 800m of each lap). There are also a handful of sharp switchbacks when descending off the hill. Runners are reminded to take care and run to their limits.
- The course is likely to be damp underfoot, but there will be no muddy sections.
- Please respect the site and keep to marked paths and open grass areas at all times.
- Please respect other users of the course, as it is open to the public during our race.