- Last Updated: 02 April 2014
The South Australian Road Runners Club has a history of running "off road"! In the running boom of the 1980's, a number of trail events were held in the Adelaide Hills including the Kersbrook 50. In a period of over three to five years in the 1990's, Peter Allmand and Dave O'Donnell led a group of over twenty SARRC runners, to complete the running of the Heysen Trail from end to end.
Trail Running was again revived with the running of the first Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra in 2007 by a group of 23 runners. The run was such a success that it was adopted as a formal event on the SARRC Calendar in 2008 and has been run each year ever since. In 2013, 271 finsihed the event, making it the third biggest ultramarathon in the country!
Following the running of the second Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra in 2008, a series of regular monthly runs were organised. In November 2008, 27 runners and walkers ran to the summit of Mt Misery in the Montacute Conservation Park. This was followed a month later with 38 runners and walkers running in the Scott Creek Conservation Park.The monthly trail series continued until the second part of 2011 when it was extended by the introduction of a weekly trail run which is now held most Sunday mornings.
A number of events that were first included as part of the monthly trail runs were so popular that they became major events on the SARRC Calendar.These events include the Pioneer Women's Trail Run/Walk; The Cleland Trails (incorporating The SA Trail Running Championship); and The George Driscoll Sea to Summit Trail Run/Walk. .
South Australia can now claim to have one of the most vibrant trail running communities in the country. The accessibility and beauty of so many trails in the Mt Lofty Ranges close to Adelaide is one of the primary reasons for the strength of the SA Trail Running community. Those that love running trails and those that are only just discovering the joys of getting off roads and running on trails can choose between a range of professionally run major events recognised on the national trail calendar as well as free weekly trail runs not far from home.
Everyone is welcome to join in these informal trail runs - runners and walkers! For some people these trail runs provide a way of preparing for the major events. For others it is just about getting away from the city and running or walking on the beautiful trails of the Adelaide Hills.
These Sunday trail runs usually take place at a location not too far from the city. Most runs are organised as loop runs to avoid the need for car pooling. A variety of distances is offered so that runners and walkers of all abilities can participate at the level/pace/distance that best suits them. And they are usuallly folowed by a gathering at a local coffee shop or bakery!
Prior to running any trail run, we recommend you read the General Notes on Running Trails.
Generally the Sunday trail runs begin at 7.00am in Summer and 8.00am in Winter with particpants gathering at the designated trailhead 15 minutes earlier for a trail briefing. Maps and trail instructions are sent out by email in advance so that runners/walkers can print them off to carry with them on the run. Runners/walkers also need to bring all their own supplies - water, food, first aid etc. You do not need to advise anyone that you are coming - just turn up!
There are four SA Trail Running Facebook pages. Check each page now and "like" them to receive regular updates...
- SA Trail Running: Keep up to date with all official trail annoucements as well as information about the weekly Sunday morning trail runs.
- Yurrebilla Trail 56km Ultra: For all the latest information on SA's premier trail event!
- SA Trail News: An open group forum to add your own posts as well as links to all the latest trail news in Australia and internationally.
- Yurrebilla 56km 2014 Newcomers
Trail Running Activities
In addition to the Sunday Trail Group, the following groups regularly or sometimes run off road.
- Keep Trail Running - Facebook Page
- Yumigo -Facebook Page and Website
- Southern Running Group - Facebook Page
- N-R-G (Norhern Running Group) - Facebook Page
- South Coast Runners - Facebook Page
- Semaphore Boot Camp - has website
Other Facebook pages used by trail runners:
- Chicks Who Run
- Halloran Hillbillies
SA Trail Running Committee
SA Trail Running is a division of SARRC. It is managed by a committee that reports to the SARRC Board. Members of the SA Trail Running committee currently are: Blake Tooth, David Close, Annette Couch, Sadie Cranston, Greg Jenkins, Dalice Kent, Guy Schubert, Doug Smart, Alex Strachan and Karen Winters. Please note any SARRC member can join the committee.
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