Frequently Asked Questions

What are the cut-off times?

50k – 13hours

100k- 24hours

160k – 40 hours NOTE – Prize giving starts at 6pm on the Monday that is 36hrs after start time. Runners finishing after that may miss the prize giving but will still get their finishers trophies and dinner. (Runners entered in the 160k will also have to abide by the 50k (first loop) and 100k (first 2 loops) cut-offs.)

Do you allow pacers? (somebody to run sections with you at a set pace) No.

How hard is it going to be? Bloody hard!

Is there minimum gear I need to take? Yes.

  • small day backpack.
  • light rain jacket
  • merino or thermal long sleeve top
  • long tights or trousers
  • warm cap or beanie
  • polyprop gloves
  • survival blanket
  • own snacks, gels, energy bars etc
  • water bottles/bladders – enough to carry 2 litres of water at all times
  • headlight for night-time with back up battery
  • reflector stripes or vest or back flashing light for night-time running
  • cell phone (recommended but optional)
  • gps/compass optional

How much training will I need to do? Shitloads. Training depends on your individual experience and expecations. If you’re experienced and or aiming for a competitive time you’re probably not reading this or you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you need to do anyway. If you’re new to ultra running and just aiming to complete the blimmin thing without doing permanent damage to yourself then my key bits of advice are:

  1. First of all listen to everyone but follow no-one (actually that’s not my advice – Dean Karnasis said it in one of his books).
  2. Train your body to eat and drink as you run. Even if you are only going for a 30min run have a slice of bread or a musliebar as you start and have another mouthfull mid way through (lollies/banana/biscutes/crackers/pie…) you will need to eat about every 30mins during an endurance event and after the first few hours nothing tastes good so get used to variety. Practice drinking water and electrolites in your training also.
  3. Chuck in a bit of biking – this is purely personal and lots of hard-core runners don’t do it but I swear by MTB/cycling as part of my training for long runs – you have to bike hard though – not much point just going out for a cruise. Basically cycle short but hard (up to 1.5hrs hard as you can handle)
  4. Run slow on your long runs (up to 3 hours) and don’t worry about ‘speed work’ – speed work is where you are most likely to injure yourself.
  5. Go wild. About once a month go for a full day ‘tramp’ in the mountains. Best to go with a freind and take all the ‘minimum gear’ listed above. Walk the up and the steep down otherwise try to gently jog as much as you can.

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8 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am considering the Northburn as my first 100 miler, and interested in getting advice on a training program starting from October to race day March next year.
    I am averaging 65km a week at present; Have done 1 100km in 15.5hrs in March this year and another 3 weeks after in a walking race (100km 22hrs) and was averaging 80km a week with quality back to back runs, highest 55km/30km twice 3 weeks out from first 100km; Summary – done 15 marathons and 2 60km races and 2 100km races
    I am in need of guidance on how to train for a 100 miler and what distance I need to do each week to succeed. Can you point me in the direction of suitable training programs for the first 100 miler especially focusing on the Northburn race terrain and ascent
    many thanks for any advice
    Jane

  2. I see the track is mainly on 4WD tracks and sheep tracks. Are there any really technical climbs on single file? Any hands and knees stuff on the climbs, or are all the climbs on 4WD tracks and walkable?

    • Hi Cam, hmmm, haddent considered that. What we think is fair is that you will have to be a DNF for the distance you entered into but you would still recieve a finishers trophy for the distance you did finish. You would not be officially ‘placed’ for a lesser distance.

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