Wild Horse at Night (WH@N)
Based at the car park at the foot of Wild Horse Mountain, WH@N is run along the old (traditional?) Glasshouse 100 Eastern Section.
The surface is a mix of pine forest trail, grass, gravel, sand, compact dirt and two and two crossings of Tibrogargan Creek (which is typically dry).
If you're training for Kokoda, Trail Walker or indeed any event that's going to require the use of night gear, this is a must.
On the other hand, you could just come along for the fun!
Saturday, May 23rd 2020
Originally staged as far back as 2004, this event has developed considerably from its beginnings as an informal training run to familiarise participants of the Glasshouse 100 Mile with the eastern section of the course. It's grown from its early outings of no more than a couple of dozen to near 200 participants and never fails to be a fun event.
Taking place in the Queensland autumn, choose from four available options and finish with a cup of hot soup or chocolate and trade war stories with your cohorts around a brasier. The event has changed in many ways, but thankfully, the course, the amenities and the informality remain.
If you're a runner or bush walker, there aren't many better ways to spend a Saturday evening!
Start Times & Pricing
10 km - $49
16.5 km - $65
25 km - $79
50 km - $99
All events start at 6:00 pm with the exception of the MC50 which starts at 3:00 pm. Cut-off for all events is midnight.
All participants will require a headlamp.
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)
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).
Click on the image opposite to view a full size image of this year's course.
10km - Section 1 & Section 4
Starting at Wildhorse Mountain car park, runners/walkers head south along the marked trail around the base of Wildhorse Mountain before turning sharp left at close to 2km. Continue an further 2½km until you reach a right turn and cross Tibrogargan Creek. Continue on a further 500 metres to CP1.
Check in with the support crew and return.
16½km - Section 1, 2 & 4
Follow the 10km route to CP1 and check in.
From here, head west for 2km before turning sharp right, heading north. There's a sharp switchback on the right about 100 metres from Tibrogargan Creek near the Bruce Highway. If you reach the Highway you've gone too far, don't panic, it will be well marked. This turn will take you through the 'Tunnel of Love'. It's sandy, watery and seems long but it's a mere 2.8km. You guys will probably wonder what the fuss is about.
Running alongside Tibrogargan Creek, heading east, you'll arrive at south side of the creek crossing you made earlier. Turn right (south) and check in at CP1 before making the trip back to the car park and finish.
25km - Section 1, 2, 3 and 4
Follow the same route as the 16½km for your second visit to CP1.
Having checked in, continue through the checkpoint, heading south. The trail swings right left and, at just under 1km, take a square turn left (heading south-east) before arriving at Mekins Rd after 900 metres.
Turn left again, heading north east. The road swings right at about 900 metres (do not turn left here), continue west for 1km before a square turn left heading north a further 1.1km before heading left (west) along Tibrogargan Creek. After about 3½km you'll arrive at the north side of the earlier creek crossing. Turn left and head to CP1. Check in and head home.
The 25 course … twice!
The course is such that walkers will be able to complete the 25 km option within the 5 hour cut-off should they wish. However, we won't be going anywhere before everyone is in so if it takes you a little longer, don't panic! At the finish there'll be hot drinks and soup. If you're planning to wait for all finishers, ensure that you bring warm gear to change into as you'll cool down very quickly after your run/walk.
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.
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:
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?
Wild Horse Mountain is located just off The Bruce Highway, adjacent to the Johnston Rd intersection (click on the map opposite).
From the south
Drive five minutes past the turn off for Steve Irwin Way and take the Johnston Rd exit. Head up the ramp past the service station (on your left) before turning right to cross the Bruce Highway. Be careful of the crossing here, as there is traffic coming from both directions. Once across, continue about 50 metres along Johnston Rd before turning right onto Wild Horse Rd. Park on the verge after the last car.
From the north
Drive five minutes past Roy's Rd before taking the Johnston Rd exit. Head along the off ramp before turning left onto Johnston Rd for 50 metres before turning right onto Wild Horse Rd. Park on the verge after the last car.