The Wild Horse Criterium
Based at Woodford swimming pool, will return to its original Hares & Hounds format, where the hares (running 50km solo) start at a set time ahead of the hounds (running 50km in a relay team) as usual, but in line with the tradition of the format. All solo runners who get to the finish before cut-off will be awarded a time, but if a runner is caught by all the hounds before the last checkpoint, they will be listed as 'caught' as opposed to being a finisher.
January 10th, 2021
About Hares & Hounds
With the event in its 16th year, we’ll be returning to the original hares & Hounds format as opposed to the event simply existing in name only.
Also known historically as a ‘Paper Chase’ or ‘Chalk Chase’, the concept is simple:
The hare or hares start at a set time ahead of the hounds
In this case, the hares are the solo 50 km runners and the hounds are the relay teams
Hares start at 3:00 am with the hounds starting 90 minutes later at 4:30 am
While all solo runners who get to the finish before cut-off will be awarded a time, if a runner is caught by all the hounds before the last checkpoint, they will be listed as ‘caught’ as opposed to being a finisher (traditionally, they’d be removed from the course but we don’t want it getting too serious!)
Please familiarise yourself with the course map and course directions, both of which can be found on this page. (maybe print off the map and carry a copy if you’re unsure of directions)
Headlamp (for runs commencing before sunrise)
Access to a map of the course - either by mobile device or printed map (available from this page)
Mobile phone (most areas or the course have coverage and having a phone means you can relocate to an area that has coverage if that’s not the case)
Race directors contact added to phone, Hopefully you won't need it, but if you do, you'll be glad of it:
Alun Davies - 0407 836 775
AAA racing accept it in good faith that the mandatory list is adhered to by participants, though there will be spot checks on course
Bite and sting treatment
Compression bandage (cheaply available at most chemists)
There will be a new map available soon but for reference, it will be routed from the GH50 course excluding the loops at Wamuran Basin (CP8).
During the Event
If you pull out or have to leave the course for any reason, please advise the checkpoint staff or those at the start finish area.
Regardless of ability, please be mindful of other runners: If you’re a faster runner wanting to pass, advise the runner in front by all means, but be patient and don’t pressurise anyone. It can be unnerving and easily lead to a trip. Conversely, if you are aware of a faster runner behind you, take the utmost of care and allow them to pass when it’s safe. Many a runner/walker’s day can be blighted by the smallest of incidents and we want everyone to leave on Saturday night being a little better for their experience. Look after each other out there.
Health and injury
This isn’t the nanny state by any means but we are out on the trail. As per the waiver agreed to on entry, should you become injured or should event staff consider that you need medical attention or examination, do not continue until authorised to do so. If it’s deemed that it’s not in your interests to continue, you will be withdrawn from the event. We’d rather make the mistake of scratching someone who could continue than letting someone who shouldn’t.
Remember where you are
We don’t like to talk about it, but we are in Queensland and many of the locals aren’t so friendly if they’re frightened or disturbed. Watch where you’re putting your feet and keep a close eye on the ground as well as ahead.
We recommend that you carry a compression bandage and understand how to apply it. Take a look here:
On the Day
Course marking will consist of flagging tape, arrows on trees, signage where necessary and red, flashing LED lights mounted on posts at key points. NB – the LED lights are not directional. They are designed to ensure that you see and draw your attention to the arrow that accompanies them. Do not assume that the light indicates the way to go.
It is essential, with no exceptions, that each participant carries a water bottle at the very minimum. There will be water at the start/finish area and at checkpoint 1, along with some snacks/lollies.
Any rubbish can be taken from you each time you visit a checkpoint. Anything that leaves the checkpoint with you must stay with you until you can dispose of it properly and not on the course. We’d like to set and maintain an example to those less conscientious.
Toilet facilities are available at the start/finish area. Please do not remove paper from the toilets at the start/finish area.
The event crew are running the show
Cooperate with event crew/officials/volunteers all the times - they're there not only because they enjoy giving something back or participating in a different way, but because they have event experience. They know what they're doing and they'll be under instruction from the race directors. Under whatever circumstances, the event directors decisions are final ... and they're usually the same as the crew! :)
Finally, have Fun!
It is a compulsory requirement of all participants at AAA Racing events to have fun. Failure to have any fun will be frowned upon by the event management team!
Where are we?
The Start/Finish location is at Woodford Swimming Pool, Petersen Rd, Woodford, Queensland.
From the North and south, take the D'Aguilar Highway off the Bruce Highway at Caboolture and stay on it for 20 minutes before turning right on Peterson Rd on the outskirts of Woodford.
The swimming pool is approximately 800 metres along on your left.