Keen runners Kayleen Freeman and Ros Heit spent Sunday morning trialling the Dead Cow Gully ultra marathon course near Nanango, then rounded things off with a coffee back in Kingaroy

June 15, 2020

Almost 40 runners visited Nanango on Sunday morning to try out the track that will be used for a new running festival.

They came to test the Dead Cow Gully circuit at Runnymede, a winding course that passes through gently undulating cattle pastures and a gully.

On April 3 next year, the course will be hosting up to 100 runners who’ll be covering the circuit once each hour until just one runner is left on their feet.

The Dead Cow Gully Backyard Ultra Marathon is the brainchild of South Burnett running enthusiast Tim Walsh.

It will be the first backyard ultra-marathon held in the region and is already attracting interest from both local runners and visitors from outside the region.

Sunday’s get-together included members of Wondai’s parkrun group and the Kingaroy Nutters running club as well as visitors from Brisbane, Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast.

The group ran the circuit on the hour, starting at 6:00am.

To comply with COVID-19 restriction.s the runners split into two groups that tackled the course in opposite directions – a precaution that will hopefully be a distant memory by next year.

One of the runners was Wondai parkrun co-ordinator Ros Heit.

“I did two laps to get a feel for the course but I know some of the runners on Sunday did up to 50km,” Ros said.

“I think this event is going to be great. It will also be a really good addition to what our region has to offer running enthusiasts.”

[Photos: Tania Field and Ros Heit]

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Runners gathered at Runnymede in the pre-dawn on Sunday morning …
… then prepared for an early-morning trip around the Dead Cow Gully course

How the course got its name: a dead cow waits to greet runners …

… as they descend from undulating grazing land into the more challenging section
And they’re off again! Keen runners took to the course more than once during Sunday’s trial, and a couple of the keenest participants covered close to 50km during the morning


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