Tararua District Hall Block Humdinger
The 12.5km Hall Block Humdinger starts at 11:00am at Race HQ, which is the Ferry Reserve, off SH3 on the Woodville side of the Manawatu Gorge. This is a challenging out-and-back course on a shingles road. Starting at the bottom of Hall Block Road, participants face a steady climb up to the woolshed, where you will be rewarded with a welcome aid station and some delicious home baking, with lovely views across the Tararua Wind farm, as well as distant views across the Tararua District. The turn-around is at the woolshed, from where the Humdinger transforms into a mad dash, as participants speed down a steep descent back to the bottom of Hall Block Road. From here a short final flat stretch along Gorge Road and across the Ballance Bridge takes you back to the finish at the Ferry Reserve, where you can relax and enjoy some food while awaiting the afternoon prize giving. The relentless uphill and a knee jarring downhill will test even the toughest of runners and walkers.
Aid stations: One aid station will be provided for the Hall Block Humdinger at the woolshed turnaround point. However, the aid station should not be relied upon as your sole source of hydration and nutrition.
Cut-off times: The cut-off time for the event is 2:30pm, giving participants in the Hall Block Humdinger 3.5 hours to finish the race.
This year’s event has been cancelled.
Parking space is at Race HQ (Ferry Reserve). Please park here and NOT on Gorge Road or at the Bridge Cafe. While ample parking is available, we request that you consider the environment and carpool to the event as far as possible.
The course of the Hall Block Humdinger is run partially along an exposed route up to the wind farms of the northern Tararuas, and participants may have to face strong winds and rain, which can combine to create very cold conditions.
Please acquaint yourself with the safety information and recommended gear lists provided on the Safety Info page.
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